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3 Things You Should Know About Russell Wilson, From His Sister

January, 31, 2015
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Anna WilsonAP PhotoAnna Wilson, who accompanied her brother Russell Wilson to The ESPYS, says the Seahawks quarterback is the most supportive person she knows.

It already has been a big week for Anna Wilson, a junior at Collegiate (Richmond, Va.), a Stanford recruit and one of the best high school basketball players in the nation. The 5-foot-7 point guard, who scored the 1,000th point in her career earlier this week, is the sister of Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. She’s on her way to Super Bowl XLIX, and she’s blogging for espnW.

Growing up I always wanted a younger sibling to play with and boss around. But instead I was blessed with two older brothers. The oldest, Harry, is 31 years old -- we’re 14 years apart but we have the same birthday -- and then there’s Russell, who is 26. But now, with the kind of experiences and opportunities that I have been able to be a part of with my older brothers, I couldn’t imagine my life without them.

Russell is about to play in his second of hopefully many more Super Bowls, and I get to experience it while supporting him. Russell and I are only 8 ½ years apart, so I lived under the same roof with him longer than I did with Harry. When Russell started playing for Wisconsin, I was in eighth grade. That’s when I started to get the questions. The most common one: “What is it like being the sister of Russell Wilson?” Most of the time I kind of stand there and say, “It’s nice, I guess,” with a nonchalant shrug.

People assume that I am going to have this extravagant answer, but really Russell is a guy who is passionate about what he does, maintains his humility and loves his family. If anyone wants to know what it is like having Russell as a brother, there are three things you should know.

1. He loves to sing and dance.

2. He is the most supportive person I know.

3. He has a spectacular outlook on life and amazing vision.

Those are the things that I love and appreciate most about Russell. He can win however many Super Bowls -- let’s hope No. 2 is Sunday when the Seahawks play the Patriots -- but at the end of the day, he is just a normal guy doing extraordinary things and striving to be uncommon.

Now, as he gets ready to play in his second straight Super Bowl, I guess he is pretty good. But I just see him as my brother. An ordinary guy doing extraordinary things, and that is what I love about him.

Follow my next blog Sunday, coming to you from Super Bowl XLIX (49)!

Go Hawks!

This New-Age Blitz Landed One Girl A Prom Date With An NFL Player

January, 9, 2015
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It’s a story as old as time -- girl likes boy, girl asks boy to prom, boy insists girl gets 10,000 retweets on her request before saying yes.

Ahhh, romance in the digital age.

Meet Hannah Delmonte, a Philadelphia Eagles fan who asked linebacker Emmanuel Acho to her upcoming prom. She sent him a direct message over Instagram and he replied with a challenge -- If Delmonte could get over 10,000 retweets on her request, he would accompany her to the event.

On Thursday she posted a screen shot of the conversation with Acho on Twitter and asked her followers to retweet.

Because the Internet can be a beautiful and magical place, her post was shared more than 12,000 times within hours. By Thursday night, the Eagles linebacker was (reluctantly) committed to being Delmonte’s prom date.

Moral of the story: Never underestimate the determination of a high-school girl or the power of Twitter.

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A Buffalo Bills Fan Produced The Ultimate Christmas Lights Show

December, 2, 2014

With apologies to the decorations you pored over all weekend, we can officially shut down the competition for best holiday-themed lights display because it is OVER. One family in upstate New York showed off its Buffalo Bills fandom with a flashing-lights tribute to the team, and it’s nothing short of a Christmas miracle. You really just need to see this one.

Now THAT’S dedication.

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Was Caroline Wozniacki On A Date With Redskins' Ryan Kerrigan?

December, 2, 2014

A few months ago, the world mourned the demise of its beloved Wozilroy when Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy called off their very-public engagement. After years of dating and just days AFTER sending their wedding invitations, the golf superstar broke up with the tennis superstar over the phone. Since the split, each has gone on to achieve professional success but stayed low-key in the romance department.

But after a summer of hanging with bestie Serena Williams around the globe, it looks like Wozniacki has finally found love again. Please insert your favorite celebratory GIF or emoji here.

She was spotted on Monday at a charity event in Washington, D.C. with Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan. While Wozniacki did not speak to the media and Kerrigan didn’t publicly acknowledge his companion, the Internet went into full-scale “ARE THEY DATING???” mode. Pictures, theories of how they met and other unsubstantiated rumors quickly spread.

Good luck dealing with the inevitable “It’s Wozniacki’s fault the Redskins are terrible this year!” jeers, Caroline.

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Kristin Cavallari Gets Epic Last Words After The Bears Rally

November, 24, 2014

The Chicago Bears struggled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday and trailed 10-0 at halftime. So naturally, quarterback Jay Cutler’s wife, Kristin Cavallari, immediately heard from trolls and haters about her husband’s performance.

No stranger to disparaging comments and evil glares (See: “The Hills” “Laguna Beach” or just any interaction with Lauren Conrad), Cavallari took it all in stride. And after the Bears rallied in the second half for a 21-13 victory, the former reality star fired back.

AND A “BYE FELICIA?” REFERENCE? Well done, Kristin. Well done.

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Sam Ponder's Baby Shows How Odell Beckham Jr.'s Catch Is Done

November, 24, 2014

As you’ve probably seen just about EVERYWHERE by now, wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. had just about the greatest catch in THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD on Sunday night in the New York Giants' loss to the Dallas Cowboys.

Of course, Beckham’s one-handed grab was immediately Photoshopped into all your favorite images -- 50 Cent’s first pitch! Dirty Dancing! Bartman’s infamous catch! -- but somehow an adorable infant totally won the Internet with her dramatic impression of the move. Sam Ponder of "College GameDay" posted a picture of her young daughter, Scout, in an adorable football-themed outfit showing her similar skills, from the comfort of her couch.

Somewhere out there, probably cruising around on a yacht in the Mediterranean, even Blue Ivy is bowing down right now.

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Clay Matthews Flexes His Muscles In 'Pitch Perfect 2' Appearance

November, 20, 2014

Are you a “Pitch Perfect” fan? Do you like the football skills, perfectly coiffed hair and comedic timing of Clay Matthews?

Of course you do.

And now, it’s about to feel like Christmas morning. The brand-new trailer for “Pitch Perfect 2” was released on Thursday morning, and not only do you have an updated rendition of “Cups” and witty one-liners from Fat Amy in your future, but the film also features Matthews as a, um, muscular singer. Or something like that.

You could skip ahead to the 1:07 mark to just see the Green Bay Packers star, but I know you don’t REALLY want to do that. Just watch the whole thing already.

Apologies if you now will be stuck singing “I’ve got my ticket for the loooong way round“ in your head for the rest of the day.

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Before Scoring 4 TDs vs. Colts, Patriots' Jonas Gray Opened for Screech

November, 17, 2014

New England Patriots third-string running back Jonas Gray had a “I’M HERE, AMERICA!” night on Sunday with a franchise-record four touchdowns and a career-high 199 yards in a 42-20 win over the Indianapolis Colts. So all and all, it was a pretty decent outing for the undrafted player out of Notre Dame whose previous claim to fame was being the opening comedy act for Screech from “Saved the Bell.”

Yes, you read that correctly.

Encouraged by a friend to pursue stand-up comedy, Gray first took the stage in college at an open-mic night and then later scored a gig with Dustin Diamond. He revealed that MOST AWESOME TRIVIA TIDBIT EVER in an interview last week with the Boston Globe. He did not mention if Mark-Paul Gosselaar or Mario Lopez were in attendance, but I’m guessing they had things like actual employment to do.

Because sometimes the world can be a beautiful place, footage of the act somehow exists on the Internet. Here it is, in all its grainy, dimly lit glory.

After watching this, I’m really glad this football thing worked out for him.

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Country Singer Laments 'It's Always Peyton, Peyton, Peyton'

November, 14, 2014

You know what they say. Country music is three chords and the truth and all about beer, pickup trucks, dogs and ... Peyton Manning. Or something like that.

“She Likes Peyton Manning More Than Me,” a country song and its corresponding video, began making the viral rounds on the sports Internet on Friday. Written and recorded by John Stevens Jr., a Crawfordsville, Indiana-based singer/songwriter with upcoming appearances at the Lebanon Eagles Lodge #2062 and Parky’s Smokehouse, it was originally released in September but is somehow just making its way into our hearts now.

Peyton has yet to comment, but I’m really hoping someone can replace “Rocky Top” with this song in his dance video from training camp over the summer as soon as possible.

Yes, this post might have really just been an excuse to bring this video back. You can thank me later.

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Taima's Apology Proves She's A Bigger Bird Than Most

November, 12, 2014

The Seattle Seahawks mascot, Taima, had her own Richard Sherman-style viral moment on Sunday when she was all like “DEUCES, HANDLER!” and flew into the stands and onto a fan’s head.

Taima issued an apology on Tuesday. Because, you know, that’s what birds do. She apologized for the “poor judgment” she showed and insisted her actions “were not consistent with the type of bird I hope to become.” Of course.

The NFL really might want to consider hiring Taima to craft apologies for all players involved in a scandal. This is some Olivia Pope-level PR here.

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Mark Sanchez Gorges On Cheesesteak (Of Course) After Philly Win

November, 11, 2014

Mark Sanchez did his best to make football fans forget about that whole butt fumble incident on Monday night when he led the Philadelphia Eagles to a 45-21 win over the Carolina Panthers. And if the victory wasn’t enough to win over the Philly fans, Sanchez went on a cheesesteak-eating rampage after the game. If that doesn’t scream “I LOVE PHILADELPHIA,” or at least “PLEASE LOVE ME, PHILADELPHIA,” I don’t know what will.

And somehow, it gets better. In the ultimate politician move, the quarterback went to both Pat’s AND Geno’s. While that might not be great for his waistline, it definitely proved he has this diplomacy thing down.

You know Sanchez’s performance was well received when a Philly fan offers up his cheese fries.

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Chiefs' Two-Andy Reid Formation Proves Too Much For Buffalo

November, 10, 2014

Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs were in Buffalo on Sunday to face the Bills. And somehow by kickoff, Reid found a way to stun fans and the scientific community by appearing on both the sideline and in the crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. DID HE CLONE HIMSELF? IS IT A MAGIC TRICK? DOES THIS SOMEHOW INVOLVE LINDSAY LOHAN AND A “FREAKY FRIDAY” SEQUEL?

I have no answers. But you can come to your own conclusions based on the evidence below.

And the double head coaching strategy paid off -- the Chiefs won 17-13. You might want to try this move/trick/breakthrough scientific experiment next week, Doug Marrone.

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Browns’ Andrew Hawkins Welcomes Back His Prodigal 2-Year-Old Son

November, 7, 2014

Last month, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was forced to kick his 2-year-old son out of the house after he said A.J. Green and Mohamed Sanu were his favorite NFL players and not, you know, his dad. I’m sure it was a tough decision, but obviously Hawkins was left with no choice.

Thankfully, the little guy FINALLY came to his senses and returned to the house with a new (and correct) answer on Thursday night.

Thought so! Lol

A video posted by Andrew Hawkins (@youngbabyhawk) on

I’m guessing he will not be making that mistake again.

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Watch Leah Still Sprint Into Daddy's Arms For Hugs, Kisses At Airport

November, 6, 2014

If you’re looking to smile today, look no further than this video of Cincinnati Bengals defensive tackle Devon Still being reunited at the airport with his daughter, Leah. The adorable 4-year-old has been receiving treatment for Stage 4 neuroblastoma in a Philadelphia hospital but returned home to attend her dad’s game against the Cleveland Browns tonight.

Warning: You might not be able to handle all the adorableness in this video.

Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

The Bengals will be presenting the Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Medical Center with a check for more than $1 million in Leah’s name during the game. Still has previously called it “the most special game I’m ever going to play.” I don’t think you’ll be alone there, Devon.

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The new cast for Season 14 of “Celebrity Apprentice” was announced on the “Today Show” on Tuesday morning. While the show features the usual suspects from reality television, 1990s sitcoms, a Jonas Brother and two cast members from “Sharknado 2” (I see you, Vivica A. Fox and Ian Ziering!), athletes will also be properly represented. Because they are clearly gluttons for punishment and torture, Terrell Owens, Johnny Damon, Jamie Anderson and Shawn Johnson all willingly signed up to be told “YOU’RE FIRED!” on national television.

Johnson seemed pretty happy about the new job opportunity after the big announcement.

Watch this clip of the news conference below for no other reason than to see Owens sit next to Kate Gosselin and laugh awkwardly at her attempt at a joke.

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