Bowl games highlight the final day of 2010, but New Year's Eve also reminds us to reflect on the year that was.
It was a year that saw the Super Bowl go to the Saints and a year in which we learned Tiger Woods was anything but (a saint). We watched in agony as LeBron James made his "Decision," Brett Favre made a comeback more notable off the field than on it and Armando Galarraga was robbed of a perfect game on the final out.
But there was plenty of good in 2010 as well. Six no-hitters were thrown in baseball. The Lakers and Celtics delivered a classic NBA Finals. Jimmie Johnson defied the odds to snag his fifth Chase for the Cup title. Spain won the World Cup title in South Africa. John Isner outlasted Nicolas Mahut in a marathon match at Wimbledon. And Butler's Gordon Hayward nearly banked in a half-court shot at the Final Four to almost deliver the greatest Cinderella story of all time.
2010: The year in celebrity scandal It was a tough year for some Hollywood notables. Aside from the usual rash of DUI's and drug convictions, there were "star whacker" plots and an odd hotel meltdown. For our final installment of CNN.com's Year in Review series, we take a look at some celebrities who smiled and said cheese this year for the paparazzi and the police.
He's been called a criminal, a spy and a champion of the First Amendment. Some think he’s a villain. Some see him as a hero.
The only thing that’s beyond debate: Julian Assange has more intrigue than the pulp section of a bookstore.
WikiLeaks' mastermind, the guy who everyone loved to hate or loved to defend, got the most first-place votes (25%) on CNN.com's “Most Intriguing Person” poll for 2010. Following Assange were:
2. President Barack Obama
3. Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg
4. Apple co-founder Steve Jobs
5. Marisol Valles Garcia, a police chief in Mexico
6. Chilean miner Edison Pena
7. Kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart
8. Tony Hayward, the former CEO of BP
9. Kim Jong Un, presumed future leader of North Korea
10. Antoine Dodson, whose thoughts about rape went viral on video
Maybe Assange’s victory is payback for Zuckerberg edging him out of Time's Person of the Year?
Let's recap why Assange was so captivating in ’10.
Deer run amok in 2010 – Pesky cloven hooves keep deer from participating in most human activities, but that doesn't mean they won't try their darnedest to make a purchase at a local sundry, pony up to the bar for a brew or make a cash deposit at a neighborhood bank. CNN has covered some of the most important events in world history, but gathering dust in the back of the library is a wealth of curious gems featuring deer in their apparent most natural state – breaking and entering into our hearts. This video is a compilation of this year's best.
Wayward gators – As part of this week's Gotta Watch, CNN.com is featuring some of our favorite videos from this year. Today, we're rolling out our finest alligator videos from 2010. Alligators have a tendency to end up where they are unwelcome and, as you can probably guess, the fate of some of these gators is a bit grim.
The year in implosions - Here at CNN, we get a glut of videos in surprising categories. All this week on "Gotta Watch," we will be unveiling short compilations of some of our favorites, including the demolition of the stadium that the Dallas Cowboys once called home (pictured above). As one of Newton’s laws explains, what goes up, must come down. Here’s a look at some of the best examples of 2010:
Every weekday, CNN takes a closer look at the news and the chatter dominating the global conversation to find the most intriguing people.
Whether it's because they've done something good or something bad, something unexpected or something that we just can't stop talking about, we need to know more about these people.
Sometimes, people make the list for things they've said (again, good or bad), and sometimes it's for a video that's surfaced from someone's past. Perhaps there's a story line that's as gripping as a blink-and-you-miss-it movie scene.
They're the people behind the stories that have you Googling endlessly to learn more. Who are they? Where did they come from? And why the heck is everyone around me asking if I know them?
They can be celebrities, politicians, innovators, company CEOs or sports superstars. And sometimes they may not be people you know well - but we think something they're doing just has to be highlighted. Whether or not they've been thrust into the limelight as part of a story (willingly sometimes, other times not), there were many occasions the most intriguing people were ones we hadn't even heard of before that day.
We narrowed it down to 20, and now we need your help to decide the top 10 most intriguing people of 2010.
Who do you think was the most intriguing of 2010? We've created an interactive so you can rank your top 10 by dragging the images on the right to the appropriate slots on the left. You've got until midnight ET Tuesday, December 28, to vote on CNN.com and share your list with others.
Then, you can tune in Thursday, December 30, to CNN. We'll be unveiling the top 10 list throughout the day. Stay tuned and check the site to see how your list compares.VOTE HERE