Dec
17
2010
Tiger Woods Soap Opera Voted AP Sports Story of the Year
By Stephanie Wei under Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods pausing at his awkward speech, where he apologized to the world

Tiger’s fall from grace edged out the New Orleans Saints winning their first Super Bowl.  Although the Tiger Woods Drama started in 2009, with the most expensive parking ticket in history, it was a late edition to the ballot and ended up fifth. Via the AP:

1. TIGER WOODS: Woods returned to public view with a 13 1/2-minute statement in February, then came back to golf at the Masters in April with a fourth-place finish. That would be one of his few highlights on the course — Woods went winless on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career and lost his No. 1 ranking for the first time in years. In August, he and Elin Nordegren divorced.

2. SAINTS WIN: New Orleans residents loved their Saints for not abandoning the city after Hurricane Katrina, but it was hard to imagine the team bringing much joy on the field after 42 mostly losing seasons. Then Drew Brees and Co. upset the mighty Indianapolis Colts in their first Super Bowl, to the delight of French Quarter revelers and fans nationwide who adopted the Saints.

3. FREE AGENCY FRENZY: NBA fans were captivated by the mystery of where MVP LeBron James and other marquee free agents would land. Few would have guessed that three of them would sign with the same team: the Miami Heat, who became basketball’s Evil Empire by adding James from Cleveland and Chris Bosh from Toronto to Dwyane Wade.

4. WORLD CUP: A World Cup of firsts ended gloriously for Spain and for Africa. South Africa hosted the continent’s first World Cup without the pitfalls many predicted. And the Spaniards brought home the first World Cup title to the soccer-mad country with a 1-0 victory over the Netherlands in extra time.

Do you agree with the AP? Was Tiger the biggest sports story of the year?

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)