No. 4 – The Chicago Cubs finally end the 108 year drought
In October, the Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series. The Cubs ended what many people believed was a 108 year curse. They defeated the Cleveland Indians in 7 games. The seventh game of this World Series is already considered by many to be the greatest baseball game ever. And, since the Cubs were the winners, this made it all the greater.
Cubs manager, Joe Maddon refused to buy into the idea that the Cubs were cursed for the last 108 years. Although this concept was almost evident in recent years, with the Cubs falling just a little short of the big dance, Mr. Madden proved that the idea of a curse was just a figment of people’s imagination.
No. 3 – Donald Trump wins Presidential Election
This was the biggest upset in the history of politics. The media gave him absolutely no chance of winning the election. He shattered Hillary Clinton at each of the three Presidential Debates, but some of the naive members of the press, like Anderson Cooper and Megyn Kelly, constantly placed Hillary as the front runner during the entire campaign. Debotah Norville and Inside Edition constantly reported meaningless garbage on Trump during the entire campaign, hoping to discredit the man and lay the Presidency right in Hillary’s lap. Poor Hillary! She just knew she had it in the bag. It wouldn’t be surprised if she died of a broken heart during 2017. But of course, no one wants to see that happen. Hillary, get over it and go on with your life.
No. 2 – New Year’s Twins born in different years
This was one of the most extraordinary stories, not just for 2016, but for any year. Imagine having a twin brother or sister whose age is different from yours.
When Holly Shay went into labor on New Years Eve, everyone knew that something special was about to happen. Even her husband Brandon knew it was going to be an interesting end to 2016 and start to 2017. Sure enough, everyone was right, when Sawyer Matthew Shay was born in 2016 and Everett Jackson in 2017.
No. 1 – Cindy Stowell wins on Jeopardy with Stage 4 cancer
This is the most amazing story for 2016. And if your heart can’t be warmed by this, then it won’t happen.
Cindy Stowell was a contestant on Jeopardy in August and September. The shows were not aired until December. But at the time the shows were taped, Cindy had Stage 4 colon cancer. Unfortunately, she never had the chance to see the programs because she passed away on December 5, just a week before the programs were aired. But this courageous lady won over $100 thousand, and pledged to donate her winnings to the Cancer Research Institute.
People like Cindy Stowell give us reassurance that there’s still a lot of good in the world.
Jeopardy host Alex Trebek paid a wonderful tribute to Cindy Stowell.