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 Jan. 21.

Three of Australia's hottest models posed for Maxim. This post brought to you by the tourism board of Australia.

Sad Tom Brady is sweeping the Internet. To some people, Tom's tears are too delicious.

• This is very cool: a helmet cam view of the skydiving team descending into Mile High Stadium.

• In case you're wondering where I stand on the Richard Sherman thing, I agree with this article: His over-the-top persona is fine, but what he did Sunday was pretty bush-league.

Charles Barkley used talk of Klay Thompson's shooting stroke to make a Kellen Winslow joke. Never change, Chuck.

• Only click through if you have a strong stomach, or if you've already digested your breakfast: the most gruesome sports injuries in history.

Has trying to dispose of your weed by eating it ever worked?

Sometimes the crime is worth the time

Vine celebrity Nash Grier is milking his Dunk Cam thing with amusing results.

• This one's a mind-bender: "Fight Club" with Tyler Durden digitally removed. Of course (spoiler alert) he wasn't really there, so this is how the movie actually should be seen, I guess.

A way-too-early but in-depth look at the SEC East in 2014.

• Kansas' Wayne Selden made a phenomenal play in the Jayhawks' win over Baylor.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - 10:59
All taxonomy terms: Patrick Reed, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Golf
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Phil Mickelson played three largely brilliant rounds of golf to finish second at the European Tour's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, one shot behind winner Pablo Larrazabal, leaving Lefty with plenty of positives heading into his PGA Tour season. But one hole was vintage Phil, and not in a good way. On 13 at Abu Dhabi National, Mickelson hit his drive into the brush, then incurred a penalty with a double-hit attempting to get the ball back into play with a right-handed punch, leading to a triple-bogey 7. "I was just trying to dribble it out of the bush because I couldn't get the unplayable penalty lie to give me a shot without stroke and distance and I felt it was worth the risk," he said. "It not only cost a penalty shot, but it also stopped the ball from going to a spot where I could hit again. So after that I got refocused and got aggressive and made some birdies and gave myself a chance. If Pablo had not birdied the last hole to win, I would have gotten into a playoff, and so I give him a lot of credit for finishing the tournament off the right way."

Here's the offending sequence:

 

Mickelson finished tied with Rory McIlroy, who incurred a penalty of his own on Saturday for failing to take full relief from a spectator crosswalk. Bottom line: If these two titans can get out of their own way, we can expect some great golf from them this season.

 

Elsewhere...

Patrick Reed threw his hat into the ring of up-and-coming talent with his second career victory, a two-shot win over Ryan Palmer at the Humana Challenge. The 23-year-old Reed jumped from 73rd to 41st in the Official World Golf Ranking, givign him a spot in next month's 64-man World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship field.

"I always play to try to prove to everybody that I belong out here," Reed said. "As well as, I belong, not only out here on the PGA Tour, but also with the best players in the world."

Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard tied for third at 25-under. Johnson birdied the final five holes for a final-round 62.
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Post date: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 11:02
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 20.

Lolo Jones is officially a Winter Olympian. Congrats. She even manages to look good in the bobsled outfit, don't you think?

• We should get a great Super Bowl out of yesterday's results. Here's how the Broncos and Seahawks got to where they are.

So Richard Sherman totally overshadowed Brady-Manning on Championship Sunday. Pretty impressive accomplishment.

• One thing is clear: Seattle-San Francisco is now the NFL's best rivalry. Look for a couple of salty matchups next year after incidents like this one.

Bill Belichick took time to say what makes Peyton Manning so great. Careful, Bill, I'm actually starting to like you. Although it didn't stop him from totally calling out his former go-to receiver Wes Welker for what he perceived to be a dirty play.

• Meanwhile, Jim Harbaugh hitched up his $8 WalMark khakis and dropped a literary reference on Pam Oliver. It was a calm reaction from Harbaugh after an afternoon spent doing this.

• Terrence "Pot Roast" Knighton is a budding folk hero, but he needs to say no to crack.

Richard Sherman wasn't the only athlete to display a lack of graciousness over the weekend.

Paul George threw down in rather filthy fashion over the weekend.

• Nick Saban has made it his mission to troll the entire nation. First Lane Kiffin, now the Electric Slide.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 10:31
All taxonomy terms: Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Tiger Woods, Golf
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Jack NicklausTiger Woods makes his 2014 season debut at the Farmers Insurance Open at a course he loves, Torrey Pines. At this point in Tiger's career, every non-major tournament is merely a step toward his goal of peaking for the majors. You've heard this before, but this is a critical season in Woods' pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record 18 major championship wins. Tiger remains stalled at 14, with his drought now well into its fifth year.

Still, here's a little math that could shut up the naysayers who claim that Tiger's pursuit is permanently stalled.

Heading into this year's Masters, the 38-year-old Tiger has 14 wins in 64 major championship starts as a professional; heading into the 1978 Masters, the 38-year-old Nicklaus had 14 wins in 64 major championship starts as a professional.

That's some amazing career symmetry right there, but it seems appropriate, given that Tiger came out of the gate with Nicklaus' major championship record as his ultimate target.

For a long time, Woods was well ahead of Nicklaus' career pace, but his drought has put a serious dent in Tiger's major aspirations. Of course, Nicklaus won his last major at age 46, giving Woods eight more years of viability on the major championship scene, a reasonable assumption considering the similarity of their career trajectories.

Here are the final four major wins of Nicklaus' career, all of which came at age 38 and beyond:
1978 British Open (age 38)
1980 U.S. Open (age 40)
1980 PGA Championship (age 40)
1986 Masters (age 46)

Woods turns 46 in December 2021. Between now and then, there will be 32 major championships contested; Woods needs to win five of them to reach his career Holy Grail of 19 major championships.

Of course, Tiger has already moved well past Nicklaus into second on the Tour's all-time wins ledger. Tiger trails only Sam Snead, who won 82 times over a 30-year span; Woods has crammed his 79 wins into 18-plus stellar, occasionally storm-tossed seasons on Tour.

Jack thinks he'll do it. "I still think he'll break my record," Nicklaus said last year. "Tiger's talent, at 37 ... it's not that old. I won four after that. They were spread out. It wasn't that difficult. I don't think for Tiger to get four or five more — or six or seven — is that big a stretch.
"But that said, he has still got to do it. He hasn't won one in five years. He had better get with it if he's going to."

So let's look at the two legends — Tiger today, and Nicklaus at a similar point in his career.

Bottom line from the data presented here: Tiger's building the better overall career, but Jack remains the greatest performer in major championship history. That's the carrot that Tiger is still chasing, and he has time to get there.

 Tiger Woods Jack Nicklaus (entering the 1978 season)
Tournaments won    7964
Tournament winning %26.819.4
Majors won (first 64 starts) 1414
Major winning %       21.921.9
Major top 5s   3145
Major top 10s    3852
Longest streak of top-5 in majors   67
Longest streak of top-10 in majors 813
Lowest scoring avg.        9 times8 times
Money leader      10 times8 times

 

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Post date: Monday, January 20, 2014 - 08:00
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 17.

 

A gallery of lovely ladies who would make nice additions to the 2014 SI Swimsuit Issue, including Ashley Sky (pictured).

• This is incredibly disturbing, but I can't look away: How male athletes would look wearing makeup.

• All eyes are on Brady-Manning this weekend, but the Niners-Seahawks matchup ain't exactly the JV.

Nancy Pelosi tried to tout her 49ers fandom. It did not go well. Kinda creepy, in fact.

Details have emerged in the November arrest of Kellen Winslow. They involve Boston Market and "sexual congress with oneself." Elsewhere in Athletes Behaving Badly, Davone Bess's bad week was capped by an unfortunate mugshot.

A British fan's bald dome was on the receiving end of a Joe Johnson pass at London's O2 Arena.

Sometimes Twitter gives you a cool little memento like this.

There's an underfunded, underdog Jamaican bobsled team trying to make it to Sochi. Sounds like the plot of a movie.

• Looks like there's white smoke rising from Kirkland Tower. For you non-Vandy folks, that means it appears that the Dores have hired a coach.

Once again, viewers called in a suspected Rules of Golf violation, this time against Sergio. This time, the viewers were wrong.

• It's been a rough season for the Predators, but goaltender Carter Hutton made the save of the year last night.

• To get you through another chilly Friday, here are four minutes of insane surfing wipeouts.

 

 

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Post date: Friday, January 17, 2014 - 10:48
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 16.

Emmy Rossum of Showtime's "Shameless" will be on Conan tonight. I'm a big fan (of Conan, yes, but mainly of Emmy Rossum).

Tubby won the battle of BUTT last night.

Lance Stephenson's campaign to be voted into the NBA All-Star Game is...creative.

ESPN surveyed NFL players and found out that Peyton's the most respected player and the guy most would want to start a team with. More fodder for Brady to play the disrespect card.

Lauren Tannehill, wife of Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, accidentally left an AR-15 rifle in the trunk of her rental car. Hot woman with rifle; the NRA's marketing department needs to pounce.

An overly optimistic Seahawks fan got a Super Bowl XLVIII champions tattoo — before the season. Prophet, or moron? No matter the outcome of the playoffs, I'm going moron.

Oscar noms are in. It was a good year; I've actually seen several of the nominated movies. Not that you care, but my favorite was probably "Captain Phillips." Speaking of movies, here's a map with each state's most famous movie character.

James Franklin took time out from raiding Vandy's recruiting class to buy a newspaper ad in Nashville thanking Vanderbilt. Probably would have gone over better without a giant headshot.

• In other news, Mike Trout is athletic. And water's wet.

• Paging Bryce Drew: Toledo's Juice Brown went Valpo on Buffalo last night.

• A Rockies prospect crashed through the Rawlings logo on the outfield wall to make a spectacular catch in an Australian baseball game.

 

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Post date: Thursday, January 16, 2014 - 10:46
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 15.

So does Michelle Jenneke want to be an elite hurdler? Or is she content just being an Instagram hottie and former SI swimsuit model? Just curious; I'm fine either way.

• I really like this: Every NFL logo if it were a hipster. I particularly applaud the Bucs' "Gluten Kills" logo.

• Deadspin readers had fun with the new Cubs logo, including adding naughty bits. CSN Washington aired a picture of Clark the Cub that included the frank and beans.

• Matt Leinart sighting: Leinart says that unless Kurt Warner is coming with Ken Whisenhunt, the Titans made a bad hire.

Jim Harbaugh's wife is not a fan of his $8 WalMart khakis.

New Lions coach Jim Caldwell is still living down a timeout blunder during his Colts tenure.

LeBron's latest daydream: What if I shot as much as Kevin Durant? Left unsaid: I would crush his puny stats like a cockroach.

It doesn't pay to have courtside seats when the players are bad at basketball.

A handy athlete post-game interview translator.

• Given the nation's sizable unemployment rate and the number of people who have given up and left the workforce, it's unconscionable that some of these people are still gainfully employed.

A-Rod's attorney: "Look! A squirrel!"

• This is how every game should end: a put-back slam at the buzzer.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 - 10:33
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 14.

Sorry, fellas, looks like Kate Upton and Justin Verlander are back together.

A few meditations on the Cubs' new sad-eyed, pantless mascot.

• Nick Saban doesn't like to lose. He also doesn't mind trolling his players.

• Here's a question I really hadn't considered: Is Pete Carroll the best coach in football?

There's a chance the Titans' CEO has yet to meet his new coach. I guess the guy nailed the phone interview.

• Family Feud surveyed 100 people and asked them who the second-best basketball player of all time was. An alarming number of those people said Shaq.

This cool commercial taught me something I didn't know: Seahawks fullback Derrick Coleman is deaf. He's also awesome.

• The rich get richer: The SEC Network is set to be a cash cow for the league.

"Friday Night Tykes" reveals that Roger Goodell's influence has yet to reach Texas youth football.

Steve Smith napalmed a dumb question from a dumb reporter.

• Click if you dare: the scariest video games of all time.

• Poor Carmelo just needs a break.

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Post date: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 - 10:56
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 13.

Celebrities continue to take to Instagram to display their assets. I'm trusting that these are celebrities; I've never heard of most of them.

• All in all, a pretty great weekend of football. Enjoy this Divisional Round remix courtesy of the NFL.

• Other weekend NFL highlights: Wes Welker looking like Dark Helmet from "Spaceballs"; the Niners' Colin Kaepernick mocking Cam Newton's Superman celebration; and Andrew Luck disgustingly spewing fluid from his mouth like a rabid Ol' Yeller.

• For his part, Peyton just wants to chillax with a tasty Bud Light.

Tom Brady, of all people. is playing the disrespected underdog card. That's right, Tom — nobody on earth thinks the most successful franchise of the 21st century can possibly win the AFC Championship for the sixth time.

God bless The Onion.

• So baseball won one in the A-Rod case. But was it worth it?

Finally, somebody agrees with me about the NHL's stupid two halftimes.

• The mid-majors continue to dazzle with off-the-glass alley-oop dunks. This time, it's Wagner.

• Sir Charles weighs in on the Patriot Way.

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Post date: Monday, January 13, 2014 - 10:49
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 10.

• A line I never thought I'd write: Presenting the hot women of curling. Hot enough to melt the ice, in fact.

• Note to NFL GMs: Dipping into the college ranks for coaches can work, even if Saban and Spurrier were failures. The 10 most successful college coaches who turned pro.

Kevin Durant tweeted a photo of himself smoking from a hookah, then deleted it and claimed he was hacked. Dude, hookahs are legal. Don't act guilty if you're not.

An in-depth story on Greg Maddux on the occasion of his Hall call. Random observation: The Professor's grown a couple chins in retirement. 

Northwestern unveiled some player-designed custom unis. Gotta be honest: pretty hideous. 

• I'm not a big fan of trash talk. Unless it's good. Like these.

• From the "Do as I say, not as I do" files: The BBWAA vice president is outed as a hypocrite over the Dan Le Batard situation. More Hall of Fame stuff: An interesting article on how to fix a broken voting system. Still more: Newly minted Hall of Famer Tom Glavine's house could be yours. A cozy 10,000 square feet.

• The headline says it all: What the hell is Bill Walton talking about?

• Twitter is both a blessing and a curse. Here's the blessing part: The funniest tweets of the week.

• I don't know much about hockey, but even I know that you can't play the puck from the penalty box.

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Post date: Friday, January 10, 2014 - 11:07
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 9.

• The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is only a few weeks away. So who's this year's cover girl? There are some solid candidates, including Genevieve Morton (pictured).

• College football has lost its collective mind. Bobby Petrino's back at Louisville, and Alabama might hire Lane Kiffin as offensive coordinator. I'm already salivating over Kiffin's first visit back to Knoxville. Petrino's probably already salivating over some Cardinals academic assistant.

Glavine, Maddux and the Big Hurt got their Hall passes. But the process continues to be a farce, which Dan Le Batard highlighted by giving his vote to Deadspin, unleashing much pearl-clutching sanctimony.

Blake Griffin threw down (literally, his hand didn't touch the rim) over poor, poor Kris Humphries. But it wasn't the dunk of the night. No, the dunk of the night belonged to Duquesne's Ovie Soko, with an assist from a teammate.

A kid who survived two separate plane crashes that killed close family members returned to the basketball court last night. He also made his first shot attempt.

• TV gold: The WWE is launching its own network, and one of the shows will be Legends House, a Real World-style reality show featuring guys like Rowdy Roddy Piper and Hacksaw Jim Duggan.

Dennis Rodman was drunk during his passionate defense of Kim Jong Un on CNN. So exactly how long has Rodman been drunk?

• Thank God for people with too much time on their hands: Check out this Lego Simpsons house.

• Greg Popovich put a new spin on his normally terse courtside interviews.

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Post date: Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 10:52
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 8.

• Paulina Gretzky accompanied Dustin Johnson on his golf trip to Hawaii. Naturally, Instagram has the evidence.

Actress Michelle Rodriguez got hammered with a lady friend at the Knicks game last night. The New York Post had some fun with it. Seems like a good excuse to link to this collection of sloppy fan drunkenness.

• With Louisville's new flirtation with Bobby Petrino, Greg Doyel looks at other second acts. It's a mixed bag.

• The worst part of Yasiel Puig's recent arrest for driving 110 mph? His choice of attire.

Aaron Craft may be easy to hate, but he's hard not to respect.

Here's a gallery of butchered names on Starbucks cups. Maybe a literacy test is in order before hiring a barista.

• It's Hall of Fame announcement day. Here's a sneak peek at what to expect.

• Greg Maddux won't be a unanimous Hall of Famer, but he should be. Here's a nice piece on the Professor as he coasts into Cooperstown.

Trent Dilfer looked into Jameis Winston's eyes in 2011 and predicted his future. Kinda spooky.

• Cultures collide: A dude in a Red Sox cap catches a ball at a cricket match in New Zealand, wins $83K.

• Dennis Rodman serenaded best bud and psychotic despot Kim Jong Un on his birthday. Enjoy.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 10:48
All taxonomy terms: Jason Dufner, Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson, Golf
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It's time to give Zach Johnson his due. The diminutive Iowan is on his way to building a Hall of Fame resume that added another entry yesterday with his win in the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Johnson fended off a strong field of 2013 champions (although Tiger and Phil were conspicuous in their absence) with a stellar final-round 66 on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. Putting the lie to the notion that the sprawling layout is best suited for bombers, the short-hitting Johnson "picked it apart" (his words) in getting to 19-under despite a driving average of 267.1 that ranked 23rd in the field.

Here are some statistical highlights of Johnson's weekend in Paradise:

11 As he starts his 11th season on the PGA Tour, Johnson now has 11 career victories. Since his rookie season of 2004, only Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh have more Tour wins.

8 Of Johnson's 11 wins, eight have been of the come-from-behind variety. Johnson started the day two strokes behind co-leaders Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson.

3 Johnson won for the third time in his last six starts, adding the Hyundai to his wins at the BMW and at the unofficial Northwestern Mutual World Challenge late in 2013.

7 Johnson moves up to a career-high seventh in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's also seventh in FedExCup points on the young season.

1932 Runner-up Jordan Spieth, who finished a stroke back, was trying to become the youngest player with two wins on the PGA Tour since Ralph Guldahl in 1932.

Dufnering in Paradise

Jason Dufner didn't win, finishing three shots behind Johnson at 15-under, but he did provide a final-round highlight, draining a 58-foot eagle putt in typically low-key style.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 11:11
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 7.

Lindsey Vonn will not be competing in Sochi because of a knee injury. There goes one bullet in the NBC hype chamber. Oh, well. She's probably more famous for being Tiger's girlfriend and for looking like this than her skiing, anyway.

 

• So long, college football. We'll miss you. And you gave us a great final act — although it could have been even more insane. Like, Iron Bowl insane.

 

Enjoy these eight great images from a great night for everyone except the SEC.

 

AJ McCarron's mom was not overly impressed with Jameis Winston's postgame interview. Judge for yourself. To be fair, those things are never exactly the Gettysburg Address.

 

Brent Musberger got last night's title game broadcast off to a rollicking start by forgetting who he was. Must have been trying to spot Jen Sterger in the crowd. Yep, she was there, dressed like a cowgirl.

 

• So the season wasn't a total loss for the Southeastern Conference. They'll have to settle for seven teams in the final AP Top 25.

 

• Dennis Rodman's role as U.S. cultural ambassador to North Korea took an angry turn when the Worm stormed out of an interview with CNN. Apparently Rodman's tired of defending his star-crossed bromance with squatty dictator Kim Jong Un.

 

• In case you gave up on the BCS National Championship game, here are the video highlights of the frantic final minutes.

 

 

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Post date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 - 10:37
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 6.

• The curtain comes down tonight on another college football season, but our love for the lovely ladies of the sideline will never go out of season.

A little BCS trivia for you as the SEC goes for the eight-peat.

Tat sleeves are the only sleeves that cold-blooded Colin Kaepernick needs.

• Not a surprise that the Niners won given that they got a pep talk from Nature Boy Ric Flair, who came to the s--thole of Appleton, Wis. (Anthony Davis' words, not mine) to pitch a little Woooo at San Fran.

• Tis the season for epic fan meltdowns. Here's an amusing collection. Language warning, of course.

New Year's resolutions that sports fans should (but probably won't) make. Like, put down the phone and enjoy the game.

Johnny Football's SEC brethren probably won't be happy to see that he did the Tomahawk Chop at an LA nightclub. He'll be off consoling himself with the two young ladies who followed him out.

Arkansas State ran a play called "Hide the Midget" in last night's GoDaddy.com Bowl. Off to sensitivity training with you.

• Texas hired Charlie Strong. Pat Forde thinks that's a mistake.

• Nick Saban enters the offseason with a catastrophic two-game losing streak. How can Saban rebuild his crumbling empire?

• And now for something completely different: a fully functional truck made of ice.

• The Knicks' methods are getting more desperate. J.R. Smith entered the game and promptly untied Shawn Marion's shoe.

 

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Post date: Monday, January 6, 2014 - 10:40
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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 3.

 

• It's the New Year, but last night was Christmas for Bama haters. Enjoy this heaping helping of Saban-freude. Another upside: We got a lot of Katherine Webb concern-face in what might have been her last moment in the spotlight. .

 

Greg Doyel takes his medicine from fans for calling Bama the best team in the country.

 

• A weird night in Miami: LeBron left skidmarks on the American Airlines court last night. His teammate, Dwyane Wade, blew an uncontested layup.

 

Ice Bowl II: Game-time temp could be minus-5 in Green Bay this weekend. That's bad news for the game's sideline reporter, Erin Andrews.

 

• College football crowns its champion Monday night. Here's some BCS Championship Game trivia.

 

Who knew that a pooping dog could double as a compass? We're here to educate.

 

• We've brought you several videos of returning soldiers surprising family members. Today, we bring you a dog who's psyched to Skype with his deployed owner.

 

• Because I'm in that kind of mood: 19 GIFs of animals knocking down little kids. Plus, kids who are lousy at hide and seek.

 

• Some enterprising Bills fans spent an otherwise lost season posterizing opposing fans in the Ralph parking lot.

 

 

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Post date: Friday, January 3, 2014 - 10:43
All taxonomy terms: Golf, Overtime
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The adjusted golf calendar means that the 2014 PGA Tour season is already underway. So for fantasy die-hards, that means another draft. So it's time to dust off the dumb, dirty and/or tasteless puns and come up with a team name. Here’s our list for 2014, in no particular order of awesomeness.

Weapons of Grass Destruction
This reference worked a little better in 2002.
Putt Pirates
Sure to induce a few giggles at the draft table.
Tiger’s Wood
This one’s almost too obvious.
Tiagra Woods
Now we’re talking. That’s pretty creative.

The Fore Horsemen
The “fore” genre provides a deep well of name choices. Some of them are pretty crude. Use your imagination.
Dimpled Balls
The ball genre is fertile ground for your golf fantasy team name. And for cheap laughs.
No. 1 Balls in Golf
Maybe your team could get a Titleist sponsorship.
Dude, Where’s My Par?
Nice. Golf clap for that one.
Sultans of Swing
Nothing says golf like a late 1970s Dire Straits reference.
Fairway to Heaven
Going even further into the music archives. Can’t go wrong with classic Zep.

Shankapotamus
Sure, it’s stolen from that talking baby commercial. But it’s still solid.

Grip It and Sip It
Could be a good slogan for John Daly's new cocktail, which actually exists.

The Swinging Johnsons
What? We’re just talking about Dustin and Zach.

A Shingo Ate My Baby
Sure, Shingo Katayama's an obscure player, but his name's worth its weight in fantasy golf gold.
Cinderella Boys
Caddyshack references always work.
Shooter McGavin
Ditto for Happy Gilmore references.
Working on my Putz
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Brandt Awareness or The Grateful Sned
Brandt Snedeker's name brings fantasy possibilities. 

May the Schwartzel Be With You
A Spaceballs reference combined with a Masters champ equals fantasy gem.

 

Fists of Furyk

Back to the Kuchar

Breaking Baddeley

Tee Party

Angry Birdies

Multiple Fore-gasms

Don't Rory Be Happy

I Like Big Putts and I Cannot Lie

Bubba's Hovercraft

The Poulter-geists

Dufnering Miss Daisy

Bring in Da Fred Funk

Party of Fore

Guest Vijays

Couples Therapy

Dr. Vijay's Antler Spray

Long Putters

Puff Caddie

Where's Faldo

Thorbjorn Free

Oh Henrik

Jonas Blixt Brothers

The Bogey Men

The DrawShank Redemptions

Who's Your Caddy

Droppin' A Deuce

The Ball Washers

The Long Balls

The Happy Hookers

The Strokers

The Wedgies

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 2.

 

• Everything's coming up Bortles this morning. Blake Bortles led his UCF Knights to a big BCS bowl win, and according to his coach, George O'Leary, his girlfriend deserves "6 million Googles." See if you don't agree. That's her in the photo.

 

• The NHL has taken over New Year's Day with the Winter Classic. Here's a cool time-lapse video of the Big House's transformation into hockey heaven.

 

Steve Spurrier: master troller. The guy's a genius. Really.

 

• My question following the recent round of bowls: What is going on with Kevin Sumlin's deformed knuckle?

 

Mark Dantonio's footwork in avoiding a Gatorade bath was truly impressive. He even threw in a taunt at the end.

 

• Headline of the day: Red Wings Fan Videobombs Reporter, Wipes Out, Falls Down On Live TV.

 

Jets QB Geno Smith has a not-safe-for-work scandal. Just what he needed.

 

Breathtaking view of the Milky Way from the surface of Mars.

 

• The New Year's Day bowls have become a Big Ten-SEC grudge match breeding ground. Edge again to the SEC.

 

10 New Year's resolutions you won't keep, replaced by ones you will.

 

Nothing says New Year's Eve like a couple of drunk chicks on live TV screaming that they're gonna f--- s--- up.

 

• Cody Zeller attempted a dunk. The rim had other ideas.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 31.

• As we bid farewell to 2013, here are 30 women poised to take over the world in 2014, including Spanish model Nerea Arce.

Southern University of the SWAC squeaked out a 104-point win over Champion Baptist last night. As someone said on Twitter, I'd hate to see how bad Runner-Up Baptist is.

• The curtain came down on the Mack Brown era, but not before a nice tribute from the Texas band.

Here's a list of 50 changes that would make the sports world better in 2014. I can get behind most of these, especially the elimination of the sideline interview.

• Those of you thinking of applying for an NFL head coaching job: The Lions gig is the best one available.

• The Price Is Right gave away a pretty sweet car, and the winner freaked right the eff out.

• Speaking of freaking out: I missed this yesterday, but this fat Eagles fan had a glorious on-camera celebration.

Ronda Rousey had a pretty normal reaction to Anderson Silva's gruesome broken leg. Will she react that way when she breaks some poor chick's arm?

Some scientists made some glow-in-the-dark pigs. Now we'll finally be able to find our bacon in the dark.

The SEC will have 163 former players taking part in this year's NFL playoffs. Not bad.

Here's Nick Saban patiently getting a manicure from a young cancer patient. In other news, Nick Saban is human.

• Here's a level of true professionalism to which I'll aspire in 2014: A reporter passes out during an interview, but wakes up and finishes the thing.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 30.

• After a memorable Week 17 in the NFL, here's a final cheerleader twitpic roundup of the 2013 regular season. See ya next year, Cowboy cheerleaders.

 

• It's Black Monday for some in the NFL, but not Rex Ryan. Watch his players react to the news that we'll have Rexie to kick around for another year. Guess he's a player's coach.

 

• Yesterday's two win-or-go-home games lived up to expectations. Aaron Rodgers came through, and the Cowboys didn't.

 

• A wild final Sunday in the NFL included the Chargers sneaking in the playoffs — and keeping the Steelers out — with the assistance of a blown call.

 

Cam Newton adorably made some kid's life yesterday.

 

Jesse Palmer saved Chris Fowler's life with the Heimlich maneuver. That'll help him a contract renewal time.

 

• Ah, Instagram, where celebrities let their freak flags fly. Here are 30 lovely sports ladies you should be following on that particular social medium.

 

• A couple of fun year-enders from our friends at Mandatory: favorite tweets of the year, and the 135 funniest photos of 2013. Nice time-killers for those of you pretending to work today.

 

Some amusing highlights from the year in media.

 

• The Wisconsin Badgers football team enjoyed the Packers' win — except for one sad guy in a Matt Forte jersey.

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Post date: Monday, December 30, 2013 - 10:51
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The sports world bid farewell to some legends in 2013. We mourn their passing, but celebrate the memories they leave behind.

Bud Adams

Bud Adams, Titans owner
Died Oct. 21, Age 90

The colorful Adams had owned the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans franchise from its creation in 1960, turning a $50,000 investment into a billion-dollar operation. Adams, a founding father of the American Football League, won AFL championships in 1960 and 1961, the first two seasons of the league’s existence. His relationship with the city of Houston deteriorated over the lack of a new stadium to replace the once-innovative-turned-dilapidated Astrodome, prompting Adams to move his franchise to Tennessee. After a rocky start, the newly christened Tennessee Titans made a memorable “Music City Miracle” run to Super Bowl XXXIV in their first season with their new name, logo and stadium.

Walt Bellamy, NBA Hall of Fame center
Died Nov. 2, Age 74

"Bells" languished in the shadow of NBA titans like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain while fighting a reputation for a lack of motivation, but history has been kind to the NBA Hall of Famer. The starting center on the 1960 U.S. gold medal team at the Rome Olympics, Bellamy earned Rookie of the Year honors after one of the greatest debut seasons in league history — 31.6 points and 19 rebounds per game. For his 14-year career, Bellamy averaged 20.1 points and 13.7 rebounds and gained entry into the Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Jerry Buss, Lakers owner
Died Feb. 13, Age 80

Buss ranked among the most successful owners in sports history, winning 10 NBA Titles as owner of the Lakers during a tenure that spanned from Showtime to Shaq. In their entertaining, fast-paced style, Buss' Laker teams mirrored their owner, whose colorful lifestyle included a Hefner-esque reputation for dating younger women. Upon his death, six of his seven children worked for the Lakers organization.

Todd Christensen, former Raiders tight end and broadcaster
Died Nov. 13, Age 57

Christensen was a remarkably productive tight end for the Raiders, earning five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances (1983-87), winning two Super Bowl rings, and leading the NFL in catches in 1983 (with 92) and 1986 (with 95). After his retirement, the athletic BYU product had a couple of baseball tryouts before embarking on a successful second career in Masters Track and then becoming a highly regarded NFL color analyst in the early 1990s. Christensen died from complications of liver transplant surgery.

L.C. Greenwood, Steelers Pro Bowler
Died Sept. 29, Age 67

Shock over learning of Greenwood's death was matched by the shock of learning that he's not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Perhaps the most colorful member of the legendary Steel Curtain defense in Pittsburgh in the 1970s thanks to his gold shoes and Hollywood aspirations, Greenwood made six Pro Bowls and won four Super Bowl rings as an end for one of the greatest defenses in NFL history. In Super Bowl X alone, Greenwood sacked Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach four times.

 

 

Don James, former University of Washington football coach
Died Oct. 20, Age 80

James' 18-year stint as coach of the Washington Huskies saw the creation of a formidable college football power in the Great Northwest. James won 153 games as the Huskies' no-nonsense boss, leading UW to six Pac-8/Pac-10 championships and four Rose Bowl wins. His 1991 Huskies, one of the greatest teams in conference history, shared the national title with Miami. James resigned in the wake of NCAA sanctions — protesting the University's decision not to fight the penalties — with a coaching record of 178–76–3 in 22 seasons (four of them at Kent State).

Deacon Jones, NFL Hall of Famer
Died June 3, Age 74

One of the greatest defensive players in NFL history, Jones was a fixture at defensive end from 1961-74 with the Rams, Chargers and Redskins, earning unanimous All-League honors in five consecutive seasons as an anchor for the Rams' Fearsome Foursome. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980. Sports Illustrated named him their "Defensive End of the Century," and as of this season, the award for the leading sacker now honors the player who actually coined the term.

Chuck Muncie, All-Pro running back
Died May 13, Age 60

The bespectacled Muncie was the 1975 Heisman runner-up as a senior at Cal and then had a productive NFL career (6,702 rushing yards, three Pro Bowls) that was derailed by cocaine use that eventually led to homelessness and a stint in prison. Muncie overcame his drug problems to establish a foundation that worked with at-risk youth before his death of a heart attack in May.

Stan MusialStan Musial, Baseball Hall of Famer
Died Jan. 19, Age 92

The inscription on his statue outside Busch Stadium reads: "Here stands baseball's perfect warrior. Here stands baseball's perfect knight." It's not an exaggeration. One of the greatest ballplayers ever to put on spikes, Stan the Man was arguably the most iconic and popular figure in St. Louis' rich sports history, a 24-time All-Star, a three-time MVP, seven-time batting champion, three-time World Series champion and a man of incomparable decency and humility.

Ken Norton, former heavyweight champion
Died Sept. 18, Age 70

Norton was a titan of the golden age of heavyweights, famously breaking Muhammad Ali's jaw in a 12-round split decision on ABC's Wide World of Sports in 1973. Norton fought Ali twice more, losing the third bout on a particularly controversial decision at Yankee Stadium but in the process establishing himself as one of the division's all-time greats. His post-boxing years were marred by a near-fatal car accident in 1986 and a series of strokes that left him in a nursing care facility at the time of his death.

Bum Phillips, former Oilers and Saints coach
Died Oct. 18, Age 90

Ironically, Bum and his former boss, Bud Adams, came into the world in the same year (1923) and departed within three days of one another some 90 years later. Phillips had a style all his own, wearing a ten-gallon hat on the sideline at away games but not home games because, “Mama always said that if it can’t rain on you, you’re indoors” — which he was at Houston’s Astrodome and New Orleans’ Superdome. Phillips retired from coaching with a record of 86–80, with three playoff appearances, including two AFC title game losses to the Steelers.

Pat Summerall, former NFL kicker and legendary play-by-play announcer
Died April 16, Age 82

Hearing Pat Summerall's voice meant that there was something on worth watching. Whether it was the Super Bowl, The Masters, the U.S. Open tennis tournament or a routine September NFL Sunday, Summerall provided the essential soundtrack for countless classic sports moments that were elevated by his familiar, low-key delivery. Prior to his legendary broadcasting career, Summerall had spent a decade in the NFL as a placekicker, kicking a field goal in the Greatest Game Ever Played, the Colts' 23–17 win over the Giants in the 1958 NFL Championship.

Dick Trickle, NASCAR driver
Died May 16, Age 71

His unusual name became something of a running joke on ESPN, but his death from a self-inflicted gunshot wound — due, apparently, to struggles with chronic pain — brought a tragic, sobering end to a life cut short. Trickle was a dirt-track legend who never found Victory Lane on the Sprint Cup circuit but was a popular and respected wheelman among fans and his peers.

Ken Venturi, U.S. Open champion and golf broadcaster
Died May 17, age 82

Golf is not often thought of as a test of endurance, but at the 1964 U.S. Open, Venturi fought through heat exhaustion and near-100-degree temperatures on the 36-hole final day to win by four shots, earning PGA Tour Player of the Year and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year honors as a result. The win helped Venturi overcome the disappointment of letting The Masters slip away in 1956, when he was poised to become the only amateur to win the tournament until a final-round 80. Venturi later turned to broadcasting, serving as lead analyst for CBS for some 35 years, making him the longest-serving network analyst in any sport.

Earl Weaver, Orioles Hall of Fame manager
Died Jan. 19, Age 82

The feisty, irascible Weaver is probably best remembered for his dirt-kicking, cap-turning tantrums that led to nearly 100 ejections (he was ejected from both games in a doubleheader three times), but in his approach to the game — "pitching, defense and the three-run homer" — he was ahead of his time. He also led some of the greatest teams in American League history, winning four pennants and a World Series. The 1996 Hall of Fame inductee died of an apparent heart attack while on an Orioles fantasy cruise. 

Other Notables

Jack Butler, NFL Hall of Famer

Charlie Coles, former Miami (Ohio) basketball coach

Joe Dean, former LSU basketball player and AD and longtime announcer

Art Donovan, NFL Hall of Famer, frequent guest on Letterman

Ron Fraser, former University of Miami baseball coach

Phil Henderson, former Duke guard

Thomas Howard, Raiders linebacker

Dick Kazmeier, last Ivy Leaguer to win Heisman Trophy

Bob Kurland, basketball Hall of Famer

Jason Leffler, NASCAR driver

Tommy Morrison, former heavyweight champion

Clarence “Ace” Parker, oldest Pro Football Hall of Famer

Jack Pardee, former NFL player and coach

George Scott, former Red Sox and Brewers first baseman

Bill Sharman, basketball Hall of Fame player and former Lakers coach

Jim Sweeney, former Fresno State football coach

Michael Weiner, Executive Director of the MLB Players Association

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 27.

• With the Sochi Olympics approaching, it's time to get to know skier Julia Mancuso. That's her in the picture.

• Week 17 in the NFL is especially meaningful this year: 13 of the 16 games have playoff implications. Here's a rundown.

Apparently, Shaq still fancies himself a rapper. He's also gotta be pushing four bills. So in that sense, he's in Biggie Smalls territory.

• Today in year-end countdowns: the 65 best sports photos of the year; the top 10 hockey fights of 2013; and the best local news bloopers of the year.

• Nothing captures the spirit of bowl season quite like Frank Beamer dancing in a sombrero.

The SEC's all-underrated team for 2013.

• More evidence that pro athletes live in a different world than you and I do: What they got and gave for Christmas.

Watch a professional skier use the abandoned buildings of Detroit as his blank canvas.

These Portuguese parents took a page out of the Jimmy Kimmel playbook and trolled their child on Christmas morning with a camera rolling.

• Arnold Palmer is just the best. He proved it to some kids at Christmas.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 26.

• Rachel Washburn went from the sidelines as an Eagles cheerleader to tours of duty in Afghanistan as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Ladies and gentlemen, the Hottest American Hero.

• Paul Rudd replicated Dennis Green's legendary postgame meltdown. Paul Rudd is who we thought he was.

• Cool story: In the wake of Tony Romo's injury, the Cowboys have plucked retired QB Jon Kitna out of a Tacoma high school. That high school is where all his Cowboys earnings are going.

Two things Bama fans take seriously: Tide football, and the second amendment.

This was the year Bron-Bron saved Christmas. But then the Clippers and Warriors almost went and ruined it.

• Wanna see pure joy? Watch this Auburn kid open his BCS tickets on Christmas morning.

• Now that Christmas is over, let the year-end countdowns commence in earnest. Here are the 15 best viral videos of the year. And here are the 50 best sports pics of 2013. And the 10 most ridiculous shots in the NBA in 2013.

Peyton Manning happened to be wearing a mic when he broke the single season touchdown pass record.

• This Mike Woodson reaction reel pretty much sums up the Knicks' abysmal season.

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 23.

 

Enjoy this rundown of the year in lovely sports ladies. Consider it my little Christmas gift to you.

 

• Week 16 means Super Bowl week in Fantasy. Yesterday, it also meant much mind-blowing on-field activity. Including a new record for Peyton.

 

Tom Brady, who's won a record 12 division titles, was left hanging yet again. What's a guy got to do to get a high-five? Win 13 division titles?

 

• Matt Stafford's girlfriend tried to defend the Lions via Twitter. The first commenter took her feeble attempt and napalmed it.

 

A bad day for one Redskins fan was made worse when a security guard threw him down the stadium stairs. For reasons that will become clear, that story reminds me of this story from the Onion.

 

An interesting proposal to eliminate tanking in the NBA.

 

• When bowls troll: Funny Facebook bowl game trash talk.

 

• You might be getting bored with these, but I don't care: A returning serviceman surprises his parents.

 

• Once again, I may be the only one, but I'm not tired of Blake Griffin jams, either.

 

• This epic LeBron dunk was made even moreso by adding a call from Jim Ross.

 

 

 

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

Somebody finally had the good sense to put Kate Upton and her bikini in a movie. It's called "The Other Woman" and it will be out on April 25, 2014. That's a still from the movie to the right. I'm leaving later today to camp out for tickets.

• Today's end-of-year lists: The most unforgettable sports moments of 2013. And, on a stupider note, the most worthless sports Instagrams of 2013.

• Boy, time flies: It's been exactly one decade since a wasted Joe Namath wanted to kiss Suzy Kolber.

Bill Belichick may come across as a Scrooge, and he is — the Christmas morning version. Dude's practically Clark Griswold in his love of the season.

Who has the best homefield advantage in the NFL? The Seahawks, of course, but there are some surprises near the top.

Another one of those awesome "Serviceman surprises family" videos, this one courtesy of Arizona basketball.

Angry Bama fan produces radio gold with her epic burn of "Colin Cow-turd."

Shaq, Ernie Johnson and Kenny Smith broke out an on-set drum solo with their pens. Charles Barkley was not amused. Charles Barkley is awesome.

Almost half of Forbes' 20 most valuable college football programs reside in the SEC. It's also interesting to note that there's a job opening at the No. 1 program on this list.

Joakim Noah tried to visit the Thunder locker room, but Kendrick Perkins was having none of it.

• Nobody does cruel kid videos like Jimmy Kimmel. This one involves a young Bears fan.

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