Question of the day: What was your favorite sports moment of 2010?
Nick Mathews, Newport News Daily Press
In sports, anything can happen. Anything. Sure, the odds maybe 1,000 to 1, or 10,000 to 1. But any team, any person can triumph on any day. Witness, James Madison 21, Virginia Tech 16. The worst loss in the history of Virginia Tech, which entered the year as a contender for the national championship but fell to 0-2 with the shocking loss at home to an in-state FCS (Football Championship Subdivision) opponent. JMU Coach Mickey Matthews said it was the greatest win in school history. And the Dukes have a national title to their credit. Look to the rest of the 2010 season to see the improbability of that game. JMU finished 6-5 overall and 3-5 -- tied for eighth in the 10-team Colonial Athletic Assn. Virginia Tech rattled off 11 straight wins, captured the ACC title and will play No. 5 Stanford in the Orange Bowl on Monday. Anything can happen. Have to love it.
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Bill Kline, The Morning Call
Nice-guy Jim Furyk's win in the PGA Tour Championship tops 2010. Furyk by no means is a regular guy; he's earned millions of dollars and lives on estates more sweeping than your New Year's hangover. But his win in September to claim the FedEx Cup was a triumph for the people. Like us, his swing is odder-looking than Mickey Rourke. Like us, he doesn't pump it out there 300 yards. Like us, he's no swashbuckler like Phil or uber-talented force such as Tiger. And like us, Furyk grinds his way to the hole. Of course, he thinks his way to birdies and pars, while we fantasize our way to bogeys and doubles. But the point is that Furyk looks like one of us: the guy who could join your Sunday foursome, take your money and then give it all back afterward in beers and good times at the 19th hole. True grace -– and true grit -– indeed.]
Photo: James Madison Coach Mickey Matthews celebrates after defeating 13th-ranked Virginia Tech, 21-16, on Sept. 11. Credit: Don Petersen / Associated Press