Elsa and Other WAGS
Elsa Benitez: Stewart Shining, Walter Iooss/SI
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Bleacher Report put out its list of the decade's Top WAGS -- and what a list it is. Besides the usual suspects (Gisele, Minka Kelly), there were a few women I'd never heard of including the ridiculously hot Brittany Binger (Grady Sizemore's girlfriend) and Laura Cover (Aaron Boone's wife). Alas, both of are ex-Playboy models and the pics I wanted to use wouldn't make my bosses very happy. So instead, we'll focus on the girls we can show pics of -- more specifically, Elsa Benitez. The fomer SI swimsuit model was married to NBA sorta-star Rony Seikaly in the early part of the decade and as these pictures show, Mr. Seikaly was a very lucky man.
Thanks for Coming, Jim ZornLast night was a bit of a snoozefest in DC as the Giants pounded the Redskins, 45-12. Before the game, I'd say Washington coach Jim Zorn had maybe a one percent chance of keeping his job, and that percentage went down after one of the more head-scratching plays of the season. In case you missed it, the Redskins were down 24-0 as the first half was coming to an end. They lined up for a 38-yard field goal, only to fake it and send most of the team over to the left, leaving only the snapper, the holder and the kicker in the middle of the field. The Giants saw the formation and called a timeout to stop the play. So what did Zorn do? He called the same play again. The Giants sniffed it out and the play failed as Redskins holder Hunter Smith aimlessly threw the ball in the air. Here's a video of the play. It was ugly.
Happy Late Birthday, JoePa
Courtesy of Brown University; Michael J. LeBrecht III would like to formally apologize to all Penn State fans for not mentioning Joe Paterno's 83rd birthday yesterday. Hopefully, this gallery of the legendary coach will make up for it.
Quotes of the DecadeBuzzfeed has put together the funniest celebrity quotes of the decade and it's a pretty solid list. My favorite is Paris Hilton on Wal-Mart ("Wal-mart ... do they like make walls there?") and Pete Sampras discussing his wedding ("I didn't have a big fat Greek wedding, but I have a lot of fat Greek friends.").
Random LinksCan someone find Stephanie Rice a boyfriend ... I enjoyed Manofest's list of 25 people who look like cartoon characters ... I am still trying to figure out what's so funny about Will Ferrell appearing in this couple's NY Times wedding announcement ... Harry Caray gets in the Christmas spirit ... Here is a video recap of the decade in seven minutes.
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Johnny Damon Makes Out With 86-Year-Old Video Of The DayJohnny Damon hosted WWE's Monday Night Raw last night and caught the eye of 86-year-old Mae Young, who ended up jumping his bones (fun begins at 2:09 mark of video).
Unnecessary Censorship Video Of The DayJimmy Kimmel wraps up the 2000s with the decade in unnecessary censorship.