Friday's A.M. Hot Clicks: Blimp Crashes Into Stands in Portland
Blimpin' Ain't Easy
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. A Ford SUV blimp actually crashed into a section of fans during last night's Blazers-Pacers game in Portland. On the plus side, it made for yesterday's best tweet, courtesy of Sporting News writer Dane Carbaugh (if you don't get that joke, this link will provide some context).
Cowboys Rush to Victory
DeMarco Murray rushed for 179 yards and Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes as the Cowboys defeated the Bears 41-28. Brandon Marshall made the catch of the game after tipping a Jay Cutler pass to himself but injured his ribs and may miss the rest of the year. Dez Bryant also had a memorable game, delivering this great stiff arm to Kyle Fuller and then having a minor (emotional) explosion on the sideline. Joseph Randle stole some of the glory (get it?) from Murray with this third-quarter touchdown run but the night belonged to DeMarco (both for his great performance on the field and his not-so-great performance off it).
Have You Seen Ryan Leaf Lately?
The former Charger was released from a Montana prison after serving two years for stealing prescription pills and he looks a bit different than you may remember. And remember that "best tweet" award I just gave to Dane Carbaugh? I'm taking it back and giving it to Mike Mulloy for this Biff Tannen comparison.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Amberleigh West, who we first profiled in October, sent along some new photos. She earns today's LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery).
Shady or Legit?
Portland held a 14-point lead over Portland State on Wednesday as Portland guard Alec Winterling dribbled out the clock. Portland State's Bryce White came in for a handshake but instead stole the ball, dribbled the length of the floor and dunked it as time expired. At first I though this was the biggest (word I can't use but rhymes with bass mole) move of the season, but then I watched it a few times and started to dig it. What do you think?
Kobe and Rondo Eat Breakfast
LeBron and Odell Beckham Eat Dinner
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Peter Pan Tweet of the Night
I Live-Tweeted the 1987 Slammy Awards
If you're a pro wrestling fan and don't have the WWE Network yet, you're missing out. Check out my timeline for more photos from the 1987 Slammys.
From the SI Vault
Eddy Curry and Tyson Chandler pose during a 2002 SI photo shoot. The duo were supposed to lead the Bulls into the post-Jordan era but it didn't quite work out as planned. Curry was traded to the Knicks in October 2005 while Chandler was traded to Charlotte after the 2006 season. Curry, who turned 32 today, last played for Dallas in 2012. Chandler has carved out a nice career for himself -- albeit outside Chicago -- and is currently playing for the Mavs. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
Central Florida beat ECU on a last-second Hail Mary ... Kyrie Irving was a highlight film last night, but also lashed out at Coach David Blatt for a late game timeout ... Stephen Curry made one of the best plays of the year with his around-the-back dribble and pass to Klay Thompson ... Ranking the best debut line of Nike signature sneakers ... Martin Brodeur, 42, debuted with the Blues last night ... Mike Riley's Wikipedia page went through some minor edits ... Female celebrities who look like male celebrities ... The best celebrity birthday cakes.
Impromptu Dunk Contest of the Day
Suns guards Gerald Green and Archie Goodwin face off.
Six-Pack of Highlights
The best action from Thursday in sports.
Trick Shot of the Day
A few weeks ago I told you about a contest held by the Detroit Lions and Repreve (a company that turns plastic bottles into a number of everyday items). Matthew Stafford challenged fans to submit trick-shot videos of them “Making The Smart Throw,” tossing their plastic bottles into the recycling bins instead of the trash. This is the winning entry, courtesy of high school student Kevin Libertowski.
Music Video of the Day
I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a Goo Goo Dolls fan, but I think Slide is one of the better songs from the late '90s. Since it's Johnny Rzeznik's 49th birthday, I'm celebrating with my favorite rendition of the song.