Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day

Rounding up the web's best sports links so you don't have to.

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

• If you're reading this, the world didn't end. To celebrate, here's a gift from Athlon Sports to you, our readers: . Merry Christmas.

• More pictures: .

• Bizarre sports story of the day: .

• Much like Arnold Palmer, , except, shockingly, it replaces iced tea with booze.

: Steve Kerr spotted Manziel courtside at a Mavs game and unleased the social media world on the unsuspecting Heisman winner.

• Picking things that are underrated or overrated is a nationwide sports obsession. .

• Apparently, cheerleading is a gateway drug to general celebrity-hood. Here's a gallery of .

• One Baseball Hall of Fame voter included Bonds, Clemens and Piazza on his ballot.

• It's early, but we have .

• I know you're getting tired of me picking on the Jets, but I can't help myself. (the Benny Hill theme song).

• Tis the season for Bad Santas: .

• Blake Griffin has a new Kia ad out. It's pretty funny.


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December 20

. And more importantly for some, so is his ex, actress Camilla Belle. Pictured at right, the couple in happier times.

doesn't reside in the SEC. It does have its own network, though.

• You might want to lock your doors and plug your chimney — is coming to town.

• Your year-end countdown of the day: in 2012.

• Also influential on the Internet, but occasionally incoherent: baseball scribe and aging hippie Peter Gammons. .

. The buttfumble's still the best, but there are plenty of gems here.

. Here are 5 humiliating moments (yes, the buttfumble did make this countdown).

• Some unfortunate bowl winners will have to drag back to their trophy cases.

, presented without comment. Okay, one comment: Beware of photoshop, guys.


• This one isn't sports-related, but for a grammar and punctuation nerd like me, .

• Today's video: an early candidate for Assist of the Year.

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December 19

• Whoa, that didn't take long. Sorry fellas — .

• Aaron Rodgers sees a kindred spirit in Alex Smith and . Expect Colin Kaepernick to bookmark this article should the Niners meet the Packers in the playoffs.

• Forty years ago this Sunday, the Immaculate Reception happened. . He held on to it, even though he was broke at the time. Now that's a fan.

on the Mark Sanchez situation. Money quote: "I think he's going to be around for a long time. I hope for his sake it's not with the Jets."

• Johnny Football is great and all, but according to my colleagues at Athlon Sports.

• This is sad (or hilarious, depending on your perspective). The guys at Mandatory bring us a slideshow of .

• Joe Posnanski makes the case against , while conceding that he'll probably get in this time.

from the Concordia College hoopsters, who have made an impressive trick shot video for your holiday enjoyment.

• Not to be outdone, the MMA folks have . Click only if you like girls in red bikinis.

. If the end of the world is nigh, this was quite a year to go out on, as these pictures prove.

according to Time Magazine. The social media world is weighing in.

• Today's video: Your moment of anti-Dwight Howard schadenfreude. Gerald Henderson throws down a monster slam on the embattled Laker.

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December 18

• One of the many perks of being Johnny Football: at The Tonight Show.

. Not even Jon Gruden could find anything nice to say. "This guy Mark Sanchez... ah, screw it." It was left to to put the finishing touches on last night's abomination, and on the Jets' season.

• There was one highlight worth celebrating last night: , the longest in Titans/Oilers franchise history and the second-longest in Monday Night Football history.

on the Jets' sideline provides a tidy summary of the evening's ineptitude.

elude capture at the Raiders-Chiefs game was somehow more entertaining than the game itself.

• Jim Boeheim is synonymous with Syracuse basketball. Last night, , all of them for the Orange.

• From the archives: Here's some vintage game show footage features a rematch of the 1980 World Series between the Phillies and Royals — this time, . One nugget: Mike Schmidt pronounces "wash" as "warsh." He also fails to get a single right answer.

• You didn't ask for it, but here it is anyway: from the U.S. Open trophy ceremony.

• The Jungle Bird guy provided only one of many odd moments in golf this year. .

• Today in historic badassery: During World War II, the late pried a grenade from his own partially detached hand and threw it at the Germans. RIP, Senator.

• In honor of Chris Johnson's 94-yard run on MNF, we bring you the longest run in Monday Night Football and NFL history: Tony Dorsett's 99-yarder.

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December 17

• Hoops cheerleaders are no less fetching than their gridiron counterparts. from the SEC.

• If we're lucky, last night's game between the 49ers and Patriots was a Super Bowl preview. In case you went to bed, Tom Brady erased a 31-3 deficit before the Niners tacked on 10 to win 41-34. So does that make the Niners the best team in football? .

• NFL players are gonna spike the ball when they score. , those are the breaks.

• Today's NFL GIF is an instant classic: . Reed later blamed the stomach flu. I blame the fact that, sadly, the future Hall of Famer is getting old.

• Apparently, Adrian Peterson was serious about challenging Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record. He broke off yesterday, and fortunately, Gus Johnson was on the mic.

• There were countless simple, elegant tributes to the Newtown victims over the weekend. , from Victor Cruz.

that said he wanted to grow up to play for the 49ers. I wonder if he ever weighed in about the Mayan calendar. 

• There was a visible at Cowboys Stadium yesterday. It belonged to DeMarco Murray.

• Today's best headline can be found at . Trust me.

• Cy-onara: The Mets trade Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays. .

, like the fact that "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." was written during a summer heat wave, and "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song.

• Bowl season is off to a rousing start. Arizona scored two TDs in the final minute to stun Nevada.

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