What We Learned from the Champions of 2014

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

What do the Seattle Seahawks, San Antonio Spurs, and San Francisco Giants all have in common?  True, they all won the championship in thier respective sports this year, but they also did it in a similar matter.  

These days it seems more people are infatuated with seeing how many "super stars" they can get on a team instead of putting together a group of players who work as a team to get to their goal.  While that strategy has proved to work in past years, 2014 has shown that true team work and togetherness is the way to go when it comes to attaining greatness.

In February, we watched the Seattle Seahawk defense reduce the great Peyton Manning to a mere mortal in the Super Bowl route 43-8.  There was no real standout super star on that Super Bowl team.  They went the distance as a group and through teamwork, won the ultimate prize.

Fast forward to June.  The nation witnessed something so beautiful it may never been seen again.  The Spurs, through sharing the rock as a complete team, totally dismantled the back to back defending champ Miami Heat and murdered basketball in the process.  The 2014 San Antonio Spurs were the Champions, true, but they were so much more than that.  That run, by that team (team being the operative word) may be the best team ever assembled.

A few nights ago, the nation watched the trifecta of team championships was accomplished by the San Francisco Giants in game seven of the World Series.  Was Madison Bumgarner outstanding? Of course, but this Giants team proved that it doesn't matter if you have names like Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder, it still takes a team effort to win the World Series.

2014 has been a great year in sports.  In a sports society where we live for ally oops, passing yard records, and home runs, the teams who played the game right and played it together came out on top.  We should learn from these champions and be proud that we were here to witness three teams who won it the right way.