It was a week of ridiculous comebacks, poorly-managed defeats and most of all, riveting football. For Vikings and Cowboys fans, it was an unmitigated disaster. For Texan and Bears fans, the hype machine for the postseason is already revved up. And for those looking for the best visual representations of the week's action, look no further.
It's not about whether you win or lose, it's about how you look while screaming at the refs from the stands. We've seen a plethora of crazy costumes, bizarre outfits and outlandish apparel while covering the NFL, and with the 2011 season finally right on the horizon, here's a peek at some of our favorites through the years.
The title of this gallery almost speaks for itself. Manny Ramirez, a player as equally likely to be applauded for his talent and condemned for his antics, is now a member of the Chicago White Sox. Take a trip down memory lane with Manny by your side. Just be warned, he'll have to take a call in the Green Monster at some point.
The WNBA's Eastern Conference Semi-Finals began yesterday with a close 95-90 win by the Atlanta Dream over the Washington Mystics. Angel McCoughtry led the Dream with 28 points, while Marissa Coleman led the Mystics with 18.
After an investigation by the NCAA into improper benefits given to Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo, controversy swirled around the Heisman-winner as to just what would happen to his place in the illustrious award's history. Today, Bush has decided to forfeit his 2005 Heisman Trophy, and in doing so, joins the list of other disgraced athletes.
The preseason is halfway done, and yes, there is still something going on besides Brett Favre's indecision. As the intensity ramps up in anticipation for the season's inception, take a look at some choice shots of the second week of the NFL's practice match-ups.
Seven-time Cy Young winner. A winner of 354 games with a 3.12 career ERA and 4,672 strikeouts. Arguably the best pitcher of the last thirty years. And now, an accused perjurer pertaining to his testimony to Congress on his use of performance-enhancing drugs. Take a walk with us along Roger Clemens' turbulent, star-studded career, with this gallery focusing on his time with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros.
Only football could have as much hype devoted to its warm-up bouts as some sports seem to have devoted to their entire seasons. Take a look at this year's gridiron battles so far, replete with enough jukes, tackles, familiar faces in new uniforms and of course, cheerleaders, to last you until the Sept. 9 kickoff game.
Despite all of the hype and praise, Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg was bound to have a bad outing eventually. Tuesday against the Florida Marlins, Strasburg proved he's human, and continued a long line of highly-touted rookies who proved no one's perfect forever. Now the question is whether Strasburg, like those in this gallery, will be remembered not for singular failure but for the sum of his successes.
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