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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 9, 2013


This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 9.

The 50 most popular women on the world wide web in 2013, according to Google searches. Somehow, Jennifer Lawrence is only No. 24. I weep for our country.

Yesterday was the snowiest NFL Sunday since 1991. Looked like fun.

• More than a game of inches, NFL football is a game of a handful of critical plays.

This year's 50 Most Influential People in Sports. Although I don't recall being influenced by anyone on this list.

• The lasting image of Championship Saturday: Sad Urban Meyer eating pizza alone in a golf cart.

• Saints punter Thomas Morstead got his money's worth out of a rare tackle opportunity with a neck-snapping facemask of Ted Ginn.

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Referee Jeff Triplette botched another important call.

Eli Manning looked into the end zone and saw a frightening version of himself staring back.

• Nick "Swaggy P" Young's attempt to overshadow Kobe's return with a highlight reel 360 clanged harmlessly off the top of the backboard. But he still made 11 Essential Links.

An SUV hit a deer. The deer hit a runner. The runner hit the ground and wound up in an ambulance.

The final BCS rankings ever have an appropriate level of SEC flavor.

• A little history was made in the chilly mile-high air of Denver yesterday: Matt Prater's record 64-yard field goal.

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