Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks: This 8-Year-Old Should Win An Award
Best Brother Ever
SI is currently accepting nominations for SportsKid of the Year, but as far as I'm concerned the contest is over and 8-year-old Noah Aldrich is the winner. Aldrich wanted to compete in a triathlon (200-meter swim, 200-meter bike ride, and one mile run) with his 6-year-old brother, Luke, who suffers from Lissencephaly, a disease that affects the central nervous system. But Luke is incapable of participating in the events on his own so Noah carried, pushed and pulled his sibling through the race, finishing in 54 minutes. Read the story (and grab your tissues). It's pretty powerful.
Bad Hair Day
Redskins kicker Zach Hocker got his first taste of life in the NFL and his girlfriend (if he has one) probably won't like the results. In honor of Hocker, here's a gallery of NFL Rookie Hazing Through the Years.
Best Wedding Invitation Ever
ESPN analyst Keyshawn Johnson is getting married and sent his guests the wedding invitation on an iPad, which they could keep. Speaking of iPads, Oklahoma senior Michael Hunnicutt received his device loaded with his playbook. And since he's a kicker, it wasn't difficult to memorize.
Lovely Lady of the Day
The first thing I saw in my New York Post this morning was a front page story on the Orlando Bloom-Justin Bieber feud over Miranda Kerr. And since LLOD seldom allows me to be topical, I am giving Kerr today's honors (click here for full-size version of gallery).
29 Sumo Wrestlers. One Plane.
Breaking Down the Eminem-Mariah Carey Feud
I confess. I didn't know there was an Eminem-Mariah Carey feud. Luckily, Bucks guard Kendall Marshall broke it all down on Twitter.
From the SI Vault
The Steelers announced yesterday that they will retire "Mean" Joe Greene's No. 75 jersey during a ceremony on Nov. 2. Greene, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 1972 and 1974, becomes just the second member of the franchise to have his number retired (Ernie Stautner is the first). In this photo, Greene watches from the sideline of the 1972 AFC Championship against Miami. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
Former Blue Devil Grant Hill donated over $1 million to Duke ... Addie Olson, a reporter for ABC 5 in Des Moines, is sick of cyclists videobombing her live segments ... No MLB player has more fun with bubble gum than James Shields ... The New York Times has a story on the rise of daily fantasy leagues. Speaking of which, have you played Baseball Throwdown on SI's Fan Nation daily game? ... I enjoyed this piece in The Atlantic about Dan Quisenberry ... Here's a supercut of Alex Trebeck overpronouncing foreign words ... One police officer in Seattle is responsible for 80% of the city's marijuana citations ... Ever wonder what happens to the Twitter accounts of canceled TV shows?
Jeremy Lin Goes Hollywood
This is hysterical.
Worst Baserunning Ever
Just an awful performance by the Pirates yesterday.
Shannon Briggs Calls Out Wladimir Klitschko
I don't trust anything in boxing, so I'm sure this is staged. Still, it's pretty compelling nonetheless. I want to see these two fight now.
Wesley Snipes Video of the Day
Wesley Snipes turned 52 today, which is a good excuse for a Willie Mays Hayes clip.