BEGINNING 2013: LOOKING BACK TEN YEARS 2003

We are only Nine Days into a New Year, 2013. We all hope that 2013 will be a positive memorable year. Each and every new year brings the hope for a better tomorrow and some years are good and some are bad. Unfortunately, the bad years seem to be remembered more easily than the good ones.

For instance, 2001 will always be remembered for September 11th and the terrible tragedy that occurred that day. 1986 will always be remembered for the Challenger Disaster which saw the Space Shuttle Challenger Explode right on National Television. 1963 will always be remembered for the John F Kennedy Assassination. The list can go on and the years where tragedies occur usually are brought to light much more than the quiet years.

Without further adieu, let’s go back Ten Years to the year 2003. We will start off with the sports news of 2003. On January 26th, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers one their first ever Super Bowl beating the Oakland Raiders 48-21. The Raiders were favored but Tampa dominated the game. Tampa Bay Defensive Back Dexter Jackson took home MVP honors. In the NHL, the New Jersey won their Third Stanley Cup in Eight Years, beating the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 7 Games. Anaheim Goalie John Sebastian Giguere took home the Conn Smythe Trophy for MVP of the players despite playing for the losing team.

In the NBA, the San Antonio Spurs beat the New Jersey Nets in six games 4-2 as Tim Duncan won his second MVP. In MLB, The Florida Marlins upset the New York Yankees in the World Series 4-2. The Marlins had the leagues smallest payroll and were able to slay the Giants of the MLB circuit. The Yankees were heavily favored, but they were shut out in Game Six. And in NASCAR…Jimmie Johnson won the points total again.

In the Movies, “The Lord of the Rings- Two Towers” won the award for best picture, While Eminem won for best male actor in “8Mile” and Kirsten Dunst won for the best Female Actress. In music, Norah Jones took three Grammys for best New Artist, Best Album “Come Away With Me”, Song “Don’t Know Why”, Best Female Artist. John Mayer won for best Male Vocalist. No Doubt won an award for best group with vocals for “Hey Baby”, and Korn won Best Metal Performance and the Foo Fighters for best hard rock song, “All My Life.”

George Bush was still the President of the United States and the official end of the Iraq War was declared in 2003. Sad am Hussein was also captured this year. The population in the World at this point was 6.31 Billion! Wow…this number keeps rising. There were all kinds of war time news stories as the battle in Afghanistan to fight terrorism was in full gear.

There were many people in the news this year as always. Some notable stories included Kobe Bryant being charged with Sexual Assault, Tennis star Serena Williams win her first Wimbledon tournament edging out her sister, Martha Stewart was indicted on 9 counts of security fraud, Arnold Shwarzenager was elected Governor of California, Former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was sworn in as the first ever Director of Homeland Security, Sammy Sosa of the Chicago Cubs was suspended for having cork in his bat, and Scott Peterson was charged with two counts of murder for his wife Lacey and his daughter.

The most notable disaster was the Space Shuttle Columbia, which exploded on its way back into the atmosphere, killing all 7 astronauts in February. In January, a US Airlines 5481 crashed moments after takeoff. 2003 can also be remembered as the Year of the Tornado. The US weather system sighted over 80 tornadoes alone in the Midwest in May killing 47 people. In October 2003, the Staten Island Ferry crashed killing 11 passengers and injuring many more. Bob Hope both passed away in 2003.

Well, 2003 was a year of good and bad. The capture of Sad am Hussein was probably the biggest story of 2003. Of course, the end of the Iraq War came along with it. However, the fighting in Afghanistan continued. President Bush remained in power and vowed to catch the perpetrators of terrorism. He was able to catch a few but the big fish Osama Bin Laden escaped. In Sports, A team won its first Superbowl (Tampa Bay Buccaneers) another team won its second World Series (Florida Marlins), yet another team win it’s third Stanley Cup (New Jersey), an a basketball team it’s second NBA title (San Antonio Spurs).

Ok, so what will the big stories be in 2013. Hopefully their will be minimal tragedies, an end to the poor economy, the rise in property values, some new blood to win some championships in sports, and much more to come. Enjoy the ride and get your pop corn ready.

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