Your morning roundup for Dec. 31, the day we learned "NSFW" could get even weirder than you originally thought. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors. [Update, March 12: Screengrab removed at UFC's request. Drawing by Tommy Craggs.]
What we watched: UFC 141. Brock Lesnar retired after getting his ass kicked—but wait—there's more.
Nate Diaz defeated "Cowboy" Donald Cerrone by decision in last night's UFC 141 lightweight co-main event, but it was the bad blood between the fighters that made more headlines than the one-sided fight itself. Diaz later discounted the flipped birds as "just television." (Timothy Burke)
We also checked in on the Insight Bowl which was chock full of good times. Aside from Dan Schulman and Matt Millen chiming in on Tom Brady's "probable" status—helpfully filling us all in on what "probable" probabably means—ESPN screwed everything up with their fancy flying camera, right In the middle of a pretty decent comeback on Iowa's part. So typical.
What we're watching (all times EST, unless noted): College Football: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern at 12:00 p.m (ESPN), Georgia Tech vs. Utah at 2:00 p.m. (CBS), Illinois vs. UCLA at 3:30 p.m (ESPN), Cincinnati vs. Vanderbilt at 3:30 p.m. (ABC) and Virginia vs. Auburn at 7:30 p.m. (ESPN). There are hockey and soccer games on today as well.
AA in 3D: "Tintin's principal partner in his adventures is one Captain Haddock, a sea salt whose most prominent personality trait is his utter dependence on alcohol. This is how Belgian cartoonist Hergé wrote the character, and Spielberg remains faithful to that depiction. Haddock not only craves alcohol of any and all kinds-at one point in the movie he drinks the medicinal stuff, since it's the only sort available-he seemingly needs it to function. A momentary bout of sobriety in the desert does prompt one plot-propelling recollection by Haddock, but the Captain doesn't really come through until Tintin's dog, Snowy-also a bit of a lush; more on that below-slyly furnishes him with some booze while he rests in a makeshift hospital bed. As a reviewer in the Willamette Week has written, 'Booze is to Haddock what spinach is to Popeye, something that should raise the ire of AA types.' And indeed it has-though you might substitute 'AA types' with 'Americans,' who seem to bring this up more than people in other countries do. Sam Adams, who recently reviewed two Hergé biographies for Slate, pointed me to a third, Pierre Assouline's Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin, which reveals that when the Tintin books began appearing in America, Hergé's publishers demanded that he "attenuate the text here and there" to reduce Haddock's drinking, in an effort to satisfy 'puritanical American morals.' Hergé went ahead and 'eliminated all images of Haddock drinking straight from the bottle,' telling one reader, 'The blacks have been whitened, and Captain Haddock has to refrain from guzzling his drink.'" [Slate]
The media indulges Bill Belichick's pointless dickheadery, Chapter 956,485,273: "On the verge of becoming just the third quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a season, Tom Brady was limited in practice Thursday and Friday, but coach Bill Belichick wouldn't say how limited. Brady injured his left, non-throwing shoulder Sunday and reportedly underwent X-rays that came back negative. Asked before Friday's session what Brady was able to do in Thursday's practice, Belichick said simply, 'Play quarterback.'" [ESPN]
I'm sorry Mr. Rovell, you'll need to show your work to get full credit: "Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett has been fined $15,000 by the NFL for hitting Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton below the knees last weekend and another $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Bengals running back Bernard Scott. [SI]
Your why would you let your stupid cat do that to your iPad? Interlude:
That was nice of her: "SuZann Stone said that taking home a game ball is a special memory. Her plea to Hamilton was in a letter sent not long after 39-year-old Shannon Stone died when he tumbled over a railing and plunged 20 feet onto concrete July 7 during a game at Rangers Ballpark.Shannon Stone was trying to catch the ball for his 6-year-old son, Cooper, who witnessed the incident. The late firefighter's mother says it would be a shame for Hamilton to quit tossing balls to fans. 'I just didn't want him to stop,' SuZann Stone said. 'How sad that would be because that's what little boys and their daddies go for. This was just an accident.'" [Star-Telegram]
NBA Coach Flip's off his game: "Washington was assessed a first-quarter technical for putting [Roger] Mason in the game. Mason was ineligible for the game because he wasn't included on the list of active players the Wizards submitted before the game. Mason entered the game with 3:37 left in the quarter scored on a jumper with 3:20 left. During a timeout with 2:53 left, the stat crew pointed out that Mason wasn't on the active list, and the technical foul was assessed. Because Mason technically couldn't play in the game, the basket he scored eventually was credited to Rashard Lewis." [NBA]
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