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Tony's Top 5
Sports stories of 2010
The Bruins collapse. They led the Flyers, 3-0, in a best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal series. Then the roof caved in. That is a truly historic development that cannot possibly be overlooked by anyone anywhere.
The Saints, Lakers, Blackhawks and Giants. In this country, we celebrate greatness. We celebrate champions. Appropriately, Drew Brees and the Saints were first on the list. Good for New Orleans.
The return of Michael Vick. OK, so it's not a comeback in the most traditional sense. But out of nowhere, Vick has returned to prominence as one of the most dynamic athletes in sports. Fun to watch.
The LeBron James saga. A negative story, to be sure, but James has become the poster boy for the spoiled, self-indulgent and egomaniacal athlete, and that's quite an accomplishment. The verdict is in. The Decision was a joke.
The demise of Tiger Woods. Granted, his fall from grace started in late 2009. But in 2010, we learned that the robotic Mr. Woods was actually human, that he could fail. He didn't win once. And his invincibility is gone.
Tony's Top 5
Best offseason moves in recent Red Sox history
Signing Johnny Damon From 2002-05, Damon averaged 149 games, 16 home runs, 115 runs and 25 steals. His OPS was .803. Rock solid.
Trading for Curt Schilling The piece that put the Red Sox over the top in 2004. Most guys go to New York to win titles. Schilling came here.
Signing David Ortiz In 10 years, he's hit more homers than anybody but Albert Pujols, Adam Dunn or Alex Rodriguez. Jackpot.
Signing Manny Ramirez Find another $100 million free agent contract that lived up to this one. Anywhere. He was worth it.
Trading for Pedro Martinez Since he came in November 1997, only the Braves and Yankees have won more games.
Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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