Madison Bumgarner is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. He is a deserving recipient and a pretty interesting dude. You may have heard some things about Madison. And as Tom Verducci reports, “It’s all true. That he was so good so young that he started playing coach-pitch baseball at age four against seven-year-olds, and is so adept with either hand that he shoots a bow, bats, writes and ropes righthanded, but throws from the left side. That his father, Kevin, wouldn’t let him throw a curveball until he had a driver’s license. That before he dated Ali, he dated a girl named Madison Bumgarner (“No relation, I’m sure of it”).” (I wouldn’t want to date anyone with my exact name, but I have thought about making out with my avatar a couple times.)

+ The team scored a division winning touchdown. The refs called a penalty. Forget replay. This dispute over who moves on in the Oklahoma High School Football Playoffs will be decided by a judge.

+ Syndicated from Kottke: This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen anyone do on skis: Cody Townsend skiing down a super steep face in a space between two rock walls no wider than a supermarket aisle. Powder Magazine called it “The Line of the Year”.