Mascot of the Year
Diesel :: Jeff Haynes/Reuters
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch combined for 468 yards of offense (345 passing, 123 rushing) and four touchdowns as the Huskies defeated Ball State 48-27. But the real MVP of the game was NIU's mascot Diesel, who gave this awesome high five to a cheerleader during the game. Perhaps someone can set up a date between Diesel and Polo, the therapy dog who was parked behind the Knicks bench (wearing a jersey) during last night's game against the Hawks.
Karl Malone vs. Isiah Thomas
Karl Malone, who dresses rather oddly to stay warm, was a guest yesterday on Utah's 1280 The Zone. There, he responded to Isiah Thomas calling him "the weak link" on the late '90s Jazz teams. The Mailman said of the former Pistons guard, "I’m not even gonna stoop to those levels ... Hopefully he’s enjoying his retirement life, or lack thereof ... Who knows. Happy Thanksgiving to the fella."
Two NBA Players Go Off on Teammates
Wizards center Nene had some harsh words for his younger teammates, alerting them of the need to "take their heads out their butts and play the right way." Not to be outdone, Clippers forward Matt Barnes was also frustrated at his teammates because he keeps getting fined trying to stick up for them. But he earned style points after getting ejected for fighting just before halftime when he grabbed his son and took him with him to the locker room.
Lovely Ladies Of The Day
Victoria's Secret held its annual fashion show on Wednesday. I've created a gallery above with some of my favorite shots but if you want even more, Popoholic has a full rundown.
Hot Clicks Giveaway
Our friends at Jack Links have provided me with five bags of their brand new Small Batch Jerky. I will give it to the first five people who email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of the only NBA player with the last name Jack. Feed your wild side and follow Jack Links on Twitter @mesasquatch.
(Update 11:22 a.m.: Contest is over. Winners will be notified by the end of day. I'll have another giveaway in PM Clicks.)
Gronk to the Big Screen
The Patriots tight end will play Rob Gronkowski in the upcoming Entourage movie.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
Muhammad Ali and Cleveland Williams :: Neil Leifer/SI
On this day in 1966, Muhammad Ali knocked out Cleveland Williams in three rounds to retain the WBC heavyweight title.
Odds and Ends
The Maryland men's basketball squad scored the final 29 points in a 67-44 victory over Abilene Christian ... Max Scherzer channelled Terrell Owens in celebrating his Cy Young Award ... Cavs courtside reporter Allie Clifton didn't miss a beat after being hit in the head with an errant ball on live TV ... Chad Johnson participated in a memorial football game for a student who drowned over the weekend ... I enjoyed this gallery of dogs in flight.
Video Of The Day
The NBA put out a new Jingle Hoops ad to promote its annual slate of Christmas games.
Michael Jordan's Favorite All-Time Dunk
Michael Jordan called this dunk over Patrick Ewing the most memorable of his NBA career.
Trick Play of the Day
Keep your eyes on the quarterback during this trick play in a Miami youth football league game. (another great find by Yahoo's Prep Rally Blog)