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Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2006
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2007
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Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2009
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Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2011
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2012
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Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2015
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2016
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2017
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2018
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2019
Dome Pondering Year in Review - 2021

Crucial Moment of the Year:

2006 - Foiled Terrorist Plot in England
2007 - Virginia Tech Shootings
2008 - Collapse of Lehman Brothers and Buyout of AIG
2009 - US Airline Terrorist Attack Foiled
2010 - New York City Times Square Bomb Scare
2011 - Osama Bin Laden Killed
2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary School Mass Shooting Tragedy
2013 - Boston Marathon Bombing and Suspects Pursuit
2014 - The Rise of ISIS Militant Group
2015 - Paris Terrorist Attacks
2016 - Donald Trump Wins Presidency
2017 - Charlottesville, Virginia Incident
2018 - Student Confronts Marco Rubio on NRA Affiliation
2019 - Presidential Impeachment
2020 - Murder of George Floyd
2021 - January 6th Capitol Attack

World Affairs Issue of the Year: 

2006 - North Korea Missile Crisis
2007 - Death of Benazir Bhutto
2008 - Global Economy
2009 - Michael Jackson's Death
2010 - Pakistan Floods
2011 - Osama Bin Laden Killed
2012 - Assassination of United States Ambassador in Libya
2013 - Potential/Possible U.S. Attack on Syria
2014 - Gaza and Israel Conflict
2015 - Terrorism
2016 - Brexit
2017 - Immigration/Travel Ban
2018 - Murder of Jamal Khoshoaggi
2019 - New Zealand Mass Shooting
2020 - Coronavirus (COVID) Pandemic
2021 - Coronavirus (COVID) Pandemic

Inspirational Story of the Year: 

2006 - City of New Orleans
2007 - Virginia Tech Recovery
2008 - Barack Obama's Acceptance Speech
2009 - President Obama's Inauguration
2010 - Orayne Williams
2011 - Rebuilding of Joplin, Missouri
2012 - John Cena Make-A-Wish Milestone of 300
2013 - Recovery of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle McKnight
2014 - Lauren Hill Plays NCAA Game and Stuart Scott's ESPY Speech
2015 - Boy Studying in the Street in the Philippines
2016 - Craig Sager
2017 - JJ Watt Houston Fundraising
2018 - Stoneman Douglas Students Political Charge
2019 - Greta Thunberg
2020 - Maya Moore
2021 - Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Poem

Random Story of the Year:

2006 - Cory Lidle's Death
2007 - Minnesota Bridge Collapse
2008 - Myanmar Cyclone
2009 - Somali Pirates Take Hostage of U.S. Ships
2010 - Gulf of Mexico BP Oil Spill
2011 - Amanda Knox Trial
2012 - General David Petraeus Affair and Resignation
2013 - Manti Te'o Girlfriend Hoax
2014 - Missing MH370 Flight
2015 - Rachel Dolezal Story
2016 - Pulse Nightclub Shooting in Orlando
2017 - Libya Slave Trade
2018 - Serial Fake Bomber to Trump Opposers
2019 - College Admissions Scandal
2020 - Kobe Bryant's Death
2021- GamestopcStock Soars (Reddit vs. Wall Street)

Most Controversial Story of the Year:

2006 - Illegal Immigration in the United States
2007 - The Jena 6
2008 - Government Bailouts
2009 - United States Healthcare Reform
2010 - Arizona's SB1070 Immigration Law
2011 - Casey Anthony Trial/Verdict
2012 - Trayvon Martin Case
2013 - George Zimmerman Trial (Trayvon Martin Justice)
2014 - Darren Wilson Non-Indictment/Mike Brown Killing (Ferguson)
2015 - Syrian Civil War and Refugee Crisis
2016 - Colin Kaepernick National Anthem Protest
2017 - Taking a Knee During National Anthem
2018 - Immigration Separation Policy
2019 - Immigration Detention Centers
2020 - Wearing Protective Masks
2021 - Vaccination Status

Most Overrated Story of the Year:

2006 - Barbaro's Broken Leg
2007 - Paris Hilton in Jail
2008 - Madonna/A-Rod Romance
2009 - Bret Favre's "Comeback"
2010 - JetBlue "Rogue" Flight Attendant Steven Slater
2011 - Kim Kardashian/Kris Humphries Wedding
2012 - Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Divorce
2013 - Miley Cyrus MTV Performance
2014 - Draft Coverage of Michael Sam
2015 - Caitlyn Jenner
2016 - Harambe the Gorilla Death
2017 - Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Engagement
2018 - The Royal Wedding
2019 - Mueller Report
2020 - Shakira and Jennifer Lopez Halftime Show Performance
2021 - Billionaires Space Race

Tune of the Year: 

2010 - Lady Antebellum - "I Need You Now"
2011 - Lupe Fiasco - "Words I Never Said"
2012 - Carly Rae Jespen - "Call Me Maybe"
2013 - Avicii (and Aloe Blacc) - "Wake Me Up"
2014 - Pharrell Williams - "Happy"
2015 - Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars - "Uptown Funk"
2016 - Beyonce - "Formation"
2017 - Jay-Z - "4:44"
2018 - Drake - "Nice For What"
2019 - Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus - "Old Country Road"
2020 - Fleetwood Mac - "Dreams"
2021 - Taylor Swift - "All Too Well (Taylor's Version)

Invention of the Year:

2006 - YouTube
2007 - iPhone
2008 - Nintendo Wii
2009 - Twitter
2010 - Facebook
2011 - Angry Birds
2012 - Instagram
2013 - ReWalk
2014 - Wireless Electricity
2015 - Hoverboard Scooter
2016 - Pokemon Go
2017 - "Fake News" Monker
2018 - Fortnite
2019 - "When They See Us" by Ava DuVernay
2020 - COVID Vaccines
2021 - COVID Booster Vaccines

Comeback of the Year:

2006 - Jay-Z
2007 - Alex Rodriguez
2008 - Britney Spears
2009 - Alex Rodriguez
2010 - Michael Vick
2011 - Jennifer Lopez
2012 - MTA Transit System After Sandy
2013 - Mariano Rivera
2014 - LeBron James Returns to Cleveland
2015 - Alex Rodriguez
2016 - Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Cavaliers
2017 - Previous Sitcoms and Movies
2018 - Meek Mill
2019 - Washington Nationals 2019 Season
2020 - Michael Jordan Nostalgia (The Last Dance Documentary)
2021 - Entertainment

"Wishing Well" Award of the Year:

2006 - Playstation 3
2007 - New Management for New York Knicks
2008 - Hip Hop Music
2009 - Employment/Rebounding Economy
2010 - NBA and NFL Collective Bargaining Agreements
2011 - Quality Television
2012 - Washington D.C. Teamwork
2013 - Renewed Accountability in Society
2014 - Improved Option in Judicial System to try Police Officers
2015 - Fix Underlying Racism and Discrimination
2016 - Fix Underlying Racism and Discrimination
2017 - Decency in the World
2018 - Empathy
2019 - Stoppage to White Nationalism
2020 - Justice for Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery
2021 - Open Dialogue (and Thought)

"Just Go Away" Award of the Year:

2006 - Britney Spears
2007 - Britney Spears
2008 - Anti-Obama/Democrat Supporters
2009 - Jon and Kate Gosselin
2010 - Lindsay Lohan
2011 - The Kardashian Family
2012 - Chris Brown and Rhianna
2013 - Justin Beiber
2014 - Kim Kardashian
2015 - Social Media Posting Protesters
2016 - Kanye West
2017 - Roy Moore
2018 - Kanye West
2019 - Internet Trolls
2020 - Election Conspiracy Theories
2021 - The Career Politician

"Largest Fortitude" Award of the Year:

2008 - Barack Obama
2009 - Chesley B. Sullenberg III (Sully)
2010 - Amar'e Stoudemire
2011 - Barack Obama
2012 - Hurricane Sandy First Responders
2013 - Diana Nyad
2014 - Brittany Maynard
2015 - Spencer Stone, Alex Skarlatos, and Anthony Sadler
2016 - Chicago Cubs
2017 - Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, Rick Best, and Micah David-Cole Fletcher
2018 - USA Gymnasts
2019 - Robert Smith
2020 - Stacey Abrams
2021 - Eugene Goodman

"We'll Miss You" Award of the Year:

2006 - The Dave Chapelle Show
2008 - Yankee Stadium
2009 - Michael Jackson
2010 - Bob Sheppard
2011 - "Macho Man" Randy Savage
2012 - Neil Armstrong
2013 - Nelson Mandella
2014 - Maya Angelou
2015 - Yogi-isms
2016 - Everyone in 2016
2017 - Net Neutrality
2018 - Lesandro Guzman-Feliz (Junior)
2019 - Nipsey Hussle
2020 - COVID Victims
2021 - Hank Aaron

"What Were You Thinking" Award of the Year:

2006 - Michael Richards
2007 - Michael Vick
2008 - Governor Elliot Spitzer
2009 - Kanye West
2010 - LeBron James - "The Decision"
2011 - Anthony Weiner
2012 - Governor Mitt Romney Comments About 47 Percent of Nation
2013 - The Onion Disgusting Tweet (Towards Quvenzhane Wallis)
2014 - Adrian Peterson
2015 - Pete Carroll
2016 - Flint, Michigan Political Representatives
2017 - 49% Who Voted for Roy Moore
2018 - JR Smith's NBA Finals Game 1 Mental Error
2019 - Trump Sharpie Gate
2020 - President Trump Bible Photo Op
2021 - Kyrie Irving

"What a Shame" Award of the Year:

2007 - Barry Bonds and the All-Time Homerun Record
2008 - Caribbean and Gulf Coast - Hurricanes Ike and Gustav
2009 - Taconic Parkway Crash
2010 - Armando Gallaraga's Blown Perfect Game
2011 - Penn State Sex Scandal
2012 - Lance Armstrong
2013 - Mass/Senseless Shootings
2014 - Boko Hiram Abducting 200 Nigerian Girls
2015 - Bill Cosby Rape and Sexual Assault Allegations
2016 - North Dakota Pipeline Protest
2017 - President Trump Passes on White Supremacists
2018 - Mass Shootings
2019 - Atatiana Jefferson Death
2020 - Racism in America
2021 - Voting Rights and Gerrymandering

"Welcome to the Scene" Award of the Year: 

2006 - Global Warming
2007 - Boston Sports
2008 - Usain Bolt
2009 - Taylor Swift
2010 - Anti-Bullying Movement
2011 - Tim Tebow
2012 - Jeremy Lin
2013 - Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
2014 - Legalization of Marijuana
2015 - Daily Fantasy Sports
2016 - Black Lives Matter
2017 - Opioid Crisis
2018 - Diversity in Politics
2019 - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
2020 - Juneteenth Holiday
2021 - Climate Change Reality

"This Should Have Been Done Before" Award of the Year:

2007 - Writers Guild Strike of America
2008 - Regulation of Wall Street Executives
2009 - Public Outcry Against MTA
2010 - Focus On Education Reform
2011 - HGH Testing in MLB
2012 - Real Discussions on Gun Control Laws
2013 - Real Discussions on use of the "N" word
2014 - Action/Accountability From Leagues on Player Issues with the Law
2015 - Getting Serious on ISIS
2016 - NFL Scrutiny of Head Injuries
2017 - Removal of Confederate Monuments
2018 - Mobilized and Motivated Voters
2019 - Jeffrey Epstein Arrested
2020 - Racial and Inequity Awareness/Uprising
2021 - NIL NCAA Rights for Student-Athletes

"The Incredibles" Award of the Year:

2009 - Usain Bolt
2010 - Roy Halladay
2011 - Albert Pujols (3HR in World Series Game)
2012 - Miguel Cabrera Triple Crown
2013 - Grand Theft Auto V
2014 - Madison Bumgarner (World Series Game 7 Performance)
2015 - LeBron James in NBA Finals
2016 - Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt
2017 - Jonathan Smith (Las Vegas Shooting)
2018 - #16 UMBC Defeats #1 Virginia in NCAA Tournament
2019 - Tyler Perry Studios
2020 - COVID Vaccine Production
2021 - Vaccine Scientists and Researchers

"We Need to Fix This" Award of the Year:

2006 - Genocide in Sudan
2007 - Homeowner Market and Mortgage Crisis
2008 - Global Economy
2009 - Global Economy
2010 - Global Economy
2011 - Job Creation
2012 - Gun Control Laws
2013 - Race Relations/Perceptions/Stereotypes
2014 - Relationship Between Minorities/Society and Police
2015 - Mass Shootings in Our Society
2016 - Divided America
2017 - Slanted Journalism
2018 - Clean Water for Flint, Michigan
2019 - Mass Shootings
2020 - Disinformation
2021 - Trust in Science

Biggest Letdown of the Year:

2007 - 2007 United States Women's Soccer Team
2008 - Clay Bennet's Move of Supersonics to Oklahoma City
2009 - Dominican Republic National Baseball Team
2010 - LeBron James
2011 - 2011 United States Women's Soccer Team
2012 - National Hockey League
2013 - President Barack Obama
2014 - Bill Cosby Rape/Sexual Assault Stories
2015 - Social Justice
2016 - Kevin Durant
2017 - United States Men's Soccer Team
2018 - Gun Control Debate
2019 - College Admissions Scandal
2020 - COVID Presidential Press Conference 
2021 - Societal Response to COVID

Idiot of the Year:


2007 - James Dolan
2008 - Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
2009 - Bernie Madoff
2010 - James Dolan
2011 - Harold Camping
2012 - New York Jets Organization
2013 - Justin Beiber
2014 - Man Who Sued ESPN For Making Fun of Him Sleeping During Televised Game
2015 - Raven Symone
2016 - Non-Voters
2017 - Powerful Men Guilty of Sexual Misconduct
2018 - Kanye West
2019 - Jussie Smollett
2020 - COVID Non-Believer
2021 - January 6th Capitol Insurgents

Dome Pondering Person of the Year:

2006 - Stephon Marbury/Steve and Barry Co.
2007 - Every American Soldier
2008 - Barack Obama
2009 - Chesley B. Sullenberg III (Sully)
2010 - The Chilean Miners
2011 - Navy Seals Team Six
2012 - Sandy Hook Elementary Teachers and Faculty
2013 - Bostonians
2014 - Brittany Maynard
2015 - Anonymous Security Guard at Paris Stadium
2016 - You, The Activist
2017 - Women
2018 - Separated Families
2019 - Kendrick Castillo
2020 - Medical Professionals and First Responders
2021 - Eugene Goodman

Wrestling Show of the Year:

2007 - TNA Bound For Glory
2008 - WWE One Night Stand
2009 - TNA Turning Point
2010 - ROH Death Before Dishonor VIII
2011 - WWE Money in the Bank
2012 - TNA Bound For Glory
2013 - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 4)
2014 - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 12)
2015 - WWE Wrestlemania 31
2016 - NXT Takeover: Toronto
2017 - NXT Takeover: War Games
2018 - Impact Wrestling Slammiversary
2019 - NXT TakeOver: New York
2020 - WWE Royal Rumble
2021 - AEW Full Gear

The Jim Ross "Business is About to Pick Up!" Award of the Year: 

2020 - Edge Returns at Royal Rumble
2021 - CM Punk Returns

Pro Wrestling Match of the Year:

2007 - Bryan Danielson vs. Nigel McGuiness - ROH Driven
2008 - Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair - WWE Wrestlemania XXIV
2009 - AJ Styles vs. Samoa Joe vs. Christopher Daniels - TNA Turning Point
2010 - Motor City Machine Guns vs. Beer Money Inc. (Best of Five Series)
2011 - CM Punk vs. John Cena - WWE Money in the Bank
2012 - Bobby Roode vs. Austin Aries - TNA Destination X
2013 - Katsuyori Shibata vs. Tomohiro Ishii - NJPW G1 Climax (Day 4)
2014 - Adrian Neville vs. Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze vs. Tyson Kidd - NXT Takeover 2
2015 - Sasha Banks vs. Bayley - Iron Woman Match - NXT RESPECT
2016 - The Revival vs. Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa - NXT Takeover: Toronto - 2/3 Falls
2017 - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega - NJPW Wrestle Kingdom 11
2018 - Kazuchika Okada vs. Kenny Omega - NJPW Dominion
2019 - Kofi Kingston vs. Daniel Bryan - Wrestlemania 35
2020 - Adam Page and Kenny Omega vs. The Young Bucks - AEW Revolution
2021 - WALTER vs. Ilija Dragonuv - NXT Takeover 36

Pro Wrestling Tag Team of the Year:

2006 - AJ Styles and Christopher Daniels (TNA)
2007 - The Briscoe Brothers (ROH)
2008 - The Miz and John Morrison (WWE)
2009 - Beer Money Inc. (TNA)
2010 - Motor City Machine Guns (TNA)
2011 - Beer Money Inc. (TNA)
2012 - Bad Influence (TNA)
2013 - The Shield (WWE)
2014 - Young Bucks (NJPW and ROH)
2015 - The New Day (WWE)
2016 - The New Day (WWE)
2017 - The Usos (WWE)
2018 - Young Bucks (NJPW and ROH)
2019 - Santana and Ortiz (Impact and AEW)
2020 - The North (Impact)
2021 - Lucha Bros (AEW)

Female Pro Wrestler of the Year:

2009 - Awesome Kong (TNA)
2010 - Madison Rayne (TNA)
2011 - Mickie James (TNA)
2012 - AJ Lee (WWE)
2013 - Gail Kim (TNA)
2014 - Gail Kim (TNA)
2015 - Sasha Banks and Bayley (WWE-NXT)
2016 - Charlotte (WWE)
2017 - Alexa Bliss (WWE)
2018 - Tessa Blanchard (Impact)
2019 - Becky Lynch (WWE)
2020 - Bayley (WWE)
2021 - Britt Baker (AEW) and Deonna Purrazzo (Impact)

Male Pro Wrestler of the Year: 

2006 - Edge (WWE) and Samoa Joe (TNA)
2007 - Bryan Danielson (ROH)
2008 - Shawn Michaels (WWE) and Kurt Angle (TNA)
2009 - Randy Orton (WWE)
2010 - The Miz (WWE)
2011 - CM Punk (WWE)
2012 - Bully Ray (TNA)
2013 - Kazuchika Okada (NJPW)
2014 - Shinsuke Nakamura (NJPW)
2015 - John Cena (WWE)
2016 - AJ Styles (WWE) and Matt Hardy (TNA)
2017 - AJ Styles (WWE)
2018 - AJ Styles (WWE)
2019 - Adam Cole (WWE NXT)
2020 - Drew McIntyre (WWE) and Randy Orton (WWE)
2021 - Kenny Omega (AEW)

Sport Event of the Year:

2006 - FIFA World Cup '06
2007 - AFC Championship - New England Patriots vs. Indianapolis Colts
2008 - 2008 Olympic Summer Games
2009 - Super Bowl XLIII - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Arizona Cardinals
2010 - NBA Finals - Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics
2011 - MLB World Series - St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers
2012 - Super Bowl XLVI - New York Giants vs. New England Patriots
2013 - NBA Finals - Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs
2014 - Little League World Series
2015 - NBA Finals - Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors
2016 - MLB World Series - Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians
2017 - MLB World Series - Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
2018 - FIFA World Cup 18'
2019 - MLB World Series - Houston Astros vs. Washington Nationals
2020 - MLB World Series - Tampa Bay Rays vs. Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 - WNBA Finals - Chicago Sky vs. Phoenix Mercury

The Derek Jeter Flip Play Award of the Year: 

2010 - Landon Donovan's World Cup Goal vs. Algeria
2011 - David Freese Walk-Off World Series Game 6 Home Run
2012 - Eli Manning's Pass to Mario Manningham in Super Bowl XLVI
2013 - Ray Allen's Game-tying Three in Game Six
2014 - Derek Jeter's Walkoff Hit in Final Home Game
2015 - Eric Homser's World Series Dash
2016 - LeBron James Block on Andre Iguodala
2017 - Chris Coghlan Jump Over Yadier Molina
2018 - Arike Ogunbowale's Game-Winning Shot to Win 2018 National Title
2019 - Simone Biles' Triple Twisting Double Back
2020 - LeBron Ode to Kobe - Fast Break Reverse Dunk
2021 - Jalen Suggs' Final Four Buzzer-Beater vs. UCLA

Coach of the Year: 

2008 - Joe Maddon
2009 - Joe Girardi
2010 - Mike Krzyzewski
2011 - Tony LaRussa
2012 - Tom Coughlin
2013 - Erik Spoelstra
2014 - Bruce Bochy
2015 - Jill Ellis
2016 - Joe Maddon
2017 - Steve Kerr
2018 - Steve Kerr
2019 - Jill Ellis and Dave Martinez
2020 - Andy Reid
2021 - Monty Williams

Team of the Year:

2006 - St. Louis Cardinals
2007 - New England Patriots
2008 - New York Giants
2009 - New York Yankees
2010 - Connecticut Huskies Women's Basketball Team
2011 - St. Louis Cardinals and Green Bay Packers
2012 - San Francisco Giants
2013 - Boston Red Sox
2014 - San Antonio Spurs
2015 - United States Women's National Soccer Team
2016 - Chicago Cubs
2017 - Golden State Warriors
2018 - Boston Red Sox
2019 - United States Women's National Soccer Team
2020 - Los Angeles Dodgers
2021 - Milwaukee Bucks

Dome Pondering Athlete of the Year:

2006 - Tiger Woods and LaDainian Tomlinson
2007 - Tom Brady
2008 - Michael Phelps
2009 - Mariano Rivera
2010 - Drew Brees
2011 - Dirk Nowitzki
2012 - LeBron James
2013 - Serena Williams
2014 - Madison Bumgarner
2015 - Stephen Curry
2016 - LeBron James
2017 - Russell Westbrook
2018 - Simone Biles
2019 - Megan Rapinoe
2020 - Lewis Hamilton
2021 - Shoehei Ohtani

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