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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 13, 2013

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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.

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• 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.

“Chariots of Backfire” race between Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Chris Webber and Ernie Johnson
Read more at http://gamedayr.com/sports/chariots-of-backfire-nba-on-tnt-race-webber-wins-91792/#vzhU81s1qGD8ur3X.99

“Chariots of Backfire” race between Shaq, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Chris Webber and Ernie Johnson
Read more at http://gamedayr.com/sports/chariots-of-backfire-nba-on-tnt-race-webber-wins-91792/#vzhU81s1qGD8ur3X.99

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