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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."

Jeremy Lin Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

RG3 Robert Griffin III led the Washington Redskins to an NFC East title and earned 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.

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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.

Gangnam StyleTom Szczerbowski/Getty Images

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?

Michael PhelpsAl Bello/Getty Images

DWIGHT HOWARD Yep, this guy spent one season with the Lakers until Kobe Bryant sent him packing for Houston. Purely speculation, of course.

Dwight HowardRonald Martinez/Getty Images

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.

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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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Even with Kobe Bryant back, the Los Angeles Lakers seem sure to endure another difficult campaign in the impossibly good Western Conference.

AND IT'S GETTING WORSE.

That's right -- trouble's a-brewing in the Southland, and it has to do with Nick Young. Not his six- to eight-week absence with a torn thumb ligament, but new point guard Jeremy Lin's refusal to call Young by his somewhat self-applied nickname, "Swaggy P."

"He's super-cool," Lin told the media last week. "But I just find it ridiculous that everyone comes in and just calls him 'Swaggy.' You've got to earn it or something, and maybe he has but I just got here, so maybe I'll adopt [it] eventually."

What must he do to earn it, asked a reporter?

"It has to be something that I see," Lin said, "that when I look at him he just glows with Swaggy-ness."

Perhaps sensing the oncoming controversy, Lin walked back on his stance a little, adding: "He's hilarious. He's hilarious. He's really cool. So just out of respect for him being eight years in, if he wants me to call him Swaggy P, I guess I will. But besides that I'll call him Nick Young."

Sorry, Mr. Lin. Damage, done. If the Lakers don't make the playoffs, it won't be because the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Pelicans are all probably better.

It'll be because you questioned Nick Young's swaggy-ness.

MORE NICK YOUNG OFFSEASON FUN

Riding a Zamboni with the Los Angeles Kings

Volunteering as Lakers coach; throwing out horrible first pitch at Dodgers game

Playing 3-on-3 with random dudes in NYC

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Jeremy Lin might be on his fourth team in five years, but the man known as Linsanity wins the Internet everywhere he goes.

The latest example: In a call for videos of fans executing the ol' "dunk on someone" prank, Lin shows himself, in his words, "taking no prisoners." That means dunking on friends and family -- including his mom:

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The Houston Rockets won the Dwight Howard rally this offseason. Now, according to Bradford Doolittle's WARP-based calculations, the James Harden-led team also wins the title of best backcourt in the NBA. These rankings aren't without controversy, though; the Stephen Curry/Klay Thompson Golden State Warriors didn't crack the top 10. Do you agree with the analytics? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Best NBA backcourts

Clippers

Clippers

Chris Paul, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford

Heat

Heat

Dwyane Wade, Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen

Lakers

Lakers

Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jodie Meeks

Mavericks

Mavericks

Jose Calderon, Monta Ellis, Devin Harris

Nets

Nets

Deron Williams, Jason Terry, Joe Johnson

Nuggets

Nuggets

Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier

Pacers

Pacers

Paul George, George Hill, C.J. Watson

Rockets

Rockets

James Harden, Patrick Beverly, Jeremy Lin

Spurs

Spurs

Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili, Danny Green

Thunder

Thunder

Russell Westbrook, Thabo Sefolosha, Reggie Jackson

Timberwolves

Timberwolves

Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Jose Juan Barea

Trail Blazers

Trail Blazers

Damian Lillard, Wesley Matthews, Mo Williams

Warriors

Warriors

Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Toney Douglas

Wizards

Wizards

John Wall, Bradley Beal, Glen Rice Jr.

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Jeremy Lin is having a decent season in Houston, but his position in the All-Star voting might come as a surprise to some fans. Lin is third among Western Conference guards in the voting -- he's only 55,000 votes behind Chris Paul. Winning would nab him a starting spot, but does he deserve one?

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