Top 50 stories of the year: 40-36

40. What the hell did Tom Cable do wrong?: Well, if you want to believe Al Davis, he assaulted an assistant coach, brought girlfriends on road trips and flew in friends the night before games. Okay, okay, but besides that, Cable led the Raiders to their best season in nearly a decade, and the players seems to genuinely like him as a coach. His firing would have been a massive surprise had Davis not been his boss.

39: The resurgence of the Chiefs: Kansas City was the surprise team of 2010. Matt Cassel went from being one of the worst starting quarterbacks in the league to a borderline MVP candidate, while the team improved drastically on both offence and defence. Jamaal Charles became an elite running back (maybe the best in the league?) and rookies Dexter McCluster, Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry and Javier Arenas have bright futures.

38. Meltdown in Tennessee: One year after starting 0-6 and winning eight of their last 10, the Titans pretty much did the opposite. One of the streakiest teams of this decade was cruising atop the AFC South at 5-2, and then they lost six straight games eight of their last nine. Chris Johnson fell 1,136 yards short of his goal of 2,500, Vince Young was demoted and eventually released and Jeff Fisher — the league’s longest tenured head coach — was fired after pretty much his entire staff jumped ship.

37. Albert Haynesworth: Not sure I need to elaborate on this one, but here goes it. Haynesworth missed a large chunk of training camp because he couldn’t pass a basic conditioning test, then he was benched to start the season. And to cap it all off, the $100 million man was suspended for the final four games of the season for “conduct detrimental to the team.” He finished 2010 with 2.5 sacks, meaning he was paid just under $10 million per sack.

36. DeSean Jackson singlehandedly ruins the Giants’ season: And nearly gets Tom Coughlin fired in the process…