If you're wondering how big this week is for top-ranked Alabama and coach Nick Saban, here's your answer:

Saban was so caught up in preparing for his team's matchup with LSU that he forgot Wednesday was his own birthday.

That's right, Saban turned 61 on Wednesday, but he didn't realize it until his wife reminded him.

ESPN's Samantha Steele rode along with Saban as he went into work Wednesday, and she asked if anything was different Wednesday for the birthday boy:

"My wife said 'Happy Birthday' this morning," Saban told Steele, "and it was like, 'Oh, I forgot.'"

Saban goes on to discuss how difficult it is to remove himself from the football mindset during the season, which is a valid point. Still, birthdays are normally kind of a big deal.

You almost have to feel bad for Saban, which is difficult because it's tough to feel for any living human being who has his own statue (albeit a vandalized one). Saban is so caught up in preparation that he doesn't have time to celebrate "holidays" like his birthday. But, hey, you don't win national championships when you're out partying, right?

(H/T to Game On!)

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Apparently, not everyone is buying into the Ray Allen-Boston Celtics beef.

While Allen's former teammates have had strong words--and cold shoulders -- for the new Miami Heat guard, Allen's mother told TMZ that she still adores her son's old teammates.

"I love the guys," said Flo Allen-Hopson. "They've been in our home. They've been in Ray's home. If they came to my home tomorrow, if they wanted me to cook for them, I would because they are all our sons."

During the summer, Celtics guard Rajon Rondo only referred to Allen by his number, 20, while Kevin Garnett said he no longer had Allen's phone number. None of that animosity seemed to affect Allen's play during the season opener on Tuesday, as he went 5-fot-7 from the field and finished the game with 19 points.

Going forward, Allen-Hopson says she thinks Allen and his former teammates won't stay enemies for much longer.

"I know the man I raised," she said. "Ray went to battle with those guys and they truly love each other ... When it's all said and done and over they'll still be friends."

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Josh Sundquist doesn't just have the most creative costume of 2012. This may be the best Halloween get-up you've ever seen.

The Paralympic skier, who lost his left leg to cancer at age 9, dressed up as the the leg lamp from "A Christmas Story." And he nails it. As you can see from the above photo, the resemblance is uncanny.

On his Facebook page, Sundquist writes: "I had to shave my leg, but I think it was worth it." Indeed it was.

(H/T to Buzz Feed)

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President Obama, a basketball fanatic who had a court built in the White House, has been known to talk a big game when he's on the hardwood. But one basketball authority says Obama is all hype.

During a recent interview with Robert Wolf of Reuters TV, Stern said Obama is "not that good." Despite labeling himself as a loyal Democrat, Stern said Obama's game is predictable.

"He's a lefty," Stern said of Obama, "He goes the same way every time."

There's only one way to decide this: a one-on-one, winner-take-all matchup between the commish and the president. Then we'll see who's really got game.

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Never one for subtlety, Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has many people scratching their heads after some remarks he made during an interview with Steve Serby of the New York Post.

Serby caught up with Prokhorov to discuss the Nets debut at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this week, but also quizzed him on a multitude of other subjects.

For example, Serby asked the one-time Russian presidential candidate for his favorite historical figures (Catherine the Great and the Founding Fathers), the qualities he's looking for in his ideal mate ("beautiful, smart, sexy and makes a mean bowl of borscht") and his favorite meal ("fresh Russian white bread with a slice of what we call 'doctor’s bologna' and hot tea with sugar").

But Prokhorov's most bizarre answer may have come in response to Serby's question about whether Prokhorov would consider getting married one day:

"I have said that if the Nets don’t win the NBA championship within five years, I will punish myself by getting married. We are in year three. So no one is more interested in winning a championship than yours truly."

Prokhorov displays a unique sense of humor throughout the interview and is probably joking here, but it's a weird answer from a billionaire NBA owner nonetheless. This guy's ability to put his foot in his mouth makes Mark Cuban look like Ted Koppel.

For the entire Q&A, including Prokhorov thoughts on Honey Boo Boo, see here.

(H/T to Larry Brown Sports)

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For those Green Bay fans who live, eat and sleep all things Green Bay, this is for you.

The Milwaukee-based Verlo Mattress Factory and the Green Bay Packers recently released the Official Cheesehead Mattress. The bed, which is made of either a gel or memory foam mattress encased in a gold-colored cover that looks like a big block of cheese, is inspired by the cheesehead hats that Packers fans are known to sport at Green Bay games.

"We felt it would be fun to show our team spirit and create a mattress that is bound to bring a smile to Packers fans," Scott Baitinger, chief marketing officer at Verlo, said in a press release, "as well as a good night's sleep."

Packers fans looking to deck out their bedroom with the Cheesehead Mattress would be best advised to wait until after a Green Bay win to purchase a bed. As part of the promotion, the beds are $200 cheaper if ordered within 24 hours after a Packers victory.

As we've seen before, no one roots for their team quite like Green Bay Packers fans.

(H/T to Yardbarker)

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Minnesota Timberwolves fans may notice something different about their team this year. In a league in which American-born black players made up 75 percent of roster spots in 2011, the Timberwolves will have an opening-day roster comprising just 33 percent black players (five out of 15).

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, this year's squad will be the league's whitest since the 1980s Boston Celtics.

Is that a problem?

Some civil rights leaders in Minneapolis think so. Tyrone Terrell, chairman of St. Paul's African American leadership council, told the Star-Tribune that he thinks the unbalanced roster could be seen as a ploy by the ownership to sell the team to a majority-white fan base.

"How did we get a roster that resembles the 1955 Lakers?" Terrell said to the Star-Tribune. "I think everything is a strategy. Nothing happens by happenstance."

Timberwolves president of basketball operations David Kahn called the allegations "patently false."

Indeed, while the team lacks as many African-American players as most other squads, the Timberwolves are still quite diverse. Five of their ten white players were born outside of the United States.

Brandon Roy, projected to be the team's only black starter, says the color of his teammates doesn't faze him.

"It's just basketball," Roy said. "I never really had to feel like I'm the only black guy out here. I've played on teams that maybe had all black guys and the feeling is just the same when I'm out there on the floor playing with these guys."

Ron Edwards, a longtime Minneapolis civil rights advocate, told the Star-Tribune that it was "somewhat disturbing" when he saw a game last season in which Wes Johnson was the only black player on the floor for the Timberwolves. The composition of this season's roster has prompted Edwards to react even stronger.

"It raises some real questions to me about what's really intended," Edwards said. "I think, personally, that it was calculated. Is this an attempt to get fans back in the stands? Minnesota, after all, is a pretty white state.''

Edwards added that the Timberwolves' roster decisions are a "nullification of diversity and a reversal of history."

Kahn said the Timberwolves targeted two black players as free agents during the summer. But Portland matched Minnesota's offer to Nicolas Batum, and Jordan Hill opted to re-sign with the Lakers at less money for a better chance to win a championship.

"What if Batum and Hill were here?" Kahn said.

(H/T to Game On!)

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Notre Dame's triumph over Oklahoma on Saturday may have only been the the Fighting Irish's second most significant victory of the weekend.

The school's biggest win came in Niles, Mich., a town located about 11 miles from South Bend, where diehard Fighting Irish fan Tracey Moore decided to have Notre Dame's famed Golden Dome tattooed on the back of his head.

"It was brought up, 'You know, I can do the dome,' so I said, 'How about on my head?,'" Moore told ABC 57. "I always keep my head shaved anyways, so it was just a unique place to do it."

Call him crazy, but with the Fighting Irish on pace for their best season in quite some time, at least Moore picked a good year for his head art.

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It's not easy being a Jacksonville Jaguars fan. Struggles on the field (Jacksonville hasn't had a winning season since 2007) have led to empty seats and the threat of home blackouts on local TV. The team, and the city, could use a little energizer. And no one in the NFL is better at drumming up emotion than one Tim Tebow, who just happens to be a Jacksonville native.

During Tebow's trade negotiations over the offseason, the Jaguars reportedly went hard after Tebow but could not close the deal with the Denver Broncos. And with the Jaguars starting this season 1-6, it's hard for Jaguars fans not to wonder what would have happened if Tebow would have returned home.

Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel recently caught up with one of the more famous Jacksonville fans, Lynyrd Skynyrd lead singer Johnny Van Zant. A Jacksonville native himself, Van Zant said the Jaguars should have done everything they could to sign Tebow.

If Jacksonville had managed to bring Tebow home, Van Zant speculated, the team could have beefed up its support from a key demographic:

"They would have filled the stadium with chicks alone," he said.

With rumors that Tebow could soon be a free bird, maybe the Jaguars should make another run.

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When the Air Force hockey team flew to Buffalo this week for a game against Canisius, the players didn't have to worry about legroom.

That's because the team traveled in a humongous C-17 Globemaster cargo plane. The aircraft is 174 feet long and has a 170-foot wingspan.

Assistant coach Andy Berg tweeted this photo of the team. That much legroom and storage space would cost you a pretty penny on a commercial flight.

Apparently, it's not all that uncommon for Air Force teams to fly in C-17s. Jeff Weintraub of Diehard Sport writes that the Air Force football team took a C-17 to Ann Arbor for its matchup with the Michigan Wolverines earlier this year.

Last winter the Air Force baseball team rode a C-17 to Baton Rouge before taking on the LSU Tigers. Players told WBRZ in Louisiana that flying on the cargo plane is a neat experience for the cadets, some of whom plan on piloting a similar plane after graduation.

Maybe the next time the Navy football team plays a game on the coast, they can take a submarine. Now that would be something.

(H/T to Diehard Sport)

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