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

• Yesterday, we featured a slideshow of Bama cheerleaders. Awaiting the Tide should they win tomorrow: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. In the interests of equal time, here's a look at the Irish cheerleaders.

• One of the Powerball winners apparently picked his numbers based on jersey numbers of his favorite Royals. This is the first time since 1985 that being a Royals fan has actually paid off.

• One of those former Royals was Bo Jackson. It's his 50th birthday, which officially makes both him and me old. To celebrate, here's a gallery of 50 vintage Bo photos.

• Time Magazine is soliciting votes for its Person of the Year. Candidates include sports figures Gabrielle Douglas, Michael Phelps and Roger Goodell. Wait, what? Roger Goodell? Might as well vote for Kim Jong Un, who, hilariously, is currently leading the voting. I guess they do have Internet in North Korea.

• Speaking of power-mad commissioners, David Stern plans to punish the star-sitting Spurs after their loss to the Heat last night.

• My favorite headline of the day sits atop this Deadspin story.

The most painful loss in the painful history of Rutgers football happened last night.

• We have a Big Blue crisis on our hands: Last night the Wildcats were held to the lowest point total of the Calipari era, but even more shocking, a senior led Kentucky in scoring. That is not John Calipari basketball, folks.

Rory McIlroy supports the anchored putter ban, based on his admittedly limited experience with the club.

• God bless the Internet: A column on Colin Kaepernick's tattoos unleashed apparently baseless charges of racism over the interwebs.

• Looks like Jon Gruden has turned down Tennessee. Again. Will the Vols finally drop their embarrassing pursuit of Gruden and accept that they're in the Friend Zone? They're starting to look like Duckie from "Pretty in Pink."

• Forty-one years ago today, "Brian's Song" aired for the first time, and grown men wept openly. Here's Billy Dee Williams delivering Gale Sayers' moving soliloquy from that classic film.

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November 29

• As Alabama makes final preparations for its SEC title game showdown with Georgia, enjoy this gallery of Bama cheerleaders through the years.

• Speaking of the SEC, Georgia has a shot at totally remaking its image this Saturday. No pressure or anything.

• Last night in Boston: just your Garden-variety melee. Judging from Kris Humphries' scratches, Rajon Rondo fights like an eight-year-old girl.

Brandon Marshall says that some players use Viagra to get that extra edge. Comes in handy on fourth-and-inches (h/t Conan O'Brien).

• Michael Jordan was recently banned from a swanky country club for wearing cargo shorts. That brings to mind this amusing Tumblr.

Missy the Missile will soon be humiliating her fellow high school swimmers. I'm expecting Secretariat-at-the-Belmont type results.

• Shortly after making an honest woman out of soccer star Hope Solo, Jerramy Stevens went and got himself busted for possible parole violation. Early indications are that Hope will be flying solo for much of her married life.

• It's early, but so far, Duke has been college basketball's best team, and Mason Plumlee its best player.

Check out this bodybuilder's insane biceps. Somebody's bringing howitzers to this year's gun show.

• I somehow missed this story of the drunk-driving Teletubby yesterday. Boy, is hockey desperate to stay in the headlines.

• Fresh off her triumph in "Liz and Dick," Lindsay Lohan celebrated by punching a woman in the meatpacking district. Yes, I know that's a poorly constructed sentence, but it reads funnier, doesn't it?

• Today's video features a disturbing yet strangely hypnotic musical tribute to the Heisman front-runner. As the top commenter says, it's like watching an episode of "Twin Peaks."

 

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November 28

• College football is winding down, meaning that there are some long, cold, lonely months ahead. Enjoy some of our favorite college cheerleader photos to soften the blow.

• It's anchors away in the golf world as of 2016. Golf's ruling bodies are outlawing anchored putting strokes, although players have some time to adjust, which is a good thing, considering that three of the last four major champions use the long stick. Steve Eubanks offers up a dissenting view on the ruling.

• Athlon's Braden Gall goes deep in comparing the Heisman candidacies of Johnny Manziel and Collin Klein.

• The intrigue mounts in the Jon Gruden-to-Tennessee chatter.

• If you hate it when officials think they're part of the show, then you have to hate the NBA's Joey Crawford. It's the law. Check out his audition for Dancing With the Stars.

• This isn't sports, but it caught our attention. Angus T. Jones, the half-man of TV's "Two and a Half Men," ripped his show for being "filth." He might be right, but that's called biting the hand that feeds you. Naturally, he's started backtracking.

• They've made a 30 for 30 short film on the Arnold Palmer — the drink, not the man. It actually looks pretty good. This link explains, and also features one of my favorite "This Is SportsCenter" spots.

• Ever wonder why athletic departments are so concerned with money? Just ask Maryland.

• When you air 514 episodes, it's tough to remember what you did say, 320 episodes ago. Continuity errors in the Simpsons.

• If, for some reason, you need an excuse not to run, here you go. Good enough for me.

• It hasn't been a very good year for Danica Patrick, whose losses included every race as well as her marriage, but that doesn't mean we don't still care. In today's video, Danica discusses her divorce and other matters.

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November 27

• Athlon recently conducted an anonymous survey with college basketball players at top programs. Among the nuggets we uncovered: Players like 'em some Kim Kardashian. Shocking, I know.

• Few people can be said to have transformed sport as we know it. Marvin Miller, who died today at 95, was one of those people. RIP.

• Three years ago today, Tiger Woods hit a tree with his car, and life was never the same. He surely doesn't want to relive that night, but you might. Here's what Deadspin was saying at the time.

• It's the fifth anniversary of another shocking event, this one far more tragic — the death of Sean Taylor. Some thoughts here from a writer who knew him.

• In case you missed it, Colorado football coach Jon Embree was fired yesterday. He didn't take it well. Fans of awkward press conferences should click here.

• No fan base expresses its anger quite as entertainingly as the folks in Philly. Here's a gallery of some ticked-off Philly fanatics.

There's compelling evidence that Texas coach Mack Brown can identify talent; he just doesn't know what to do with it.

• Jets fans won't have Fireman Ed to heckle any more. He's hanging up the funny hat and Sanchez jersey and slinking off into the sunset.

• I think this is a fair question. Maybe it's time to drop the charade of the student-athlete.

• I know, Twitter is where news is broken these days. But it's also where you go to get gems like these.

• Even with shaved heads, these Colts cheerleaders are strangely hot. And it's for a good cause. Everyone wins.

• Today's video is a couple months old, but it's new to me, so here it is: A Lingerie Football League player goes all Earl Campbell on a hapless defender. I'll leave jokes about her team's name to others.

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November 26

• I know it's old, in Internet terms. I know you've probably seen it by now. But I just can't get enough of this GIF of Mark Sanchez's forced fumble at the hands, or rather, the cheeks, of his teammate. It's the Jets' 2012 season, captured in one two-second sequence.

• Today's Girl Gallery of the Day features the ever-fabulous 49ers cheerleaders.

This FSU fan needs a quick tutorial on how mirrors function. I think the puzzled lady to her left can help. 

This day in unfortunate headline placements. Today's victim, the South Carolina Gamecocks.

• A Thanksgiving leftover: Ndamukong Suh kicking Matt Schaub right in the giblets.

• Speaking of NFL players behaving badly, Brodrick Bunkley delivered a foot to the head of Alex Boone. Matt Schaub called to say Boone got off easy.

• The most aggressive play all season by a Tennessee defender came courtesy of Smokey the mascot.

Our nominee for the catch of the year in college football, and nominations are closed.

• Okay, fine: One more nomination for catch of the year.

• College football's pecking order in one sentence: Tickets for the SEC Championship game start around $400, while tickets for the ACC Championship game start around $4.00.

• Did Bill O'Brien say what I think he said? You be the judge.

• In today's featured video, superstar ref Ed Hochuli unleashes a debate: Is buttocks a singular or plural word?

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