Kobe Goes to College
Kobe Bryant may have skipped college to play in the NBA, but he was the big man on campus last night at Boston College. The Lakers guard made a surprise appearance at the school and took in a few classes. Of course, the students went crazy and some posted pics on Twitter and Instagram, which I've put into the gallery above.
Three Important Hockey Notes
Jesse Vetter, a goalie for the U.S. Olympic women’s hockey team, has been forced to repaint her new mask by the International Olympic Committee. Vetter has a copy of the U.S. Constitution on the back plate of her helmet, which breaks the "No writing of any kind to promote the country" rule. Vetter also will be forced to remove the Olympic rings from the chin and her last name from the back plate as well because the IOC viewed it as self-promotional. On a less controversial note, the Lloydminster Bobcats of the Alberta Junior Hockey League will pay tribute to CBC announcer Don Cherry by wearing plaid jersey tops with black pants. Meanwhile, the ECHL’s Bakersfield Condors announced its first-ever “Undie Sunday” to take plane on April 13. When the Condors score their first goal, fans are supposed to throw their underwear on the ice.
Kellen Winslow Arrested
As if Target didn't have enough problems.
LLOD/Hot Clicks Giveaway
Did you know that all fans who attend the Super Bowl next month will find handwarmers under their seat when they arrive at MetLife Stadium? Even better, the company providing the Super Bowl handwarmers (The Northwest Company) have given five pair to give away to the Hot Clicks audience. Even better that that, Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton is promoting said handwarmers. So after you enjoy the gallery of Erin, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of yesterday morning's LLOD. The first five to correctly respond with the subject line "Handwarmers" will get them.
UPDATE (11:34 a.m.): Contest is over. Winners will be notified this afternoon. Thanks for playing.
Sports Memorabilia Updates
The Duke jersey worn by Christian Laettner when he made “The Shot” to beat the Kentucky Wildcats in the 1992 East Regional Finals sold for $119,500. Also, another piece of valuable sports memorabilia, Jim Harbaugh's game-worn khaki pants, can be yours for just $500.
There's Only One Thing Left To Do...
The Chicago Bulls were expected to compete for a title this year, but they lost Derrick Rose to a season-ending injury and Luol Deng to a trade. The players, sensing management doesn't think they have a chance to compete for a title, have started to use the movie Major League as inspiration. "We understand it's kind of like the movie Major League," Taj Gibson told ESPN Chicago. "We've got that mentality where we believe in the locker room. We believe in what we think. And we're taking it one game at a time and we're trying to get those wins hopefully to see ... get a good, nice poster at the end of the year."
SI Vault Photo of the Day
Don Zimmer :: John Iacono
Happy 83rd Birthday, Don Zimmer. In this 2001 photo, the Yankees bench coach is captured with the fish eye lens of SI photographer John Iacono.
Odds and Ends
Nancy Pelosi is quite the fan of Colin Kaepernick, especially his tattoos and big arms ... This is what would've happened in Friday Night Lights if the show hadn't been cancelled after five seasons ... This GIF is fake but cracked me up - LeGarrette Blount punching out Peyton Manning ... Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum admitted the trade for Tim Tebow was a bad move ... Chocolate-flavored chicken is now a thing.
Help Tom Brady complete a high-five.
Angry NHL Goaltenders
A 15-minute compilation of angry goaltenders, courtesy of Next Impulse Sports.
The Best of Major League
Since I mentioned Major League earlier and I think it's the greatest sports movie ever made, I'd be foolish not to include a quick scene from the movie. (Warning: Swearing involved in video)