By Andy Gray
August 10, 2014

Rory's Big Day

Rory McIlroy :: AP

Rory McIlroy held off Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler and Henrik Stenson to win the most exciting PGA Championship in decades. He put an exclamation point on his victory by catching the Wanamaker Trophy after a poor handoff from PGA of America president Ted Bishop. McIlroy credits his breakup with tennis star Caroline Wozniacki for his recent success as he's now won two majors since calling it off in May. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, continues to be a mess on the course. 

The World's Top Barefoot Runner

Congrats to Georgia native Andrew Snope, 28, who broke a world record in Alaska on Saturday after running 136.98 miles while barefoot.

The Best Beer in Baseball

The Washington Post did a study of the beer offerings at major league ballparks and determined that Seattle (No. 1) and Cincinnati (No. 2) are the best ballparks for beer lovers. What team was dead last, you ask? The New York Yankees.

Lovely Lady of the Day

Jeremy emailed me all the way from Costa Rica to nominate Julia Kelly for LLOD. This is the first request I've received from someone in Costa Rica and it's a good one (click here for full-size gallery).

Jose Bautista Earns Golden Ticket

I'm not sure if this is one of those things every baseball fan knows (except me) but Jose Bautista officially earned his "Lifetime Pass" card over the weekend. The card is given to any player with eight years service in Major League Baseball and allows free admission for the holder and a guest to any park in the major leagues for life.

Porn Star Consolation Prize

A few weeks ago I reported on U.S. Olympian Joshua Mance and his attempt to score a date with porn star Skin Diamond. Unfortunately for Mance, Skin wasn't into it and Mance's dream date had to remain a dream. I have an important update to the story. Another porn star, Courtney Taylor, found out about the incident and has expressed her interest in a date/night with Mance, saying: "Trust me, he'd love his first porn star experience."

From the SI Vault

Hulk Hogan :: Getty Images

Happy 61st Birthday Hulk Hogan. In this 1991 photo, Hogan strikes a pose while riding a custom Hulkster motorcycle. Sure, it's ridiculously unsafe, especially since he's not wearing a helmet, but it makes for a good photo two decades later. Hogan, by the way, remains the only professional wrestler to ever appear on the SI cover (not counting Danny Hodge, who appeared as an amateur wrestler). For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

Odds & Ends

Bryce Harper angered nearly every Braves fan by dragging his foot across their logo ... Florida State's #AskJameis hashtag, in which fans could send questions for Jameis Winston, did not go as planned ... Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says the leaked photos of him and two strippers are "misrepresented" ... Lions QB Charlie Whitehurst made the best play of the weekend ... Speaking of great plays, Bills rookie WR Sammy Watkins has the market cornered on one-handed catches ... The Miami Dolphins cheerleaders held a fashion show and calendar unveiling ... Robert Griffin III got autographs from two cancer survivors ... The New York Times visited sites from The Shawshank Redemption 20 years after the film's release ... Depressing story of the day: Paris Hilton was paid $2.7 million to DJ in Ibiza for four nights ... Comedian Neal Brennan called Louis CK's show Louie the "kale of television."

Peyton and Eli Show Off Rap Skills

The newest DIRECTV ad is out and it involves a rapping Peyton and Eli Manning. Need I say more?


Vanilla Ice Throws Out First Pitch

The rap legend shows off his arm before Saturday's Brewers-Dodgers game.

Ice Bucket Challenge Fail

I am not exaggerating when I say that 12 of the top 15 posts on my Facebook feed are of random people taking the Ice Bucket Challenge. Even SI's Peter King is getting in on the action. Unfortunately for radio host Mark Kaye, he forgot to take his headphones off. I am 80 percent sure this is real. Even if it's fake, it's funny.

Hulk Hogan Explains Hulkamania To Johnny Carson

In honor of Hogan's birthday, here's a 1982 interview with Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.

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