Friday September 12th, 2014

Happy National Video Games Day

It's National Video Games Day and what better way to celebrate than with a gallery of 'Madden NFL Covers Through the Years.' Spoiler Alert: In 2000, after 11 straight years of having John Madden on the cover, EA Sports realized it was time to start using an actual NFL player in that position. The gallery gets much better after that.


Nerlens Balboa Goes For a Jog

While Joel Embiid gets all the love, another Sixers rookie has a clever way of earning the love of Philadelphians. Nerlens Noel, who I'm calling a rookie because he missed all last year with an injury, is planning to recreate Rocky's famous run through the streets of Philadelphia on Friday. The run will culminate with a sprint to the top of the Art Museum steps, where he'll be joined by over 100 middle schoolers. Gonna fly now!


49ers and Their Cars

Sportsnaut has put together a great collection of 49ers players and their bevy of luxury cars. Let's hope Washington Redskins running back Alfred Morris (and his 1991 Mazda) never gets relocated to San Francisco.


Lovely Lady Round-Up

Miss California 2013 Mabelynn Capeluj was caught in a L.A. traffic jam last night and did not seem happy about it. She could use a pick-me-up and what better way to do so than to declare her my Friday afternoon LLOD (click here for full-size gallery) ... The 101 hottest celebrity Instagram pics of the week ... The NCAA's 35 hottest cheerleading squads ... If you don't know Daniela Lopez Osorio, check out this GIF. Wowser.


Hot Clicks Giveaway: NFL QB

SI has a new book out paying tribute to the greatest position in sports, the long snapper. Just kidding, it's the quarterback. NFL QB "examines every aspect of this storied position, through original essays, classic prose from the magazine's rich archives and insights from Hall of Fame players, all set against the most striking photographs ever taken on the subject. Every record holder is represented and re-evaluated. The big arms, the elusive scramblers, the two-minute magicians, the crossover cultural stars, even the notorious flameouts, are all showcased." To summarize, it's a pretty badass book. I will send copies to the 20th, 40th, 60th and 80th person who emails me (andy_gray@simail.com) the name of the player with the best hair in college football. The answer is in the "Odds & Ends" section of this morning's Hot Clicks. Please make the subject line "NFL QB."

Update (9:39 p.m.): Contest closed. Winners will be notified. Have a good weekend.


Sorry, Jets Instagram. I'm Picking the Packers.


Look Who's Hanging Out

Cleveland's two most famous athletes -- LeBron James and Johnny Manziel -- spent some quality time together last night at a private screening of the new Starz TV show Survivor's Remorse, which James helped produce. 

Northern Illinois Throws Down the Gauntlet


Odds & Ends

The 11 least-sportsy items sold at Dick's Sporting Goods ... This guy hid in Nick Saban's bathroom before surprising his girlfriend with a marriage proposal ... Nick Young's toddler is really good at Pop-a-Shot ... Star Wars and the NCAA have teamed up on a new apparel line ... Some new goalie mask designs for the 2014-15 season ... Joakim Noah threw a horrific first pitch at last night's White Sox game ... A Married With Children spinoff is in the works ... There is a mac and cheese restaurant (that's all they sell) now open near the University of Tampa ... A bunch of people are really angry about U2's new album suddenly appearing in their iTunes library. One music industry compared the release to “a rape or a murder, but with even less legs.” 


You Don't See This Everyday

Rory McIlroy's tee shot on the 14th hole of the Tour Championships somehow lands in a spectator's pocket.


Hockey Goal of the Day

Former NHL'er Ladislav Nagr, now playing for Bratislava Slovan of the KHL, scores against Ak Bars Kazan. He is really, really fast on skates.


The Original Hail Mary

Eric from Burbank wrote in to give me props for including Doug Flutie's Hail Mary in this morning's Hot Clicks. He also sent along this link of the original Hail Mary, a last-second touchdown pass from Roger Staubach to Drew Pearson during a 1975 Cowboys-Vikings playoff game. When asked about this play after the game, Staubach said. ""I closed my eyes and said a Hail Mary." 


Life's Been Good

When he's not dumping a bucket of ice water on James Dolan's head, Joe Walsh is a singer-songwriter and guitarist for The Eagles. I've had this song in my head all day. Now you do, too. Have a great weekend!

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