Sunday NFL Roundup
The Cowboys won their first playoff game since 2009, 24-20 over the Lions, though Detroit fans are still bitter this pass interference call was reversed. The Cowboys could've iced the game late when defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence recovered a Lions fumble but he tried to run instead of falling on the ball and fumbled back to the Lions. The game left Ndamukong Suh in tears and Cowboys fans, including BFFs Chris Christie and Jerry Jones, in ecstasy. The referees offered a weak explanation of their ruling while Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin wrote an angry blog post about the play.
Meanwhile in Indianapolis, the Colts breezed to an easy 26-10 victory over the Bengals. Cincinnati hasn't won a playoff game since 1990 while Andy Dalton dropped to 0-4 in the postseason. Andrew Luck was nearly perfect, firing this 36-yard touchdown pass to Donte Moncrief while on the run, and ending the day with 376 passing yards. The Bengals were frustrated throughout as teammates Pacman Jones and Geno Atkins neary came to blows on the sideline. The Colts, meanwhile, were a happy bunch after the game and cornerback Sergio Brown had the best locker room celebration of the year.
R.I.P. Stuart Scott
As you probably know by now, longtime ESPN anchor Stuart Scott passed away at age 49 after a long battle with cancer. The reaction on Twitter was swift and sad with everyone from Kobe Bryant to Mark Wahlberg sharing their thoughts on the tragic news. I highly recommend watching these raw, emotional clips of Rich Eisen and Hannah Storm announcing the news of his death. Powerful stuff.
Worst Manager Ever
Michael Meier, who manages third division German soccer team MSV Duisburg, forced his team to change training camp resorts after discovering the place they were staying was also hosting 400 Russian models in town for a beauty contest.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Old friend Cyrus in Boulder emailed to request some Danielle Ruiz photos, which is a very good call for a cold Monday morning (click here for full-size gallery).
Sign of the Apocalypse (sports division)
Need something to read for your book club? Have you read Lacey Noonan's A Gronking to Remember? The book is described as a "newly published erotic novella about one woman’s battle to stay faithful to her husband in the face of an unquenchable desire for everyone’s favorite tight end." I wish I were making this up.
Sign of the Apocalypse (non-sports division)
Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up for the new single Only One. This led many Kanye fans to go on Twitter and ask about this 'Paul MacArthur" fellow teaming up with their favorite rapper.
Best Laid Plans...
Update (10:25 a.m.): It was all a hoax. Oh well.
Crazy Statement. Good Explanation.
John Harbaugh'a comment about Joe Flacco as best QB in NFL is clearly in response to brother Jim getting all the attention for being crazy— Matt Chatham (@chatham58) January 4, 2015
Best Dog Breeds
Jeremy Shockey. Phish Fan.
A photo posted by Jeremy Shockey (@jeremyshockey) on
Odds & Ends
The NFL cleared up the mystery surrounding Ed Hochuli's "Jungle Boy" reference ... Jon Jones busted out the D-X crotch chop in the closing seconds of his victory over Daniel Cormier ... A Reds fan created this great sand castle replica of Great American Ballpark ... Curt Schilling had an interesting idea to tweak the Hall of Fame voting process ... The Nuggets are going to eliminate gameday shootarounds because most of his players are young and go out the night before games ... Really enjoyed this profile on Manute Bol's son Bol Bol ... BFF Alert: Barack Obama and Eddie Vedder hung out in Hawaii ... A devoted fish owner in Norfolk, England, spent $460 on surgery for his constipated goldfish ... A dog from central Washington was found nearly 2,400 miles from home and reunited with her family.
All Hail Benny the Bull
The Bulls mascot comes to the aid of this poor, ignored girl.
Anyone Seen the Puck?
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby makes a save and has trouble locating the puck. Hilarity ensues.