Stiles on Sports’ Best of 2016

*Editor’s Note:  This post was originally scheduled to be published on December 31, but due to personal sickness was delayed until now. 


As the crazy sports year of 2016 comes to a close, here’s a look back at some of the year’s biggest and best stories from Stiles on Sports, featuring everything from the historic Cubs World Series title to the Ryder Cup to the Braves’ final season at Turner Field to the deaths of Arnold Palmer and Jose Fernandez.

2/22:  Hamlin Bucks Trends to Win Daytona 500

5/1:  Column: Gordon’s Ban Puts PED’s Back in Spotlight

6/17:  Column: Who is Baseball’s Real Hit King?

7/7:  Fast Five: Reasons I’m Still Watching the Atlanta Braves

7/24:  Column: A Historic Sunday to Savor at The Brickyard

8/16:  Column: Shaunae Miller Dove Across Olympic Finish Line. So What?

9/25:  Column: Jose Fernandez Didn’t Live a Long Life, But Lived a Full One

9/26:  Column: Long Live The King

9/28:  Fast Five: Greatest Ryder Cup Matches

9/30:  It Is… The Ryder Cup

10/1:  Fast Five: Greatest Games at Turner Field

10/2:  Column: A Sentimental Sunday of Baseball

10/11:  Column: Braves Make Only Logical Choice, Hire Snitker

10/18:  Fast Five: I Was There

10/23:  Column: The Last Time the Cubs Were In the World Series

11/2:  Column: The Game of the Century

11/3:  Column: Game 7 WAS the Game of the Century

11/8:  If Sports Stars Became President

12/14:  Column: “WakeyLeaks” is Disgusting–And Far From Over


2016 Champions

College Football Playoff Championship:  Alabama Crimson Tide def. Clemson Tigers, 45-40
Heisman Trophy:  Louisville QB Lamar Jackson

Super Bowl 50 Champion:  Denver Broncos def. Carolina Panthers, 24-10
NFL MVP:  Panthers QB Cam Newton
Super Bowl MVP:  Broncos LB Von Miller

NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Champion:  Villanova Wildcats def. North Carolina Tar Heels, 77-74
Naismith Player of the Year:  Oklahoma G Buddy Hield
Final Four Most Outstanding Player:  Villanova G Ryan Arcidiacono

Stanley Cup Champion:  Pittsburgh Penguins def. San Jose Sharks, 4-2
Hart Memorial Trophy (Regular Season MVP):  Blackhawks RW Patrick Kane
Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):  Penguins C Sidney Crosby

NBA Finals Champion:  Cleveland Cavaliers def. Golden State Warriors, 4-3
NBA MVP:  Warriors G Stephen Curry
NBA Finals MVP:  Cavaliers F LeBron James

College World Series Champion:  Coastal Carolina def. Arizona Wildcats, 2-1
Golden Spikes Award:  Mercer OF Kyle Lewis

PGA Tour FedEx Cup Champion: Rory McIlroy
The Masters:  Danny Willett
U.S. Open:  Dustin Johnson
The Open Championship:  Henrik Stenson
PGA Championship:  Jimmy Walker
PGA Tour Player of the Year:  Dustin Johnson

World Series Champion:  Chicago Cubs def. Cleveland Indians, 4-3
NL MVP:  Cubs 3B Kris Bryant
NL Cy Young Award:  Nationals RHP Max Scherzer
AL MVP:  Angels OF Mike Trout
AL Cy Young Award:  Red Sox RHP Rick Porcello
World Series MVP:  Cubs 2B/OF Ben Zobrist

NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion:  Jimmie Johnson
Daytona 500 Champion:  Denny Hamlin
IndyCar Series Champion:  Simon Pagenaud
Indianapolis 500 Champion:  Alexander Rossi

Kentucky Derby Winner:  Nyquist
Preakness Stakes Winner:  Exaggerator
Belmont Stakes Winner:  Creator
Breeder’s Cup Classic Winner:  Arrogate


Stiles on Sports Sportsmen of the Year:  Chicago Cubs
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year:  LeBron James
AP Male Athlete of the Year:  LeBron James
AP Female Athlete of the Year:  Simone Biles
AP Sports Story of the Year:  Cubs win the World Series


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