Friday November 21st, 2014

Raiders' Losing Streak Over

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The Raiders upset the Chiefs 24-20 last night for their first win of the season, ending a streak of 368 days since their previous win. Derek Carr threw the game-winning touchdown then celebrated like it was the Super Bowl. Though his wasn't as poorly timed as the late-game celebration of linebackers Khalil Mack and Sio Moore, which nearly led to a penalty. Raiders fans brought their A-game to the tailgate, though I wonder if this guy remembers anything from the game. The victory completed the NFL's circle of parity and let the 2008 Lions (the only team to ever go 0-16) crack open the champagne for another year.

Nike Has a Lot of Nerve

Nike was forced to cancel the release of its Zoom Flight ’96 collection after Allen Iverson threatened a lawsuit. The sneaker company planned to release two shoes paying tribute to Iverson and Kobe Bryant, who were both drafted in 1996. Since Iverson is a long-time Reebok endorser, the Nike sneaker didn't have his name on it but did have his No. 3 on each back heel and the red, white and blue colors of the 76ers. Iverson's lawyer, Robert Challenger, put the kibosh on the sneaker, saying "Nike is clearly trying to use Allen Iverson’s celebrity status and persona to promote Nike’s shoes. There’s no other No. 3 that played for the 76ers that came out of the 1996 draft. For Nike to use his status to sell shoes, and not get his permission, to not compensate him, is bad business.” 

Things To Do With $325 Million

With his new $325 million deal, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton could pay four years of tuition ($44,450) at the University of Miami for 1,827 students. Here are 26 other things Stanton can afford.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Bar Refaeli has a new holiday lingerie video out for Passionata, which makes her an obvious choice for today's LLOD (click here for full-size gallery).

47-Year-Old Arturs Irbe Comes Out of Retirement (for two periods)

I'm a couple days late to this story but Arturs Irbe, who broke into the NHL during the 1991-92 season, was nearly called into duty on Tuesday. The Sabres goalie coach signed a "tryout contract" to serve as Buffalo's backup after starter Michal Neuvirth was hurt during the first period of a 4-1 win over San Jose. Apparently, the NHL lets players sign contracts mid-game. The equipment managers had to scramble to find the right gear for Irbe, who ended up seeing no ice time.

Be a Good Person Friday

As a Bostonian, it's in my DNA to hate the Yankees. However, I will give props to general manager Brian Cashman for sleeping on the street last night to raise awareness for NYC's homeless youth population. Especially since it was 27 degrees out. The event was organized by Covanent House, a non-profit that manages shelters for homeless youth in 21 cities across the country. Last year, it helped more than 57,000 kids. So take a walk outside, see how cold it is, then imagine not having a warm place to sleep tonight. If that bums you out, then please donate a few dollars and feel good about yourself going into this pre-Thanksgiving weekend.

Big Enough Screen For You?

Duke Trash Talks UNC

I Love These Helmets

From the SI Vault

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Troy Aikman turned 48 today. In this 1991 photo, the Cowboys quarterback goes for a jog as thousands of Dallas women clean up the drool from their mouths. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

Odds & Ends

Lauren Hill (my choice for Sportsman of the Year) gave the jersey from her one college game to Devon Still ... Speaking of Sportsman of the Year, SI writers have been filing their own nominations. My favorite so far is Chris Ballard's essay on Gregg Popovich ... A Chicago sports radio host learned his station was ending after he saw a tweet about it during a break ... Quarterbacks play better when they have a beard ... Seven members of the Grizzlies (yes, seven) may miss tonight's game due to the stomach flu ... Was a drug deal going down in the background while this guy was doing a live news report? ... The 50 best GIFs of 2014 ... A collection of Deep-fried turkey fails.

Six-Pack of Highlights

The best action from Thursday in sports.

Coach of the Year

Duke graduate assistant Chris Hoover gets his players psyched up before yesterday's matchup against UNC.

Australian Baseball Player vs. Outfield Wall

Guess who won this battle?

Future Jamaal Charles

This 11-year-old girl has superstar written all over her.

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