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Hot Clicks: Diora Baird, sports connections to Maxim Hot 100

By Jimmy Traina
Sports And The Hot 100
Diora Baird
Diora Baird :: Courtesy of Maxim.com

Yesterday, Hot Clicks briefly touched on Maxim's 2009 Hot 100 list. In what was one of the toughest assignments of my career, I went through the whole list to see which women had a connection to sports and/or Sports Illustrated. Here's what I came up with. Athletes: Gina Carano (No. 16), Anna Kournikova (No. 35), Ana Ivanovic (No. 59), Stacy Keibler (No. 77) and Danica Patrick (No. 78). WAGs: Adriana Lima (No. 7), Hilary Duff (No. 31), Elisha Cuthbert (No. 43), Kim Kardashian (No. 53), Carrie Underwood (No. 60) and Minka Kelly (a disgraceful No. 84). SI Swimsuit models: Bar Refaeli (No. 3), Marisa Miller (No. 18), Beyonce (No. 52) and Heidi Klum (No. 62). One woman on the list who has nothing do with sports is actress Diora Baird (No. 64), but since I often get requests to feature her in Hot Clicks, today seems like the perfect time.

Don't Kill These Umps

So, last night I'm watching the Yankees put together a nice win in Toronto and what do I see? Two guys behind home plate dressed as umpires, with one guy even wearing a mask and punching out batters who struck out. I quickly went on Twitter to inform the masses and within minutes Major League Jerk came through with a great screen grab. And Hugging Harold Reynolds has even more on this.

Sorry, Ryan

After featuring Ryan Zimmerman in Hot Clicks yesterday, the e-mails came pouring in. Adam, of Philadelphia, said, "Nice work snapping Zimmerman's hit streak. The SI curse is alive and well." DiLo, of Las Vegas, said, "Ha, I'm pretty sure that you gave Zimmerman the old 'SI Jinx.' I think an apology is in order?" And Casey, of San Jose, said, "I drafted Ryan Zimmerman for both my fantasy leagues and I am an avid reader of Hot Clicks. That being said, as soon as I saw your "The Chase For 56" Wednesday, I had this gut feeling that it was over. I deserve Megan Fox to be on Hot Clicks tomorrow. That is if you care at all." I care, I care. Here's your Megan Fox. Now, let's focus on another great streak.

Marijuana Story Leads To Giggles
Cheech and Chong
Cheech and Chong
Here's why this link is awesome. Story about an athlete getting arrested for possession of 26 pounds of pot? Check. Athletes' name pronounced "Blunt"? Check. Judge says, "Cheech and Chong would've had a hard time smoking that much"? Check. Anchor reporting on the story gets a case of the giggles? Check.
Sir Chauvinist

On last night's Inside the NBA, Charles Barkley said the only things a woman could beat him at are cooking and cleaning. So, a camerawoman from the show challenged Barkley to a push-up contest. I'm sure you can figure out what happened.

Follow-Up

On Tuesday, Hot Clicks featured the second video by Dude Perfect, the Texas A&M students who film themselves making stunt basketball shots. Scott Robinson, of Austin, Texas, wasn't sold and said, "Jimmy, I'm calling BS on the Dude Perfect basketball shots video. There's no freakin' way that's real. I demand an investigation." I'm not sure I'm capable of an investigation, but I did e-mail one of the guys and asked him how long it takes to film and edit video. He said, "We filmed the first video on two afternoons back to back, and it took us an average of about eight or 10 shots to make them. Some, like the laser shot, actually were made in only a couple of attempts. The only editing we do is clipping the footage together. We don't tamper with the footage at all."

Two New Links On Facebook

For a couple of items that didn't make it here, join the Hot Clicks Facebook group and follow me on Twitter.

Sports Video Of The Day

This video is 10 minutes long, but if you ever collected baseball cards, it's interesting (and kinda sad) to see what has become of the industry.

Jimmy Kimmel Video Of The Day

Jimmy Kimmel and Lost's Matthew Fox have a very intense, lengthy staring contest. The video is much funnier than that description.

Fast Food Tribute Video Of The Day

Matt Hall, of Raleigh, N.C., sent in this video of comedian Tim Hawkins singing an ode to Chick-fil-A, but since there is only one Chick-fil-A here in N.Y., and it's really just a bowl game to me, I'm also posting this Hawkins tribute to McDonald's.

Bad Commercial Of The Day

This is more like "bad commercial and even worse product." (Thanks to Rich, of Philadelphia, for the link.)

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