2006. What a year it has been. It seems everywhere you turn, everyone has their own version of “year end” memories and awards. To follow in this ever so popular and cult-like trend, yours truly will also delve into memory lane and dissect the year that was 2006.
Crucial Moment of the Year – Foiled Terrorist Plot in England
This summer we saw possibly the biggest terrorist plot since 9/11 foiled when British police officers picked up on attempts to explode ten United States bound airplanes in the Atlantic Ocean. This showed that terrorist groups around the world are not idle in their attempts to attack the free world.
World Affairs Issue of the Year – North Korea Nuclear Missile Crisis
This situation had many wondering what exactly were the North Koreans doing when they “tested” several nuclear missiles into the Pacific. This story definitely put the situation in Iraq on the back burner for a few months.
Controversial Story of the Year – Illegal Immigration in the United States
Once President Bush pushed to cease illegal immigration, you just knew anarchy would rise. Who would have thought a nation built and founded on the principal of immigration would discourage it?
Most Overrated Story of the Year – Barbaro’s broken leg
I’m sorry. The first few days of coverage, I found it somewhere deep down to empathize with the horse lovers of the world in this “tragedy”. After that, I began to wonder if it was a big deal at all, ultimately reaching the conclusion of “who cares?”
Inspirational Story of the Year – City of New Orleans
The damage that Hurricane Katrina did to the South will never be forgotten. The way the city has bounced back, with its rebuilding, its pride, and most of all its spirit is a story of inspiration. The Monday Night Football Game between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons was evident of that special comeback. It definitely makes it difficult to root against the Saints this year.
Best Invention of the Year – YouTube.com
How can you argue with this one? Youtube.com provides you with anything from home made videos to missed programming. Definitely redefines the importance and usage of how society uses the Internet.
Comeback of the Year – Jay-Z
How can anyone argue with this? Mr. Carter takes three years off, and comes back and saves us from a dying hip-hop culture. The album “Kingdom Come” proves Jay’s still the King.
Worst Movie of the Year – “Click”
A movie that is not funny, predictable, boring, dumb, and leaves you questioning yourself on why you watched it.
As for best movie of the year, 2006 was a rough year for yours truly on catching flicks. “United 93” has been highly recommended.
Biggest Discovery of the year – Global Warming
It took years for this to finally grab our attention, but it finally did in 2006 with Al Gore’s documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”.
Most Random (Sad) Story of the year – Cory Lidle’s Death
In the years past, this was usually an event of surprise in a positive light. However, 2006 brought us the shocking news of Cory Lidle’s death when his plane crashed into a Manhattan high rise. It’s still hard to believe.
Dome Pondering Person of the year - Stephon Marbury
A clothing line that sells everything for $10 and sneakers under $15 is phenomenal. The fact that this guy is a professional athlete looking to make a difference in the lives for inner-city families is remarkable.
“Wishing Well” Award of the Year – PlayStation 3
You knew it would be a hit. Sony announces that it predicts a backup on demands for the PS3 until April.
“What were you thinking?” Award of the Year – Michael Richards
Shouting obscene and racial gestures to hecklers is not exactly how you prolong your career after ‘Seinfeld’. Richards embarrassed all of humanity with his remarks. No excuse.
“We’ll miss you” Award of the Year – Dave Chappelle
The show was hilarious and trend setting. Although Chappelle admitted that some of the skits on the show were socially irresponsible, there were those that provided light on diversity and how we embrace it. Carlos Mencia seemed to have filled that void as of late.
“Just Go Away” Award of the Year – Britney Spears
I think she’s been covered enough this year. Just go away.
“We Need to Fix this” Award of the Year – Genocide in Sudan
Genocide in the Sudan is a terribly sad situation. Many are unaware because of the North Korea situation and the War in Iraq. If you are currently unaware, get in the know.
Wrestler of the Year – Edge and Samoa Joe
From winning his first ever World Title to totally redefining his character and stepping up to the main event scene to putting on main event quality matches, Edge definitely has out shined many in the industry. However, unlike many wrestling columnists, Samoa Joe also deserves to be mentioned in this category. From his five-star quality matches with Christopher Daniels and A.J. Styles, to becoming the face of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and a household name, 2006 was definitely a year for Samoa Joe.
Tag Team of the Year – A.J. Styles and Christopher Daniels
WWE tag division was awful. These two men brought back tag team wrestling this year with unforgettable matches, most notably their “Ultimate X” match with LAX at 'No Surrender' in September.
UFC Fighter of the Year – Chuck Liddell and Tim Sylvia
Both men dominated their division and defended their titles in 2006 like classy champions. Scary thing is, 2007 may have the same result for the two champs.
Sporting Event of the Year – FIFA World Cup 06’
Whenever the World Cup is in progress, you truly understand the passion and reason for why soccer is the number one sport in the world.
Team of the Year – St. Louis Cardinals
When the playoffs began, who guessed the Cardinals would have won the World Series? If the eight teams in the playoffs were ranked, the Cardinals would have been eighth. Nonetheless, the Cardinals defied the odds by going all the way and also giving us the most unlikely World Series MVP in David Eckstein.
Sportsman of the Year – Tiger Woods and LaDainian Tomlinson
Most sports writers had one or the other, so I chose both. Tiger continues to marvel us with his play, including an emotional victory following his father’s death and Tomlinson is having a season like no other.
Who to Watch in 2007
Carlos Mencia – Very funny. May capture the audience Chappelle has left.
Isiah Thomas – His one year continues. Will he sink or swim?
President Bush – Immigration fiasco, North Korea, Iraq, Oil, Economy, Terrorism…he’s got his hands full.
Barry Bonds – Will the Feds get him? How will the Nation reacts to if and when he breaks Aarons record?
Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama – Female President and African – American President? Is this nation ready for a change in leadership?
Jaime Foxx – He’s good. Can he rise to greatness?
Jay-Z – What’s next?
Greg Oden - Will he be basketball's next great big man?
Daisukutzke Matsuzaka – Will the Red Sox get their money worth? I hope not. Go Yanks.
2006 has been a great year. No complaints here, as your truly has seen himself grow tremendously over the past twelve months. Like any year, there were trial and tribulations, victories and defeats. I have seen myself grow from the many hardships that have been placed in front of me. The old saying that , "God gives you tasks, for which he thinks you can handle" appeared more true in my eyes than ever in 2006.
2006 was a year of proving to myself that I am able to conquer. With that, I have learned to appreciate the meaning of victory. However, God has not forgotten to humble me, as I have been broken, and brought to my knees mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and yes, even physically. From successful projects, a 0.00 ERA, a beneficial internship, and a growing relationship to bad grades, lost debates, blown knees, lost friendships, and several deaths, 2006 tested this individual soul.
However, the race continues. The race that we call life. 2007 will surely bring more to this race like it did this year. There will be more obstacles, more challenges placed in front of you and more oppurtunities to better yourself. God will stretch you to new heights.
In 2007, how will you respond?
Happy New Year!