Thurs. A.M. Hot Clicks: Melanie Iglesias; Hot Dog Case Closed
Slugerrr Cleared in Hot Dog Case
Good news, baseball fans. Slugerrr, the mascot of the Kansas City Royals, has been cleared of all wrongdoing in the 2009 hot dog incident. Royals fan John Coomer sued the team after getting hit in the eye by a foil-wrapped hot dog thrown by the mascot. According to Coomer, the incident resulted in a detached retina, vision damage and possible glaucoma. A jury originally ruled Coomer was at fault but an appeals court overturned the decision. The ruling Wednesday concludes the case and mascots everywhere can rest easy.
Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Media
If you haven't been paying attention, Hulk Hogan sued Gawker Media for over $100 million after Deadspin published his sex tape. The case begins July 4 and Gawker founder Nick Denton may have to shut down all the Gawker sites (Deadspin, Lifehacker, Jezebel, Gizmodo, Jalopnik and others) if Hogan wins.
Bill Belichick is the Best
Lovely Lady of the Day
If you were to say to me, "Hey Andy. Who are the five best-looking women in the world?" My response would include Melanie Iglesias. I'd have to think about the other four and I'm on a deadline so I don't have time. Anyhow, it's Melanie's birthday and she gets LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery).
Jeff Luhnow Knows Password Hygiene
SI's Ben Reiter scored an interview with Astros GM Jeff Luhnow, whose highly-sensitive baseball data was allegedly hacked by members of the Cardinals front office. It's obviously worth a read since this is the craziest sports story in a while, but I particularly loved this quote: "I absolutely know about password hygiene and best practices. I’m certainly aware of how important passwords are, as well as of the importance of keeping them updated. A lot of my job in baseball, as it was in high tech, is to make sure that intellectual property is protected. I take that seriously and hold myself and those who work for me to a very high standard."
Ray Romano is a Better Three-Point Shooter Than Stephen Curry
Military Photos of the Year
Congrats to Air Force Staff Sgt. Vernon Young, who was named Military Photographer of the year.
What in the World is a Water Sommelier?
Love the White. Hate the Red.
New Sport Alert: Unicycle Hockey
Odds & Ends
Cristiano Ronaldo now has a galaxy named after him ... Michael Oher thinks The Blind Side was bad for his career ... Tim Duncan says he lost $25 million to a dishonest financial adviser ... An oral history of the 2000 U.S. Open ... Urban Meyer needs help with his spelling ... The Hot Take Police busted a USA Today writer for his LeBron James piece ... Good news for the golf-loving potheads of Washington ... A University of Tennessee fan made a great sand castle ... Good score by Mark Maron. President Obama will be a guest on his WTF Podcast ... 11 incredible secrets about the making of Back to the Future ... The U.S. plans to put a woman on the $10 bill ... Some useful kitchen hacks.
Little League Home Run Alert
Steve Souza turns a bunt into a homer thanks to a bunch of errors by the Nats.
Peyton Manning, Conductor
Happy Birthday Paul McCartney
The former Beatle turned 73 today.
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