Year in Review Appendix -- Five More Stories For The Road

I love the last week of December. Between Gary Kubiak and the option to just pick out some category from the past year and recap it, it's ready-made content. Just add snark!

So in the spirit of lazy "Year in Review" style posts (one of which I've already submitted today! Score, me!), in case you're looking for some quality prose to kill a ten-minute trip to the growler, here are five stories that I did this past year that generated the most interactive buzz with me via Twitter, emails, comments, and even text messages from employees of local teams.

So here you go, five stories for the road....

January 28, 2010 -- "Defending Greg Oden's Magic Johnson"

The Oden story was actually picked up by Deadspin in a compilation posts of links around the country from writers whom Greg Oden made feel completely inadequate with the hose he had hanging from his lower abdomen. Sounds about right.

March 30, 2010 -- "Shawn Michaels' Most Memorable Moments"

Wrestling followers were obviously the biggest fans of this post, but I would say even if you're not a fan of professional wrestling, watch a few of the videos and you can see what a great performer in this genre does. Trivia: Shawn Michaels was recently named the greatest WWE Superstar of all time on their DVD of the Top 50 Superstars of All-Time.

April 7, 2010 -- "What If Gordon Hayward's Shot Goes In"

The part of this post I'm most proud of in retrospect -- I almost had the whole "Hayward to Indiana Pacers" thing nailed to a tee. In fact, if any team other than the Utah Jazz (or "Caucasia West" as I call it) were picking in front of Indiana, it probably would have happened.

April 27, 2010 -- "Jim Rome Smack Off 2010: Five Time Champ Weighs In"

The best part of the 2010 here in Houston was the local Rome affiliate actually cutting away from the Smack Off (and missing the first-place and third-place calls) for Houston Texan first-round pick Kareem Jackson's introductory press conference, making Jim Rome the only person that Jackson shut down all season long.

July 19, 2010 -- "An Open Letter To Carlos Lee"

This one actually generated thank you messages from unnamed employees of the Astros. I had no idea how many people wanted to say the magic two words that I said to Carlos Lee in this post (rhymes with "pluck moo").

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