A look back at the year's 'biggest' stories

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A look back at the year's 'biggest' stories

By Jon Fucile
Special contributor for WickedGoodSports.com

As the clock ticks down on 2010, we started to think about what a great year it has been for sports. We saw stories of heartbreak, triumph, dreams realized and nude pics while wearing Crocs.

Before we kiss 2010 goodbye and usher in the first year in a long time where it is going to be super hard to make those New Years glasses with two zeros for eye holes, we thought wed take a look back at some of the biggest sports stories of 2010.

Drew Brees Leads the New Orleans Saints to Superbowl Glory

According to what the announcers said every five seconds during the Superbowl broadcast, New Orleans had angered some lady named Katrina and she messed up the city something fierce.

Still recovering years later, Brees and the Saints gave the city a huge boost when they defeated Peyton Manning and the Colts to win the Superbowl. The city proceeded to steal partying ideas from some other city I cant think of by celebrating like it was Mardi Gras

Having seen what the Superbowl victory meant to the city of New Orleans, Drew Brees jumped into a time machine and battled the Natural Disasters in a WWF ring:

He also joined the cast of Storm Chasers, vowing to never let Mother Nature have her way with his city again.

Brett Favre Gets Some Advice From Another Fallen Star

Brett Favre had a great year. He cried a river while talking about retirement. Again. He blew the NFC championship for the Vikings, throwing unnecessary interceptions at key moments. Again.

Then word came out that while he was with the New York Jets he may or may not have sent his Playgirl audition pictures to sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.

Yes, the wholesome, likeable Brett Favre texted naughty, naughty pictures to a lady who was not his wife. Of course, his either very gullible or very naive wife went on talk shows and said Bretty meant to send her the pics, despite several voicemails on Stergers phone that sounded suspiciously like Favre.

With his image on the line, Favre went to the one man he knew could help him: Tiger Woods.

Woods of course, wasnt much help but was certainly there for his new friend at a tearful press conference where Favre claimed it was not his fault because they dont have cell phones yet in the south and he did not know how to properly send pictures.

Chris Pronger Steals Pucks and Perfect Game

NHL villain and resident trouble maker Chris Pronger decided to deflect attention from his teams poor performance in Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago the best way he knew how by being a big jerk.

Pronger repeatedly stole game pucks so the Blackhawks could not have them in a move that had media and fans focusing less on the Phillys 0-2 hole to start the series and more on Prongers antics. The tactic worked, temporarily anyway, as the Flyers fought back to tie the series 2-2 before ultimately losing in six games.

However, the high of stealing and angering entire cities got to Pronger and he made his way to a Detroit Tigers game. He beat up an umpire and donned the uniform. Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was in the midst of a perfect game when Pronger struck.

A play at first, where the base runner was clearly out, should have been a simple call. Safe! was the call from Pronger, as his devilish laugh filled the air. With that simple move, he had stolen Galarragas perfect game.

Michael Vick Returns to Glory

Vicks story needs little reviewing. He was super mean and super stupid to dogs, spent some time in jail, and made his return to the NFL. His first season back, he was used sparingly but an injury to starter Kevin Kolb in 2010 gave Vick and opportunity. In true Vick football fashion, he ran with it.

Vick looked like the Vick of old with slightly better accuracy, and guided the Eagles to a playoff berth. But that was not his only return. No, Vick also made a dramatic report to the one sport he always held above all others: Dog sled racing.

Chemistry, Heart Wins over Salary in World Series

Red Sox Fans and Yankees Fans are in an eternal argument about who is better, and much of that is focused on whoever happens to have the highest salary. If the Yankees win a World Series, Red Sox fans say it was because the Yanks had the highest payroll, ignoring the fact the Red Sox are in second.

If the Red Sox win the World Series, Yankees fans claim they bought it or had the help of steroids, ignoring their own payroll and the fact that everyone in baseball iswas on steroids. Both often seem to ignore the fact that chemistry, skill and a little bit of luck are more important than who can spend the most.
The San Francisco Giants, 10th in the MLB in payroll last season, won the World Series with a team that loved playing with and for each other. Their pitching staff wasnt too shabby either.

The Red Sox had injuries. The Yankees looked like a team of individuals. And in the end it was the Giants and the Rangers battling for a world championship. Money doesnt always buy wins. It just buys players.

Ryan Miller Goes from Hero to Goat

Team USA was a surprising force at the Olympics, fueled by a super human Ryan Miller. The feisty USA squad upset the Canadians early in the tournament before eventually losing to the canucks in the gold medal game.

Miller was insane the entire tournament, embarrassing shooters from around the world with his timely saves and cat like reflexes. However, in overtime of the highly anticipated rematch Sidney Crosby found Millers weakness a simple shot through the five hole.

This was not the first time Crosby found himself with a game on the line against Miller. Crosby beat Miller in a shootout at the first official Winter Classic on a very similar move. Apparently Miller neglected to learn his lesson and he quickly went from savior to goat for USA hockey.

On the bright side, theres always next yea. Oh.

Reggie Bush Loses His Trophy

Before being a disappointing running back for the New Orleans Saints, Reggie Bush was a Heisman winning college stud. But in 2010 he would be forced to give back that funny trophy with the stiff arming man.

Bush was accused of receiving money and various other benefits while in college, a direct violation of NCAA rules. But really, who can be expected to pay attention to rules? So there was talk of making Bush give back the trophy.

The final straw was Bushs relationship with Kim Kardashian. Not only was she ruining tons of other TV shows and channels but now she was on camera any time the Saints had a game. Once sports were claimed as a victim of one of the most annoying women of all time, Bush was forced to give back his trophy.

Bush had other plans, however, and took a page out of Shooter McGavins book and ran like hell, never to be heard from again.

2010 was certainly an interesting year for sports and these were only a few of our favorite stories. We also had the Canadians womens ice hockey team get blasted for celebrating like they won a gold medal, after they had won the gold medal.

Also, the Chicago Blackhawks ended their Stanley Cup drought in the most anti-climatic game in recent memory. Kobe Bryant and the Lakers watched as the Celtics beat themselves. What a year! Hopefully 2011 is just as fun.

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics go on second-quarter run

Halftime stars, studs and duds: Celtics go on second-quarter run

BOSTON – The Celtics used a blistering run in the second quarter to propel them to a 50-42 lead over the Toronto Raptors after two quarters of play. 

It was the second straight game the Celtics had to play without their leading scorer Isaiah Thomas who remains out indefinitely with a right groin injury. 

As was the case in Boston’s 30-point win at Orlando, Avery Bradley took it upon himself to pick up some of the scoring slack as he leads the Celtics with 13 points at the half. 

Boston also got strong play in the first half from Al Horford who set the tone with a pair of 3’s in the first few minutes of the game. He would score eight first-half points to go with three rebounds. 

And then there was the Celtics bench seemingly picking up where they left off in Orlando.

Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier were once again making their impact early and often as they scored seven and four points, respectively. 

The game was relatively close until Boston, leading 32-31, went on a 14-0 run.

But the Raptors, once again among the top teams in the East, were able to outscore Boston 11-5 the rest of the second quarter which cut Boston’s led at the half down to eight points.

Here’s a look at the first half Stars, Studs and Duds from tonight’s game. 

 

STARS

Avery Bradley

Showing some serious two-way game tonight, Bradley was scoring the ball well in addition to doing a better-than-average job defensively on DeMar DeRozan. At the half, Bradley had 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting with three rebounds and two assists.

Kyle Lowry

He’s an All-Star but this kid doesn’t get enough credit for his talent. The Celtics had problems with him for large chunks of the first half as he led all Toronto scorers with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting.

 

STUDS

Jaylen Brown

Very active at both ends of the floor, making the most of his chance to see extended minutes. At the half he had seven points along with two rebounds.

Kelly Olynyk

This was one of the more active games we’ve seen Olynyk play in, especially when it came to rebounding. At the half he had five points and seven rebounds. 

Norman Powell

He helped Toronto get off to a solid start, and finished the half with seven points. 

 

DUDS

DeMar DeRozan

He had eight points at the half, but the Celtics made him work a lot harder for it than he’s used to as DeRozan shot just 4-for-12 from the field.

Thomas (groin) 'pretty ambitious' about return, remains day-to-day

Thomas (groin) 'pretty ambitious' about return, remains day-to-day

BOSTON – Isaiah Thomas, out for the second straight game with a right groin injury, is hoping to be back in the lineup by Wednesday’s game at San Antonio. 

But the Celtics may find themselves having to save the 5-foot-9 from himself on this one. 

“When I talked to Ed (Lacerte, the team’s head trainer) over the last 24-48 hours they said it’s usually 10 days to two weeks for an injury like this,” Celtics head coach Brad Stevens told reporters.

“But again we're talking about Isaiah being pretty ambitious in his return,” Stevens said. “He's been getting treatment around the clock so we'll see. He'll be officially listed as day-to-day.”

When asked about how he was feeling prior to the game, Thomas said, “I’m not that good because I can’t play (tonight). It’s getting better. It hasn’t gotten worse and I’m just working as hard as I can to get back on the court.”

At a Christmas event earlier this week, Thomas said he was planning to travel with the Celtics when they play at Oklahoma City on Sunday and at San Antonio on Wednesday. 

But he didn’t sound as optimistic when asked about it on Friday. 

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’ll probably know tonight.”

If the Celtics have ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Thunder, it would make more sense for him to stay in Boston and continue to rehab his groin. And if he’s feeling better to the point where he becomes a game-time decision, he could meet the team in San Antonio. 

“I’m going to take it day-by-day,” Thomas said. “Hopefully, I can play in the next few games and we'll see what happens. Today I feel a lot better than I have since I (suffered) the injury so we'll see maybe in next couple of days. I'm shooting for Wednesday."

As much as Thomas wants to be back on the floor quickly, he understands that he must listen to his body as well as the Celtics’ medical folks who have consistently brought back players only after they pass a series of rigorous physical tests that leave little doubt about a player’s readiness to return to action. 

“Our medical staff is great and he trusts them,” Stevens said. “But also, nobody knows his body better than him. They feel like he's not looking (to be sidelined) long-term. It's not going to be a long-term thing for sure. We got to make sure not to bring him back tonight or too soon.”

Thomas is averaging a career-high 26.0 points per game in addition to being Boston’s leaders in assists with 6.2 per game.