Stiles on Sports’ Best of 2015

With 2015 coming to a close, it is time to look back on an exceptional year in the sports world.  Here is the best of 2015:

Best Posts of the Year:

1/22: Gordon Takes the White Flag

1/24: Mike Krzyzewski: One In A Thousand

2/5: The Nasty Side of Recruiting

2/22: The Beauty of Daytona

8/21: Trailing Tiger at the Wyndham

9/11: When the World Stopped Turning

10/8: Trends of a World Series Champion

10/14: The Head Ball Coach Hangs Up His Visor

11/1: Gordon Wins Wild One at Martinsville

11/3: Royals Take the Crown for the First Time Since 1985

11/20: The Day Modern NASCAR Was Born

12/31: American Pharoah: Stiles on Sports Sportsman of the Year

League Champions and Best Players:

College Football:  Ohio State Buckeyes def. Oregon Ducks, 42-20
Heisman Trophy:  Alabama RB Derrick Henry

Super Bowl XLIX:  New England Patriots def. Seattle Seahawks, 28-24
NFL MVP:  Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
Super Bowl MVP:  Patriots QB Tom Brady

College Basketball:  Duke Blue Devils def. Wisconsin Badgers, 68-63
Naismith Player of the Year:  Wisconsin C/PF Frank Kaminsky

NBA Finals:  Golden State Warriors def. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-1
NBA MVP:  Warriors G Stephen Curry
NBA Finals MVP:  Warriors G/F Andre Iguodala

College World Series:  Virginia Cavaliers def. Vanderbilt Commodores, 2-1
Golden Spikes Award:  Arkansas OF Andrew Benintendi

PGA Tour FedEx Cup Champion: Jordan Spieth
The Masters:  Jordan Spieth
U.S. Open:  Jordan Spieth
The Open Championship:  Zach Johnson
PGA Championship:  Jason Day
PGA Tour Player of the Year:  Jordan Spieth

World Series:  Kansas City Royals def. New York Mets, 4-1
NL MVP:  Nationals OF Bryce Harper
NL Cy Young Award:  Cubs RHP Jake Arrieta
AL MVP:  Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson
AL Cy Young Award:  Astros LHP Dallas Keuchel

NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion:  Kyle Busch
Daytona 500 Champion:  Joey Logano
IndyCar Series Champion:  Scott Dixon
Indianapolis 500 Champion:  Juan Pablo Montoya

Triple Crown, Breeders’ Cup Classic Champion:  American Pharoah

Stiles on Sports Sportsman of the Year:  American Pharoah
Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year:  Serena Williams
AP Male Athlete of the Year:  Stephen Curry
AP Female Athlete of the Year:  Serena Williams

 

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