Wednesday's A.M. Hot Clicks
In perhaps the greatest promotion ever, the Brooklyn Cyclones will host Seinfeld Night on July 5 to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. And they are going all out. Cyclones players will wear puffy shirts during batting practice, MCU Park will rename itself Vandelay Industries Park and the first 2,500 fans will receive a Keith Hernandez “Magic Loogie” bobblehead.
The NCAA Legislative Council approved a few new “well-being rules” on Tuesday, the biggest one being that student-athletes can receive unlimited meals and snacks instead of the three meals a day stipend previously in place. Jared Lorenzen (aka - The Hefty Lefty) immediately took to Twitter and cracked, "I'll tell u what the NCAA really lucked out that I don't have any eligibility left." Lorenzen, as this Vine video demonstrates, is still playing football and as big as ever.
UC Irvine center and Senegal native Mamadou Ndiaye threw out the first pitch of the Anteaters' game against Cal State Northridge. The highlight actually occurs after the pitch, when he embraces the catcher
Thanks again to everyone who has been sending in their LLOD suggestions as it's been a big help. Just yesterday, in fact, three people wrote in requesting Kat Dennings. That's the most people I've had write me for the same person, so congrats to Kat on being named today's LLOD. Feel free to email your nominations to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mike Napoli mangled his left ring finger while sliding head-first into second base on Tuesday.
Move over Match.com, you have competition (at least in the Green Bay area).
On this day in 2000, the Patriots selected Michigan quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the NFL Draft. After spending a year on the practice squad, Brady filled in for an injured Drew Bledsoe early in the 2001 season and the rest is history. SI's Jeff Chadiha profiled Brady in November 2001 and discussed his adjustment to the NFL:
"His new Patriots teammates gave him grief about his frail 6'4", 204-pound frame, with center Damien Woody offering him extra food after practice.. Brady's deficient lower-body strength affected his delivery-he usually wound up to throw go-routes and deep outs—and he wasn't especially mobile. The coaches did like his instincts, poise and leadership, so they made him the fourth-string quarterback behind Bledsoe, Michael Bishop and John Friesz.
Often on the inactive list, Brady hit the weight room hard. By season's end the velocity on his throws had improved enough that some receivers complained that he was putting too much zing on the ball. Brady, who now weighs 220 pounds, also badgered Friesz, a 10-year veteran, for insights on the offense. This year, "he's been asking questions in meetings you normally wouldn't attribute to a second-year guy," Bledsoe says. "Instead of wondering who his second receiver on a play was, he wanted to know about reading the defense or where to put the ball when he saw a specific coverage."
The University of Texas now has its own fragrance (for the low price of $39.50) ... This guy tweeted about how jealous he was of his sister for meeting Derrick Rose. The only problem was that it was a photo of LeBron James ... Back in October, ESPN's computer simulator thingy picked the Knicks to win just 37 games, which they were not pleased about. The Knicks, of course, are 36-45 heading into tonight's season-ending game. ... John Rocker went after Hank Aaron for his comments about Republicans who disagree with Barack Obama ... Nobody celebrates a fly out like Yasiel Puig ... The whizzes at MIT are creating furniture that changes shape on demand ... This terrible parker deserved to be shamed ... This Rangers fan deserves to be praised for his home run dance.
The Great One's daughter showed some skin during her Golf Digest cover shoot with legendary SI photographer Walter Iooss Jr.
The Kings guard delivers flowers to 98-year-old Feling Mostajo.
Shaquille O'Neal destroyed Brent Barry's guitar during a skit on Inside the NBA last night.
Shaq, of course, was imitating this famous scene from Animal House.