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It's no secret Aaron Rodgers hasn't thrown an interception at Lambeau Field in a long time ... a really long time.
So long, in fact, Rodgers doesn't even remember throwing it.
Chances are Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith, who picked him off, remembers it clearly. But that is neither here nor there. Since that flea-flicker on Dec. 2, 2012, Rodgers has been busy setting NFL records.
He heads into Sunday's game against St. Louis having thrown 612 passes and 52 touchdowns in the 1,043 days since his last interception at Lambeau. That stretch accounts for 19 straight home games (including the playoffs).
So what was the world like in 2012, when some people were interpreting the Mayan calendar to mean the world was ending? Allow us to remind you:
LINSANITY Jeremy Lin rose to stardom as "Linsanity" took over the New York Knicks and the NBA. The New York Times dubbed him the team's "most popular player in a decade."
RG3 Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title and earned 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
GANGNAM STYLE "Gangnam Style" was to 2012 as "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" is to 2015. The quirky dance craze set the record for most-viewed YouTube video at that time.
MICHAEL PHELPS The American swimmer, in his third Olympics, won four gold medals at the London Games. What does one do with 18 total gold medals?
DWIGHT HOWARD Yep, this guy spent one season with the Lakers until Kobe Bryant sent him packing for Houston. Purely speculation, of course.
JOHNNY MANZIEL Johnny Football became the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, and subsequently a bona fide member of Drake's posse. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o finished a distant second. Te'o would be the center of a "catfish" controversy soon after.
MILEY CYRUS Miley Cyrus switched up her look drastically in 2012, ushering in a new era for the songstress. Hey, she's just being Miley ...
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A Twitter user promised free drinks for all if Michael Sam sacked Johnny Manziel and did 'money' sign. Sam responded.August 24, 2014Aug24
Before Saturday's St. Louis Rams-Cleveland Browns game, Twitter user @SquareKnight made the type of playful, hyperbolic statement that Twitter lives and breathes on:
Rams vs Browns tonight. If Michael Sam sacks Johnny Football & gives the money sign, drinks are on me. For everyone in the world. Forever.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 23, 2014
You know what happened: In the fourth quarter of the Rams' 33-14 win, Sam followed @SquareKnight's tweet to a T.
OMG! So glorious that Sam did it! Take that Johnny Football. You go, Mike!— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
But then there was that thing about the promise of drinks ...
Declaring bankruptcy in 3..2..1...— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Today I messed up by promising mankind free booze for all eternity.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Internet trolls, as they do, also had their say, prompting a clarification:
I wasn't betting against Michael Sam. I was wishing he'd do it. Joking about celebratory drinks for mankind; that was the sentiment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
Still, despite negativity from frustrated fellow Twitter users who wanted a free beer, this story has a pretty happy ending:
Anyone know Sam's fave charity? So pumped he sacked JFF. If I can't perpetually intoxicate society, I can contribute to its betterment.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
.@MichaelSamNFL: Consider it done. Great play, btw. Give 'em all Hell in the NFL! You're a class act. God bless, brother.— FISHER KING (@SquareKnight) August 24, 2014
The man, who did not want to be named, said he is donating $500.
Information from Darren Rovell was used in this report.
Hoyer to start over Manziel
Although neither quarterback has had a particularly stellar preseason, the Browns have decided on Brian Hoyer over Johnny Manziel to start in Week 1. Hoyer struggled in their Monday night game against the Redskins, but Manziel didn't do much better, and he sparked a controversy by gesturing with his middle finger toward the Redskins' bench. Manziel may be the team's QB of the future, but it remains to be seen just when that will come.
Manziel's controversial moment
Johnny Manziel just can't escape controversy. Less than a week after showing up late to a team meeting, Manziel during Monday night's game at Washington flipped off the opposing bench. Manziel is facing a fine, of course, and now questions about his maturity (his performance, too, didn't exactly excite; he was 7-of-16 for 65 yards and a touchdown). What do you make of it all?