Things To Watch For In 2012
Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Mike Krzyzewski. :: Michael O'Neill/SI
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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 LeBron James and Kobe Bryant defending 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!
Top Twitter To Follow2011 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.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Shannan Click :: Steve Erle/SIKate 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.
A-Rod's New Squeeze?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.
Not So Happy Yankees NewsAs 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.
Photo Of The DayWhen I'm not filling in for Jimmy, I run the SI Photo Blog and like to post funny and/or embarrassing photos of athletes. Today's selection is from 1990 and features a very young Serena and Venus Williams meeting Nancy and Ronald Reagan.
Random LinksThis 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.
Shaq Video Of The DayA Christmas tree "accidentally" falls on Shaquille O'Neal during Inside the NBA last night.