Advent Calendar of Hotness Day 10: Calvin Johnson

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Oh, shirtless pic! Why couldn’t you be bigger?

It seems this year’s Calendar is full of NFC North hotness. In celebration of reaching the 1,500-yard milestone for the second season in a row, we bring Calvin “Megatron” Johnson of the Detroit Lions.

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Advent Calendar of Hotness Day 8: Adrian Peterson

Adrian Peterson is an old favorite here at Ladies, but can you believe he’s never been in the ACoH? In honor of his stunning return from last year’s knee injury (on Christmas Eve, no less), and because I am a total Sooner homer, please enjoy some pics.

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Cute wool hats, floating heads and stupid Tebow: Your NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview

I'm just relieved this isn't an animated gif in which the outer floating heads rotate around Boomer. (Image source: ESPN)

It’s NFL WILD CARD WEEKEND! And I know this because ESPN sent me the most frightening email yesterday to remind me. I’m normally all for floating heads, but I live in fear of falling asleep and having the floating head of Keyshawn Johnson bellow “C’MON MANNNN!” in my dreams. Also, what the hell is with the green glow? The Countdown Crew are aliens, I tell you.

Meet me after the jump for a quick look at Wild Card Weekend. I have to go find my tinfoil hat first…

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Our fave sports moments of 2011

PhotobucketYour TV, radio and internets are being bombarded with Year In Review posts and specials as I type this. Well, guess what? It’s no different here at Ladies… We took a few moments this week to reflect on our favourite memories of this past year. Some will be hilariously obvious, others may surprise you. All of them will make you warm and fuzzy, like a delicious flute of champagne.

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Best. Sign. Ever.

Hope everyone out there had a very Merry Christmas yesterday! (and Happy Hanukkah for two more nights!)  As I’m sure you noticed, the NFL treated Saturday – Christmas Eve – as if it were a regular Sunday filled with regular season football games, and we were treated to an extra Christmas present of Aaron Rogers and his Packers getting back on track with a Bears beatdown last night. (I believe my favorite Facebook comment from a friend last night was “I can’t believe McCarthy is making the Packers practice on Christmas.”) However, something was brought to my attention this morning that made the Packers-Bears game just a little better, and that is sweet vindication from this lady Green Bay fan:

Bet he wishes he didn’t cheat now! You go, girl!

Advent Calendar of Hotness: Day 9

You’ve been patiently waiting to open the door on Day 9, so we’re happy to deliver this sweet piece of perfection: veteran Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver. Never mind that the Houston native has had a fantastic Super Bowl-winning career and still has a few magnificent moves in his arsenal despite the years: we love him for his commitment to kids, as you’ll notice here. We also love him for his commitment to battling homelessness (a challenge he and his family dealt with when he was a child) through the Donald Driver Foundation.

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Ladies… Linkups: Busy Sports Week Edition

St. Louis Cardinals Chris Carpenter

Hockey season is in full swing, I’m 6-and-0 in the Ladies… Fantasy Football League (what the @#$!), the World Series begins Wednesday and in the NBA…yeaaaah, anyway, it’s a busy sports week here at Ladies… I promise I’ll return to some NHL Hotness Profiles soon, but in the meantime, enjoy these stories written by other people:

  • Too soon to talk about an undefeated season for the Pack! Too soon! [ESPN]
  • Carson Palmer, welcome to the Raiders. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Phil Kessel is your first NHL Star of the Week. Be afraid. Be very afraid. [Puck Daddy]
  • Some thoughts about the horrific accident that claimed the life of Dan Wheldon. [NBC Sports]
  • The Rangers return to the Big Dance. [MLB.com]
  • And your Game 1 starter for the Cards is… [StLToday.com]

Finally, I have to tell you I came thisclose to buying these tonight, until I realized that I probably wouldn’t receive them in time for Hallowe’en. Are they not awesome? If only I could hop into my invisible jet and pick them up myself in Pennsylvania.

Happy Fan Time

The Milwaukee Brewers open the NLDS at home this weekend, with games 1 and 2 on Saturday and Sunday. The #7 Wisconsin Badgers open Big Ten play Saturday night against newbies Nebraska and the defending National Champion Green Bay Packers take on Denver on Sunday.

Unless you live in Boston or New York, you’ve probably never experience the Happy Fan Dance that I’ve practically mastered in the past few days.

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Your NFL Fantasy Starts Here!

Well, it's ... not Bieber hair. (Reuters/Adam Hunger)

First there was the lockout.  Then there was preseason.  Finally, finally the NFL season actually starts playing games that count, with tonight’s Saints – Packers matchup.  Which also means, after weeks of draft preparation and stat scrutinizing, your fantasy team can finally start proving its worth (or disappointing you, if you are like a buddy of mine who says he only likes his fantasy team before the season starts).  We have a record 14 teams in Ladies… League this year, so there is much excitement and anticipation.  My team, Creepier Doll Collective (it was too good a name! it had to have a sequel!) wound up with Dreamboat himself, Tom Brady, at starting quarterback, but oddly I am much more excited to have my backup quarterback…
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Visiting the White House

Super Bowl Champions the Green Bay Packers visited President Obama at the White House today. For Bears fan Obama, it was a bit of a heart-break, but for Packers fans, it was a visit a long time coming.

Often, when championship teams visit the White House, they give the president a gift – this is usually a jersey and the number on the back is usually the president’s number in the succession of presidents. (For example, Obama is the 44th President of the United States.)

While at the White House today, Packer Charles Woodson presented the president with a certificate of stock in the publicly owned Green Bay Packers. As a Bears’ fan, Obama took the opportunity as a new “owner” to suggest a trade for Aaron Rodgers.

Considering I’ve usually heard of teams giving the president a jersey, I thought the stock certificate was a pretty cool gift. It made me wonder what other gifts teams have presented to the president.

The Giants also gave President Obama a signed bat and fielder’s gloves for his whole family.

2009 World Series Champions the New York Yankees don’t appear to have given any gifts other than the jersey, but their jersey had the #27 on the back – for their 27 world titles.

Chicago Blackhawks, the 2010 Stanley Cup winners, gave hometown president Obama a Blackhawks sweater and let him try on the ring.

Auburn, 2010 National Football Champions, gave Obama a jersey and a helmet.

The jersey the 2009 Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins upped the jersey ante by giving Obama one with a captain’s “C” on it.

UConn, the men’s basketball national champions, gave President Obama a basketball with his name etched on it.

The Philadelphia Phillies, who won the World Series in 2008, also gave Obama a baseball.

As far as I can tell, 2008 and 2008 winners the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints stuck to the jersey gift.

Not a gift, but when the UConn women’s basketball team visited in 2009, President Obama challenged a few of the players to a game of P-I-G. Naturally, he won. But the women were wearing heels and dress.

The Detroit Red Wings, 2008 Stanley Cup Champions, gave George Bush Jr two jerseys - one #43 for him and one #41 for his dad. And also invited them to visit on their annual father-son trip. They also gave President Bush a miniature Stanley Cup statue.

So maybe I’m a little biased, but I think the stock certificate might have been the coolest gift in recent memory. The Packers also broke tradition by giving him a Packers jersey with the name on back “Commander In Chief” and the #1.

You can check out video of the Packers White House visit
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers!

I’ve re-written this opening sentence at least five times. I was worried about being inarticulate two weeks ago when the Packers won their way in to the Super Bowl, so winning it all has left me pretty tongue-tied.

Despite the fact that they never trailed, I was pretty nervous last night and had a hard time coming down from that to enjoy the win. It seems more real this morning and I was more emotional watching recaps and clips on the morning news than I was after the game last night. That said, it’s finally all sinking in and I can’t believe the No. 6 seed Packers won six straight games to get to the pinnacle. After a loss to Detroit mid-season, I thought the team was done. I thought they’d never be able to get over losing so many opening day starters. I thought they would never find a run game.

Instead of waxing philosophical, here’s some of my favorite pictures of last night’s win, courtesty of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

Aaron Rodgers has been putting on an imaginary championship belt after every TD this season. This time, the belt got to be real.

We all “awww’d” at the pictures of Drew Brees and his son from last year, so here’s Greg Jennings celebrating with his children amongst the confetti.

Word is that Charles Woodson tried to speak to the team at halftime and was so choked up that he couldn’t finish, which basically left the rest of the team choked up. A veteran player on a young team, Woodson was the heart and soul of the defense and it was tough to see him go down with a broken collarbone. It was so great to see him with the trophy.

It’s not a celebration pic, but I love this picture of BJ Raji apparently telling the Steelers to Bring It On.

These next few pics are from ESPN.com

Greg Jennings celebrates a touchdown

Nick Collins and Clay Matthews celebrate after Collins’ pick six.

Super Bowl 45, now with Predictions

 

We’re (finally) a mere 48 or so hours away from the game and I can’t be the only one who’s antsy for it to get here already.

Local (Milwaukee) media have gone so far overboard on their coverage of the Packers leading up to the game that I’m ready for it to be played just so I don’t have to wait 15 minutes into the nightly news to hear about Egypt.

In case it hasn’t been abundantly clear over the past two weeks that Packers fans are a special kind of nuts, check out this article. It includes the complete text of a letter from the Green Bay Superintendant of Schools. The schools will close early on Monday in anticipation of the team’s return to Green Bay. Should the Packers win, there will be a parade and celebration on Tuesday and the letter let’s parents know that they can take their kids of of school on an excused absence for the celebration.

I know you’ve all been waiting to see where the Ladies… come down on the outcome of this game, so wait no further.

I have to be a homer and pick the Packers. They have the momentum heading in to the game and have had plenty of time to study tape and prepare for the Steelers offense. Aaron Rodgers will cement himself in Packers’ lore and the secondary will have a huge night, netting at least 2 INTs   Packers 28, Steelers 20

Games Mistress: 34-21, Packers and Rodgers throws for 300+ yards and 3 TDs, so I can further rue the week his concussion enforced hiatus cost me a berth in my non-Ladies league Super Bowl. 

Lady Bee: As Queen of the Way Off Predictions (I called a Bears-Jets Super Bowl), I’ll say Packers 30-27. It will be close and decided on a field goal. We will wake up Monday morning worshipping Mason Crosby.

THE Blonde Bomber: 21-17 Packers

Miss Minda: 24-20 Green Bay. Go Pack Go!

Buffalita: I predict 24-17, Packers.  Yes, the Steelers defense is good. But if the Jets can manage to score 19 against them, I have plenty of faith in Rogers

So I have all the Ladies… aboard the Packers’ Super Bowl Wagon. Lets hope we’re not all super disappointed come Monday morning!

Craft Like a Champion Week 2: The Green and Gold Lays Down the Gauntlet

Now that we have entered the pre-Super Bowl waiting period in earnest — and if you live in a city that has just had 19 inches of snow dumped on it overnight — you may have a little time on your hands.  Wouldn’t you like to use some of that time knitting a hat for a newborn in a developing country?  You don’t even have to stop watching TV to knit — I often use working on a knitted gift as an excuse to spend the whole day watching random British sitcoms on my Netflix instant account.

Missed last week’s kickoff?  Click here, or follow the link in the sidebar.

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The Packers are Going to the Superbowl!!!

I’m still in that euphoric phase where I’m a little dumbfounded that this is actually happening, so forgive my ramblings!

Heading in to this season, it was clear that the Packers had the pieces to put together a championship season, but 11 players on the IR later, it seemed less likely that the team could put together a playoff run. You’ll remember, the Packers lost to the Lions this season. It did not seem promising.

But the Packers (and Packer fans) are lucky. We have Aaron Rodgers.

And this is not even meant to heap on the lovefest for A-Rodg. But seriously, how many teams can you name that went from one franchise quarterback to another? There were no lean years. There was no let down. Thanks to Ted Thompson, the Packers went from Favre to Rodgers seemlessly (at least on the field) and never had to worry about down time.

I have my issues with Packers GM Ted Thompson, but he can never get enough credit for throwing away the plan and drafting Rodgers when he was still on the board at the 24th spot in the 2005 draft.

Plenty of NFLers weighed in on Twitter while the game was happening, but what do you all think about the situation with Jay Cutler? I don’t think anyone can decide whether or not he was truly hurt, but what about the fact that he spent the rest of the game on the sideline by himself? Isn’t it standard for the starter to throw on a headset and help out the backups?

My favorite “storyline” out of the game was the interception and touchdown by nose tackle BJ Raji. Prior to Sunday’s game Raji had taken to calling himself “The Freezer,” saying Chicago had “The Fridge” and he was “The Freezer.” In scoring the TD after the INT, Raji became the heaviest player player to score a playoff touchdown. The previous holder of that “honor”? William Perry.

The play that Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers called that put Raji in that situation is one that he hadn’t called ALL YEAR.

Raji did a little wiggle after the touchdown and also “put on the championship belt,” something Aaron Rodgers has been doing after scoring touchdowns all season.

Check out the whole play and celebration

I would have rather played the Jets than the Steelers, to be honest. Roethlisberger has been as hot as Rodgers has this post season.

Of course, Rodgers’ biggest play of yesterday’s game was a touchdown-saving tackle of Brian Urlacher, so you never know what you’re going to get.

But it doesn’t matter. We have two weeks to revel in the fact that our sixth-seeded team went on the road and beat three good teams to make it to the SUPERBOWL!

Puppies!!!!!

I’m a Packer fan, so that’s the only thing on my sports radar right now. Since we’ve already written about the game here on the site, that leaves me pretty bereft of posting ideas.

Everywhere you look in Milwaukee, people are talking about the game. The local Human Society created this little video as a representation of what the Packers will do to the Bears.

You all need a little cute in your Friday morning, right?

Settling Conference Scores…Who Y’a Got?

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Hailing a cab to Pittsburgh, it's Mark Sanchez! (Getty Images)

Only a little part of me will be glad to have my Sunday nights back (that means I might actually file my posts on time!) I mean, really, has the football not been superb these last two weekends?

Saturday’s NFL Divisional matchups saw the Steelers topple the Ravens 31-24, while Green Bay annihilated the Falcons 48-21.

Then came Sunday. We figured the Seahawks wouldn’t stand a chance against the Bears, and while they put up a fight the end result was as predicted: Chicago over Seattle 35-24.

But did you think for a minute…that the Patriots would fall to Rex Ryan’s Jets? Oh, the drama, the vitriol, the stupid hair, the gentle musings of one Bart Scott (please do yourself a favour and watch the video clip!)

Get’cha popcorn ready for Sunday and join me, Games Mistress and CuteSports after the jump for our NFL Conference Showdown predictions…plus a chance for you to vote for your NFL Conference Championship picks.

Hump Day Hotties: NFL Divisional Playoffs

To get you ready for the NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend, I thought I would feature a hottie from each team playing this weekend.  To see if your favorite hottie made the cut, take a trip with me after the jump.  I hope I don’t disappoint!

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Four things we loved about Wild Card Weekend

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Judging from the seating, 14 is the loneliest number. (Photo: Getty Images)

For a few of us, like Ladies… Fantasy Football League winner Games Mistress CuteSports*, it was a fun weekend of NFL Playoff goodness. The other girls are just waiting until Opening Day.

*this is what happens when you file a post way past your bedtime

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Hit and Run: First of 2011 Edition

Coney Island Polar Bear Swim 2011

Girls, we should really consider an "I Was There" post from the Coney Island Polar Bear Swim next year. I'm just sayin'. (Reuters)

Happy New Year, readers! We hope you had a fabulous holiday that wasn’t marred by travel hiccups, barfing flu or Christmas morning plumbing problems (that last one happened to me. True story.) We’re back at it after a much-needed break. If you laid low this past weekend after a raucous New Year’s Eve, let’s fill you in on what you may have missed.

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Advent Calendar of Hotness – Day 11 (Plus Bonus Makeup Guy!)

So we (ok me, mostly) got a little confused with our ACoH numbers this week and once we had it all sorted out we realized we’d missed a couple of days.  So in an attempt to give you, our beloved readers, the full 25 hot guys you deserve in your advent calendar, today’s ACoH is actually a pair: Aaron Rodgers and Greg Jennings of the Green Bay Packers.

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Hit and Run: Crazy Endings Edition

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I mean, what else would you expect on Hallowe'en? (AP Photo)

There just something about Hallowe’en that brings out the crazy. Dressing like a zombie. Dressing like Gaga. Drinking booze that is clearly coloured by artificial susbtances and possibly has floating eyeballs. Eating far too many mini Coffee Crisps. These jackets. Whatever bizarre behaviour you engage in is perfectly acceptable on October 31st, or at least the Friday or Saturday closest to it.

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Hit & Run: Fantasy Football Disasters Edition

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!

Guess who writes for a sports blog and has Reggie Bush on both her fantasy teams, including one that is in such bad shape as far as running backs go that she is resorting to starting Fred Taylor and 3 WRs for week 3?  Yeah.  So.  (Though as someone who dates a Saints fan, I must note there’s a certain amount of relief among the NOLA fanbase that Reggie’s leg is “just” broken and he didn’t reinjure his knee.)

Injuries and fantasy football lineups thus being on my mind, I thought I’d take a quick survey of other developing situations around the league that might impact your fantasy choices this week.

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Happy Start of the Football Season

I’m taking a post mulligan. I apologize for the thrown-together nature of my post.

Let me make it up to you:

Ok, enough of that Bush. Because it turns out there’s another cutie Bush in the league. He’s on my team and I didn’t even know it. Let me introduce you to Green Bay Packer Jarrett Bush:

Kind of adorable, right?

He’s even cuter partaking in a Packers tradition wherein kids lend the players bikes to transport them between Lambeau Field and the practice facility.

Sadly, these are the best non-action shots of this new arrival to my radar. Here’s hoping we get to see some more of Jarrett at the season goes on!


NFC/AFC Championships: A Hotness Retrospective

Fine, this was an excuse to post one more Mike Tomlin picture this year.

The big storyline in last year’s Super Bowl was the tradition rich Pittsburgh Steelers and their (then) five Super Bowl victories matched against the Arizona Cardinals in their first trip to the championship.  This year, 3 of the 4 conference finalists have either never been to the Super Bowl or have not been in decades. To put things in perspective, I took a look at the rosters of each team — both from their last trip to the conference game (win or lose) and their last conference championship — and selected a player representative of that era in the team’s history.  You might be surprised who I came up with.

Vintage (sort of) football hotness, after the jump.

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Hit and Run: Football, Football, and more Football!!

The NFL regular season is over. With Alabama winning the BCS National Championship game, college football won’t be back until next fall. For those of you who play fantasy football, a winner has already been decided. (Congrats to THE Blonde Bomber for winning the ladies… fantasy football!) But don’t be too sad. There is still plenty going on in the football world. There’s coaching changes in college football. New coaches in the NFL. And mostly importantly there’s the NFL playoffs!! The Cowboys remembered how to win in January (which didn’t make me very happy). The Patriots got slaughtered by the Ravens (which did make me happy). This weekend is a new set of games that will hopefully be more entertaining than the Wild Card games. (Admit it, aside from the Cards/Packers game, all those games were pretty boring.)

Congrats to Bama for beating the Longhorns 37-21 in the BCS title game.

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Hump Day Hottie: NFL Wild Card Playoffs

Well, it’s finally here: Playoff Time!  This is when you separate the men from the boys.  Well us Ladies are separating the hotties from the not-so hotties.  Take a trip with me after the jump to see some hotties playing in the Wild Card match-ups this weekend.

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The Top Five Games of the Week

Ah, football season is finally here! I think I speak for everyone when I say that it couldn’t have come soon enough. Preseason football is so boring. Watching starters play about one quarter does not feed my appetite for football. Also, this will be my first season playing fantasy football (wish me luck!), so that makes the start of the season that much more exciting. There are 13 games this Sunday and another two on Monday. Some should be entertaining, while others are sure to be a snooze-fest. Unless you’re a fan, you probably aren’t counting down the hours until the showdown between the Rams and Seahawks.

So without further ado, I present to you (in no particular order and with my completely biased opinion) the top five games of Week 1…

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