26-Dec-2017 11:00:46 | The Guardian
After a thrilling 2016, sports fans might have expected an anticlimax. Instead, they got fights, feuds – and an NFL storyline that ran and ran
Sports fans had such a thrilling 2016 – with the NBA finals and World Series both ending in dramatic victories for teams who had waited decades for a title – that as sports editor, I feared 2017 would be an anticlimax. I was wrong. It started with the New England Patriots’ mind-bending comeback win in one of the greatest Super Bowls of all time before we were treated to the spectacle/freakshow that was Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor.
But the most influential athlete of the year barely made it on to the field. (In fact, his first and last appearance came on New Year’s Day.) Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial inequality started last year but caught fire this NFL season, soon dragging in players, coaches, fans, owners … and the president of the United States.