This is no attempt at objectivity. I know that others will point to the ugliness — in particular the Penn State tragedy — as the biggest sports story of 2011, at least in the United States.
In Canada, it well may be the deaths of professional hockey players and a long concussion-related layoff to Sidney Crosby, the game’s biggest star that triggered debate about the future of fighting in the sport.
Around the world, I can’t imagine anything topping Lionel Messi’s continued brilliance for Barcelona.
As for me, I can’t get enough of this, and probably never will:
I blogged about the significance of this moment earlier this week. A couple of weeks ago, there was plenty of debate here about the professional prospects for women’s soccer, and I do hope they get brighter eventually.
That marvelous day in Dresden resonates for me more than anything else that happened this year, because of what I write about on this blog most often.