January 9 , 2004  
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Surprises and disappointments

The surprises and disappointments in 2003 came from many different sports and in many different forms.

Many surprises came from golf. The four majors were won by four first time winners. Mike Weir at the Masters, Jim Furyk at the U.S. Open, and more surprisingly, 396th ranked Ben Curtis at the British Open and Shaun Micheel at the PGA Championship.

Despite still being named PGA Player of the Year, Tiger Woods had four disappointing performances at the majors, never really contending in any.

Two unheralded teams made very unlikely runs in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Minnesota Wild upset the Colorado Avalanche in the opening round, then did the same to the Vancouver Canucks.

Their opponent in the semi-finals were the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, who shocked the hockey world by sweeping the Detroit Red Wings, then upsetting the Dallas Stars. Anaheim was one win away from the Stanley Cup but lost a hard fought Game 7 to the New Jersey Devils.

The biggest disappointments came from baseball. The Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs were in the midst of great playoff runs and looked to be headed for a head-to-head battle for the World Series.

However, fate was not kind as both teams lost their series in the seventh game, and the surprising Florida Marlins went on to defeat the powerful New York Yankees for their second championship.

-Ian Denomme




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