We asked some of the regulars at the Men in Blazers Star Wars cantina to give us their emotional apogees of the season. We present it to you in the order their favorite teams finished in the table...
Arlo White (NBC Sports, Leicester City) - I think the day that I’ll take away was at Selhurst Park [March 19th]. Riyad Mahrez scored the only goal of the game and the 3,000 Leicester fans stayed behind and sang, “We’re gonna win the league” for 25 minutes after the game. That was the moment that Leicester fans truly thought and believed that this was going to happen. And to be there, covering that game, watching those fans sing their hearts out with belief, the dreams they could see coming true in front of their eyes, was a moment that I will never forget.
Chris Tomson (Vampire Weekend, Spurs) - My emotional high point this season was, easily, Kane's goal against Arsenal at White Hart Lane. To complete the comeback, to lead the derby, to go top of the league all on an inspired and next level joink was breathtaking. My heart beat a little faster and I thought, "Is this really happening? Can we really do this?" As it turned out, no, it wasn't, and, no, we couldn't, but that goal and the following 13 minutes were still my favorite 13 minutes of the year. And while I might not buy those moments as a DVD, I would probably rent them on iTunes in standard definition. On to the Champions League and praying that this remains a St. Totteringham's Day leap year!
Becky Sauerbrunn (USWNT, Arsenal) - Well, we started the season off strong with a Community Shield victory against Chelsea. Little did we know that wasn't as spectacular a victory as we would have thought considering the defending champions took the season off. But in a season where you don't win a lot of hardware, there's a slightly-satisfying, slightly-pitiful consolation in knowing you beat teams that did win hardware. The two wins against Leicester City, especially the 5-2 victory against the until-then undefeated Foxes, showed the precision and attitude we dream our team will bring to every game.
Charlie is a Red (Our Future Boss, Manchester United) - As a United fan, the emotional high point of the season has been the last minute winner by Martial at Wembley to put us through to the final of the FA Cup [Watch Charlie react to that game HERE]. Let's hope there's an even higher point to come and we win the trophy on the 21st of May.*
*As told to Charlie’s dad on his way to school
Irvine Welsh (Author, West Ham) - The emotional highs were provided by Dimitri Payet. From a bewildering range of devastating free kicks, inch perfect passes, and just providing the footballing class that is the “West Ham Way,” he dominated the season. His presence in the Claret and Blue also set the bar high for the level of signing West Ham fans expect for the first new season at the Olympic Stadium. Anything less than a sustained assault on the top four and a Champions League slot will be regarded as a failure for the UK's most upwardly mobile club.
Davo (Chelsea) - If you had told me last July that the emotional high point of this season would be that on May 2nd, against TITLE CONTENDING SPURS, the reigning PFA player of the year, Eden Hazard, would score just HIS THIRD GOAL of an incredibly disappointing season for NINTH place, TROPHYLESS Chelsea, MANAGED BY GUUS HIDDINK, a goal which would SECURE THE TITLE FOR LEICESTER CITY, I would have told you you had eaten way too much past its sell by date pie and WERE CLEARLY HALLUCINATING.
Rog (Everton) - Saturday August 8th, the moment before a ball was kicked. A virgin season lay ahead. With Lukaku, Stones, and Barkley, all felt possible. It was not to be. This has been a dark, numbing campaign, which has left Everton leaderless and a fan base bereft. The club’s new owner, Farhad Moshiri, must now reveal the scale of his ambition and imagination. Leicester City’s campaign has made every fan of every team believe a title is possible. Their true legacy may be as the world’s greatest purveyors of False Hope.
Rebecca Lowe (NBC Sports, Crystal Palace) - Without doubt, the FA Cup semi final. And, actually, not so much the end when we won it - although I did shed a tear - but actually just seeing the sea of red and blue when the teams came out. Palace at Wembley is something special, as are semi finals, I always think. And I've waited about 20 years for that moment to see them come out. Makes me have chills to think about it now. It's just so special, because, as a Palace fan, you just don't know if you'll ever feel that again in your lifetime. You can take nothing for granted. Goodness knows how I will be emotionally when I watch the actual Final on May 21 as a sleep deprived new mum! Desperately disappointed not to be there, but T-Bucks must come first.