TOP STORIES OF 2001
> Michael Jordan returns to the NBA — After a three-year retirement from the game, Michael Jordan returned to play for the Washington Wizards. He understandably thought he was still good enough to play if pieces of crap like Kwame Brown were getting drafted No. 1 overall.
> Barry Bonds hits 71 home runs — Bonds crushed the single-season home run record. Unfortunately, it was marred by steroids allegations, as Bonds could have hit many more if so many pitchers weren't on PEDs.
> Tiger Slam — By winning the 2001 Masters, Woods became the first golfer in history to hold four major titles at once. Woods later became the first golfer in history to have 12 girlfriends at once.
> Dale Earnhardt, Sr. dies — In a seemingly innocuous crash in the Daytona 500, the racing legend passes away, leading to increased safety measures in NASCAR. At long last, the circuit decided that mustaches did not provide enough cushioning to the head in high-speed impacts.
> Hasim Rahman beats Lennox Lewis — Heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis loses his heavyweight championship to Rahman, a journeyman fighter, on April 22. It would be the last positive press for a while in the United States for someone with a Muslim name.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
After 21 years of failing to win a championship as the face of the Boston Bruins, Ray Bourque got picked up by a big budget team at age 40 and got to win a Stanley Cup as a bit player. So heart-warming!
PICTURE OF THE YEAR
Maybe this guy should have closed Game 7 of the 2001 World Series. He couldn't have done any worse.
QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"It is an honor to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. That's why I wore my finest dog-pelt suit." — Michael Vick
Previously: The Year 2000
Tomorrow: The Year 2002