Man of the People
He may go to one of the nation's most unpopular schools but Jabari Parker is hard to dislike. Whether playing pickup ball with fellow Duke students (as he is in the above gallery) or giving away “Jabari Bars” to fans tenting in Krzyzewskiville, Parker has quickly become a fan favorite. He is currently slotted at No. 2 in Chris Mannix's NBA Big Board behind Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
I skipped last night's Oscars and from most accounts, it was a boring affair highlighted by selfies and pizza. SI Swimsuit model Kate Upton and Tigers backup catcher Bryan Holaday enjoyed the festivities while Indians closer John Axford went 18-for-18 with his Oscar predictions. Also of note, Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona received props during the acceptance speech for best foreign language film. At Extra Mustard, we looked back at classic athlete roles in non-sport movies (think Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane) and recast them with modern sports figures.
Speaking of Selfies
People were taking them in 1920 -- and here is the evidence.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Model Miranda Kerr wore this dress to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which gives her today's LLOD honors.
Hot Clicks Giveaway
Cinedigm and NFL Films have teamed up to celebrate Seattle's Super Bowl victory with the release of Super Bowl XLVIII Champions Seattle Seahawks. The film, which includes never-before-seen footage and bonus features from the Seahawks’ first championship, is available on DVD, BluRay and digital download on March 4. I have 12 copies to give away (that's right, 12!!) and will send them to the first 12 people who can tell me (via email to firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of Marshawn Lynch's dog. We may or may not have discussed it during our interview in late January. Please make the subject line "Seahawks DVD."
Update (11:52 a.m.): Contest is over. Winners will be notified this afternoon. There will be another giveaway this week, probably Wednesday. Stay tuned.
Kobe and His Piano
Kobe Bryant tweeted out a photo of his custom "Kobe Piano" on Saturday evening, which is being used to market his new sneakers.
From the SI Vault
Mark-Paul Gosselaar :: Getty Images
I usually reserve this space for classic sports photos, but Mark-Paul Gosselaar (a.k.a. Zack Morris) turned 40 on Saturday, and I felt that an exception needed to be made. Let's just hope someone got him a new cell phone for the occasion.
Now These Are Cool Uniforms
Brett had this in Weekend Clicks but I'm repeating it here because I love it. Freelance graphic artist Mr. Design Junkie created NCAA concept uniforms and they are incredible.
Odds and Ends
Red Sox pitcher Jake Peavy was scratched from his spring training start because of an accident with his fishing knife ... Pistons center Andre Drummond is a bad kisser, at least according to his former girlfriend (and iCarly star) Jennette McCurdy ... Russell Wilson has twice declined an invitation to appear on Dancing With The Stars ... Fifty thoughts from the 2014 Sloan Conference at MIT ... NFL free agency moves that make sense for each team ... Josh Reddick and Brock Lesnar hung out together at a NASCAR race ... Mark Cuban thinks players should go to the D-League instead of college ... Randy Moss' daughter Sydney, who plays college hoops for Thomas More College, broke the women's single-game Division III scoring record with 63 points in a 106-88 victory over Waynesburg ... Pearl Jam's former accountant was sentenced to 14 months in prison after stealing $300,000 from the band.
Two Pacers fans (who are brothers) win $300 in a shooting contest, and then are surprised by the return of their brother, who was stationed in Afghanistan. Here's a better angle of the reunion.
Golf Shot Of The Day
Paula Cramer snapped a four-year winless streak with this 75-foot put at the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore.
Bad Moments in Mascoting
Hoffi, the mascot for Bundesliga team Hoffenheim, lost his head during Sunday's game against Wolfsburg. It could've been worse ... just ask The Shockmaster!