Articles By Rob Doster

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 11.

 

• Shameless ratings grab, but we'll take it: Danica Patrick dressed like a Vegas showgirl for some country music awards show.

 

Saban-to-Texas rumor-mongers will absolutely love this GIF. I have to admit, I enjoyed it, too.

 

• According to Paul Finebaum, who tends to know things, Nick Saban has had an unsigned contract extension sitting on his desk for six days. Hmmm.

 

So Bill Cowher enjoyed himself at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. Can you blame him?

 

This might be the worst punt in the history of punts.

 

The New England Patriots are in the midst of one of the best title-free runs in NFL history. So they got that going for them.

 

Encapsulating every NFL team in five words.

 

The 6 Types of People Who Go to Sports Bars. See if you can spot yourself. I guess I'm the Really Old Guy at this point in my life.

 

Pope Francis is Time's Person of the Year, edging Miley Cyrus. We live in weird times.

 

The SEC will be well represented in New York Saturday Night for the Heisman presentation.

 

Sally Jenkins blames Dan Snyder for the raging dumpster fire that the Redskins have become. I can get on board with that.

 

• The best buzzer-beater I've seen in a while comes to us from the high school ranks.

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 10:43
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 10.

 

• I love actress Emmy Rossum of "Shameless," and you should, too. After you read this, you will.

 

The "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL Week 14 roundup. At least we won't have Gary Kubiak to kick around anymore.

 

• No wonder the Bears' Josh McCown is putting up huge numbers. He's throwing to Alshon Jeffery. The guy Lane Kiffin said would be pumping gas if he went to South Carolina.

 

High school o-lineman Charles Mosley announced his commitment to the University of Tennessee on both sides of his head.

 

Jason Kidd and Lawrence Frank: A marriage made in hell.

 

• Not all the entertainment is on the field or the court. Here are 25 fans in the process of getting their minds blown, their worlds rocked and their hopes destroyed.

 

We knew Jadeveon Clowney was fast, but this is a tad excessive.

 

• Sorry, fellas: Alex Morgan is off the market.

 

The BCS: We won't know what we had until it's gone.

 

A quick rundown of this year's bowl swag. We can't pay 'em, but we can give 'em a Playstation 4.

 

• Tis the season for humiliation, disgrace and regret: 9 things not to do at your office Christmas party.

 

• To celebrate Dick Vitale's 35 years at ESPN, his colleagues at the worldwide leader did their best imitations.

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 12:03
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It might be golf's Silly Season, but there was nothing lighthearted about the intensity Zach Johnson brought to the final few holes of the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. Trailing tournament host Tiger Woods by four shots with eight holes to play, Johnson found some magic with his short irons and found himself tied with Tiger on the 18th tee.

Johnson's worst shot of the week — a tepid 8-iron approach shot that found the hazard — threatened to bring an anticlimactic end to a compelling weekend. Instead, Johnson holed out from the drop area for an unlikely par, forcing Woods to get up and down from a greenside bunker just to force a playoff. Here's the shot that send cheers resounding across Sherwood Country Club:

 

 

 

On the first extra hole, Johnson completed the stunning comeback when Tiger missed a 5-footer for par, one of a couple of costly misses for the world's No. 1 player.

To his credit, Tiger didn't play the excuse game. "Pretty impressive what he did," Woods said. "He got me."

Tiger still called 2013 a "damn good year," one that featured five wins. But it ended with one that shockingly got away.

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Post date: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 10:54
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 9.

 

The 50 most popular women on the world wide web in 2013, according to Google searches. Somehow, Jennifer Lawrence is only No. 24. I weep for our country.

 

Yesterday was the snowiest NFL Sunday since 1991. Looked like fun.

 

• More than a game of inches, NFL football is a game of a handful of critical plays.

 

This year's 50 Most Influential People in Sports. Although I don't recall being influenced by anyone on this list.

 

• The lasting image of Championship Saturday: Sad Urban Meyer eating pizza alone in a golf cart.

 

• Saints punter Thomas Morstead got his money's worth out of a rare tackle opportunity with a neck-snapping facemask of Ted Ginn.

 

Referee Jeff Triplette botched another important call.

 

Eli Manning looked into the end zone and saw a frightening version of himself staring back.

 

• Nick "Swaggy P" Young's attempt to overshadow Kobe's return with a highlight reel 360 clanged harmlessly off the top of the backboard. But he still made 11 Essential Links.

 

An SUV hit a deer. The deer hit a runner. The runner hit the ground and wound up in an ambulance.

 

The final BCS rankings ever have an appropriate level of SEC flavor.

 

• A little history was made in the chilly mile-high air of Denver yesterday: Matt Prater's record 64-yard field goal.

 

 

 

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Post date: Monday, December 9, 2013 - 10:37
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 6.

 

• Today is the 27th birthday of adorably freckled swimsuit model Cintia Dicker. Hope it's a happy one.

 

Teddy Bridgewater made an insane Johnny Football-style play against Cincy, although I'm calling luck on the outcome.

 

• Many in the sports world are reacting to Nelson Mandela's death. Tiger Woods is one who actually met him.

 

• Speaking of Mr. Mandela, a Detroit news station somehow confused a dead hero with a living villain. How does that happen?

 

The storied quarterback class of 2004 is losing its sheen. In other QB news, here's how each team's quarterback would look bald. Warning: Some of this is nightmare fuel. 

 

Somebody has finally pried Chris Petersen out of Boise. Watch out for Washington.

 

Journalism hit a new low yesterday as Jameis Winston's attorney faced the media.

 

So the Robinson Cano saga has shown Jay Z that agent-in' is hard.

 

Microsoft has developed a "smart bra." Still waiting for the "smart bro."

 

A lady unicyclist wowed the crowd at halftime of an Ohio State basketball game.

 

• I'm normally not a fan of cheesy wedding proposals at sporting events, but this is okay.

 

 

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Post date: Friday, December 6, 2013 - 10:54
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Some NFL franchise — Jacksonville? Houston? Or, shockingly, Atlanta? — will face a future-altering decision in May 2014 when they're faced with the top pick in a pretty loaded NFL Draft. Choose right, and the road back to respectability could be smooth. Choose wrong, and it's another year in the wilderness.

We're here to help, by laying out competing cases for two compelling options for the top pick. Let us know what you think in the comments.

Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Even without Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, who recently announced his decision to return to school, the 2014 quarterback draft class is drawing comparisons to the storied 1983 class that produced three Hall of Famers in the first round. Is there any chance that the team owning the first pick of the draft — a team that by definition is almost certainly weak at the most important position on the field — won’t use its most precious commodity to fill its most urgent need?

The crown jewel of this year’s treasure trove of quarterbacks has spent this season laboring in the obscurity of the American Athletic Conference, but his relative lack of exposure to the average fan doesn’t mean he’s not a known commodity in war rooms across the league. Louisville Cardinals coach Charlie Strong has given the keys to his pro-style offense to Teddy Bridgewater, and the junior has responded with the kind of season one would expect from the nation’s premier signal-caller. Heading into Louisville’s season finale with Cincinnati, Bridgewater had completed 245-of-345 passes (71%) for 3,268 yards, 25 touchdowns and only three interceptions, for a passer rating of 172.8, third-best in the nation. The Cards are a miracle UCF comeback away from being in the national title picture, and in that game, a contest that inexplicably eliminated Bridgewater from the Heisman race, the quarterback did his part, completing 29-of-38 passes for 341 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Bridgewater excels in the measurables; he’s 6'3" with a rocket arm and good touch to every level of the field. And the intangibles — football IQ, reading defenses, leadership, that elusive quality known as “pocket presence” — are off the charts. He’s ready-made to step in and lead a franchise out of the wilderness, Andrew Luck-style. As with Luck, any struggling franchise would be lucky to have the chance to select the Cardinal ruler of the 2014 draft class.  
– Rob Doster


Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
What is this? Mario Williams vs. Vince Young: Part Deux? Of course the physically superior, “can’t miss” pass rusher is a better prospect than the fringe franchise quarterback with high boom, high bust potential — just like in 2006, when the Houston Texans controversially picked Super Mario over local legend V.Y. with the No. 1 pick. Williams has 75.5 sacks in 110 games. Young is out of football after 58 total TDs and 63 turnovers over 60 games (50 starts).

There’s no guarantee Clowney is going to be the next Williams or that Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater — the current consensus top quarterback in the 2014 draft class — will follow in Young’s long stride to obscurity. But the signs are all there.

Clowney is a beast of a defensive end, weighing in at 6'6" and 274 pounds, while possessing a skill set not seen since Julius Peppers went No. 2 overall behind Fresno State quarterback David Carr in 2002. How did those careers turn out? That’s right, Peppers has 118.0 sacks in 182 games while Carr is out of the league following 74 total TDs and 93 turnovers in 94 games (79 starts). Another example of a pass rusher with obvious All-Pro talent panning out while his debatable quarterback counterpart flamed out.

While Clowney is best known for his helmet-popping tackle for a loss, forced fumble and fumble recovery against Michigan’s Vincent Smith in last year’s Outback Bowl, the Gamecocks’ premier player is more than a one-hit wonder. The dreaded end tested off the charts before South Carolina spring ball — running a 4.54 in the 40-yard dash.

My advice to the NFL general manager with the No. 1 overall pick is to take the next Williams or Peppers, not the next Young or Carr. Go with Clowney over Bridgewater.
– Nathan Rush

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Bridgewater or Clowney: Who Should Go First in 2014 NFL Draft?
Post date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:44
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 5.

 

• The 49ers face a serious obstacle in the Seahawks, but they'll have Crystal with them every step of the way.

 

Kevin Durant told a Blazers fan to shut up. I call that a win for the heckler. But the Thunder shut the fans up with their scintillating play.

 

• LeBron is going Hollywood. He's making a basketball comedy called "Ballers" with Kevin Hart. My prediction: Massive suck, decent box office.

 

• Who knew: They talk serious smack in cricket. Of course, they call it sledging.

 

They're going to great lengths — or furlongs — to attract fans to a Kentucky Lady Wildcats basketball game.

 

• On the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, 80 reasons that drinking is great. I don't necessarily endorse this, but I will link to it. And along those same lines, here's a handy holiday spirits gift guide.

 

Being a mascot comes with occupational hazards, much to the delight of spectators.

 

• Two days away from SEC-a-palooza. Here's a preview.

 

• My favorite GIF of the day: A lovely lady gets repulsed by the Senators goalie spitting out his Gatorade.

 

• This amazing golf shot is a little old, but it's new to me. Watch and be amazed.

 

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 10:43
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 4.

 

• I didn't know that "Elfie Selfies" were a thing, but I'm glad they are. See if they don't enhance your holiday spirit.

 

• Earlier this week, we showed you how a kid stole the visor off Gus Malzahn's head after the Iron Bowl. The public shaming gave him a change of heart.

 

• Is it just us, or has there been a rash of coaching mis-deeds lately? It's not just us.

 

• Remember Heisman winner and Titans great Eddie George? He's playing Othello in the Nashville Shakespeare Festival.

 

• Good lord, they have stats for everything in baseball, including whether nice guys make their teammates better or worse.

 

Dan Snyder and the Redskins continue to tunnel under the impossibly low bar they've set for themselves.

 

The rage-inducing roller coaster that is fantasy football franchise ownership.

 

Stay classy, Jets fans.

 

• This is interesting: Former U.S. Open champ Geoff Ogilvy goes long-form to take up for Brandel Chamblee in the Brandel-Tiger kerfuffle.

 

SEC attendance was up this season, a product of having 10 bowl teams. Four teams — including, surprisingly, Mississippi State — averaged at or above stadium capacity for their home games.

 

• It ain't over til it's over: The Warriors overcame a 27-point deficit to beat the Raptors.

 

• I've never seen a triple-dribble. Until now.

 

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:04
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 3.

 

• Actress Amanda Seyfried turns 28 today. Here's a photo gallery to mark the occasion.

 

The weekly "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup, which is really just an excuse to run my favorite Rob Ryan photo (above).

 

This Pete Carroll GIF justified the existence of GIFs.

 

There was a bat loose in the arena during the Vanderbilt-Texas game, much to the dismay of 7-footer Cameron Ridley.

 

• There was a mechanical problem on a Delta flight that required the displacement of several passengers. The problem? The Florida basketball team needed the seats to make the trip to Connecticut. Justice prevailed, though; the Gators lost to UConn on a Shabazz Napier buzzer-beater. Karma's a b----.

 

• It ain't as musical as Tinker to Evers to Chance, but Monday night brought Wilson to Davis to Coleman.

 

Drew Brees defended the Saints' road bona fides right after his team got crushed on the road like a West Texas armadillo.

 

Budding NBA superstar Paul George went off for 43 last night in the Pacers' loss to the Blazers, including seven 3-pointers.

 

• This weekend in insane fan behavior: A Florida State fan threatened Florida fans with a machete, and a distraught Bama fan killed another Bama fan for not being distraught enough about the Iron Bowl loss.

 

• When college football fandom and Christmas spirit collide, the results can be glorious. This Penn State fan sync'ed his display to the PSU fight song.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 10:47
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 2.

 

• To ease your transition back to work, and your transition into the Christmas season, here's a rundown of the November sports women who tickled our fancy, including hockey WAG Elisha Cuthbert (pictured).

 

• By now, you've seen a million replays of the Iron Bowl finish. But here it is again, captured in Tecmo Bowl form.

 

• If you've been in a turkey coma and still haven't seen it, and even if you have, here's a handy roundup of everything you need to know about arguably the greatest ending in college football history.

 

Gus Malzahn got his visor snatched right off his head by an exuberant fan. Let's hope it's not his magic totem.

 

• One last bizarre Iron Bowl footnote: The guy from the "Punt, Bama, Punt" miracle game went to the same high school as latter-day Tiger hero Chris Davis.

 

• The Iron Bowl wasn't the only great game of the weekend. Ole Miss-Mississippi State has even given birth to a meme, thanks to some clever State fans. And here are 19 takeaways from the weekend in the SEC.

 

• The debate commences in earnest: Does Ohio State deserve a shot at the national title? John Feinstein says no.

 

Mayor Ford showed up for the Bills-Falcons game in Toronto, mauled some chicken wings and apparently stole some guy's seat. Sounds about right.

 

• Spygate 2.0? The Texans' Antonio Smith is suspicious of the way the Patriots were able to adjust to Houston's defense. I'm suspicious that anyone would waste time spying on the Texans.

 

Vernon Davis is an insane athlete. That is all.

 

• The Teddy Bear Toss is apparently some sort of AHL holiday tradition that I wasn't aware of. Enjoy this video of 26,000 teddy bears being tossed onto the ice in Calgary.

 

 

 

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Post date: Monday, December 2, 2013 - 10:47
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 27.

 

• As we pause to count our blessings, here's a list of 50 women to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, including the yummy Stacy Keibler.

 

• I somehow think that this week's Sports Illustrated, which instructs us to love Tony Romo, won't help Romo's cause that much. Sports fans don't like being told how to feel.

 

There was an insane buzzer-beater in NAIA hoops last night.

 

• Nightmare fuel: Some fishermen reeled in this abomination from the deep.

 

• It's the perfect miracle for this food holiday: The Air Jordan logo appears in a cucumber slice.

 

Packers lineman Josh Sitton brought the Tabasco for tomorrow's Thanksgiving appetizer.

 

• The NCAA isn't the only out-of-control governing body in college athletics. The NAIA might make a Thunder fan give up the $20K he won at halftime because he happens to play basketball.

 

• This week's underrated matchup (and underrated trophy): the Egg Bowl game between Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

 

Get to know Andre Williams, the out-of-nowhere Heisman candidate.

 

Ranking the Thanksgiving side dishes. For the record, I disagree with much of this ranking. For one thing, it's called dressing, not stuffing.

 

• Tis the season for celebratory Gatorade baths, but they don't always go as planned.

 

• Watch the normally scoring-challenged Stars score three goals in 53 seconds.

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 10:26
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As Billy Ray Valentine's cellmate in "Trading Places" astutely observed, it ain't cool being no jive turkey so close to Thanksgiving. These 10 have gobbled up the spotlight in 2013 with headline-grabbing acts of stupidity, selfishness or just an alarming lack of self-awareness.

1. Richie Incognito, Serial Scumbag

Incognito had cultivated the image of roided-up bullying thug even before the Jonathan Martin allegations became public, so those allegations were merely the cherry on Richie's SOB sundae. "Toughening up a teammate" is one thing; "being a racist turd" is another. Of course, in this story, there's plenty of disgrace to go around: the marshmallow-soft Martin pretty clearly has no place in a man's game, while the Dolphins allowed it all to happen right under their noses and then snapped their ACLs with their violent knee-jerk when the news hit the interwebs.

2. Lane Kiffin, Program Imploder

For the moment, Kiffin has finally stopped failing upwards. After running the Raiders ship aground, after setting Tennessee football back decades with his tumultuous one-and-done, Kiffin finally found a failure that he couldn't parlay into a promotion: turning five-star talent into two-star performance at USC and being unceremoniously dumped mid-season. The metaphor became obvious: Kiffin was a living, breathing Trojan Horse, brought in to great fanfare only to unleash destruction.  

3. A-Rod, A-hole

There's an urban legend that Alex Rodriguez has a painting of himself as a centaur. I so, so want that to be true; the thought of A-Rod gazing at himself on velvet cements the narrative of his runaway narcissism. What is undeniable is the evidence of juicing, the outrageous contract, the surplus of arrogance and the utter lack of likeability. Please, A-rod. Just go away.

4. Aldon Smith, DUI OLB

Smith oozes talent, but he also oozes stupid. The 49ers sack-master reached 30 career sacks faster than Reggie White, but he's apparently out to set the league record for DUI's. He's got two of those to go with stab wounds, a stint in rehab and three felony counts of illegal possession of an assault weapon. That's quite a resume.  

5. Ryan Braun, Character Assassin

After accusing lowly urine collector Dino Laurenzi, Jr. of being an anti-Semite who mishandled his sample, Braun had to cop to artificially enhanced brawn when the evidence became overwhelming. It's one thing to dispute damaging allegations. It's another to engage in baseless character assassination while doing so. The former MVP transformed himself into the most vocal putz of the year.

6. Tiger Woods, Repeat Offender

I'm not going to go full Brandel here and accuse Tiger of cheating, but Woods did spend much of 2013 bumping into the guardrails of the Rules of Golf. He had three penalties for rules infractions, and given that high-def cameras are trained on his every move, we all got a good look at each one. Early in the year at Abu Dhabi, he took forbidden relief from an embedded lie in a sandy area. Then came the notorious drop at The Masters — after his wedge shot clanged off the pin into the pond at 15, he admitted dropping his ball a few paces behind his original spot, a no-no that had him flirting with disqualification. Finally, at the BMW, his removal of a twig in front of his ball caused the ball to move slightly. Only Brandel Chamblee of the Golf Channel had the Titleists to come out and call Tiger a cheater, but many people thought it.

7. The CBS broadcast crew, Blackout Buffoons

Saturday Night Live's priceless lampoon of the CBS broadcast team's panicked reaction to the Super Bowl blackout underscored how unprepared to fill dead air the chuckling morons of the pregame desk really are. Sideline reporter Steve Tasker felt the skit's wrath, but my favorite moment came when Keenan Thompson's James Brown turned to Dan Marino and asked about his love child. Met with cries of protest from faux-Marino that the subject was off-limits, Thompson snapped, "That was before!" Then Jay Pharaoh as Shannon Sharpe put the icing on the cake, observing: "Ray Lewis knows who killed those people because it was him."

8. Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay's Staff Infection

The Buccaneers coach has inflicted the term "Schiano Man" on the NFL vernacular. What's a Schiano Man? A man who bum-rushes the other team's victory formation as another Bucs defeat winds down. A man who somehow creates sympathy for Josh Freeman by humiliating him on his way out of town. A man who thinks the answer to his team's problems is less individuality and More Rutgers.

9. Tom McCabe, Stevie Wonder-ful referee

Just when you thought the quality of officiating had hit rock bottom, McCabe grabbed a jackhammer. During the Ohio-Buffalo game, McCabe put his stamp on the MACtion by calling Ohio quarterback Tyler Tettleton for intentional grounding from the end zone, resulting in a safety. The only problem was, Tettleton had thrown the ball from the 4-yard line. (Watch the play: "Referees Make Horrible Call in Buffalo-Ohio Game")

10. Rob Ford, Mayor of Crazytown

We can squeeze His Honor into this crowded sports turkey coop because of his choice of attire at the press conference where he copped to smoking crack: a vintage NFL tie, complete with a loud array of old-school logos. Maybe the mayor thought we'd be distracted by the 1980s-era creamsicle Buccaneer with the knife between his teeth staring back at us.

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See who gobbled up the spotlight with acts of stupidity, selfishness or an alarming lack of self-awareness.
Post date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 14:30
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 26.

 

• This week, it's appropriate to give thanks for cheerleaders, who are essentially useless but worth keeping nonetheless. Enjoy this twitpic roundup.

 

• RG3 took a lot of shots from the 49ers last night, but one sack hurt more than the others, if you catch my drift. Also, at least one Niner thinks Griffin needs benching, for his own good. 

 

Dwyane Wade has taken the videobomb to an unprecedented level.

 

• I thought I knew everything about Seinfeld. I was wrong.

 

• You might have already seen Drunk Bears Fan Colliding With Pole, but you need to see it again. Never gets old.

 

• Cleveland State had Kentucky on the ropes before the refs started the foul line parade for the Cats. One Cleveland State assistant didn't handle it well.

 

• I generally like Mark Cuban, but this GIF of Cubes grooving to Pitbull does him no favors in the douchiness department.

 

We've now exported our brain-rattling, bone-crunching national pastime to India. You're welcome, Indians.

 

• One of the great things about following Jason Dufner on Twitter is that he loves to tweet photos of comically overloaded vehicles driving down the interstate.

 

• Crying Kathleen is the world's biggest Tennessee fan. Understandably distraught, she made radio magic in the wake of the Vols' loss to Vanderbilt.

 

• Monster dunks come with a risk, as Syracuse's C.J. Fair found out.

 

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 10:55
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 25.

 

New details of the Thanksgiving night four years ago when Tiger Woods' world crumbled. As a reminder of what he left behind, here's a photo of the former Mrs. Woods.

 

So Bill Belichick chose to kick off in overtime. Good call? He won, so I guess so. Here's an in-depth breakdown of last night's bizarre Brady-Manning showdown.

 

This GIF of two Florida Gators blocking each other encapsulates the crime against football that Will Muschamp's Gators have become.

 

• Never mind that the Colts were down 21: Ricky Jean-Francois had been waiting all season to break out his sack dance, which has more moving parts than a rotary engine.

 

• Speaking of ill-timed dance routines, Detroit's Joseph Fauria busted out some white-guy Saturday Night Fever moves shortly before his team lost to Tampa Bay.

 

• Snarky year-end lists can be fun. Here's one: The 25 Least Influential People of 2013.

 

• By his own admission, Tom Izzo was bitching about the new foul rules the other night.

 

• Always enjoyable: Naked displays of wealth from athletes. Speaking of rich people and their toys, Jon Bon Jovi wants to own the Buffalo Bills for some reason.

 

Three of the top five teams in the BCS standings hail from the Southeastern Conference. S-E-C!

 

• Tony Dungy's son does some pretty spot-on touchdown dance impersonations.

 

 

 

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Post date: Monday, November 25, 2013 - 10:48
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 22.

 

Your Week 13 College Football Showdown rundown, cheerleader edition.

 

Watch Jimmy Graham destroy the Falcons defense and the goal post. Dude's a beast.

 

A good, if very lengthy, run-down of the Jameis Winston situation.

 

A day in the life of a Jaguars fan. Yes, they do exist. And yes, it's a depressing existence.

 

• Dwight Howard is Shaq from the stripe when the game's being played. During warm-ups, he's Larry Bird.

 

• A Thunder fan was told the hot dogs weren't ready. While he waited, he sank a $20,000 shot and shook Jay Z's hand.

 

A 6-foot North Carolina high schooler had a sick put-back dunk.

 

• Here's a sport that I hope catches on: A Japanese woman ties meat to her back and races a Komodo dragon.

 

• In a new book, celebrities recount what they were doing on Nov. 22, 1963. Also on this 50th anniversary, the History Channel's Twitter feed is Tweeting out events as they happened that day. Last I checked, the aliens and Nazis had yet to make an appearance.

 

• Asking the important questions: Do you prefer handbra or hairbra? (NSFW-ish)

 

• Shaq wiped out on set last night. Chris Webber's reaction was priceless.

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 21.

 

• Bar Rafaeli is definitely on the Mt. Rushmore of swimsuit models. This slideshow provides compelling evidence.

 

There was some spooky foreshadowing three years ago of the Ian Kinsler-Prince Fielder trade, courtesy of ESPN.

 

Some scientists have concluded that Gronk could have caught that ball at the end of the Monday Night game. Sorry, Pats fans.

 

Coaches at a Tennessee high school tried the old Jeff Spicoli trick to fire up their team. It backfired.

 

• This might be the Bleacher-iest of all Bleacher lists: The most WTF stuff in sports.

 

Those British have some weird food products, but this is the worst.

 

• Ever wondered what other celebs would look like with Owen Wilson's nose? Wonder no more. Actually, Sarah Jessica Parker looks about the same.

 

Jose Canseco got pulled over with goats in his car. That guy will do anything to stay in the news.

 

• The perils of live television: a Minneapolis reporter faceplanted on ice during a live remote broadcast.

 

The New York Daily News is having fun with the A-Rod saga, as only the Daily News can.

 

So are Auburn and Missouri still in the national championship picture?

 

• This is pretty awesome: Flames goalie Reto Berra made a bicycle kick save against the Blue Jackets.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 20.

 

• Lizzy Caplan will be appearing on tonight's episode of "The League." In other news, Lizzy Caplan is hot.

 

• Normally, "keys to the game" style analysis is pretty stupid, but C-Webb was making sense last night.

 

• Amazing that it's been 21 months since the eruption of Linsanity. Last night, Jeremy Lin returned to Madison Square Garden.

 

50 years ago, in the wake of the Kennedy assassination, the NFL played on.

 

Here's one of those Hitler reaction videos, with Nick Saban's words. Not making any sort of statement here, just passing along a link.

 

• Saturday brings a rare treat: a meaningful Vanderbilt-Tennessee game.

 

Shocking study reveals that men with hot wives are happier. Next they'll tell us that people living in mansions are happier than the homeless.

 

• With the holidays approaching, here are some passive-aggressive insults you can expect to hear from your relatives. Just trying to prepare you.

 

Jessica Dorrell, the other woman in the Bobby Petrino scandal, had a happy ending. Mazel tov.

 

Chi Chi Rodriguez nailed himself right in the chi-chi's.

 

A sports reporter wanted to get close to the action. He succeeded, all too well.

 

• This new Foot Locker "Week of Greatness" commercial is actually pretty great.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 19.

 

• You've probably never heard of model Daria Werbowy, but it's her 30th birthday, and we like to show the birthday love here at Essential 11 Links.

 

• The Patriots-Panthers game ended in controversy, drawing an audible F-bomb from an understandably livid Tom Brady. But here's a suprisingly reasonable, level-headed assessment of the final no-call from a Patriots fan.

 

The "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup, Week 11 edition.

 

• You probably saw Drew Brees' neck get unnaturally stretched on a hit from Ahmad Brooks. Some genius made a hilarious GIF to commemorate the moment. Trust me, you need to see it.

 

Russell Westbrook broke about four ankles on one play.

 

• I hate things that are prefaced with "This is the cutest thing you'll see all day." But this five-year-old drum major is the cutest thing you'll see all day.

 

Classic cheerleader photos from the '80s and '90s. Sweet fancy Moses, the hair.

 

• Interesting social experiment: A prankster freaks people out by regurgitating personal stuff that they themselves have posted on social media. People are dumb.

 

Tracy McGrady appeared to be wearing Shaq's pants on television last night.

 

Heisman watch, SEC edition. It's all on you, Johnny Football.

 

• Game-ending no-call aside, the signature play from last night was this sick scramble from Cam Newton.

 

 

 

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Mid-November is historically a part of golf's Silly Season, but the adjusted PGA Tour schedule and the global nature of the game have combined to add significance to the sport's holiday schedule. This weekend saw the climax of the European PGA Tour's Race to Dubai and a coronation of the world's hottest player; the final event on the PGA Tour's calendar for 2013; and the Australian Masters, which lured the current holder of the American Green Jacket to his homeland for a shot at a Masters two-fer.

 

Here's a weekend recap in numerical form:

 

2 Two Tours, two season crowns for Henrik Stenson, who became the first golfer to win the PGA Tour's FedExCup and European Tour's Race to Dubai in the same season. Stenson's final-round 64 gave him a six-shot win in the season-ending World Tour Championship Sunday in the United Arab Emirates, clinching the Race to Dubai title. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what I've achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedExCup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," Stenson said after posting six birdies and an eagle. "I have managed to do something very, very special here this week by winning both in America and the Race to Dubai."

 

7 Since the Scottish Open in July, Henrik Stenson has been on a run that rivals Tiger Woods at his peak. In the 12 worldwide tournaments over that span, Stenson has finished in the top 3 in seven of them, including three wins — the Deutsche Bank and Tour Championship to clinch the FedExCup, and the World Tour Championship to clinch the Race to Dubai.

 

0 Despite Stenson's staggering turnaround this season — he finished 111th in FedExCup points in 2012 before winning the big prize in 2013 — he will possess exactly zero PGA Tour Comeback Player of the Year awards to show for it. That's because the Tour did away with the award after the 2010 season, replacing it with the Courage Award. "The waters got a little muddled when (Steve) Stricker won it in back-to-back years (2006-07),” said Paul Goydos, a member of the policy board. “We had to define what this award would be. We went more along the lines of courage and overcoming something that was difficult."

 

$21.9 million Stenson's combined earnings on the PGA and European Tours for the 2013 season check in at about $21.8 million — the $10 million bonus for the FedExCup, $6.4 million in season earnings on the PGA Tour, and $5.5 million in European earnings.

 

2 Adam Scott won in his Australian homeland for the second consecutive weekend, successfully defending his Australian Masters crown the week after winning the Australian PGA. Scott fended off Matt Kuchar and a strong field at Royal Melbourne despite faltering on the back nine and losing a five-shot lead. Scott will shoot for the Australian Triple Crown in two weeks at the Australian Open in Sydney.

 

29 Harris English played 29 holes on Sunday at the rain-delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, pulling away for a four-shot win, his second career PGA Tour victory.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 18.

 

• To get you through a Monday morning, here are 20 factoids about 20 Victoria's Secret models, including lead NFL WAG Gisele Bundchen (pictured).

 

A (quite possibly drunk) moron slid down a railing and then fell from the third deck to the second deck at Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday. Proving that there's no justice in the world, the person he fell on got the worst of it. Speaking of Buffalo, Deadspin has taken a peculiar interest in the Bills over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy.

 

Jason Babin came away with a trophy after his encounter with Andre Ellington. That's gotta hurt.

 

• Is it just me, or does Tom Brady have a weird Dexter vibe in this NBC promo?

 

According to this story, there are 14 NFL head coaches in varying stages of job distress. Almost half. Sounds about right.

 

The Bring-Tebow-to-Jacksonville movement is just sad and desperate now.

 

• Saturday was insane in college football, but nobody brought the insanity quite like Auburn and Georgia.

 

• Since we can't get enough football, here's a rundown of the evolution of the game and its various forms and offshoots throughout the world.

 

• This makes me feel old and sad: Len Bias would have turned 50 today.

 

• Possible Sasquatch sighting: There's a 6-4, 400-pound high school running back rampaging through the wilds of Washington state.

 

• A Belmont fan serenaded UNC's James Michael McAdoo with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" while he was at the free throw line yesterday, apparently wrecking his concentration.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Nov. 15.

 

• Yesterday was the Day of the Colombian Woman, and I was out of town and missed it. To atone, here's a slideshow of beautiful Colombian women, including the wondrous Sofia Vergara (pictured).

 

Where's the love for Chiefs-Broncos? It's only the biggest regular-season game of the year. At least one woman appreciates the enormity of the matchup, though; she sold her wedding ring for tickets.

 

A Colts fan broke out the moves behind a Titans cheerleader. Check out his embarrassed companion in the VY/Locker jersey.

 

• Erik Walden got his money's worth: He ripped Delanie Walker's helmet off, then head-butted him. Gotta hand it to him; a head-butt is kinda useless if the helmet is still on.

 

Barry Switzer prematurely tweeted his congratulations to Bob Stoops for tying his record against Iowa State. This coming weekend. Bulletin board fodder, but he's probably right.

 

Cameras caught Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen in an especially chill moment.

 

• Melo almost pulled off a miracle last night, but the best part was the reaction from the Knicks fans.

 

• The SEC never fails to deliver, but here are five matchups we wish we'd seen in 2013.

 

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is the gift that keeps on giving. Gotta feel for the missus, though. Enjoy this inevitable Ford/Chris Farley mash-up.

 

• The Harlem Globetrotters have been in the news a lot lately. A few days after one ripped down a goal, here's another Trotter making the Guiness Book of World Records.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 12.

 

Enjoy this photo gallery of Emily Ratajkowski, possibly better known to you as the Blurred Lines chick.

 

The Bucs got off the schneid on the strength of a fat guy TD catch, complete with fat guy goal post "dunk."

 

• What a bully that Incognito guy is. He committed a personal foul in a game he wasn't even playing in.

 

• Speaking of Incognito, he apparently wasn't the only one who thought Jonathan Martin needed some toughening up.

 

Another fun "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup for Week 10. Especially rough week for Colts and Dolphins fans.

 

• Tuesday's bizarre headline of the day involves the drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, his butt and a Brazilian soccer jersey.

 

• From the "What were we thinking" file: Here's what sports fans looked like in the '90s. I'd conveniently forgotten about all the big hair.

 

• We're knee-deep in college basketball's 24-hour tipoff marathon. Here are some early winners and losers. Even better, here are some old ladies slugging Rockstar Energy beverage at the Wichita State game. 

 

• Their coach is gone, but Florida Gulf Coast is still Dunk City, much to the delight of the bench.

 

A post-mortem on a critical weekend in the SEC.

 

• A Harlem Globetrotter brought the rim down with nearly tragic results. Fortunately, he escaped with just a cut.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 11.

 

It's Brittney Gastineau's birthday. Happy 30th to the model, entrepreneur, entertainment journalist, former reality star and daughter of '80s sackmaster Mark Gastineau.

 

• Happy Veterans Day. Save a thought today for the NFL player who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

 

Manning Face took a frightening turn after Peyton was denied the game ball following the Broncos win.

 

• Hot sports take from yesterday: The Ravens need to work on their Hail Mary defense.

 

• Helmet Catch II: Golden Tate with an amazing touchdown catch against the Falcons.

 

Uncle Verne took a little shot at Musberger and ESPN during the Alabama-LSU game.

 

• Take comfort, Bucs fans: There's statistical evidence that the Bucs are the best bad team ever. So you got that going for you.

 

The U.S. women's soccer team bus broke down, leaving them to hitchhike a ride from fans.

 

The Braves are leaving Turner Field and moving north to Cobb County, where the ticket-holders are.

 

Watch scientists unveil a primitive invisibility cloak. Don't get too excited - emphasis on primitive.

 

A classic from the genre "toddlers accidentally using profanity." Obvious language alert.

 

• So was the University of Michigan president drunk during her halftime remarks? They're blaming microphone issues, but I'm unconvinced.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 8.

 

• Kaley Cuoco of The Big Bang Theory had a mock impromptu wedding with her tennis player boyfriend on Ellen. Seems like an excuse to link to a Kaley slideshow.

 

• Oregon got its skulls quacked (sorry) for three and a half quarters last night. Naturally, Ducks fans didn't take it too well. Nor did wide receiver Josh Huff, who gave up a little prematurely.

 

• Triumph of the Nerds: Stanford players showed up to the postgame presser wearing nerd glasses.

 

Here's what the Stanford offense must've looked like to Oregon players and fans.

 

• You were probably watching college football last night, but Adrian Peterson was in full beast mode.

 

• Meanwhile, Baylor dinged up Big Game Bob's reputation even further, although the Bears didn't come out unscathed.

 

LSU fullback JC Copeland fell in the shower, suffered a concussion, and referred to himself as Luscious Brown. Don't tell Roger Goodell; he'll outlaw postgame showers.

 

Vijay Singh's lawyer has made a rather explosive allegation about PGA Tour drug testing. Could get interesting.

 

George Brett went nuclear on an autograph-seeker. Read the story before you judge Brett too harshly.

 

New Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon has a good sense of humor. He's going to need it.

 

• Fresh off making history, NASCAR driver Darrell Wallace Jr. showed he truly belongs in the sport by smacking a competitor.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for Nov. 7.

 

• I didn't watch the CMA Awards, but Carrie Underwood's legs make me sorta wish I had.

 

• The Martin-Incognito story is in the process of flipping toward Incognito, partly because of this essay. My hot sports take: There's blame on all sides. Including the Dolphins, given Jeff Ireland's suggested solution.

 

According to this slideshow, there are 21 flavors of athlete Instagram pictures.

 

• Speaking of Instagram, photo-posting star Paulina Gretzky apparently caught on fire last night. Keep an eye on your fiancee, Dustin.

 

There's video proof that Seneca Wallace throws like Uncle Rico from Napoleon Dynamite.

 

The NBA bureaucrats require forms for everything, like the birth of Z-Bo's child.

 

A Blackhawks fan grabbed a unique souvenir. Lesson: Always be alert when a player's head busts through the glass.

 

Blockbuster is shutting the rest of its stores. The big news here is that Blockbuster still had stores open.

 

• I usually don't get political here at Essential 11, but this is funny: Old 1990s websites that work better than the Obamacare website. My favorite on the list: the Heaven's Gate cult site, apparently still live and working better than the ACA site.

 

Three entire classic movies — The Shining, Top Gun and Aliens — in seizure-inducing GIF form.

 

• Today's video is pretty touching: Aaron Rodgers delights then duets with a girl with spina bifida.

 

 

 

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