We’re taking nominations for the 2009 AJC Sports Story of the Year.
As a starting point, here are the top 10 most-read sports stories on AJC.com through December 7. (Page views rounded off).
1. Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez, wife get naked for PETA ad (175,000).
2. Steve McNair found dead (150,000).
3. Uga VII dies (123,000).
4. Matthew Stafford and Knowshon Moreno declare for NFL draft (120,000).
5. Steve Spurrier banned from recruiting at Tucker High School (117,000).
6. UGA defensive coordinator Willie Martinez fired (110,000).
7. John Smoltz signs with Red Sox (102,000).
8. Ken Griffey Jr. turns down Braves, signs with Seattle (91,000).
9. Should UGA shake hands with Oklahoma State? (86,000).
10. Ex-Falcon quarterback Randy Johnson dies (85, 000).
Again, those are just a starting point.
Let us know which sport stories rocked your world in 2009 by posting your nominations below.
The vaunted AJC.com sports staff will be taking your nominations until 4 p.m. EST, Wednesday.
We will then narrow the candidates down to five and open a poll for you guys to vote on the 2009 AJC Sports Story of the Year.
Each week we will eliminate the story with the fewest votes until we are left with the winner. Novel approach, we know.
Happy holidays from AJC.com.