A few years ago during the dog days of summer, in an attempt to fill air time with not much else going on, ESPN came up with this gimmick segment called "Who's Now?" Basically, they matched up various sports figures in a bracket style tournament and then had random celebrities (sports and Hollywood) debate panel-style on who was more "Now".
What did "Now" mean? I'm still really not sure. I think it was some combination if hipness, notoriety, and money, but I still don't really know. I don't think the people debating the Now-ness of the candidates really even knew.
Fast forward to this blog post, and I give you my "Fave Fifteen" posts of 2012. What makes them "Fave"? Well, it's a combination of click count, social media shares, general feedback from readers, getting picked up by other bigger sites, and a purely subjective element as to how proud I am of what was written.
In other words, much like ESPN and "Now," I can't really define it. One thing they all have in common? They were all written by me. So proceed at your own risk.
January 20, 2012 Houston Texans "Super Bowl Tattoo Guy" Speaks in the Aftermath of the 2011 Season How big a set of balls do you have to have to tattoo a year-specific Super Bowl prediction for your team? Chris Brown (not the one who beats up Rihanna) tells us.
March 5, 2012 Justice Served, Arian Foster Gets Paid (5 Years, $43.5 million) The Texans answered the question as to what they thought of Arian Foster, and Foster answered the question as to how big a goal this deal was for him.
March 23, 2012 Tim Tebow's First Day As A New York Jet -- A Screenplay It actually played out weirder in real life than it did in this screenplay, which isn't that surprising considering everyone involved.
April 26, 2012 2012 NFL Draft -- Live Blog One of my favorite posts to do every year. Relive the excitement...and the Goodell hate!
May 21, 2012 Jim Rome Smack-Off 2012: The Party's Over The year that a UFC fighter won the annual Smack Off. R.I.P. Jungle.
July 2, 2012 Daryl Morey Begs Rocket Fans to Beg Omer Asik to Come Here, and Dammit It Worked! Showing that I can admit when I am wrong, I included two posts in the Fave Fifteen that are anywhere from sheepish to highly skeptical of moves that Daryl Morey made. Needless to say, I am looking pretty foolish right about now. And may I say that ignorance is bliss! Go Rockets!
July 23, 2012 In Honor Of Tonight's RAW 1000, The Definitive Timeline Of WWE's Victory In The Monday Night Wars (w/ VIDEO) The most read post of mine all year and from what I was told one of the most read in the history of the blogs. Wrestling fans like wrestling posts, and they really like them when there's six hours of embedded video of the WWE Attitude Era.
July 24, 2012 Penn State Scandal: My Statement to the Paterno Family Have the Paternos found the real child molester harborer yet?
August 6, 2012 Curtis Martin Sets The New Bar For Hall Of Fame Induction Speeches My favorite part of Curtis Martin's speech is when he said that he didn't watch or even really like football. I just found that admission to be very honest, refreshing, and cool.
September 19, 2012 NFL Films President Steve Sabol (1942-2012): Innovator, Visionary, Storyteller The passing of a top three influencer in the history of the NFL, this post includes everything from Football Follies to Alcoa Fantastic Finishes.
October 10, 2012 Bye, Bye "Jer": Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to Minimum 30 Years in Prison Sadly, Sandusky has not been slowly dismembered and branded hourly with a hundred cigarettes while in prison. Dare to dream.
October 23, 2012 Houston Texans Twitter Fun: The Seven Stages of Hating Dan Dierdorf (w/ MANY Tweets) Dan Dierdorf had the call on the Ravens-Steelers game and I'm fairly certain was without pants by the third quarter thanks to the return of Terrell Suggs. Texans fans were not happy.
October 30, 2012 James Harden Is a Houston Rocket: So, Now What? "Mea culpa to Morey" post number two.
November 1, 2012 Mario Williams's Wednesday Therapy Session With Mark Berman Of FOX 26 Mario Williams is rich. Very rich. He's also delusional. Very delusional.
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November 28, 2012 Aggie Mailbag: "Sean, you are whats (sic) wrong with this country." I admitted that I would probably vote for Johnny Manziel for the Heisman Trophy, but a case could be made for Manti Te'o. For this, I was called a communist, an Obama voter, and "what's wrong with this country." Needless to say, this whole "relevance" thing is new territory for some of you Ags.
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