It was a year ago when Charlie Sheen took over the news. Claiming “tiger blood and Adonis DNA” Sheen ranted to anyone who would listen. Is Mr. Winning positioning himself for another media takeover? Let’s review the facts, but first, a look back at the joyful chaos of 2011.

For those of you who don’t remember Charlie Sheen’s meltdown (shame on you), here are a few highlights from his 2011 made for TMZ television special…

Jan. 30, 2011 – CBS shuts down “Two and Half Men” again for Sheen to go to rehab, only this time he claims he’s using a home-based program.

Feb. 14, 2011 – On an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show,” Sheen says he’s ready to go back to work but CBS won’t let him.

Feb. 24, 2011 – Sheen trashes “Men” creator Chuck Lorre on the syndicated “The Alex Jones Show;” CBS and Warner Bros. cancel season eight of “Men.”

Feb. 25 to March 2, 2011 – Increasingly erratic, Sheen appears on NBC, ABC, CNN, a slew of syndicated newsmagazines and more proclaiming that he has “tiger blood and Adonis DNA” and threatening to sue CBS over the shutdown of “Men.”

March 5, 2011 – Sheen presides over his own webcast, which draws more than 1 million viewers.

March 7, 2011 – CBS and Warner Bros. fire Sheen for “felony offenses involving moral turpitude.”

Over the next month Sheen completed his home schooled rehab from crack-cocaine addiction with assistance from his “goddesses”, major league baseball players, and television reporters. Once “rehabilitated” Charlie Sheen went out on the road, appearing at arena size venues where the audience essentially listened to Sheen rant and watch him chain smoke cigarettes.

Early 2011 was not a great time; with sagging economies and wars being fought we needed a distraction. Sheen provided us all with a much needed break. Remember Charlie’s home videos? Do you realize what was going on there? You have a rehabilitating crack addict who works out with weights and cigarettes, has two girlfriends known as the goddesses, and devotes all free time to getting another Major League movie made. During this time it was often that Charlie Sheen was the lead news story, the talk around the water cooler, and on the front page. Again, a much needed distraction at the time.

Do you know what’s even more amazing? He made it through alive. All across Hollywood, Celebrity Death Pool tickets were ripped up and thrown onto the streets. He was clearly a favorite to overdose due to partying, but you know the rule: Don’t bet against Adonis DNA!

So what is the point? The global news isn’t getting any better; I think it’s about time for another distraction. For those who miss Charlie Sheen I have good news. It appears he isn’t done. Sheen is taping a new television show (Anger Management) and is starring in a Direct TV commercial that makes Charlie look a little, well, like the Charlie we have all grown to love and accept (READ: borderline crazy).

My theory is that working on sitcom sets and appearing in commercials is Charlie’s way of lying low. He is waiting, and when he strikes we can expect a smoke filled room with a group of people around a table discussing how they are going to get Wall Street 3 made! #winning

David S. Grant is the author of “BLOOD: The New Red”, follow on Twitter: @david_s_grant