Pictures of the Year
Here's hoping everyone brought in the New Year in a good way. As we dive into the college football playoffs, the NFL's march to the Super Bowl and everything else that the 2015 sports year has to offer, take a minute to check out the best photos of 2014. Also worth your time: SI's 2014 Signs of the Apoclypse and the Bloopers of the Year.
Scenes From a Wild Fiesta Bowl
Boise State upset Arizona 38-30 in yesterday's Fiesta Bowl. The game brought out all the stars, and by "stars," I mean a somewhat bloated Ken Griffey Jr. (and his fancy camera). The game got off to a rousing start when members of the Wildcats football squad stepped all over this male cheerleader's "S" and featured a Broncos touchdown via the rarely-used Statue of Liberty Play. Arizona had a chance to tie late in the fourth quarter but QB Anu Solomon took a sack with no timeouts left and the clock expired.
Dumb Bet of the Day
Late candidate for sports story of the year: Michigan fan @markthenomad sent a tweet back in October that read, “I’ll tattoo Jim Harbaugh’s face from his guest spot on Saved by the Bell on my arm if he comes and coaches Michigan.” Now he's trying to raise the $200 required for the tattoo. As of this writing (7:45 a.m.), he needs $75 more to make it happen.
Lovely Lady of the Day
As a proud member of #Pomplunation, I am happy to make Raquel Pomplun the first LLOD of 2015 (click here for full-size gallery).
Remember Tuesday's crazy ending to the Florida-FSU game in which UF center Jacob Kurtz accidentally tipped in a last-second FSU shot to give the Seminoles a victory? A similar play happened in the closing seconds of last night's Spurs-Pelicans game, though this one just brought the game to overtime.
Overpriced Furniture Inspired by Famous Landmarks
Today's "this has nothing to do with sports" link comes from Wired.com. You know you always wanted a lamp that looks just like the Eiffel Tower.
Poor Bear Bryant
Do Something Good This Year
Sweet Dee Loves Her Ducks
Kaitlin Olson isn't the only celebrity with a custom Oregon jersey.
Bill Belichick Cleans Up Nicely
A photo posted by Linda Holliday (@lindahollidayofficial) on
DeMarcus vs. Marcus
Odds & Ends
I really enjoyed this piece looking at the year in fan behavior ... Ndamukong Suh had the perfect excuse for stepping on Aaron Rodgers: numb feet ... Concession Food Item of the Week: Lambeau Field's baked mac and cheese ... Peyton Manning tracked down a fan in Alaska ... This LeBron James-Dwyane Wade video from Christmas has NBA fans talking about a reunion ... Tim Tebow was all over this trick play turned in by TCU during yesterday's Peach Bowl ... Carmelo Anthony said the Knicks would "crumble" without coach Derek Fisher ... U.S. soccer star Alex Morgan got married last night (lucky guy) ... 31 famous Friends cameos ... Top TV fight scenes of 2014.
Auld Lang Syne (with a bear)
Rene Rancourt sings Auld Lang Syne with the help of a giant bear before yesterday's Bruins-Leafs game. Random story: I used to work at the Honeybaked Ham in scenic Framingham, Mass., and Rancourt came in once to pick up a ham. He ended up singing to most of the store and couldn't have been nicer.
One Way To Pull Out a Tooth
An Alabama fan pulls out his son's tooth with the assistance of a golf ball.
SI's Videos of the Year
SI's top 27 (no idea how we settled on that number) videos of the year, including this "Where are they now" feature on Harold "Baby Jordan" Minor.
For "The Wire" Fans
Isiah Whitlock Jr. (a.k.a. - Senator Clay Davis) shows off his popular catchphrase.