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The members of the Associated Press have chosen their 2003 Sports Story of the Year. (Check the Politics forum for the "overall" winner)

1. Kobe Bryant case
2. Lance Armstrong ties Tour de France wins record
3. Florida Marlins win World Series
4. Annika Sorenstam appears on PGA Tour
5. THE Ohio State beats Miami in double-overtime
6. Sammy Sosa corks bat
7. Steroid scandals
8. Bucs win Super Bowl
9. Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to NCAA basketball title
10. Ben Curtis wins British Open in first major





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Florida winning the World Series wasn't even close to being #3, IMO. It was an upset but it was old news a week or two after it happened. Steve Bartman and Yankees/BoSox were way more memorable then Florida winning.

I'd also put LeBron signing the $90 Million Nike Contract on there because it made him a household name.
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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.41
    Originally posted by CRZ
    The members of the Associated Press have chosen their 2003 Sports Story of the Year. (Check the Politics forum for the "overall" winner)

    1. Kobe Bryant case
    2. Lance Armstrong ties Tour de France wins record
    3. Florida Marlins win World Series
    4. Annika Sorenstam appears on PGA Tour
    5. THE Ohio State beats Miami in double-overtime
    6. Sammy Sosa corks bat
    7. Steroid scandals
    8. Bucs win Super Bowl
    9. Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to NCAA basketball title
    10. Ben Curtis wins British Open in first major




I thought I heard the other day that Beckham moving to Real Madrid was the AP's # 1 sports story of the year.




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    Originally posted by odessasteps
    I thought I heard the other day that Beckham moving to Real Madrid was the AP's # 1 sports story of the year.
The "US" survey is apparently separate from the "World" survey.......?

LONDON -- David Beckham, the most recognizable face in the world's most popular game, was the biggest newsmaker in international sports in 2003.

The England captain's $43 million transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid was voted the top sports story of the year in a worldwide poll of Associated Press subscribers.

The Beckham saga finished comfortably ahead of the doping scandals that rocked sports, Michael Schumacher's record sixth Formula One title, Lance Armstrong's fifth straight Tour de France victory and England's World Cup rugby triumph.

Beckham received 15 first-place votes and 321 total points from 55 ballots cast from sports editors and broadcasters on all continents -- not counting the United States, which has its own survey.


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/ x/tribune-review/sports/ s_171742.html

I missed that story... probably 'cause it came out on Christmas Day. :)



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Call me crazy, but shouldn't the sports story of the year be related to something that happened ON the field?



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    Originally posted by fuelinjected
    Florida winning the World Series wasn't even close to being #3, IMO. It was an upset but it was old news a week or two after it happened. Steve Bartman and Yankees/BoSox were way more memorable then Florida winning.

    I'd also put LeBron signing the $90 Million Nike Contract on there because it made him a household name.


I had heard of James before he signed his contract.
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I just don't get the hype around him. Sure, he's good. But what makes him THAT much more special than any other draft pick? He lines his sneakers with flubber?





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Hard to believe the Cubs and Sox both choking again not on there. It was #3 or 2 on ESPN's top 100 list. Marlins should be on there - they had a helluva season.

David Beckham - well of course it's a big story, but sorry, it is a US list. For better or for worse, no one really cares about soccer here. (there are more buys for TNA pay per views than there are for the soccer thingies on Directv - which should tell you something) To be really honest, the Lance Armstrong thing is cool, but I wouldn't personally put it up above 6 or 7 on a US list because people don't care about bike-riding.


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Kobe
Cubs/Sox Choke
Bucs Win over coaches old team
Marlins Win
Annika
Sammy Corks it
Steriods
Lebron
David Robinson goes out with a bang
college coaches get drunk, foolaround, get fired

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    Originally posted by CRZ
    The members of the Associated Press have chosen their 2003 Sports Story of the Year. (Check the Politics forum for the "overall" winner)

    1. Kobe Bryant case
    2. Lance Armstrong ties Tour de France wins record
    3. Florida Marlins win World Series
    4. Annika Sorenstam appears on PGA Tour
    5. THE Ohio State beats Miami in double-overtime
    6. Sammy Sosa corks bat
    7. Steroid scandals
    8. Bucs win Super Bowl
    9. Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to NCAA basketball title
    10. Ben Curtis wins British Open in first major




I hate to say it, but I'd add LeBron debuting and take out the Kobe case. Part of LeBron is hype; but I think he's stood up to it.

To me, depending on AP's deadlines, I'd throw in Priest Holmes and/or Jamal Lewis' rushing efforts. 2K in yards after a second knee surgery is pretty darn impressive.
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    Originally posted by Tod deKindes
    I just don't get the hype around him. Sure, he's good. But what makes him THAT much more special than any other draft pick? He lines his sneakers with flubber?


I think what makes LeBron special is that he's living up to the hype already, at what, 18 years old? Of all the other high profile guys that came out of high school, none of them made it in the NBA so fast. Kobe, McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal...they all put in at least a year or two of sixth-man time before they really became stars. Maybe the fact that they were on better teams facilitated that, but if they were ready to score 20 points a game and be a top-10 assists guy right away they would have played right away.

I'm not exactly a LeBron James fan, but you can't deny that he's a special player, the kind that doesn't come along every year.

Steve Bartman or Yanks/Sox should have bumped the Marlins off the list. That World Series was very anticlimactic, regardless of whether it was a good WS or not. Then again, if they had done it that way, a lot of people would probably argue that you can't have semi-finals that are top stories and a championship that is not.

I would have ranked the Mighty Ducks Stanley Cup run ahead of Ben Curtis' British Open win. For a couple weeks in the spring that team was getting a ton of coverage, and those players were everywhere. Curtis' win might have been a huge story in golf but a.) it's golf and b.) Curtis isn't the type of personality like a Tiger Woods or a Lance Armstrong that can make a story in a B-level sport significant.

And speaking of insignificant, screw Beckham. I'd mention that in the same breath as the WNBA labour dispute, which at least lent itself to more jokes.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 0.00
    Originally posted by Tod deKindes
    I just don't get the hype around him. Sure, he's good. But what makes him THAT much more special than any other draft pick? He lines his sneakers with flubber?



Call me crazy but I think Carmelo Anthony will be a better NBA player than James. Not to say that he will not be good. I just think Anthony will be better. Of course 5 years from now I think that everyone will be saying that Yao Ming will be the best player in the league. But that is just me.
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What! How isn't Randall Simon hitting that Italian sausage during the sausage race NOT in the top ten sports story. That's one of my most entertaining Sports Stories of the year

Oh yeah the Cubs and Redsox going to the League championship is much more interesting then Florida. Florida won a few years ago as the upset team, this time around still impressive but not amazing.



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I still think Don Zimmer / Pedro was up there.



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