#5 All Good Things Must End
The Atlanta Braves’ winning streak couldn’t last forever. But whoda thunk that it would be at the hands of the hapless, hopeless Miami Marlins? Or that the Braves would fail to score a single run in a 1-0 loss? After Saturday’s debacle, Atlanta started the next streak with a 9-4 drubbing of Miami on Sunday. But they’ve got a ways to go to catch up to the Texas Rangers, who own the current longest win streak in the MLB at 7.
#4 Twists and Turns
It’s a popular joke in the world of sports junkies that all NASCAR drivers have to do is turn left. I didn’t say it was a funny joke, just a popular one. Anyway, NASCAR broke that mold this weekend with a road race at Watkins Glen, a race that requires drivers to navigate both left AND right. It also produced some thrilling racing and wild wrecks. In the end, Kyle Busch held off a hard charging Brad Keselowsi – the man who won the Nationwide race on that track 24 hours before – for the victory.
#3 Lightning Strikes for, like, the Zillionth Time
Usain Bolt did it again. The lightning-fast runner won the 100 meter final at the World Championships. The feat was made all the more fantastic by the conditions surrounding the race. It was raining cats and dogs in Moscow. Lightning – the literal kind – flashed in the sky as Bolt did his best impression of lightning and dashed across the finish line to reclaim the title that he lost on a false-start technicality two years ago.
#2 Dufner’s No Duffer
Jason Dufner came close once before. He lost in a playoff at the PGA Championship in 2011. This time, he did more than come close. Dufner erased all the Tiger Woods – Phil Mickelson talk by blowing them both away and winning the Wanamaker Trophy. It was the first Major win in Dufner’s career. Woods, on the other hand, had the worst (tied) showing of his career, finishing in a tie for 40th place. Believe it or not, Tiger’s ugly +4 was more than enough to win the Woods – Mickelson duel. Lefty tied for 72nd (out of 75) at 12 over par.
#1 Serena Triumphant
Is there anyone as dominant in their sport today as Serena Williams? Watching her play – against some of the best female players on the planet, no less – is like watching a tennis instructor school an unruly, overconfident first year student. She won every set she played in the Rogers Cup. The only time she seemed to even work up a sweat was in a not-all-that closely contested battle against Agnieszka Radwanska in the Semi-Final round. Watching Williams play tennis is pure joy not in any kind of dramatic way but more from an appreciation- of- mastery point of view.