Stiles on Sports’ Best of 2017

Best Posts of 2017

1/12: My Interview with Clemson Radio’s Kevin Selman
1/13: Carl Edwards Leaves Just as He Competed – With Class
1/16: Check Championship Parade Off My Sports Bucket List
1/20: Parsons Gets Long Overdue Honor, Enters NASCAR Hall
1/23: NASCAR May Be Digging Its Own Grave

2/5: The Greatest 64 Days in Sports
2/6: The Atlanta Sports Curse Remains Alive and Well
2/6: The NFL Overtime Rule Needs Changing
2/26: A Trip to the Beach

3/16: It’s March

4/3: Rules Unfairly Rob Thompson of LPGA Major Title
4/5: The Masters Stands Tall
4/10: Sergio’s Major is Worth the Wait
4/25: Why Earnhardt Jr.’s Retirement Isn’t Surprising

5/10: Fast Five: Memorable Sports Farewells

6/6: Mein Deutschland Und Schweiz Journal (My Germany and Switzerland Journal)
6/19: Fowler Shadowing Mickelson in More Ways Than One
6/25: Why Road Course Racing is Good for NASCAR
6/27: Fans Week Roundtable, Part I: Gratifying Wins and Gut-Wrenching Losses
6/28: Fans Week Roundtable, Part II: Sports Heroes and Hysteria
6/29: Fans Week: Creatures in the Bleachers

7/1: Earnhardt’s Daytona Experiences are a Microcosm of His Career
7/15: Hootie Johnson Leaves Behind a Complicated Legacy
7/25: Not the Next Tiger, But the First Spieth

8/14: Thomas Earns PGA – And Rightful Place Among Golf’s Young Stars

9/28: Don’t Mourn for Pitino

10/14: Finding Inspiration From a Winless Team

11/1: A True Fall Classic
11/26: A Gamecock Embarassment


2017 Champions

College Football Playoff Championship:  Clemson Tigers def. Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31
Heisman Trophy:  Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield

Super Bowl LI Champion:  New England Patriots def. Atlanta Falcons, 34-28
NFL MVP:  Falcons QB Matt Ryan
Super Bowl LI MVP:  Patriots QB Tom Brady

NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament Champion:  North Carolina Tar Heels def. Gonzaga Bulldogs, 71-65
Naismith Player of the Year:  Kansas G Frank Mason III
Final Four Most Outstanding Player:  North Carolina G Joel Berry II

Stanley Cup Champion:  Pittsburgh Penguins def. Nashville Predators, 4-2
Hart Memorial Trophy (Regular Season MVP):  Oilers C Connor McDavid
Conn Smythe Trophy (Playoff MVP):  Penguins C Sidney Crosby

NBA Finals Champion:  Golden State Warriors def. Cleveland Cavaliers, 4-1
NBA MVP:  Thunder G Russell Westbrook
NBA Finals MVP:  Warriors F Kevin Durant

College World Series Champion:  Florida def. LSU, 2-0
Golden Spikes Award:  Louisville P/1B Brendan McKay

PGA Tour FedEx Cup Champion:  Justin Thomas
The Masters:  Sergio Garcia
U.S. Open:  Brooks Koepka
The Open Championship:  Jordan Spieth
PGA Championship:  Justin Thomas
PGA Tour Player of the Year:  Justin Thomas

World Series Champion:  Houston Astros def. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3
NL MVP:  Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton
NL Cy Young Award:  Nationals RHP Max Scherzer
AL MVP:  Astros 2B Jose Altuve
AL Cy Young Award:  Indians RHP Corey Kluber
World Series MVP:  Astros OF George Springer

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Champion:  Martin Truex Jr.
Daytona 500 Champion:  Kurt Busch
IndyCar Series Champion:  Josef Newgarden
Indianapolis 500 Champion:  Takuma Sato

Kentucky Derby Winner:  Always Dreaming
Preakness Stakes Winner:  Cloud Computing
Belmont Stakes Winner:  Tapwrit
Breeder’s Cup Classic Winner:  Gun Runner


Stiles on Sports Sportsman of the Year:  Jose Altuve
Sports Illustrated Sportspeople of the Year:  Jose Altuve and J.J. Watt
AP Male Athlete of the Year:  Jose Altuve
AP Female Athlete of the Year:  Katie Ledecky
AP Sports Story of the Year:  NFL player protests