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2009

Even though dominated by Lady Gaga, Tiger Woods, Kanye West, Michael Jackson, Jon, Kate, and a dog named Bo, I’ll remember 2009 most for The Comeback.

Unlike the perennial comebacks of politicians, athletes and celebrities, the class of 2009 is packed with huge, record-breaking, media-grabbing personalities, so let’s take a look at a few:

Michael Schumacher

Media mogul, philanthropist, seven-time world champion, mega millionairre, record-breaker, and the man who helped bring upon Ferrari’s resurgence in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

In late 2005 Michael Schumacher, after 7 wins and 12 podium placings, announced his retirement from Formula One. He’d won 91 races, started 250 and eclipsed every record that could be conquered. After 16 years in Formula One, he’d had enough.

Flash forward to December 2009, and after months of speculation, it was announced that Michael, at the ripe age of 40*,  would be returning to the sport;  instead of racing for Ferrari, his team of 10 years, he’d return with the new Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix team for three years.

Pitted against the new crop of fast drivers; Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastien Vettel and Jenson Button, he’ll be under pressure from every direction. At his disposal; Ross Brawn, the technical mastermind behind all of Michael’s championships, and a new star teammate in Nico Rosberg, the son of Formula One World Champion, Keke Rosberg. With mounting competition from Ferrari, McLaren, Red Bull and Sauber, it will be interesting to watch as all of these big name drivers and teams throw their hats into the ring.

* Michael Schumacher turned 41 on January 3rd, 2010

Lance Armstrong

Media mogul, philanthropist, seven-time Tour De France winner, mega millionairre, record-breaker, and the man who helped bring upon cycling’s resurgence in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

In July 2005, shortly after winning his last of seven Tours De France, Lance Armstrong  announced his impending retirement from cycling and his focus on his cancer organization.

Like Schumacher, after three years out of competition, he announced his comeback in September 2008 along with his hopes of racing the Tour de France again.

Finishing third in the Tour De France, twefth in the Giro d’Italia, and a highly publicized verbal battle with his 2009 teammate and Tour winner Alberto Contador, he’s made his mark on 2009. At 39 years-old, he’s still keeping up with the best in the game, while other riders his age are retiring, taking up management positions, or becoming supporting riders to the young guys.

After starting his new RadioShack team in late 2009 and bringing in more talented riders to the front, there’s no sign of slowing down for Lance in 2010. With his hand-picked team, it looks like the 2010 Tour will be one of the most exciting of the past twenty years. To add to that, Armstrong has revealed that he will race the Dutch One Day Classic, the Amstel Gold Race, one that he’s placed second in twice. It’s going to be very interesting to see how well Lance rides at his peak.

Brett Favre

Media mogul, philanthropist, Super Bowl XXXI winner, mega millionairre, record-breaker, and the man who helped bring upon the Green Bay Packers’ resurgence in the 90’s and 2000’s.

Is this getting familiar yet?

Brett Favre, in short, never quits. Or maybe he always quits? It’s hard to keep track of his retirements and comebacks, but it’s good entertainment. He’s led the Packers to seven division championships, four NFC championships games, and two Super bowls, winning one of them. In fact, his Minnesota Vikings team is only two wins away from entering the Super Bowl. Besides that, he’s the current record holder for Most Career Wins as a Starting Quarterback,  Most Career Touchdown Passes and Most Consecutive Starts, among others.

Like the previous two sportsmen, he’s showing the young guys how their job should be done, and at the age of 40, and he’s reaffirming his position as an undisputed leader.

With all of this talk of great comebacks, I can’t help but think; Who has the worst comeback of the year?

Sammy Hagar

Unfortunately, he never went away, but he did create a so-called “Super Band” called Chickenfoot, which released an “album” in July 2009. Now I can’t say I’ve ever been a fan of his singing, but I originally heard of the band through my favorite drummer, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and hoped that maybe the music would make up for the vocals.

Let me tell you, my ears bled. I wanted Rhapsody to give me back my monthly subscription fee. The only way to forget what I heard would require extensive surgery. Really, I don’t think dogs could listen to this garbage. After listening I felt dirty, like I had to take a shower. On behalf of the rest of the world, Mr. Hagar; Stop. Just…stop. Go back to racing sports cars and making tequila, just stay away from the microphone, you remind me of a drunkard at Karaoke Night. Thank you.

So, with the exception of Mr. Hagar, I’m really looking forward to a great 2010, and I wish you all a good year!

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~ by Mitcholo on January 4, 2010.

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