FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty isn't exactly a beauty contest, and being in the top echelons of sports-related legal action isn't exactly something to write home about.
This year, we covered a wide range of legal sports issues, including criminal allegations against Heisman winner Jameis Winston, along with lawsuits against the NFL and even the NCAA over concussions.
But a few legal sports stories -- some serious, and a few not-so-serious -- seemed to grab our readers' attention more than others. Here are the 10 most-viewed posts from our Tarnished Twenty blog in 2013:
- Nazi salute gets high school basketball team the boot: Nothing like girls' high school basketball to show the purity of athletic competition. Racial purity, that is. A Maine high school basketball team learned how much people hate Hitler after they gave him a "heil" on Facebook.
- Steve Nash child support battle: Current Lakers point guard and proof that your dad probably could play pro ball, Steve Nash, fought with his "millionaire" ex-wife over whether he owed child support. His argument: she already got tons from me in the divorce.
- Hannah Storm returns like a phoenix to ESPN: Despite being severely burned by a propane grill accident in 2012, sports reporter Hannah Storm returned to ESPN. Her injuries prompted us all to be a little more careful around the barbeque.
- Ravens cheerleader too fat for the Super Bowl? A Baltimore Ravens cheerleader claimed she was benched after weighing in at a whopping 125.4 pounds. Was Super Bowl XLVII tainted by no-fatties discrimination?
- YouTube rap ends college football scholarship: "Jay Datbull," known by his parents as Jay Harris, lost a cushy football scholarship to Michigan State after uploading "DatBull 4 Life," one of nine amateur rap singles, on YouTube. Tough break G.
- Search for blame in multi-car NASCAR crash: A crash that injured 28 fans prompted many to wonder how NASCAR deals with liability from its crashes. Do NASCAR fans assume the risk of having cars fly at them?
- Danica Patrick crosses the finish line in her divorce: In another nitro-fueled case, NASCAR racer Danica Patrick spent 2013 trying to finalize her divorce. Prenups and uncontested divorce proceedings helped keep this one speedy.
- How does decommitting work? After college football hopefuls make their commitments on National Signing Day, are there legal takesies-backsies? Apparently decomitting is an option.
- Manti Te'o's fishy tale: Although it seems like so much stale "catfishing" now, Notre Dame player Manti Te'o spent the better part of January 2013 explaining why he had an imaginary girlfriend. But was it fraud?
- LSU's "Honey Badger" fails 10+ drug tests: Tyrann Mathieu apparently didn't blow his chances to make the NFL by telling them he failed more than 10 drug tests while playing for LSU. He was signed by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2013 Draft.
And with ex-NFL player Aaron Hernandez still awaiting trial for murder, it looks like 2014 will be just as eventful for Tarnished Twenty's troubled recruits. Stay tuned.
- Aaron Hernandez's Mansion Seized Pending Wrongful Death Suit (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)
- Is Betting on Fantasy Football Legal? (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)
- EA Sports Settles With College Athletes Over Use of Likenesses (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)
- Who Killed Adrian Peterson's Son? (FindLaw's Tarnished Twenty)