Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has been the buzz of college football this season. He led the Aggies to an upset win at No. 1 Alabama and could become the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. The catchiness of his nickname Johnny Football has only helped to build an instant legend. Here are some other notable sport-specific nicknames from the likes Ted Williams and Gordie Howe:

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This summer, Matthew McConaughey dropped nearly 30 pounds to go from a ripped stripper in Magic Mike to a drug-dealing HIV patient for an upcoming role. And contestants on The Biggest Loser often shed double digits' worth of weight in a week.

But when it comes to your own weight loss, experts recommend you aim for a measly one to two pounds a week. It's fair to wonder: Why?

The above examples and a little math confirm you certainly can lose a lot more. If you start at a weight of 250, cut back to 500 to 800 calories, and work out for 2 hours daily, you could expect to drop 7 to 9 pounds a week, says obesity expert Yoni Freedhoff, M.D., author of the forthcoming book Why Diets Fail and How to Make Yours Work. (Transform your own body in only 82 days with Speed Shred, the new DVD series from Men's Health.)

But besides making your life a living hell, dropping weight this quickly has other downsides: Muscle loss, nutritional deficiencies, and loose skin, just to name a few. And don’t forget gallstones and even potentially fatal cardiac arrhythmias, Dr. Freedhoff warns.

OK, fine, so losing 9 pounds a week isn't reasonable or healthy. But can you aim for three or four while still preserving your hard-earned muscles -- and your health?

Trainer Marc Perry, C.S.C.S., C.P.T., founder of BuiltLean, says though it's not typical, he has seen clients healthfully lose up to 1.5 percent of their body weight from fat in a week. Start at 250 big ones? That's four pounds of fat.

Could you become a similar success story? Research does tell us that your fat-burning potential depends on a few factors, some you can control and some you can't. Namely:

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When Ed Anzalone relinquished his role as "Fireman Ed" this week, he wasn't just hanging up his hat. He was leaving an exclusive group of fans whose passion is hard for many of us to comprehend. Through thick and thin, these people are in the stands, cheering their lungs out and often wearing extremely bizarre outfits.

"Diehard" isn't a strong enough word for these people. No, they're "superfans."

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By Drew Magary

Any magazine can do a year-end list of influential people who have accomplished far more than most of us ever will. But only GQ possesses the iron testicles to count down the twenty-five least significant men and women of 2012 -- a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg. Please note that these folks are ranked in no particular order, because all zeros are created equal.

Here are the sports representatives:

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Of 2012,
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For those who missed it, the folks over at USA Today recently completed an excellent and exhaustive review of the coaching contracts for the 124 FBS head coaches and their nearly 1,000 assistants. Here's the entire database.

As part of their research, the reporters and editors noticed that some high profile coaches had interesting quirks in their contracts. Many of them are significant bonuses for big wins, but some involve golf and one of them is related to a local supermarket.

To see the complete list, click here.

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Most guys learn to do pushups in the fourth grade. Ever seen a fourth-grader do a pushup? It's not pretty. And unfortunately, few people ever get better.

"Unless they've had instruction before, I’ve never seen someone off the bat do a pushup perfectly,” says metabolic training expert B.J. Gaddour, C.S.C.S., creator of the follow-along DVD series Men's Health Speed Shred. "I see 99.9 percent of people do it wrong."

But performing pushups incorrectly can make your lower back ache, hurt your shoulders, and keep you from getting the most muscle-building benefits out of the exercise. Here are the top pushup mistakes -- and Gaddour’s fast fixes.

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Hector (Macho) Camacho, who died Saturday four days after being shot, had 88 professional bouts. Some were against the big names in the business. Here are some of his notable encounters.

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While we were eating turkey and taking naps, these guys were having the games of their lives. From Ernie Nevers' unbelievable six-score performance at Chicago's Comiskey Park in 1949 to O.J. Simpson's record-setting rushing day in 1976, these are the best individual outings that we've seen on the fourth Thursday in November.

For the NFL's Greatest Thanksgiving Games, see here.

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Women who heat up the competition when the temps drop ...

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By DualFit.com

There are countless abdominal exercises to choose from, but you definitely shouldn’t neglect the obliques. These are the muscles located on either side of your stomach, and getting them into peak condition will give you a streamlined, sculpted appearance that will draw stares at the pool and questions about your exercise secrets.

The oblique muscles actually consist of two sets of muscles, the external and the internal. The external obliques are larger and stretch across the side to the front of the abdomen. They work with the other muscles in your abdomen to pull the chest downwards.

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