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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day


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

An ex-Kansas City Chiefs cheerleader named Rachel Wray is giving MMA a try. We endorse the effort. At least, we endorse the photo at right.

• Today in year-end countdowns: The folks at Awful Announcing have culled through the worst of the worst to come up with their Bottom 10 announcer moments of 2012.

• It's been a pretty spectacular year in college football. My friends at Athlon have compiled the video evidence.

• Ah, fans. God love 'em. One Indiana fan spent $10,000 and enriched his local power company by crafting this elaborate tribute in Christmas lights to Christian Watford's 2011 buzzer-beater against top-ranked Kentucky.

• What a shocker — Johnny Football's dating a model.

• No surprise here, either: The eternally optimistic Tim Tebow is less upset about his lack of playing time than his fans are.

• Last night's atrocity of a football game featured one gem: Philly's Marvin McNutt blocked his own punter's punt, and then roughed him for good measure. The GIF is mesmerizing, as all good GIFs are.

• The vultures are picking over the carcass of the once-mighty Big East.

• They might as well go ahead and shut down boxing for good. Larry Merchant's retiring.

• I'm reluctant to wade into the Robert Griffin III-Rob Parker racial controversy, so I'll let RG3's dad speak for me. Here's what Parker had to say in the aftermath of his comments, before assuming radio silence.

• I'm late to this Hanukkah party, but in today's video, members of the Houston Rockets attempted to sing the dreidel song, with hilarious results.

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December 13

• Today in year-end countdowns: Ask Men's Top 99 of 2013 included an impressive array of athletes and WAGs, including comely tennis player Ana Ivanovic.

• Your 2014 U.S. Ryder Cup captain: Tom Watson. As Jack Nicklaus said, if they want somebody who knows how to win in Scotland, they've got their man. Watson was also the last winning U.S. Ryder Cup captain on foreign soil. In 1993.

• Kevin Youkilis is a Yankee, to the chagrin of the fans in Bah-ston. But Youk's not the first to rub salt in Red Sox Nation's wounds by joining the Evil Empire. The top 10 Yankees-turned-Red Sox.

There's a one-armed Division I basketball prospect. I'm not worthy to breathe the same air as this kid.

• From a national title to pills, paranoia and prison: The cautionary tale of Maurice Clarett.

• Mississippi State and Loyola are meeting up this weekend to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the game that changed college basketball for the better.

• Rajon Rondo would like to have this game-winning shot attempt back. Needed a little more air under it.

• Like any good leader, Vince McMahon has evolved and grown into his job.

• I told you recently that Kim Jong Un was leading the Time Magazine readers poll for person of the year. Dude closed it out like Mariano Rivera. The people have spoken.

The 10 greatest basketball-themed ad campaigns.

• There are some great Christmas movies. And then there are these movies.

• Today's video: Even at 50, Michael Jordan is still a better player than he is an executive.

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December 12

• Our tribute to the best team in football right now: a slideshow of lovely Patriots cheerleaders.

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• In honor of today's date (12/12/12): the best athletes to wear No. 12.

• Watch out, Eric Dickerson. Adrian Peterson's coming for you and your 1984-era jheri curls.

• In other NFL news, Paul Tagliabue emerged from retirement to issue a public smackdown to Roger Goodell.

Is Eli Manning a Hall of Famer? My take: His regular season stats fall a little short, but one more Super Bowl seals the deal.

• A realization has hit the mainstream sports media: Tim Tebow is the backup quarterback on a bad football team. Nothing more.

• Today in hilariously ungraceful exits: Tommy Tuberville got up from a dinner with recruits to go to the can and never came back. The next day, he was head coach at Cincinnati.

• That didn't take long. Tennessee's Butch Jones is now the fourth-most followed college football coach on Twitter. Who's No. 1, you ask? Here's a hint: "When you're challenged, and if you enjoy challenge, well, you enjoy it."

• The football program's in decline, but the revenues aren't: Texas tops the money earners among BCS schools.

This is depressing and terrifying: A first-person account from a repeated concussion sufferer.

• This isn't sports-related, but it's personal to me. Rush is finally in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. About bleepin' time.

• Today's video: A 5-11 NAIA guard throws down a monster slam. Gotta love the reaction of the tubby assistant coach.

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December 11

• College football's regular season is over, so it's time to turn pro. The best in NFL cheerleaders so far this season.

• Body's not even cold on the 2012 college football season, and my colleagues here at Athlon are already projecting a top 25 for 2013. They just can't help themselves.

• Speaking of top 25s, here's the current top 25, rearranged by academic performance. Nice job, Florida State.

• College football attendance dipped in 2012. This article includes attendance figures for every FBS program. Boy, those fans in San Jose are hard to please; they won 10 games, and their attendance dipped 41 percent. No wonder Mike MacIntyre got out of there.

• Attendance at Sunday's Bengals-Cowboys game at Paul Brown Stadium was 63,590, plus one sly, hungry rodent.

• "They look cute. They look like a high school swim team." Ouch. The Patriots sure enjoyed last night's statement tail-whipping.

This valet has seen "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" one too many times.

• Sports Business Journal is rolling out its 50 most influential people in sports business. Here's 11-20. My name hasn't appeared yet, so I must be in the top 10. Nice.

• Selena Robert analyzes the decline of Tiger Woods, with help from Athlon contributor Brandel Chamblee of the Golf Channel. Looks like Tiger's glory days are behind him; he might have to settle for just being insanely wealthy.

• Rob Neyer thinks the Baseball Hall of Fame could learn a thing or two from the Country Music Hall of Fame. Here in Nashville, we endorse this line of thinking.

• It's never too early to start thinking about spring. The NCAA has named its 35 greatest March Madness Moments.

• Today's video features Johnny Football doing the Letterman Top 10 list. Don't go Hollywood on us, kid.

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December 10

• Tis the season for year-end countdowns. The folks at Mandatory bring you the year in great photos, including this one of Angelina Jolie on the red carpet at the Oscars.

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• In that same vein, here's the Year in Kate Upton. 2012 will be hard for her to top.

• Hate to pile on this kid, but I have no choice. I present: The single worst free throw attempt in the history of terrible free throw attempts.

• Deadspin's weekend roundup includes a chilling GIF of Manny Pacquiao getting absolutely destroyed by a single punch.

• Sure, it's got problems, but it's still America's game, and it can still bring us enjoyment. 14 smile-inducing moments from Week 14 in the NFL.

• Social media's made for job networking. Today's Exhibit A: Vince Young took to Twitter yesterday to lobby for the Cardinals QB job. Hey, the Cards could do worse. Obviously.

• Speaking of social media, it's also useful for making idle threats that make you look thuggy and get you into trouble. Just ask Stephen Jackson.

• Last week, Roger Goodell floated the idea of eliminating kickoffs. Mike Pereira does not approve.

• The NFL may or may not have a drinking problem, but it's got a drinking and driving problem.

• I'll freely admit that I've never heard of Lions receiver Kris Durham. But his second reception of the season was one of the best catches of the year.

• Heisman voters probably got it right in giving the stiff-arm trophy to Johnny Manziel. But they haven't always gotten it right.

• In today's video, Buffalo's Lee Smith shows us that the Lambeau Leap is a maneuver that's best left to the professionals.

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