Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 12/21/11

Kate Upton dating New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez? Just in case you needed another reason to dislike him. That rumor is burning up the internet today. Upton has hung out with New York athletes before.

And did you know Upton is a Wolverines fan? She attended “The Game” last month

From Fox Sports:

Sanchez has been paying frequent late-night visits to the Victoria’s Secret and Sports Illustrated swimsuit model’s Manhattan apartment, the New York Post reported.

He has been spotted several times at the blonde’s pad since November, usually after games or before practices, rolling up in his black chauffeur-driven Navigator.

Sanchez was even seen in Upton’s building lobby carrying gifts for her after he attended a charity event early last month. On another occasion, Sanchez was spotted coming into the building with bags a minute or two after Upton arrived.

-In the wake of the Kobe Bryant divorce, Vanessa Bryant has been a trending topic. Here, the situation gets the Taiwanese animation treatment

-Lost Lettermen had a poll of the worst fans in all of college basketball and college football. Rejoice! Wisconsin Badgers fans! you’re the only school to make both lists.

The Hoosiers, Illini , Kentucky, Michigan State all made the basketball list

-Co-ed Magazine is having a hotter cheerleader poll for EVERY bowl game. Yes, that means even Western Michigan has an entry. And at the end you can vote for the overall hottest cheerleaders. No shock the Oregon Ducks cheerleaders are in first place right now.While Ohio State was #3 on the football list. This site is run by a Michigan Man so take that into account when judging the rankings.

But both lists are seriously flawed in numerous ways. No Penn State or Iowa Hawkeyes for FOOTBALL? C’mon now.

And although I totally agree that Illini fans deserve #5 on the list, your reasons why are HORRIBLY INACCURATE (what’s wrong with booing Eric Gordon? He screwed Bruce Weber by leaving him high and dry at the last possible moment, only to sign with a slimeball. There’s never been a riot in recent memory over sports in Champaign, you’re thinking of East Lansing). I can give you a bunch of better and actually relevant reasons.

-Penn State, Syracuse, The Citadel, the Boston Red Sox and now this:

(from USA Today)

Longtime Philadelphia Daily News sports columnist Bill Conlin has been accused of sexually molesting at least four children in the 1970s, when they were aged 7 to 12.

The accusers include a niece of Conlin’s who is now a prosecutor in New Jersey. Conlin has denied the accusations through his attorney.

The allegations were reported in a lengthy investigative story today by the Philadelphia Inquirer. The story, by Nancy Phillips, included some parents of the alleged victims saying they were made aware of the assaults at the time, but elected not to tell authorities.

The newspaper says no legal action can be taken against Conlin, 77, because of the statute of limitations laws that existed at the time of the alleged assaults.

-Today marks exactly one year to the end of the world 12-21-2012; according to the Mayan calendar or 12-21-12. Today, regions in Mexico where the Maya once dominated are beginning the celebration! They’re installing countdown clocks to the date, and they view this as just the beginning of a new era, not the apocalypse. Yes, December 21st, 2012 will just be another day beginning another cycle to them.

From Yahoo

The doomsday theories stem from a stone tablet discovered in the 1960s at the archaeological site of Tortuguero in the Gulf of Mexico state of Tabasco that describes the return of a Mayan god at the end of a 13th period.

Believers have taken the end-of-the world fears to the Internet with hundreds of thousands of websites and blogs.

“The Maya are viewed by many westerners as exotic folks that were supposed to have had some special, secret knowledge,” said Mayan scholar Sven Gronemeyer. “What happens is that our expectations and fears get projected on the Maya calendar.”

Gronemeyer of La Trobe University in Australia compares the supposed Mayan prophecies to the “Y2K” hype, when people feared all computer systems would crash when the new millennium began on Jan. 1, 2000.

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