Who has the better cheerleaders -- USC or Illinois? :: Kirby Lee/Wireimage, courtesy of Anne Fennell
Like any good American, we spent way too much time in front of our TV yesterday watching a rather lackluster set of New Year's Day bowl games (except Michigan-Florida). Our favorite observation came from our own Stewart Mandelabout the USC-Illinois matchup: "I've already observed at least one major mismatch: when ABC's cameras showed consecutive shots of the USC Song Girls followed by their Illinois counterparts. Umm ... yeah." Just don't tell that to Anne.
Although the SIOC offices are blocks away from Times Square, you would've had to pay us big money to stand in a crowd of thousands on New Year's Eve and watch an enormous ball drop. However, if it was a giant pickle or possum, we would have been first in line.
No Fun for the Irish
As if this year's 3-9 debacle wasn't enough to crush Notre Dame fans, the Bleacher Report has the 10 worst moments of the post-Bob Davie era.
What the Puck?
Women's volleyball season is over (congrats to national champs Penn State), but here's an item worth checking out. USC Sophomore setterChelsea Wilson's father is Doug Wilson, president and general manager for the San Jose Sharks. Something tells us dad isn't going to be psyched about these pics.
Mascot of the Year
Zippy (back row, forth from left) is your Mascot of the Year. :: Photo courtesy of Capital One
The votes have been tallied and Akron's Zippy has been declared the winner of the Capital One All-American Mascot Challenge, edging out Minnesota's Goldy Gopher in the finals.
On The Bright Side
Sure, USC pounded Illinois (49-17), but Illini coach Ron Zook has one thing going for him -- his daughter Jacquelyn's career in Hollywood.