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The Bearded, 241-pound, Game-Winning Placekicker

With the game tied at 20 in overtime of last night’s Sugar Bowl, Michigan’s 241-pound placekicker lumbered onto the field with the swagger of Denis Lemieux and the biker ’stache of Goose Gossage: decidedly un-kicker-like.

That is, until he drilled a 37-yard field goal dead center through the uprights to win the game.

This was likely Brendan Gibbons’s second greatest moment on the football field. The first came back in high school, when he kicked an 80-yard punt before saving a touchdown by nearly decapitating the returner.

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The Best Dressed Mascots in College Football

Notre Dame Leprechaun

A whole bunch of college football teams are currently facing each other in a series of awkwardly-named, predominantly-irrelevant bowl games to determine… well, essentially nothing at all. No offense to the Marshall Buffalo (7-6), who upset the Florida International Golden Panthers (8-5) in The Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl held in St. Petersburg last week, but we’re going to agree with most of America and say the BCS is deeply flawed.

So, rather than picking which .500 team will take home the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas on Saturday, we’ve instead picked the four best-dressed mascots in the Bowl Championship Series.

Number four: The Notre Dame Leprechaun...»