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Last Week's Top 10 WaPo Sports Stories: BCYes!

Last week's hottest topic. (By Marc Serota - Getty)

Sometime last summer, I started publishing lists of the top 10 most-read sports stories and articles that had appeared on our site over the previous seven days, thinking it would be an interesting exercise to help readers understand what their fellow readers are reading. Then I gave up, because every week, eight or nine out of the 10 links were Redskins-related.

But it's a new year, and a new sports season, and the Redskins are finally done, so this actually might get interesting. For example, take the top 14 (non-column) sports stories last week? Four were Caps-related, four were college football-related, two were Wiz-related, two were college hoops-related, and one each were devoted to the Skins and high school sports.

More telling, the story previewing Caps-Flyers got more than twice the hits as the story recapping Wiz-Cavs. In fact, all four of the most-read Caps stories did better than the LeBron travel story, as well as anything about the Terps or Hoyas.

But above all, the lesson from last week: readers love, love, love reading complaints about the BCS. Never gets old. We should pay all those stubborn old greedy college football power brokers a commission.

Last week's Top 10 Most-Read Links, from Friday to Thursday:

1. An Old Habit Was Sadly Kicked on New Year's Day, by Michael Wilbon. Wilbon doesn't watch bowls any more. He should try entering one of those bowl pools. Trust me, I was watching.

2. Vote for Utah, For College Football's Sake, by John Feinstein. AP voters have a chance to puncture the heart of darkness by voting for the Utes. Then they can tell their grandkids about it.

3. For the BCS, a Splitting Headache, by Steve Yanda. If you can believe this, college football involved a bit of controversy this year.

4. Watching the Capitals Light the Lamp Sure Is Fun, by Thomas Boswell. "Apparently, even in a deep recession, Washington will pay for -- what is that elusive word -- oh, a winner." See also: George Mason?

5. Capitals Don't Feel Brotherly Love, by Tarik El-Bashir. The story that launched a thousand Sports Bog posts.

6. Wizards' Wisest Choice: Begin Playing for Next Year, by Mike Wise. "Concede that this is a lost season. Now. Make every important decision today based on next year." And forget about your Web traffic, too.

7. Truth Hurts, But It Also Builds, by Sally Jenkins. In praise of Jim Zorn's frank expressions, antic pantomimes, and all-around honesty.

8. After Decades of Ineptitude, the Cardinals Franchise Has Its Day, by Michael Wilbon. I guess that title pretty much says it all. Also, the Cardinals are 10-point dogs this weekend. That was a short day.

9. 3,000 Say Goodbye to Suitland's Lynch, by Josh Barr and Hamil H. Harris. Sad tale from the funeral of Suitland High's football coach, Nick Lynch.

10. Redskins' Cerrato Says Total Evaluation Is Key, by Barry Svrluga and Jason Reid. Vinny Cerrato gives a year-end news conference, says nothing.

By Dan Steinberg  |  January 9, 2009; 1:14 PM ET
Categories:  Caps , College Basketball , College Football , D.C. United , Nats , Redskins , Wizards  
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Posted by: TheFingerman | January 9, 2009 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Weak STEINBERG, weak. But thanks for thinking outside the box.

Posted by: glawrence007 | January 10, 2009 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I assume now we're going to get a Bog post entitled "Maryland Comes Back for Moderately Inspiring Win Over Georgia Tech."

Posted by: Lindemann777 | January 10, 2009 10:50 PM | Report abuse

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