Hottest Sports Stories for Wednesday, Jan. 4

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 4, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates as he runs off of the field after Michigan won 23-20 in overtime against Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Michigan was rewarded despite an ugly game, the Chargers haven't learned a damn thing and the shot clock saved some Spartans. 

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In this edition:



Courtesy of Andy Gray via Twitter
Courtesy of Andy Gray via Twitter

As if catching three touchdowns passes in the Fiesta Bowl isn't good enough, the Oklahoma State receiver gets to make out with cheerleaders too. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why does the cheerleader look uncomfortable?

Our Take: Blackmon is a strong man, look at the natural shape of his arm around that woman, so he probably caught her off guard. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Reasons to Be An Athlete

Blackmon really does have it all right now. He is going to a top pick in the NFL draft, had a great Fiesta Bowl and gets to lock lips with cheerleaders on national television. 



ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 26:  Major League Baseball’s Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Joe Torre speaks at a press conference announcing the postponement of Game 6 of the World Series at Busch Stadium on October 26, 2011 in St Louis, Missouri
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Joe Torre is leaving a cushy job as executive vice president for baseball operations to join a group bidding on the LA Dodgers. Someone tell him that he should be playing golf at his age, not starting a new career.

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was this a smart move? 

Our Take: Only if he is successful. After playing the game and then managing it, Torre can go for the Triple Crown of old dudes.  

Hype Meter: 1 out of 5 Ehhhs

Let's wait to see if this thing has legs. There is nothing more boring than some old fart that may buy something. I could go to the Chevy dealership down the street and see the same thing. 

Deeper Dive:

Joe Torre Quits His Day Job (ESPN) 


MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 22:  Irina Shayk (L) watches on besides Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid while enjoying a friendly basketbal game between Spain and the USA at La Caja Magica on August 22, 2010 in Madrid, Spain.  (Photo by Jasper Juinen/Getty Images
Jasper Juinen/Getty Images

Irinia Shayk is not going to go to the land of Playboy Bunnies. She broke the hearts of creepy guys everywhere when she turned down an offer to appear in the nudie magazine. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Why does she hate us?

Our Take: You are going too far, People with Questions on your Mind! Isn't it enough that she has graced the pages of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue? Let's not get greedy here. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Rejections That Make The Heart Hurt

Playboy seems to be the place where people go now to resurrect their career, or try to hang on to past glory. (See: Lindsay Lohan). Ms. Shayk has plenty of things going on right now that she isn't quite that desperate yet. 

Deeper Dive

Irina Shayk Turns Down Hugh Hefner (Fox Sports)




NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 03:  Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after Michigan won 23-20 in overtime against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 3, 2012 in New Orleans, Lou
Chris Graythen/Getty Images

After splashing lemon juice in my eyes to make them feel something again, I tried to figure out what I just saw. An ugly Sugar Bowl ended when Michigan stopped losing. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Did Michigan earn this one?

Our Take: Um, sure. I have lost all ability to care when a late catch by Danny Coales is negated when it shouldn't and yet another game is decided by a kicker whose one athletic ability is kicking balls with the accuracy of Tim Tebow throwing. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Shoelaces 

I couldn't even get a handle on Denard Robinson. One second he was amazing, looking like Harrison Ford in Last Crusade, confident and legendary. The next he looked like Harrison Ford in Crystal Skull, bumbling and confused. (I refuse to use footage from that movie.)

I Had Same Freaking Problem Tweet Award: 

Deeper Dive: 

Sugar Bowl 2012: Highlights, Reaction from Michigan's 23-20 OT Victory (B/R)

Field Goal Wins It for Michigan Wolverines (Detroit Free Press) 



SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 18:  San Diego Chargers head coach Norv Turner looks on against the Baltimore Ravens at Qualcomm Stadium on December 18, 2011 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Jeff Gross/Getty Images

Norv Turner will be back next season to coach the San Diego Chargers. Oh, they had a chance to get away, but decided not making the playoffs has been working out pretty nicely. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What are they smoking?

Our Take: Like the worst think tank ever, they decided another season filled with a string of six losses is just about right. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Bad Choices

This decision only makes sense if you punch yourself in the face after getting blackout drunk. Even then I would say 90 percent of my friends would choose correctly in the state. And we all know what happens when you choose poorly

Deeper Dive: 

Norv Turner Returns: What This Means for the San Diego Chargers Franchise (B/R)

Owner Goes Against Fan Wishes in Norv Turner Return (UT San Diego)




Wisconsin experienced the feeling of an epic win after a buzzer beater goes in. Then they got the blow to the gut that comes when you realize the shot didn't count. A smidgen funny. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Did Spartans win?

Our Take: Yes, they sure did, despite some brouhaha over which clock was valid. If you want to see what awkward exuberance looks like, you can take a look at this video. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 So, 3-2-1, Then Shoots?

Sorry to bring up college basketball when all these great football games between randomly drawn teams continues. I will cover another kicker shanking one in a couple days. 

Deeper Dive: 

Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers Featured in a Hot Rivalry (B/R) 

Spartans Hold On In Close Call From Wisconsin (Yahoo Sports)




From one buxom beauty to the next, these Yankees came to play. Alex Rodriguez is now rumored to be dating former wrestling beauty Torrie Wilson. She is beautiful if you are into toned bodies that...I lost my train of thought. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is he winning?

Our Take: A-Rod is always winning. The man is the epitome of the PED era and we seem to have just given up on remembering. Now he gets to hang around with this chick? I might be pissed if this fact didn't mandate I show pictures of her. So...thank you Mr. Rodriguez. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Bad Boys 

On Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant and Alex Rodriguez were caught hanging out and chatting after the Lakers win as this tweet shows. Hide. Yo. Daughters. 

Deeper Dive: 

A-Rod and Torrie Wilson: Everything You Need to Know About His New Lady (B/R)

A-Rod and Torrie Wilson Hanging Around (YardBarker)




Because what else are you going to watch at work?


I know. He doesn't look like one, but apparently he is. Here is the Titans legend in a promo for Julius Caesar. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Former Titans Star Go Full Thespian (B/R) 



Forget what side of the line you fall on, never relate yourself to a man that just garnered fifth place in Iowa. Oops. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Former ESPN Analyst's First Campaign Ad (B/R) 



Yeah, so Michele Bachmann did even worse than Rick Perry. And Tim Tebow has lost three straight. Maybe I should make a video and use Brett Favre as an example of a likable figure. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Campaign Ad Compare Michele Bachmann to Tim Terrific (B/R)



Life lesson No. 1: If you are going to propose on the jumbotron, make sure you are getting a yes. Otherwise do this stuff in a private area. It's more romantic anyway. Via Yahoo! Sports.




Little bits of goodness with a chewy center. 


Proving that fans have no brain cells left, a Bills fan just got etched with a Stevie Johnson tattoo. I am going to love when the star receiver hits a wall and stops catching passes in a couple years. Not like tattoos are permanent or anything. Via YardBarker.



Ugo has a breakdown of the best fights of the year. MMA and WWE strewn with snippets of Walking Dead and Sons of Anarchy. Yup, in the vicinity of my alley. Via Ugo.



Here is a clip of a tremendous end to a basketball game. The announcer is so incensed that an over the backboard shot is counted, he walks off muttering, "No," Yay. Via HoopDoctors.




Until tomorrow, enjoy humming this diddy all day.