Sports memories, much like a release date for "The Interview," come and go. The specifics, even about important events and accomplishments, fade with the passing years. Most of what happened in 2014 likely won't be remembered in 100 years. But what if we created a time capsule and put in items representing the year in sports?
To preserve tradition, we could bury it at the 50-yard line of the Coliseum, next to where we buried last year's time capsule.
The Coliseum might still sit empty, waiting for a revival of the NFL, which was banished because of violence and concussions in 2037. In 100 years, all NFL games could be played via the Madden video game series, with the consciousness of John Madden, downloaded into the game in 2020, calling all the action.
Here is what will be in the 2014 sports time capsule when it is opened in 2114:
•The green plastic ice bucket Kobe Bryant puts his feet in after each game. In the bucket will be a video of Willie Mays' last season with the New York Mets, confirming for people in the future that athletes never, ever learned when to retire at the proper time.
•A replica of Clayton Kershaw's Cy Young Award, his third in four seasons. The ball in the award will be replaced by a ball Kershaw used in the playoffs, with scorch marks plainly visible. Also present will be Sandy Koufax's career playoff numbers, just so no one forgets who was the best left-hander in Dodgers history.
•The videotape of Ray Rice knocking his girlfriend unconscious in a hotel elevator, because no one should forget how ugly domestic violence is.
•A photo-shopped picture of Donald Sterling giving a warm embrace to Magic Johnson while watching the television show "black-ish" — just to annoy Sterling's ghost.
•A photo of Manny Pacquiao on one side of the capsule and a photo of Floyd Mayweather Jr. on the other side. Because that is as close as they seem to want to get to each other.
•Some confetti dropped from the ceiling during the Kings' Stanley Cup celebration. With the Earth in a second ice age in 2114 and outdoor hockey being the prevailing sport, it will be nice for future generations to see how the Kings' dynasty got rolling back when people were worried about global warming.
•A photo of Landon Donovan carrying the MLS Cup after his final game as a pro. This will surely please soccer fans of the future, who in 2114 will still be convinced their sport is about to take off in the U.S.
•Tiger Woods' golf game. So in 2114 people can say "So that's where it went."
•Tim Howard's World Cup gloves and a highlight reel of his amazing play. Even in 2114, people will have a hard time believing some of those saves.
•Steve Nash's Lakers contract. Maybe in 100 years it will finally be worth something.
•Mike Trout's most-valuable-player award so people can be reminded of the greatest baseball player in Southern California during the 2010s.
•Video of Mount St. Joseph freshman Lauren Hill, suffering from terminal brain cancer, playing and scoring in a game that the NCAA moved up two weeks so she could participate. Because there are truly some great moments in sports.
•A rainbow ribbon inscribed with the names of Jason Collins and Michael Sam. Collins became the first openly gay man to play in a major U.S. sport when he made his debut with the NBA's Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23. Sam became the first openly gay football player to be drafted by an NFL team when he was chosen by the St. Louis Rams. (Many L.A. Rams fans will have long forgotten the Rams once played in St. Louis.)