Summer of George?
Astros fans had reason to be excited on Wednesday when the team called up top prospect George Springer to make his big league debut. General manager Jeff Luhnow declared it #SpringerDay on Twitter and asked fans to persuade him why they should get free tickets to the game (with the best one being a Seinfeld reference, of course). Unfortunately for Springer, the scoreboard operator missed the memo about the importance of his debut and proceeded to spell his first name wrong after the rookie collected his first hit.
Separated at Birth: NHL Playoffs Edition
I bet you didn't realize how much Sidney Crosby looks like Andy Samberg?
"Whoops" Tweet of the Night
It's been a tough week for Red Sox rookie shortstop Xander Bogaerts. On Tuesday, he made a ninth-inning throwing error that resulted in a 2-1 walkoff victory for the White Sox. Things were a little better last night as Bogaerts went 1-for-3 with an RBI in Boston's 14-inning, 6-4 victory. He celebrated by accidentally tweeting a photo of a half-naked woman.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Is Charlotte McKinney the next Kate Upton? This website thinks so and the photos above make a compelling case (though I think that distinction still belongs to Samantha Hoopes). Time will tell. In the meantime, McKinney is today's LLOD.
New York Times vs. Chicago Cubs
The Cubs are visiting Yankee Stadium this week and the New York Times has a good piece on the Cubs' futility. The piece also included a quiz to test your Cubs' knowledge and it was quite snarky, especially for NY Times standards. For instance:
On slugger Sammy Sosa's final day as a Cub, he:
A) Passed around his pharmacist’s business card.
B) Shipped the last of his corked bats to Cooperstown.
C) Recited poetry by Carl Sandburg.
D) Arrived late and left early.
Kevin Durant's Strange Night
Kevin Durant put an exclamation point on his best regular season as a pro by throwing down a game-winning dunk in the Thunder's 112-111 home victory over Detroit. Later that night, TMZ reported that Durant's travel agent confidentially booked flights and hotel arrangements for "numerous women" on behalf of Durant's entourage for years.
From the SI Vault
Boomer Esiason and Testudo :: Getty Images
Boomer Esiason is celebrating his 53rd birthday today. SI has been covering Esiason since his days at College Park as quarterback of the Maryland Terrapins. Here is an excerpt from our 1983 preview of the Maryland football team.
"He drives a big-wheeled Bronco, license plate TERP QB, and he has been called Boomer since before he was born because of his ferocious kicks while in the womb. Norman Julius Esiason (pronounced e-SIGH-ah-sun), a 6'4" southpaw, is riding high with a Maryland team that figures to come on even stronger than it did in 1982, when it finished 8-4. But he has survived down days with the Terps. When Esiason arrived in College Park four years ago, he says, "I thought I was the man. I was the cocky guy who thought he was going to be the dude when he got here. I found out I was just a number."
During his first semester Esiason watched the games from the stands and came through with a .9 grade-point average. Having avoided flunking out by going to summer school, he was redshirted the next fall, but nobody bothered to tell him. "I read about it in The Washington Post," says Esiason, who had a 1.1 GPA that term. "I wanted to get the hell out of here. I hated it." His girlfriend, Angelique, gave him the pep talk he needed and "kicked my rear end" through a few courses. In the first game of 1981 the No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks went down, and Esiason stepped in and passed for 1,635 yards for the season."
Odds and Ends
Tracy McGrady made his pitching debut for the Sugar Land Skeeters, allowing one run on three hits in one inning of work in a scrimmage ... More proof that hockey players are ridiculously tough ... An amazing 542 players were affected by the 1992 Eric Lindros trade to Philadelphia ... Rockets guard Patrick Beverley has one of the most unique warmup routines ... Celtics guard Phil Pressey hiked a basketball for an assist last night ... These Giants fans need some help with their spelling ... The T-shirt was invented in 1904 ... What your sleeping position says about your relationship ... Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan revealed his alternate endings for the series.
Video Of The Day
What would happen if NBA players were allowed to fight like hockey players? Extra Mustard has the answer.
Still Not Excited for the NHL Playoffs?
This Hockey Night in Canada intro should get you in the mood.
An Ode to Bill Laimbeer
ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary about the Bad Boy Detroit Pistons debuts tonight. I'll have a big gallery in PM Clicks, but in the meantime here's a quick tribute to King Bad Boy, Bill Laimbeer.
Keep Petting Me!
A compilation of dogs demanding their owners pet them more.