By Shawn Dennis
As 2020 has finally come to an end, the last thing we want to do is recap with the horrors and tragedies that have haunted the first-year of this decade. The sports world has suffered tremendous losses and heart-wrenching moments that will certainly put an asterisk on this year, especially having the anticipated Tokyo 2020 Olympics being postponed.
Instead of dwelling on the bad, let’s be optimistic and highlight those that shined bright in 2020. With how dreadful these last 12 months have been, there’s been some memorable athletes, teams, and overall performances to take a look back on.
Here’s a list of the best performances and moments throughout the sports world that can’t be left behind:
- Dustin Johnson with a score of 268 (finishing -20) wins the 84th Masters, marking the lowest winning Masters score.
- Kevin Holland wins 5 UFC fights (3 by KO, 2 from submission).
- Alvin Kamara records 6 rushing touchdowns in a single game against the Vikings in Week 16.
- Denver Nuggets player Jamal Murray became the first player since Michael Jordan in the 1993 NBA Finals to drop three-straight 40-point plus games in his playoff series against the Utah Jazz, along with two 50-point games.
- Randy Arozarena from the Tampa Bay Rays recorded a record 9 home runs, 26 hits, and 58 total bases. All the most in a single postseason by a player.
- The NBA Commision created the Bubble, having a COVID-free facility for the league to continue.
- Dana White and the UFC built Fight Island in Abu Dhabi to have fighters still compete safely.
- New York Ranger Mika Zibanejad scores 5 goals and the game winner in OT against the Washington Capitals.
- Liverpool set a record of 24-straight match victories and became the earliest title winners with 7 matches remaining.
- Los Angeles Lakers won their 17th NBA title after the death of legend Kobe Bryant.
- Vanderbilt kicker Sarah Fuller becomes first female to play in a game featuring a team from the Power Five conference.
- Columbus Crew upset defending champions Seattle Sounders 3-0 in the Audi MLS Cup.
- The Undertaker wins his final WWE match against AJ Styles at WrestleMania 36.
- The Seattle Storm swept the Las Vegas Aces in the WNBA Championship, Breanna Stewart won her second Finals MVP.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers break their 32-year drought of a World Series trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6.
- Chase Elliot became the youngest NASCAR driver since Jeff Gordon to win the Cup Series Championship at 24 years of age
- Novak Djokovic and Andrey Rublev both finish with 41 wins each, combining for 9 ATP Titles.
- The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup after being swept in the first-round last year.
- Tyson Fury defeated Deontay Wilder in their second fight to end his undefeated streak at 42-wins.
- Roman Reigns returns to WWE and turns heel.
- Drew McIntyre wins the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
- Edge returns at the Royal Rumble after nine years of retirement, following what was thought to be a career-ending neck injury.