Two-thousand-and-eighteen has been a big year in sports, with huge upsets, big wins and historic moments. With New Year’s Eve just a few blinks away, let’s take a look back at some of the most exciting moments from the last 12 months.

#16 UMBC Knocks off #1 Virginia

They say that anything can happen in sports, and until March Madness of 2018 that statement include everything except a 16 seed topping a number one. But when the University of Maryland-Baltimore County defeated the top-seeded University of Virginia, all bets were off. Literally. Because nobody in their right mind picked UMBC to put money on.

North and South Korea Join Forces for the Olympics

In the modern world it feels like we’re more divided than ever, and the 60+ year split on the Korean Peninsula seems one of the hardest to bridge. But when the two countries came together to play together at the Winter Olympics it brought hope for reconciliation for anybody.

Naomi Osaka Stuns Serena Williams at the US Open

Serena Williams is widely regarded as the best tennis player in the world, if not of all time. So when Naomi Osaka managed to defeat her at the US Open this year, it became one of the biggest stories of the year. It was unfortunately overshadowed by an officiating dispute on the court, with the fallout stoking racial and sexist tensions. But Osaka and her idol supported each other from the beginning, and she holds the title of first Japanese Grand Slam Singles Champion at only 21 years old. Expect to see more of her in the coming years.

The Philadelphia Eagles Win the Super Bowl

The Eagles have a long history of being also-rans, usually dropping early in the playoffs or losing in the NFC Championship (heck, they lost three in a row 15 years ago). So when the city with the craziest fans won the Big Game, everybody was a little stunned. Don’t worry though, it’ll probably be another 85 years before they do it again.

JR Smith Makes the Biggest Blunder in NBA Finals History

Remember that time JR Smith decided to run the clock out in the lane when his team was tied in the Finals? You can bet he will never forget. It set the tone for the rest of the series, and the Warriors were able to easily handle Smith’s Cavaliers for the Championship.

Vegas Golden Knights Make the Stanley Cup Finals

It’s unusual for an expansion team to make the playoffs, let alone the finals. But the Golden Knights managed to get all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year. Although they fell short to the Washington Capitals, you can bet nobody in southern Nevada was disappointed with their new home team’s performance.

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