Tim Tebow sets sports record for tweets per second

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Tim TebowRon Chenoy/US PresswireTim Tebow's game-winning touchdown pass on Sunday night sent the Twitter world all atwitter.

Tim Tebow didn't just cause fans to erupt in living rooms across the country by lifting the Broncos past the Steelers on Sunday night. He also created a firestorm of reaction on social media.

Tebow's heroics set a new record for tweets generated by a sports moment -- 9,420 tweets per second.

Tebow's thrilling overtime touchdown pass beat out the following top moments in Twitter sports history:

July 17, 2011: Team USA loses Women's World Cup to Japan (7,196 tweets per second). The U.S. women's national team captivated many soccer fans, both serious and casual, across America. Japan's rise to glory after a devastating series of earthquakes and tsunamis captivated the world.

May 28, 2011: Barcelona defeats Manchester United in UEFA Champions League final (6,303 tweets per second). Manchester United is to European club soccer as the New York Yankees are to baseball -- and polarizing teams generate excitement online, especially in defeat.

June 12, 2011: Dallas defeats Miami to win NBA championship (5,531 tweets per second). The 2010-11 Miami Heat were perhaps the greatest villains in recent sports history. Twitter erupted when LeBron James was sent home ringless in a Game 6 loss to the Mavericks.

Tebow also beat out major moments in pop culture history, including Beyonce's pregnancy announcement at the MTV Video Music Awards, which checked in at 8,868 tweets per second on Aug. 28, 2011.

Even the news of Osama bin Laden's death didn't generate as much Twitter reaction as Tebow. On May 2, 2011, tweets about bin Laden's death generated 5,106 tweets per second.

Kurt Snibbe's Page 2 cartoon caption winner

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Earlier today, we posted a blank cartoon and readers offered their captions. Our favorite was by commenter theLucky711.

Thanks for participating. Check back Monday for another cartoon.

Eric Young sadly neglected in Hall of Fame voting

Mon, Jan 9
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Where is the love for Eric Young?

All the focus is on Barry Larkin's election to the Hall of Fame, but where is the outrage over Eric Young falling just 429 votes short? While 86 percent of the writers somehow saw fit to elect Larkin, a 12-time All-Star, nine-time Silver Slugger, three-time Gold Glover, one-time MVP, one-time 30-30 man and full-time Reds player, why did only one writer find room on the ballot for Young?

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AP Photo/David ZalubowskiEric Young won't be on the Hall of Fame ballot again, but he did have his jersey retired by Colorado in '08.

For crying out loud, that's only one more vote than Phil Nevin received and half as many as Brad Radke.

We're talking about a guy who batted for a higher career average than Harmon Killebrew, played in more All-Star Games than Ty Cobb, hit more home runs than Christy Mathewson, scored more runs than Sandy Koufax and played in more postseasons than Ernie Banks. All those guys are in Cooperstown yet Young finishes 429 votes short? And these writers consider themselves baseball "experts"?

Worse, now Young falls off the ballot because he didn't receive 5 percent of the vote! Why aren't Ann Coulter and Glenn Beck foaming at the mouth over this? Why aren't the Republican candidates debating this and producing negative commercials in New Hampshire? "Barry Larkin is going into the Hall of Fame, even though he missed more than 600 games in his career -- that's four full seasons in which he was paid to do absolutely nothing!" Why aren't statheads developing a more obscure, baffling statistic than WAR so the writers can properly evaluate Young's career and ...

Wait a second. I just remembered. I didn't vote for Eric, either.

Never mind.

Reggie Bush enjoyed cohosting 'Live! With Kelly'

Mon, Jan 9
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Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush was the first of five athletes to cohost "Live! With Kelly" this week with Kelly Ripa on the nationally syndicated talk show.

"It was smooth. I enjoyed it. I had a good time. It flew by. Before I knew it, the show was already over," Bush said. "If they would have me back, I would love to be back on the show."

The lineup for the rest of the week: NASCAR driver Carl Edwards (Tuesday), NFL broadcaster Boomer Esiason (Wednesday), ESPN analyst Jesse Palmer (Thursday) and Olympic skating champion Apolo Anton Ohno (Friday).

Matt 'Danger' Schnell talks about MTV show 'Caged'

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Sitting at his home just outside Shreveport, La., Matt "Danger" Schnell will be dividing his time Monday night watching television.

On ESPN, it's the BCS National Championship Game between his home state LSU Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

And at 10 p.m. on MTV, it's the premiere of the reality show "Caged," a show that documents Schnell and his buddies trying to make it out of their town and into the pro ranks of mixed martial arts.

"First off, go Tigers!," said Schnell, who started training in MMA in high school and is 11-2 as an amateur. "It's going to be a surreal moment tonight."

As with most reality shows, Schnell understood that cameras would be focusing on every aspect of his life for the weekly series, flaws and all. Schnell quit his job and moved in with his troubled mom to focus on his career.

"I know who I am. People know who I am. They have no doubt and appreciate me for me," Schnell said. "I know that there will be people who don't like what I have to say. But I feel comfortable about that and will move forward. We knew what we were getting into when we signed on with the show."

And in these small Louisiana towns, Schnell and his friends -- fighters Daniel Payne, Wes Branch and Tony Kelley -- are already stars.

"It's strange but in our neck of the woods, we always had this little support group," Schnell said. "But there is still a lot of work ahead of us. My goal has always been to make it to the UFC. I am taking my training seriously. And, again, go Tigers."

Suns' Alvin Gentry gives shoutout to Tim Tebow

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The Phoenix Suns won big over the Milwaukee Bucks Sunday night, with Steve Nash posting some impressive numbers. So naturally, coach Alvin Gentry opened his postgame press conference talking about … Tim Tebow! And then he kept talking about Tebow. Gentry really likes his Tebow. (h/t TrueHoop and Valley of the Suns)

Marisa Miller talks on motorcycles, guys, surfing

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Marisa MillerAP Photo/Chris PizzelloMarisa Miller appeared in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue seven years in a row (2002-2008).

Marisa Miller may have blown up as a swimsuit model, but Miller started out with another beachy job: surfing instructor. In recent years she's designed a line of stand-up paddleboards, and has moved from riding waves to riding bikes as the face (and body) of Harley-Davidson. She talked with Men's Health on motorcycles, clothes and her thoughts on smoking.

"When men walk up and hit on me," she said, "I find a way to tell them nicely that it's not going to happen."

To read the rest, check it out here.

And to read her interview with Women's Health magazine, check it out here.

Marty Schottenheimer is good fit for Buccaneers

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Kirby Lee/NFLPhotoLibraryMarty Schottenheimer boasts a 200-186-1 career record ... not including all those playoff wins.

It's been reported that the Tampa Bay Bucs will interview Marty Schottenheimer on Tuesday for their head-coaching position. Schottenheimer, 68, hasn't been a head coach in the NFL since he was let go by the Chargers after leading San Diego to a 14-2 record in the 2006 season. A few reasons Tampa Bay may be interested in Schottenheimer:

• Chuck Knox was unavailable.

• Bucs are giddy to see his Virginia Destroyers UFL championship ring.

• Folks around Tampa can call him "that young guy."

• "MartyBall" sounds way cooler than "ShermanBall."

• If he's almost twice the age of Raheem Morris, he's gotta be twice as good, right?

• He already looks like John McKay.

• He'll get a chance (again) to not talk to A.J. Smith when the Chargers come to town in 2012.

• Ronde Barber has always wanted to run the "Oklahoma drill."

Uni Watch's Paul Lukas discusses gear's evolution

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Page 2 Uni Watch columnist Paul Lukas talks to "CBS Sunday Morning" correspondent Mo Rocca about the evolving state of uniform design. Rocca also visits Oregon and Maryland to take a look at the schools' fashion statements on the field in recent years.

7-0 in bowls: Break up the Southwest Conference!

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Robert Griffin IIIBrendan Maloney/US PresswireRobert Griffin III was just one of this bowl season's record-setting performers from SWC teams.

While an SEC showdown will determine the national champion on Monday night, one conference, just to the west, made a compelling case as a powerhouse.

Break up the Southwest Conference!

The SWC went 7-0 this bowl season. It didn't matter if it was early (TCU's win on Dec. 21) or late (SMU's victory on Jan. 7). The members totally dominated in San Diego, winning both bowl games there, and in Texas, where they won four of the state's six games.

Teams from the WAC, Pac-12, Big Ten, Big 12 and Big East were victimized. The games were marked by record-setters and even a Heisman Trophy winner:

TCU 31, Louisiana Tech 24: San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. TCU quarterback Casey Pachall broke three of Andy Dalton's single-season records as TCU, which won the Rose Bowl last season, finished with an 11-2 record.

Texas 21, California 10: Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl. Texas outrushed Cal, 109 yards to 7, and QB David Ash threw for one TD and caught another.

Baylor 67, Washington 56: Valero Alamo Bowl. Baylor rolled up 777 yards of offense behind its Heisman Trophy-winning QB, Robert Griffin III, in the highest-scoring regulation bowl game in history.

Texas A&M 33, Northwestern 22: Meineke Car Care of Texas Bowl. Aggies QB Ryan Tannehill threw for 329 yards, and A&M fans made life tough on Northwestern. "My ears are still ringing because of the noise," coach Pat Fitzgerald said.

Houston 30, Penn State 14: TicketCity Bowl. Case Keenum threw for 227 yards in the first quarter, setting an NCAA bowl record, and finished with 532 yards and three TDs.

Arkansas 29, Kansas State 16: AT&T Cotton Bowl. The Razorbacks set a school record with their 11th victory and Joe Adams scored on a punt return for the fourth time this season.

SMU 28, Pittsburgh 6: BBVA Compass Bowl. SMU scored 21 points in the first quarter and held Pitt to 205 total yards as defensive end Margus Hunt had four sacks.

We can only assume Texas Tech and Rice are preparing to join next year's bowl fiesta. The Red Raiders just missed, ending an 11-year string of bowl appearances, and Rice can point to Vanderbilt's bowl appearance as hope for private schools everywhere.

Buddy the Parrot belts out 'Rock Chalk Jayhawk'

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Meet Buddy, the parrot who not only talks -- he belts out the University of Kansas' "Rock Chalk Jayhawk" chant.

George Rodrigue's Blue Dog all dressed up for LSU

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George RodrigueCourtesy George Rodrigue FoundationGeorge Rodrigue unveils the "A Number One Tiger Fan" print at the LSU Museum of Art.

When he was in high school in Louisiana, artist George Rodrigue -- renowned worldwide for his Blue Dog series, which was immortalized in an Absolut Vodka campaign and is now the centerpiece for an LSU football fundraising campaign -- was kicked out of class by a teacher because he wouldn't stop drawing. Rodrigue chuckles now at the memory, because that same teacher was also a local baseball coach, one who happened to tell Ron Guidry, aka, "Louisiana Lightning," to pack it up because he'd never amount to anything on the field.

"Those were his two claims to fame," says Rodrigue, 67, adding that the teacher, Ray Blanco, is now a friend of his.

Rodrigue was born and raised in New Iberia, La., the heart of Cajun country and the backdrop to many of his paintings. The iconic native oak trees of his home state have often been a centerpiece of his works (and serve as the logo for his educational foundation). But it was his take on the Cajun legend of the loup-garou (or werewolf dog, a boogeyman tale imported from France) that made his career. A new variation called "A Number One Tiger Fan" features Blue Dog wearing an LSU jersey. More than 3,000 copies of this $500 item have been sold, with all proceeds benefitting the Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF), the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts (GRFA), the LSU Museum of Art (LSUMOA) and Louisiana State University.

"It's been very successful... wonderful," Rodrigue says.

A huge Louisiana sports fan, Rodrigue was in the stands when LSU beat Oklahoma for the 2003 national championship and also when the Saints beat the Colts in the Super Bowl two years ago.

"That was a great game. We sat in the middle of a bunch of Colts fans, and we're doing all our Saints cheers. We got the Who Dats and the What Dats. And I turn to a Colts fan and say, 'Whaddya got?' And he's like, well, all we got is 'Go Colts.'"

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Patriots fans, what are keys to stop Tim Tebow?

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Kurt Snibbe's Page 2 cartoon caption contest

Mon, Jan 9
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Take a shot at writing a cartoon caption. Page 2 cartoonist Kurt Snibbe will offer up a blank cartoon each weekday morning, and he will fill in the blank with our favorite reader submission at the end of the business day.

So please, by all means, share your humorous stylings in the comments section.


Monday's Web video of the day

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The NFL is down to its Elite Eight, and there are plenty of Web clips that highlight the last remaining teams. Like this one, where a New York Giants fan does Victor Cruz's famed salsa dance … despite being a tad more rotund than the talented wide receiver.

Have you seen a cool sports-related video that deserves to go viral? Email links to bypatrickdorsey@gmail.com or let us know on Twitter at @Page2. Videos should be SFW, recent and less than 2 minutes.

Ode to LSU's Tyrann Mathieu: Move Like Badger

Sun, Jan 8
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Some -- namely, Maroon 5 -- have Moves Like Jagger. Others offer Moves Like Welker. But is there anything better than possessing Moves Like Badger -- as in LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, the Honey Badger? Check out the new video and see. Even you, Alabama.

Ex-MLS player Kyle Martino talks 'Cupcake Wars'

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Kyle MartinoJeff Vespa/WireImageSoccer broadcaster Kyle Martino is married to actress Eva Amurri, daughter of Susan Sarandon.

Just a few days ago, soccer analyst Kyle Martino posted this on Twitter:

"Rumors are true. I'm appearing as a guest judge on Cup Cake Wars this Sunday. Partly cuz of soccer theme but more cuz I'm skinny fat kid."

That kind of humor is one of the reasons Martino was cast as a special judge this weekend for Food Network's "Cupcake Wars," a reality-based show in which contestants create cupcakes with unusual ingredients for a chance at $10,000 and the opportunity to showcase their cupcakes at a winning gig.

This Sunday at 8 p.m., Food Network is broadcasting the episode in which the triumphant pairing takes their cupcakes to this past fall's MLS Cup in Los Angeles.

And Martino, who "enjoys being an ambassador for the league," loved every bit of the taping of the show.

"I probably ate five entire cupcakes. Each cupcake was like a three-course meal," said Martino, who is lead color commentator for Fox Soccer's broadcast of Major League Soccer. "Hey, if I had stayed off sweets, I probably would still be playing soccer!"

Martino is joking, but he still is in great shape. The 30-year-old former runner and University of Virginia star played more than 100 matches for the Columbus Crew and the Los Angeles Galaxy from 2002 to 2007. He then moved into broadcasting.

"I was blessed with a good metabolism. Younger, I was running eight miles a day and still able to eat a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. But that was then," said Martino, who married Susan Sarandon's daughter, actress Eva Amurri, in October. "These days, I might be the only ex-professional athlete who gets winded going up the stairs."

Timberwolves' Darko Milicic has sense of humor

Sun, Jan 8
Jan
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On the heels of Dirk Nowitzki dramatizing Britney Spears, the Minnesota Timberwolves' Darko Milicic also sat down to read us a story. Sort of. Never has "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" been so short.

Some advice for Landon Collins, Charles Barkley

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Sunday's Web video of the day

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This clip comes from Adam Linkenauger, a former Clemson track athlete who jumps a little bit higher than the average bear. Sorry, Tiger. The average Tiger.

Have you seen a cool sports-related video that deserves to go viral? Email links to bypatrickdorsey@gmail.com or let us know on Twitter at @Page2. Videos should be SFW, recent and less than 2 minutes.

Panthers' Jonathan Stewart talks 'Call of Duty'

Sat, Jan 7
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Jonathan StewartAP Photo/Chuck BurtonJonathan Stewart is the last man standing, on the field and in "Call of Duty."

To the young Carolina Panthers team, video games aren't just a way to wind down after a tough game or grueling practice. It's a way to bond with teammates off the field while, of course, shooting each other in the face.

"It's always fun to shoot your teammates," laughs Jonathan Stewart, one of the biggest gamers on the Panthers, and ringleader to the team's "Call of Duty" deathmatches.

"When I first got to Charlotte, one of the things me and DeAngelo (Williams) had in common was our love for 'Call of Duty.' We'd always play online against some of my friends from back home or we'd get some of our other teammates into playing the game. We play it all the time," Stewart explains over the phone as he shares his passion for Activision's billion-dollar franchise. "There's a lot of trash talking going on, that's for sure."

Besides talking junk, another thing you can count on when Stewart's pulling the trigger, is the game will feature a lot of blood.

"I don't care how many times I die in the game. All I care about is how many kills I get," he says. "I'm doing whatever it takes to get a kill. I'll run into an area where the enemy is at, I don't care if there's four of them hiding there, I'll try to kill as many of them as I can before they take me out. I'm not much of a sniper. I'm too antsy for that. I want action."

And now that the season is over, that action is coming full force in "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3," as Stewart claims he can play the game for six hours a sitting when the shooting intensifies.

"I think I'm actually the best 'Call of Duty' player on the team because I'm single," says Stewart. "I don't have a wife, I don't have any kids, so I spend the most time playing it.

"It's funny, because Gary Barnidge thinks he's really good at the game, but I've played him a few times, and he's not very good."

One guy not into "COD" is quarterback Cam Newton.

"Cam's a 'Madden' guy. He's always playing 'Madden,'" says Stewart. "But for me, I want to play shooting games. I want to take my competitiveness to 'Call of Duty.'"

A game Stewart obsesses over to the point where he can recall some of his favorite kills instantly, almost like he's talking about his most electrifying NFL highlights.

"I remember this one time, I was the last person to join the game, then I just went haywire and got 15 kills in a row including the final kill of the game," Stewart boasts. "I was running up the stairs and shot this one guy, then when I got to the top of the stairs, I stabbed somebody else to end the game.

"It just feels so much more rewarding when you stab somebody. That was the best day in my 'Call of Duty' life."

Five great quotes about Saints QB Drew Brees

Sat, Jan 7
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BreesDerick E. Hingle/US PresswireSaturday's game between the Saints/Drew Brees and the Detroit Lions will be high scoring.

I think the NFL playoff game with the most intrigue is the Detroit Lions at the New Orleans Saints. Two passer with more than 5,000 yards playing against each other in the playoffs. Never happened before. Between Matthew Stafford and Drew Brees, the final score could be NBA-type numbers for both.

In honor of the great year of Drew Brees, here are five quotes about him:

1. "At 211 degrees, water is just scalding hot. But at 212, it boils. It's the significance of one degree. Everything about Drew Brees' preparation is about that one extra degree."

-- coach Sean Payton on Drew Brees

2. "The San Diego Chargers have lost their mind."

-- Loreane Tomlinson, mother of LaDainian, on the Chargers letting Drew Brees go

3. "Drew Brees was the perfect guy for an imperfect situation."

-- Mickey Loomis, Saints general manager, on the leadership Brees displayed in helping New Orleans after the devastation of Katrina

4. "The Saints made the right decision signing Drew Brees -- not just in terms of his arm, but because of his heart and mind."

-- NFL Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk

5. "Brees is a champion who can overcome anything."

-- running back Pierre Thomas

For more sports quotes, check out my site.

Mac Miller, Waka Flocka Flame talk NFL playoffs

Sat, Jan 7
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Waka Flocka FlameAP PhotoWaka Flocka Flame says his New York Giants will make the Super Bowl and win.

The 2011 NFL postseason officially kicks off on Saturday, and like the rest of us, many high-profile artists will be glued to their TV and rooting for their favorite team. To celebrate the NFL playoffs and get some predictions on the first-round matchups, Billboard.com spoke with eight artists about their favorite pro football teams and how they see their beloved teams faring in the race to the Super Bowl.

Artists like Mac Miller, Waka Flocka Flame and Birdman remained confident in their squads, while the Fray guitarist Joe King and Roscoe Dash were cautiously optimistic about the chances of the Broncos and Falcons, respectively.

Check out all of the NFL Q&As here at Billboard.com.

Gary Forbes makes Page 2's All-Magazine Team

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Until somebody names his or her kid "ESPN The Magazine Green" and that individual becomes a sports star, we can't be guilty of self-promotion in compiling this, the All-Magazine Team. Check back in 20 years. For now, behold all the figures whose names are fit to print on a reasonably regular basis.

Essence Carson: The former Rutgers basketball player helped the Scarlet Knights to the Final Four while raising the eyebrows of style expert Don Imus back in 2007. The periodical with which she shares a name has a circulation of over 1 million, which is about 1 million more customers than Imus had for a brief spell after his unprovoked diatribe against the Knights. Carson, on the other hand, parlayed her college playing days into a WNBA career.

Gary Forbes: Although not at the income level of others in the high-finance magazine, Forbes is in the NBA these days, and nobody can reasonably say he doesn't deserve it. Among the teams for which he did time en route to the big time: the Tulsa 66ers (D-League), Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League), Talk 'N Text Tropang Texters (Philippines) and Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela.)

Chad Fortune: If putting together his career highlights, the Louisville tight end might have to call it the Fortune 692: one spot for every yard he gained in 65 receptions over two seasons for the Cardinals. Chad didn't do much time in the NFL, but went on to make his fortune in WWE and Monster Trucks -- this season, he'll drive the Captain America during the 2012 Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam Season.

Marie-Claire Restoux: Her event, the Half-Lightweight, doesn't sound as if it has any serious competitors. Some advice: Don't go around dissing it. This is judo we're talking about, and Restoux won gold in Atlanta for her native France in 1996. And that, by the way, sounds like it might make decent copy for Marie Claire, a women's magazine in the Hearst empire. Alas, an online search for Restoux came up a less than half-lightweight volume of hits.

Enos "Country" Slaughter: The pride of Roxboro, N.C., made the All-Star Game in 11 straight seasons, two of which featured fewer than 13 homers but more than 100 RBI. Slaughter, who played in the Majors from 1938-59, also had one 100 RBI season during which he hit 18 homers. Now that's resourceful. Slaughter, who died in 2002 and took a colorful lexicon with him, would have been in the target demographic for Country magazine. Of that much we can be certain.

Saturday's Web video of the day

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From Down Under, it's golf. On the beach. The target: a dinner plate. Can these guys hit one? (And does anyone know a marine biologist?)

Have you seen a cool sports-related video that deserves to go viral? Email links to bypatrickdorsey@gmail.com or let us know on Twitter at @Page2. Videos should be SFW, recent and less than 2 minutes.

Free stream of Re:Generation Music Project songs

Sat, Jan 7
Jan
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Re:Generation Music ProjectCourtesy Brian NevinsElectronic music artists meld their styles with an array of genres in the Re:Generation Music Project.

ESPN is using five songs from the Re:Generation Music Project's ambitious music collaborations in its BCS Championship Game coverage and all of the songs are available to hear below in a free stream.

Amir Bar-Lev ("My Kid Could Paint That," "The Tillman Story") is directing a documentary film for the Re:Generation Music Project and the video for Mark Ronson's take on jazz, "A La Modeliste," will premiere during ESPN's broadcast of the LSU vs. Alabama BCS Championship Game on Monday at the Superdome in New Orleans. The song features the guitarist-DJ-producer teaming up with Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Trombone Shorty, members of the Dap Kings and Zigaboo Modeliste recorded at Piety Street Studios and Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

Re:Generation Music Project, which was launched last fall and produced by GreenLight Media & Marketing, LLC in association with the Grammys, has enlisted five of the most influential electronic producer/DJs in music to work with other notable and legendary artists and create and "examine and reimagine the history of different musical genres."

• Click here for the full story and to listen to the free stream

Kurt Snibbe's Page 2 cartoon caption winner

Fri, Jan 6
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Earlier today, we posted a blank cartoon and readers offered their captions. Our favorite was by commenter Joe Mak.

Thanks for participating. Check back Monday for another cartoon.

Kelly Ripa talks about all-sports cohosts on 'Live!'

Fri, Jan 6
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Q&A: Rockets mascot Clutch talks cake, honey

Fri, Jan 6
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ClutchSportsAndFood.comCake is a staple of Clutch's in-game entertainment rotation at Houston Rockets games.

HOUSTON -- Mascots need food too. That's something I quickly learned after I shadowed Clutch, the Houston Rockets mascot, at their home opener against one of their Texas rivals, the San Antonio Spurs. While players only play for 48 minutes, fans are in their seats for two hours -- that's a whole lot of entertainment the Hall of Fame mascot has to provide to a sold-out crowd of 18,000 inside the Toyota Center. And to provide said quality entertainment, sustenance, along with copious amounts of water, is crucial.

I had the chance to grab dinner with Clutch (or Robert Boudwin, the 17-year veteran inside the costume) at his favorite Houston restaurant, Mo's, earlier this week over sea bass and a medium rare steak.

If you've ever had even an inkling to know what the fifth-most recognizable mascot of all time (as named by USA Today in February 2005) eats day and night, here it is:

You run around the Toyota Center like a mad man, sorry, bear. How much water do you drink?

At least a gallon and I like it with snow cone ice (the kind you get from Sonic)

If you could bring any fast food chain into the Toyota Center, what would it be?

It's a TIE between Boston Market and Chick-fil-A

Not to be rude, but you're kind of big and awkwardly shaped. You must spill a lot of food when running around in the aisles and seats. What do you spill the most of?

Sheet cakes get accidentally and intentionally spilled/dropped all the time. Especially on opposing team's fans.

Speaking of cakes, you are pretty fond of them during your in-game activities. Do you have a favorite flavor?

I like carrot cake the best as long as it is moist. It is the cream cheese icing that I like it for. I like chocolate to throw because it makes the best and most visible mess.

• Read the entire article on Sports and Food.

Wes Welker is as scrappy on Twitter as on field

Fri, Jan 6
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To celebrate Follow Friday (#FF) on Twitter, Page 2 joins the fray by recommending a unique sports figure to follow each week in order to enhance your social media experience.

If you don't know much about Pro Bowl wide receiver Wes Welker, you might assume he's just another boring Patriots robot -- a player who gets the job done, displays little emotion on the field and lacks personality.

Wes Welker
Jed Jacobsohn/Getty ImagesNew England Patriots receiver Wes Welker is not
an emotionless cyborg! You read it here first.

Wrong.

Check out @WesWelker on Twitter. You'll likely ask yourself, "Is this really Wes Welker?" Thousands of people have done just that after doing a double take on his profile.

It is indeed Wes, and as it turns out, he's interesting and funny.

Welker has used Twitter to do everything from interacting with fans about "Teen Mom 2" to sharing photos from his personal life. Welker even took time to address the NFL on his recent $10,000 fine for wearing an unauthorized hat. He also checked in with Ochocinco to see if his fine earned him any street cred.

But Welker's finest moment on Twitter probably occurred late last year when he asked his followers for ideas on pranking his teammates. Welker asked, "What if I cleared someone's locker out and made it seem like they got cut. Have a note that says, 'See BB!' Too far?!"

Responses flooded in, and a follower named Matthew Henderson replied with perhaps the funniest idea: "Take away Vince Wilfork's lunch money."

Welker smartly replied, "I said prank! Not a suicide mission!"

Not quite an emotionless robot after all.

@WesWelker Foxboro, MA Professional tweeter that wastes his talents playing American Football.

'Madden' sim: Steelers put clamps on Tim Tebow

Fri, Jan 6
Jan
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Pittsburgh vs. DenverEA Sports

Every NFL game this week has been simulated with the help of EA Sports and "Madden NFL 12" using the game's advanced artificial intelligence, complete with winners, statistical leaders, and even the player of the game.

Check out who "Madden" thinks is going to win before the games are even played, such as Sunday's matchup between Pittsburgh Steelers and the Denver Broncos:


When Denver jumped out to an early 10-3 lead, it looked like Tebow-mania was going to run wild for at least one more week. But then the Steelers defense really stepped up, limiting Tebow to just seven completions for the entire game while forcing a key interception as Pittsburgh dominated the second half to pickup a hard-fought, 20-13 victory.


For a box score, and to tab through the rest of the games,
visit The Gamer blog's Madden NFL 12: Wild-Card Week Simulations »

Or check out individual games:

Cincinnati at Houston | Detroit at New Orleans
Chicago at New Orleans | Atlanta at NY Giants

Dirk Nowitzki channels Britney Spears for story

Fri, Jan 6
Jan
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Want to see Dirk Nowitzki sitting by a fireside, reading Britney Spears' "Oops! … I Did it Again" like a bedtime story? Wish, granted.

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