By Andy Gray
May 19, 2014

Detroit's Zubaz Party


Sunday was a busy day in sports. The Pacers drew first blood on the Heat. The Blackhawks got one step closer to a Stanley Cup Finals berth. Johnny Manziel started following two Kardashians on Twitter. But all those stories took second fiddle to the Tigers, who not only swept the Red Sox for the first time in 30 years, but also celebrated by wearing Zubaz on the team plane home. And since I happen to have a few extra pairs of Zubaz pants hanging around in my office, this seems as good a time as any to give them away. The 20th, 40th and 60th person who emails me ( the name of last Thursday's Throwback Lovely Lady of the Day will get them. Please make the subject line "Zubaz."

(Update 11:01 a.m.: Contest is closed. Winner will be notified this afternoon. Another Zubaz giveaway coming soon. I promise.)

What Is Wrong With You?

A fan at Saturday's Blue Jays-Rangers game nearly choked out another fan to get a stray bat that flew into the stands. Bad joke alert: I haven't seen a choke like that since the San Jose Sharks in the first round of this year's NHL playoffs.

Jim McMahon's Weekend Was Probably More Unusual Than Yours

The former Bears quarterback played in the BMW Charity Pro-Am in Greenville, S.C., where he drank Bud Lights, golfed barefooted and wore some killer cow-print shorts.

Lovely Lady Of The Day

Myles from Connecticut wrote in requesting I show some love for Australian model Micahela Wain. Consider it done.

Ain't No Wedding Like a Vols Wedding

You can take the newly married couple out of Tennessee, but you can't take the Tennessee out of the newly-married couple.


Actor Mike Epps claims to be a Pacers superfan and tweeted out a photo of himself at yesterday's game. The only problem was the photo he posted didn't match the uniforms the teams played in yesterday. 

From the SI Vault

Bill Laimbeer and Larry Bird :: Jerry Wachter/SI Bill Laimbeer and Larry Bird :: Jerry Wachter/SI

Bill Laimbeer turns 57 today. The former "Bad Boy," who is currently the  head coach and general manager of the WNBA's New York Liberty, earned a reputation as one of the hardest working (some may say dirty) players in NBA history. SI's Curry Kirkpatrick profiled Laimbeer for a 1990 cover story and discussed his penchant for fighting:

Has Laimbeer ever won a fight? "I don't fight. I agitate, then walk away," he says, grinning. Still, after his many years as pro basketball's favorite whipped-upon boy, only a small red welt lingers under Laimbeer's left eye to mar his finely groomed, yupster-toothed countenance. Is this a scar from the time Bob Lanier blindsided him with a crushing blow that broke Laimbeer's nose? Or when Steve Stipanovich connected with a right cross? Or when Robert Parish unloaded his wicked, one-two, double-punch-as-the-dude-is-falling, playoff whamma-jamma? Or when Charles Barkley delivered a lunging, frightening left hook? Or when Scottie Pippen flattened him with a neck-high tackle, the ramifications of which became so stark to Pippen that he suddenly came down with a -- pardon the expression -- "migraine headache," which rendered him useless in the seventh game of the Pistons-Chicago Bulls Eastern Conference playoff last June?

"Nawww. I think one of the kids scratched me," says Laimbeer, laughing. "Chris [Laimbeer's wife] says I should get a doctor to remove the thing, but it doesn't bother me."

Odds and Ends

Bolivia President Evo Morales has signed a deal to play on one of the country's soccer teams ... Tom Brady took his two sons to yesterday's Yankees-Pirates game ... Bryant McKinnie has settled out of court and agreed to fork over $150,000 to a pair of Miami strip clubs for unpaid lap dances ... John Rocker seemed bored on John Rocker Night in Huntsville ... This was a pretty cool moment for a fan, courtesy of Miguel Cabrera ... Detroit's Silverdome is in rough shape right now ... Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier really, really likes the movie Point Break ... A used  George Harrison guitar sold for $657,000 at auction ... A rundown of last night's Billboard Music Awards.

Peyton Manning's Graduation Speech

The Broncos quarterback not only spoke to graduates at the University of Virginia, but also threw a few completions in the process.

LeBron James' Pregame Address

LeBron speaks to his teammates before yesterday's game against the Pacers. The speech was pretty uninspiring as the Heat ended up losing by 11.

Speaking of Pregame Speeches

Perhaps LeBron should've studied tapes of Kurt Russell channeling Herb Brooks in Miracle.

(Still) Speaking of Pregame Speeches

While we're on the topic, may as well give props to Gene Hackman in Hoosiers.

Vintage Wrestling Ad of the Day

Dusty Rhodes loves his Mello Yello.

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