Huh. After researching this piece, it would seem that 2011 wasn’t THAT weird a year for sports. Sure, there were a handful of really bizarre small stories, and a few somewhat bizarre big ones (Tebow, Paterno), but it seems as though athletes were on fairly decent behavior this year. What is the world coming to?
Fortunately, with the benefit of hindsight over the past thirty years or so, we know this is a statistical anomaly. After this stretch of decency, we can comfortably look forward to 2012 knowing that sports will be as crazy and depraved as ever. As we approach, let’s look back on the past year and determine how we can raise the bar on January 1st.