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Sports is always better in high-definition, and 2008 produced some events and images that truly stood out.
10. Immelman Wins Masters
9. Phils, Rays in the Slop
8. Celtics Return to Glory
7. Nadal, Federer Battle at Wimbledon
6. Sharapova vs. Ivanovic in Aussie Final
5. Texas tips Oklahoma
4. Kansas Heroics Top Memphis
3. Giants Freeze Packers
2. Penguins, Sabres Outdoors Shootout
1. Beijing Olympics Opening Ceremony
Honorable Mention: Volleyball Scores Big
 
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8. Celtics Return to Glory

Basketball can be hit or miss in high-def—courts can reflect the light with vicious glare, and some are poorly lit and just don’t translate well on TV. But the close-up shots are intense, with every forehead vain, every bead of sweat and every tattoo coming across loud and clear. The Celtics-Lakers series was about as hyped up an NBA Finals as it gets, and even though Game 6 was a laugher, the series on the whole featured all-time greats like KG, Pierce and Kobe (and a satisfying result for Celtics fans). ABC’s video offered some appealing camera angles, and it didn’t hurt to have A-list celebs in the audience. And no, I didn’t select this one because I’m from Massachusetts—I’m actually a Lakers fan.

Read more: Top 10 HD Sports Broadcasts of 2008