SI.com: A year to remember, a time to look ahead
December 31st, 2010
03:45 PM ET

SI.com: A year to remember, a time to look ahead

Bowl games highlight the final day of 2010, but New Year's Eve also reminds us to reflect on the year that was.

It was a year that saw the Super Bowl go to the Saints and a year in which we learned Tiger Woods was anything but (a saint). We watched in agony as LeBron James made his "Decision," Brett Favre made a comeback more notable off the field than on it and Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game on the final out.

But there was plenty of good in 2010 as well. Six no-hitters were thrown in baseball. The Lakers and Celtics delivered a classic NBA Finals. Jimmie Johnson defied the odds to snag his fifth Chase for the Cup title. Spain won the World Cup title in South Africa. John Isner outlasted Nicolas Mahut in a marathon match at Wimbledon. And Butler's Gordon Hayward nearly banked in a half-court shot at the Final Four to almost deliver the greatest Cinderella story of all time.

It was a year sports fans would be remiss to forget, but our attention now rightfully shifts to 2011.

Will Tiger reclaim his throne as the world's most dominant athlete? Will the NFL and NBA be marred by lengthy lockouts? Will Coach K pass The General to become college basketball's winningest coach of all time? And will Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather ever meet in the ring?

These questions and more are asked in SI.com's 15 Burning Questions for 2011. But if you can't wait to find out 2011's most pressing answers, check out our predictions for the next calendar year and Steve Rushin's personal prognosis for 2011.

Finish up the year with a little college football. Here's what to watch today (all times Eastern):

Meineke Car Care: Clemson vs. UCF (Noon, ESPN)

Two stingy defenses square off in the first of four bowl games. But two-sport star and Clemson QB Kyle Parker could be the difference maker in this one.

Hyundai Sun: Miami vs. Notre Dame (2 p.m., CBS)

A turbulent season for Notre Dame comes to an end against the transitioning Hurricanes, who will be led by interim coach Jeff Stoutland before Al Golden takes over next season. The Irish's much-improved defense should give Miami all it can handle.

AutoZone Liberty: No. 25 UCF vs. Georgia (3:30 p.m., ESPN)

Two of college football's most electric players meet on the gridiron when Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green and UCF defensive end Bruce Miller meet in the Liberty Bowl. A loss would give the Bulldogs their first losing season in 14 years.

Chick-fil-A: No. 23 Florida State vs. No. 20 South Carolina (7:30 p.m., ESPN)

The final game of 2010 pits two teams destined for big things in 2011. The Chick-fil-A will also feature South Carolina's Steve Spurrier against his old nemesis Florida State for the first time since the Ol' Ball Coach left the Gators.

BY THE NUMBERS

25 - Years since the Army football team won a bowl game before defeating Southern Methodist 16-14 on Thursday in the Armed Forces Bowl. The win also gave the Black Knights their first winning season since 1996.

2 - Weeks Celtics forward Kevin Garnett is likely to be sidelined after straining his right calf in a 104-92 loss to Detroit on Wednesday.

90 - Consecutive games the UConn women's basketball team won before losing 71-59 at Stanford on Thursday. SI.com's Ann Killion and Kelli Anderson deliver their takes on the historic defeat.

soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Big Joe

    I don't wanna be first.

    December 31, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ekin

    The cutest of quarterbacks, fer sure.

    December 31, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brandon

    "Meineke Car Care: Clemson vs. UCF (Noon, ESPN)"
    That would be Clemson vs. USF, not UCF.

    December 31, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobo

    what the h===

    December 31, 2010 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Big Joe

    I don't wana be fifth.

    January 1, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. deborah reagan

    Happy New Year Everybody! I hope ronald reagan's, rose bowl float was a smash hit! im just proud of him! by deborah ann reagan

    January 1, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ed Bailey

    Proud of ronnie heh! The prez that balanced the budget by abolishing the gi bill. Smashing the hopes of many veterans who WERE going to use it.he was such a patriot,and a two faced politician.I and many others did not shed one tear at his demise.good luck america,you will fall for anything.

    January 1, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. deborah reagan

    You talk alot of words that dont mean nothing to me you have no idal what he suffered personaly to run this country well i do and i dont take to kindly to people who only want to bad mouth a good man like my mr reagan! Cant you people stop being so negative and wish him happy birthday with his stamp and float? By deborah ann reagan

    January 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. deborah ann reagan

    Mr bailey you dont have a high opinim of the american people to say that america will fall for anything! What country are you from? If your an american you also will fall for anything!were all in this together 'americans' thats what its all about mr bailey by deborah ann reagan

    January 2, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. deborah ann reagan

    Well i was just checking in with all the coments that iv put here with u all and the world! Which is ok with me i aint saying anything that i wouldnt say with-in the company of anyone eles on this world stage of the worold wif web life!!! New step's into the new year!I'v been, on the www internet,so,this means,i'm one mounth old 'on/in' the, inter net world! just a 'babe' and this baby!is digging it!"wow"let's see what?this year Brings us!

    January 2, 2011 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. deborah ann reagan

    Well i was just checking in with all the coments that iv put here with u all and the world! Which is ok with me i aint saying anything that i wouldnt say with-in the company of anyone eles on this world stage of the worold wif web life!!! New step's into the new year!I'v been, on the www internet,so,this means,i'm one mounth old 'on/in' the, inter net world! just a 'babe' and this baby!is digging it!'wow'let us see what(?)this year,Brings us! Are we not to be talking about the new year too? I still hope the reagan float was a smsh hit and i an still pruod of him 'personaly'me deborah ann reagan which u mr bailey wouldnt understand about! Why dont you try and be nice to life and you might find that life will be nice to you,i wish everybody, around the whole world, will,do, the best thay can! at what ever you can! But try tn treat everybody whith honore and respct!and if you dont that u can?! Than grin and bare it than diss the dummy's! And have a great new year! respect yourselfe!and what everyou do, 'respect yourself',and others will respect you too! That's what its all about!by deborah ann 'happx new year'reagan

    January 2, 2011 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. George

    I would really love to get an iPad. They are so much eaesir to carry when traveling so that on an airplane, I pull that out instead of my laptop! I wanted an iPad since they were released, but they are so expensive! If I win, an iPad would be a lot eaesir to tweet on and use facebook!

    March 14, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |