Top 10 newsmakers of 2012

December 20, 2012

Top 10 newsmakers of 2012

Bobby Valentine

Bobby Valentine

Led the Red Sox to their worst record since 1965 while alienating players, fans and coaches along the way. He dominated the headlines for months, and Boston couldn't wait to see him go.


Rob Gronkowski

Rob Gronkowski

The talented and gregarious tight end rewrote the Patriots record books, suffered a key injury before the Super Bowl and stayed in the limelight during the "Summer of Gronk."


Ray Allen

Ray Allen

One of the Celtics' Big Three, he broke the NBA's three-point scoring record and helped lead Boston to the Eastern Conference Finals. Then he promptly signed with the C's hated rivals: the Heat.


Rajon Rondo

Rajon Rondo

The new Celtics leader wowed fans and teammates with his blossoming talent while irking referees with his untamed temper. His suspension in the playoffs somewhat clouded his accomplishments.


Tim Thomas

Tim Thomas

The 2011 Stanley Cup MVP fell from grace when he skipped the Bruins' visit with the president, posted political rants on Facebook and abruptly announced he would sit out the 2012-13 season for personal reasons.


Aly Raisman

Aly Raisman

The 18-year-old gymnast from Needham became the sweetheart of the London Olympics while winning two gold medals and a bronze.


David Ortiz

David Ortiz

He was headed for a career season before injuring his Achilles. He accused the media of manufacturing drama and complained that playing in Boston wasn't fun anymore. Then he re-signed for two more years.


Tom Brady

Tom Brady

He led the Patriots to his fifth Super Bowl and is once again a candidate for league MVP this season.


Doc Rivers

Doc Rivers

The Celtics coach took an aging and injury-depleted team to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and then spent the summer rebuilding while drawing KG back for another run.


Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

He coached the Patriots to another Super Bowl, his fifth in New England, and continues his legacy of winning despite the Pats' defensive challenges.


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