Dan Orlovsky has had a good little run lately, with two game balls earned for leading the Indianapolis Colts to two late-season wins.

But now the pressure is really on.

Orlovsky returned to practice Thursday after becoming the latest player on the 2-13 NFL team to become a dad of multiples. His wife Tiffany delivered triplets -- boys Noah, Hunter and Madden -- early on Wednesday morning. The boys came into the world at "9:44, 9:45 and 9:46 (A.M.)," Orlovsky told the Indianapolis Star.

Odds of having so-called spontaneous triplets are said to be 1 in 8,100.

He's not the only Colt with multiple blessings. Earlier this year, franchise icon Peyton Manning became the father of twins. In the 21st century, the chances of having twins are at about 3 percent. And let's not forget Indianapolis defensive end Robert Mathis, who has his own twins due in February.

Orlovsky, 28, is fired up to welcome three bouncing baby boys: "It's very similar to what everybody describes it as. It's a very surreal feeling. It was real emotional for my wife and I. We're very excited. We're looking forward to it."

The newborns were born six weeks early, according to the Daily Mail. The boys were expected to be born on Feb. 9, 2012.

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There are rare occasions when a Bruins fan does not mind getting a Canadiens tattoo, and rewarding kids for a job well done certainly qualifies as one of them.

Consider this delightful story from the Winnipeg Free Press:

Paul Falco loves the Bruins. One of his daughter's hockey teammates, Cali Mazur, loves the Canadiens. Paul promises Cali that he'll get inked with a Canadiens logo if the Richmond Kings Atom A-2 girls hockey team wins the city championship.

Paul is a man of his word.

"I knew he would at least put on a temporary tattoo, but I wasn't expecting him to do it for real," Cali tells Free Press reporter Simon Fuller. "It was pretty funny and a memory I'll cherish forever."

Check out all the details of the bet in the Winnipeg Free Press, including Cali's family connection to the Stanley Cup.

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Oregon running back LaMichael James is a seriously gifted, seriously tough athlete. The guy withstood brutally dislocating his elbow earlier this year [warning: graphic], and has still managed to be the top running back in the Pac-12.

Most assuredly, if there were a player most likely to be designated fearless, the Ducks would turn to their running back. But just make sure you don't get him near a roller coaster, or he'll lose it. He'll get the look on his face that most opposing defensive coordinators get when he starts breaking tackles on a perfectly schemed play.

Teammate Kenjon Barner hit up Space Mountain with James as the team prepares for the Rose Bowl in Southern California, and well, let's just say those photos they snap and hand out when everyone gets off the ride aren't always photos to remember. Actually, we'll remember the photo of James appearing immensely terrified, but that's sort of something we're guessing he'd like to forget. Granted, maybe he deserves more credit than that. Perhaps James was just acting scared to be funny, or to reassure his unsure coaster compatriots. At least, that's the story he should probably stick to.

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The Lakers have gone from the leadership of a zen master to the guidance of a dragon master. The new coach of the Lakers recently revealed his life-long love of Dungeons & Dragons, the game which helped launch the role-playing game industry of today.

Brown told Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated he was the Dungeon Master for D&D games with his buddies while attending Sabin Middle School in Colorado Springs, Colo. Jenkins reports Brown, with perfect penmanship, wrote all the strategies and character descriptions in the Dungeons & Dragons game for his friends, since he felt his buddies' handwriting was a disgrace. That's not all: Once he put together a game board out of plexiglass, using rulers and pennies to form combat zones. When new D&D game modules were sent in the mail, Brown sprinted up to his bedroom to read the entire handbook and take detailed notes -- making his friends wait for hours in the basement.

Despite now being 41 years old and a successful NBA coach, Brown remains loyal to his inner geekdom, still playing D & D with his 14-year-old son, Cameron. And yes, he bellyaches about his son's writing skills.

After being fired as Cavs coach in 2010, Brown worked as a volunteer assistant football coach for Cameron's middle school team in Westlake, Ohio.

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New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has won many fans this season. But perhaps none greater than 16-year-old Alex Newman.

The New Orleans native learned about football from her dad when she was only 8, and she was instantly hooked on her home team. Dad also taught her the guitar, and this Christmas, Alex decided to put those skills to use crafting a tribute to her favorite Saint.

Check out her musical chops, with backup vocals provided by little sis Stella:

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The tennis balls did it. If you want to know how the Gronkowskis became this year's first family of football -- if you want to know why New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is the most valuable fantasy football player in the world -- look no further than the tennis balls.

When Gordy Gronkowski's five boys were little, he used to line them up in the backyard and chuck tennis balls at them. Hard. At first, he knew, the boys would be scared. But to be good at sports, you can't be afraid of the ball. And so the balls would come, and the boys would have to catch them. Eventually, they did.

Gordy started this when the boys were 4 years old.

The boys got older. They got wiser. Their hands got softer and their skin got thicker.

So Gordy started hitting the balls at them. With a racquet.

He switched it up sometimes, hitting the balls way up into the air. Gordy wanted his five kids ready -- anytime, all the time. He wanted them to be mentally tough but quick.

"I started 'em on skates at 5 or 6 years," Gordy says. "They all could have played in the NHL."

Christmas might be a bit awkward for Joe and Michael Treffiletti. But this has nothing to do with in-laws. See, the brothers are competing against one another to win $100,000 in a nationwide fantasy football tournament.

The Treffilettis are entered in the National Fantasy Football Championship Classic game, run by Stats, Inc. There are 322 teams, divided into 14-team leagues. The entry fee is $1,400, but only the top four teams win money.

With just one week to play, Michael (Moreau, N.Y.) is atop the overall standings. Joe (Sunrise, Fla.), meanwhile, is sitting right behind in second place, less than 10 points back. If they finish 1-2, they'll win a combined $115,000. If they both finish out of the top 4, they end up with a stocking full of coal.

Even Cain and Abel would think this is a volatile situation.

"Not counting the year our house almost burned down because of the chimney fire, this will be the most eventful Christmas we’ve ever had," says Joe. "There hasn’t been any trash talk, just cautious nervousness."

The brothers' rosters share four of the same players, including three fantasy stars -- Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Victor Cruz. Michael’s team will likely have Darren Sproles of the Saints in his starting lineup while Joe's team may be led by Matt Ryan of the Falcons (unless he decides to roll with Tim Tebow at quarterback).

This isn't the first time the Treffilettis have sniffed the $100,000 grand prize.

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For some, Notre Dame football will never be as good as the days of Rocket Ismail. Or the days of Joe Montana. Or the days of "Rudy." But one man is trying to change that, and he isn't a football player or a coach.

Our friends at Business Insider point out that Olympic Gold Medal figure skater Brian Boitano is filming an ice skating extravaganza for NBC, and one of his stops was the famed home of the Fighting Irish. Filming on campus in South Bend, Ind., had its perks -- namely the fact that Boitano and his team were able to don Notre Dame football jerseys (and those shiny gold helmets) and perform a special number in honor of Fighting Irish football.

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Say this for Darrell Bailey: He isn't about to die for the Los Angeles Clippers. This is not for a lack of trying. On a Saturday afternoon last year, the 43-year-old was driving though his Lynwood, California, neighborhood when he began to feel an ache in his chest. The ache became a throbbing pain. Scared, he called his mother. You might be having a heart attack. Get yourself to a doctor. Bailey did. He spent the night in a nearby hospital, resting and undergoing medical tests, and as the next afternoon dragged on, he realized something was seriously amiss.

In a few hours, the Clippers would be playing the New York Knicks.

At Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

A home game.

Uh-oh. This wouldn't do. Bailey hadn't missed a Clippers home game in nine years. Clipper Darrell hadn’t missed a home game in nine years. Three hundred and eighty-six consecutive games of leading cheers and dancing in the aisles and heckling opposing free throw shooters; of lost games and Donald Sterling and Blake Griffin missing his entire rookie season with a broken kneecap; of popping lozenges and dressing like a "Batman" villain and being a superfan -- note: not an official diagnosis in the DSM-IV -- of the single worst franchise in the history of American professional sports. This was a streak, like Cal Ripken or Brett Favre or the guy who spent almost 64 consecutive hours sitting inside an ice block in Times Square, and Clipper Darrell was not about to let it slip quietly into a good night of bland food and backless gowns. High cholesterol and higher blood pressure be damned.

"If I was your husband," he asked a nurse, "would you let me leave?"

"No, Darrell," the nurse said. “We can't do that. Your tests haven't come back yet."

Bailey stayed put. But only for one more night. He hasn't missed a Clippers contest since. Which figures. When it comes to pro basketball fandom -- irrational, inexplicable, downright lunatic devotion to brightly colored mesh jerseys -- there is Clipper Darrell, and then there is everyone else. Case in point? When the Clippers recently completed on-again, off-again high-stakes trade for star point guard Chris Paul, Bailey didn't celebrate by texting a buddy. Or high-fiving a coworker. He wept. Jesus at the tomb of Lazarus. Great big salty tears. Only don't get Bailey wrong: It wasn't the single greatest day of his life. He's married. In fact, it wasn't the second, third, fourth or even fifth-best day of his life, either. Bailey has four children. But Day No. 6? Definitely. Definitely better than the time Shaun Livingston's knee all but exploded. Or the time Sterling heckled Baron Davis during a game. Or the time the Clippers actually made the playoffs for the first time in 14 years, and Bailey was so excited that he tricked out his BMW into a custom, red white and blue Clippermobile, and even had everyone on the team sign the hood, only to watch the very same players finish the ensuing season with yet another losing record. "You can't imagine the suffering I've been though," Bailey says. “The mockery. The criticism. People saying, 'Man, why do you even cheer for this team?'"

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Some kids want to be like Mike. They wear his Jumpman clothes, they stick their tongue out when they shoot and they lower their backyard basketball hoop to work on their split-leg dunks.

The phenomenon has lasted nearly 30 years, and it shows no signs of slowing, as evidenced by one father's video of his four-year-old son watching Michael Jordan highlights on a documentary.

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Either this dad traveled back in time with his phone camera and caught a very eager child caught in the midst of MJ mania, or the kid is actually the biggest Jordan fan of his generation. It's the sort of enthusiasm so unbridled that the simple repetition of Jordan's name is all that's necessary. It's as if the child is celebrating his own birthday every five seconds. Which is just awesome.

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