December 15, 2011
I Am A Real Person!
Al Alburquerque :: AP

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Pictured above is Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque. If you heard of him, you already know more than WFAN-AM's Mike Francesa. The longtime NYC sports-talk radio host said he had never heard of the pitcher, and quickly dismissed a caller asking about him during a radio show in October. Franseca's miscue made Awful Announcing's countdown of the top 10 announcing gaffes of 2011. I still don't think anything tops this ESPN announcer from 2010 who referred to Citi Field as another field that rhymes with city.
Poor Eric Gordon. It's bad enough that he got traded from the rising Clippers to the lowly Hornets, but Gordon learned of the trade while riding on a bus with some of his (former) Clippers teammates, coaches, members of the dance team, and season-ticket holders.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Janae Kram :: Courtesy of Tennessee Titans
If you caught Sunday's Saints-Titans game, you may have noticed a man dressed as Santa Claus drop to one knee and propose to Tennessee cheerleader Janae Kram. St. Nick turned out to be her boyfriend, Ben Graham, a right-handed pitcher in the Nationals farm system. Of course, the engagement pales in comparison to Kram earning Lovely Lady of the Day honors. While we're on the topic, here is a look at other memorable sports-related wedding proposals.
The Fake Bowl
The athletic department at East Carolina is selling tickets to the Virtual Bowl for $50 apiece, which seems like a decent price until you realize that there is no such thing as a Virtual Bowl and it's all a big scam fundraiser.
Tebow Photo of the Day
When I'm not filling in for Jimmy, I run the SI Vault and like to post funny/cool/embarrassing sports photos to the SI Vault Twitter feed. Since we're now living in Tim Tebow's world, here's the Broncos quarterback at the beach, ignoring the two bikini-clad girls who are checking him out.
Random Links
This is an interesting theory on why Brewers star Ryan Braun failed his drug test ... This is an even more interesting theory about why Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh lost his temper and stomped an opposing player during the Lions-Packers Thanksgiving game ... GOP candidate Jon Huntsman's daughter once went on a date with Kris Humphries ... The 14 best video games of 2011.
The Hot Clicks Podcast
The outspoken Charles Barkley joined the latest edition of the Hot Clicks Podcast for a chat that covered a wide array of topics. Along with the state of the NBA, David Stern's power trip and the status of Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, we also discussed Barkley's disdain for the over-the-top Tim Tebow coverage, his intense hatred of Skip Bayless, his gambling habits and dieting. Yes, dieting. Barkley is the new spokesman for Weight Watchers. You can listen to the show below or download it here.

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Chicago's Patrick Kane shows off his skills with the puck during last night's overtime shootout against Minnesota.

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