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Ten memorable local sports moments for 2010

In no particular order, here are my 10 most memorable moments in local sports -- well, I threw one national item in there -- from 2010. And it was a wild year.

Boston beatdown
OK, so technically it was Foxborough, but the Ravens stormed into the Patriots' stadium in the wild card round of last year's playoffs and stomped the Patriots, 33-14. I'll never forget the furious first quarter in which the Ravens scored 24 points and forced Tom Brady into three turnovers.

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The Fridge strikes back
Maryland football coach Ralph Friedgen nearly lost his job after the Terps went 2-10 in 2009. But thanks to a little help from freshman QB Danny O'Brien, the Terps rebounded with a 8-4 regular season and a spot in the Military Bowl. Then Friedgen lost his job anyway.

Race cars on Pratt Street?!
Baltimore let out a collective Chris Griffin-eque "Whaaaaaa?" when it was announced in June that the Baltimore Grand Prix would debut in 2011. Judging by all that street construction downtown, it seems as if officials were serious about it.

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The Orioles' brutal start
If you wish you could forget about the Orioles starting the 2010 season 1-11, imagine what it feels like to be Dave Trembley.

The Caps crap out
After finishing with the NHL's best regular-season record, the Capitals lost to the eighth-seeded Canadiens in the first round of the playoffs -- and surprisingly, it was offense that did them in.

Ozzie gets his man
Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome finally hauled in a bonafide No. 1 receiver in March when Baltimore acquired Anquan Boldin from Arizona. Boldin hasn't disappointed.

Greivis' goodbye
Greivis Vasquez thrilled Terps fans in the his final season in College Park, leading the Maryland men to a share of the ACC regular-season title. His signature shimmy has been missed this fall.

USA, USA, USA!
The United States piled up the most medals in the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, and the most memorable was the silver medal in men's ice hockey. The Americans came oh-so close to winning the gold, but Sidney Crosby foiled a mini-miracle in overtime.

Baltimore goes Buck wild
The Orioles were 32-73 when Buck Showalter was named manager in early August. Then Showalter steered the Orioles into a strong finish -- they went 34-23 under the most interesting manager in the world -- quickly earning him cult hero status in Charm City.

Ravens in the running again
So maybe the 10-4 Ravens haven't lived up to your lofty expectations, but they will be in the playoffs for a third straight season. And who knows? Maybe this will be the year they finally break through and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time in a decade.

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