Sean Pendergast

Happy Memorial Day 2015: 7 Most Memorable Sports Moments of 2015 (So Far)



It's Memorial Day, so anything we do today is done under the umbrella of thanks — thanks to our troops, past and present, for protecting our rights to do all of the stupid things that we get to do every day, stupid things that some of us even get to do for a living.

I am fully cognizant of the fact that only in America can you make a fantastic living blabbering about sports all day and surfing YouTube looking for "just the right WWE video" to convey the message that you want to convey. I get to do that, and it's our freedoms protected by our troops that, at its root, allows me to do that. So with "memorial" being the mood, let's make one of those sweeps through YouTube and find our (okay, MY) seven most memorable sports moments of 2015…so far!

January 1, 2015 — Jameis Winston Fumbles Away the Rose Bowl
Jameis Winston had made it through his entire collegiate career without losing a single game, and that's even with a wickedly uneven redshirt sophomore year in which he threw an ungodly number of interceptions early in games so that he could fish himself out of the fire late in games. It finally all imploded in the Rose Bowl. Florida State met Oregon for a shot at the national title game, and this happened….



January 18 — D'Qwell Jackson's Interception Triggers Deflate-Gate
Jackson's interception seemed innocent enough at the time —  turnover right before the half that kept New England from running away and hiding from the Colts in the AFC title game. And then when the Patriots outscored the Colts 28-0 in the second half, nobody thought anything of the Jackson INT. That is, until after the game, when we found out that Jackson gave the ball to an equipment guy, complained the ball was slightly deflated and the rest is history…..




February 1  — Malcolm Butler's INT Clinches Super Bowl XLIX
Not many quarterbacks have won two Super Bowls in a row. Not many undrafted cornerbacks get to be the hero in the Super Bowl. Watch Malcolm Butler get to be one of those cornerbacks while stealing a legacy win from Russell Wilson….


March 8 — Steph Curry Magic
This season will ultimately be the Season of Steph, especially after the Warriors sweep the Rockets (likely) and sweep whoever they play in the NBA Finals (probably the Cavs). If you're looking for one play to sum up the Steph Curry ridiculousness, here you go….


March 24 — Brock Lesnar Announces His New Deal With WWE on ESPN
It's not often that WWE gets coverage on regular, mainstream television. But Brock Lesnar is not your typical WWE champion. In advance of Wrestlemania, Vince McMahon got the best publicity he could get for his pay-per-view spectacular when ESPN gave Lesnar the forum to announce his new deal with WWE….



April 6 — J.J. Watt and Caroline Wozniacki at the Final Four
…and women everywhere, especially in Houston, wept.




April 15, 2015 — Aaron Hernandez Guilty of Murder
Good riddance, asshole…



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Sean Pendergast is a contributing freelance writer who covers Houston area sports daily in the News section, with periodic columns and features, as well. He also hosts afternoon drive on SportsRadio 610, as well as the post game show for the Houston Texans.
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