Headline To Headache: The Most Annoying Sports Story Of 2010

Kate ConroySenior Analyst IINovember 30, 2010

GREENWICH, CT - JULY 8:  Eric Muroski, 19, of Southington, Connecticut stands in a large crowd of fans assembled outside the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich hours before LeBron James was to arrive July 8, 2010 in Greenwich, Connecticut. Free agent NBA player LeBron James announced live on ESPN from the Boys & Girls Club of Greenwich that he will be playing for the Miami Heat this coming season.  (Photo by Christopher Capozziello/Getty Images)
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The life of sports fan can be mind-boggling at times.

Days are filled with fantasy teams, power rankings and ESPN as your emotions hang on a team or an individual athlete’s performance.

It fuels a passion beyond any restraint, which explains why we fans can’t get enough, most of the time.

As a New Year approaches, I started to reflect on 2010, and three stories stood out.

They were not the greatest sports stories but the headlines that started to make ESPN seem more like TMZ.

So, which headline gave me the biggest headache in 2010?

Without question it was “The Decision” starring NBA star Lebron James.

I will never forget that day, when I almost fainted when my mother asked me “Are you going to watch ‘the decision’ at home? Your father and I have a cocktail party but will be back in time.”

My mother, who is a wonderful woman, could care less about sports. This woman reads a book at Yankees games, has been to three Super Bowl's in the 70s, sat on the 50-yard line but can’t remember who was playing and all she recalls is how it was too loud.

So the fact that she even knew about "the decision" gave proof that I was not just a crazy sports fan who watched too much ESPN.

The idea that Lebron James could take his talents anywhere made 2010 the most-anticipated NBA season ever.

The entire nation was obsessed, as cities everywhere groveled in attempts to land James, even going as far as using huge poster boards begging James to come play.

It was a pathetic display that I never imagined would get so out of control.

For the poor state of Ohio, it meant heartbreak, as James was their homegrown hero as a Cleveland Cavalier.

These were no longer the days when athletes based decisions on loyalty.

Now a decision became our reality, as an athlete became bigger than his sport.

The media counted the seconds until the moment James sat down. "The Decision' drew more national viewership than the President's State Of The Union Address just days earlier. All to hear one athlete declare that his talents where Miami Heat bound.

It was a sad day for me as a sports fan, but I was glued to my TV like everyone else.