On New Year’s Day, we’ll reveal all of the winners. For now, read up on our five nominees for Team of the Year – which you may be relieved to find out doesn’t include anything that has to do with LeBron James.
In all seriousness, instead of going the ESPYs route and just naming five championship teams, we looked across all facets of sports — as well as picking a team each from the music industry and world news sector.
Team of the Year: Jack Ü
The team comprised of Skrillex and Diplo changed way electronic music was consumed and perceived by the mainstream in 2015.
Of course, they did so with a little assistance from Justin Bieber – who naturally is one of our candidates for Man of the Year.
On the surface, Jack Ü is a dynamic music duo of two titans in electronic music. But when you consider they each head their own labels (OWSLA and Mad Decent), the 2015 union of Skrillex and Diplo had a lot more significance than meets the eye.
It’s no secret that 2015, and the last few years in general, have been massive in the growing trend of music collaboration. This year alone, we saw the atomic rise of rap duo Run The Jewels — and electropop/rap duo Big Grams isn’t far behind.
In a time where music has limited routes of innovation, collaboration has become the most significant way to discover new frontiers. And headlining that movement in 2015 was Jack Ü.
Good enough to make our Team of the Year list.
We live in a world of activism on all fronts; people everywhere using their platforms to speak out against injustice and social well-being. Anonymous has been vigilant in these fights, leading a huge charge against anti-radical Islam by using a computer as their weapon and the Internet as their battlefield.
Anonymous isn’t commissioned by anyone, rather they are a network of hackers who operate on ideas rather than directives, fighting for a common good rather than a singular individual or government.
They’re essentially the Robin Hood of the Interwebs. And without them, the war on terror and corruption would look much different. And it would definitely feel a lot different.
But, can you crown someone Team of the Year if you don’t even know who they are?
We’ll just have to wait to find out.
The Money Team
Whether you like him or despise him, Floyd Mayweather and his merry band of rich people had a massive year in 2015.
He won two bouts — including the long anticipated, highly underwhelming fight with Manny Pacquiao. He rounded out his career destroying Andre Berto in September, retiring with an undefeated 49-0 record.
All you have to do is follow Mayweather’s Instagram to know he’s not the only one who’s living the lavish life. Floyd puts his entire team on. Whether it shopping sprees in Dubai, court side seats to whatever game he wants, or a 100-foot yacht on the Mediterranean; Floyd and his crew are doing it.
Hell of a way to close out your career, in the grandest of fashions. And yes, they got bonus credit because the word team is in their name.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors aren’t the only team that won a championship in 2015. They were, unequivocally, the best to do it. Between the NBA’s top duo nobody talks about, a dynamite head coach, and fans that go bananas for their team; the Warriors became the darlings of the sports world.
After taking down the reviled Cleveland Cavaliers in the title – their first cool thing of 2015 – GSW decided to start the new season on a 24 game win streak and sit at a decent 29-2 as we turn to 2016.
Add in the fact that everyone from Washington State to Washington D.C. is in love with them, merchandise is skyrocketing, and they’re poised for another magical second half; it’s easy to choose the Golden State Warriors as 2015’s sports team of the year.