Hey everybody, Pete Blackburn here filling in for Andy and closing out the week with this edition of P.M. Hot Clicks. Hope the work week didn’t beat you down too much ... and if it did, feel free to yell mean things to me on Twitter (@PeteBlackburn) while you sip down your adult beverages this weekend.
Digs Galore At The Ryder Cup
The Ryder Cup and golf's international bragging rights are on the line this weekend at Gleneagles. While the action and drama are certainly expected to pick up throughout the weekend, the United States has already won the fashion portion of the event thanks to its awesome Ralph Lauren kits and the purple atrocities worn by Europe earlier this week. On second thought, maybe not. Speaking of digs, Phil Mickelson took a shot at Rory McIlroy, and then Rory decided to poke fun of himself with this hilarious quote. In case you're looking to get up to speed on two of the tournament's biggest stars, check out this awesome infographic comparing McIlroy and Rickie Fowler.
A Fitting Farewell
In case you missed it (you probably didn't), Derek Jeter played his final game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night and it was like something straight out of a cheesy sports movie. After the Yankees blew a three-run lead in the top of the ninth, the Captain delivered a game-winning walk-off single in the bottom frame for what was likely his last of many memorable hits as a Yankee. (Click here for the full-size gallery of his greatest hits. Jeter was obviously the star, but the night had some fantastic supporting roles as well, including Jeter's adorable young nephew, who tipped his 'RE2PECT' cap to his uncle during the post-game ceremonies, and the Yankees ball boy who sneakily pocketed a Jeter souvenir for himself. As tributes go, here's a great look at Jeter's career from A to Z.
Mets beat writer should play lottery
A Mets beat writer tweeted yesterday that the team was on the verge of becoming the first NL team to go a full season without balking in 15 years. You can probably guess what happened just minutes later.
Lovely Lady of the Day
While Andy is away, the Hot Clicks benchwarmers will be using the LLOD section to highlight Derek Jeter's incredibly impressive dating history. And since the A.M. Clicks stole my personal favorite Jeter flame, Minka Kelly, earlier today, I'm going with a very worthy runner-up: Jessica Alba. The actress happened to be one of my biggest childhood celebrity crushes and -- much like Jeter -- her legacy still holds up to this day. (Click here for a fullsized gallery.)
Floyd Mayweather being Floyd Mayweather
Floyd Mayweather has had a fun past few days on Instagram. First, the boxer posted a photo of him laying in bed with $1 million in cash, because of course, he did. But the real haymaker came Friday morning when Mayweather decided to call out Manny Pacquiao, saying "Miss Pac Man is broke and desperate for a pay day."
Odds & Ends
The Redskins sold expired World Cup beers at last night's game against the Giants...Michelle Beadle came to the defense of ESPN colleague Bill Simmons, but not everyone in Bristol still loves 'The Sports Guy'...According to Tommy LaSorda, you're probably going to hell if you don't root for the Dodgers...Bill Belichick doesn't know much about Mark Wahlberg...Phil Hughes turned down an easy $500,000 bonus from the Twins...Cigar Smokin' Michael Jordan is quickly becoming an awesome Internet meme...That Derek Jeter screencap with all the 2's? It's fake...Lebron's headband game is still outrageous despite his new hairline.
The Best Block You'll See This Week...
...did not come from this Arizona State lineman.
The defenders on Arsenal's U19 squad were summoned to sing Drake's "Find Your Love" at a recent team dinner. It did not go well.
Pratt Pratt Pratt!
Chris Pratt will be hosting the 40th season premiere of Saturday Night Live this weekend, which might actually make SNL worth watching. To celebrate, here's seven minutes of charming intros: