Hey everyone, Pete Blackburn here with your afternoon roundup once again. I'll be back tomorrow for one final P.M. Hot Clicks, but you can feel free to take our relationship to the next level by following me on Twitter - @PeteBlackburn.
Red Red Wine
We learned late last year that Amar'e Stoudemire likes to let his body recover by bathing in red wine, but I think it's safe to say that sports media has reached a whole new level of weirdness now that ESPN is sending reporters to actually bathe with him.
Bill Walton Is (Still) Out Of His Mind
It has been a very interesting few weeks for Bill Walton behind the mic for ESPN's college basketball coverage. Last week he went on a rant about legalizing marijuana. Wednesday night he spent three minutes during the Oregon-USC game talking about Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead and compared a player to Snoop Dogg. Oh, and he also said that Michael Jordan was "basically average."
Lovely Lady of the Day
This afternoon's honors go to the lovely Jessica Gomes. The 29-year old Australian model is a Swimsuit Issue veteran and it's pretty easy to see why she has so much staying power. (Click here for full-sized gallery).
Keep Up With Swimsuit Launch Week
Andy Gray is still busy tackling the unfortunate task of hanging out with models and covering the Swimsuit Issue launch this week, but you can keep up with his diary of sorts over on the Swim Daily page. Nashville seems to be treating them quite well, and just when I thought I couldn't be any more jealous, Andy let me know that Kings of Leon headlined at a launch concert for the issue in the Music City.
Minor League Baseball Promotions Rule, Part I
Minor League Baseball Promotions Rule, Part II & III
Back to the Future is all the rage these days, I guess.
For some reason or another, Dwight Howard decided to play a little 5-on-2 with Isaiah Canaan on the Rockets' bench last night.
Reggie Evans seemed to have some trouble wrapping his head around the fact that Giannis Antetokounmpo is only 20.
This kid at last night's Nashville Predators game saw an opportunity and seized it. What a legend. (via The Big Lead)
Odds & Ends
Jason Whitlock's new ESPN website now has a name and a launch date... Fox has scored broadcast rights for the FIFA World Cup through 2026... Mike Florio had a problem with David Letterman cracking jokes about DeflateGate with Bill Belichick last night... The hottest WAGs of this year's NBA All-Stars.... Gatorade is bringing back the "Be Like Mike" campaign for its 50th anniversary... The Toronto Maple Leafs' interim coach used a fantastic quote to rip his team's effort level... Cristiano Ronaldo got a little too into a karaoke performance at his birthday bash... A good reminder to get in the pool this summer, courtesy of Ryan Lochte... Important reminder to drug operations in cold weather climates: A lack of snow on your roof may be bad for business.
No Voice? No Problem
Despite losing his voice, Georgia coach Mark Fox did a postgame interview following Wednesday's victory over Texas A&M. The result was pretty hilarious, but credit to him for fighting through it.
Olbermann On Chuck: "He's An Idiot"
Charles Barkley denounced analytics on Inside the NBA earlier this week, which led to Keith Olbermann absolutely ripping the Hall of Famer on his show yesterday.
NHL Players Pick Their Ideal Valentine's Date
Has somebody told P.K. Subban he can stop naming women yet?