Highlight of 2013: Jamie Carragher, Stuart Barnes, and Jim Watt tell us theirs
Last Updated: 24/12/13 12:49pm
We all have our highlights, so who better to share theirs than the Sky Sports stars. We asked them what they will remember and why?
It might be personal, it might be a professional choice, it might be an amazing individual display or a terrific team success, or it might be one magic moment or something that was part of the bigger picture.
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Jamie Carragher - Football
Martinez hails 'incredible' achievement
I will say Wigan winning the FA Cup as it's always great to see the smaller clubs doing well and winning trophies. Man City were massive favourites on the day but Wigan battled hard and deserved their win thanks to Ben Watson's late goal. You could see what it meant to Dave Whelan, while it was probably one of the reasons Everton were alerted to how good a manager Roberto Martinez is - and what a good decision they have made by picking him to succeed a really good boss in David Moyes.
Stuart Barnes - Rugby Union
Lions triumph in Sydney
The Lions don't often win so when they do it has to be a highlight. Even though the Australians under Robbie Deans were poor, the quality of the Lions third Test in Sydney was simply sensational. Throw in the drama of the first Test and the giant sub plot that was George North versus Israel Folau and you have a memory to keep you warm in the winter months.
Bob Willis - Cricket
Anderson joins 300 club
The complete dismantling of Australia at Lord's - getting rolled over so cheaply really knocked the stuffing out of them as England underline their dominance early part of the Ashes. The result probably started Australia's renaissance in lots of ways because they came back hard at England at Old Trafford and, again, later in the series at the Oval. It was also the Test that saw James Anderson take his 300th Test wicket. I remember dashing to Lord's for tea-time so I could be there with Ian Botham when Ian Ward interviewed James. It was a proud moment for the three members of the 'England 300 Club' to be all together. James has been a fantastic servant to English cricket. He had a marvellous summer.
Jim Watt - Boxing
Controversial victory for Froch
You can't look past George Groves's performance in that fight. Credit has to go to Carl Froch because he didn't really get much because of what a lot of people called an early stoppage, but the highlight of the year was something that I just didn't think Groves was capable of against someone that good. Even the build-up was perfect because if I am honest I thought Groves was bluffing and we would realise when we looked him in the eye at the weigh-in. Well, it wasn't a bluff then when he got in the ring he just stood in the centre of the ring, staring at Froch. He was ready. And then came that thumping first-round punch that would've finished most super-middleweights off, and from then on a display was outstanding. Yes, I still think it was stopped a little bit premature and Froch should be applauded for coming through with his belts in tact but what George Groves gave us a tremendous performance.
Matt Le Tissier - Football
Watson - Win was fully deserved
Being a champion of the underdog, I liked seeing Wigan win the FA Cup against the might of Manchester City. I thought that was a lovely little story. The comparative spend between the two sides just shows how mad the game of football can be, when you have a team who have spent millions upon millions against a team that has got by very frugally. And then something like that can happen in the Cup final, I think it really gave the FA Cup a big boost and was a real shout out for the underdogs. The big teams have really dominated the FA Cup for many years and it is lovely to see a team like Wigan Athletic in the sunshine. Sadly it was followed by their relegation three days later, but they had their day in the sun and I think it was a massive thing for football to see the underdog spring a surprise.
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