The world that was the last time Herm Edwards was a coach
ESPN analyst and former NFL coach Herm Edwards has officially been named the new coach of the Arizona State football program.
The hiring has caused mixed reactions from Sun Devils’ supporters, as Edwards last coached college 28 years ago when he was a defensive backs coach with San Jose State.
Edwards’ head coaching experience came in the NFL with the New York Jets from 2001-05 and the Kansas City Chiefs from 2006-08. He was fired as Chiefs head coach following the 2008 season.
The year 2008 could be a blur for most as nine years have come and gone. To refresh your memory, here are a few happenings in the United States the last time Edwards stepped on the field as a coach — aside from the Chiefs’ 2-14 record.
Billboard 100 Top Song – ‘Low’ – Flo Rida ft. T-Pain
The debut single for rapper Flo Rida was the longest running number one single in 2008. The song was featured on his first album “Mail on Sunday” and was the the soundtrack for the movie “Step Up 2: The Streets.”
Top Movie – ‘The Dark Knight’
Released in July of 2008, “The Dark Knight” was the latest installment in popular Batman films. The film was the highest grossing movie in 2008 with over $533 million. It finished with over 150 awards including an Oscar for the late Heath Ledger for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role as The Joker.
Launch of Hulu.com
The popular streaming service contains over 47 million shows and movies for viewers. Recently in 2017, Hulu.com started supporting live news, entertainment and sports from eight popular channels.
Facebook becomes largest social media platform
Created in 2003 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook was originally intended for students at Harvard University to use as a college version of Friendster. By 2008, Facebook became the most-used social media site with the number of users soaring to 200 million. By 2010, the number rose again to 550 million users. In 2011, Facebook’s annual revenue was estimated at $3.7 billion.
CNN debuts hologram during Election Night coverage
During coverage of the 2008 presidential election between John McCain and Barack Obama, CNN debuted a technology CNN’s former Senior Vice President David Bohrman said at the time he had been trying to accomplish for “about a dozen years.” A three-dimensional image of correspondent Jessica Yellin appeared feet from CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. It’s a sight to see.
‘Breaking Bad,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘True Blood’ debut
“Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “True Blood” graced television screens everywhere for years, winning a combined 194 awards. Of the three shows, the most popular was Breaking Bad. Based on a high school teacher suffering from Cancer turned drug lord, it lasted five seasons on AMC. To this day, it is considered one of the greatest shows of all time.
Jodi Arias Trial
In June of 2008, the body of Travis Alexander was found in his Mesa, Ariz. home. Alexander was brutally murdered by his girlfriend Jodi Arias, who stabbed him multiple times, cut his throat and shot him in the head. Arias made headlines during her arrest and trial, and was found guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
David Tyree’s ‘helmet catch’ – Super Bowl XLII
The New England Patriots came to Glendale riding an 18-0 record, destined to finish 19-0 as they took on the New York Giants in the Super Bowl. Trailing 14-10 with just over a minute to play, Eli Manning escaped Patriots pass rushers and found David Tyree who pinned the ball to his helmet to secure the catch. Eventually, Manning would connect with Plaxico Burress for the game-winning touchdown to upset the Patriots.
Kansas defeats Memphis 75-68 in OT
The 38-2 Memphis Tigers navigated the course of the tournament and faced the 37-3 Kansas Jayhawks in the 2008 National Championship. Led by Derrick Rose and Chris Douglas-Roberts, Memphis held a 3-point lead with just seconds left in regulation. Mario Chalmers, a Kansas guard at the time, hit a clutch three-pointer to send the game to overtime. Kansas would go on to win.
Detroit Red Wings win the Stanley Cup
The 2008 Stanley Cup playoffs culminated with the Western Conference Champion Detroit Red Wings facing the Eastern Conference Champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The Red Wings jumped out to a 2-0 series lead until the Penguins won game three. Eventually, the Red Wings won the series 4-2, capturing the club’s first championship since 2002 and 11th overall.
Celtics defeat the Lakers in NBA Finals
The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers met at the conclusion of the 2007-2008 season, in which a Celtics team led by Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett defeated Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in six games. The 2008 championship was the first for Kevin Garnett and remains the last for Boston. The Lakers appeared in the finals in 2009 and 2010, defeating Boston in 2010 for their second championship in three years.
Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-1 in World Series
The 2008 World Series was one of the few that experienced a delay due to weather. Game 5 was suspended and continued the next day. The American League won the All-Star game, giving the Rays home field advantage. But, the Phillies were dominant after losing the second game of the series. Tied at one game apiece, the Phillies went on to win the next three for the 4-1 series win. The championship was the second overall for the Phillies organization.
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- Mike Leach believes Herm Edwards could win Pac-12 coaches’ brawl
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