Tuesday September 9th, 2014

R.I.P. - Eli the Ape

Eli the Ape

Eli, the clairvoyant ape who correctly predicted the winning team in each of the past seven Super Bowls, died yesterday at the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City. He was 24. Eli is survived by his offspring Acara, 9, with whom he lived and was “a gentle father,” the zoo said.

Since It's Fashion Week

A few fashion-related items from the world of sports: Terrell Suggs had a custom t-shirt made of Mike Tomlin's sideline interference play from last year's Ravens-Steelers game ... The Mr. Peanut suit used at Yankee Stadium to help launch the “REGGIE” candy bar in 1978 is currently on eBay with a high bid of $13,750 ... This Seahawks fan is wearing a Robert Turbin jersey and wearing a turban.

Traveling in Style

Nike teamed up with Seattle design firm Teague to create an airplane cabin engineered for sports team. In other words, it took the space normally designated for 200 passengers and redesigned it for a group as small as a 13-person basketball team. To say it is unbelievable would be an understatement. 

Lovely Lady Q&A 

Abigail Ratchford has been named Hot Clicks LLOD four times. I reached out to her for a quick Q&A in honor of her fifth appearance. Click here for full-size version of gallery.

You're part of a new wave of internet celebrities. how many social media posts do you put out a day? Which form (Twitter/Instagram/Facebook/etc) do you like the most?

Haha. Oh God, social media! I have such a love hate relationship with it. I like it because that's how I got put on the map, being featured on men's websites like SI.com, Barstool, etc, and gaining a lot of their followers, but I also hope to have a career one day that's not just social-media driven. I put out 2-3 posts a day usually (picture type) not always of me, sometimes of funny memes, cool pics of a view I'm looking at, etc. I just like to share a lot of the cool everyday images I encounter through my daily life. Instagram is definitely my favorite. As a model, your fan base and career is based on your image, and Instagram is all about pictures, so that's definitely No. 1 for me.

Do you get many guys hitting on you on Twitter/Facebook/etc?

Hmmm guys hitting on me? Well, a few years ago I'd define "hitting on me" different than today. Now when I put up pictures, I expect to get a lot of comments on them, mostly males. I don't really consider that hitting on me though, more like just nice fans/followers complimenting me. When I'm out for a walk or at a restaurant , and a guy comes up to me in person and begins flirting , that's hitting on me. That happens a few times a day I guess, depending on how much I leave my apartment.

Are you single? 

No I am not single. I am happily unavailable and have a really great boyfriend

Do you have a celebrity crush?

Celebrity crush hmm probably Tom Hardy. That accent does it.

Describe a typical day in the life of Abigail Ratchford.

Well my typical day usually starts around 10 a.m. I workout with my trainer Ralph, make breakfast, go through my emails and schedule for the day. Then I run some errands, which usually are to get ready for my shoots that week (since I'll have 1-2 usually during the course of 10 days), and go to the beach or swimming at my apartment. At night, I'll hang with my boyfriend or do something low key. I have a pretty easy day usually. 

The NFL season is here. Do you have a Super Bowl prediction?

Hmmmm. I predict that the Eagles will win! :)

Re-Ranking the AP Top 25 With Actors/Actresses From Each School

Next Impulse Sports has found an actor or actress from the AP Top 25 schools and re-ranked them accordingly. More importantly, did you know Ivan Drago (a.k.a. - Dolph Lundgren) went to Clemson and earned a Fulbright Scholarship to study at MIT?

One Way to Convince Fans Not to Swear

Liverpool's official Instagram account sent out a photo of Bart Simpson at the chalkboard to remind fans not to swear while singing about Steven Gerrard.

SI Vault Photo of the Day

Roger Maris :: Corbis

Roger Maris would’ve celebrated his 90th birthday today. Though known for his bat, Maris was no slouch in the field, as this photo demonstrates. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

(Bonus) SI Vault Photo of the Day

Courtesy of Goodell family

With Roger Goodell in the spotlight, let's look back on this letter written by 22-year-old Goodell to then-NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle looking for a job.

Odds & Ends

Lakers guard Nick Young crashed a 3-on-3 pickup game in NYC ... Foul balls at baseball games injure 1,750 fans per year ... Alex Rodriguez was tailgating at the Notre-Dame Michigan game ... Chris Sale and John Danks bought a customized Texas Longhorns golf cart for former teammate Adam Dunn ... Barack Obama was Mutombo'd by several New York golf courses over Labor Day weekend ... NHL players know very little about The Beatles ... Love all these college football 9/11 tribute uniforms ... Regret that tribal tattoo you got in college? Here's one way to deal with it ... Top 25 under-appreciated direct-to-DVD films.

Jeremy Lin (Not) in Wax

The Lakers point guard went to Madame Tussand's in San Francisco and pretended to be a wax statue.

NHL Trash Talk Compilation

The NHL season kicks off four weeks from today!

Manny Pacquiao Sings Frozen Song

This is a response to Drake's impression of Pacquiao at the ESPYs over the summer.

Gratuitous Abigail Ratchford Video

If we're celebrating Abigail's fifth Hot Clicks appearance, may as well accompany it with a video.

Click here for previous editions of Hot Clicks

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