Rank 'Em: Top 10 Stories of 2011

December 15, 2011

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None of the local teams won a ring this year -- but that doesn't mean the past 12 months weren't memorable around these parts. With that in mind, ESPN New York counts down our Top 10 Big Apple Sports Stories of 2011.

Did we get it right -- or would you change it around?

Feel free to disagree.

Hover your mouse over the images below for more details, then rank your favorite sports stories by dragging the thumbnails to the right.

For more info -- and some great photos -- click here to check out our Top 10 Big Apple Sports Stories of 2011 gallery.

-- Matt Marrone

Top 10 Stories of 2011

History In The Bronx

History In The Bronx

Derek Jeter became the first Bomber to reach 3,000 hits and Mariano Rivera notched his 602nd save to become the all-time leader.

Jose Doesn't Stay

Jose Doesn't Stay

An awful year for the Mets culminates in losing SS Jose Reyes to the Marlins as a free agent.

Meltdown vs. Motown

Meltdown vs. Motown

The Bombers couldn't come through in the clutch, losing a rain-soaked ALCS in five games.

Melo Drama

Melo Drama

The deal to bring Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks instantly made them relevant again.

Where There's A D-Will

Where There's A D-Will

Mikhail Prokhorov dealt for Deron Williams at the deadline. Will D-Will move to Brooklyn?

The Lavin Era Begins

The Lavin Era Begins

In his first season at SJU, Steve Lavin led the Red Storm to their first NCAA tournament berth since 2002.

Patdown!

Patdown!

Mark Sanchez & Co. blustered their way to a playoff win against Tom Brady and the hated Patriots.

The Return Of Plax

The Return Of Plax

Plaxico Burress returned to New York after missing two seasons in prison on gun charges.

Splitting With The Kardashian

Splitting With The Kardashian

Nets forward Kris Humphries' reality-TV marriage and subsequent break-up 72 days later made him a household name.

Eli Elite?

Eli Elite?

Eli Manning's assertion on "The Michael Kay Show" that he's an elite QB became the talk of the town.

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