According to Peter King of NBC Sports and Sports Illustrated, President Barack Obama called Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie to congratulate and commend him for giving Michael Vick a second chance. Obama reportedly told Lurie that Vick's success gives other ex-prisoners hope for the future once they are rehabilitated. Meanwhile, Sunday's Vikings-Eagles game was postponed to Tuesday night due to the snowstorm that rocked the East Coast. That didn't sit well with everyone. One Minnesota columnist calls it an NFL-led conspiracy to bow to television interests and protect Vick.

 

For the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. Saturday's entry is No. 7: Injuries derail Red Sox season. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

Jets owner Woody Johnson threw his support behind coach Rex Ryan in the wake of the foot-fetish video that was made public this week, insisting his "respect has not diminished one iota." Said Johnson: "We're going to make mistakes. We're not perfect. But once we've made a mistake, I think we're pretty good at trying to make remedies and trying to cure and trying to correct what we're doing. ...

For the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. On Wednesday, we started the list with No. 10: Kevin Garnett's return to form for the Celtics. Thursday brings No. 9: The Patriots' playoff meltdown against the Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown.

Some Ohio State football players reportedly are being investigated for allegedly trading signed memorabilia for tattoos from a parlor near the campus in Columbus. The players' eligibility for the Jan. 4 Sugar Bowl against Arkansas could be in jeopardy, although the investigation might not be completed by then. Quarterback Terrell Pryor denied being involved, writing on his Twitter page: I paid for my tattoos. GoBucks.

 

Beginning Wednesday and continuing for the final 10 days of the year, WEEI.com takes a look at the top stories in Boston sports from 2010. Starting us off at No. 10 is Kevin Garnett's return to form for the Celtics. Check back each day for the next story in our countdown. And make sure to vote in our poll for the 2010 Boston Athlete of the Year.

Former NBA star Steve Francis is finding the going rough as a professional in China. The 33-year-old Beijing Ducks guard is struggling, and his frustration is showing. He reportedly entered his first game with an ice pack still on his ankle — and played (albeit only 17 seconds) with the ice. And on Tuesday he received a "serious warning" from the Chinese Basketball Association for making an obscene gesture on the bench. The league also ordered Francis' team to "educate and criticize" the player for his "uncivilized behavior."

 

I have a platonic female friend who has everything a woman could ask for: good looks, her health, nice career, great husband, a new baby who’s so cute that looking directly at her could cause temporary blindness. She’s got everything she could want with the exception of me, since I only have eyes for my own Sweet Irish Rose.



Patriots fans might get a chuckle, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin is not dealing well with his team's disastrous loss to the Eagles on Sunday. At Monday's press conference, he told reporters: "What did I do? I sat in a room with the lights out for about two and a half hours. It’s not funny. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be." Coughlin said he is moving forward with punter Matt Dodge, despite berating him on the field for not kicking the ball out of bounds as instructed on the game-winning touchdown that completed a fourth-quarter meltdown.

Jets coach Rex Ryan returned to his emotional ways, tearing up before his team in a meeting Saturday night, and it helped inspire the Jets to a victory over the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday. Said receiver Jerricho Cotchery: "To see that passion from Rex shows you how much he cares about it. It has an effect on you as a player. You want to go out there and give it all for our coach who's up there crying. 
Our coach is a very passionate guy. To see how much he cares, to see him pulling it out up there, there was a sense of, 'Let's go.