You guys, I know that EVERYONE and their grandmother have been talking about fucking Deflategate ever since January, but guess what, it’s actually not the most searched sports story of 2015. In fact, it’s not even in the top-3!
I don’t know if that means we’re all finally sick and tired of talking about that shit, or we just cared about more things while drunk on our phones at 3 a.m., but it was a little bit shocking for me to hear.
Thanks to our good (and really smart) friends over at Bing, they broke down the top sports stories that we all searched for this year and the results sort of surprised me, to be honest.
Per Bing’s research, here’s how the list breaks down from 10-1:
10. The Royals Win The World Series
For the first time since 1985, the Kansas City Royals finished on top of the baseball world. A franchise that hadn’t done much of anything for 30 years typically gets the attention of sports fans, so it’s pretty cool to see so many cared enough about the Royals to follow their journey to the Fall Classic.
9. Devon & Leah Still’s Emotional Story
When Devon Still’s daughter Leah’s cancer story became public, it became one of the coolest stories in all of sports, as the Cincinnati Bengals’ franchise rallied around Still’s family, the NFL showed support and everyone did what they could to see her progress. With the recent news that Leah’s cancer free, I think we can all say, fuck you, cancer, you’re not going to win this one.
8. Riley Curry Outshines MVP Dad
Steph Curry might be the most lethal shooter in NBA history, the reigning league MVP and has a championship ring on his finger, but his adorable daughter, Riley, is who actually became the most searched Curry on the web this year. Did you see this girl? I’m not much of a sap, but, cutest kid I’ve seen.
7. Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather Jr. Fight
Billed as the “Fight of the Century,” when everyone overpaid to watch a snoozefest between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. back in May, we all bought into the hype that the two biggest names in boxing carries. Leading up to the fight, we all expected a Thrilla in Manila-type of deal. Instead we watched a more intense stare down as the two basically danced around one another.
6. FIFA Corruption Scandal
Sepp Blatter, the suspended president of FIFA, is a lying, conniving, greedy prick who only cared about himself and little cronies over the integrity of the biggest sporting federation on the planet. Whether or not you like soccer—and plenty in the world do—the corruption scandal was heavily followed.
We all heard way too much about Tom Brady and his deflated balls, but, as mentioned above, it’s a little surprising Deflategate scandal wasn’t higher on this list. I mean, seriously, we’re still talking about this shit and it’s December.
4. USA Soccer Wins The Women’s World Cup
You guys, the women of the red, white and blue DOMINATED in the World Cup Final, beating Japan 5-2 in a rematch from the 2011 title game. Whether it was all the hotties on the field or because America loves winning, we all paid attention.
3. The World Watches The Cricket World Cup
Did you know that the Cricket World Cup even existed? I guess I’m just an ignorant American who drinks Natty Light and doesn’t know shit about cricket. Other, more educated people do, though.
2. American Pharoah Wins Triple Crown
For the first time since Affirmed in 1978, a horse won the Triple Crown. And, even though most people outside of the state of Kentucky don’t care much about horse racing, this year proved to be way different.
1. Seattle Seahawks’ Shocker At Super Bowl
The Super Bowl’s the biggest event on the planet each and every year, so when the Seahawks royally screwed themselves over by throwing the ball with less than six feet to go in the waning seconds against the Pats, it proved to be the one thing everyone couldn’t get enough of. And with good reason, considering it was the dumbest play call in Super Bowl history.