Superstars dominate the professional stage

By: Brendan Burris ~Staff Writer~

Photo courtesy of | Manning lifts the Lombardi Trophy.

2015 proved to be an amazing year in the professional sports world, full of incredible moments and plays, the end of some of the most storied careers of our times and the emergence of new possible dynasties. Here is a look back at the finals of each of the four major sports and the impact the winning teams and their players have had around the sporting world.

World Series: The National League Champion New York Mets, led by their incredible pitching rotation as well as the playoff emergence of Daniel Murphy, took on the stellar lineup of the American League Champion Kansas City Royals. In a series that saw the Royals prove victorious by a tally of 4-1, both teams put on great performances highlighted by memorable moments both on and off the field, as well as an MVP performance by Royals catcher Slavador Perez.

Stanley Cup: The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning played one of the more highly contested Stanley Cup finals in quite some time. In the six-game series, the two teams had hockey fans around the world on the edge of their seats. At the end of those six hard fought battles, the Blackhawks were able to clinch the Cup at home, winning 2-0 and celebrating in front of their own fans. MVP Duncan Keith scored the winning goal for his team.

Super Bowl: The epic storylines were all over the place when it came to Super Bowl 50. Was this Peyton’s final game? Would the Broncos’ stellar defense be able to keep up with Cam Newton and a Panthers offense that only lost one game all year? The Broncos, underdogs coming into the game, proved the age-old adage that “defense wins championships,” and, led by Super Bowl MVP Von Miller, only allowed 10 points to the potent Panthers offense.

NBA Finals: The Cleveland Cavaliers attempted to win their first-ever championship and, led by LeBron James, faced off against Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors reigned supreme, taking the series 4-2 and winning the title in front of the Cleveland fans who have longed for a title to grasp. With all the aforementioned superstars on the floor, it was Andre Iguodala who took home the MVP award, although James became the first player in Finals history to lead both teams in points, assists and rebounds for an entire series.