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Contrary to early overnight numbers, Super Bowl XLVIII didn’t dip from last year’s ratings, but rather set an all-time ratings record. The telecast was watched by an average audience of 111.5 million people, more than any television program in U.S. history, surpassing the previous mark of 111.3 million set by Super Bowl XLVI. Three of the last four Super Bowls set average viewership records.

The record-breaking trend also extended to the Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show. With 115.3 million viewers watching Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers perform, it surpassed the 110.8 million delivered by Beyonce last year and the prior record of 114.0 million set by Madonna two years ago.

see how New Girl and Brooklyn-Nine-Nine fared after the jump

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Football wasn’t the only sport making headlines Sunday. Olympic swimming garnered a bit of press as well thanks to Ari-Pekka Liukkonen. The 24-year-old publicly came out as gay, becoming the first active Finnish athlete to do so.

Liukkonen revealed to Finnish publication Yle that he’s thought of coming out for some time but thought the timing was right now to raise awareness for Russia’s anti-gay legislation before the Sochi Olympics.

“I wanted to start a broader discussion in connection with Sochi, because it’s sad that the legislation in Russia restricts the human rights of young people and others,” Liukkonen said to Yle.

He reveals he came out to his family a couple of years ago and that they’ve been very accepting. Ari-Pekka competed at the 2012 London Olympics. That same year he took home a bronze at the European championships. Check out more pictures of Liukkonen below. Welcome to the family.

more photos after the jump

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It’s looking like the Seattle Seahawks are on their way to their first Super Bowl win. Talk about an epic meltdown from the Denver Broncos. Though I wanted the Hawks to win, watching a complete blowout is not entertaining by any means.

During halftime I quickly compiled pictures of Russell Wilson and Eric Decker arguably the hottest guys on the Seahawks and Broncos respectively. Their wives are very lucky women. Patrick has featured both studly jocks in his Sports Stud feature previously. I thought I’d pit the both of them in our latest Who’d You Rather battle. Hopefully, this is a tighter race than Super Bowl XLVIII.

check out more pictures after the jump

Sports Stud: Matt Harvey

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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For this week’s Sports Stud, I decided to feature a major league hottie from Major League Baseball: Matt Harvey. The 24-year-old (almost 25) is the starting pitcher for the New York Mets.

In October of last year, Harvey underwent Tommy John surgery (a procedure that replaces an injured elbow ligament with a tendon taken from elsewhere in the body). He had been diagnosed with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow earlier in the year and was forced to miss the entire 2014 season as a result. He’s hoping to be back on the field by September and plans to attend regular training this spring.

Harvey has previously posed naked for the ESPN The Body Issue and also was once on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to do a funny interview segment where he interviewed random people and asked them about Matt Harvey, with them not actually realized that he was actually Matt Harvey. I’ve included all of this and more sexy photos of the athlete below. Enjoy!

Pics after the jump…

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“You are not alone. You do not need to come out but you do need to know that you do not have to go at this by yourself. The aloneness you’re feeling is temporary and it will get better. This place is changing…changing for the better. I made the decision that if I could prevent one person from feeling that self-hatred, loneliness, desperation and a thousand other emotions that I felt, I would. I will be damned if I let anyone tell you that you are wrong or weird or not normal. Love yourself and allow others to love you. Be who you are and know you’re not alone.” – Conner Mertens

That’s just an excerpt of a personal letter Conner Mertens posted on Twitter declaring his bisexuality. Mertens is a freshmen at Willamette University, a private university located in Salem, Oregon. Prior to posting the lengthy post, he asked head coach Glen Fowles if his role on the team would be affected by things he did off the field, or if he’d be judged by his performance. His coach assured him that all that mattered was how well he kicked.

more after the jump

Stanislas Wawrinka Wins Australian Open

In: Donovan, Sports & Health
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Since 2005, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have dominated men’s tennis. So much so, the quartet have won all the major Grand Slams with exception to Juan Martin del Potro who captured the 2009 U.S. Open. Just like del Potro, Stanislas Wawrinka earned his first Grand Slam career title in his first Slam final debut. At long last, the Swiss stud steps out of his fellow countryman Federer’s shadow.

Though he faced an injured Nadal in the finals, nothing should be taken away from his victory. The 28-year-old athlete defeated both the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds en route to this huge milestone. He’s the first man to defeat the top two seeds at a Grand Slam since Sergi Bruguera at the 1993 French Open beat No. 1 Pete Sampras and No. 2 Jim Courier. Wawrinka also became the lowest-ranked man to win a Grand Slam singles title since 2004, the lowest-seeded man to win the Australian Open since 2002 and the oldest first-time men’s Grand Slam champion since 2001 at age 28. A job well done.

I’ve been a fan of Stanislas for years now and ecstatic he finally won a Grand Slam. Congratulations. Check out a couple of shirtless pics of the champion below.

check out shirtless pics of Wawrinka after the jump

Sports Stud: Brooks Laich

In: Patrick, Sports & Health, Totally GAY!
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This week’s Sports Stud was one of a handful of sexy NHL hockey players recommended by one of our readers (thank you!). This sexy athlete is a Canadian ice hockey player, who is an alternate captain for the Washington Capitals. His name is Brooks Laich. He is 30-years old and is originally from a small town in Saskatchewan (in Canada’s prairies for those that are unfamiliar). He’s been playing professionally since 2004 and prior to playing for the Capitals, he played for the Ottawa Senators.

Laich is active in supporting various charities including charities related to multiple sclerosis and Athletes Against Autism. From what I can tell, he’s very well liked and respected on and off the ice – a great guy all around. Check out all of his hockey handsomeness below.

Pics after the jump…

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No doubt you’ve seen the above picture making the rounds online this week. Not surprisingly, once Justin Kripps (far left) tweeted it, the photo went viral. Who doesn’t love four burly men shirtless all packed in a small confined space?

Tim Randall, James McNaughton and Bryan Barnett joined Kripps as they weighed in for a race. The foursome qualified to represent Canada at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. They are the country’s third bobsled team competing in the 4-man bobsleigh. While their podium chances aren’t high, they handily win a gold medal as the hottest team. WOOF. I’ve gathered a couple pics of each stud below and I’m asking our readers which guy they find the hottest.

On a side note: I tried bobsledding once and it was harrowing. The G-force you encounter is insane. The instructor previously told me the run would last about a minute. I was so freaked out, I simply closed my eyes and counted until it was over. To boot, I felt claustrophobic in that tight helmet. From that experience, bobsledders earned my respect. Fully!

check out the individual pics after the jump

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