Colts Hang On, Celebrate Awkwardly
The Colts squeaked by the Texans 33-28 in a rare competitive Thursday Night Football game. T.Y. Hilton led the way with 223 receiving yards (and one LeBron James-esque celebration) and kicker Pat McAfee completed a one-man onside kick to help Indianapolis get off to a hot start. Unfortunately for the Texans, their bid to come back from a 24-0 deficit fell short, even though J.J. Watt scored on a fumble recovery (which he celebrated with a "welp face") and Andre Johnson grabbed a touchdown pass (which he celebrated by getting spanked by a fan) to make it competitive. The Texans fumbled twice at the end of the game, one of which DeAndre Hopkins could've easily recovered.
Extra Mustard looks at seven defunct sports, teams and leagues. Missing from the list is the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW), which is the subject of a great Netflix documentary.
The Shaq Summit
The New York Times has a good piece on the Shaq Summit, a yearly meeting in which representatives from all of Shaquille O'Neal's business ventures (19 and counting) get together and discuss their campaigns and products. The biggest takeaways from the story are that O'Neal made $21 million last year, wears a size 60 XL suit and there is a thing called Soda Shaq that comes in four flavors.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Hot Clicks pal Ruvi Bazaz sent in some new photos that I've posted in the gallery above. She has some big projects releasing soon - follow her on Instagram to find out more (click here for full-size gallery).
Be a Good Person Friday
I started a new Hot Clicks feature last week called Be A Good Person Friday in which I spotlight a charity or organization doing good things for the world. This week, I want to bring your attention to Adams Camp in Colorado, which provides a variety of intensive, personalized, and integrated therapeutic programs for children with special needs. I spent 14 summers at overnight camp and it is a special place. These kids face enormous challenges in their day-to-day lives and deserve their own special place. If you have any extra money, even if it's $5, please help out.
If you'd like to nominate a charity or organization for Be A Good Person Friday, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'm Excited For This Show
Production begins this week on a new series called Sin City Saints, starring Andrew Santino, Tom Arnold and former LLOD Malin Akerman. The show, which will air on Yahoo, "follows the triumphs, travails and transgressions of Las Vegas’ brand-new pro basketball franchise, the Saints." It kind of sounds like the forgotten classic 1st and Ten, but not on HBO (translation: less nudity), with a focus on basketball instead of football.
J.J. Watt is Having a Good Season
The Adirondack Flames introduced their new mascot with this tweet. The team decided to give Scorch a back story and it did not go so well.
From the SI Vault
Dale Earnhardt Jr. turned 40 today. I can't think of a better way to honor the popular NASCAR driver than with this shot of the Earnhardt family in 1982. I had a similar faux brick fireplace in my house growing up and this photo brought a smile to my face. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
The internet's worst bootleg professional wrestling merchandise ... Kevin Durant's 2014 offseason will become an HBO reality show ... Serena Williams was psyched when some Americans visiting France asked if she was a college student ... The Cubs may take a run at Yasiel Puig ... This cat is a big Maple Leafs fan ... From the "why are they making this" department, Will Smith is set to star in a movie about NFL concussions ... A prisoner in Ohio wants to be paroled so he can watch LeBron James lead the Cavs to their first NBA championship ... Colin Kaepernick was fined $10,000 for wearing Beats by Dre headphones after his game on Sunday ... Dajuan Wagner is attempting an NBA comeback at 31.
Hot Clicks ALCS Preview
I don't really have a preview but the Orioles Magic song makes me root for Baltimore. Go O's!
Chris Kaman Has a Reality Show
The Blazers center will star in Exploring Kaman ... and it looks kind of awesome.
Welcome to RangersTown
Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal show off their Zamboni-driving skills.
Eagles-Giants Hype Video
Eagles superfan Bradley Cooper gets you pumped for Sunday night's game.