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Best of the decade: overlooked stories

There is a certain set of stories from the past decade that will appear on everyone's end-of-decade list, including mine. But there are some stories that might just get lost. That's why I made this list.

You can rank them below, and debate the merits in the comments. If you feel especially passionate about one story, state your case in the comments or email us. We'll publish the best reader takes as separate WWW posts as long as you include your full name and city and state in the comments/email.

Note: Explanations of several of these items follow below.

Johnson: Four straight: Jimmie Johnson wins four straight NASCAR Sprint Cup titles.

Syracuse-UConn: 6 OTs: The 2009 Big East men's basketball quarterfinal, won by the Orange after the second-longest game in NCAA Division I history.

Dungy, Colts win SB: Tony Dungy becomes the first African American coach to win the Super Bowl.

Sprewell leaves NBA: Saying "I have a family to feed," Latrell Sprewell declines a $21 million contract extension offer just before the 2004-05 season, and leaves the NBA for good following the season.

ND fires O'Leary: Notre Dame fires George O'Leary before he starts when it is discovered that he had false claims on his resume.

Todd Bertuzzi attack: A blindside punch ended the career of Steve Moore and resulted in a 17-month suspension, criminal charges and civil suits.

White Sox win title: The South Siders' 2005 World Series title was the first for the franchise in 88 years.

Sorestam's PGA event: Annika Sorenstam plays a PGA Tour event -- the first woman to do so in 58 years.

Suns-Spurs suspension: Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw Suspended are suspended at a crucial juncture of the Suns-Spurs playoff series in 2007 after leaving the bench. The Spurs take the series.

Autistic boy scores 20: Jason McElwain of Greece Athena High in New York scores 20 points in four minutes, inspiring sports fans nationwide in 2006.


Michael Wilbon

 |  December 14, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Category:  Decade's Best Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The 2003-2004 undefeated regular season of St. Joe's.

Posted by: staxowax | December 17, 2009 12:52 PM
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You included Boise State's upset, but I believe a more overlooked story is the App. State upset of Michigan.

Posted by: mkp1 | December 15, 2009 7:24 AM
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This year saw two of the greatest horses EVER and the coverage was underwhelming. Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta were just unbelievable. Zenyatta capped her career (where she won all 14 races she ran in) by beating the boys in the BC Classic in an unbelievably dramatic fashion and the Post puts the story on the 13th page fo the Sports section. And their owners deserve a bunch of credit for not just taking the easy money -- they ran those gals against the best male horses out there and crushed them. Alas, they could not find a race to go head to head. Even worse, the Post buried a great story by the best turf writer in the business.

Posted by: buster5 | December 14, 2009 4:22 PM
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Danica Patrick's 2005 Indy 500 performance, where she became the first woman to ever lead the Indy 500 and her long-awaited win in Japan in April of 2008, becoming the first woman to win an Indycar race.

Posted by: DamonG19 | December 14, 2009 3:35 PM
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