Monday September 8th, 2014

From Bad to Worse

New York Daily News

The Ray Rice case continues to create headlines as the NFL's claim that it never saw the elevator footage looks flimsier and flimsier. Keith Olberman eviscerated the NFL higher-ups for their handling of the situation while Ray Lewis, a mentor to Rice, took a softer stance. In Baltimore, a pizzeria will give a free pie in exchange for Rice's jersey while this fan used masking tape to transform his Rice jersey into one for Bernard Pierce. CFL commissioner Mark Cohon said Rice's suspension holds true for his league as well. ESPN analysts Chris Berman didn't do himself any favors discussing the situation on Monday Night Football and he was widely mocked on social media. And then there's Fox and Friends host Brian Kilmeade, who joked that "the message is take the stairs." It'll be interesting to see how this evolves today. Stay tuned.


The Other Sports Scandal

As the sports world reacts to the Rice situation, another scandal is brewing in Atlanta. On Sunday, news broke that Hawks owner Bruce Levenson will sell his controlling interest in the team because of a 2012 email in which he expressed racial stereotypes about his fan base. It was revealed yesterday that minority owner Michael Gearon called for Danny Ferry's dismissal after the former Duke star made a racist remark during a conference call with ownership this summer. Ferry said that free agent Luol Deng "has a little African in him. Not in a bad way, but he's like a guy who would have a nice store out front but sell you counterfeit stuff out of the back." 


Cleanse Your Palate

Now that we have all that ugliness out of the way, here are three happier videos: Joel Embid doing the The Shmoney, Joique Bell celebrating a touchdown with Hip Hop Hooray and Georgia Southern coach Willie Fritz going bonkers in the locker room after a victory.


Lovely Lady of the Day

Kyle Goldie, a photographer and FOHC (friend of Hot Clicks), sent me these photos of Melissa Haro and they are fantastic. She earns today's LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery). 


World Record Beer Carrier

Congrats to Germany's Oliver Streumpfel, who set a new world record by carrying 27 full one-liter mugs (136 pounds) at one time.


Happy Ending

Panthers kicker Graham Gano reached out to the trombone player he shoved out of the way on Sunday so he could get in his pregame kicks. Gano offered him two tickets and field passes to the Carolina-Atlanta game later this season.


From the SI Vault

Joe Theismann :: Getty Images

Joe Theismann is officially a senior citizen. The former Redskins quarterback turned 65 today and threw a football directly at the camera to celebrate. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.


Odds & Ends

Cheap plug: Follow me on Twitter ... Doug McDermott's old college roommate is selling his clothes ... A's slugger Adam Dunn is still wearing his White Sox gear ... 50 thoughts from the just-completed U.S. Open ... Microsoft paid $400 million for the NFL to use Surface tablets. And Fox announcer John Lynch called them iPads ... A Philly burger joint tried to make LeSean McCoy look like a bad tipper ... Snoop Dogg donated these awesome uniforms to his former high school ... A history of the mobile phone ... Islamic hackers attacked the website for Kirk Cameron's new movie.


Check out Little Vlad

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 15, looks ready for the big leagues. ​


Little League Play of the Day

The Dodgers make three throwing errors on one play. This was ugly.


Let's Play the Feud!

Jimmy Fallon, Steve Higgins and Jason Segel took on The Roots during The Tonight Show on Monday.


Life of the Party

This little guy can dance.

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