December 29, 2011
The Year of Albert
Albert Pujols :: AP

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Baseball had one of its best years in 2011. The final day of the regular season, specifically the 129 minutes between 9:56 p.m. and 12:05 a.m., saw the Red Sox (with the help of chicken and beer) and Braves cement two of the biggest collapses in baseball history. The Braves allowed the Cardinals to sneak in the playoffs as the National League wildcard. Three weeks later, the Cardinals were World Series champions. Six weeks after that, franchise icon Albert Pujols left St. Louis for a 10-year, $254 million payday with the Angels. Here's a recap of the year in baseball.
Wave Of The Future?
The Philadelphia Wings of the National Lacrosse League will have their Twitter handles on the back of their jerseys for a game in February. I wish the NFL would do this and Warren Sapp was still playing so "QBKILLA" would be on his jersey.
The Ex-Wives Club
With Vanessa Bryant filing for divorce (and getting ready to collect a reported $75 million or so), SI put together this great gallery of NBA ex-wives and girlfriends.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Lindsay Ellingson :: Randy Brooke/Getty Images
Guyism crunched the numbers to come up with its 66 favorite women of 2011. I could make every one of them a Lovely Lady of the Day, but I am in a Lindsay Ellingson type of mood today. So I'm bestowing her with LLOD honors.
Random Sports Feud I Like
FOX Sports NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira vs. ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden. It's on.
Random Sports Feud I Like, Part 2
Thunder center Kendrick Perkins vs. NBA TV and TNT analyst Chris Webber. It's so on.
Photo Of The Day
When I'm not filling in for Jimmy, I run the SI Photo Blog and like to post funny and/or embarrassing photos of athletes. And there is no athlete more famous than Muhammad Ali. Here's a 1974 photo of the former heavyweight champion catching a quick nap at a cabin in Deer Lake, Penn., where he was training for a fight against Joe Frazier . It also reminds me of this great scene from the cinematic masterpiece, Rocky IV.
Random Links
Michael Jordan is engaged. Here's a shot of MJ with the future Mrs. Jordan ... Yankees captain Derek Jeter is giving injured children the same memorabilia package he gives to his female conquests ... This is why everyone should wait 24 hours before texting someone after a date ... The worst movies of 2011 ... Here's a solid collection of awkward family holiday photos ... Floyd Mayweather allegedly made $1 million by betting against Tim Tebow ... Former Lightning coach Rick Tocchet had $18,000 seized at customs while traveling to the Bahamas.
Hockey Fight Of The Day
Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid beats up Coyotes forward Raffi Torres during last night's Bruins-Coyotes game.

Local TV News Bloopers Of The Year
The only thing better than a local TV news blooper is a six minute compilation of local TV news bloopers. Enjoy. (Thanks to The Big Lead for the tip)

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