Steelers Silence Texans
The Steelers rallied late in the first half against the Texans, scoring 21 points in 73 seconds on their way to a 30-23 victory. Lawrence Timmons provided the game's best highlight when he vomited all over the field, and this trick play resulting in an Antonio Brown touchdown pass was a close second. Jon Gruden turned into a boxer describing J.J. Watt's performance, though Watt was probably distracted by all the Pittsburgh hecklers to care.
Kobe the Team Killer
ESPN's Henry Abbott has a must-read piece on Kobe Bryant and his role in turning the Lakers from contenders into whatever they are now. My favorite part is the description of the free-agent meeting with Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, Bryant and general manager Mitch Kupchak.
"As the Lakers' contingent settled into the conference room's ergonomic chairs, it was clear that two-time MVP point guard Steve Nash, in a nice crisp shirt, listening attentively, was running [Mitch] Kupchak's game plan. But Bryant showed up, according to a person in the room, in 'hoops shorts, a T-shirt and a gold chain.'
He had also packed an attitude. When Howard asked why his teammates let the injured center take all the flak when the Lakers' season went south, Nash said he didn't know that Howard had felt that way and that had he known, he would have acted differently. Bryant, on the other hand, offered a crash course in developing thick skin and a mini lecture on learning how to win. Sources told ESPN Insider Chris Broussard that Bryant's lecture was 'a complete turnoff' for Howard."
Why I'm Rooting for the Royals
Two words: SungWoo Lee
Lovely Lady of the Day
Last time we featured Caitlin O'Connor, she thanked us with one of the better selfies I've seen. So when my good friend Garry "Prophecy" Sun emailed to tell me he had more Caitlin pics, I jumped at the chance to make her LLOD (click here for full-size gallery).
Clock Hat of the Day
Lane Kiffin. Political Kryptonite
SI Vault Photo of the Day
The Wonder Years cast reunited yesterday to promote a new series DVD set, giving me a chance to pay tribute to one of the best shows of my youth. To my fellow fans, here are seven things you didn't know about the show. For those who didn't like the show, what's wrong with you? For more classic sports photos (and the occasional shot of late '80s sitcom stars) visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask played drums with a Phish cover band during the team's visit to Buffalo ... This Croatian boxer went a little nutso and beat up a referee ... James Shields passed a kidney stone during the ALCS but is good to go for the World Series ... Hunter Pence did not know that Kansas City is part of Missouri ... A security guard at a Rams training facility didn't recognize starting QB Austin Davis when he showed up there to work out ... Tyreke Evans committed the most egregious traveling violation and the refs let it pass ... Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens is using his mask to raise awareness of mental health ... Barry Bonds' son has some interesting comments about how his dad was treated in San Francisco ... I want all of these The Big Lebowski paintings ... If you drive a Toyota, you may want to leave the passenger seat empty.
Big Ten Mascots Shake it Off
Mascots + Catchy Taylor Swift song = Awesome
Six-Pack of Highlights
In case you missed any of yesterday's sports action.
Spiders vs. Newscasters
News bloopers are the best.
Down in Fraggle Rock
Gerard Parkes, who is best known for playing “Doc” in Fraggle Rock, passed way yesterday. Since I'm sure you haven't heard the Fraggle Rock theme song in years, let's refresh your memory.