Old winners prevailed. New champions arose.
Familiar superstars continued to build their legacy with one team. Other superstars chose to break new ground and join another.
Inspirational success stories reached new highs. Some figures and franchises hit new lows.
And we were here to cover all of it. Here are the top moments from the past year in sports, as heard on RADIO.COM.
Another Ring for the Brady-Belichick Dynasty
No team dominated the 2010s more than the New England Patriots, and the 2019 Super Bowl was a perfect cap to a historically successful dynasty headed by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Brady’s sixth ring came at age 42, potentially marking his last Super Bowl appearance ever and the end of an unmatched era of professional football.
Blues Win Stanley Cup in Remarkable Turnaround
“Gloria” rang through the streets of St. Louis for days after the Blues took home the Stanley Cup. In their first finals appearance since 1970, the Blues took down the Boston Bruins in a thrilling seven game series to become the top team in the NHL for the first time in their existence, putting the city into a frenzy and boosting hockey’s popularity throughout the midwest.
Kevin Durant Chooses Nets in Free Agency
Not many NBA transactions have been as widely scrutinized as Kevin Durant’s sign-and-trade to the Nets. With so many factors to consider, such as a possible end to the Warriors’ dynasty, the question of Durant’s long-term health, and the pairing of two superstars in KD and Kyrie Irving, this story captured the attention of the NBA universe during one of the busiest offseasons to date.
USWNT Wins World Cup
Shattering records such as the most goals scored in a World Cup game (13) along the way, the US Women’s National Team put on a show in the 2019 tournament. However, the victory meant more than just athletic triumph for this tightly-bonded group of friends and teammates. The social and political issues brought to light by this team made it an especially remarkable moment in American sports history.
Washington Nationals Win Franchise's First World Series
A 19-31 start could have meant a disaster season for the Nationals after losing superstar outfielder Bryce Harper to the division-rival Phillies. It could have meant that the Nationals would need to rebuild and start anew. But it turned out to represent one of the greatest turn-around performances in MLB history, as the Nats went from Wild Card hopefuls to World Series victors, taking down the Houston Astros by winning every game on the road capped by a come-from-behind Game 7 victory.