The 2016 Crave Sports Awards

The most incredibly memorable sports happenings from 2016. And the Cravies go to ...

Josh Helmuthby Josh Helmuth

The Crave Sports Awards. We like to call them ‘Cravies.’ It’s our way of recognizing the best, most bizarre, unique, transcendent and memorable sports happenings each year. It’s essentially like winning an Oscar.

It’s the 5th straight year we’ve recognized the most notable sports moments of the year. 2016 may be our largest, most impressive collection.

Here we go!

Best New Sport

Knockerball Soccer Rodeo

Darwin Award

Given to those who extremely question the gene pool based on their poor decision making

Golfer attempts chip shot on ice, falls in lake

The Babe Didrikson Zaharias Award 

AKA, the female athlete who captivated and conquered all.

Simone Manual –  First African-American to win an Olympic gold swimming medal

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women's 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 11: Simone Manuel of the United States celebrates after winning gold in the Women’s 100m Freestyle Final on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Best Commercial

Foot Locker – Tom Brady

The future Hall-of-Famer pokes fun at deflate-gate.

Most Embarrassing Play

Joakim Noah –  Worst Shot Ever?

Road House Award

Miami Fan Punches West Virginia Fan In Bathroom Over Urinal Access

A college bowl game fight followed by possibly the best one-liner of the year.

Best Viral Video

Herd of deer crushes cross country runner

This is only great because the runner was okay.

Animal Planet Award

Watch this dude punch a kangaroo in the face after it attacks his dog

Know anyone else who’s boxed a kangaroo?

Best Photobomb

Cavs dancer destroys Sportscenter

Smartest Revenge Award

Cowboys fan dumped before Christmas gets last laugh

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Evel Knievel Award

Race pilot hit on runway escapes death

Best Fan

This Pirates fan fan’d harder than you ever have

Houdini Award

Buster Posey’s magical toss into Jake Peavy’s glove

Funniest Sports Moment

Bills fan throws sex toy onto field

Retro Award

Rockets player brings back underhand free throws to NBA

Boldest Moment

John Oliver pranks Yankees, enables Ninja Turtles to get elite seats

The “Wanna Get Away?” Award

Yankees fan loses ring while trying to propose

Exsqueeze Me Award

Did she really just say that?

Lindsey Vonn embarrasses J.J. Watt with groin joke at ESPYs

The Helmuth Award

Did I really just want to name an award after myself? Possibly. But in fairness, my name translates as ‘hard headed’ in German. You can’t get more hard-headed than Jameson Taillon this year. Unreal.

Pirates pitcher takes 105 MPH line-drive to head, stays in game

Most Shocking sports moment

Winning three games in a row to erase a 1-3 series deficit to arguably the greatest team in regular season NBA History (73-9 Warriors) while also winning Cleveland’s first sports title in a half century? Sure, why not?

LeBron James has pulled the most amazing feat in NBA Finals history

Most Inspiring Moment

Steve Smith takes girl with rare autism to prom

Best moment no one cared about

What could easily be considered the most shocking sports moment of the year, A&M made the greatest comeback in college basketball history when they erased a 12 point deficit in 44 seconds to beat Northern Iowa in the NCAA Tournament.

Yes, Texas A&M did pull of the greatest comeback in college basketball history

Best Celebrity Moment

Kate Upton has Twitter rampage after Justin Verlander loses Cy Young

Nobody puts Kate’s Tiger in the corner!

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SMH Award

We’re all shaking our heads with this one.

Someone tried to sell a ‘bag of air’ from Kobe’s last game on eBay

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Best Broadcasting Call

Iceland commentator’s head explodes following Euro goal

This was Gummi Ben after Iceland punched their way into the Euro 16 for the first time ever

Most bizarre play

This was a tough call. We could have included NW Missouri State’s insane lateral TD OR Northern Iowa’s half-court buzzer beater … But this shot below is unlike anything we’ve ever seen.

Australian incredible behind-the-backboard buzzer-beater

Play of the Year

Villanova’s buzzer beater over UNC for national title

In what was likely the best NCAA Tournament ending of all-time, UNC’s Marcus Paige drilled a game-tying three pointer with four seconds left, only to watch it become obsolete with a three pointer at the buzzer by Nova’s Kris Jenkins.

For the national title… ONIONS!

Most memorable moment of 2016

Cubs win first World Series in 108 years

Chicago celebrate the Chicago Cubs 8-7 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland in 10th inning in game seven of the 2016 World Series, near Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois early on November 3, 2016. Ending America's longest sports title drought in dramatic fashion, the Chicago Cubs captured their first World Series since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller that concluded early on November 3. / AFP / Tasos Katopodis (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ending America’s longest sports title drought in dramatic fashion, the Chicago Cubs captured their first World Series since 1908 by defeating the Cleveland Indians 8-7 in a 10-inning thriller that concluded early on November 3. (Photo credit should read TASOS KATOPODIS/AFP/Getty Images)

And what else could it have been? It may be another 108 years before the lovable losers win another World Series? In 2016 they proved the curse of the billygoat has vanished. And the north side partied like it was 1908 … on steroids.

Here are the best Cubs stories you missed since their World Series wi

Related: The 2015 Crave Sports Awards

 


Josh Helmuth is the editor of Crave Sports.

Photo: Getty