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Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: January 2, 2014

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This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Jan. 2.

• Everything's coming up Bortles this morning. Blake Bortles led his UCF Knights to a big BCS bowl win, and according to his coach, George O'Leary, his girlfriend deserves "6 million Googles." See if you don't agree. That's her in the photo.

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• The NHL has taken over New Year's Day with the Winter Classic. Here's a cool time-lapse video of the Big House's transformation into hockey heaven.

Steve Spurrier: master troller. The guy's a genius. Really.

• My question following the recent round of bowls: What is going on with Kevin Sumlin's deformed knuckle?

Mark Dantonio's footwork in avoiding a Gatorade bath was truly impressive. He even threw in a taunt at the end.

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• Headline of the day: Red Wings Fan Videobombs Reporter, Wipes Out, Falls Down On Live TV.

Jets QB Geno Smith has a not-safe-for-work scandal. Just what he needed.

Breathtaking view of the Milky Way from the surface of Mars.

• The New Year's Day bowls have become a Big Ten-SEC grudge match breeding ground. Edge again to the SEC.

10 New Year's resolutions you won't keep, replaced by ones you will.

Nothing says New Year's Eve like a couple of drunk chicks on live TV screaming that they're gonna f--- s--- up.

• Cody Zeller attempted a dunk. The rim had other ideas.

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