SAY WHAT: “It’s quiet now. So quiet that I can almost hear other people’s dreams.”

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; Michael Kotter via flickr.

CC BY-NC-SA 2.0; Michael Kotter via flickr.

1. Title game sets record for cable, but not overall via The New York Times

The 2006 BCS National Championship game featuring Vince Young and Texas’ comeback reigns supreme in the college football landscape, but the inaugural year of the College Football Playoff was a huge success.

It’s crazy to think that in the old BCS system, Alabama and Florida State would have likely played for the title, whilst both Ohio State and Oregon would’ve been done on New Year’s Day. The four-team playoff did its job (unless you’re TCU or Baylor).

Inside look: A total of 33.4 million viewers isn’t a bad takeaway when the big brother, the N.F.L. drew an average of 37.8 for it’s four playoff games this past weekend.

2. £5,000 dental bill after punch for repeatedly slapping pal on the butt via Daily Echo

There are several points in this story that are laughable:

  • The incident occurred in October 2013, but Frank Nash did not report it until four months later. (???)
  • Injuries sustained: his mate knocked out THREE teeth and fractured his jaw.
  • ‘He also denied asking Phillips and his girlfriend if they would like to indulge in a threesome.’

Good game. *slaps buttocks*

3. Disturbance yields unlikely encounter via WWLP

Everything weird starts at that East Main Street McDonald’s – or at one of the many Dunkin Donuts in the area.

Just read.

4. Kurt Busch: Ex was trained killer via ESPN


She must not have been a very well trained assassin with that sort of “let it go” attitude…

5. Kings’ Nik Stauskas will let HS fan take his girlfriend to prom for retweets via Bleacher Report

Don’t have a date to prom? Someone tweet Blake Bortles about the availability of Lindsey Duke?

Nothing says “love” like bargaining with RTs…

6. Nude shaming: Why do we think we’re better than women who take their clothes off? via The Telegraph 

Going to keep this simple.

Remember the story of Karen Danzcuk selling selfies for £10? She found a market where she was in demand – most likely by both genders.

Likewise, Mia Khalifa tapped into a market where she thrived. The controversy surrounding one of her scenes only helped to elevate her career.

So many folks turn their nose up at a booming industry. Look at the success of The Sun’s Page 3 or girls in The Daily Star.

Think before you criticise says Rebecca Reid:

“When we criticise Cyrus, or anyone else for their nudity, we’re hypocrites. How did the waitress recognise Hobbs? Because she’d seen her on adult television, of course. In some guise, she’d watched Hobbs “get her tits out.”

7. The BBC girl aged 27 who’s held a party to say goodbye to her breasts: How more and more women are having double mastectomies because cancer has hit their loved ones via Daily Mail

Breast Cancer Campaign and state that one woman in eight will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime – a staggering fact.

The ways in which people with cancer or those that are susceptible to it respond is always amazing. For example, take the late ESPN sports caster, Stuart Scott, and his story as written by The New York Times.

Claira Hermet, whose mum and sister both died of breast cancer, is taking every precaution because she is a carrier of the faulty BRCA1 gene. Fair play to her.

“When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live, and in the manner in which you live.” –Stuart Scott


SAY WHAT: “Lonely, vaguely pedophilic swing set seeks the butts of children”

CC BY-ND 2.0; Flickr via Zarko Drincic

CC BY-ND 2.0; Flickr via Zarko Drincic

1. Nando’s pull Oldham Athletic sponsorship as Ched Evans row rumbles on via Manchester Evening News

Oldham Athletic was the most recent club to show interest in Ched Evans – but in what seems like the same week, they became the next to bow to sponsors and fans.

ZenOffice and Verlin Rainwater Solutions dropped Oldham amid speculation that Evans would be joining the club and the companies were soon followed by… Nando’s? Yes, the tasty peri peri poultry providers, who boast 3.2 million plus likes on Facebook, ended their sponsorship as well.

Verdict: The narrative will likely be the same for any club and whilst an unpopular opinion, the longer Evans remains unattached, the more his face will be in the news – and not everyone protesting his bid to get back into football is going about it the right way. Evans should use his current situation to educate others of the consequences crime, whether innocent or not.

2. This 21-year-old just became the Internet’s most controversial porn starControversial porn star Mia Khalifa is receiving death threats for wearing a hijab via Cosmopolitan 

Mia Khalifa was quoted in The Washington Post saying: “There are Hollywood movies that depict Muslims in a much worse manner than any scene Bang Bros could produce.”

A valid point. Sony’s recent decision to not release ‘The Interview’ in cinemas, which features a scene depicting the assassination/death of a certain political leader, has turned into an estimated $31 million after deciding to release it online.

It’s hard to understand the exact satirical meaning Ms Khalifa spoke of, but there’s definitely far worse that has appeared on camera, such as the killings of journalists. Needless to say, this girl is witty.

Thought: When was the last time you had time on your hands to consider the moral and ethical consequences of a porno?

3/4. The Atlanta Hawks had a Tinder-themed night, and this is what happened via USA Today and Romantic Southampton fan given boost by Sammy Saint via The Daily Echo 

It’s safe to say both teams were exceptionally creative in playing Matchmaker.

Sammy the Saint sparked romance between @_timcorn and a girl he fancied in his row at St Mary’s, whilst Atlanta tip-toed a fine line between creepy and entertainment with their “Swipe Right Night”.

Regardless, both instances confirmed that a Fever Pitch ending is possible at hallowed sports grounds and arenas across the globe – just don’t spill beer or drop popcorn on him or her.

Heh: Next time I’m at St Mary’s, someone swipe me right?

5. The perfect present? Labour MP’s wife Karen Danczuk sells signed, scented and predictably cleavage-healthy selfies for £10 on eBay via Daily Mail and Manchester Evening News

The Mail gets the nod for providing the figure that Rochdale Cllr. Danczuk sold 400 photos in less than 24 hours, but the MEN deserves credit for taking the time to publish a gallery on their website of her top 2014 selfies, obviously on a slow New Year’s news day.

What adds great hilarity to the story is that women had been using her photos on dating websites.

She received a lot of criticism for the endeavour, but one cannot deny the councillor hit oil. Hats off to her for business-savvy thinking.

Follow: Cllr. @KarenDanczuk on Twitter because she has some proper gems.