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Super Bowl game was simply the latest great finish in sports

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Don’t look now, but all of the sudden, sports are pretty good.

Yeah, we all like to reminisce about the old days, about Michael Jordan and Joe Montana and Wayne Gretzky. Lately, however, we’re seeing sports as if they were scripted by movie writers.

If nothing else, Sunday night’s Super Bowl should tell you that. There had never been an overtime game. There had never been such a comeback. There had never been a quarterback like Tom Brady, who guided the New England Patriots to a 34-28 victory.

But was the Super Bowl really better than this year’s national championship game in college football. Remember, Deshaun Watson of Clemson threw the winning touchdown pass as time ran out to beat vaunted Alabama.

And how about the World Series? The Chicago Cubs finally beat their demons with an 8-7 win in extra innings of Game Seven.

Not much can match the comeback of the Cleveland Cavs in the NBA title. They won in seven games, winning games five, six and seven when Golden State had three chances to close out the series.

Then there was the Stanley Cup. Pittsburgh won in six games (not seven) over San Jose behind Sidney Crosby.

Ah, and how about the Final Four? Villanova beat North Carolina for the title on a last-second shot by Kris Jenkins.

Remember this as new champions are crowned. They have some great storylines to match.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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