Keeping It Real
Anthony Davis :: Al Tielemans/SI
The most exciting Thursday in sports is here and, by now, you should have your bracket all filled out and ready to go. USA Today compiled the tournament predictions of 55 athletes and celebrities. Of those 55, only one picked Kentucky and (surprise, surprise), that somebody is former UK star Anthony Davis. Also worth mentioning: Oprah Winfrey's BFF Gayle King was the only one to pick Duke, Weber State Damian Lillard likes Weber State, and and James Van Der Beek chose St. Joseph's using a highly scientific formula.
Take That, $25 Corn Dog
On Tuesday I mentioned the Diamondbacks' newest heart-attack special, an 18-inch corn dog stuffed with cheese and bacon to be sold at Chase Field this season for $25. The Tigers are offering a less expensive and (tastier?) option - a poutine hot dog with french fries, cheese curds and beef gravy. All for just $7.
Goodbye, Chief Wahoo?
Indians fans have started a Twitter account (@DeChiefWahoo) to eliminate the Chief Wahoo logo once and for all. Fans have been removing, covering or altering Chief Wahoo on their Indians merchandise and posting the photos to the account. As long as this doesn't affect the production of Major League IV, I am okay with this movement.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Jim from Jersey City wrote in requesting I make Doutzen Kroes a LLOD. I am embarrassed it took me this long to feature her.
What Do Sam Cassell and John Mayer Have in Common?
Besides their good looks, the singer and point guard both got ripped off by the same watch dealer.
One Dodger. Four Speedos
I interviewed Adrian Gonzalez earlier this week and discussed clubhouse pranks, Yasiel Puig, his favorite pro wrestler and watching the Red Sox win the World Series. Sadly, I spoke to him before the Dodgers' trip to Australia and didn't get to ask him about his new Speedo-loving friends.
From the SI Vault
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared on CNBC's Fast Money program Tuesday and discussed the issue of college player payments. He also mentioned that he's "keeping an eye" on the Bucks ownership situation and "might try to be involved" if the team is up for sale. The Hall of Fame center played for Milwaukee from 1969-75 and remains one of the franchise's greatest players. In this photo, Abdul-Jabbar rests on the bench before Game 3 of the 1974 NBA Finals against the Celtics. The Bucks would eventually lose the series in seven games.
Odds and Ends
A fan climbed the glass and made it onto the ice during last night's Maple Leafs-Lightning game ... Sixers guard Tony Wroten received a personal apology from Michael Jordan after Wroten's Air Jordans fell apart during a game last week ... Frank Thomas is suing Reebok over the shoe company's release of a "Big Hurt" retro sneaker without his permission ... NCAA scoring leaders haven't had much success in the NBA ... This old-school Redskins car is tremendous ... This is a good read for Parks and Recreation fans ... A Philadelphia brewery is using goat brains in their beer in honor of The Walking Dead ... George Clooney has a new girlfriend ... A 16-year-old snuck past a sleeping guard and climbed to the top of the World Trade Center.
Dodgers Down Under
Members of the Dodgers work on their Australian slang.
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Of Course They're Happy
Pharrell's Happy rewritten for dogs. Phenomenal.
Kareem in Airplane!
As Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ponders an ownership stake in the Bucks, we look back at one of his finest moments.
Sinatra Meets Sir Mix-A-Lot
In case you wondered what Baby Got Back would sound like during the Rat Pack era. (HT SCC Comedy)