By Andy Gray
August 01, 2014

Kobe in China

Kobe Bryant :: Getty Images

Kobe Bryant visited Shanghai for the Nike RISE Campaign and decided to let some fans compete against him in one-on-one. So Kobe, ever the diplomat, took it easy on this one fan and let him win. Just kidding. Instead, he showed off an array of spin moves and somewhat embarrassed the guy.

Tweet of the Day: MLB Trade Deadline Edition 

Thursday may have been the most exciting MLB trade deadline ever and Tom Verducci has a great piece on the flurry of moves. My big winner, however, is Fox 2 News in Detroit, which took a mean-spirited tweet from the Fox 13 in Tampa Bay and responded perfectly. Honorable mention to A's reliever Sean Doolittle for this mini-shot at Justin Verlander. 

Tweet of the Day: Everything Else Edition

Leyton Orient, an east London-based professional football club, had a great take on the use of vanishing spray in this season's Johnston's Paint Trophy.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Tom from Hoboken wrote in requesting I consider Dessie Mitcheson for LLOD. I like his taste in women (click here for full-size gallery).

How Well Do You Know Your Sports Superstitions?

Do you know which nutty pitcher famously chewed EXACTLY four pieces of black licorice at the start of each inning only to return to the dugout, brush his teeth and enjoy EXACTLY four more pieces before the start of the next? And that was just the first question. Take the quiz now.

Alabama's No. 1 Fan

Meet Bobby Hunter, 32, who spent 103 hours (yes, 103 hours) waiting first in line for Alabama Fan Day.

From the SI Vault

Julie James, Edgerrin James and Peyton Manning :: Theo Westenberger/SI

Edgerrin James, who won me a ton of fantasy games back in the day,  turned 36 today. In this 1999 photo, James is joined by his mom, Julie, and Colts teammate Peyton Manning as he gets fitted for a suit. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

Odds & Ends

Tigers outfielder Austin Jackson was traded in the middle of an inning and received a standing ovation as he left the field ... The Red Sox and Yankees completed their first trade since 1997 ... Mason Plumlee will likely make the Team USA roster over DeMarcus Cousins ...Jamie Foxx will play Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic ... The Cowboys have the NFL's best fanbase, according to this complicated study ... The 19 worst things about Woodstock '99 ... 3.9 million people watched Sharknado 2, setting a new record for SyFy ... There is now ice cream that changes colors as you eat it.

Armless Man Throws First Pitch

Tom Willis throws out the first pitch (with his foot) before Thursday's Twins-Royals game. This is amazing.

Jerry Garcia Does Letterman

The Grateful Dead guitarist would've turned 72 today. Here he is in 1982 with David Letterman.

For the Parks and Rec Fans

Chris Pratt spoke with Seth Myers about the time he got in trouble with NBC for being naked on the show.


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