2020 Sports Wrapup


Brandon Yang

2020 has been quite the year for all of us, especially for the world of sports. In these times most of us have relied on sports to entertain us in the months of lockdown and so it might be hard to remember every important moment that has happened this year. I’ll do my best to wrap up these last twelve months in the next 5-10 minutes of reading time for you.

College football had the LSU Tigers steamrolling through their opponents all year led by that year’s Heisman winner Joe Burrow and ending it off with an absolutely dominant 42-25 win over the Clemson Tigers in early January for the 2020 College National Championship. The championship winning Tigers would also end up having 14 of their own drafted in the 2020 NFL draft, tying the record for most players drafted from a single college in any draft. While we weren’t certain of college football happening at all during the later half of the year we successfully kicked off the 2020-21 college football season in September and the defending champs aren’t going to be defending their title as they sit unranked currently after a disappointing season. The top four who could be competing for the Natty as of 12/8/20 will be Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Clemson.

The NFL started off their 2020 with a Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl victory, bringing the trophy back home after fifty years. After a wild offseason with big names such as QB Tom Brady and WR Deandre Hopkins switching teams or cornerstones like LB Luke Kuechly and C Travis Frederick calling it a career the NFL tried to move forward as smoothly as possible with the 2020-2021 season. The year didn’t start as planned as many of the league’s stars were bitten by the injury bug. Christian McCaffrey, Michael Thomas, George Kittle to name a few missed significant time this year. The top teams this year are the defending champs Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC and the Saints and Packers in the NFC.

Basketball had started up normally cruising through the season as planned. Notable moments were Lebron passing Kobe on the all-time scoring list, and sadly Kobe Bryant passing away the day after in a tragic helicopter crash. The players showed their respect across the league by taking 24 and 8 second violations. After an All-Star game dedicated to Kobe and his daughter the NBA season would be abruptly shut down in March. It would be four months before the season restarted in July with a seeding schedule before entering the playoffs. It would be the LA Lakers who would ultimately exit the Bubble as NBA champs over the surprising Miami Heat in six games.

Major League Baseball arguably took the biggest hit due to Covid and had to cancel the minor league season as well as shorten their 162 game season to just 60 games. However they made due and still made it a fun season. The regular season and playoffs would eventually culminate to the high paying LA Dodgers facing off against the young Tampa Bay Rays in the MLB World Series. The thrilling series went back and forth for the first four games before the Dodgers took control of games five and six and won the coveted world series.