Once again ... the year that wasn't

Feb. 20: Lindsey Vonn imperils her Olympic hopes by tearing her ACL and MCL in the Super-G world championship in Austria when she crashes into Tiger Woods, who is improperly dropping a ball 4,800 miles behind the green.

March 10: North Korea threatens a missile attack on South Korea, Japan and the United States. Dennis Rodman responds by traveling to Pyongyang, where he meets longtime fan Kim Jong-un and autographs the dictator's "nuclear basketball" of launch codes.

March 13: Argentina's cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected to be the new pope, even though fewer than 70 percent of baseball writers had him on their ballot.

March 27: Talk about March Madness: No. 15-seeded Florida Gulf Coast University pulls off the two biggest upsets of the year when it beats Georgetown to open the NCAA tournament and then snaps the Miami Heat's 27-game winning streak.

March 31: Even though Louisville beats Duke to advance to the Final Four, Mike Shanahan criticizes Cardinals coach Rick Pitino, saying he should have left Kevin Ware in the game.

April 8: Pitino becomes the first coach in history to win the national title at two different schools and also fail to get the Boston Celtics to the playoffs a single time in four years.

April 12: Eighth-grader Guan Tianlangis, the youngest player in the history of The Masters, is assessed a one-stroke penalty for constantly stopping and texting his friends and also making farting noises with his arm on his way to the green.

April 13: Tiger is penalized two strokes and several nights on the couch for inadvertently dropping Lindsey Vonn off two miles from entrance at The Masters.

April 14: Adam Scott and Angel Cabrera begin their playoff at The Masters in drenching rain after caddy Carl Spackler assures them, "I don't think the heavy stuff is gonna come down for quite a while.''

April 30: The NHL postseason schedule begins in traditional fashion with the Red Sox growing their playoff beards.

May 1: In a first-person story for Sports Illustrated, veteran NBA center Jason Collins becomes the first active U.S. pro athlete to openly reveal that he never, ever watches A&E's "Duck Dynasty."

May 6: Vladimir Putin earns world-wide criticism after he signs a controversial law banning Jason Collins from playing basketball in Russia.

May 13: After months of heated debate, backroom maneuvers and increasing angst over the fate of the Sacramento Kings, NBA commissioner David Stern holds a press conference to announce he has once again placed a big "Kick Me" sign on the back of Seattle.

May 20: Toronto mayor Rob Ford admits later in the year he smoked crack cocaine but refuses to resign from office, excusing his drug use by saying he only did so in a drunken stupor after watching the Maples Leafs blow a 4-1 third period lead in their Game 7 loss to the Bruins.

June 1: Ford also admits he might have smoked crack after the Blue Jays fell permanently into last place and many games under .500 despite acquiring Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Josh Johnson during the offseason.

June 16: Ford further acknowledges he might have smoked crack after Miami's Ray Allen buried a 3-pointer in the final seconds of Game 6 to cost San Antonia the NBA championship. "Hey, just because I live in Toronto doesn't mean I can't root for the Spurs."

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