January 10th: After the family of Junior Seau asked the researchers at the National Institute of Health the results finally came back on this day. He was diagnosed to have the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (better known as CTE). Its a disease that is caused by multiple blows to the head. It is said that this may have caused the depression that took the life of Seau. In other news, rookie running back Chris Rainey was released by the Pittsburgh Steelers after a domestic violence arrest stemming from a fight he had with his girlfriend over a cell phone. Rainey, a fifth round pick out of Florida, fell victim of the no nonsense way of the Steelers that will send everyone short of Ben Roethlisberger out of town for off the field incidents. Lebron James impressive streak of 33 games to start the season with 20+ points was ended in a 92-90 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. He scored a season low fifteen on six of sixteen shooting.
January 13th: The good news is the New England Patriots will be moving on as they beat the Houston Texans 41-28, and it wasn't even as close as the score suggested. The bad news is they lost star tight end Rob Gronkowski for the rest of the playoffs. Not to be outdone by the game the day before, the Falcons and the Seahawks put on an absolute clinic. In true Seahawks fashion they went down by a score of 20-0 going into halftime. Russell Wilson brought back his team for the second straight week and put his team up by one with 31 seconds left. Matty Ice was true to his nickname and brought his team into field goal range in the next 23 seconds. Atlanta went on to win 30-28.
January 14th: In their worst stretch of the season, the Heat lost to the Utah Jazz to make them losers of four of their last six and caused the stigma that they can't play as well without that crazy Miami crowd. The loss knocks the Heat under .500 on the road. The Heat gave it their all when they were down by twenty-one points and roared all the way back to pull within two with just over three minutes left in the game. The Jazz pulled away after that to win by seven.
January 15th: The Brooklyn Nets surprisingly fired head coach Avery Johnson on December 28th after he took the team to a 14-14 record. As of this date they were 23-15 on the season. Interim head coach PJ Carlesimo has this team playing at the pace they thought they were getting preseason. They won nine out of ten for the former Thunder and Warriors head coach.
January 16th: In one of the weirder stories in sports maybe ever, the entire world learned the term "catfish". Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o was found out to be part of a hoax that was covered as true for the entire season. We were made to believe that Te'o was spending the season mourning his girlfriend while playing out of his mind. It was chronicled on most of the college football shows. We now find out that this was all a lie and that this "girlfriend" did not exist. The rumors swirled and it seems we are still looking for the truth today. On January 7th, Oregon coach Chip Kelly said he was returning to the Ducks. On this day he accepted the head coaching job with the Philadelphia Eagles. He leaves a college game that was very good to him, but the Eagles must have given Kelly a godfather offer to have him go back on his word. Michael Morse had been sent to the newly big spending Seattle Mariners. Morse became expandable in Washington when they resigned Adam Laroche.
January 17th: The Armstrong confession airs and the sports media world goes wild. It is showed on The Oprah Winfrey Show and anywhere that covered sports was giving their opinion on the indifferent tone that he seemed to have towards the whole situation. In the movie "Happy Valley", Al Pacino is named to play Joe Paterno. It just adds to the story that could be the very worst in the history of any sport. The NBA All Star starters are announced and as usual it seems like a popularity contest. Kevin Garnett made it even though he said himself he was not an all star. Dwayne Wade is in the news for declining, but he is still named starter. Dwight Howard is floundering on an under .500 Lakers team, but he is still an all star starter.
January 18th: Kevin Durant had one of the best nights of his careers. He scored a career high 52 points to help the Thunder beat the Mavs 117-114 in overtime. Durant shot 75 percent in the overtime to propel his team past a surging Dallas team. Vince Carter had a one night resurgence with 29 points to keep the Mavs in it the entire time.
January 21st: Just when we thought the stories in January stopped being bizarre, former Raiders receiver Tim Brown went on the radio. Brown said that he felt as if then head coach Bill Callahan purposely changes his game plan three days before the big game to "hand" his friend Jon Gruden a Super Bowl ring. The stories then came out that he caused center Barrett Robbins to go off the deep end and miss the game while on a bender in Mexico. Other stories of how he went from a ground based attack to a passing attack. People blaming it on his hate for the players, his envy of Gruden, and his dislike for Al Davis and the organization as a whole.
January 25th: The Lakers come into this day at 17-25. At this rate the Lakers are set to become the most disappointing team in the history of the NBA. Dwight Howard does not want to hear any of that. He claims that the Lakers just need the negativity to stop. Hopefully someone explained to him that negativity usually stops with winning, so maybe try that.
January 26th: The POTUS came out and said if he had a son he would not let him play football. There is a serious issue with the sport when the President has to make up kids just to say that he wouldn't let them play your game. Gregg Williams is in talks to join the Tennessee Titans after his eventual reinstatement. The Bounty scandal can hopefully finally go away. Rampage Jackson claims he is done fighting for the UFC after he lost to light heavyweight phenom Glover Teixeira. Rampage claimed the treatment of the athletes in the MMA organization was not up to the standards they should be. Patrick Marleau becomes the second player in the history of the NHL to score two or more goals in the first four games of the season. The feat has not happened since 1917 when Ottawa's Cy Denneny matched the feat. Trent Williams, the offensive tackle for the Redskins, was attacked in a bar and will be missing the Pro Bowl because of the injuries. He's a big dude. I don't want to know what happened to the other guy.
January 27th: In what could only be one of the most random injuries, we find out superstar Celtic point guard Rajon Rondo will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. It was such a shock that Boston actually thought he was going to be ready to play in the game. Most Celtics found out in the post game interview about the injury. Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-7 7-6 6-3 6-2 to claim the Australian Open and sink in his feet into that number one ranking. The Pro Bowl also happened and was a one sided affair for the NFC.
January 28th: The Fab Five changed the sport of basketball. It took it from the short short days of Larry Bird into the way they dress on the court now. Although Michigan never won a title with the team intact, they did change the game for good. On this day Michigan is once again number one in the nation for the first time since the days of the Fab Five. The Wolverines were coming off a win against Illinois that put their record to 19-1. The Dodgers had come to a TV deal with Time Warner that could be worth up to $7 billion. The record setting deal shows that the $2 billion spent to buy the team was well worth it. Tiger Woods took home the victory at Torrey Pines. He continues to dominate this course with a record eight PGA tour wins on this course. He pulled within sevens wins of the record held by Sam Sneed with his 75th career PGA victory.
January 29th: So much for ARod taking PEDs again so he could see those MVP numbers again, because apparently he already was. Rodriguez was part of a probe that also included Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Ryan Braun, and Nelson Cruz. All parties involved have denied any wrongdoing. It was media day at the Super Bowl and it was as always interesting. Randy Moss exclaimed that he was the best wide receiver of all time. Ironically, Jerry Rice was a few booths down as part of the media. Ray Lewis was being asked of how he came back so quickly from a torn bicep and the involment of a substance called deer antler spray. The spray comes from an Australian deer breed in which their antlers grow at such a rapid pace that scientists think they can help the healing process. Lewis also pleads not guilty to these charges.
January 30th: In wake of the new PED allegations, word is going around New York that the Yankees are looking for a way to void the rest of Alex Rodriguez's record contract. There is still $114 million dollars left and the Yanks would love to be able to use that money in other places. This will no doubt be a long fight. It comes out that Rob Ryan was the one who turned down the defensive coordinator job with the St Louis Rams. Looks like it may take more than five minutes for Ryan to find a job after all. Carmelo Anthony set a Knicks all-time record with his 30th game in a row in which he scored 20 or more points. In a blockbuster of a trade, the Raptors sent Jose Calderon to the Pistons, Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince are off to Memphis and Toronto received Rudy Gay. It is rare that we see three team trades in which all three teams get big names in the deal.
There you have it. In what could just be the craziest month in the history of sports we had PED confessions and denials. We had fake girlfriends and backstabbing coaches. We had crazy NFL comebacks, NBA scoring explosions and the return of hockey. January 2013 was so crazy it will be remembered until....probably until the end of February.