By Andy Gray
March 14, 2014

College Basketball Portraits

Portraits have been a major part of SI photography since the magazine's launch in 1954. With March Madness in full gear, I combed through the archives for our best portraits to get you ready for the next three weeks.

Happy Pi Day

March 14 (a.k.a. - 3.14) is Pi Day, and Ohio State guard Aaron Craft is celebrating by reciting the numbers of pi. I'm not that smart, so I am celebrating with a big gallery entitled "Pies in the Face."

Mr. Romance

You think that signing free agents Darrelle Revis and (possibly) Brandon Browner is going to stop Bill Belichick from buying flowers for his boo on their seventh anniversary? Think again.

Lovely Lady Round-Up

Larry from Jersey City wrote in requesting that I check out Shanina Shaik. How did I not know about her? ...  Scarlett Johansson brought her cleavage A-game to the Captain America: The Winter Soldier premiere last night ... Danica McKeller (a.k.a. - Winnie Cooper) still looks amazing after all these years ... Coed has a great collection of UFC ring girls pics ... The 101 hottest celebrity Instagram pics of the week.

This is Sad

The Cleveland Browns, who recently fired their CEO, general manager and coach, sent out a tweet asking fans whether they should sign Ben Tate or draft a top-flight rookie running back.

This is Fun

Life-size air hockey. Need I say more?

Hot Clicks Giveaway

Pete Rose :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI Pete Rose :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

Pete Rose is one of the most fascinating characters in modern sports history and the subject of Kostya Kennedy's new book, Pete Rose: AN AMERICAN DILEMMA. Here's an excerpt about Rose seeing former manager Sparky Anderson at the 2009 Hall of Fame Induction.

"In 2009 a special and unexpected visitor stopped by to see Rose at his table on induction weekend:Sparky Anderson. The two had been on uneasy terms ever since Rose's banishment in 1989 -- Sparky, the Cincinnati manager through most of the '70s, couldn't get over how Pete had lied so brazenly about his gambling -- and had not spoken in many years. As Anderson approached, frail but still vital at 75, a smile broke over his creased face, and then a mock scowl. When he got to Rose, he took off his baseball cap and, holding it by the bill, thwacked Rose back and forth about the head, muttering no-goods at him all the while. "He knocked my cap sideways!" Rose later said, laughing. It was the scolding of a boy who had strayed, a what-am-I-gonna-do-with-you! display of benevolent pique. Anderson had known Rose for nearly 40 years. "I owed him that visit. He played his heart out for me," Sparky said later to friends at the Otesaga."

As for the giveaway, I will send books to the first three people who email me ( the name of the Pearl Jam member pictured in the "From the SI Vault" section of this morning's Hot Clicks. Please make the subject line "Pete Rose." To purchase your own copy of the book, visit

UPDATE - 4:21 p.m.: Contest is over. Winners have been notified. There will be more giveaways soon.

Odds and Ends

Jason Heyward bought a Playstation 4 for all his Braves teammates ... Nicklas Backstrom will be awarded a silver medal despite taking Zyrtec-D and failing his Olympic doping test ... This is what former LLOD Zooey Deschanel looked like at age 14 ... Photos of pro athletes in Little League ... The sunglasses Paul Walker was wearing when he died are for sale ... Liam Neeson will star in Taken 3 ... Great new trend: restaurants with no-tip policies.

Carlos Boozer Mic'd Up

It really doesn't matter what the sport is - players being mic'd up is always entertaining.

Inside the Northwestern Locker Room

Much like mic'd up players, locker room celebrations are always fun. This was filmed after the Wildcats' 67-62 victory over Iowa on Thursday.

Baseball's Best Tradition Returns

The Seattle Mariners have released the ads for their new “True to the Blue” campaign, and Extra Mustard has them all. This Kyle Seager one is my favorite.

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