Sports provided countless compelling storylines throughout 2021, so you’re forgiven for forgetting some of them.
Tom Brady won his seventh Super Bowl. Jon Gruden resigned in disgrace. Giannis Antetokounmpo got his much-anticipated first NBA championship. Aaron Rodgers’ misdirection on his vaccination status overshadowed another MVP-caliber season, if only for a few weeks. And the Summer Olympics were contested amid a pandemic, although the bigger story ended up being the mental health of athletes, including Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.