Story of the Year: Ben Simmons
The meteoric rise of 2016's number one NBA draft pick has been a joy to watch - after missing all of last season through injury, his rookie year has been fantastic, with his Philadelphia 76ers finally showing signs of improvement after a few very lean years. The team devoted multiple campaigns to 'tanking' for draft picks, urging their fans to believe in the process as they accumulated young talent year after year.
Now, with Simmons, Joel Embiid and a host of other names, Philly sit right around the play-off bubble. The 21-year-old from Melbourne is averaging roughly 17 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game, and is a great chance of winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award.
An honourable mention must also go to Nathan Walker, who became the first Australian to play in the NHL, debuting for the Washington Capitals in October, scoring a goal on debut.
The Winners: Houston Astros
Nothing in baseball was quite going to live up to the hype of the Chicago Cubs breaking a 107-year title drought in 2016, but the Astros winning their first World Series was just about the best story the sport could have hoped for.
In 1962, the Houston Colt .45s entered the league (the name was later changed) and endured a dismal first 30 years, making the play-offs only three times. They began to improve in the late 90s and a few good years culminated in a trip to the World Series in 2005, where they lost to the Chicago White Sox. After another 10 years of futility, helped by a lot of high draft picks and some shrewd signings, they finally lifted the trophy this year, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games.
Star second baseman Jose Altuve was named the league's Most Valuable Player as the city enjoyed it's first championship in any of the major sports since the Rockets won the NBA title in 1995.
The Losers: Atlanta Falcons
28-3. A scoreline that will haunt Falcons fans, and the franchise, for the rest of their days. With 8:31 left in the quarter, after a touchdown pass from Matt Ryan to Tevin Coleman, Atlanta held a 25-point lead, and looked to be cruising towards their first Super Bowl triumph.
Instead, the New England Patriots mounted by far the greatest comeback in the history of America's biggest game (the previous record margin ever overcome in the Super Bowl was 10 points) as they stormed home with 31 unanswered points, running back James White scoring the winning touchdown in overtime for a 34-28 win.
There have been bigger comebacks in the history of American football, but considering the gravity of the situation, it's the biggest single-game choke in the history of American sport, and up there with AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final for the worst around the world.
Quote of the Year: Bill Belichick
The coach of the Patriots is known for two things; winning championships, and his snappy answers to stupid questions.
One of the greatest coaches in the history of all sports, Belichick has won five Super Bowls as New England's head coach, lost two more, and won two as an assistant with the New York Giants in the 1980s.
Leadership group: New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady speaks with coach Bill Belichick, who is wearing his signature hoodie. Photo: Reuters
He was asked by a reporter this season what he still hoped to accomplish in the sport - his answer?
A football guy through and through.
Social Media moment: 'U bum'
Donald Trump made a habit of getting into spats with NFL players, basketballers and pretty much everyone else with an active Twitter account - but in September when it had emerged that the NBA champion Warriors were considering not going to the White House to meet the President, as is tradition, LeBron James dunked on the President of the United States more emphatically than he ever did on any opponent on the court.
To save face, Trump took to Twitter to tell the world that star point guard Steph Curry's invitation to the White House had been withdrawn due to the star's hesitance on making a decision on whether or not to go.
At that point, Curry had made it clear he had no intention of going, but the best player on earth wasn't going to let the President off the hook for his latest piece of Fake News.
"U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!" The King said on his own Twitter account.
The people were with him; as of writing, it's the 18th-most retweeted tweet in the website's history.
We will see a $400m (US) contract handed out. The 2018 free agency class in Major League Baseball is arguably the most talent rich in the sport's history, and with more and more money pouring into a sport that doesn't have a salary cap, a player like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado could shatter the current record mark for a total contract in the world of sport, currently held by New York Yankees' outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is about to enter the fourth year of a 13-year, $325,000,000 deal.