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Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 10, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Dre Kirkpatrick #21 and Darius Hanks #15 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama  won the game by a score of 21-0.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Alabama punked LSU on national TV and even stole their lunch money, Barry Larkin has the Hall of Fame all to himself and Messi received more hardware in Europe.  

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In this edition:


Something rather funny happened at the Orange Bowl. No, I am not talking about Clemson being referred to as a football team, rather mascot Obie being run over by Mountaineers safety Darwin Cook. Here is the crucial update.

Question on Everybody's Mind: How is Obie?

Our Take: Here is the the tweet from Orange Bow staff. 

As you can see, Obie is at least out of the hospital, but he seems to be harboring at least a little bit of a grudge. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Wish It Were Stanfurd's Trees

This is the most intriguing story to come from a game that saw West Virginia beat Clemson 70-33. I've been trying so hard to forget this game ever existed, thanks Obie. 



GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11: Head coach Hue Jackson of the Oakland Raiders looks on during the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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Hue Jackson has been fired by the Oakland Raiders. I would be shocked if this were any other franchise. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was this the right move?

Our Take: I have no idea, Hue Jackson was head coach for like five minutes. Three of them saw Carson Palmer throw the ball to the opposition more than his own teammates. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Black Holes

It's pretty hard to create a dynasty when you fire a coach ever couple of years. This team has now gone through nine coaches since they arrived back in Oakland in the mid-90's. This would be hilarious if it weren't so sad. 

Deeper Dive: 

Hue Jackson Fired: 5 Reasons the Oakland Raiders Canned Their Coach (B/R)

Oakland Raiders Fire Hue Jackson (Oakland Tribune)



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Courtesy of HeavenKODDiva Twitter

When you are a free agent receiver in the NFL with character issues, the first thing that you should do is make sure that strippers are taking pictures of you hanging out with them. DeSean Jackson is doing a great job of that. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Who is going to sign Jackson?

Our Take: I think the list of suitors for the outspoken receiver will not be as great as he is hoping. He will get paid, but I would be surprised if it is as much as he wants it to be. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Fun Pictures

At least Jackson can brag about hanging out with strippers to his friends, because his dreams of being one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL are not likely going to come true. 

Deeper Dive

What Was DeSean Jackson Doing This Morning? (Busted Coverage)



While Tim Tebow might be a modern-day quarterback who fits the Madden style of football, there really is nothing better than "Tecmo Bowl" in the pantheon of NFL video games. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is "Tecmo Bowl" better than Tebowing?

Our Take: "Tecmo Bowl" is the best thing ever. Tebowing is kind of fun, but it's not something that you can do 24/7 without hurting your knees or back, so "Tecmo Bowl" is far superior to Tebowing in that regard. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Old-School Video Games

The "Tecmo Bowl" people have capitalized on the Tebow craze with t-shirts and now this. They know how to stay relevant in this 3D age. 

Deeper Dive

Tim Tebow Getting A "Hell Yeah" From WWE Legend Steve Austin (B/R)



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It was only a matter of time before the Nuggets tried to get in on the act of Tebowing. Unfortunately, Rocky the mascot does not have the same powers that Tebow does. The Nuggets lost to New Orleans on Monday night. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Tebow's power fading?

Our Take: When you doubt the power of Tebow, you get burned. It's not that his superpowers are fading, it's just that the Nuggets don't know how to do it right. Not everyone can be a superhero, after all. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Tebowing Mascots

It is only going to be a matter of time before we see everyone in an arena or stadium Tebowing. Even your 98-year-old Grandmother who is in a wheelchair and hasn't been able to kneel down for 30 years will join in on the craze. 

Deeper Dive

Breaking Down Tebow's Incredible Playoff Win (B/R)



LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. celebrates his fourth-round knockout of Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Even though the BCS Championship Game was an eternal bore, Floyd Mayweather had something to smile about. He won the small lump sum of $400,000 betting on the Crimson Tide. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Can Mayweather bribe Bob Arum into a fight with Manny Pacquiao?

Our Take: That would be the best way to make the fight happen. I think that a better use for his money, though, would be to get it all paid out in singles and roll around his prison cell in all that money. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Mayweather Sucker Punches

You know that saying about bad guys having all the luck, well that would explain why Mayweather is able to make six-figures off of a football game. 

Deeper Dive

Mayweather Brags About His Winnings (Instagram)



NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrates with the trophy after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012
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To the jokester that took LSU's pride and respect, they are looking for it so please give it back. By the end of the field goal fest that was the BCS title game, the LSU Tigers were huffing and puffing while I yawned. That game would have been more exciting if Alabama just noogied LSU to death. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Alabama rightful champs?

Our Take: You bet your McNuggets they are. It was silly to make LSU beat Alabama twice in one season, but the Tide made things even sillier in how they wiped the floor with the Tigers. I think I even saw the Honey Badger cry. Okay, maybe not, but it sounds plausible. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Musburgers

At least we don't have to hear incessant and awful yodeling by Brent Musburger. Here is a video of each and every time Musburger saw fit to mention the Honey Badger, a player that barely figured into this game. 

You May Be Right Tweet Award: 

Deeper Dive: 

Crimson Tide Dominate Tigers to Win BCS National Championship (B/R)

Alabama Pitches Shut Out on LSU for BCS Title (CBS News)



ST. LOUIS - JULY 6:  Infielder Barry Larkin #11 of the Cincinnati Reds throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals during the game at Busch Stadium on July 6, 2004 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Reds won 5-3.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Elsa/Getty Images

After much thought and what I assume was a drunken vote, the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted in Barry Larkin in what was a no-brainer entry. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is Larkin deserving?

Our Take: Yes, and with meat heads like Mark McGwire and Jeff Bagwell on the ballot, voting in a tough shortstop that could hit was easier than getting Lindsey Lohan to finish her drink. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Crazy Voters

In an act that proves some writers vote with their heart or are blitzed when they punch the ballot, Bill Mueller, Eric Young and Tim Salmon received Hall of Fame votes. Yes, the same Hall that houses the greatest to ever play the game. I was very disappointed

Deeper Dive: 

Steroids Era On Deck for Hall of Fame (B/R)

Barry Larkin Is Lone Star Voted into Hall of Fame (ESPN) 



ZURICH, SWITZERLAND - JANUARY 09:  Lionel Messi of Barcelona receives the FIFA Ballon d'Or 2011 trophy on January 9, 2012 in Zurich, Switzerland.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Lionel Messi won the overachiever award as he took home his third Ballon d'Or in as many years. The fact that he is 24 years old has me fairly depressed. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why so sad?

Our Take: Aw, thanks for asking. It's just that Lionel Messi has pretty much dominated a sport for three years and just capped off a year in which he won La Liga, the Champions League and the FIFA Club World Cup. All I did was make a really awesome breakfast burrito sometime last May. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Tasty Dishes 

The award was presented by a very fat version of the former star Ronaldo. This was meant to differentiate himself from Cristiano Ronaldo who was up for the award, but is neither fat nor as good as Messi. Ooooh, you Real Madrid fans can whine about it in the comments section. 

Deeper Dive: 

Lionel Messi Wins Third Straight Ballon d'Or Award (B/R)

Messi Is Best Player in World, Again (ESPN)



LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 09:  Top Rank Founder and CEO Bob Arum speaks during the final news conference for the bout between boxers Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 9, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will d
Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Another day, another boxing promoter driving a nail through the coffin of a dying sport. There is little likelihood that we will get to see Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fight on May 5th, because Bob Arum has a stick up his booty. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What gives?

Our Take: Arum has poo-pooed this fight from day one and would rather his cash cow, um, Pac-Man, fight other boxers. Meanwhile, Money May is on the clock before he gets locked up in jail. So a sport that nobody cares about continues to die a slow, uninteresting death by men that are far richer than their brain cells should warrant. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Epic Bouts

I miss great boxing matches. However, there are far too many belts and way too many organizations for fans to follow. All we need is two great boxers and one ring, like this

Deeper Dive:

Pacquiao Wants Money May Next (B/R) 

Money May vs. Pac-Man Unlikely for May 5th (Yahoo Sports)



Because what else are you going to watch at work?


Arsenal welcomed back Thierry Henry and he obliged with a goal on his first touch. Yowza. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Striker's Goal in Triumphant Return to Gunners (B/R) 



LeBron James gets interviewed by the Children of the Corn. Strangely, none of them ask where he disappears to in the playoffs. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Liverpool Kids Bombard the King With Silly Questions (B/R) 



It's better than a diet and you may even get into a bidding war with Richard Branson.

Deeper Dive: Watch Athletes and Celebs Testimonials for Mamba's New Kicks (B/R)



Here is Mexican international star Rafa Marquez getting silly with a soccer ball. 



All we need is Yakity Sax cued up for this fail that could have ended much, much worse. 



Little bits of goodness with a chewy center. 


If you ever wondered what the worst injuries were in relation to a man's well, you know. Here it is. Via MTV.



Do you stick around just to watch head coaches get drenched? Well, you are one sick puppy and may love this following rundown. Via Midwest Sports Fans.



Here is a rundown of the best pictures of LSU cheerleaders. At least LSU can hold their head high in defeat. Via COED Magazine.



Until tomorrow, Bring IT!


    Last-Second Bucket Sends UNC to Final Four

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    Last-Second Bucket Sends UNC to Final Four

    Paul Kasabian
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    South Carolina Reaches First-Ever Final Four

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    South Carolina Reaches First-Ever Final Four

    Chris Roling
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    Oregon Closes Lid on KU to Reach Final Four

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    Oregon Closes Lid on KU to Reach Final Four

    Paul Kasabian
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    Gonzaga Heading to Final Four After Defeating Xavier

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    Gonzaga Heading to Final Four After Defeating Xavier

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