At this time last year, NBA fans were facing the very real possibility of a canceled NBA season. This year, the league is gearing up for one of its most anticipated campaigns in recent memory. The 2012-13 NBA season starts tonight, with three games on tap: Wizards-Cavaliers at 7 p.m. (ET), Heat-Celtics at 8, and Mavericks-Lakers at 10:30.
We're approaching Week 6 of the 2012 fantasy football season, and unless your team is protected by some sort of magical force field, you're probably dealing with a few key injuries. No fantasy owner would think less of you for shedding some tears over the state of Cedric Benson's foot or Aaron Hernandez's ankle. Still, don't spend too much time in the fetal position—even the most competitive leagues are sure to have a few potential stars on the waiver wire.
On Sunday at Talladega, defending NASCAR Sprint Cup champ Tony Stewart set off a 25-car wreck, which somehow Matt Kenseth avoided, allowing him to come away with the win under caution. Fortunately this huge pile-up didn't lead to any infield confrontations, but quite often they do.
The NASCAR circuit has produced its fair share of high-profile feuds over the years (many involving Stewart). Most of the time, these disputes are settled with a few choice words and some mild jostling. On the other hand, it's never a huge surprise when two drivers come to blows after trading paint. Here's a look at a few of NASCAR's most memorable confrontations:
From 1959 to 1992, NASCAR legend Richard Petty won 200 races, setting a career record that is pretty much unmatchable for active drivers. Still, today’s Sprint Cup racers compose arguably the strongest field of competition that the sport has ever known.
While stars such as Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson may never reach Petty’s incredible peak, they have managed to accomplish feats that eluded even The King. Let’s take a look at the five winningest drivers on today’s Sprint Cup circuit:
This weekend, finally, the real refs will be back on the sidelines, saving us from any further on-field debacles like the ending to last Monday Night's Packers-Seahawks game. For all the phantom pass-interference calls and overlong instant-replay reviews, certain moments are sure to stick out when, in future years, we look back on the first three weeks of the 2012 season and wonder just what the world happened.
Here are eight dubious ways for us all to remember the stand-ins responsible for imprinting the phrase "simultaneous catch" onto every football fan's brain:
Think back to your days on the 8th grade football team. If you’re like us, you sat on the bench daydreaming about girls while the man-child that could already grow a beard ran sideline to sideline and crushed anyone in his path.
As you may have heard, hobos and miscreants are in charge of refereeing NFL games now! Or, rather, the NFL has decided to use high school referees as replacements while it negotiates with the actual referees' union, which has led to the occasional minor controversy. And while Monday's night's disastrous ending to the Packers-Seahawks game is probably the pinnacle (or nadir) of this sad saga, there were already plenty of questionable, puzzling and downright infuriating officiating decisions leading up to it.
By now, even non-football fans have heard about the officiating debacle in last night's showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (just check your Facebook feed). Facing a 12-7 deficit with just seconds left to play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolled out of the pocket and threw a desperation heave into the end zone, resulting in a game-clinching interception for the Packers.
Except it wasn't. Instead, the NFL's much-maligned replacement officials inexplicably ruled the play a touchdown for the Seahawks, ignoring an obvious offensive pass-interference penalty and cementing the phrase "simultaneous catch" into the lexicon of poor sports officiating.
This screw-up will, hopefully, lead to the return of the real refs—but let's not forget that they too have made their share of awful calls over the years. Here's a look at some of the NFL's most controversial officiating decisions:
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