Every time I get something new, or see a new movie, or play a new video game -- basically every time something enters my life -- I think “is this the best thing ever?” Well, this year, there were some pretty strong candidates. Here are my top 5.
5. Online Dynasty Mode in NCAA ’09
How incredibly cool is it to play games against your friends? Pretty cool. How much cooler would it be if you could play against your friends in a season mode, and compete with them for recruits? Pretty damn cool, right? Well, this game has nearly perfected that. It has made playing a sports game over and over again fun for me for the first time in years.
4. Britney Spears’s “Womanizer” video
Sweet jeebus, Britney looks DAMN good here. I missed you hot Britney.
3. The Iron Man Fine Art Statue by Kotobukiya
I thoroughly loved the “Iron Man” movie. One of the things that made the movie so great was how great the suit looked. This statue captures that better than any of the other Iron Man movie-related products that came out in 2008. Plus, it lights up! That’s right, the chestplate and repulsor rays in the glow when a switch is flipped. The only thing that could make this better would be if it didn’t completely suck the batteries dry. But it still looks damn cool.
2. LeBron James
This is the sixth year in a row that LeBron has been a “best thing ever” candidate (earning “best thing of the year” honors in 2003 and 2007). He flirted with a 30-8-8 average in the 2007-08 season, and put on another of the greatest playoff performances of all-time in Game 7 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals.
1. The Dark Knight
I’ve said it before, multiple times, but it’s worth saying again. Best. Movie. Ever.
But is it good enough for Best Thing Ever? Well, that’ll just have to wait until next week, when I reveal my 2008 choice for Best Thing Ever, plus the all-time best runners up.