The Sun's top sports memories of 2010

Top sports memories

Top sports memories (January 1, 2011)

The sports we love are always there, buzzing through each day of every year.

We follow the monotonous parts because we care so much. As fans, it all matters: the catcher's achy hamstring, the left tackle's struggles to not jump early, the point guard's troubling penchant for off-balance shots. These developments feed into the larger narratives we follow. Coaches are fired and free agents are signed. These things weave together to make the seasons we follow, and those stack one on top of the other to make the years of our lives.

All along, we wait. We wait for those stories that come roaring off the page and grab us and shake us and let us know immediately that we won't be able to forget them; that, instead, we will mark time by them.

These are the stories that did that for The Baltimore Sun sports staff this year.

A memory that won't fade

January 1, 2011

Maryland men's basketball

A memory that won't fade

Everything seemed to be breaking right for the Terps. Until, suddenly, it wasn't.

When Williams almost smiled

January 1, 2011

Maryland men's basketball

When Williams almost smiled

There is nothing in sports more entertaining than watching Gary Williams work the sideline at a big game.

Unexpected reunion

January 1, 2011

Orioles

Unexpected reunion

Writing the daily Oriole notebook -- a hodgepodge of team updates, personnel news and injury reports -- can become monotonous on the best of days. On nights when you are by yourself on the road and you face tight deadlines, it often falls into the survive-and-advance category.

Again? Yes

January 1, 2011

Varsity girls basketball

Again? Yes

Sometimes when you watch a high school sporting event, you just know you will never see anything like it again. That's what I said after watching Jess Harlee's incredible individual performance in leading Fallston to a state girls basketball championship in 2009. Then came 2010.

Terps lacrosse resurgence

January 1, 2011

Women's college lacrosse

Terps lacrosse resurgence

When I began covering college women's lacrosse, Maryland owned the sport. The Terrapins were in the process of winning seven straight NCAA championships and I watched them win the last five, including a thrilling 14-13 overtime win against Georgetown in 2001. After that, the Terps fell off the pace.

The dunk that rocked Baltimore

January 1, 2011

Varsity boys basketball

The dunk that rocked Baltimore

Much of the early buzz in the 2009-10 boys basketball season was directed toward a freshman point guard at Patterson. All I kept hearing was how incredible this kid was and that he was all of 5-feet-6 and 155 pounds. His early numbers backed it up, so I went to see for myself.

Flacco's evolution on display

January 1, 2011

Ravens

Flacco's evolution on display

When I think of the 2010 season for the Ravens, the special moment was Joe Flacco's comeback in Pittsburgh. If Flacco develops into an elite quarterback, I will look back at the last minute of this game as his first defining moment.

Playing for his brother

January 1, 2011

Baseball

Playing for his brother

Ryan Rivers left town last spring, determined to make it to the big leagues. He said he owed it to his big brother, Neil, who was murdered in 2006 outside his family's Essex home during a botched robbery.

The upset that wasn't

January 1, 2011

Men's college lacrosse

The upset that wasn't

Since my colleagues can elaborate on the Ravens, I'll offer up some memories from this past college lacrosse season. Maryland's return to prominence was uplifting, while downturns for Johns Hopkins and Navy (in the eyes of those respective programs) were somewhat surprising. A contract extension for Towson coach Tony Seaman was welcomed, but I was stunned by the Terps' decision to part ways with Dave Cottle, which ups the ante for his successor, John Tillman.

Someone who understood

January 1, 2011

Tennis

Someone who understood

I looked up from my notebook to see the concerned face of Pam Shriver, someone I had been covering since she was a 15-year-old at McDonogh. She had helped me find my way around while covering Wimbledon, the French Open, the U.S. Open and more, as she rose to No. 3 in singles and formed a doubles partnership with Martina Navratilova that is still unmatched in women's tennis history.

A journey across the state

January 1, 2011

Outdoors

A journey across the state

You made me cry.

Harbaugh lets loose

January 1, 2011

Ravens

Harbaugh lets loose

John Harbaugh is the kind of man who guards his emotions closely. Even though, at heart, he's analytical and intellectual, he tends to speak in measured clich├ęs during his weekly sessions with the media. He does not like to give off even the faintest scent of vulnerability. He likes to project confidence and control.

A ballplayer who won't give up

January 1, 2011

Orioles

A ballplayer who won't give up

When former Orioles manager Dave Trembley made the relatively short trip from St. Petersburg, Fla. to the club's minor league complex in Sarasota in late September 2009, his team was in the midst of a 13-game losing streak, prompting speculation that he was about to lose his job.

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