By Andy Gray
April 08, 2014

UConn Shocks the World

UConn vs. Kentucky :: Tom Pennington/Getty Images UConn vs. Kentucky :: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

UConn defeated Kentucky to become the first No. 7 seed to win a national championship. Shabazz Napier won the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player Award with 22 points, then ripped into the NCAA in his postgame remarks. Injured forward Willie Cauley-Stein was named Kentucky's (unofficial) Most Outstanding Player for the shirt he wore on the bench, meanwhile forward James Young finished a close second by producing the night's best dunk. Bandwagon king Drake was decked out in Kentucky colors, then got beautifully trolled by the UConn Hoops twitter account after the game. Students in Storrs allegedly tore lightposts out of the ground, set fires, overturned cars, climbed trees and did other things that Derek the RA did not approve. In a milder celebration, UConn alum Kemba Walker forcing UK alum Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to wear a Huskies shirt was crazy. And the craziest thing of all: UConn and its fans can do it all over again tonight when the undefeated Lady Huskies take on the undefeated Notre Dame squad for the national championship.

Important Athlete Hair Update

Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor had his hair dyed blond and then hit a club in L.A. to celebrate Akon's birthday. Manny Ramirez, who is still looking for another shot in the big leagues, is rocking some type of bun on his head. 

Rough Day for Jacoby Ellsbury

Poor Jacoby Ellsbury. He played his first home game as a member of the Yankees yesterday only to find his name horribly misspelled on the scoreboard. Adding insult to insult, hockey analyst Don Cherry completely butchered the pronunciation of Ellsbury's name on Hockey Tonight.

Lovely Lady Of The Day

Melanie Iglesias stopped by the SI office recently to discuss her new baseball/pop culture show, Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave. Turns out she's a big Hot Clicks fan and was kind enough to answer a few quick, dumb questions. The Fan Cave show airs every Tuesday night at 11 ET/PT on MTV2. Tonight’s episode features Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

The craziest thing I’ve done on a shoot is: pose in a bikini in freezing weather

I am best known for my: wit (hehe)

When I was younger I was: very quiet. Now I don't shut up

I feel sexiest when: I'm dancing

My friends think I spend too much timeworrying about others

The celebrity I’d do a kissing scene with is: Mila Kunis

The movie everyone should see is: The Human Centipede

If I started a charity it would be to: help underprivileged children

I am: a morning person / not a morning person

My favorite foods are: sweet / savory

I am an: amazing cook / O.K. cook / awful cook

The best thing I make is: cereal

This is a Wedding Cake

A Baylor fan got married and celebrated with this incredible cake of the team's new stadium, complete with a saluting bear in the middle.

An Open Letter to Joe Flacco

Dear Joe Flacco,

Please buy some longer shorts.. You make over $20 million a year.


Hot Clicks

From the SI Vault

Hank Aaron :: Neil Leifer/SI Hank Aaron :: Neil Leifer/SI

Forty years ago today, Braves' outfielder Henry Aaron passed Babe Ruth as baseball's all-time home run leader when he hit his 715th off Dodger hurler Al Downing. Ron Fimrite described the scene in the 4.15.74 issue of SI:

"Downing's momentous mistake was a high fastball into Aaron's considerable strike zone. Aaron's whip of a bat lashed out at it and snapped it in a high arc toward the 385-foot sign in left center field. Dodger centerfielder Jimmy Wynn and leftfielder Bill Buckner gave futile chase, Buckner going all the way to the six-foot fence for it. But the ball dropped over the fence in the midst of a clutch of Braves' relief pitchers who scrambled out of the bullpen in pursuit. Buckner started to go over the fence after the ball himself, but gave up after he realized he was outnumbered. It was finally retrieved by reliever Tom House, who, even as Aaron triumphantly rounded the bases, ran hysterically toward home plate holding the ball aloft. It was, after all, one more ball than Babe Ruth ever hit over a fence, and House is a man with a sense of history.

House arrived in time to join a riotous spectacle at the plate. Aaron, his normally placid features exploding in a smile, was hoisted by his teammates as Downing and the Dodger infielders moved politely to one side. Aaron shook hands with his father, Herbert, and embraced his mother, Estella. He graciously accepted encomiums from his boss, Braves Board Chairman Bill Bartholomay, and Monte Irvin, representing Commissioner Bowie Kuhn, who was unaccountably in Cleveland this eventful night. Kuhn is no favorite of Atlanta fans, and when his name was mentioned by Irvin, the largest crowd ever to see a baseball game in Atlanta booed lustily."

Odds and Ends

U.S. snowboarding icon Shaun White tweeted a photo of two French bulldogs riding a scooter ... Jared Remy, the son of Red Sox broadcaster Jerry Remyallegedly attacked an inmate with a chair and bar of soap ... Mavs Outsider has a great collection of Rick Carlisle's wiseass comments to the media this season ...The 20 best fake beer brands in movies and television ... George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) is set to star in a sitcom with Ashley Tisdale ... This is an excellent Letter to the Editor ... Only one in six Americans can actually find Ukraine on a map ... Move over Times New Roman. It's all about the photorealistic letters font made from CGI skin .... Was Al Sharpton on the original one-dollar bill?

One Shining Moment

Congrats again to UConn on its national championship.


Judo Match of the Year

These two little girls face off in possibly the greatest video I've ever posted on Hot Clicks. (HT Neatorama)

Can You Name All Four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

The Blazers gave it their best shot. Robin Lopez nailed it.

Biking Around the World

Jonas Ginter, a German journalist and photographer, created this amazing video using six GoPro cameras. 

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