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
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
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
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