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Top five stories of 2010

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Tony's Top 5

Sports stories of 2010

5
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.
4
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.
3
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.
2
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.
1
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

Favorite blog entries

5
The final chapter on Teixeira and How Red Sox pitchers work the strike zone Jan. 7, 2009 and July 17, 2009. Some actual reporting – an obsession with Mark Teixeira and the art of pitching.
4
For 2011 Red Sox, there was plenty of blame to go around Oct. 1, 2011. The disgraceful collapse of the Red Sox stoked the fire in all of us.
3
Behind Garnett and James, Celtics and Heat are digging in June 4, 2012. Improbably, the Celtics pushed the Heat to the limit.
2
Thrill is back for Patriots Jan. 30, 2012. Another Super Bowl has even Bill Belichick musing.
1
You’ve got to believe June 15, 2011. On the morning of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals, we all had reason to believe.
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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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