Thursday's A.M. Hot Clicks
Simply the Best
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker became the all-time winningest trio in NBA playoff history after San Antonio’s 112-77 victory over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. The contest was never close and the most entertaining parts of the game were Russell Westbrook telling Kevin Durant to wake up and Charles Barkley calling out San Antonio fans because "they suck, too." Check out our classic photos of Parker and Duncan here and here.
Mark Cuban is Angry
Mavericks owner Mark Cuban gave an interview to Inc Magazine and had some interesting comments about race and the Donald Sterling. A Bleacher Report writer did a short summary of the interview with a headline (which has now been changed) that took Cuban's words out of context. Cuban then took to Twitter and destroyed Bleacher Report (as well as The Big Lead, Bomani Jones and I'm guessing more people, but I had to publish Clicks and couldn’t get to them all).
Jameis Winston vs. Burger King
The Heisman Trophy winner is in the news again because he walked into a Burger King and started filling those little ketchup cups with soda. I know people who would've asked someone at the counter for a cup to get water and used that for soda. Then again, they're not experienced shoplifters like Winston.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
I opened up my inbox this morning to find a set of brand new Abigail Ratchford photos. This made today's LLOD decision quite easy. I'm struggling for a Throwback LLOD for this afternoon, so email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) suggestions and anything else on your mind.
Ugly NFL Christmas Sweaters
Forever Collectibles are selling these babies for $59.99 and they are fantastic. As for the official NFL team sweaters, we ranked the ugliest of the latest batch.
The Most Expensive Divorce in History
AS Monaco majority owner Dmitry Rybolovlev was ordered to pay his ex-wife $4.5 billion (as well as properties in Switzerland and Germany) as part of their divorce agreement. For those wondering at home, that's 75,012,502 ugly NFL Christmas sweaters.
From the SI Vault
The 2014 College Football Hall of Fame class will be announced this afternoon and SMU's Eric Dickerson is among the nominees, a list that also includes Brian Bosworth, Tim Couch, Eric Crouch, Raghib Ismail, Ray Lewis, LaDainian Tomlinson and Ricky Williams. SI's John Papanek wrote about SMU's double-barreled running attack in October 1981:
"Texans, as everyone knows, love a good story, and the tale of the two tailbacks is just about too good to be true. Eric Dickerson (6'2", 215) and Craig James (6'1", 220) grew up an hour and 20,000 miles from each other in the Greater Houston area. James's home is in the up-scale suburb of Spring Branch, tonier than where Dickerson hails from: the farming town of Sealy. They heard about each other when they were high school stars but never saw each other play. Dickerson scored 84 touchdowns and gained 5,875 yards in three years at Class AA Sealy High. James, at Class AAAA Stratford, broke Earl Campbell's single-season rushing record with 2,411 yards and scored 35 touchdowns in his senior year. Each led his team to an undefeated state championship season. Dickerson won the state 100-yard dash in 9.4 seconds; James ran the 100 in 9.7 without training, on a busman's holiday from Stratford's baseball team one afternoon. Dickerson was named the nation's No. 1 running back by Parade magazine and was vigorously recruited by Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and USC, in addition to SMU. James, a .400-plus-hitting first baseman, was a potential high major league draft choice. (He can also punt a little. On Saturday he filled in for injured Punter Eric Kaifes and kicked seven times for a 39.7-yard average.)
"It was a lot of fun recruiting them," says SMU offensive coordinator Steve Endicott. "Especially Eric. Every game was like a coaches' convention." There were Oklahoma's Barry Switzer and Texas' Freddie Akers and Texas A&M's Tom Wilson, all of whom were ready to promise Dickerson the world. James, on the other hand, wasn't much of a problem. He passed up baseball for football, largely, he says, because he wanted to prove that a white boy could still excel at running back in the Southwest Conference. "Everybody said that because I'm white, I couldn't compete," he says. "There was no doubt in my mind. I played on a state championship team just like Eric. People thought I was slow -- I have never been caught from behind." James committed himself to SMU during his senior season. The hard part was having to tell Bear Bryant to his face that he really preferred SMU over Alabama."
Odds and Ends
Five things we learned from Mike Leach's Reddit AMA ... If you don't read anything else about Blake Bortles, read this ... The Canucks are renting out Rogers Arena to poker pros playing pickup hockey ... A Browns fan created a Johnny Man’z’Ale beer ... This is a pretty cheesy way for the mayor of Boston to pay off a bet ... Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive a Superman-adorned car at the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend ... I've never seen anyone less excited to catch a foul ball than this fan at Fenway Park last night ... Warren Moon seemed to enjoy himself at a lingerie golf event.
Dancing on the Ceiling
Landry Fields does his best Lionel Richie impression during an appearance on the new ABC show Sing Your Face Off.
Hockey Goal of the Day
Brian Gibbons of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins puts on a show during the Calder Cup playoffs.
Celebrities Read Mean Tweets
Jimmy Kimmel brought back the best segment on late night TV last night.