Ten most popular NFL stories of ’13: Carrie Underwood represents


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Like Eric Cartman, it’s time to do some “Faith Hilling.” When I first broke the story of Faith Hill being replaced by Carrie Underwood on Sunday Night Football, a day before it was announced, it was a page views bonanza.  But it was nowhere near as popular as when I reported Hill would no longer be with SNF on NBC. So instead of Faith Hilling, time for some Carrie Underwood -ing.

Yes, Carrie Underwooding. And other NFL stuff. Because like current ESPN NASCAR Analyst Brad Daugherty (yes, the very same North Carolina Tar Heels and Cleveland Cavaliers legend) told me this summer: “the NFL slaughters everything.”

Before we get started, here’s a NFL news scoop that’s bigger than Carrie Underwood,  Jay Cutler and the Chicago Bears likely parting ways

It hit 10,000 page views in the first 12 hours minutes it was up! So it would rank in the top ten in less than a day.

1. Ageless Faith Hill and Sunday Night NFL part ways (video)     45,539

2.  2013 NFL Mock Draft: 4-25-13 FINAL        41,447

3.     2014 NFL Mock Draft: 12-18-13             26,742

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4.   Carrie Underwood replacing Faith Hill on Sun Night Football (update)      24,332

5.    Tim Hasselbeck’s wife Elisabeth Hasselbeck Stays on The View (CORRECTION)     19,025

6.    Why do so many people think Aaron Rodgers is gay?        15,388

7.     NFL Network’s Nicole Zaloumis bio and photos          11,600

8.  Robert Griffin III’s wife: Rebecca Liddicoat photos, RG3              10,786

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9. Jay Cutler “DON’T CARE!” story goes mainstream                 10,060

Regardless of ranking, still my favorite story of the year; by a wide margin. Even better than Carrie Underwood

10. Packers Eddie Lacy NOT as FAT as Twitter pic indicates (video evidence)        9,401

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Honorable mention:

Capt. Neckbeard Kyle Orton entering biggest game of his career          4,099

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Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. He’s also an analyst for multiple news talk radio stations across the country; with regular weekly segments on NBC and Fox Sports Radio. Follow him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) and RSS Catch him Tuesdays talking Illini and Northwestern for KOZN 1620 The Zone, Fridays talking Chicago Bears for WAOR 95.7 The Fan

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