Stories of the Year

So what sports stories, events, games, scandals and other happenings stick out in your mind from 2011? There are plenty of things to choose from, here are some  of the headliners from the Big 3, the ACC, and outside the ACC.  That is the thing with sports and being a sports fan, there is always something happening…

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Another Reason to Admire Roy Halladay

We all know who Roy Halladay is.  In case you have been living in a cave the past few years, Roy is arguably the best pitcher in baseball.  While he may not win the NL Cy Young Award this year (there is some stiff competition), he has shown that he is a class act and truly appreciates everyone around him.

Halladay Gets Congratulated Upon Completing His Perfect Game
Halladay Gets Congratulated Upon Completing His Perfect Game

Back on May 29th Roy pitched a perfect game in Florida against the Marlins.  He decided to thank his teammates with an engraved watch. He did not stop with his teammates, however, and also gave them out to all of the traveling attendants who help make road trips easier on the team.  But wait, there is more.  Roy did not stop with the traveling attendants, but also gave them to all clubhouse personnel back home in Philly as well.

The watches are enclosed in a wooden box that has a glass top on it.  Each box has not only a thank you from Roy (“We did it together.  Thanks, Roy Halladay.”) etched into it, but he also had each recipient’s name engraved as well.  So even the dude who tosses Roy a towel as he leaves the shower got his own watch, with his own name on it to prove it was a personal gift from Roy Halladay.  In a day and age where athletes are known more and more for their lavish lifestyles and selfish attitudes, it is extremely refreshing to see that one of baseball’s very best players is also one of its classiest.

So thank you to Roy Halladay.  Not only for the awesomeness he displays each time he takes the hill, but for doing what he can to restore our faith in professional athlete’s character.