Trippin', Hingle McCringleberry, & Helmet Punch.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Quick Hits
  • Naughty List. Unfortunately for Spanish soccer player Thiago Alcántara, one RB Leipzig fan must have asked Santa for the Bayern Munich midfielder to have a bad game, because the jolly old man obliged. During the game, Alcántara passed the ball to his Bayern Munich teammate running up the field, except that player was actually an advertisement featuring St. Nick pushing a snowblower. Punk'd!
  • Thumbs Up. While keeping the Big Bash League cricket match between the Adelaide Strikers and Brisbane Heat safe, this security guard made catching a cricket ball look effortless, and quite mundane. The only sign showing the security guard, named Vikas Chhikara, wasn't bored to death with having to make the catch was a simple thumbs up. He may not be the hero we want, but he's the hero we deserve.
  • Stick Tricks. The Washington Capitals extended an offer to United Arab Emirates women’s ice hockey player Fatima Al Ali, to be one of the team's ambassadors for "Hockey is For Everyone Month." Please let her do more than sit on a Zamboni and wave.

The Main Event
Back in 2014, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon punched a female student in the face, breaking her jaw. The student, Amelia Molitor, was left with four broken bones in her face, a wired jaw, and no feeling in the left side of her face for months.

This is two-year-old incident is back in the news because the altercation video was released last week (graphic warning). Oklahoma football head coach Bob Stoops was part of the committee that made the decision to suspend Mixon for one season, and now says the penalty is too light. Way too light. In fact, he went on to say, "These individuals can't have a second chance. Just not acceptable."

Going even further, Stoops was asked by a reporter if allowing Mixon to stay at Oklahoma implicitly condoned violence against women, and the coach was honest, answering, "sure, to some degree it does."

We're glad Stoops is acknowledging what we've all known from day one, that he and the University did not do nearly enough to punish Mixon. If we want to stop abuse, real consequences need to be at stake, and unfortunately examples need to be made.

Good Sport
Holiday Cheer
NFL players are dressing up to celebrate the upcoming holidays, most notably Baltimore Ravens wide receive Steve Smith Sr. and Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett. Smith channeled his inner Buddy with this elf costume, and Bennett went meta, wearing a holiday sweater featuring a picture of himself performing the Hingle McCringleberry celebration dance.

Bad Sport
Temper Tantrum
Grayson Allen is a little baby, but at least he knows it. The 21-year-old Duke guard who acts closer to 12 channeled his inner Draymond Green during last nights 72-61 win over Elon. The adult baby tripped opposing guard Steven Santa Ana, then had an angry meltdown on the bench before crumbling into an emotional wreck in the locker room. Most actors would die to reach Allen's level of mental range.

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What to Watch
NFL. Giants at Eagles - 8:20pm on NBC
NCAA FOOTBALL. Famous Idaho Potato Bowl: Idaho vs. Colorado State - 7pm on ESPN
NBA. Lakers at Heat - 8pm on TNT; Spurs at Clippers - 10:30pm on TNT
SOCCER. América vs. Tigres - 9:30 on UNI
NCAA BASKETBALL. Tulsa vs. Stephen F. Austin - 4:30pm on ESPNU; North Carolina (Greensboro) at Georgetown - 6:30pm on FS1; San Diego State vs. Southern Mississippi - 7pm on ESPN2; Yale at Temple - 7pm on ESPNU; Wyoming vs. DePaul - 8:30pm on FS1; North Carolina (Asheville) at Ohio State - 9pm on ESPN2; LSU at Wake Forest - 9pm on ESPNU; San Francisco vs. Utah - 11pm on ESPNU; Southern California vs. Missouri State - 11pm on FS1
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