From Tom Brady to #TakeaKnee: 2017's Most Memorable Moments in Sports
Atlanta Falcons players take a knee against the Seattle Seahawks at the Georgia Dome on January 14, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Streeter Lecka/Getty

It was a year full of triumphant victories that made people renew their faith in the world, excruciating defeats that brought on agonizing days-long depressions, and games so close that fans needed to be resuscitated in the hopes of recovery. As a welcome distraction to the (mostly shitty) news of the year, 2017 in sports provided a few delicious treats of athletic escapism that allowed everyone to check out of reality and take out their frustrations on the games of the day. From the Astros soothing a weary Houston by winning their first World Series, to a captivating spar-session in a ring between a boxing legend and a UFC great, to upheaval in the NFL, here's what will go down in history as 2017's very best moments in sports.