The Bad Boy’s Top 10 list of the biggest national stories

The Bad Boy’s Top 10 list of the biggest national sports stories of 2011, complete with Honorable Mentions:

HM:    Manny Ramirez retires rather than sit out 100 game PED suspension…

HM:    Green Bay Packers go back to the Super Bowl title under Aaron Rodgers…

HM:    Butler goes to back-to-back NCAA Basketball National Championship games…

HM:    St. Louis Cardinals come from 10 games back to win Wild Card & World Series, then loses Albert Pujols to Free-Agency & Manager Tony LaRussa to retirement…

HM:    Tony Stewart breaks Jimmie Johnson’s 5-year stranglehold on the Sprint Cup, becomes only 2nd ever Owner/Driver NASCAR Champion & fires Crew Chief…

HM:    AAU President Bobby Dodd child-abuse sex scandal that is still developing…

HM:    BCS Championship Ticket “Reservation” Scam endorsed by the NCAA…

#10:    Rookie Trevor Bayne wins Wood Bros. the Daytona 500, then disappears…

#9:    Barry Bonds goes on trial for steroids, admits use, but acquitted(?)…

#8:    IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon killed on the track in season’s final race…

#7:    NFL & NBA Locks out its players, but appears to have settled differences…

#6:    Tiger Woods dumps Stevie Williams, misses 2 Majors, but finally wins again…

#5:    Ohio State fires Jim Tressell, whose lies will ultimately put Buckeyes on major probation & hires Urban Meyer, who recovered from life-threatening illness & watched all of his children grown up all in one year…

#4:    Collegiate Conference Realignment: Complete shake-up with Pitt & Syracuse headed for ACC / Texas A&M & Mizzou to SEC / TCU to Big 12 & the Big East will soon be renamed the “Big Pile of Garbage”?…

#3:    Miami & Nevin Shapiro scandal that should bury the program for years…

#2:    Bernie Fine & Syracuse child-abuse scandal that could bury Jim Boeheim…

#1:    Jerry Sandusky & Penn St child-abuse scandal that did bury Joe Paterno…

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