TOP STORIES OF 2006
> Barbaro is injured — The Kentucky Derby and Preakness champion breaks its leg at the Belmont Stakes, leading to an outpouring of support and emotion via get-well cards and letters from across the world. Probably an even bigger story in 2006? Millions of people think horses can read.
> Barry Bonds passes Babe Ruth on the career home run list — The accomplishment was celebrated throughout the country as Ruth, an adulterous drunk who benefited by never having to face pitchers of color, got pushed farther down the all-time list.
> Steve Nash, a Canadian, wins his second consecutive NBA MVP — Canadian Joe Thornton also won NHL MVP, Canadian Justin Morneau won MLB MVP, Canada won 24 medals at the Torino Olympics, and Canada kindly invited the United States to suck the maple syrup off of it's giant, beaver pelt-covered balls.
HIGHLIGHT OF THE YEAR
So this is not officially the clip of Zinedine Zidane head-butting Italy's Marco Materazzi in the World Cup final. But this looks a lot cooler.
PICTURE OF THE YEAR
A scandal erupts in the NHL when it is discovered a former police officer named Janet Jones has ties to gambling on hockey.
QUOTE OF THE YEAR
"We would have made a play, but we thought the officials might overturn it. So instead we just punted a lot and let Pittsburgh score. Unfortunately, that strategy backfired." — Mike Holmgren, Seahawks head coach, following Super Bowl XL
Previously:TheYear 2000,2001,2002,2003,2004and 2005.