2021: A Year For The Book In Many Ways

Taking a look back on the wicked year named 2021

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An example of an NFT. Via CNN NEWS

Each year, the ball drops, marking the beginning of a New Year. Back at the beginning of 2021, there was the hope of it being the year. It was the year for some people; for some, it wasn’t. It was a year of hopes of the end of the dark tunnel of covid to championships being won for the first time in a while. For more on the pros and cons of 2021, and what to continue to watch in the new year, read on.

One of the colossal things that happened was the historic Supreme Court case of NCAA v. Alston which resulted in a 9-0 ruling. The ruling made it possible for NCAA athletes to be able to sign a NIL deal. Meaning they can make money from sponsorships from companies. One of the vast amount of deals that were struck early was by Ohio State’s freshman quarterback, who has since transferred to Texas. The deal’s worth? $1.4 million a seven-digit payday for the quarterback. 

In other news, another historic mark was met. President Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were inaugurated into Presidency and Vice Presidency. This was huge for America as Harris was the first female vice president as well as the first woman of color as vice president. The inauguration only happened weeks after the traumatic Capitol riot. 

Speaking of which, the Capitol Riot happened on one of the first days of the year. It took place while Vice President Mike Pence and Senators were confirming the count for electoral votes for the 2020 presidential election. The failed insurrection was traumatic for Senators and Pence. There were between 2,000-2,500 Donald Trump supporters at the riot. Some of them even chanted, “Hang Mike Pence”. When Pence and Trump met for the first time since the riot, there was no apology from Trump to Pence.

Another horrible event that had occurred was the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack. The pipeline that is in Houston, Texas was hacked due to the password being leaked on the dark web. The pipeline which is the largest in the United States had done an extensive search and had seen no previous hack before April 29th. A week later there had been a ransom note left, which was not fulfilled leading to the pipeline being shut down by hackers. The ransom was later fulfilled for 4.4 million dollars. The hackers also took 100 gigabytes of data that had been threatened to be leaked if the ransom wasn’t fulfilled. 

Now cyber has been many other ways for hacking in the past year. It had seen a surge of cyber currency more known as cryptocurrency. Some examples of cryptocurrency are bitcoin, litecoin, or ethereum. The majority of people use crypto for investing in vehicles. NFL wide receiver for the Los Angeles Rams, Odell Beckham Jr. has become one of many pro players requesting that they be paid in crypto instead of regular money. He has even partnered with Square’s Cash App to help turn his contract into crypto payments. 

Another huge way that crypto is being used is to buy Non Fungible tokens (NFTs), and this grew hugely. It came out of nowhere and it seems to be sticking around for a while. You may ask what exactly is an NFT? Well, it’s a piece of art, you can buy it and then use it or sell it later if the price grows.  

You may ask what you can use it for? Well, it can be used in multiple ways. One way you can use it is for social status. You can buy the NFT and use it as your profile picture on social media. Some people would say why would I buy it if I can screenshot it? It’s not about if you screenshot it or not. It’s about if you buy it you have a certificate of authenticity or you actually bought it and didn’t just screenshot it. Now, this is where it gets to be like the stock market. Where you buy an NFT and sit on it like stocks, but in this case, you sit on it and wait to see if it gains popularity with others and then sell it and make money off of your original investment.

Now this year was quite the coincidence as well. That is if your name is the Atlanta Braves. Sadly, former professional baseball player and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron died. Aaron made the All-Star team 21 straight years of the 23 years he played. Playing wasn’t the only thing Aaron’s legacy had to do with the team. This year the Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series, but it wasn’t just that they won. The Braves won 44 games before the All-Star break and 44 games after. Then the Braves won the World Series on the 44th week of the year. You may ask why is 44 so special? Well, that was Aaron’s number throughout his professional career. So if you look back at the Braves season you could say they had an extra player on their side throughout the season.

2021 was a year of landmark Supreme Court cases, pipelines hacked, historic vice presidency, NFTs, and strange number coincidences. Now that wasn’t everything that happened in 2021, but it was a blurb of the past. Now, it’s time to go into 2022 ready to go at it as we do at the start of every New Year.