NFL Sunday Roundup
Clearly inspired by Ric Flair‘s pep talk, the Niners ignored the cold and beat the Packers on a last-second field goal that was thisclose to being blocked. Packers fullback John Kuhn will spend the offseason thinking not only of the loss, but his failed attempt at a Lambeau Leap (though he did avoid these overly grabby fans). Kudos to the Packers fans who not only attended the game in weather that was 4 degrees, but grilled their beers to keep them from freezing. And kudos to Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, who won the award for most layers worn at one time. As for Sunday’s other game, Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton threw three interceptions in the Chargers 27-10 win over Cincinnati, which dropped Marvin Lewis‘ career playoff record to 0-5 (and continued Jeff Triplette‘s push to be the NFL’s most hated referee). Phillip Rivers celebrated the victory with a primal scream and a good luck bolo tie.
Meanwhile in Boston
Tom Brady enjoyed a weekend off the field, playing with his kids and pushing a baby stroller with the family dog in it.
Huge Day For Jewish Athletes
Congrats to Northwestern forward Aaron Liberman, who became the first player in Big Ten history to wear a yarmulke during a game.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Want to See a Disgusting Broken Nose?
This is MMA fighter Andy Eichholz after his fight against Wade Sauer on Saturday.
The Weekend of J.R. Smith
It was an interesting weekend for J.R. Smith. The guard frustrated Knicks fans by putting up an ill-advised three pointer in the closing seconds of Friday’s game against Houston but redeemed himself by subtly untying Shawn Marion‘s sneaker during a free throw attempt on Sunday.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
It’s Howie Long’s 54th birthday. What better way to celebrate than with a photo of him giving Mel Gibson a fireman’s carry during the 1986 filming of Lethal Weapon. For more classic sports pics, follow the SI Vault on Twitter. While you’re at it, follow me on Twitter as well as SI’s Extra Mustard.
Odds and Ends
Metta World Peace showed some love for Tim Tebow on Sunday … Lou Whitaker had some interesting comments about former teammate Jack Morris and his Hall of Fame worthiness … A large contingent of Saints fans greeted the team when they arrived back in New Orleans at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday … Here are the participants in next month’s Puppy Bowl, which will take place the afternoon of the Super Bowl … Who knew Walter Payton was such a pro wrestling fan?
Staying Warm in Bitter Cold
NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales revealed how she stays warm in the frigid temperatures of Lambeau Field.
Ejection Of The Day
Iowa coach Fran McCaffery was ejected from Sunday’s game against Wisconsin after bumping a referee after a technical foul call.
NHL Goal Of The Weekend
Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar splits the defense and scores on a breakaway.