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Posted by David Lefort, Boston.com Staff December 22, 2008 02:03 PM
Tony's Top 5
Biggest local sports stories of 2008
Matt Cassel. Be honest. After Week 2 or Week 3, you turned off your television and said: "This kid just doesn't have it." Now you're scrambling to find ways for the Patriots to get something in return. Either way, be happy for him. He seems like a terrific young man.
Manny Ramirez. The Jon Lester story ranks right up there, too, but when Ramirez was traded, it marked the end of an era. The Sox are still feeling the aftershocks -- at least until the Mark Teixeira situation is resolved. With Manny, it was never, ever boring.
The Bruins. To suggest the Bruins are relevant again is a gross in justice. At this stage, they are nothing short of dynamic. Two years ago, the Bruins lost an astonishing 24 games by three goals or more. Know how many such games they've had this year? Zero.
Super Bowl XLII. OK, so it wasn't a particularly good experience, but it was still one of the biggest stories in the history of the NFL, let alone Boston and/or the Patriots. Truth be told, it should probably be No. 1, but it's the giving season. Let's think positive.
Banner 17. No matter how many championships this city wins, do not ever take them for granted. Titles are simply too hard to come by. By the way, in case you're wondering, Greg Oden is averaging 8.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game.
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Tony Massarotti is a Globe sportswriter and has been writing about sports in Boston for the last 19 years. A lifelong Bostonian, Massarotti graduated from Waltham High School and Tufts University. He was voted the Massachusetts Sportswriter of the Year by his peers in 2000 and 2008 and has been a finalist for the award on several other occasions. This blog won a 2008 EPpy award for "Best Sports Blog".
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