Top search of the month: ESPN Arcade
ESPN's Arcade section has consistently been a top search in the past few months, but it finally broke through as the top overall search in January. Sure, all the games are fun and highly addictive, but football fever seemed to fuel most of the Arcade searches in January, as five of the section's top 10 games were related to the gridiron ("Speed Back," "Electric QB," "Wide Out," "FG Kicker: It's Gooooooood!!!" and "Linebacker"). Whether the spike in searches was caused by more users feeding their football jones while fewer games were being played or simply a growing user awareness of the section's great games, ESPN Arcade topped all other searches with more than 40,000.
No. 14 Women's basketball: UConn has been dominant as it seeks its second consecutive NCAA title and the team even has a chance to break its own NCAA-record 70-game unbeaten streak on the way
to its goal.
No. 18 Tennis: The Australian Open featured captivating final matchups for both the men and women as Andy Murray looked to knock off Roger Federer and end the 74-year Grand Slam drought for British men, and unranked Justine Henin challenged Serena Williams for the title in only her second tournament after returning from retirement.
Surprise search of the month: Gilbert Arenas
Arenas' return from injury at the start of the NBA season looked promising, but his recent attempts at humor have caused much more damage to his career than his oft-injured knee ever did. Arenas' thoughtless decision to bare more arms than Michelle Obama in the Wizards' locker room while challenging teammate Javaris Crittenton to a Western-style showdown -- followed by his careless comments and actions while the incident was still being investigated -- ended up getting him suspended for the season. The drama surrounding Agent Zero's actions made him January's surprise search, as there were more than 4,400 searches for him after only 558 searches in December -- an increase of nearly 700 percent.
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Maalek Marshall is ESPN.com's search editor.
Note: The results listed are the summation of actual search results that were manually typed in by site users of ESPN.com in said month of 2010. All prelinked searches (including columnist archive links) were excluded from this summation.