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As 2011 comes to a close, it's time to look ahead to 2012. Being a hardcore basketball fan, I'm looking forward to seeing LeBron James and Kobe Bryant defend their gold medal in the 2012 Olympics. Here is a month-by-month look at the 2012 sports calendar and which sports figures will thrive in the new year. For individual sports, here are predictions for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, College Football, College Basketball, Tennis, Golf, Racing, Boxing, MMA and the Olympics. So by the time you finish reading all those, it should be 2013. Hope you had a good year!
Things To Watch For In 2012
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Mike Krzyzewski. :: Michael O'Neill/SI
2011 was also a huge year for Twitter as athletes finally had a medium to correspond directly with fans and reporters could keep fans up to date with the latest information about their team. Last week, Jimmy listed his 40 favorite Twitter accounts so if you missed the list or are new to Twitter, this is a good place to start. It's also a good place to shamelessly promote my Twitter account, the SI Vault, where I post 10-15 photos from the SI archives each day.
Top Twitter Accounts To Follow
Besides Twitter, the other MVP of 2011 is NMAtv, who make all those funny Taiwanese animated videos. Whether it's the Penn State scandal or Kobe Bryant's divorce, there is no topic they won't make a funny video out of. Check them out.
The Ex-Wives Club
Kate Upton, Chrissy Teigen and Irina Shayk got plenty of attention for their appearance in SI's swimsuit edition, but one model who flew somewhat under the radar is Shannan Click. That's why I am making her the final Lovely Lady of the Day for 2011.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Shannan Click :: Steve Erle/SI
Alex Rodriguez has become an easy target for bloggers and people who fill in for Jimmy on Hot Clicks (this pic has a lot to do with it), but I have to tip my cap to the Yankees third baseman. According to this report, he is now seeing former WWE diva and Playboy model Torrie Wilson. Let's hope she stays away from the popcorn.
A-Rod's New Squeeze?
As A-Rod enjoys time with his newest ladyfriend, things aren't as rosy for Yankees team owner Hal Steinbrenner, who is being sued by the IRS over a $670,000 tax refund.
Not So Happy Yankees News
This is the girlfriend of Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III ... Unwanted by the NFL, Terrell Owens will soon be a member of the Indoor Football League ... I didn't realize Usain Bolt was such a big drinker ... Here's the story behind the amazing Don Cherry desk piano video that went viral earlier this week.
A Christmas tree "accidentally" falls on Shaquille O'Neal during Inside the NBA last night.
Shaq Video Of The Day
The best TV lines of 2011, compiled in one handy five-minute video.
TV Highlights Of The Year