Although I've already hand-picked some of what I felt were our strongest posts from 2013, the numbers don't lie: you guys really dug our boy bands posts last year. Of our 10 most popular blog posts, three of them were about boy bands. Other things you enjoy: soccer, television, and Australia. Strange lot, aren't ya?
Without further ado, TN Team Blog's 10 most visited blog posts of 2013 are...
Following research into the curses surrounding Macbeth, this post delves into 10 very real, sometimes funny superstitions that exist in the theater world.
So last week we showed you a video about a really amazing college football play; this week we follow that up with a not-so-great play. During a game between the Florida Gators and Georgia Southern, lineman Jonotthan Harrison and receiver Quinton Dunbar — two Gators players on the same team — failed to go after the opposing team and instead, went after each other. Funny, sure, but this won't probably won't go down in the record books for anything other than being kind of embarrassing. Enjoy.
I don't personally know much about sports, but I know an incredible catch when I see one. During a game between University of Central Florida and Temple, UCF junior wide receiver J.J. Worton had an acrobatic touchdown that saved the game. The throw, from the Temple 30-yard line, came from UCF teammate Blake Bortles.
Saying goodbye is never easy, but somehow it gets even more emotional when you've got an entire team, stadium of fans, and world watching. On Thursday, Yankees player Mariano Rivera said farewell to his team and the game, after he was pulled from the game in the ninth by teammates Andy Pettitte and Derek Jeter. Watching him say goodbye is equal parts sad and moving. Check it out above.
There is no hotter topic in sports right now than the circus that is surrounding Alex Rodriguez. From his appeal of the 211 game suspension that he was handed by Major League Baseball to him getting beaned by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in this past weekend's game, A-Rod is consistently the lead story on SportsCenter.
Why? Because people really love being entertained.
Sports, not unlike a television show or movie, is infinitely more entertaining when there is a great story-line. As much as MLB wants to punish A-Rod for his involvement with using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), they would be kidding themselves if they don't think he is main reason for the high ratings that the Yankees-Red Sox games got over the weekend. He is the villain. He is the heel. He is the guy everyone loves to hate. Most importantly, he provides great theater.
While I don't advocate the use of steroids in sports, I just think it's hard to deny that the topic is pretty entertaining to talk and argue about. In fact, I'd definitely say that PEDs kind of make sports more interesting. Hear me out.