2014 Year in Review Roundtable

In wrapping up 2014, we each sat down to discuss our most memorable moments from the year that was:

2015

What were you favorite/most memorable moments from 2014?

 

Geoffrey Kawakami, Co-Founder/Contributor

To me there was one moment that stood out above all the rest: the ‘Game of Thrones’ Purple Wedding.  Even though it was spoiled for me before I saw it, the final, blood gurgling, purple-faced death of King Joffery, the evil tyrant we were all terrified would stick around pissing us off for 4 more seasons, came as a tremendous exhale of long-suffering torment and grief for ‘Thrones’ fans the world over.  Still reeling from the Red Wedding of Season 3, the Purple Wedding stood out among a show full of memorable, gasp-inducing, “hell-no-they-didn’t” moments (the Mountain kills the Viper, the death of Ygritte, Tyrion’s trial).

purple wedding

The world of sports also had its share of “Oh Shit” moments, the most memorable of which had to be Richard Sherman and what I’ve been calling the Immaculate Deflection.  For most it was probably overshadowed by his classless barking and disparaging remarks in the post game interview, but the sheer athleticism Sherman showed to knock the ball away from Michael Crabtree and save the NFC title game for the Seahawks (who subsequently pounded the Broncos into the ground to claim 2014’s Lombardi trophy) left me in awe.   (my apologies to 49er fan and professional heckler, DK)

richard sherman

 

Michael Kovacevich, Co-Founder/Contributor

Looking back on this past year, in search of my favorite moments, it is hard to look back very far without getting distracted. November 28th, Black Friday, a day where people are usually out stimulating the economy, fighting over discounted items like a pack of rabid animals fighting over a dead carcass. But what were many of us Star Wars fanboys doing? We were spending the day in front of a computer screen, watching the teaser trailer for ‘The Forcer Awakens’ over and over again until we had to stop to rest our eyes for fear they might go blind from amazement; or perhaps something similar, but less dramatic. Either way many of us were excited, and the numbers show it. The trailer has over 13 million views on the official Star Wars YouTube channel, and over 51 million views on Fandango’s MOVIECLIPSTrailers channel!

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The hype over the trailer has been so positive that, in a poll done by Fandango.com, it was voted the most anticipated movie for 2015. Beating out its juggernaut step-brother Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron, as well as The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2. J.J. Abrams has us all hooked. Let’s just hope he follows through next December. Until then we’ll just have to kick back, relax, and put ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ on repeat, while we wait for Disney’s next great space movie!

David Kim “The Heckler”, Contributor
While I want to expound on the worthiness of all the Sports that happened on 2014…..the truth is this…
In 2014 the Social consciousness of “the athlete” came to the surface for the first time since the 70s. From the protests in Sochi, to the “Hands Up” and “I Can’t Breathe” gestures in the NFL and the NBA. Athletes proved in 2014 that they were more than just a Fantasy draft pick.
LeBron James
Now having said that it was also a Year of revelation for the athletes in the Sporting World. 2014 proved that they were not above the Societal scope of life as they usually are absolved from. From domestic violence, to child abuse,  to the perceived black balling of Michael Sam because of his homosexuality.  Sports were in the fore front of social norms all year. I for one welcome this, because that is what the construct of Sports was supposed to be about.
Hopefully 2015 will bring more Entertainment, but if it doesn’t I welcome the new Socially conscious athlete.
The Heckler

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