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Well, folks, it’s that time where we look back at some of the sports memories of year. Yes, the impending New Year is a great time for best of lists and the like. Because the sporting world is becoming so much more encompassing than when I was younger, there are an absolute plethora of plays to choose from. So instead of giving a comprehensive list with the claim of “Best ___ of the Year,” I thought I’d give you a collection of some great pwnage-style plays that helped make the 2007 sports year so enjoyable, most of which will be accompanied by the appropriate YouTube selection.

Without further adieu, here’s my collection of some pwnage that stood out during this past year.

Boise State Beats Oklahoma
What better way to get the New Year started than with a great college football bowl game that seems to prove some of these smaller schools can play with the big boys? Who can forget the incredible Statue of Liberty extra-point play that cemented the win for Boise State? Of course, it’s also hard to forget Chris Myers spoiling Ian Johnson’s proposal to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics by running his mouth beforehand. Nice going Myers. Here are the highlights of the great game, complete with the Statue of Liberty and that sick lateral that saved Boise’s bacon.

Lebron Destroys Detroit
Lebron Destroys DetroitDuring the NBA Playoffs, there is usually at least one performance that captivates the sports watching nation. David Stern’s spineless handling of Phoenix/San Antonio series notwithstanding, the game that stood out this past year was game 5 of the Detroit/Cleveland conference final match-up.

As many NBA fans understand, players make their fame in crunch time, and boy, did Lebron ever take that lesson to heart. In the fifth game of the series, Lebron decided to put his personal stamp on the playoffs by scoring 48 points and single-handedly leading his team over the Pistons.

To do so, King James scored Cleveland’s final 25 points… and 29 of its final 30. If that isn’t taking a game over, I don’t know what is. The crowning jewel of Lebron’s performance was one of the most ridiculous, in-traffic, one-handed dunks I’ve ever seen. As the above picture indicates, James was head-high when he threw the upcoming dunk down. Goodness. While Cleveland went on to lose in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Lebron did his best to let everyone know the path to the finals goes through Cleveland… at least for now.

Baron Davis Destroys Andre Kirilenko
Speaking of incredible playoff dunks, Baron Davis decided he’d add to the cavalcade by absolutely hammering one down over the AK-47 himself, Andre Kirilenko. Perhaps AK shouldn’t have rotated over…

Trevor Ariza: Dunk of the Year?
Sorry for all the dunk clips (they do make for some of the best Pwnage entries though), but I have to ask: Is Trevor Ariza’s dunk over Grant Hill during the recent Christmas Day Lakers/Suns match-up the best of year? If not, it’s going to be hard to outdo it, even with Lebron and Baron Davis’ offerings.

My goodness Trevor. Don’t hurt anybody up there. ;)

Phillies Triple-Play
Cole Hamels OK, for my MLB pick, I had to resort to someone who’s opinion I respect a lot more than my own when it comes to all things baseball: Sooze from Babes Love Baseball. While I’m certainly not a baseball hater, my knowledge and recall isn’t anything close to some of the other experts out there. Thanks to Sooze’s help, I think we have a great play for our Yearly Pwnage recap:

The Phillies triple-play against the Cincinnati Reds in April of 2007. The triple play was the first one of the 2007 MLB Season and the first one for the Phils since 1999. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an embeddable video of the play, but MLB.com does have a streaming version on the link I provided above.

Sigh, when will MLB and the NFL get over themselves in regards to YouTube and allowing embeds? Folks, it only helps make your product MORE POPULAR… but I digress.

15 Laterals
The bold says it all. Everyone remembers the game-ending play provided by Trinity University and all those insane laterals that eventually resulted in them getting into the end zone and the win column. Any words I offer can’t do this play any justice, so I’ll just zip it and let you enjoy the play.

Words fail me.

OK, before I make this post an even larger scroll monster, I’ll leave you with my pwnage/play of the year, courtesy of Stevie Johnson, the University of Kentucky football team and the UofL Cardinal defensive secondary. I’m guessing the Cardinal fans wanted Bobby Petrino back after this particular game was over.

I don’t remember much of what happened the rest of the evening after all that…

Unfortunately, one of my favorite plays of the year–Randy Moss’ elbow catch–doesn’t have a proper video detailing just how awesome it really was, so I’ll have to let KSK back me up on this. I haven’t seen an elbow make such a definitive play since Karl Malone used his to blast Isiah Thomas for abusing John Stockton in light of Thomas getting snubbed from the original Dream Team.

Anyway, I hope you all have a stupendous New Year’s Eve celebration and a successful 2008. Intentional Foul will be back next year, so don’t miss out on our shenanigans. Happy New Year, folks. Be safe.