Hottest Sports Stories for Wednesday, Jan. 11

Gabe Zaldivar@gabezalPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 11, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate a Bryant basket against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 99-83. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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The Jaguars got into a bunch of Mularkey, Floyd Mayweather would like to fight before he goes to jail and Kobe Bryant messed around and dropped 48 on the Suns. 

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In this edition:



Yao Ming has a panda. I have no idea why this is news but one look at this picture has me believing that pandas are the best thing in the world, right above Eskimo kisses and playing snuggle bunnies. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is this the most precious thing in the world?

Our Take: The only thing cuter would be a puppy teaching Pau Gasol how to play defense. This has to go down as the best thing ever. Except for Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies, of course. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 PANDAS!!!

Seriously, how awesome is this? I now have my cute quota for the day. 

Deeper Dive: 

Yao Ming Meets a Panda (Deadspin) 



Robert Griffin III is going pro. You can read incessant analysis of his decision elsewhere. Here at the Daily Radar, we like to concentrate on socks. Dude was wearing some pretty sweet ones at the press conference. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is that Barney the Dinosaur?

Our Take: Yep, and it sends a statement that Griffin is bringing a great deal of sick swagger to the league. He could also be saying that he is taking over the world for a few years and will later give way to The Wiggles. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 I Love You, You Love Me's

Let the discussion begin on whether Andrew Luck can ever be topped by Griffin. One thing is for sure, I will take RG3 any day of the week in a sock showdown. Wait, they have those right?

Deeper Dive: 

NFL Draft 2012: Baylor Star Robert Griffin III Officially Declares for Draft (B/R) 

Heisman Winner Goes Pro (ESPN) 



EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24:  Mark Sanchez #6 of the New York Jets walks off the field after a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2011 in East Rutherford. New Jersey. The Giants won 29 - 14. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Ge
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Oh, oh. There is trouble in paradise. For our purposes, paradise is a patch of land in New Jersey run by a man with a foot fetish. It seems some Jets players are not convinced that Mark Sanchez should be their quarterback. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Should Jets dump the Sanchize?

Our Take: Well, it certainly seems so. Players are calling him lazy, content and in no way afraid of ever being benched. I for one think this all stems from the incessant foot rubs he gets from coach. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Peyton Mannings

I hear that Peyton Manning may be available. I contend that Manning with no neck is better than Mark Sanchez. Hell, Tim Tebow is as good as Sanchez. 

Deeper Dive: 

NY Jets Bash QB Mark Sanchez (NY Post) 



WESTWOOD, CA - JUNE 26:  Former UCLA and NBA player Bill Walton attends the memorial for former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden June 26, 2010 at Pauley Pavilion on the University of California Los Angeles campus in Westwood, California. Wooden died June
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The only thing better than doing something for charity, is doing something for charity with Bill Walton at his home in San Diego. Thankfully, we have the opportunity to do that with the Benefit the Challenged Athletes Foundation. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: How much will a day with Bill cost?

Our Take: It's not going to be cheap. The top bid is currently at $7,500, but, seriously, how can you put a price tag on Fun with Bill and doing something charitable. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Grateful Dead Concerts

Imagine all the great things that you would be able to hear Bill Walton say at his house. Who needs Christmas, when you can get lessons on life, love, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead?

Deeper Dive

Create Your Own Event With Bill Walton (Charity Buzz)



The Jacksonville Jaguars just hired the best name in head coaching. Mike Mularkey is just so damn fun to say. The only thing better would be NoGuff McGee or Mr. Mumbles Boatwright. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Was this a good hire?

Our Take: You bet your Matt Ryan Choke Jobs it was. Mularkey will get the most out of Blaine Gabbert which should be good enough to get to the playoffs but not win any Super Bowls. Huzzah.

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Wise Mentors

Let's be honest. This is a story about the Jaguars new head coach coming in to mentor Blaine Gabbert. I could probably find more interesting stories at a bake sale. 

Deeper Dive: 

Mike Mularkey: Former Falcons OC an Intriguing Head Coach for Jaguars (B/R)

Jaguars Hire Mike Mularkey as New Head Coach (The Florida Times-Union)




OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 10:  Nate Robinson #2 of the Golden State Warriors claps his hands in front of LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat at Oracle Arena on January 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that,
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Three grown men were seen late Tuesday night choking away a 17-point lead. They are said to answer to the names LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris "Christine" Bosh. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Is this a big deal?

Our Take: Well, these things happen and it doesn't help when Dorell Wright goes for 20 points. The Heat will be just fine, until James and Wade go down with injuries again, of course. 

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Epic Chokes 

Ahh, things are finally back to normal with the Heat letting games get away from them. The only thing more comforting would have been if they were playing the Mavericks. 

Deeper Dive: 

Miami Heat Let One Get Away to Golden State (ESPN)




LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakerssits on the bench during pregame introductions before the game with the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center on January 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly ack
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Kobe Bryant scored 48 points in a Lakers win over the Suns Tuesday. He did this with a swollen shooting wrist being bandaged, and you call in sick with a tummy ache. For shame. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: MVP?

Our Take: Sure, I'll bite. Bryant is playing with one hand and is leading the team in assists. The scary part was actually watching Luke Walton play on Tuesday. As we all know, when Walton is healthy enough to play, someone, somewhere is horribly injured. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Not Quite 50s

The better story would have been an even 50 spot dropped on the Suns. It would have been bush league, but the Mamba should have gone for a last-second layup. Sorry Suns, I love nice round numbers. 

That Sounds About Right Tweet Award: 

Deeper Dive: 

Kobe Bryant Drops 48 Points on Phoenix (LA Times) 




LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 17:  Boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. speaks at a post-fight news conference after he defeated Victor Ortiz to win the WBC welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena September 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Mille
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Floyd Mayweather has gone full silly as he demands Manny Pacquiao meet him in the ring on May 5th. The clever use of the word punk was utilized. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: What's wrong? Pacquiao should fight him.

Our Take: Agreed, but when it suits Pac-Man. That could be on May 5th, and perhaps on another day. The funny part is that Mayweather tweets this garbage after. 

Nobody told you to get incarcerated, you d-bag. The fact that you were allowed to push back your jail time because of who you are already pisses me off. Don't make it worse by calling out another fighter for not meeting you before you practice careful soap handling. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Cinco de Mayos

Sigh. Now that I got that out, I will say that a May 5th fight would be good for the economy. I can really use a beer-fueld marquee match between the two greatest fighters in the last couple decades. 

Deeper Dive: 

Floyd Mayweather's Challenge Will Result in Fight Everyone Wants (B/R)

Money May Calls Out Pacquiao (ESPN)




The Dallas Mavericks were two drunk chubby dudes too many on Tuesday night. Two fans managed to sit between Vince Carter and Delonte West, and that is only a good thing if you also happened to have left your mom at home. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: ROFL

Our Take: I know, funny right? Vince Carter goes from nonchalance to looking like he should care, back to not giving a flying squirrel. Sort of how he treats every single moment he has the ball. 

Hype Meter: 2 out of 5 Vin-Sanitys

Remember when Vince Carter was going to be the next best thing? Kobe Bryant would have kicked these two drunks out and then would have forced Troy Murphy to wipe down his seat after.

Deeper Dive: 

Two Dudes Take Over Mavericks Bench (Busted Coverage) 




Because what else are you going to watch at work?


John Parr, the man who wrote such hits as St. Elmo's Fire and, well...that's it, has re-done that classic in honor of Tim Tebow. 

Deeper Dive: John Parr Creates Comedy Magic with 'Tim Tebow's Fire (B/R) 



Yes, there are many available jokes. Not one of them could I write here. 

Deeper Dive: Watch Former Arsenal Defender Get Hit in Face by Ball (B/R)



NMA.TV does it again. Who knew that it would take animation to correctly capture Tim Tebow.



Sure this meme is a little long in the tooth, but this was too good to pass up. 




Little bits of goodness with a chewy center. 


A September game between the Ravens featured a scuffle that forced a referee to the ground. To make a long story short, he survived throat cancer. Yeah, you may want to read this one. Via Ravens Blog.



The Patriots are good and afraid of that Tebow guy, and here is their story. Via Midwest Sports Fans.



Ever wanted to get schooled on the history of athletes hooking up? Well we have it for you anyway. Via Complex.




Until tomorrow, enjoy Cyndi Lauper, the WWF and Goonies.