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It's damn good to be back. You may have noticed Hot Clicks was a bit different the past couple of days, but things should be somewhat back to normal. My home in Long Island is still without power and I can't make it into SI.com's midtown Manhattan office (my parents have power, so, yes, I'm literally writing this from their basement), but I can't complain about anything after seeing the shocking destruction brought forth by Hurricane Sandy. It's hard to comprehend the damage that was done, so as I did yesterday, I want to provide a link to the American Red Cross website, where you can make a donation to help with the relief efforts.
As for Hot Clicks, I've been completely out of the loop on sports since Sunday. I have not watched television since Monday afternoon, have barely checked the web and have not read a newspaper. My only connection to the world was Twitter. (Yes, I was one of those people who tweeted some pics of the aftermath in my neighborhood.) So forgive me if some of the links in this edition are old. I'm going to do my best to empty a very overstuffed inbox.
One thing that is not old, however, is Halloween, which took place yesterday. As you can see above, The Rock dressed as the Incredible Hulk and it was amazing. Other Halloween costumes of note: Ludacris dressed as Hornets rookie Anthony Davis. ... Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper paid homage to his "That's a clown question, bro" quote and dressed as a clown. ... Paralympic skier Josh Sundquist, brought creativity to a new level with his A Christmas Story leg lamp costume. ... Here's a young Josh Hamilton, complete with arm tats. ... Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker dressed as John and Lorena Bobbit. ... Last, but certainly not least, we have Internet sensation Paulina Gretzky as a ringmaster.
Sandy And SportsHere are a couple of Sandy-related sports items: Knicks forward Amar'e Stoudemire found his Range Rover submerged in water. ... Giants quarterback Eli Manning dealt with flooding in his apartment building. ... NBA commissioner David Stern couldn't keep his natural disasters straight.
Shirt HappensCeltics guard Rajon Rondo was recently nice enough to take a picture with a Celtics fan who was wearing quite the anti-Lebron James T-shirt.
Big ShotNBA games will never be the same for fans who crave a free T-shirt. The Sixers have invented the world's largest T-shirt launcher in the world.
Wild SceneA guy who didn't look to have all his faculties (or his pants pulled up all the way) recently walked onto the field during a high school football game. The result was a bunch of dads taking him out and getting him off the field.
Sports Video Of The DayThis is a short, cute skit that combines the NHL lockout and Halloween. (Thanks to Dave, of Unionville, Conn., for the video.)
Local News Video Of The DayA piece of advice to this reporter: The middle of a hurricane might not be the best time to make an awkward joke. (Thanks to Brett, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., for the video.)
Car Crash Video Of The DaySomehow, someway, nobody was seriously hurt. (Thanks to Brad Spencer, of Toronto, for the video.)