The guys of TheSportsDegens.com and their friends will be recapping some of their top moments of 2017, by sports and in their format. Before we move on, we would like to specially thank all the contributors to the many year end recap pieces and more importantly to the viewers and listeners of all the content throughout the year. Feel free to let us know your top moments as well. With all that said, let’s see the Top NFL and CFB Moments of 2017.
Only one week left in the NFL regular season, and boy oh boy has it been one hell of a year for the league. 2017 will be remembered for a lot of different things: the greatest Super Bowl comeback ever, the players protest, injuries and concussions, the bad officiating and much more. Here are my top 3 NFL moments/stories of 2017.
3. The Cleveland Browns Show
This is a good soap opera. This team is going nowhere. I had a lot of hope for the Browns this season and I was a Sashi Brown believer. I even had some kind of faith in Hue Jackson and I truly believed that he could push his players to overachieve and get rid of that losing mentality. Damn I was so wrong… Gone is Brown, Hue is throwing Kizer under the bus and new GM John Dorsey takes a jab at his entire roster. This won’t get better anytime soon. An 0-16 season in 2017 is guaranteed and less than 2 wins in 2018 is not out of the question. I can’t wait for the draft to see that shit show continue.
2. The National Anthem protest
I’ll make this short and sweet. Everybody is entitled to an opinion, but when I watch sports I want to watch sports. I hate it when players use the games to pass a message. Do that on your free time. You don’t mix sports and politics, it will never end well. Look at ESPN…
1.The greatest super Bowl comeback ever.
Yes, I am one of those annoying Patriots fan, so this is one of my favorite moments ever. I never thought that something would beat that Malcolm Butler INT versus the Seahawks or that 0-3 ALCS comeback by the Red Sox against the Yankees, but this comeback will be hard to beat. Down 28-3, I had almost lost all hope on them coming back, but when you have the G.O.A.T. under center, I should have known that anything is possible. I don’t want to jinx it, but another Super Bowl win for the Patriots in 2018 is very possible.
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Todd Gurley’s (Re)Emergence
Todd Gurley has posted 1,305 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns to go along with 788 receiving yards and six touchdowns; the only player to match that line in all of NFL history is Marshall Faulk, back in 2000. In Weeks 14-16, Todd Gurley had 135+ yards from scrimmage and two scores in three straight games; that’s only been done 12 times in NFL history, the last to do it being Chris Johnson in 2009. Todd Gurley ranks eighth of 46 qualified RBs with 4.7 yards per carry, this after ranking 40th of 42 qualifiers last year with a 3.2 yards per carry average and routinely drawing (unfavorable) comparisons to Trent Richardson. Todd Gurley…is good at football. This fact may have been lost on Jeff Fisher last season, but with Sean McVay calling the plays in 2017, Gurley is a legit MVP candidate, which is particularly impressive in this era of “devalued” running backs.
Nathan Peterman’s Disastrous Half
Look: I understand how weird, sadistic, and/or mean-spirited it may appear to list one of my “favorite” moments as watching a player, who presumably had dreamed of playing his first NFL game since he was throwing a NERF ball around before being called in for dinner, self-destruct on live TV. And it was a self-destruction: in one half of “football,” Peterman managed to throw five interceptions in just 14 attempts (and in case you’re curious, that’s the second-fewest attempt total on a five-pick game in NFL history to only Archie Manning, who threw five INTs in 13 attempts in 1973). But hear me out. Peterman’s incompetence and subsequent benching was vindication, a moment of triumph, a clear-cut victory for every “armchair quarterback” who presumes to know more than NFL head coaches and front offices. Tyrod Taylor had done just fine up to that point, leading the Bills to a 5-4 record (much better than any reasonable fan could’ve expected) on a 91.4 passer rating. His benching (unlike the Eli Manning benching a few weeks later) just felt unfair and ill-timed and, to be honest, stupid. Peterman’s failure provided proof that, hey, maybe some of us actually do know better than some those who are closest to the game.
Cam Newton, Chessmaster
At first glance, it was only a seven-yard touchdown pass across the middle to running back Christian McCaffrey, not close to being one of Newton’s most impressive offensive plays this season. But luckily, we live in 2017 (aka the future), and we get more than one glance. This play went viral when audio picked up Packers linebacker Clay Matthews yelling, “Watch the wheel route! It’s that wheel route!” Cam flashes a smile, says, “You’ve been watching film, huh? That’s cool. Watch this.” McCaffrey fakes a wheel route, breaks over the middle, and scores. Sometimes, it’s pretty damn cool to be an NFL fan in 2017. This glimpse into the game within the game was one of those times
Top College Football Moments of 2017
1.The unbelievable National Championship game between Clemson and Alabama. It was a defining moment for the Clemson program as it looks like they will be one of the dominant programs in the country for quite a while.
2. While both Florida and Tennessee had disappointing years in 2017, one cannot forget their classic game in September, when Florida QB Feleipe Franks tossed a 63 yard hail mary game winning touchdown to Tyrie Cleveland.
3. The 2017 college football season started off with a bang, with UCLA, led by QB Josh Rosen coming back from a 44-10 deficit in the 3rd quarter to beat Texas A&M 45-44.