Sports Analysis- This decade: the evolution of sports

By BETO HOYOS

Now I know 2005 doesn’t seem like that long ago, but in the world of sports much has changed and some things have stayed the same. Players and teams have had their fair share of triumphs and tribulations.

In February of 2005 the New England Patriots won the Superbowl when they defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21.

It was common for the Pats to be on NFL Live every night, but in 2007 the Pats made headlines for allegedly spying on opposing defensive coaches. The incident would go on to be dubbed “spygate”.

By 2015 the biggest story surrounding the Patriots was not the last minute interception in the 2015 Superbowl against the Seattle Seahawks, but another controversy involving footballs being underinflated prior to a playoff game which was dubbed “deflategate”.

All in all, the last decade gave the Patriots some success and some controversy.

Of course there was more to the NFL in the last decade then just the Patriots. In 2005 the NFL was hiding real issues such as concussions and the long term effects they have.

In 2006 a forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who had cut open the brain of a former NFL center, came forward stating that brain trauma in football players has long term consequences.

The NFL being the billion-dollar entity it is had no problem finding journalist to help discredit the findings. By 2015 more sports doctors have endorsed the comments that brain trauma related to football players is consequential.

A movie called “Concussion” staring Will Smith is set for release this fall and the biopic depicts the life of the pathologist who changed the NFL forever.

One NBA team that has stayed well preserved in the last decade is the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs won the 2005 NBA title when they defeated the now irrelevant Detroit Pistons.

The Spurs also won the 2014 championship with the help of starters Tony Parker, Manu Ginóbili and father time himself Tim Duncan, who all started the 2005 finals.

Head coach Greg Popavich didn’t like to talk to the media after games back then, and well, some things never change.

We’ve seen the power rankings and power ratings shift from Western conference to Eastern conference and back again.

In 2005 the Phoenix Suns were one of favorites to win the title. Their fast paced “7 seconds or less” style of play has been adopted by teams across the league. The influence of the run and gun Suns could be seen in the 2015 NBA champions Golden State Warriors.

Back then, MVP Steve Nash was the NBA’s best point guard and young Amar’e Stoudemire was coming off the pick for explosive finishes.

As we approach the 2015-16 season, Nash is retired and on opening night will go into the Suns Ring of Honor, while Stoudemire, still in pursuit of a title, has returned home to south Florida to be a role player for the Miami Heat.

In the tennis world Serena Williams is still a force to be reckoned with and Williams proved it after she improved her grand slam record to 24-0 in 2015. It’s funny to think that after a 2005 injury critics were ready to write her off.

The Chicago White Sox won the world series in 2005 and now it looks like the Cubs might make a trip to the World Series before the Chi-Sox ever make it back.

Major League Baseball has seen ticket sales decrease and cable companies become harder to deal with because less people tune into baseball games.

For the first part of the 2015 season Dodger games were not broadcasted in the LA area because of a dispute the organization had with Turner sports.

More teams have turned to the power of nostalgia to help bring people back to the park. For example, teams like the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have 80’s night or throwback Thursday when the team wears the Classic uniform. For the Diamondbacks it’s the teal and purple they were still wearing in 2005.

Regardless of the changing times, sports will always find a way to make us think back to what it used to be like. As fans we can’t help but reminisce on the great teams we grew up watching. Weather it’s talking about a favorite player, team, or sport chances are you’ll start the conversation by saying “remember when…”.

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