Pete Holby was born into Red Sox fandom, and willingly came to love the New York Jets. He loves bicycle riding as both an activity and a sport, and is systematically developing a rooting interest in all sports. An east coast transplant, he resides in California and believes the presence of good, cheap Mexican food to be worth the sacrifice of good, cheap pizza. He writing can also be found at Progressive Boink, as well as at On Sandwiches.
Marqise Lee led the nation in receptions and was second in yards-per-game. A bright spot in a disappointing season for Trojan fans, he was named MVP of the team. Lee put in some spectacular performances in 2012, shining even in losses.
Josh Hamilton is expected to do big things for the Los Angeles Angels team that didn't make the playoffs in 2012. The Angels have jumped ahead of the pack and are now favorites to win the 2013 World Series.
Kobe Bryant played through back spasms to get the Lakers a rare road win. Head coach Mike D'Antoni had a simple explanation for why he would risk playing Kobe while hurt against the league's worst team: they needed him.
The UCLA Bruin pass rush will be without freshman defensive end Ellis McCarthy. Highly-ranked as a recruit, Ellis has had a low-key season as he adjusted to the speed of the college game.
True freshman Leonard Williams found himself starting on USC's defensive line, and he made the most of it. He collected 50 tackles, 7.5 sacks and an interception and ended up a first-team freshman All-American.
Marqise Lee is a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award, and annual honor handed out to the most versatile player in college football. Lee had a huge year for USC, leading the Pac-12 in kickoff returns, receiving yards and all-purpose yards.
The USC Trojans host the red-hot Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday. A lack of offense has the Trojans at 3-5 to start the season, risking the 2012-13 season heading the way the 2011-12 one did.
The UCLA Bruins are 5-3 and have struggled with defense, especially in the second half. They have an opportunity to work through some issues against the Texas Longhorns, who have struggled to generate offense so far this season.
The Golden State Warriors and Los Angeles Clippers are tied at the top of the Pacific Division, giving the 2012 NBA standings something of an unfamiliar look.
The Houston Dynamo and the Los Angeles Galaxy faced off for the MLS Cup in 2011, with LA coming out on top. They do so again in 2012, with Landon Donovan again leading LA and Will Bruin as a newer face for the Dynamo.