While fans in Philly celebrated the end of a title drought in 2008, Seattle bid an unhappy farewell to the Sonics.
We take you back through these and other events of the year with the voices of fans who watched and reacted to sports stories big and small.
"OSU lesson learned: playing a weak nonconference schedule will get you to the dance, but it does nothing for you when you get there. SEC: toughest conference, toughest schedules, PERIOD." -- jimmynva2021
BCS Championship: LSU at Ohio State
"This game will easily go down as one of the Top 5 most memorable Super Bowls, as well as being the biggest upset in the Super Bowl since Namath's Jets took down the Colts."
"That was the greatest play in Super Bowl History. The catch was unreal, but the escape by Manning was equally unbelievable. That play, in fact, can be mentioned in the same breath as the 'Immaculate Reception" because of the circumstances surrounding it." -- Wildcatvxa
Tyree's catch a 'supernatural' performance
"We always turned down the TV announcers and left [Myron] and Jack Fleming on."
"I wish he would've made a run at one more year. He looked in great form last season, but when a legend is done, they're done. It was fun watching him. It will be weird seeing the Packers this year without Favre." -- I_LuV_NuMbA_85
Favre tells Packers he's retiring
"Jayhawk fans, you can unbuckle your seat belts now. The flight has landed successfully. "
"Back-to-back national champs. It doesn't get better than this." -- puncho305
"She's proven that females can compete in the highest levels of racing." -- pittphan07
Danica takes Japan, is first female IndyCar winner
"I really like the way Tampa Bay has put together a blueprint for the future. It is nice seeing them contend in games these days. I seriously doubt that attendance will stay at current levels for Rays games if they keep this up. They kind of remind me of the Braves back in the early '90s before they put their string of postseason appearances together. "
"Noooooo. Not Matt Ryan. Man, the Falcons have messed this up big time." -- SHINE912
"Two guys settling differences with their fists have no less value ... than two guys intellectualizing."
"As good as Osgood is, I never expected two shutouts." -- ehenry1387
Machinelike Wings taking life out of Pens, Cup finals
"I think this is the year Rafa beats Federer at Wimbledon." -- ppuri322
Nadal tops Federer for fourth straight French title
"This is a good start for Adam Jones but not the answer to fixing his problems." -- ctapia5
"I just can't imagine Moreno would let a long-storied Angel so young and talented go."
K-Rod could take aim at single-season saves record
"My new Oklahoma team deserves no part of Seattle's achievements." -- u2dy
Careful, sports fans, you could be the next Seattle
"Forget Sabathia, he's good, but not great. Keep the talent we got in the minors."
Brewers manager Yost on Sabathia: 'A rumor's a rumor'
"I bet this kid just started a trend."
"I can see his next commercial ... Cut that knee! Cut that knee!" -- ArtimusG
Manning has infected bursa sac removed from left knee
"Joe Torre is laid back. Manny is laid back, and L.A. is super laid back. Perfect fit for Manny." -- nateuta06
"If it was third and 8, Artie ran a 9-yard route, caught the ball and always got both feet inbounds." -- nygkry
"This scandal proves that we, as a nation, need to learn to cheat better."
"Should Michael Phelps officially change his name to 'The 8th Wonder of the World'?"
"The spread has been proven to work effectively in cold weather, and the rush attack from the spread can hold up to the winds that blow off the lakes. Michigan showed in their bowl game that there is speed in the program and in the spread that speed will be amplified. Rich is a great coach, not a coach with a great system." -- wcherrsr81774
Rodriguez's offense is innovative but not completely foreign to Big Ten
"They should change this article to read: 'Griffey hits home run No. 609, remains fourth all-time.' " -- hawkfan4life1976
Griffey hits home run No. 609, ties Sosa for fifth all-time
"The Redeem Team is right up there with the original Dream Team, especially when you look at the competition the Redeem Team faced vs. the competition that the Dream Team had ... Back in '92 everyone was just happy to be on the same court as MJ and Magic and Barkely."
"Matt Cassel is a very capable QB, and the Pats have more football players than just Brady." -- RI Sox Fan
Pats' Brady leaves game vs. Chiefs after hit to leg
"I would consider selling one of my less-crucial organs for seats in Wrigley tonight."
"At least with a loss you can look at what you did and improve. A tie is the worst thing in sports." -- RevSader
"I think we should have a vote on the playoff system by the players and the fans."
The stories above are neither a comprehensive list of everything that happened in 2008, nor are the opinions the final word.
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