19. Patrick Kane
2015 should have been yet another monumental year for National Hockey League sensation Patrick Kane. Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks won it all, the third time that the Blackhawks hoisted the Stanley Cup during Kane’s tenure with the club. The biggest story of the year involving Kane did not, however, have anything to do with his play. Kane was accused of rape following an incident that allegedly occurred in early August. He was removed from the cover of video game NHL ’16, and Kane became a target of boos and jeers at arenas. Kane was not charged with rape when all was said and done, but his reputation and maybe even his legacy were tarnished by the matter.
18. Ohio State Wins College Playoff
We are not sure if there was a month in 2015 when the Ohio State Buckeyes were not a significant news story. The Buckeyes made history by winning the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship. Cardale Jones, third on the depth chart at the quarterback position back at one point, became a champion and a household name. While Ohio State won games early on during the 2015 season, the team never quite looked like it would defend its championship. Those title hopes were dashed when the Buckeyes lost at home to Michigan State. Nevertheless, it was an entertaining year for OSU football.