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.

 

Our list of the top 10 Boston sports stories of 2010 continues Monday with No. 5: The Randy Moss saga. The timing is appropriate, coming one day after the Patriots posted another offensive explosion in a 34-3 rout of the Bills while Moss went without a catch for the Titans.

 

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.



JERRY THORNTON

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