...Aaaaand the San Antonio Spurs are your 2014 NBA Champions! What a difference a year makes, huh?
It only took the Spurs five games to dethrone the Miami Heat, and while we always knew they were highly capable of beating the defending champions, nobody anticipated the absolute decimation that just took place. Did you see really see this coming? It's like they only gave Game 2 up just so they could win the big prize at home, right?
LeBron James and the South Beach squad just can't seem to crack San Antonio's puzzle, which is why they now find themselves on the wrong end of one of the sweetest revenge stories in the history of sports. But it's nothing new to them—the Heat have been served a cold dish of revenge before. Read on to see who else joins them on our list of the biggest, drama-filled acts of sporting retributions ever!
We all remember "The Decision" and the trauma it caused Cleveland fans. Ever since LeBron left the team for dead in 2010, fans had been clamoring to see the Cavaliers exact revenge on him in a major way. They finally got one in March 2011, when Baron Davis and the Cavs obliterated the Heat in their fourth and final meet-up of the season (they lost the previous three), 102-90. For them, it was like winning an NBA title, only better.
Remember the bad blood between UFC heavyweights Frank Mir and Brock Lesnar? Mir never shut up about the fact that he made an inexperienced former WWE superstar tap out in his Octagon debut, and the trash-talking got even worse en route to their rematch at UFC 100. Lesnar, however, wasn't one to be bullied. As soon as the fight began, he wasted no time dropping Mir to the ground and pummeled his face until the referee stopped the fight late in the second round. Even better, that fight was for the undisputed UFC Heavyweight Championship. Brock hit (more like massacred) two birds with one stone!
If you're a pro football fan, you know that Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are two of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the National Football League. They're like James and Kevin Durant, or Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Their rivalry was pretty one-sided for a while, with Brady's New England Patriots getting the best of Manning's Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs from '03 to '05. Momentum finally swung the other way in the '06 AFC Championship Game, when Manning directed an 18-point comeback—they were down 21-6 in the first half—to lead the Colts to victory. Miracles happen in football. too!