Athlon's Essential 11 Links of the Day: December 30, 2013

Rounding Up the Web's Best Sports Links So You Don't Have To.

This is your daily link roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Dec. 30.

• After a memorable Week 17 in the NFL, here's a final cheerleader twitpic roundup of the 2013 regular season. See ya next year, Cowboy cheerleaders.


• It's Black Monday for some in the NFL, but not Rex Ryan. Watch his players react to the news that we'll have Rexie to kick around for another year. Guess he's a player's coach.


• Yesterday's two win-or-go-home games lived up to expectations. Aaron Rodgers came through, and the Cowboys didn't.


• A wild final Sunday in the NFL included the Chargers sneaking in the playoffs — and keeping the Steelers out — with the assistance of a blown call.


Cam Newton adorably made some kid's life yesterday.


Jesse Palmer saved Chris Fowler's life with the Heimlich maneuver. That'll help him a contract renewal time.


• Ah, Instagram, where celebrities let their freak flags fly. Here are 30 lovely sports ladies you should be following on that particular social medium.


• A couple of fun year-enders from our friends at Mandatory: favorite tweets of the year, and the 135 funniest photos of 2013. Nice time-killers for those of you pretending to work today.


Some amusing highlights from the year in media.


• The Wisconsin Badgers football team enjoyed the Packers' win — except for one sad guy in a Matt Forte jersey.

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