Blackhawks Ice Crew :: Courtesy of Blackhawks.com
Since hockey doesn't get tons of love in Hot Clicks, I wanted to start today by mentioning the Penguins-Capitals series, which opens Saturday. Even I know Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin is a big deal. Plus, I wanted to share this piece of information, via Neil Best of Newsday. If Game 1 goes past one overtime, NBC will dump the Penguins-Capitals in favor of the Kentucky Derby, and you'll have to find Versus to watch the rest of the game. While researching the Web sites for the Penguins and Capitals to find a picture suitable for Hot Clicks, I learned neither team has cheerleaders, dancers, an ice crew or whatever hot chicks who keep fans entertained during downtime are called. So, I had to improvise. I noticed that the Blackhawks are kicking off their series against the Canucks tonight. That led me to Chicago's Web site. Guess what? They have an ice crew, and it's top notch, as proven by Jenna (left) and Ashley.
UPDATE, 11:30 a.m.: This is why someone who hasn't watched a hockey game since the Rangers-Canucks Stanley Cup in 1994 shouldn't be writing about hockey. The Capitals DO have cheerleaders. They're called the Red Rockers. My apologies. (Thanks to Dusty, of Washington, D.C., for the info.)
Hawks play-by-play announcer Steve Holman got fed up with some of the antics that took place in last night's Atlanta-Miami game, and unleashed some classic radio.
The Yankees analyst used an interesting line during last night's Yankees-Tiger game.
Erin Andrews :: Courtesy of BackPorch.Fanhouse.com
Last Friday, Hot Clicks linked to an AOL Fanhouse interview with Erin Andrews. The inbox immediately started to fill up with inquires about the ring on Andrews' finger. There was serious panic in Hot Clicks nation. Ray, of Seattle, said, "Jimmy, please tell me it is NOT so! I was watching the video of Erin Andrews' interview and while her hand was moving around, I noticed something sparkling on her ring finger! Is she engaged? Is she off the market for guys who ogle her like us? What is the story?" Drew, of Chicago, said, "Was Erin Andrews sporting an engagement ring during her EA Sports interview? If so, who's the [SOB] ... lucky guy?" Scott, of Columbus, Ohio, also kept a keen eye on Andrews during the weekend's NFL draft coverage and sent this: "Is it just me, or does E.A. have a ring on her left ring finger in the Fanhouse video that looks suspiciously like an engagement ring? And I thought I saw a ring on her finger during Saturday's draft coverage as well, but not during her Sunday draft "interviews" with the Cosbys. Was I under a rock when E.A. got engaged, or did some lucky bastard (err, Man of the Year) just shatter the dreams of every red-blooded man (myself included)? Please tell me all hope is not lost, and that I'm just seeing things." So, as any hard-hitting journalist would do, I went right to the source and e-mailed Andrews. She wrote back yesterday and simply said, "So about the engagement....NO!!!!!" Everyone can now breathe easy.
Those Raiders are always up to something wacky.
Check out this cool video that recaps NHL players who sacrificed their bodies this season.
Check out this clip from Howard Stern's old TV show in which Stern plays basketball against Bruce Springsteen guitarist Nils Lofgren. The referee is NBA great Walt "Clyde" Frazier and the play-by-play man is New York sportscaster Russ Salzberg.
Watch what happens after the guy scores a goal.