ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled from the radio broadcast of Saturday's Fiesta Bowl following his sexist comment toward a female sideline reporter. Franklin, 68, reportedly referred to Jeannine Edwards as "sweetcakes" during a production meeting when she attempted to join a discussion he was having with another announcer. When she complained, Franklin allegedly then swore at her. ESPN did not have time to find a replacement for Friday's Chick-fil-A Bowl but made the move for Saturday.

 

Tom Brady's memorable season was WEEI's No. 1 Story of the Year, and the Patriots quarterback also was voted by WEEI.com readers as the 2010 Athlete of the Year in balloting conducted over the past 10 days. Brady was tabbed by 48 percent of the 1,024 voters (493 votes). Teammate Wes Welker, who bounced back from reconstructive knee surgery to have another productive season in 2010, finished second with 17 percent (171 votes).

Our look at the top stories of 2010 wraps up Friday with No. 1: Tom Brady's MVP-caliber season for the Patriots. It was an eventful year for the quarterback, starting with January's disappointing performance in a playoff loss to the Ravens and including a new contract and scary car crash on the same September day. And, of course, there was all the discussion about his hair. Read more about Brady's memorable year at the LEEInks blog.

 

Graphic photos that claim to be of Michelle Ryan, wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan, surfaced on the web Thursday, a week after foot-fetish videos apparently featuring the couple were made public. In some of the photos at the celebrity gossip site mediatakeout.com, an unidentified man (not Rex) is rubbing and smelling the woman's feet. In others, the woman is on a bed in suggestive poses. According to the New York Daily News, the Jets coach will remain silent on the matter. "Coach Ryan considers this a personal matter and will have no comment," a Jets spokesman told the paper.

The Stanford women's basketball team knocked off Connecticut, 71-59, Thursday night in Palo Alto, Calif., bringing UConn's 90-game winning streak to an end. Jeanette Pohlen led Stanford with a game-high 31 points to go along with nine rebounds and six assists, as the Cardinal were in charge for most of the contest. Connecticut's Maya Moore struggled for much of the evening, finishing with 14 points, while Kelly Faris had 19 for UConn.

 

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Our look at the top stories of 2010 continues Thursday with No. 2: The Celtics' memorable playoff run and loss to the Lakers in the NBA finals. Check out Paul Flannery's recap of the C's 2010 postseason and his analysis of what it meant to the organization. And visit WEEI.com Friday to see the year's No. 1 story.

 

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was fined $50,000 Wednesday for failing to cooperate with a league investigation into his alleged inappropriate text messages to Jets hostess Jenn Sterger. Sterger's attorney, Joseph Conway, responded with a statement indicating the NFL was protecting one of its stars when it claimed that there was no conclusive evidence that Favre sent the texts in question.

 

It was two years ago Tuesday when Jenn Sterger allegedly received the last inappropriate text message from then-Jets quarterback Brett Favre. New Jersey law dictates that the statute of limitations for workplace sexual harassment claims is two years. Sterger has other strategies she could use, but if she planned to sue the Jets, it would have made sense that she file suit by Tuesday.

 

Meanwhile, the NFL still has not revealed its conclusion following its investigation into the matter, although a decision is expected this week.

 

Even the most casual student of history knows that some years are more significant than others.That some years stand out. You could’ve spent every history class of your life drawing pirate faces on all the presidents and making folded-paper fortune tellers and still absorbed enough general info to associate certain years with certain major historic events.



Joe Paterno is under contract for one more season at Penn State and has offered no indications that he plans to quit before then. However, as has been the case the past few years, there have been rumors indicating that he would retire after coaching his team in the Outback Bowl and completing his 45th season on the sideline. His family did not take well to those reports.