Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks: South Park Destroys the NFL
South Park Destroys NFL
The 18th season of South Park premiered last night and the episode took dead aim at the NFL. Among the topics covered were the Redskins' nickname, Ray Rice's elevator incident, Jerry Jones' female troubles, Roger Goodell and the RGIII/Kirk Cousins quarterback situation. And for those who can't get enough of South Park, here is a gallery of every sports figure portrayed on the show.
Worst Team Name in Sports
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced the name of their new D-League affiliate team -- the Oklahoma City Blue. Yes, that is the actual name. The internet (shockingly) made fun of this atrocious moniker.
NFL Messes Up Cancer Ad
Just when you think NFL PR is at an all-time low, along comes this story about the botched TV ad for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to Page Six, a breast cancer survivor drove from Boston to New York City to shoot the ad along with DeAngelo Williams and Danny Amendola. But the players never showed up and the crew sat around waiting for nine hours. Williams, according to a source, canceled the night before to undergo rehab while Amendola's people say he was never contacted about the ad.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Bar Paly stars in the newest Carl's Jr. ad, riding an airplane and begging fellow passengers to join the mile-high club. Of course, she's talking about the Mile-High Bacon Thickburger. The ad is tremendous and the least I can do is give Bar LLOD honors for the day (click here for full-size gallery).
Jason Kipnis, Sportsman of the Year
I had a talk with SI Managing Editor Chris Stone yesterday about the 2014 Sportsman of the Year. For the ninth straight year, I told him to consider Bill Belichick and he told me
there's no chance in hell he'd take it into consideration. If he needs a Plan B, I nominate Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, who hooked up a broke college kid with four tickets to last night's game simply because he asked for them on Twitter.
Boston Prepares For Derek Jeter's Last Game
Beat This Shot, James Harden
Matthew McConaughey Visits His Alma Mater
From the SI Vault
Bill Cartwright and Pat Ewing pose in front of the Twin Towers during a 1986 SI photo shoot. Cartwright was named the new coach of the Mexico national basketball team on Wednesday. The squad just reached the Round of 16 at the 2014 FIBA World Cup under former coach Sergio Valdeolmillos. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter. For more Ewing pics, here's a collection of SI's best shots.
Odds & Ends
Bryce Harper is considering a switch of hair gels so his helmet doesn't keep falling off ... Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan insists he did not use the rapper Castro as a human sacrifice ... Phil Hughes was one out from earning a $500,000 bonus but a rain delay prevented him from reaching the incentive ... Dwyane Wade, Kevin Hart, Chris Paul and LeBron James share a laugh before Wade's wedding ... Someone needs to cheer up Bears cornerback Charles "Peanut" Tillman ... The Roger Federer/India photoshops are must-see ... Manchester United fans pulled off this elaborate stunt to get Cristiano Ronaldo to return to their team ... A woman broke into Keanu Reeves' house, got naked, took a shower and then went skinny-dipping ... The craziest OK Cupid date ever is being turned into a movie.
The World's Shortest Professional Dunker
Meet 5-foot-5 Porter Maberry, who shows off his skills at the FIBA 3x3 World Tour.
The World's Greatest Dunk
Today marks the 14-year anniversary of Vince Carter's dunk over Frederic Weis at the Summer Olympics in Sydney.
Clayton Kershaw is Really Good
As if his 21-3 record and 1.77 ERA isn't good enough, Clayton Kershaw made a great play in the field and hit a triple during last night's Dodgers-Giants game.
Music Video of the Day
Will Smith turns 46 today. This song was the jam back in elementary school days.