Merry Season's Hangover—or whatever feeling you're feeling, mirthful holiday friends. If you gave out holiday prezzies—that's annoying for "presents"—are all the prezzies unwrapped? Did you get what you wanted? Are you returning That Sweater—the scratchy one with no sleeves and the buttons that look like dog biscuits? Is that nonstop NBA Christmas marathon still dribbling? Was there a 5 a.m. sunrise Wizards-Hornets throw-down?
These are the sleepy final gasps of December, known in many arenas as Bring Out Your Lists Week. By now you've read plenty of lists—Best Books, Best Movies, Best New Restaurants, Best Places to Avoid Listening to People Talk Breathlessly About New Restaurants, and so on. This list is not like those lists. This is the best of 2012 in sports. It is not intended to be comprehensive. There's going to be missing stuff. Everyone won't be happy. You will not find a reference to Alabama football (Alabama football fans: w-w-whhhaaattt?) There's no Michael Phelps. There's no NHL hockey. Of course, there's no NHL hockey anywhere. Not even Canada.
But there's no Tebow. You can thank me now.