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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 25:

 

Today's Future Erin Andrews: Fox Sports West's Brittany Held.

 

Not sure how I feel about skinny Jason Dufner.

 

Larry Sanders offered a pretty candid explanation of why he's walking away from basketball.

 

Rajon Rondo and Rick Carlisle exchanged pleasantries and whispered sweet nothings during a timeout last night.

 

There are rumors that there's a video of Dez Bryant doing something horrible.

 

Not even A-Rod himself knows if he can play baseball without artificial assistance.

 

Steph Curry is more than just a shooter.

 

• Very cool: A couple of Panthers are donating their flowing locks to a kids cancer charity.

 

The Parks and Rec gang bid farewell last night.

 

Jack Nicklaus has gotten into the ice cream business.

 

Bo Ryan to Mark Turgeon: Imma let you finish, but I have a plane to catch.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:38
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 24:

 

• Charlotte McKinney will be on Dancing with the Stars, providing an excuse to link to this slideshow.

 

Michael Sam and gymnast Nastia Liukin are among the other "stars" on this season's Dancing with the Stars.

 

The Cleveland Browns are doing a little re-branding. Yeah, that's what was missing - a slightly different-colored helmet.

 

Kobe went on Kimmel last night and got sad as he watched his teammates living life without him.

 

James Harden dislocated both of Ricky Rubio's ankles on one sick play.

 

Interesting interview with Bill Walton, who was contemplating suicide a few years ago due to chronic pain.

 

Parks and Rec characters ranked. I could not agree more strongly with No. 1.

 

• Trickle-down tanking: Two Tennessee high school girls teams got kicked out of the playoffs for trying to lose to each other to gain more favorable bracket position.

 

Last night, Kansas State fans made a compelling case against court-storming by doing it wrong.

 

Marshawn Lynch is trademarking his most famous quote. Or, basically his only quote.

 

• Another sign that the end is nigh: Some soccer fans actually showed class and humanity.

 

• Watch a very good doggie contribute the cowbell to Don't Fear the Reaper.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 23:

 

People are actually getting tired of Kate Upton's Game of War Twitter promotions. That's how relentless they are.

 

Richard Jefferson dunked on Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, leading everyone to say, "Richard Jefferson's still in the league?"

 

Roy Williams and his Tar Heels paid the perfect tribute to Dean Smith on Saturday.

 

Clay Travis asks the important questions about last night's Oscars, like who's hotter, Bradley Cooper or Adam Levine. And here are some so-so memes from a so-so Oscars. The tweet of the night actually came from Athlon buddy @MarkEnnis.

 

The Sixers' new mascot hates the Sixers. That's somehow perfect.

 

This story has the best headline you'll read today.

 

Actor Justin Bartha (the dude from Hangover and National Treasure) saw his opportunity to creep out MSG's Jill Martin during an interview, and he took it.

 

Watch a chubby white Kentucky fan portray Louisville's Montrezl Harrell in a homemade video. It's weirder than it sounds.

 

The old injured-while-celebrating genre never gets old.

 

• Watch Oregon's Dillon Brooks dunk on a passel of Utes.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:16
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 20:

 

Wisconsin hoops star Sam Dekker is winning the WAG sweepstakes.

 

Tom Crean's face said it all after Indiana's loss to Purdue.

 

Bobby Knight had a classic old man get-off-my-lawn moment last night.

 

• For some reason, Jack Nicklaus still thinks Tiger Woods will break his majors record.  Maybe because talking about it brings attention to Jack's amazing majors record.

 

Stupid but strangely mesmerizing GIF from the NFL Combine.

 

• Speaking of the Combine, for some reason Trenton Brown's attempt at a vertical leap reminds me of Costanza demonstrating the special training shoes to the guys at Foot Locker.

 

• In the process of responding (poorly) to Charles Barkley's dis, NBA writer Peter Vecsey called a woman an ignorant slut. Stop digging, Pete.

 

MLB, reading the writing on the wall, is trying to speed up the game.

 

Kung Fu Panda needs to back away from the plate. The dinner plate.

 

Oscar predictions, for those who care or are in a pool of some sort.

 

Jon Stewart and WWE star Seth Rollins are in a beef.

 

• Watch Bill Belichick use his finger to sop up gravy of some sort.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 19: 

 

• Marginally safe for work: the girls of Mardi Gras on Instagram.

 

An artist made a dress entirely of game-used Mets baseballs. If it was the Mets, they weren't all that used.

 

Here's A-Rod's pre-written apology letter for his horrible steroid-free 2015 season. And here's Frank Caliendo recycling a bit by reading A-Rod's first apology letter in Morgan Freeman's voice.

 

Jay-Z thought Boomer Wells was Curt Schilling and asked him about the bloody sock game.

 

• Cool tribute: The Las Vegas Strip dimmed its lights in honor of Jerry Tarkanian.

 

So there was a controversial non-call at the end of an otherwise great UNC-Duke game.

 

Danny Almonte, the Little League lightning rod of yesteryear, weighed in on the Jackie Robinson West scandal.

 

Golden Tate to Russell Wilson: Bro, squash those rumors that I did your wife.

 

Charles Barkley sprayed a firehose of hate toward the media.

 

Retired Ram Jeff Zgonina is trying his hand at the dog show thing. The best part: Picturing him prancing around in front of the judges.

 

• Watch the Ginger Hammer run the 40-yard dash in the NFL office.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:43
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Sometimes athletes have to make their own luck. Or at least that’s what these guys think they’re doing.

 

On this Friday the 13th — a day when we’re all on the lookout for black cats in our paths or broken mirrors — let’s celebrate the athletes who think a bit, um, differently.

 

We thought that it was appropriate to find the 13 most superstitious people in sports, with their seriously strange quirks, habits and talismans, and present them here:

 

Turk WendellMen's Fitness magazine once named pitcher Turk Wendell, whose 11-year major league career (1993-2004) included stops with the Cubs, Mets, Phillies and Rockies, the most superstitious athlete of all time. Wendell wore a necklace made from teeth and bones of animals he had hunted. He would leap over the chalk lines and draw crosses in the dirt on the pitcher's mound. He insisted that his contract figures end with his jersey number of 99. Wendell would eat four pieces of licorice during games he pitched, but don't worry about his dental health — he would also brush his teeth in the dugout between innings.
 
Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs didn't compile a .328 career batting average and accumulate 3,010 hits by accident. The superstitious athlete ate chicken every day before a game; took batting practice at 5:17; ran sprints at 7:17; and wrote the word "Chai" (Hebrew for "life") in the dirt before his plate appearances. Speaking of his love of chicken, Boggs' Twitter account is @ChickenMan3010.
 
They take their curses seriously in the U.K. The Birmingham City football club labored under a gypsy curse that came about due to the stadium's location atop the site of a Romany cemetery. Football club manager Barry Fry, who led the Birmingham City team from 1993 to 1996, took the advice of a clairvoyant to break the curse: He peed in all four corners of the St. Andrew's pitch. So did it work? "Well, we started to win and I thought it had," Fry said in an interview. "Then they sacked me, so probably not."
 
Slugger Jason Giambi (A's, Yankees, Rockies, Indians) addressed a hitting slump with his choice of undergarments. His personal slump-buster was a fancy piece of butt floss — a gold thong. If that’s not disturbing enough, try this: Teammates would ask to borrow it when they encountered slumps of their own.
 
How obsessed was power-hitting outfielder Larry Walker (Expos, Rockies, Cardinals) with the number 3? He set his alarm clock for 33 minutes past the hour, took batting practice in groups of three swings and was married on November 3 at 3:33 P.M. He bought 33 tickets in section 333 of Olympic Stadium to give to under-privileged kids during his time in Montreal. On one of his contracts, he asked for $3,333,333.33. Appropriately enough, Walker's career stats include plenty of threes: His career batting average was .313, and he hit 383 career homers.

 

Michael Jordan's superstition inspired an NBA fashion trend. Jordan insisted on wearing his North Carolina Tar Heels shorts under his Bulls uniform, and to cover up his old college basketball trunks, he started wearing longer shorts. Naturally, the rest of the NBA followed suit.

Mercurial NBA guard Jason Terry (Hawks, Mavs, Celtics, Nets) has the habit of sleeping in the shorts of the team he is playing the next day.
 
Beloved Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who played in Philadelphia from 1948 to 1959 before ending his career with the Mets, slept with a lot of old bats in his day. Literally. In order to keep track of a bat that was treating him particularly well, Ashburn would take the bat to bed with him. 
 
Chicago Black Hawks legend Stan Mikita, who led the NHL in scoring four times during a remarkable career that spanned four different decades (1958-80), also led the league in Most Unusual Superstition: Mikita would flick a lit cigarette over his left shoulder before taking the ice for a game.
 

Goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1981 to 1986, would drink a Swedish beer called Pripps during each intermission, with two ice cubes — no more, no fewer.
 
There must be something about goalies. Patrick Roy, whose career included stints with Montreal (1984-95) and Colorado (1996-2003), is considered by many the greatest goaltender in NHL history. He might also be the strangest, since he befriended the posts. That's right — Roy would touch and talk to the net posts, thanking them if a shot went awry or clanged off of one of them. Roy would also step over the red and blue lines on the ice, and he would avoid reporters on game day.
 
For the Celtics of the 1960s, Bill Russell's puke became a good-luck totem. According to Sports Illustrated: "If he threw up before a big game, the Celtics were sure everything would be all right. If he didn't, then Boston's coach, Red Auerbach, would tell Russell to go back to the toilet and order him to throw up." Russ must've done an awful lot of puking, considering that he led the Celtics to 11 championships in his 13-year career.
 
Rafael Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles, is a candidate for Greatest Tennis Player of All Time. He's also the GOAT when it comes to superstitious eccentricities, which he refers to as his "routines." His assortment of quirks is a category unto itself.

• Nadal has rituals involving his water bottles. He brings two bottles to each match, with one slightly warmer than the other, and sips from both during the match. The label of both has to be facing the court.

• During his recent run to the U.S. Open crown, Nadal ate the same meal at the same restaurant every night. The New York Post reported that Nadal consumed Chilean sea bass, fried rice and noodles at a Manhattan Chinese restaurant every evening when he wasn't playing a night match.

• Before every point, Nadal makes sure that his socks are pulled up at the same height. Prior to a match, he'll spend 30 seconds or more pulling his socks up and down.

• Nadal never steps on the lines before or after any point. He also crosses the lines right foot first.

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For Friday The 13th: The 13 Most Superstitious People in Sports
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 13:

 

The SI Swimsuit megasite includes shots of Caroline Wozniacki. What were you thinking, Rory?

 

Drake is everywhere, and it's getting on people's nerves. Including Paul Pierce.

 

What did LeBron James' hand say to Joakim Noah's face? Slap!

 

• Is Charles Barkley's shtick tired? This writer uses a lot of words to say so

 

Ray Rice apologized to Baltimore.

 

Sally Jenkins wonders if Tiger Woods even wants to play golf anymore.

 

Meet the Michael Jordans of other disciplines, from yodeling to jousting.

 

Jimmy Fallon was NBA All-Star ripper and rip-ee.

 

Watch a defenseman deliver a brutal check to a linesman.

 

Keith Olbermann finds Jimmy Haslam's plausible deniability about Johnny Football highly implausible.

 

Is it possible that Marshawn Lynch has played his last snap of football? Let's hope not.

 

• In honor of All-Star Weekend, here's Larry Bird's winning 3-point contest three-peat from 1988. He actually did a lot of clanging, but everybody remembers the raised finger at the end.

 

• The end of regulation between North Dakota State and Denver was crazy.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 13, 2015 - 11:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 12:

 

• Good news, fellas: Supermodel Irina Shayk is looking for a loyal man.

 

Bill Belichick laughed on Letterman. We're in the end times.

 

Tiger's taking time off to work on his golf game. Wish I had that luxury. Of course, Woods needs to heal from the humiliation of his recent struggles; good buddy Notah Begay says he embarrassed himself at Torrey Pines.

 

Dwight Howard finished off his in-game interview by sexually harrassing a teammate.

 

Jameis Winston: From plummeting down draft boards to likely No. 1 overall pick.

 

This story has my favorite headline of the day.

 

The UNC shootings hit home for an NC State player.

 

Karl Malone is still willing to trade punches with Kobe.

 

Keith Olbermann wasn't content to let Charles Barkley simply beclown himself.

 

50 Cent says Floyd Mayweather is scared to death of fighting Manny Pacquiao.

 

• Nick Young put Steve Blake on the floor with a nasty crossover.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 11:08
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 11: 

 

There are supermodels in the streets of Downtown Nashville today for SI's Swimsuit Fan Festival.

 

25 years ago today, Buster Douglas shocked the world. I literally leapt from my chair that night. Here's one of many great reads on the subject floating around the interwebs today.

 

• Kentucky nearly lost its unbeaten season last night. Here, an apparently insane person makes the case that we should root for UK to finish unbeaten.

 

Way to dump all over our feel-good story, Jackie Robinson West grown-ups.

 

Athlon contributor Brandel Chamblee has written again on his favorite subject: Tiger's struggles.
 

Classic footage from MLB's archives.

 

Swaggy P: A dolphin tried to kill me.

 

A story on the strange and punchable Tom Crean.

 

Charles Barkley had unkind things to say about Rockets GM Daryl Morley and analytics.

 

Jim Harbaugh dropped Rick Ross lyrics on Twitter haters.

 

• Watch an old geezer charge the mound at Rockies fantasy camp.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - 11:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 10:

 

Happy 20th birthday to LPGA star Lexi Thompson. I'd say she has a few good years left.

 

Jameis Winston flew around with a jetpack.

 

• Is Peyton coming back? All signs point to yes

 

Jeremy Lamb's pregame handshake is totes adorbs.

 

Some guy wrote Knicks owner James Dolan a nasty letter, and got one in return.

 

This Florida State throwdown in which the player's hand never touches the rim has renewed debate over what constitutes a dunk.

 

Sports Pickle analyzes the obvious photoshopping on the SI Swimsuit cover.

 

• Speaking of the Swimsuit issue, Caroline Wozniacki appears in this year's edition.

 

Eventful night for Kevin Durant: He dropped 40, laid out Kenneth Faried with a flagrant and then threw the ball at him.

 

Derek Dorsett had to hop/limp to the bench like an old man after breaking a skate.

 

K.J. McDaniels had a sweet self-serve alley-oop.

 

• The new "This Is SportsCenter" ad riffs on the Katy Perry halftime sharks.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 - 11:03
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 9: 

 

Jason Day's win yesterday was just a reminder that he has a hot wife.

 

Dean Smith left quite a legacy in his 83 years. And he did pretty well on the court, too: Here are Dean's best wins at North Carolina.

 

Iowa's Adam Woodbury went full-on Moe Howard against Maryland.

 

Willie Cauley-Stein had an utterly monstrous slam against Florida.

 

Peter King with a pretty cool oral history of the end of the Super Bowl.

 

• Apparently, Warren Sapp's colleagues at NFL Network aren't going to miss him.

 

• Interesting: The more aggressive a golfer is, the better the results (typically). Romeo, hand me the 3-wood.

 

Watch a McDonald's worker lose his s--- after getting fired.

 

LeBron admitted that he tried to motivate Kevin Love via Twitter.

 

Malcolm Butler's not quite ready for his moment in the spotlight.

 

• The Brow's legend grows with a walk-off 3.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 9, 2015 - 11:43
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 6: 

 

Introducing another SI Swimsuit rookie, Hailey Clauson.

 

• Brian Williams got caught in a lie, and the Internet sprang into action.

 

Tiger withdrew yesterday, citing an inability to activate his glutes. Hate it when that happens. If this spells the end, then Tiger can sit on his glutes and count the $1.3 billion he's earned.

 

Pete Carroll cried at 4:50 am Tuesday morning. Boy, coaches keep tight schedules.

 

• In case you're not on Gronk overload, here he is dancing to MC Hammer.

 

Everyone cheats, all the time.

 

Chris Paul called out a lady ref after last night's game. Off to sensitivity training with him.

 

A handy flowchart for analyzing your team's recruiting class.

 

Watch a giant high school football player dominate the competition in small-town North Dakota.

 

• I know some of you are excited for "Better Call Saul." So this one's for you.

 

• Tom Hanks reunited with a former co-star at last night's Rangers game.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 6, 2015 - 11:02
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Dustin Johnson called his victory at the WGC-Cadillac Championship "one of my biggest wins," and he relied on his driver during a stellar weekend, leading the field with an average of 328.3 yards off the tee with his smooth, rhythmic swing. Here, Dustin and his instructor, top-ranked teacher Butch Harmon, share Dustin's secrets for producing those jaw-dropping tee shots.

 

DUSTIN JOHNSON'S EFFORTLESS POWER

If I feel like I have to try to hit one far, then I'm not swinging correctly. Butch Harmon and I always talk about effortless power, instead of power with effort.

When I'm on the launch monitor, when I'm swinging really hard — which I never do on a golf course — I can get one 330-335 in the air. A normal swing, when I'm on the golf course, it's going to fly maybe 300. Anywhere between 290 and 300. Obviously, I can step it up once in a while and maybe fly one 310. But I never like swinging with that mindset. I don't want to hit it hard. Maybe when I'm on the driving range and just goofing around I'll smash 'em sometimes for fun. But on a golf course, I might swing 85 to 90 percent at the highest.

My keys to effortless power:

• Obviously, keeping my right knee flexed, letting my arms get back down in front of the clubhead — those things slow me down a little bit and keep me from over-swinging. Some of the longest drives I've ever hit are ones that I felt like I hit easy and smooth.


Great balance. I'm never coming out of my shoes. If I'm swinging correctly, I'm in balance. You'll notice that if I'm not swinging well, if I've gotta work to hit one far, then I'm not going to be in balance. When I'm swinging correctly, I'm going to hit it even further, and I'm going to stay balanced.

Butch Harmon's Take:

What I want amateurs to notice about Dustin's swing on the tee is his beautiful rhythm and balance. The middle of the clubhead makes contact with the ball with a nice, smooth tempo, and he has a balanced finish.

That rhythm and balance allow Dustin to make a good, aggressive, confident swing without over-swinging. Dustin has tremendous self-confidence with the driver, and that confidence is required on the tight driving holes of the PGA Tour.

Other things to notice:

• Dustin maintains an unusual bowed left wrist at the top of his backswing. I haven't worked to fix that, because it works for him.

• His flexibility and athleticism allow him to use a strong, fast unwind as he approaches the impact position. That allows him to unleash tremendous power on the golf ball.

• Dustin's head rotates through as his body unwinds, and that allows him to generate clubhead speed.

• Two keys: We've worked on a level shoulder turn, and we've worked especially hard on keeping the flex in his right leg.

 

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 5:

 

SI has released the cover of its swimsuit issue, and resentment of Derek Jeter growsHere are five things you need to know about cover model and Jeter gal-pal Hannah Davis.

 

• If you have time to kill, browse all 52 SI Swimsuit covers in the issue's history

 

Didn't take USC fan Snoop Dogg long to get on board with his son's decision to attend UCLA.

 

Packers DL Letroy Guion had some interesting cargo in his ride, including a sizable amount of weed and cash.

 

Belichick sticks up for Carroll. Smart, especially since his own management of the end of the game was not flawless.

 

Gregg Popovich took a halfcourt heave right in his melon.

 

J.J. Watt with a helpful reminder to yesterday's college football signees.

 

The NBA got a little cute with its January Player of the Month award.

 

Gronk is living the life.

 

• Today's palate cleanser: Watch a Tennessee orthodontist make 41 one-handed catches in a minute.

 

• The Heat committed the most absurd turnover in history last night.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 4: 

 

Sounds like Charlotte McKinney might be in the SI Swimsuit Issue. That's not terrible news.

 

• It's Christmas for recruiting nerds. If you're one of them, here's a live blog to follow.

 

Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye had some Signing Day fun at Jim Harbaugh's expense.

 

This 5-star kid also had some fun with NSD, picking UCLA over ITT Tech and University of Phoenix. We approve of poking fun at this sometimes ridiculous process.

 

D'Qwell Jackson, instigator of DeflateGate, has been arrested for punching a pizza delivery guy.

 

Golf lost an overlooked pioneer.

 

Gregg Popovich explains why he is such a tool to courtside reporters.

 

Anderson Silva becomes the A-Rod of MMA.

 

• Speaking of A-Rod: Good news, ladies, he's back on the market.

 

Longform read on the shooting prowess of Steph Curry.

 

Kevin Durant had a testy Twitter response to a writer over Thunder criticism.

 

• Today's moment of zen from DeMarcus Cousins.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 11:04
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 3:

 

Meet SI Swimsuit rookie Kelly Rohrbach.

 

Gronk killed it on Kimmel, reading from his erotic fan fiction and describing the end of the Super Bowl as calling for haymakers. 

 

Tom Brady says he would be happy to give his MVP truck to Malcolm Butler. How generous from the guy with untold millions and a supermodel wife.

 

• Interesting observation: Bill Belichick used the Broncos' failed gameplan of a year ago to beat the Seahawks.

 

Here's a slideshow of Tiger's style evolution over the years.

 

Reggie Jackson's layup hung on the rim for an impossibly long time.

 

Storylines to watch on National Signing Day.

 

• I can't stop watching this Vine: Do not leave Russell Wilson hanging.

 

• This news is burning up my Twitter timeline: "To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper Lee is finally publishing a second novel.

 

A Nevada brothel quickly capitalized on the Warren Sapp news.

 

Bill Raftery will bring a dose of onions to the Final Four broadcasts.

 

• Watch Henrik Lundqvist head the puck to a teammate.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 10:41
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 2: 

 

Katy Perry got a commemorative tattoo following her Super Bowl halftime performance. I'd say she earned it.

 

• As usual, the Internet rose to the occasion with an amusing assortment of memes, including some at the expense of that bizarre Nationwide commercial.

 

• Now that one last Super Bowl party is out of the way, Johnny Manziel has entered rehab.

 

Here's Grantland's analysis of the halftime show.  

 

Interesting analysis of the Seahawks' immediately regrettable decision to pass. And here's an even longer read about the inexplicable call.

 

• In case you were wondering why Doug Baldwin got flagged after his TD, here's why

 

The camera caught Richard Sherman's memorable reaction to the Patriots interception.

 

Madison Avenue tugged at the heartstrings last night.

 

Well crafted, Seattle Times.

 

So the Madden simulation accurately predicted the final score. Kinda spooky.

 

• Not surprisingly, emotions ran high as the Super Bowl ended.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:44
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 30:

 

Katy Perry held her Super Bowl press conference, and it was just what you'd expect.

 

• This is pretty incredible: Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski playing Mortal Kombat X with Conan O’Brien.

 

• While we celebrate Brady and Belichick, let's not forget Wilfork.

 

Hilarious, epic Twitter trolling of Clay Travis by DeMarcus Cousins. Revenge is a dish best served cold.

 

Watch TNT NBA announcer Kevin Harlan get hit in the head by a loose ball. Handled it like a pro, though. 

 

• This one's for the millennials: How a 3rd Rock Super Bowl episode killed the '90s.

 

• What's the deal with all the Super Bowl ads being released early? Anyway, here's an amusing Nick Offerman NASCAR ad. And here's a tearjerker Budweiser ad.

 

• Just as a reminder, here's the ad that started the early, viral approach to Super Bowl ad roll-outs.

 

Tiger Woods is back, but he's not back-back.

 

Last night's Predators broadcast was accompanied by porn sounds.

 

• Matt Damon and Ben Affleck offer up a wicked smaht defense of the Patriots.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 29: 

 

Candice Swanepoel in denim is far better than it sounds.

 

Ryan Palmer is getting in the spirit of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, the PGA Tour's annual frat party.

 

Interesting video of Tom Brady's formative years.

 

Ever notice how Richard Sherman compulsively fixes his teammates' jerseys?

 

Somebody keeps pulling the fire alarm at the Patriots' hotel. Anyone monitoring Paul Allen's nocturnal activities?

 

Kam Chancellor is the new Troy Polamalu.

 

• Super Bowl week nugget: Pete Carroll and feared superagent Scott Boras are old college buddies.

 

Chris Paul had an interesting reaction to a perceived flop by Gordon Hayward.

 

More Frank Caliendo impressions. This is his time of year.

 

It's been 17 years since Tiger's last hole-in-one on Tour. Cue Tiger hole-in-one jokes.

 

Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi are in Snickers' Super Bowl Brady Bunch-themed ad. Time to retire the "You're not you.." bit; they're not going to top this one.

 

• Kyrie Irving had himself a night.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 28: 

 

Paulina Gretzky Instagrammed a picture of her with her and Dustin Johnson's baby. Looks like pregnancy wasn't too rough on her.

 

The most interesting guy on Super Bowl Media Day was the guy who won't say anything. Although he will talk if you pay him, like Progressive did.

 

Mayweather and Pacquiao met face to face, at the Heat game.

 

A couple of NBA D-leaguers brawled in the team huddle.

 

• Also throwing punches: some Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky football players.

 

The Penguins misspelled the name of their biggest star, on the cover of their game program.

 

Best players never to win an NCAA Tournament title. I think these guys could beat the best guys who did.

 

Jon Stewart had the appropriate response to CNN's over-the-top Snowmageddon coverage.

 

Longform read on the bizarre, unsolved Ripken kidnapping case.

 

Watch Barack Obama sing "Uptown Funk." Then report back to me. I just can't.

 

• Steph Curry isn't just an unconscious shooter. He can also pull off Magic-style passes like this one.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 25:

 

Michelle Wie did an art show. Her work is … unusual.

 

We lost the great Ernie Banks over the weekend. Mr. Cub always loved the game like a little kid.

 

• Speaking of kids and baseball, the new commissioner is going to go after the yoots

 

• This is cool: Antonio Brown wore a GoPro for Pro Bowl practice. And Odell Beckham Jr. put on a pregame show. Oh, and I guess there was an actual game played asl well.

 

Courtside seats are great until you get a face-full of Big Baby's butt.

 

Turns out Robert Allenby had quite an evening prior to smashing up his face.

 

25 observations about NHL All-Star weekend.

 

Ickey Woods and his cold cuts are sweeping the nation.

 

• Chris Berman was not happy about something at the Pro Bowl. Maybe he realized he was covering the Pro Bowl.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 23: 

 

Anna Kournikova, once an Internet marvel, has quietly resurfaced on Instagram.

 

JaKarr Sampson suffered some quality, weapons-grade rookie hazing.

 

While the NFL dithers, new details seep out in Ball-ghazi.

 

While Tom Brady talked about balls, Twitter turned into a giggling 13-year-old boy.

 

Gillette's publicty from DeflateGate: almost priceless.

 

The scandal gets the "Few Good Men" treatment.

 

Meanwhile, the pearl-clutching has shifted into overdrive. What about the children?

 

Blake Griffin sexually harrassed a trainer last night.

 

A brawl erupted at the Alabama-Auburn women's basketball game. (Kramer voice) yeye, catfight.

 

• Always fun: Super Bowl prop bets.

 

Julian Edelman posted a Patriots "Growing Pains" parody clip. Not bad.

 

• The Bucks did a little quality trolling of the Patriots.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 22:

 

New photos of Kate Upton. Need I say more?

 

Bill Belichick on DeflateGate: Talk to the quarterback. If you're interested in parsing his statement, here it is in its entirety.

 

The Internet has had its way with the scandal. Thank goodness.

 

• New wrinkle: Did the Ravens tip off the Colts about deflated balls?

 

• I enjoyed the headline to this story.

 

• There is a football game coming up. Here are the greatest plays in that game's history. And no, I'm not talking about the Pro Bowl.

 

Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky posted an Instagram photo of their new arrival.

 

The Golden Bear got a lot of Twitter love on his 75th birthday.

 

Jeff Gordon announced that this will be his last year behind the wheel.

 

Longform read on Coach K. Worth a click just for the classic photo.

 

• Kevin Durant had an authoritative dunk over Marcin Gortat.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 21: 

 

It's not too early for the Super Bowl XLIX cheerleader showdown.

 

A Boston coffee shop is having fun with the scandal du jour.

 

The Patriots have given us a gift with Deflate-gate. But doctoring balls is nothing new, if you believe former Bucs QB Brad Johnson, who claims he bribed people to alter the balls before Super Bowl XXXVIII.

 

A handy guide to everything you need to know about Ball-ghazi.

 

Bleacher went longform about NHL dentists.

 

Roger Federer had a nasty drop shot in his Aussie Open match.

 

• An alternate narrative is emerging in the Robert Allenby case: that he passed out and hit his face on a rock.

 

Sports' most unusual power couple, Dustin Johnson and Paulina Gretzky, have welcomed a baby boy. Mazel tov.

 

Peyton Manning is planning to return, pending a physical.

 

Give up and admit that you love the NBA flopping epidemic.

 

• Watch Alex Ovechkin shatter a net-cam.

 

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 20: 

 

Swaggy P bought Iggy Azalea a sweet ride after photographic evidence of cheating surfaced.

 

• The tooth hurts: Tiger was missing something at GF Lindsey Vonn's race. And not everyone is buying what Tiger is selling about the story.

 

• In other weird golf news: Robert Allenby's story was slightly contradicted by a homeless woman. Kidnapping, random missing teeth — who said the golf beat was boring? And that doesn't even take into account Dustin Johnson's denial of cocaine addiction.

 

The New York tabloids have their fun with deflate-gate. And in its own way, so does The Onion.

 

A guy expertly trolled Packers fans at a hockey game, of all places.

 

Rajon Rondo might have deflated a ball or two with his attempted save off Marc Gasol's junk.

 

• Got a few hours to kill? Relive the top 100 college football games of 2014.

 

Derrick Rose is f---ing irritated with the Bulls' struggles.

 

• Bill Self angry. Bill Self smash.

 

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