|Thank you, Rakeem Christmas, for making it so easy. Everyone have a good holiday. (Getty Images)|
Good morning, everyone. Thanks for stopping by. Here's our litany of gifts to you, mostly of the basketball variety. We'll still have posts up on Christmas Day, by the way, and expect more from us here throughout Monday. Feel free to stop by in between the family time and stuffing your face with too many cookies. Happy Holidays to you and yours.
Around the World
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- Why 2012 was the year "our sports broke."
- This turn of events stood out to me over the weekend.
- A bit more on the weekend's most abnormal win.
- Our own Dennis Dodd broke this news over the weekend.
- For my money, the most disappointing team in college hoops this season.
- How much better do we really think the Big Ten is than the rest of the country?
- I'm still waiting for the good to become the really good with this one player.
- Considering he was arrested for engaging in prostitution and resisting arrest six months ago, it's been a near-perfect turnaround so far.
- The WAC's prospects overall would've been so much better if this school had come aboard.
- I'm already way to wishy-washy for my own good with this team. But it's hard to deny the good that's become of the Wildcats' season.
- I really enjoy how John Templon is tracking the fluctuations here week to week.
- My colleague Doug Gottlieb has riled up Syracuse fans more than ever before -- and that's saying something -- but decreeing again and again that Jim Boeheim isn't a great coach. The best Syracuse blog out there responds.
Moving Pictures and Music
»» We've seen Marquette "sing" before, but this time the team is back not to croon, but to sooth you right into Christmas. Love you, Marquette.
On Christmas Eve, there can be no other choice than this. For this is the perfect Dec. 24 song, particularly to be played between the hours of 8 p.m. and midnight. If you happen to have a warm beverage, all the better. If there's a fire nearby, get to it. Wearing a sweater only enhances the experience, as does being around a room lit only by a Christmas tree. It is all the good and warm of this holiday, defined through song. I hope you're grossed out enough to wanna puke by now. Merry Christmas, readers!
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