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Congratulating the Boston Bruins on the 2011 Stanley Cup championship, President Barack Obama welcomed the team, with one notable omission, to the White House.

Goaltender Tim Thomas, the team's linchpin and only the second American player ever to win playoff MVP, having posted two shutouts in the Final, skipped the event.

Thomas said months ago he would not attend due to political and ideological differences with the Obama administration, and he stayed true to his word yesterday.

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Bruins team president Cam Neely said he could've forced Tim Thomas to go, but did not do so, and feels the decision was Thomas' and the team honors his choice.

"Everybody has their own opinions and political beliefs. He chose not to join us," said Neely. "We certainly would have liked to have him but that's his choice."

"All the guys came except for Tim. It's his decision and his choice."

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The 49ers fell to the Giants yesterday in the NFC Championship Game and - like Billy Cundiff on the Ravens - most of the blame lies at the feet of one player: Kyle Williams, who turned the ball over TWICE on punt returns, including one fumble that led to an easy New York field goal in overtime.

Williams has taken responsibility for the mishaps, but that isn't enough for some crazed fans.

Many have taken to Twitter and issued death threat against the little-used wide receiver, who was only pressed in to duty due to an injury.

"It certainly makes you question our culture of sports as it stands," said Kyle's dad, Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams, while kicker David Akers also stood up for his teammate:

"I'm irritated with the way people are treating him, absolutely. I think it's ridiculous. You know, get a grip on what life's about. He went out and he put his soul out there. That's what he does. He was not trying to do anything other than make an incredible play for this team."

We agree. And fans ought to be thanking Williams for helping to set up a Giants/Patriots Super Bowl. It's gonna be epic!

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Baltimore Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was the goat Sunday after his missed field goal cost the team a chance to tie the AFC Championship Game in the waning moments.

An All-Pro attempting a 32-yarder should be a gimme, but Cundiff missed badly, sending the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl and leaving fans wondering what happened.

There have been reports that Billy was distracted beforehand - to the point that coaches were yelling at him - and wasn't ready to get in the game in until the last second.

You can see him running onto the field just before kicking:

Kickers usually walk toward the field as their opportunities become apparent, but as the Ravens marched down the field, was Cundiff unaware he was about to be called on?

Sources say players and coaches repeatedly called for Cundiff and were infuriated he wasn't ready sooner, although none have gone on record with this publicly.

It's unclear the effect this had on the kicker, or whether the Ravens would have gone on to win in overtime, of course (this would have only tied the game at 23).

What's quite clear is that whatever happened, Cundiff will likely be thinking about it for some time. He should give the 49ers' Kenny Williams a call this week ...

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Jerry Sandusky - the disgraced former Penn State assistant whose alleged, despicable actions led to a cover-up that will forever tarnish Joe Paterno's legacy - has issued a statement on the passing of the iconic football coach.

RIP Paterno

"This is a sad day!" Sandusky said, exclamation mark included. "Our family, Dottie [Sandusky's wife] and I would like to convey our deepest sympathy to Sue [Paterno] and her family. Nobody will be able to take away the memories we all shared of a great man, his family, and all the wonderful people who were a part of his life.

"He maintained a high standard in a very difficult profession. Joe preached toughness, hard work and clean competition. Most importantly, he had the courage to practice what he preached."

Sandusky, of course, faces over 40 counts of child sex charges; while the inability of Paterno and other Penn State officials to report their knowledge of Sandusky's actions to the police has led to the biggest scandal in the history of college athletics.

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It was only a matter of time.

Mere weeks after Vanessa Bryant became one of the NBA's most famous ex-wives, she has become the Holy Grail for producers of VH1's misnamed Basketball Wives.

The people behind the show are prepping to make Kobe's ex-wife an offer she can't refuse, with sources say "an extremely lucrative pitch for Vanessa" is imminent.

As one source put it, they will do whatever it takes to get her, since, “Vanessa has more than enough storyline and would bring the show to another level.”

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe

Producers never dreamed of approaching Vanessa Bryant while she was married to the L.A. Lakers superstar, who she recently left due to Kobe's repeated cheating.

Budget constraints were also an issue when the show was in its infancy, but with Wives pulling in big ratings for VH1, and Vanessa single, times have changed!

Sources say producers would instantly make her the LEAD star the show or spin off an L.A. version with her as the centerpiece. We're not buying it, though.

First of all, Vanessa scored $75 million in their divorce. VH1 isn't going to woo her with money, in other words, and it's unclear if she wants to be a fame whore.

Even if she does, we doubt Kobe will agree to have his daughters on the program, which could be a tough workaround as Vanessa will have primary custody.

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Unlike Steven Tyler's national anthem performance at the AFC Championship Game, no one will be debating whether or not Kristin Chenoweth killed hers a few hours later.

How that voice projects from a woman not even five feet tall is amazing.

The Broadway star and actress, who will soon take her talents to ABC's new show GCB, took the field before the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco, California.

The New York Giants prevailed in overtime, 20-17, to advance to the Super Bowl. Watch Kristin honor America with a terrific rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" below ...

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Kristin Cavallari is expecting her first child, the reality star herself confirms!

"We are thrilled to announce we are expecting our first child together," she and her fiance, NFL star Jay Cutler, said in a joint statement. "It's an amazing time in our life and we can't wait to meet the new addition to our growing family."

Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler Photograph

Last year was an up-and-down one for the Kristin 25, and Jay, 28, who got engaged, broke up, then got back together and soon got engaged a second time.

The former Hills star and Dancing with the Stars contestant said, "Sometimes, in order for things to get better, they have to end – even if it's momentarily."

Looks like it did wonders for the couple.

Shortly after their split, they became happier than ever it seems, with Jay dutifully attending her DWTS performances and she his Chicago Bears games.

Congratulations to the expectant pair!

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Kris Humphries is getting really good at this break up thing.

The New Jersey Nets power forward/E! star has called it quits with Anderson Public Relations, TMZ confirms, following disagreements between the company and the Humphries over how to best promote the latter off the court.

The Hump

The PR team was especially upset with how Humphries handled an appearance on Good Morning America in December, where he brushed off questions about Kim Kardashian and looked confused about why they were even being asked. He instead talked about baking with his mom.

Kris' relationship with Anderson lasted 73 days, so, hey, that's an improvement of 24 hours for the guy!

Sources say he now wants to focus solely on basketball, which ought to be welcome news for the woeful Nets. Humphries scored 12 points and pulled down 16 rebounds in their 84-74 loss last night to the Thunder.

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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno - the all-time Division I leader in wins who resigned amid the university's child molestation scandal just a few months ago - has passed away due to complications from lung cancer. He was 85.

On Saturday, as friends and family were being summoned to State College, Pa., hospital, a family spokesman said the coach had taken a turn for the worse.

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Then, on Sunday morning around 10 a.m. EST, the family confirmed the legendary coach's passing via the following statement:

It is with great sadness that we announce that Joe Paterno passed away earlier today. His loss leaves a void in our lives that will never be filled. He died as he lived. He fought hard until the end, stayed positive, thought only of others and constantly reminded everyone of how blessed his life had been.

His ambitions were far reaching, but he never believed he had to leave this Happy Valley to achieve them. He was a man devoted to his family, his university, his players and his community.

Known for his "success with honor" motto, thick glasses, rolled-up pants and black cleats, Paterno left an indelible mark on Penn State and college football in general.

He is survived by his wife Sue, five children and 17 grandchildren.

A Brooklyn native and Brown University graduate, Paterno began coaching the Nittany Lions in 1966 and his tenure stretched to October of this year.

In his 46 years as head coach, Paterno holds the all-time Division I record for football coaching wins with a 409-136-3 record and two national titles.

After a highly celebrated career and iconic status, Paterno's career as coach ended as a result of a scandal involving former assistant Jerry Sandusky.

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We're two games away from learning which teams will clash in the Super Bowl on February 5.

Or, should we say, we're one game away from learning who will take on the Patriots, considering THG's scientific breakdown of their matchup against the Ravens makes it clear that New England will come out on top.

So, let's see who the Pats will battle for the championship, shall we?

49ers/Giants

TIME ZONE IN WHICH THEY PLAY HOME GAMES:
Giants: EST
49ers: PST
Edge: Giants

DRAFT SLOT OF STARTING QUARTERBACK:
Giants: Number-one
49ers: Number-one
Edge: Even

ICONIC BASEBALL PLAYER WHO LIVES NEARBY:
Giants: Derek Jeter
49ers: Barry Bonds
Edge: Giants

USE OF NICKNAME IN POP CULTURE:
Giants: They Might Be; Jolly Green; Size of Kim Kardashian's breasts
49ers: N/A
Edge: Giants

UNIFORM COLORS:
Giants: Blue and white
49ers: Red and gold
Edge: 49ers

THE VERDICT: Blame Barry Bonds and where you live, Niners fans. The Giants take this one three categories to one, with a tie between the squads. We see New York's pass rush and more applicable pop culture name leading them to victory.

WHO DO YOU THINK WILL WIN?

 

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