A sports night featuring Jaguars-Texans and Knicks-Nets was a dreary prospect, but watching Matt Schaub with the game on the line and Charles Barkley exploring the NYC subway system provided plenty of laughs.
The Maryland women's basketball team got a nice note from President Obama and the Knicks' J.R. Smith got money from a fan, but all the Patriots got from the officials was a tease in their loss to the Panthers.
Nick Foles throwing seven TD passes was so surprising that even Michael Vick's brother was stunned into social media silence, though we can imagine what Peyton Manning thought of having his NFL record tied by a backup.
With all the hate going around in the NFL this week (just ask Michael Vick or Bucs coach Greg Schiano), it's no wonder the Giants' David Wilson was hiding behind a rabbit mask. Take a tip from the Chiefs' Tamba Hali and be nice, people.
Whatever you do, Rory McIlroy, don't fall asleep. Brandon Lloyd passes on football for a zombie movie, Ben McLemore stuffs a bag with a snake and Dennis Rodman pulls a Dennis Rodman as things get downright scary this week.
Could we get our first battle of the birds with the Ravens and the Falcons? Or even better, a battle of brothers with 49ers-Ravens? But how can you rule out the Patriots? Our writers make their picks for the AFC and NFC championship games.
The NFL's concerted effort the past two years to market the game and apparel to women is showing signs of paying off, but sales of league merchandise still trail Major League Baseball and collegiate-licensed materials.