The NFL's Top Cornerback?
It's one thing to play with confidence, but Jets cornerback Dee Milliner has taken it to a whole different level. In an interview with the New York Daily News, the second-year defender proclaimed himself the top cornerback in football.“ "The best corner in the league? Me,” Milliner said. “I ain’t gonna say that somebody else is better than me. Don’t care if they’ve been in the league 10 years and I’ve been here five months. That’s how it’s going to go. I’m the best." For perspective, SI's Doug Farrar ranked the NFL's top cornerbacks and Milliner didn't rank among the top 10 (or even five honorable mentions). I asked Farrar where he'd rank the Jets cornerback and he placed him at No. 68. NFL fans, unsurprisingly, took to Twitter and made fun of Milliner's ridiculous claim.
Also of note: The last weekend without football until February just concluded. Hallelujah.
Kazakhstan's Hottest Wanted
Meet Sabina Altynbekova, a teenage volleyball player from Kazakhstan who has quickly become that country's most popular athlete.
Buy DeSean Jackson's Puppies
The Redskins receiver is getting into the breeding business after his American Bully gave birth to 11 pups last weekend. And you can own one for just $1,200.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Derek from Detroit suggested I check out local hero Carly Francavilla, who has #DetroitPride and #PureMichigan as part of her Twitter bio. That kind of hometown respect earns her LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery).
NFL Tattoos of the Weekend
A Buffalo fan is so confident that his team will win the Super Bowl, he got a "Bills '15 Super Bowl Champs" tattooed on his leg. Not to be outdone, this fan had all 22 Redskins starters sign his right arm and got all those signatures tattooed into his skin.
Yankee Fan Returns Lost Red Sox World Series Ring
I don't want to say this rivalry is dead, but not only did an NYC restaurant owner return the Red Sox World Series ring, but also the guy who lost the ring (the owner of the Class-A Lowell Spinners, a Red Sox-affiliated franchise) invited the restaurant owner to Fenway Park for a Yankees game in September and donated to a charity of his choice. I miss the good old days.
From the SI Vault
On this day in 2001, Gisel Mora (wife of Melvin) gave birth to quintuplets -- three girls and two boys (Genesis Raquel, Jada Priscilla, Rebekah Alesha, Christian Emmanuel and Matthew David). I'll let Jerry Seinfeld handle commentary on this one. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
This homemade Chris Paul Lakers jersey is tremendous ... Former pro wrestling star Buff Bagwell is now a porn star ... The Jaguars haven't had much success on the field lately, but fans who attend their games can now enjoy the world's largest HD video screen ... Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s mom rules ... Jose Canseco's daughter may be more into social media than he is ... Warriors forward David Lee gave some insight into the world of random drug tests ... BFF Alert: Robert Kraft and Rick Ross ... Louisville's Montrezl Harrell shattered the backboard during summer league play ... Americans used to think quarter-pound burgers were bigger than 1/3 pound burgers ... The 15 highest-paid women in America.
Gas Station Hero
Do not try to rob the gas station of MMA fighter Mayura Dissanyak (or the home of WWE star Daniel Bryan, for that matter).
Home Run Trot of the Day
David Ortiz will likely get plunked for this.
Tom Brady, Age 6
The Pats QB has always had a way with words.
The NBA's Next High Flyer
Allow me to be the 400th person to predict that T-Wolves rookie Zach LaVine will win the Slam Dunk Contest next year.