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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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The sports world bid farewell to some legends in 2013. We mourn their passing, but celebrate the memories they leave behind.
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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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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 19.

 

• In the spirit of the season, here's Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio doing a photo shoot in reindeer antlers.

 

• ESPN will be bringing you the BCS National Championship Game six different ways. Buckle in for Megacast.

 

Dez Bryant was wearing a mic the day he walked off the field before the end of the Cowboys' game with Green Bay.

 

• It ain't over til it's over: 2013 is the Year of the Comeback in the NFL.

 

• Cool little story: Lions running back Joique Bell was once a security guard at Lions training camp.

 

• Today in perfectly timed photos: Wizards coach Randy Wittman takes a Spalding to the face.

 

• Andrea Bargnani of the Knicks did something exceptionally stupid, and the Knicks bench went crazy, although Metta World Peace was strangely unfazed. That entire sentence sounds about right.

 

• Elsewhere in NBA ineptitude, Luis Scola attempted to guard LeBron James. The results were not pretty.

 

One tiny little happy ending from the Boston bombing tragedy.

 

• 2014 could be the Year of the Running Back in the SEC. Four of the league's rock-toters should contend for the Heisman.

 

Here's an adorable Vine from gymnast McKayla Maroney, who has turned 18 while we weren't paying attention.

 

• Enjoy Roy Hibbert videobombing Stephen A. and the NBA Countdown crew.

 

 

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

Presenting the 100 sexiest athletes of 2013. Spoiler alert: No. 1 is golfer Blair O'Neal (pictured).

A seven-year-old Bengals fan sent an adorable letter to injured punter Kevin Huber in which he wished homelessness on the offending Steeler.

• Year's not over yet, but year-end lists are everywhere. Here are the best viral sports videos of the first 352 days of 2013. While we're at it, here are the 50 best sports plays of the year.

SIU coach Barry Hinson tossed his players under the bus, then backed over them a few times in an epic postgame rant.

Brandon Marshall wore fuzzy slipper cleats against the Browns. I'm all for comfort, but really?

Idiot radio yakker ripped into Mets ace Matt Harvey for living life, because apparently he should be recovering from Tommy John in private or something.

When a 5-8 point guard bumps into a 7-6 center, you get photographic gold.

Of the top 100 NFL Draft prospects, 31 of them are from the SEC. To further prove that it was a great year in the league, here are the top 25 SEC games of 2013.

A visual timeline of every office Christmas party.

• The Blazers' Damian Lillard is making a habit of game-winning baskets. That's a nice habit to have.

 

 

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 17.

• Here's a fun slideshow: Scantily clad sports fans. Gotta love 'em: ignoring the elements while singlehandedly keeping the body paint industry alive. 

• Another thing you gotta love: Creative Wikipedia page edits. This one for kicker Justin Tucker after his game-winning 61-yard field goal last night.

• Speaking of Tucker's brief takeover of the Internet, here he is giving a shout-out to his fantasy team owners in his postgame interview.

Torrey Smith took the opposite approach, blasting fantasy owners and their "fake teams."

The weekly "Sorry Your Team Lost" NFL roundup. It was a rough week of watching teams like the Cowboys and Lions and players like Eli live down to their stereotypes.

The Catch of the Week came courtesy of an alert airport security guard. Note to Megatron: This is how you do it.

Here some pretty amazing then-and-now photos of college basketball coaches. Some highlights: Kevin Stallings rocking a righteous comb-over, and Tom Izzo channeling a '70s porn star.

• Excellent debate fodder: the best and worst NFL broadcast crews, quantified scientifically.

For some reason, Paul McCartney sat in the cheap seats at a Nets game and really seemed to want a free t-shirt.

Jason Dufner had a humiliating Silly Season putting mishap. He consoled himself by Dufnering with beautiful women.

A hockey stick made the defensive play of the night.

• Newly minted Heisman winner Jameis Winston stopped by the David Letterman Show to deliver the Top 10.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 16.

Vintage supermodel and 1982 SI Swimsuit cover girl Carol Alt did an interview where she sorta slammed Kate Upton. We'll forgive her, because she still looks pretty amazing at age 53.

A wild day in the NFL produced a tasty menu of GIFs, leading off with the facefumble.

• Losing to the Phins obviously sticks in Tom Brady's craw. He dropped an s-bomb and then walked out of his press conference.

The Onion piles on Tony Romo and the 'Boys after their latest fourth-quarter collapse. That self-inflicted implosion does beg a question: Why didn't the Cowboys simply run the ball to protect their lead?

Fox microphones picked up a young fan's assessment of Eli Manning's five-interception day. Kid's got a future; he's already a better analyst than Matt Millen.

• Cutler? McCown? Doesn't matter who's throwing it. Alshon Jeffery is going to catch the ball.

Antonio Brown's punt return touchdown included the epic trucking of Bengals punter Nick Huber.

• Note to drunk bar patrons: Don't pick a fight with a renowned hockey goon like Milan Lucic.

The 10 Worst Christmas Movies of all time. I had no idea that Hulk Hogan had made a movie called "Santa With Muscles."

Is Texas going to poach an SEC coach to replace Mack Brown? If they're smart, they will. But before they do, they should know that Jose Canseco would like to throw his hat into the ring.

• James Harden went Karate Kid with his free throws on an injured ankle.

 

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 13.

 

• Not a big fan of "How I Met Your Mother," but I am a big fan of series star Cobie Smulders. Here's why.

 

• After last night's big win, Chargers QB Philip Rivers was apparently auditioning for host duties at next year's CMA Awards.

 

• Is it me, or has there been a spate of running backs hurdling defenders? Keenan Allen joined the club last night

 

• Athletes have plenty of disposable income, and weird taste in animals. Dangerous combination.

 

David Stern nearly drowned in a bottle of water.

 

Here's a last minute holiday gift guide. We're here to help.

 

• Today in sports-related weirdness: Tiger Woods' half brother (and Cheyenne's dad) was arrested for making a false bomb threat.

 

• Tis the season for football-watching parties. Here's a guide for throwing one that doesn't suck.

 

Here's a list of SEC coaches' salaries following raises for Sumlin, Malzahn and Freeze. Getting their money's worth: Missouri.

 

Charles Barkley doesn't kick footballs any better than he hits golf balls.

 

Mack Brown played a little "talk to the hand" during his press conference.

 

• The NBA on TNT crew held a "Chariots of Backfire" race featuring Shaq, Sir Charles, the Jet, C-Webb and Ernie Johnson.

 

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

 

Today is actress Jennifer Connelly's 43rd birthday. She's held up pretty well, don't you think?

 

• GIF gold: Muhammad Ali dodges 21 punches from Michael Dokes, then does a little celebratory shimmy. Guy really was the greatest.

 

Enjoy this college football GIF-stravaganza.

 

John Harbaugh was wearing a mic for Baltimore's miracle win over Minnesota.

 

50 mind-blowing facts about sports movies. My favorite: In "The Hurricane" starring Denzel Washington, there's a poster in Hurricane Carter's prison cell of Malcolm X. Only it's not Malcolm X on the poster; it's Washington portraying him in the movie "Malcolm X." Pretty meta.

 

The Texas Rangers spent a pick in today's Rule 5 Draft on Russell Wilson. Yes, the Russell Wilson who might win a Super Bowl with the Seahawks this year. Hey, it only cost $12,000, and we're talking about it, so why not?

 

Athlon's own Braden Gall takes you down Auburn's improbable path to the national championship game.

 

You know things are bad in Washington when John Madden emerges from his comfy retirement to blast Mike Shanahan.

 

Ever wonder what Mack Brown and Nick Saban would look like with each other's hair? Wonder no more.

 

• Speaking of Coach Saban, here are 10 things to consider while we wait for news about his job status.

 

Justin Timberlake, who can do no wrong, serenaded Roy Hibbert with "Happy Birthday."

 

• Amir Williams of Ohio State gave a candid interview on live television. Almost too candid.

 

 

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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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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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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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