What a Game!!
The Patriots and Panthers played an epic Monday night game that resulted in a Carolina victory and a livid Tom Brady cursing the refs after a last-second pass interference call was waved off. Cam Newton had the play of the game with this 14-yard scramble on a third down while Panthers receiver Steve Smith made Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib "another notch in his bedpost" after grabbing four catches for 62 yards. But the game's final play is the one everyone is talking about. ESPN brought in retired referee Gerry Austin to explain the call but his explanation didn't exactly help matters. Bill Belichick was just as confused as everyone. "It was the last play of the game, I don’t know what happened," said the Patriots coach in a memorable postgame press conference. "There was a flag thrown, and then the game was over. I don’t know."
What Can $99 Buy You?
Melted Ice. The Chicago Blackhawks are selling vials of it for $99. The ice that was taken from the United Center after the team won the 2013 Stanley Cup.
What Can $60 Buy You?
Instant fame. Just ask Knicks fan Jon Squire, who sent J.R. Smith $60 in cash after winning a $120 bet with a friend that he could score more points in NBA2K13 using Smith than his friend could score using the entire Miami Heat squad. Smith then posted the cash and note to his Instagram account.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
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In Tim Tebow News
A letter sent to the mayor of Jersey City contained a mysterious white powder and a picture of Tim Tebow, forcing the evacuation of City Hall.
Lakers guard Nick Young is dating Australian rapper/model Iggy Azalea.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
Ted Turner and Tom McMillen :: Ronald C. Modra/SI
Ted Turner, seen here in 1982 shaking hands with 6-foot-11 Hawks center Tom McMillen, celebrates his 75th birthday today. In this memorable 1978 feature, Curry Kirkpatrick profiles the outspoken Braves owner who discusses hockey ("I can't understand why people like this game"), his own fame ("I'm just shufflin' along tryin' to survive. I think I'd be bigger in Chicago or L.A. or somewhere.") and the state of sports ("Pro sports has become filthy; it's a double-dealing, rotten business. There's all this terror and intrigue and fratricide. I'm sick of it. Sports should be fun").
Quote of the Day
"Black people don't play beer pong."
-Charles Barkley to TMZ in response to the news that Michael Jordan engaged in the popular drinking game.
Odds and Ends
A's outfielder Josh Reddick and WWE superstar Daniel Bryan finally got to meet and compare beards ... The Browns team plane nearly crashed upon its return to Cleveland on Sunday ... Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph was spotted in Los Angeles wearing a Chicago Bulls hat ... Ray Lewis was so flustered by the referees calling a personal foul on 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks on Sunday, he offered to pay half of Brooks' fine ... This Ohio State cheerleader got a raw deal.
Sesame Street Video Of The Day
Dwight Howard hung out on Sesame Street with Elmo and Mr. Tiger.
Halfcourt Shot Of The Day
Cameron Rodriguez became the fourth Thunder fan to make a $20,000 halfcourt shot.
Soccer Goal Of The Day
This 8-year-old has some sick moves.