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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 26, 2013


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 26.

• Rachel Washburn went from the sidelines as an Eagles cheerleader to tours of duty in Afghanistan as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Ladies and gentlemen, the Hottest American Hero.

• Paul Rudd replicated Dennis Green's legendary postgame meltdown. Paul Rudd is who we thought he was.

• Cool story: In the wake of Tony Romo's injury, the Cowboys have plucked retired QB Jon Kitna out of a Tacoma high school. That high school is where all his Cowboys earnings are going.

Two things Bama fans take seriously: Tide football, and the second amendment.

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This was the year Bron-Bron saved Christmas. But then the Clippers and Warriors almost went and ruined it.

• Wanna see pure joy? Watch this Auburn kid open his BCS tickets on Christmas morning.

• Now that Christmas is over, let the year-end countdowns commence in earnest. Here are the 15 best viral videos of the year. And here are the 50 best sports pics of 2013. And the 10 most ridiculous shots in the NBA in 2013.

Peyton Manning happened to be wearing a mic when he broke the single season touchdown pass record.

• This Mike Woodson reaction reel pretty much sums up the Knicks' abysmal season.

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