January was a big year in sports in the world. Here is a brief rundown:
- College football playoffs: this year’s playoffs began with controversy when the committee decided to let Alabama play in the playoffs instead of Ohio State, even though they had a less impressive regular season. Alabama quickly proved doubters wrong, however, crushing No. 1 Clemson 24-6 before defeating Georgia 26-20 in a OT thriller to win the national championship. This is Alabama’s 5th title in 9 years.
- NFL playoffs: This year was one of the most entertaining playoffs in recent memory. On the AFC, the Jacksonville Jaguars shocked everyone by beating both the Bills and the Steelers to advance to the AFC championship. There, they lost to the New England Patriots 24-20 due to yet another Tom Brady-led comeback. The Patriots will be competing for their 6th Super Bowl title next week. On the NFC, the Eagles, despite being the No. 1 seed, were heavy underdogs due to losing their starting QB to injuries. But they outlasted the Falcons and then steamrolled the Vikings 38-7 in the NFC championship. They will be competing for their first super bowl title. Interestingly, this year’s Super Bowl is a rematch from the 2005 Super Bowl. The Patriots won that game, 24-21.
- The X Games: This year’s Winter X Games took was from January 25-28th, 2018, in Aspen, Colorado. For those who don’t know, the X Games is an annual extreme (winter) sports event. This year, participants competed in six skiing events, seven snowboarding events, and two snowmobiling events. In the end, the United States dominated this competition, winning 24 medals total (second place, Canada, only won 8) and 7 gold medals.– Amit Rajesh