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Jan. 1: Thousands gather in New York's Times Square to usher in 2005 the traditional way -- watching agent Drew Rosenhaus carry in the New Year's baby, who is already whining about quarterback Donovan McNabb, coach Andy Reid and the rest of the "classless" Philadelphia Eagles organization. Jan. 2: The Red Sox sue first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, demanding that he return the New Year's ball dropped in Times Square.
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|2005: YEAR IN REVIEW|
• Patrick Hruby: The Ignominious Effort Awards
• Jim Caple: A strange, strange year
• Paul Lukas: Uni Watch year in review
• Scoop Jackson: What mattered most
• Jeff Merron: Sex & Sports
• Vote for the all-SportsNation Team
• Rank the top personalities of 2005
• Quiz: How well do you know 2005?
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July 24: Years of single-minded devotion to the sport and a training regimen of at least six hours per day on the bike pay off big for America's most famous cyclist when President Bush wins the Tour de France during the first quarter of his summer vacation.
Meanwhile, Lance Armstrong completes the world's most grueling event when he fills up his SUV with regular unleaded. July 25: Rafael Palmeiro joins a list of baseball immortals when he receives his 3,000th "accidental" dose of stanozol. July 29: Trying desperately to revive the franchise, the New York Knicks hire the name synonymous with globe-trotting, expensive rebuilding projects: Halliburton. Two days later, the Knicks sign center Jerome James to a $93 billion, two-year deal. August 1: Barry Bonds checks the calendar, sees that there is no "R" in the month and returns to the clubhouse for another four weeks of treatment on his knee. August 8: The world of sports is brought to its knees after running out of wristband colors to symbolize horrible, life-threatening illnesses.
August 19: Despite taking a five-run lead into the ninth inning, the Kansas City Royals still lose by six en route to a club-record 19-game losing streak. Afterward, President Bush calls to tell manager Buddy Bell, "Buddy, you're doing a heck of a job." August 29: FEMA head Mike Brown responds promptly to the Hurricane Katrina threat in New Orleans by swiftly evacuating all Arabian horses from the city. Sept. 1: New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson angers the city when he insists Hurricane Katrina evacuees pay a personal seat license before taking refuge in the Superdome. Sept. 3: Matt Leinart returns for his senior season at USC and is eligible to play despite attending only one class -- a three-credit course in ballroom dancing. Not only is that 100 percent true -- oddly, the same class is offered at Ohio State, only there it's considered a 10-credit class in advanced Calculus. Sept. 11: It's an unofficial Turn Back the Clock Day at the U.S. Open when thousands of nostalgic tennis fans pack Arthur Ashe Stadium to see Roger Federer in the final against their old favorite, Julio Franco. Sept. 12: After nearly a year layoff, Barry Bonds returns, hits five home runs and then calls it a season in the seventh inning. Oct. 7: The NHL returns from its canceled season with eagerly awaited rookie sensation Sidney Crosby, thrilling nearly 16 TV viewers nationwide. Oct. 9: The longest game in baseball postseason history comes to a dramatic, unbelievable and historic end -- Tim McCarver runs out of things to say. Oct. 10: As so many previous New York teams have before them, the Yankees receive their traditional postseason call from the president when Bush phones to say, "A-Rod, you're doing a heck of a job." Oct. 12: The worst hurricane season on record continues when Tropical Storm Pierzynski devastates Anaheim. Oct. 14: The unofficial start of the college basketball season is signaled outside Cameron Indoor Stadium when Cindy Sheehan sets up her tent in K-Ville. Oct. 15: In an epic game between top-ranked USC and longtime rival Notre Dame, Matt Leinart scores the winning touchdown with seconds to go when he leaps over a bent-over Charlie Weis signing a $40 million contract extension for perfect attendance. Oct. 22: The River Styx freezes over, glaciers form in the seventh level, Satan turns up the thermostat and Chicago hosts a World Series game. Oct. 26: The day Chicago baseball fans had begun to think would never occur finally comes true -- manager Ozzie Guillen tells a reporter: "No comment." Nov. 1: After Boston general manager Theo Epstein abruptly resigns, Red Sox president Larry Lucchino receives thousands of angry, threatening phone calls from fans, but none quite as devastating as this one -- "Larry," President Bush says, "you're doing a heck of a job."
|You better not pout, I'm telling you why ... Chad Johnson is coming to town.|