Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day

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

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports posts on the web for January 11.

• The national obsession with AJ McCarron's girlfriend continues. Looks like Katherine Webb will be appearing in the upcoming Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Judging from the photo, she'll fit right in.

• Last night was not a good night for the refs at the Kentucky-Vanderbilt game, nor was it a good night for Bobby Knight.

Athlon ranks and grades all 28 of college football's 2012 coaching hires. Urban Meyer gets an A. Ellis Johnson, not so much.

• Short people got no reason to play quarterback. Unless they're Russell Wilson, or Doug Flutie.

They've announced the finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2013 induction class. Some no-brainers in there, like Larry Allen and Jonathan Ogden, but some tougher calls, like Jerome Bettis and Warren Sapp.

An amusing round-up from the day that was in sports, including new Jags GM David Caldwell's puzzling announcement that there's no place for Tim Tebow in Jacksonville.

• I'm not a soccer fan, but even I know that this is impressive. Too bad there were only about 42 people there to see it.

• We interrupt the ongoing Ray Lewis love-fest to bring you a chat with some folks who don't find him so charming and lovable.

The Wall Street Journal poses an interesting question: What if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was like the Baseball Hall of Fame and excluded known drug users?

10 things to expect from an abbreviated hockey season.

Sports Illustrated ran a story on the problem of PEDs in sports — back in 1969.

• In today's video, the chubbiest kid on the court has an athletic highlight most of us can only dream of.


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January 10

• Can Johnny Football do it again? Athlon counts down the 2013 Heisman contenders. Of course, this item is really just an excuse to run a photo of Manziel's model girlfriend, Sarah Savage.

• San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin went all Harlem Globetrotters against Fresno State. The result was college basketball's Dunk of the Year.

The world's best recruiting mixtape comes courtesy of a little-used special teamer. This kid may be a scrub, but he's the kind of guy I want on my team.

The New York Times published a blank front page to protest the Hall of Fame shutout this year. Not sure how to feel about this. Seems like a waste of space. Of course, some would argue that the Hall is becoming a waste of space when it excludes the home run leader, hits leader and seven-time Cy Young winner.

• Speaking of said seven-time Cy Young winner, Roger Clemens tweeted his reaction to his Hall snub. It's all good, until his sign-off. "Muchie peachie"?

• One last Hall of Fame item: Whoever voted for Aaron Sele needs to be outed and publicly shamed.

• I don't think Tim Tebow is a liar, but I simply don't believe this headline.

• According to TMZ, AJ McCarron isn't happy about his girlfriend's sudden fame.

Will it be two losses in one week for the suddenly luckless Fighting Irish?

• In honor of today's Academy Awards nominations, Sports Illustrated has assembled a gallery of sports movies at the Oscars.

• Don't try this at home, kids. counts down the 10 fads that proved fatal in some cases.

• Turns out that the Seahawks' Richard Sherman was mic'd up after Seattle's wild card win over Washington, so we get to hear what it was that led Trent Williams to punch him in the face.  

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January 9

• You probably didn't notice, but Dustin Johnson won a golf tournament yesterday in Hawaii. Could portend a big year for the big hitter. Of course, we present this item merely as an excuse to run a photo of DJ's reported girlfriend, Paulina Gretzky, seen here following her beau amid the winds of Hawaii. 

The Musburger fallout continues. Looks like Brent's comments will be remembered far longer than the game itself. Meanwhile, Katherine Webb herself says to give the old guy a break, while the New York Post weighs in in its own inimitable way.

• Yes, it's early, but it's never too early. Athlon's first top 25 for 2013.

• Thanks to the NFL vacancies, the coaching carousel is still spinning. Could be many more dominoes to fall.

Tom Verducci says sorry Barry, Roger, Mark and the other juicers. No Hall for you.

• This may be a little inside-baseball for us media types, but with Turner's acquisition of Bleacher Report, CNN's sports content will now be provided by Bleacher instead of Sports Illustrated.

• Now that conference play has begun, here's a handy guide to college basketball realignment. And here's a look at the changes for this season and upcoming seasons in chart form.

The headline of this story says it all.

The Razzie nominations are in, and unsurprisingly, Adam Sandler and Nic Cage made the cut. They'll say it's an honor just to be nominated, but you know they want to win.

• Drive-thru window plus invisible driver equals comedy gold.

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January 8

•A star was born last night, and it wasn't Eddie Lacy. AJ McCarron's girlfriend Katherine Webb threatened to melt Twitter, after Brent Musberger creeped out the nation last night by drooling all over his mic after he spotted the former Miss Teen Alabama. In Musberger's defense, she is very attractive, as you can see in the photo at right.

• Musberger wasn't the only one taken with McCarron's lady. Cards defensive end Darnell Dockett tweeted her his phone number.

• On the field, the most exciting moment of the night came when McCarron showed up center Barrett Jones, and Jones responded with a shove. The guys are roommates and buddies, so it's all good. 

A roundup of humorous tweets from last night.

• No truth to the rumor that Notre Dame is replacing the sign in their tunnel.

• Well played, Tuscaloosa News.

• Hate to pile on, but this is pretty good. Maybe next time, Rudy.

• 2013 will bring us an early candidate for Game of the Century: Sept. 14, Kyle Field, College Station, Texas. ESPN GameDay will no doubt be there.

• In other news, Dr. James Andrews bailed out Mike Shanahan a little bit in the RG3 affair.

• For all those who made fitness-related New Year's resolutions: the 10 weirdest workout gadgets.

• Kate Upton is more than just a pretty face. She's also a clever Tweeter. She managed to nail Notre Dame and the Jets in fewer than 140 characters.

• Today's video promoting Shane Battier's charity karaoke event is dedicated to those Boomers who remember the Love Boat.

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January 7

• In honor of Notre Dame's appearance in tonight's national title game, here's a slideshow of fetching Irish fan Leslie. If you believe many of the pundits, Notre Dame's highlights will begin and end here.

• In the interest of equal time, we present Bama fan Angela. Judging from the respective hotties, the game's a toss-up.

So what does Athlon say? Of their eight participating pundits, six pick Alabama. Sounds about right.

• To the chagrin of some and the delight of others, Brent Musberger, 73 years young, will be on the mic tonight. Here's a Q&A with the broadcasting legend.

This Tide tribute tattoo has to be seen to be believed.

Ray Lewis returned to treat Ravens fans to his Last Dance. Of course, his routine killed. (See what I did there?)

Yesterday was not a good day for Robert Griffin III or Mike Shanahan. The day's winners: the Seattle Seahawks and Dr. James Andrews.

• The Seahawks' Richard Sherman is seemingly happy to play the villain role for these playoffs. The Redskins' Trent Williams wasn't so happy with Sherman's post-game antics.

Chip Kelly's annual flirtation with the NFL ended with Kelly back at Oregon, and the Browns back to the drawing board.

Some creative USC fan used a public safety notice to make his feelings known about Lane Kiffin. Well played.

• One last college football palate cleanser in GIF form: a ref goes tumbling at the Cotton Bowl.

• Today's video is a look back at an all-time college football classic: Alabama-Notre Dame, the Sugar Bowl, Dec. 31, 1973.

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