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Posted: Thursday January 1, 2009 11:21AM; Updated: Thursday January 1, 2009 11:40AM

Campus Clicks: Rose Bowl Crammer

Campus Clicks
By Nicki Jhabvala
Rose Bowl Crammer
Pete Carroll, donkeys and JoePa all head to Pasadena today. :: AP : Icon SMI :

We've waited for this day for so long. Today is the Rose Bowl (contain your enthusiasm). And because we're all about bringing you the latest and greatest news to prepare you for the big game, here's SIOC's Rose Bowl cram session. First off: meet Rich Ohrnberger. He's 6-2, 295 pounds and a barrel of laughs. Next, say hello to Penn State's A.Q. Shipley, a 6-1, 300-pound center with amazing quickness and an ineptitude for parking cars. And last but not least, meet the Plainfield miniature donkey team who trudged 2,400 miles to appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade. Louis, Eddie, Chuck, Bear, Tex and Mex -- what troopers.

Tailgating Tops

Fact: no one goes to football games to view the athletic prowess of hefty linemen. Another fact: what lures devoted, often insane, fans to college football games is the tailgating. That's right, the beer, the greasy hot dogs, the beer, the overcooked burgers and the beer. To commemorate this important aspect of sporting culture, here are some top moments in tailgating, courtesy of all you rabid fans.

New Years Nostalgia

Because 2008 was chock full of delectable memories, here are 35 of them to savor. In video. Enjoy.

Heir To the Throne
Erin Andrews has a successor :: SI.com

If there was anyone we all wanted to be (or be with) in 2008, it was Erin Andrews. But there's one wannabe E.A. who has come astounding close to the real thing. And so, here's a toast to Samantha Steele, a student at Liberty University who is poised to dethrone Ms. "I know I'm beautiful" Andrews.

Ivy Leagues Overrated?

Why Northeasterners aren't the sharpest tools in the shed.

Say No To Stereotypes

Note to USC Trojans: do not -- I repeat, DO NOT -- call Penn Staters coal miners. It's not very nice and it makes them sad.

Shin-Splitting Fun

Kids, brace yourselves. I've uncovered the greatest sport no one knows about. Keep in mind, these people are sober and doing this. I think.

Academically Challenged

Well slap the dog and spit on the fire. College athletes, namely basketball and football players, have lower SAT scores than their college peers. Oh. My. Gosh. What's even more shocking: it took a major metropolitan news team to figure this out.

Pop Culture Nugget

Call 310-735-0099 and see if you get Whitney Port.

Today In Hot Clicks
Danica Patrick/AP

Danica's speeding off the track ... A few suggestions for some New Year's resolutions ... Zamboni on the rocks ... Teeing off on Obama ... The face of Denver.

Odds and Ends

The country's most monitored ankle is doing well...Another unbeaten is beaten...Ahh, science.

The Many Talents Athletes

Jonny Flynn tries to be like Psycho T and fails miserably. Put. The pingpong paddle. Down.

Disco Bonanza

How to make a boring bowl game eventful: (a) Hire the Village People, (b) Have nearly 50,000 screaming fans dance to Y.M.C.A., (c) Set a Guinness World Record.

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