Royals Advance to World Series
The Royals are going to the World Series for the first time in 29 years after dispensing the Orioles 2-1 to complete a four-game sweep. Alex Gordon made the defensive play of the game and superfan Paul Rudd invited everyone to his mom's house to celebrate. Baltimore saw its dream season end rather abruptly, but outfielder Adam Jones was able to keep perspective with one of the season's best quotes. Meanwhile in San Francisco, fans paid $150 to park, Barry Bonds (who is now on crutches) threw out the first pitch and the Giants won 6-4 to take a 3-1 series lead against the Cardinals.
Sammy Sosa Update
The Cubs legend visited Panama recently and his skin was looking as oddly-colored as ever.
I Love My Readers
A reader named Eddie sent me an email and said, "The champion of our fantasy football league took our league trophy to a professional portrait studio to have some classy portraits taken." The photos are bizarre and awesome. Congrats to The Big Kahuna!
Lovely Lady of the Day
Can You Guess Which College Football Quarterback's Mom Was on Seinfeld?
Indiana freshman Zander Diamont, of course. His stepmom played Jerry's girlfriend who doesn't want to reveal her "tractor story" in an episode titled "The Burning." It's also the episode Kramer and Mickey get an acting gig playing sick for med students and Cosmo is frustrated that he keeps having to play a patient with Gonorrhea. Go Hoosiers!
KCPD Wins Bet
From the SI Vault
The great Manute Bol would've celebrated his 52nd birthday today. The 7-foot-6 center played for four NBA teams over his 10-year career and retired with more blocked shots than points. He's also known for the extensive work he did on behalf of his native Sudan in trying to build schools across the war-torn country. For more classic photos of Bol, check out this gallery (which really should include this shot of him at the grocery store). For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
After all the bad PR the NFL has gotten this year, it's nice to hear a positive story (this one involving Vikings QB Christian Ponder) ... The chart shows the last time every college football team was ranked No. 1 by the AP ... Jets linebacker Calvin Pace thinks the NFL "had it out" for the Jets when it put together this season's schedule ... Jay Cutler referred to the Microsoft Surface Tablets as "knockoff iPads." I confused the two on Twitter the other day, then made up for the mistake with a Marisa Miller photo ... Stanford grads make more than graduates of other schools and football coach Dave Shaw is using that to his advantage ... ABC picked up a comedy inspired by openly gay MLS player Robbie Rogers ... A Lululemon store in Buffalo managed to anger an entire city with its choice of floor art ... A ranking of the 30 best NBA uniforms ... Michael Jackson topped Forbes' list of 'highest-earning dead celebrities' after pulling in $140 million over the past year. Elvis Presley is second with $55 million ... Kalinda (a.k.a. - Archie Panjabi) is leaving The Good Wife to star in a new drama. Though rumor has it that she's been feuding with Juliana Margulies as the two haven't appeared in a scene together in 30 episodes. FYI - I'm a Good Wife fan.
How To Do The Ickey Shuffle
Ickey Woods was a guest on Inside the NFL this week and demonstrated how to do his famous touchdown dance.
The Swaggy P Tour Bus
Nick Young (in full uniform) takes over the Hollywood Starline bus and plays tour guide.
My new favorite Cavs fan.
Manute on Fire!
Manute Bol shows off his three-point range during a 1993 game against the 76ers.
Happy Birthday, Bob Weir
The former Grateful Dead guitarist turned 67 today. Here's a 1980 Good Morning America interview with Weir and Jerry Garcia.