2000-09 the decade of the fan

Scandals stripped away illusions, but still people watched and voted with their wallets

Updated: December 31, 2009, 3:30 PM ET
By Howard Bryant | ESPN.com

Americans love superlatives, and December, with its mandatory year-and-decade ending reflections is all too accommodating. Tom Brady was named the player of the decade by ESPN. The PGA named Tiger Woods its player of the decade. The Associated Press called steroids the story of the decade.

But the years that run from 2000 to 2009 should be called the decade of the fan, which is less a compliment and more a sober acknowledgement that, whatever illusions to the contrary, the past 10 ...

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