Jeff Hart: Wednesday Linkfest for December 28, 2011
By: Jeff Hart | Posted: December 28, 2011
Is there a better way to begin your morning than with a photo gallery of the sporting world’s most gruesomely deformed digits? Yeah, actually, there probably is, but this is the kind of content we’re reduced to in the slow week between Christmas and New Year’s.
Here’s your obligatory Tim Tebow story: comedian, HBO host, and renowned atheist Bill Maher is getting flack from Christian groups following some devilish tweets made during Tebow’s brilliant performance in Buffalo. The only truly interesting thing to come out of this story - which is basically a retread of last week’s SNL/Pat Robertson flap – is that Maher actually has 100K more Twitter followers than Tebow.
The Seattle Seahawks have five Pro Bowl alternates, which is apparently a lot for the coveted but usually unpublicized fill-in role. One of those alternates is Marshawn Lynch who, according to Cold Hard Football Facts’ rusher rating metric, is second best rusher in the NFL (behind LeSean McCoy). Even though they won’t be sneaking into the playoffs this year, all that should give Seattle fans hope for next season.
Having finally given up hope, Chicago placed Matt Forte on IR yesterday. Has he played his last game as a Chicago Bear?
Also going on IR is Vikings star rusher Adrian Peterson. Despite suffering an absolutely horrific injury on Saturday, one that could jeopardize his very career, Peterson still managed to make good on a promise to autograph a fan’s jersey following the game. If karma plays any role in knee injuries, I’d expect a guy like Peterson to come back healthy and strong.
Lastly, has there ever been a more expensive 14 yards than the ones Chris Johnson needs to gain on Sunday? Johnson is 14 yards shy of 1,000 for the season. If he doesn’t hit 1,000 yards, his salary next year is docked $300,000. Way to hold out for the contract laden with counter-incentives, CJ.9K. Pressure is on!
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