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Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterJanuary 18, 2012

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 17:  LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on January 17, 2012 in Miami, Florida. 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 Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Miami Heat flipped the script, the Colts continued to make room for Andrew Luck's stay and Victor Martinez proves there is a downside to offseason training. 

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MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 17: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat walks up the floor during a game against the San Antonio Spurs at American Airlines Arena on January 17, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downlo
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King Chokes-A-Lot was in fine form on Tuesday night as the Spurs played the part of the Heat and choked away a perfectly good win. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Are the Heat back?

Our Take: Nothing like a third quarter spanking to help destroy a three-game skid. Who needs Dwayne Wade when LeBron James is scoring 33 and Christine Bosh is scoring 30?

Hype Meter: 5 out of 5 Choke Jobs

It's nice to see LeBron James let some other players fail miserably every once in a while. All this means is that the Heat are about to go on a roll right now. Which helps because Dwyane Wade is injured with chapters three through 15 of any medical book. 

Deeper Dive: 

Miami Heat Use Second-Half Surge and Long Balls to Bury the San Antonio Spurs (B/R)

King James Leads Heat to Come From Behind Win (Miami Herald) 




ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 15:  Victor Martinez #41 of the Detroit Tigers reacts after deing defeated in Game Six of the American League Championship Series by the Texas Rangers eliminating them from the playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 1
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Shattering my assumption that all baseball players are injured carrying groceries or sneezing, Victor Martinez suffered a season-ending injury on Tuesday, all because this dummy wanted to train during the offseason. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: How big is this loss?

Our Take: It's pretty big if you consider sluggers that hit .330 important. Martinez was injured while working on lateral movements, which I guess figures in walking to the bat rack and picking out a winner. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Wrong Week To Train

Poor Detroit can't catch a break. First the Pistons start their season, which is never good news, then the Lions lose and now this. Things would be better if the fine fans of these organizations didn't also have to live in Detroit.  

Deeper Dive: 

Victor Martinez Injury: What Does Loss of Stud Mean for Tigers, AL Central? (B/R) 

Tigers Likely Without V-Mart For Season After ACL Injury (Detroit Free Press) 




INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 18:  Jim Caldwell the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts watches the action during Colts 27-13 win over the Tennessee Titans in the NFL game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 18, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy
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Jim Caldwell was basically greeted with this on Tuesday. "Thanks for helping us get Andrew Luck, but if you can clean out your desk and get the hell out of here that would be great." —Colts Management.

Question on Everybody's Mind: So, uh, what about Manning?

Our Take: Owner Jim Irsay is cleaning out the garage, only keeping the useful stuff. I wonder how much an aged quarterback with a bad neck is worth. I also wonder what happens the moment that QB gets hit. I know wonder why Irsay wouldn't turn the page. 

Hype Meter: 4 out of 5 Everything Must Go's 

For die-hard Colts fans, you may want to take that year-long trip around the world. Things are about to get pretty awkward.  

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Deeper Dive: 

Jim Caldwell Firing Just Small Part of Plan to Overhaul Colts Franchise, Culture (B/R)

Could Peyton Manning Be Next to Go? (Indianapolis Star) 




STANFORD, CA - JULY 18:  Serena Wlliams of the USA reacts to a play during her match against Patty Schnyder of Switzerland during the quarterfinals of the Bank of the West Classic Day 5 at Stanford University July 18, 2008 in Stanford, California. Wiliams
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Imagine having to play at 11 at night. Now imagine that you have giant Aussie crickets landing on you while you play. Now you know what Serena Williams has been dealing with. 

Question on Everybody's Mind: Whatever, they are just bugs. 

Our Take: Whatever, yourself. I see where Williams is coming from. I once spent the better part of a week staying up to hunt a spider that went rogue and disappeared off my wall. If you have any ideas of his whereabouts please let me know. 

Hype Meter: 3 out of 5 Not Good Kind of Bugs 

Williams has dealt with foot injuries that nearly ended her career. Are we really asking her to play during a locust invasion? Before you say that a handful of crickets are not an invasion, consider that they were bigger than Paul Hogan

Deeper Dive:

Serena Williams Bugs Out at Australian Open (Yahoo! Sports) 




Because what else are you going to watch at work?


When head coaches start flopping on the sidelines, I seriously consider leaving sports to concentrate on the good work they are doing at clown colleges. 

Deeper Dive: Marshall Basketball Video: Watch Tom Herron's Epic Sideline Flop (B/R)



Raptors fans demand pasta love for Andrea Bargnani. 

Deeper Dive: Andrea Bargnani Video: Watch Raptors Star's All-Star Anthem (B/R) 



Packer fan's overreaction walks the fine line of sad and just plain ridiculous. 



Who said ladies can't catch a glimpse of eye candy. At least make it less obvious. 




Little bits of goodness with a chewy center. 


Here is the latest from our stable of budding young talent. A quick hit from the #YoungGuns. Via Bleacher Report.



Conan O'Brien uncovers some flip-flopping by the maestro John Parr. Hilarious clip worth wading through the ads for. Via NBC Sports.



Karina Smirnoff wants Tim Tebow on Dancing with the Stars. As long as he doens't have to toss her around the studio, I see no issues. Via Guyism.




Until tomorrow, enjoy a spring training montage.