Friday, December 21, 2012

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NFL's most underachieving team

In a league that features both the Chiefs and Jets, the Lions may take the lead in an ignominious category. They are an embarrassment. They are impossible to watch. They are a clown show. They slip on the proverbial banana peel on national television. They are the biggest group of underachievers in the NFL. ... Meet your 2012 Detroit Lions. Yes, the Lions (4-10) are back to being a laughing stock. And yet, nobody is really focusing on it to the level it deserves. What a difference a year makes. One year ago, the NFL world was genuinely celebrating the Lions' return to the playoffs. ... What's most alarming about this horrendous season is it raises legit questions about the Big 3 in Motown: Jim Schwartz, Matthew Stafford and Ndamukong Suh. (

Lincecum lops off his locks

Tim Lincecum now bears a little less resemblance to a Dazed and Confused character. After years of cultivating his iconic Mitch Kramer look, [Lincecum] has opted for a much shorter hairstyle as we head into 2013. The two closely cropped pictures shown above have been floating around Twitter in the past week and a hairstylist in Lincecum's hometown of Seattle tweeted the monumental news back on Dec. 9. ... Lincecum likes to maintain a low profile in the offseason so he's probably enjoying the fact he's hiding in plain sight with the help of a haircut and pair of glasses. Or as @FunkyFrijoles points out, maybe he's just getting a start on fitting in with the New York Yankees after he becomes a free agent next offseason. (Yahoo! Sports)Comment

Stolen BCS tickets at South Bend bar

Mystery, solved. Police quickly solved the caper of the missing Notre Dame BCS National Championship tickets when the alleged thieves tried to sell them in a local bar, police said. Luckily, the tickets were returned to a South Bend woman days after she reported them stolen. South Bend police said the woman, 63, reported on Tuesday that her championship game tickets were taken from her front porch on North Shore Drive. The woman told police online records indicated the tickets had been delivered via FedEx, but she never received them. She reported the stolen tickets to Notre Dame, police said. Meanwhile, two men walked into Mulligan's Bar and Grill and tried to sell BCS tickets, police said. (South Bend Tribune)Comment

Must-See Photo

FItaly's Lisa Magdalena Agerer blazes through the Alpine Ski World Cup women's slalom in Are, Sweden. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Must-See Video

High School player of the week: Linebacker/tiight end Sean Constantine. In four years at Bellevue (WA), he's won four state championships and is looking forward to bringing that winning tradition to UW.

Game To Watch

Chicago Bulls at New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET, MSG

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SI Vault: More birth of basketball

This Day in Sports

  • 1891 -- At Springfield College, 18 students play the first basketball game
  • 1918 -- Red Sox trade Dutch Leonard, Ernie Shore and Duffy Lewis to Yankees for Slim Love, Frank Gilhooey, Al Walters, Ray Caldwell and $15,000 in a deal that still haunts Boston. Or maybe not.
  • 1941 -- Ray McLean makes drop kick for extra point as his Chicago Bears win the NFL Championship
  • 1951 -- Joe DiMaggio retires
  • 1979 -- Garry Unger of the Atlanta Flames plays in his NHL record 914th straight game
  • 1997 -- Barry Sanders becomes third NFL back to rush for 2,000 yards