5. Manti Te’o, Notre Dame linebacker
Sept. 15, 2012: "They were with me. I couldn’t do without them, I couldn’t do without the support of my family and my girlfriend’s family."
Jan. 21, 2013: "I even knew, that it was crazy that I was with somebody that I didn't meet, and that alone – people find out that this girl who died, I was so invested in, I didn't meet her, as well. So I kind of tailored my stories to have people think that, yeah, he met her before she passed away, so that people wouldn't think that I was some crazy dude."
4. Robert Irsay, Baltimore Colts owner
Jan. 20, 1984: "I have no intention of moving the goddamn team."
March 28, 1984: The team moved to Indianapolis.
3. Ryan Braun, Milwaukee Brewers outfielder
Feb. 24, 2012: "If I had done this intentionally or unintentionally, I’d be the first one to step up and say, ‘I did it.’ By no means am I perfect, but if I’ve ever made any mistakes in my life I’ve taken responsibility for my actions. I truly believe in my heart, and I would bet my life, that this substance never entered my body at any point."
July 22, 2013: Accepts a season-ending suspension for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement.
2. Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds manager
1. Lance Armstrong, cyclist
Jan. 4, 2000: "We just have to ride it out and show that we are clean, hardworking guys."
Aug. 23, 2012: "There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough.’ For me, that time is now."
Jim Owczarski is an award-winning sports journalist and comes to Milwaukee by way of the Chicago Sun-Times Media Network.
A three-year Wisconsin resident who has considered Milwaukee a second home for the better part of seven years, he brings to the market experience covering nearly all major and college sports.
To this point in his career, he has been awarded six national Associated Press Sports Editors awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, breaking news and projects. He is also a four-time nominee for the prestigious Peter J. Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, presented by the Chicago Headline Club, and is a two-time winner for Best Sports Story. He has also won numerous other Illinois Press Association, Illinois Associated Press and Northern Illinois Newspaper Association awards.
Jim's career started in earnest as a North Central College (Naperville, Ill.) senior in 2002 when he received a Richter Fellowship to cover the Chicago White Sox in spring training. He was hired by the Naperville Sun in 2003 and moved on to the Aurora Beacon News in 2007 before joining OnMilwaukee.com.
In that time, he has covered the events, news and personalities that make up the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Hockey League, NCAA football, baseball and men's and women's basketball as well as boxing, mixed martial arts and various U.S. Olympic teams.
Golf aficionados who venture into Illinois have also read Jim in GOLF Chicago Magazine as well as the Chicago District Golfer and Illinois Golfer magazines.