The end of the
world year is upon us, so it’s only natural to look back and marvel at the champions who rose to the top of their respective sports to etch their names in the annals of history. But if you speak to any of those championship squads today, they'll tell you there are much more important things in the future than the past, and looking at their upcoming schedules you’ll see they aren’t lying. The exit of the 2012 and entrance of the New Year is stacked with incredible matchups for the year's top squads that appear as riveting as anything we witnessed in 2012, so here's a glimpse at some of the marquee games the champions of 2012 have in store to finish out the year, and in one special case, to welcome in 2013.
New York Giants – Super Bowl XLVI Champions
Way back in February, Eli Manning and the Giants were set for a rematch of what was arguably the most sensational Super Bowl in recent history. In 2008, the Giants ended Tom Brady and the New England Patriots' bid to become the second undefeated team in history, and 2012 Belicheck’s boys were out for revenge. But Eli Manning was able to cement his legacy as one of the most clutch QBs in the game as the Giants went on to win their second Super Bowl in four years. This season, the Giants still have a chance to repeat, and they’re in control their playoff destiny, but they must beat the Baltimore Ravens and Philadelphia Eagles in their final two games. The pressure is on, but with wins, at worst, an NFC wild-card berth awaits them, and the G-Men have shown they know how to make a miracle run. Get your New York Giants tickets now to see if they can muscle their way into post-season glory once again.
Miami Heat – 2011-2012 NBA Champions
After falling to the Mavericks in his first season after taking his talents to South Beach, King James finally earned his crown by the leading the Miami Heat past Kevin Durant and the precocious Oklahoma City Thunder for their second NBA title. It was one of the most sensational Finals in league history, pitting the MVP against the scoring champion, but in just five games Lebron, with the help of Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh, sealed the deal. In a scheduling masterpiece, fans get to witness the epic rematch on Christmas day. This time around the Thunder are sans James Harden, but added Kevin Martin, and they’re sitting atop the league at 20-4. In Miami, key new pieces like Ray Allen have meshed in well and they're looking to repeat, so get your Heat vs Thunder tickets now to see two of the NBA’s best teams live on Christmas day.
Kentucky Wildcats – 2012 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Champions
Last season Coach John Calipari led the Kentucky Wildcats to their eighth national championship, thanks in large part to a tireless freshman named Anthony Davis. Davis, the Wooden Award winner, won over the nation with his defensive mindset and high basketball IQ and became the NBA’s No. 1 draft pick this year, while teammates Michael Kidd Gilchrist (No.2, overall), Terrence Jones (No. 18, overall), Marquis Teague (No. 29, overall), Doron Lamb (No. 42, overall), and Darius Miller (No. 46, overall) joined him in the NBA. The mass exodus is being felt this season, despite Wildcats' No. 2 draft class, which is highlighted by standout center Nerlens Noel, as they’re struggling at 2-10. But these freshmen are bound to blossom any moment, and there’s no better shot in the arm than facing off against your greatest rival. Thankfully for UK fans, the Wildcats will take on bitter in-state rivals, the Louisville Cardinals, on December 29th. It's always one of the best games of the year, so grab Kentucky Wildcats vs Louisville Cardinals tickets now and experience the atmosphere.
Alabama Crimson Tide – 2012 BCS National Champions
The 2012 BCS National Championship Game was one of the most dominating performances in years, with the Alabama Crimson Tide rolling over the LSU Tigers 21-0. The route gave Coach Nick Saban his third national championship and Alabama their 14th, but today its the last thing on Alabama's mind, as their focus is on January 7th. That’s the date of the 2013 BCS National Championship, when the Tide face off against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Sun Life Stadium in Miami with a shot at becoming the first school in the BCS era to repeat as champions. It’s the first time since 1987 that these iconic programs will duel, and while Notre Dame is back in the big game for the first time since 1988, this could be Alabama’s third win in four seasons. The Irish come in at No. 1 and undefeated at 12-0, with decorated linebacker Manti Te-o leading the defense and coach Brian Kelly at the helm. But but if anyone can pull of the upset it’s Alabama, so grab your BCS National Championship game tickets to see this showdown live.