Browns rookie Johnny Manziel has quickly become the NFL's most scrutinized player and he didn't do himself any favors last night when he flipped the bird at the Redskins' bench. This, of course, led to a bunch of finger memes on social media and a talking to on the sidelines. As for the game itself, both Manziel and fellow Browns quarterback Brian Hoyer struggled mightily, Robert Griffin III still refused to slide and Brian Orakpo mimicked Manziel (something we'll see a lot of the next few months) with his sack celebration.
The 25 Most Expensive Tickets in College Football
TiqIQ has compiled the 25 most expensive tickets in college football and Ohio State ($237), Notre Dame ($228) and Georgia ($209) make up the top three. In a related story, Michigan, which comes in at No. 25 ($113), is currently selling tickets on Living Social.
Steve Ballmer is Excited
The Clippers held a pep rally to introduce Steve Ballmer as their new owner and in a short time, Ballmer danced to Eminem, talked trash about beating Seattle (despite the city not having a franchise) and gave out his email address (firstname.lastname@example.org). Imagine if they win the title.
Lovely Lady of the Day
I stumbled across the Instagram account of Mackenzy Tasto and quickly fell in love. She earns today's LLOD honors (click here for the full-size gallery).
Europe's Strongest Man
Congrats to Hafthor Bjornsson, who you may know as Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane on HBO's Game of Thrones, for winning Europe's Strongest Man Competition.
USF Goes Nameless
The USF Football squad has decided to buck tradition and will have "The Team" written on the back of everyone's jerseys as opposed to their actual names.
From the SI Vault
Kenny "Sky" Walker, who won the 1989 Slam Dunk Contest, turned 50 today. Walker starred at Kentucky and was named to the All-America team twice before being drafted by the Knicks in 1986. His NBA career wasn't as successful as he struggled with knee injuries and retired after seven seasons with a career average of seven points and four rebounds per game. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
If you're not doing so already, follow me on Twitter. I try to post giveaways on there first (if you need incentive) ... James Harden wore a pilgrim hat to an Eminem/Rihanna concert ... Baylor's new football facility is pretty ridiculous ... This Ohio State fan got a little carried away with the stickers on his pickup truck ... The Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League are going with plaid helmets this season ... The University of Hawaii may shut down its football program due to budgetary concerns ... Having good neighbors can reduce the risk of heart attack ... Don Pardo, the voice of Saturday Night Live since it launched, died at 96 ... This man was arrested and got his mug shot taken while wearing a t-shirt of his mug shot from a previous arrest.
Rory and Tiger Visit Fallon
Always good to see Tiger Woods show a little personality.
Kobe in High School
Here's Kobe Bryant, dominant as ever, during his days at Lower Merion High. Fast forward to 9:40 mark. (H/T Next Impulse Sports)
Can I Play For This Guy?
Cumberland (R.I.) coach Dave Belisle gave a great speech after his team was eliminated from the Little League World Series.
Hockey Fight of the Day
Steve Ott turned 32 today. Let's revisit this 2008 Stars-Bruins brawl that started with a low blow by Ott.
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