Four years ago an unranked Ole Miss squad rolled into enemy territory early in the season and pulled off a stunning victory over a team considered by many to be a national title contender.

Nick Saban wanted to make sure history didn't repeat itself Saturday in Tuscaloosa. With his undefeated, top-ranked Crimson Tide welcoming the Rebels to Bryant-Denny Stadium this weekend, Saban showed Alabama the video of Tim Tebow's famous remarks after Florida lost to Ole Miss. After No. 4 Florida lost to Ole Miss by a single point on Sept. 27, 2008, Tebow gave an impassioned post-game speech to the media. The Heisman Trophy winner apologized for the loss and promised to push his teammates harder than ever. The Gators did not lose a game for the rest of the year.

"Somebody beat [Florida]. At home, in their place and then there was the famous speech. β€˜It's never going to happen again,’" Saban said. "Well, do you have to have an 'I told you so' game and does somebody have to give that speech for you to do what you need to do to realize what's at stake, to realize the opportunity you have to have a very successful, significant season if you can play one game at a time and respect the people you play, and play to your very best each and every time that you play? That's the challenge and that's what we're looking forward to as coaches.”

It's safe to say Saban's move paid off. The Crimson Tide easily disposed of the Rebels on Saturday night, 33-14.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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Geoffrey Mutai and Dennis Kimetto were practically running stride for stride at the end of Sunday's Berlin Marathon. It seemed like either man could win, and as it turned out Mutai edged his training partner and fellow Kenyan by the slimmest of margins -- one second.

For Mutai, there was more on the line than the Berlin Marathon crown. By winning in Germany, Mutai took home the 2011-12 World Marathon Majors title and the $500,000 prize.

While the result may not seem suspicious, the way the race ended has some people questioning Kimetto's motivation. As you can see in the video below, after keeping pace with Mutai for the entire race, Kimetto did not appear to make a significant kick for the finish line.

If Kimetto had won, Mutai would not have received the $500,000 prize and the World Marathon Majors title, which is an aggregation of several of the world's top marathons. Did Kimetto slow down so Mutai could bring hom the cash?

Here's the video of the finish, you can judge for yourself:

At this point, any accusations of foul play are extremely difficult to prove. But putting the pieces together -- the two men are training partners, Mutai stood to win $500,000, neither man made the customary finish-line push -- one has to wonder if Mutai wasn't the only one who walked away with prize money.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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The Seattle Sounders are putting the power in the hands of their fans. The Emerald City's MLS team announced this week that it will hold an online referendum on current GM Adrian Hanauer. Starting on Oct. 7, season-ticket holders can give Hanauer either a "retain" vote or a "lack of confidence" vote. Fans will have two months to cast their vote. The idea was the brainchild of actor Drew Carey, who is a minority investor in the team.

"I hate to make this comparison -- this is a really bad comparison -- but, when the country started, when the United States started, nobody wanted the people to have the vote," Carey said. "And the objection they had was the same [objection] that I get from, I won't say who, but other people in sports management in other teams that I mention this to."

Seattle is borrowing this strategy from some of Europe's top squads -- Barcelona and Real Madrid -- which regularly vote on the clubs' president.

It seems likely that fans will retain Hanauer. The Seattle native is in his fourth year as GM, and the Sounders have made the playoffs each season. The club currently has 48 points, good enough for fourth in the Western Conference. The MLS Cup playoffs begin in early November and conclude on Dec. 1 with the MLS Cup 2012.

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To all fans of the Lingerie Football League who are wondering about what they will watch when the season ends, you can stop worrying. The Bikini Basketball League is here.

The league consists of seven teams -- the Chicago Desire, the Orlando Lady Cats, the Miami Spice, the Los Angeles Ice, the Hollywood Hotties, the New York Knockouts and the Atlanta Fleet Angels. Tryouts have already taken place in the different cities, and the league will get underway in the summer of 2013.

"This is a competitive basketball league, so we are definitely looking for girls that can really play," Miami Spice representatives told the Miami New Times. "It is also a bikini league in which the girls will be playing basketball in bikinis, so looking good in a bikini is a must."

While it certainly has taken its share of ridicule, the Lingerie Football League has actually produced some highlight-reel plays. Plus it has gained attention for hosting its Lingerie Bowl on Super Bowl Sunday.

No word on whether the Bikini Basketball League's Finals will coincide with the NBA Finals. But with a summer schedule planned, the league will be going head to head against the WNBA.

For those curious, here are some more promotional shots from the league.

(H/T to Off the Bench)

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Something tells us that the referees from Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks will be laying low for a while. And if they do leave their houses, the last place they would venture is probably Green Bay, Wisconsin.

But if they do happen to be in the Badger State, and are looking for Lasik surgery, now they know where to go.

A Green Bay doctor is offering free Lasik surgery to Monday night's referees in light of their dreadful call on the game's last play.

"Yeah. The referees obviously they had some vision issues," said Dr. Christopher Smith. "So we decided that we could help them with that."

But the eye procedure isn't all the replacement referees will receive. They'll also also get an earful from Smith and his staff about decision-making and the rules of football.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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It's that time of the year again for one Denver retailer.

The Appliance Factory Outlet is holding its annual Broncos-Raiders promotion this week in advance of Sunday's game between Denver and Oakland. If the Broncos shut out the Raiders on Sunday, the store will reimburse $1 million worth of appliances purchased between Sept. 25 and Sept. 29.

If, for example, you were to purchase a a king-size washer for $399, and then Denver's defense held Carson Palmer and Co. scoreless, you would get a full rebate for the washer.

While the folks at Appliance Factory Outlet do appear to be rooting for the Broncos to pull off the shutout, history and statistics suggest this is a good wager for them. For starters, shutouts are extremely rare in the NFL. A few years ago, Pat Kirwan of NFL.com calculated that blank slates occurred in roughly two percent of all NFL games.

And while Oakland's offense has been inconsistent, the Raiders are only slightly below average in both total yards-per-game and scoring offense. Meanwhile, Denver ranks 21st in scoring defense, and the Broncos haven't shut out the Raiders since 1995.

(H/T to Yardbarker)

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Sunday was an extremely emotional day for Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith. The 23-year-old's brother was killed in a motorcycle accident late Saturday night. Less than 24 hours later, Smith suited up for the Ravens and hauled in six catches for 127 yards and two touchdowns.

Smith received an overwhelmingly supportive response from fans inside M&T Bank Stadium and around the country. But in recent days, much attention has been focused on one brash reaction that has Baltimoreans up in arms.

Baltimore resident Katie Moody, tweeting as @katiebrady12, wrote the following after the Ravens victory over the New England Patriots: "Hey, Smith, how about you call your bro and tell him all about your wi--- ohhhh. Wait. #TooSoon?"

Moody, who is a Patriots fan, quickly felt the repercussions of her tweet. The response was swift and stern across Twitter. Even Ravens running back Ray Rice tweeted at Moody: "smh u are terrible I hope you know the word karma."

Moody works as a senior administrative coordinator at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and many people outraged by the tweet have contacted administrators demanding that Moody be fired. A spokesperson for the school told the Baltimore Sun that one employee had received 174 e-mails since the initial tweet.

The tweet has since been deleted from Moody's account.

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Several high profile politicians have criticized the NFL in the wake of Monday night's debacle in Seattle, but Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt took things a step further.

A shareholder of the publicly held Green Bay Packers, Schmitt wrote a strongly-worded letter to Roger Goodell, imploring the Commissioner to take action and end the referees' strike. TMZ first reported that Schmitt would be contacting the Commissioner and later obtained a copy of the letter.

Schmitt expressed concern that the league's stellar reputation is being tarnished by the blunders of the replacement officials:

"The National Football League has become the pinnacle of all professional sports by requiring an elite product from the best of the best, its coaches, players and organizations. It is disheartening to see that elite representation threatened by less than qualified officials who are not quite at the same level as the rest of the League's representatives. I feel the League's integrity is currently at risk because of this gap in performance."

To read the entire letter, see here.

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NFL fans in Wisconsin are upset, and rightfully so.

A bad call during Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks likely cost the Packers a win. But now that the NFL has said it will stand by the call, there's not much for Packers fans to do.

One Wisconsin semi-professional football team is making light of the issue with it's own unique twist on the unfortunate situation. The Racine Raiders are holding a "Replacement Referee Night" for their game against the Roscoe Rush this Saturday. Any fan who dresses as a referee will get into the game for free, and a few fans will get to go on the field for the field for a "Worst Call of the Night" contest.

"Fans are frustrated with the state of professional football right now," said Raiders president Matthew Snyder. "We want to give them a creative and fun outlet for their frustration."

Some of the current replacement referees are themselves former semi-professional officials, so maybe one lucky fan can score a call up to the NFL with an especially good showing on Saturday.

(H/T to Off the Bench)

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Tim Tebow has had a stressful season thus far, to say the least.

While Tebow has certainly fought through adversity before, one New York museum would like to help the New York Jets backup quarterback relieve some of his anxiety.

The Museum Of Sex has offered the famously-chaste Tebow a lifetime membership. While Tebow has never engaged in sex himself, he is now free to roam the halls of the museum whenever he wishes.

"Some of the health benefits of safe sex include higher levels of antibodies boosting immunity, reduction of pain, better sleep, stress reduction, and better self esteem," reads the letter Tebow received. "All issues that could certainly help you maintain a healthy advantage in the upcoming Jets football season."

There's a better chance that the Jets will win the Super Bowl than Tebow will take up the Museum of Sex on its offer, but hey, it never hurts to try.

(H/T to Buzzfeed)

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