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Jimmy is off preparing for the season debut of his favorite show, Men of a Certain Age, and asked me to fill in. While there are plenty of sports items to discuss, I'd first like to congratulate Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, who threw himself into the MVP race with a thrilling win yesterday over Tampa Bay and announced his engagement to longtime girlfriend Sarah Marshall. No, it's not Kristen Bell, who played the title role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but any chance to link to these photos of the actress is one I can't pass up.
Marrying Sarah Marshall
Kristen Bell :: AP
No matter how bad your day is, at least you don't have Ben Roethlisberger's nose ... Packers receiver Donald Driver made an incredible touchdown catch as the Packers (and their awesome throwback jerseys) beat up on the Niners... Seahawks all-purpose back Leon Washington should feel pretty foolish after his premature touchdown celebration ... Bengals defensive tackle Pat Sims made the week's dumbest play, which may have cost his team a victory.
The annual USC-UCLA game was overshadowed by a huge pregame brawl ... Nicki Boon, a junior at North Central University in Minneapolis, won $123,000 in scholarship money with this incredible performance at halftime of the SEC title game ... The Cincinnati Bearcats mascot was arrested for throwing snowballs and pushing security guards (the video is tremendous).
College Football Roundup
Thirty years after its original release, Caddyshack remains one of the greatest sports movies of alltime but does it hold up the laws of science? James Williams of the Discovery Network breaks down five hidden scientific facts about the movies. Also, SI had a great piece in its annual "Where Are They Now" issue last August issue catching up with the cast and crew of the movie.
Caddyshack :: Courtesy of Warner Bros.
Could you survive on $4,250 per month for rent and $472 per month on a car? Of course you could, but you're not a professional athlete like Michael Vick. The Shutdown Corner has a look at the quarterback's massive money problems.
Michael Vick and His Lack of Money
The Houston Rockets will hold a menorah lighting at Tuesday's game and a holiday themed dunking showcase ... If you missed it, here's Nuggets guard Ty Lawson's 75-foot buzzer beater ... The 100 best sports commercials of the past 20 years ... I thought Saturday was the best SNL in at least three years (except for Diddy's AWFUL new band).
UConn coach Randy Edsell gets excited about the Huskies berth in a BCS game.
Coach Can't Dance Video Of The Day
TCU says goodbye to Amon G. Carter Stadium.
Stadium Implosion Of The Day