Monday December 15th, 2014

Johnny Awful and More NFL Notes

Johnny Manziel and Geno Atkins :: AP

Johnny Manziel started his first NFL game and it did not go well as the Bengals pounded the Browns 30-0. Cincinnati defensive end Wallace Gilberry mocked Manziel's money sign while running back Jeremy Hill received a rude reception when he tried to jump in the The Dawg Pound ... The Jets beat the Titans in the first 16-11 game in NFL history; it also featured the biggest brawl of the season. Props to this Tennessee fan for this Marcus Mariota jersey ... The Bills upset the Packers, thanks in part to Jordy Nelson dropping a wide open 94-yard-touchdown pass ... The Cleveland Police are not happy with Andrew Hawkins right now ... Seahawks OT Russell Okung was spitting blood and pushed the team trainer right before halftime. He didn't play in the second half as the Seahawks (thanks to a borderline 'Roughing the Passer' call) defeated the 49ers, 17-7 ... Warren Buffett wore a Ndamukong Suh jersey to the Lions-Vikings game. I smell a buddy sitcom ... Both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady gave their coaching staffs heart attacks by trying to do too much on a run play ... An angry Santana Moss was ejected for arguing a controversial non-touchdown by Robert Griffin III ... Dez Bryant and Malcolm Jenkins nearly brawled before the Cowboys beat the Eagles, 38-27 ... Lastly, this fan dressed up as a Cam Newton car crash victim. 

Feel-Good Moment of the Weekend (for everyone)

Lauren Hill, who has a cancerous brain tumor that is inoperable, scored her first basket of the season in front of her Mount Saint Joseph University fans. Hill's story is pretty remarkable if you haven't seen it. She was not supposed to live this long and was signed up for hospice care by her parents earlier this month.  

Feel-Good Moment of the Weekend (for this one fan)

A Patriots fan won $1 million during a halftime contest yesterday sponsored by the Massachusetts State Lottery. Ernest Tomascik had to choose from 24 oversized scratch tickets, each one containing a prize. And like a good Patriots fan, Tomascik chose No. 12 in honor of his favorite quarterback and won the grand prize.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Carly Lauren wore this wonderful dress to BenchWarmer's 10th Annual Winter Wonderland Toys For Tots. So in honor of the tots, I'm making Carly today's LLOD (click here for full-size gallery). 

A Hug From J.J. Watt

Ask and you shall receive.

Tony Gwynn Christmas Tribute

This Padres fan used the holidays (and his front lawn) as a tribute to Tony Gwynn. It's amazing.

New Sport Alert: Broga

It's not really a sport and it's not really new but Yoga targeted for men is now a thing and it's called Broga.

For the Stylish Boxer In Your Life

Chad Johnson: Generous Tipper


Eric Weddle's Santa Claus Beard

Action Shot of the Weekend

From the SI Vault

Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan :: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant moved past Michael Jordan to claim the No. 3 spot on the NBA's all-time scoring list on Sunday, which Nike celebrated with its new Mamba Moment shoe. So which player is better? FiveThirtyEight crunched the numbers and concluded that MJ is "much better."

Odds & Ends

The NFL will narrow the goal posts during the Pro Bowl, from 18.6 feet to 14 feet in hopes of making it permanent down the road  ... Andrew Bogut stuck up for Stephen Curry after a fan got on Curry's case for not taking a photo with him ... New Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is a knight ... Carmelo Anthony has the NBA's best hat game ... Corey Brewer got away with perhaps the most egregious travel in NBA history ... Meet the nation's longest-serving flight attendant ... The 12 best tech products of 2014 ... Six cars and SUVs that owners hate the most ... Madonna and other celebs with grills in their mouths ... The 20 worst gift ideas of 2014.

Most Surprising Athlete Cameos

Uproxx has compiled the most unlikey athlete cameos on sitcoms. As luck would have it, I'm interviewing Muggsy Bogues in a few hours and plan to ask him about this. 

Sign Him Up!

Jack Lenihan, a wide receiver for Barrington High in Illinois, may not get much playing time but he made a hell of a recruitment video. One for the ages.

What a Reunion!

After nine months in Afghanistan, Staff Sergeant Anthony Wagner is reunited with his children before the Browns-Bengals game.

Marcus Mariota Fan Club

Children from the Boys and Girls Club of Emerald Valley show their love for the Heisman Trophy winner.

Cows Get in Christmas Spirit

A farmer plays Jingle Bells on his trombone and his cattle come to hear. (H/T Huff Post)

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