Rank 'Em: Most Loved New York Sports Figure of 2010

Created: December 21, 2010, 5:13 PM

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Being loved in New York isn't like being loved anywhere else. The spotlight is intense and the fans are fickle, but if you prove yourself here, you'll be a master of the universe.

We polled our writers and editors to make our own Top 10 list of the most loved sports figures in New York this year -- which you can view here -- but we're much more interested in what you think.

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

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-- Matt Marrone, ESPNNewYork.com

  • All the reasons fans have to hate The Boss -- and Yankees fans have their reasons, too -- were set aside this summer when George Steinbrenner died at 80 at his home in Tampa.
  • Amare Stoudemire is less than half a season into his Knicks career, but he's already made the Big Apple believe again. When was the last time you could say that about a Knick?
  • He talks a big -- nay, huge -- game. If he can't back it up with a Super Bowl ring, Rex Ryan just might take the brunt of long-suffering Jets fans. Godspeed, Rex.
  • Mo showed no signs of slowing down in 2010, then renewed his contract without any drama. Best endorsement: The hated Red Sox tried to steal him away.
  • No doubt he had the worst season of his career. Yes, his contract negotations got messy. And sure, he's slowing down. But how many Yankees fans wanted to see Derek Jeter in a different uniform next year? Not many.
  • It took ten seasons, but big CC Sabathia finally notched his first 20-win campaign in 2010, finishing third in the AL.
  • On a team packed with stars, Robbie Cano was the Yankees' MVP in 2010, finishing third overall in the AL in that category and socking four home runs and batting .348 in the ALCS.
  • Darrelle Revis' holdout this summer had many Jets fans breaking out into a cold sweat at the mere thought that their superstar cornerback might skip town.
  • The Jets' dashing young quarterback is far from a superstar, but he's teamed up with coach Rex Ryan to make the Jets worth watching again.
  • Bob Sheppard, who served as the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium for 56 years, made it to within a few months of his 100th birthday.