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Rose Bowl Mismatch?

Who has the better cheerleaders -- USC or Illinois? :: Kirby Lee/Wireimage, courtesy of Anne Fennell
Like any good American, we spent way too much time in front of our TV yesterday watching a rather lackluster set of New Year's Day bowl games (except Michigan-Florida). Our favorite observation came from our own Stewart Mandel about the USC-Illinois matchup: "I've already observed at least one major mismatch: when ABC's cameras showed consecutive shots of the USC Song Girls followed by their Illinois counterparts. Umm ... yeah." Just don't tell that to Anne.
All-Suspension Team
This may have been our favorite post of the past two weeks -- UWire looks at the best players who aren't eligible for their teams' bowl games. As you may have guessed, it's pretty heavy on Seminoles.
Five Bizarre New Year's Eve Drops
Although the SIOC offices are blocks away from Times Square, you would've had to pay us big money to stand in a crowd of thousands on New Year's Eve and watch an enormous ball drop. However, if it was a giant pickle or possum, we would have been first in line.
No Fun for the Irish
As if this year's 3-9 debacle wasn't enough to crush Notre Dame fans, the Bleacher Report has the 10 worst moments of the post-Bob Davie era.
What the Puck?
Women's volleyball season is over (congrats to national champs Penn State), but here's an item worth checking out. USC Sophomore setter Chelsea Wilson's father is Doug Wilson, president and general manager for the San Jose Sharks. Something tells us dad isn't going to be psyched about these pics.
Mascot of the Year

Zippy (back row, forth from left) is your Mascot of the Year. :: Photo courtesy of Capital One
The votes have been tallied and Akron's Zippy has been declared the winner of the Capital One All-American Mascot Challenge, edging out Minnesota's Goldy Gopher in the finals.
On The Bright Side
Sure, USC pounded Illinois (49-17), but Illini coach Ron Zook has one thing going for him -- his daughter Jacquelyn's career in Hollywood.
Pop Culture Nugget
We were gonna do an item on Paris Hilton's crush on K-Fed, or a rumored Reggie Bush-Kim Kardashian engagement, but we'll go with something more positive. Welcome to the world Abigail Leia Taber, the first baby born in 2008.
Today in Hot Clicks
Illinois dodges Hugh Hefner ... NHL dodges common sense ... Karbushian?? ... The Curse of Jessica Simpson.
Odds and Ends
Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit brawl ... This contest in Chapel Hill may just have the lamest grand prize ever ... Fire Rick Neuheisel (already??).
Videos of the Day
Spartan Great

Who knew they taught classical piano in East Lansing?

Giving Him the Business

We forgot to mention this in our Top Videos of 2007 post -- the top penalty call of the year.

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