WrestleMania Has Arrived
It's Super Bowl weekend for pro wrestling fans as WrestleMania 30 takes place on Sunday in New Orleans. I spoke with WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley earlier this week and conducted a roundtable with pro wrestling experts Brandon Stroud, Rick Scaia and Sean Grande about Sunday's card. Also of note, The Camel Clutch Blog has 30 WrestleMania backstage stories and urban legends. Meanwhile, veteran broadcaster Jim Ross offered a thorough and exhaustive history of the event. For those who just like photos, SI has a look at the previous 29 WrestleManias.
Red Sox Get Their Rings
The ring presentation highlighted a memorable Opening Day ceremony at Fenway.
The University of Great Falls (Mont.) hired Todd Brittingham as its new sports information director, then fired him two hours later after a newspaper revealed that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student at a high school where he previously worked.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
The 101 hottest celebrity Instagram photos of the week. I was so impressed with Jocelyn Chew that I created my own mini-gallery of her (above) ... The 40 most amazing college basketball cheerleaders of the 2013-14 season ... Fresh off her Pop-A-Shot victory at the SI Swimsuit Model Madness, Natasha Barnard posed in lingerie for Leonisa ... Also posing in lingerie is Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova ... Natalie Dormer and more girls from Game of Thrones.
When Motivational Tactics Don't Work
In 1998, then-Virginia Tech director of football operations John Ballein had a trophy case added to the hall of memorabilia for its national championship hardware. Sixteen years (and zero championships) later, the school finally decided to remove the empty trophy case and replace it with a giant Hokie bird.
This Was Inevitable
Several members of the LPGA are not pleased with Paulina Gretzky's Golf Digest cover.
China Loves Marbury (and vice versa)
Stephon Marbury was awarded “honorary citizenship” in Beijing, along with a key to the city. Above is his response, which he sent to his fans on Sina Weibo (the Chinese Twitter).
Odds and Ends
ESPN's 210 NBA writers ranked the league's best coaches ... Jeff Gordon's car will have a Texas A&M paint scheme during the Duck Commander 500 at Texas Motor Speedway ... There's a little more to the story of that UNC student who wrote the awful Rosa Parks essay ... Tiger Woods was photographed for the first time since dropping out of The Masters ... Jeremy Lin is really into Dota 2 ... Solid collection of athlete food fails ... It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was renewed for another two seasons ... A look at the greenroom for Seth Myers' new show.
My Favorite WrestleMania Memory
This happened 26 years ago, which makes me feel really old.
Knicks Video of the Day
As the Knicks fight for a playoff berth, we look back at Allan Houston's series-winning shot against the Heat in 1999.
I Believe I Can Fly