Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 1/16/12

Greetings and welcome to the weekly Morning After, where someone tries to remind you what you could have missed.

The iconic boxer of his generation, and probably most of ours, Muhammad Ali, will be celebrating his 70th birthday this week. The heavyweight champion attended an advanced birthday party for him in his hometown in Louisville. That party also served as a fund raiser for the Ali Center, a educational and cultural complex, where it will be an illustration of his legacy both inside and outside of the squared circle.

He may have been ravaged by Parkinson’s, but he is still an inspiration and a legend.

Here forth are the links after the jump and staring at another meme pic from me:

The NFC Championship Game has a retro late 1980s feel to it. On one end, there is this nice little pun of a rhyme: (c/o New York Times’ 5th Down)

Brees be nimble, Brees be quick, Brees can’t win at Candlestick. (c/o Niner Noise)

The other end just made good on a guarantee, something we already covered earlier in the week. (c/o Newark Star-Ledger)

The AFC Championship Game is what can be said is an opportunity. (c/o Baltimore Sun)

On one end, Denver got Gronk‘d. (c/o Sporting News)

Not your time, yet, Houston. (c/o Sports Illustrated)

Jaguars (c/o Jacksonville Daily Record) and Falcons (c/o The Falcoholic) “trade” their Offensive Coordinators.

Could officiating be a full-time job? (c/o ProFootball Talk)

Does Pioli have the same shady routine, too? (c/o Larry Brown Sports)

One quarterback is staying, while another is going. (c/o Baxter Bulletin & Oregonian)

Derek Dooley got his man to run the Vols D. (c/o Rocky Top Talk)

This has to be a ploy for a raise, right? (c/o Crimson & Cream Machine)

The Urban renewal continues. Out with the old, in with the new. (c/o The Lantern & The Buckeye Battle Cry)

JoePa tells all. (c/o Washington Post)

All that is needed here are pitchforks and torches. (c/o Philadelphia Inquirer)

Evisceration in Tallahassee. Not what you think, though. (c/o Miami Herald)

Probably the only downer for the Bossman this weekend. (c/o The Only Colors)

More drama in the Fine mess. (c/o Gothamist)

Pitching issues resolved, and that’s with AJ Burnett. (c/o CBS Sports)

This is going down the wire. Will there be a clutch performance from somebody? (c/o Hardball Talk)

The Pujols rule being adopted by Josh Hamilton. (c/o MLB Daily Dish)

Will this Bud be for you? (c/o Forbes)

It’s all your fault. (c/o The Boxing Scene)

Interesting backstory with the Aussie Open already underway. (c/o London Telegraph & The Roar)

MMA fun in Rio. (c/o AlphaKick)

Since there will be a Korean team coming to the Motherland:

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