The Monday Show Prep

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Just 5 days remain before Super Bowl Sunday in Minneapolis between Philadelphia and New England. Yesterday, in Orlando, Florida in the annual Pro Bowl, it was the AFC defeating the NFC 24-23. Titans tight end Delanie Walker caught two second-half touchdown passes including the game winner with a minute, 31 seconds left to go. Broncos defensive standout Von Miller sealed the deal with a strip sack of Rams quarterback Jared Goff on the ensuing drive.

Ronda Rousey makes her official WWE debut 

The arrival of Ronda Rousey to the WWE, made official last night in a "surprise" appearance Sunday night at the Royal Rumble pay per view, is a huge boon to the entertainment company. Unquestionably, she becomes the new face of WWE and if she can restore some of that dinged up history from her last days in the octagon, she can be a focal point of the brand’s promotion of WrestleMania coming up in April.

And while Rousey hasn't officially ruled out a potential return to the UFC, it stands to reason she will look to regain some of her megatar status while she'll likely be the centerpiece of big storylines written just for her. 

It can be assumed she'll fight for a title at WrestleMania, and she'll most definitely be making an appearance tonight at Raw.

Many questions still unresolved at Michigan State

Two of the most prominent figures in Michigan State athletics will likely be pressed into answering questions regarding the investigation into sexual assault charges levied against both the football and men's basketball programs.

Tom Izzo, coach of the men's basketball team, and football coach Mark Dantonio, have remained relatively quiet since word came out late last week on the investigation, reported on in some graphic detail by ESPN.

Just moments after MSU's basketball team knocked off Maryland 74-68 yesterday, Izzo refused to address specific allegations, repeatedly suggesting he will cooperate with the investigation process. 

Dantonio, earlier in the weekend, denounced any allegations against him as false as they relate to charges made on the football program under his watch.

"I have received many questions and inquiries about the latest reports," Dantonio said. "I'm here to say that any accusations of my handling of any complaints of sexual assault individually are completely false." 

Those comments came on the same day that the school's athletic director Mark Hollis announced his resignation, which followed a similar resignation from school president Lou Anna Simon.

At the heart of the allegations against the school's athletic program is Larry Nassar, who was a longtime employee at Michigan State. Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for the sexual assault of young female athletes while also working as a national team doctor for the USA Gymnastics national team. 

According to a report from CNN, Simon had recently come under fire for what critics say is the mishandling of the Nassar scandal. They say the school's leader of 13 years had been tone deaf and needs to be among those held accountable for what happened while Nassar was employed as a sports physician at MSU for nearly 20 years.

There are some suggesting that both Izzo and Dantonio would need to step down from their positions should allegations against the programs prove to be true.

And while that seems patently obvious, merely firing two coaches from high-profile positions would need to be only the beginning.

The mistakes in the handling of similar cases at both Penn State University, and most recently Baylor, in these matters have made it imperative that a program be held to a much tougher standard and be handed penalties far more severe than simply turning the page over from a couple high-profile coaches and administrators.

Shut Up! The man is trying to putt...

Some people just don't get it.

Yes, the game is golf is a fun one to watch in person.... but if you can't simply stand there and just watch the sport without trying to make an ass of yourself, do the rest of us a favor and stay home while chugging another beer. 

Attempting a birdie putt on the par-5 13th hole yesterday afternoon, Woods was distracted on his approach by an overzealous fan who shouted the obligatory "get in the hole". The gallery surrounding Woods quickly admonished the fan and called for him to be removed from Torrey Pines, but the damage was already done.

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The countdown is officially on... 

Super Bowl 52 is coming up on Sunday, and you’ll hear it all right here on Fox, with Westwood One Sports pregame coverage beginning at noon. Our exclusive broadcast of the Super Bowl is sponsored by No Worries Sports Bar and Grill and Aaron’s Sales and Lease.

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