Best Sneakers Ever
Metta World Peace is taking this Friendly Panda thing seriously. A few weeks ago we told you that the former NBA star is considering a name change to "Friendly Panda" as he embarks on his first season in the Chinese Basketball League. Yesterday, World Peace told courtsideaccess.com that he plans to wear a sneaker with a detachable panda head during the games.
Buy Coke. Get Free UM Football Tix.
Michigan students learned this week that they could score two tickets for this weekend’s game with Minnesota with the purchase of two Coke products, a deal that even had the school's golf team poking fun at it. But the school, in what seems like a total CYA move after all the bad press, quickly pulled the deal and blamed it on a "miscommunication in the approval process."
One Way to Spend $409.99
You can buy Derek Jeter's game-used sock (just one. not a pair) for the low price of $409.99.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Tom from Cornwall, N.Y., wrote in and suggested I honor Emily Ratajkowski as LLOD in honor of all the "Owski" scoring during the Patriots-Raiders game. I can't believe I didn't think of that. Anyhow, Emily earns today's LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery).
Three Feel-Good Stories
Aaron Rodgers surprised a young girl who is helping raise awareness for pediatric cancer after losing her twin brother to the disease ... Mike Tyson came to the rescue of an injured motorcyclist who had crashed on a Las Vegas interstate ... Rangers second baseman Guilder Rodriguez got his first big league hit, which brought a tear to his father's eye. Rodriguez played 13 seasons and 1,095 games in the minors before finally being called up.
And Then There Are The Mets
The Mets are on the verge of their sixth straight losing season and some feel the Bernie Madoff scandal is still impacting the club's finances. The franchise suffered another embarrassment on Twitter last night, when its #ImaMetsFanBecause hashtag campaign turned ugly fast.
From the SI Vault
Goodbye, basketball. Hello, kickboxing. NBA bust Darko Milicic, seen here shaking hands with Pistons coach Larry Brown during his 2003 rookie photo shoot, has given up on hoops to be a professional kickboxer. Milicic averaged six points and four rebounds per game over his 10 NBA seasons. For more classic sports photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.
Odds & Ends
Cardinals defensive end Darnell Dockett is offering tickets to the guy wearing his No. 90 during Sunday's brawl between fans ... A fan dressed like Mike Ditka stole the show at last night's Jets-Bears game ... This may be the flukiest extra point in the history of extra points ... Mike Cammalleri, who signed a long-term deal with the Devils, won't be allowed to wear No. 13 because the organization feels it's unlucky ... Gordie Howe, who is 86 and suffering from dementia, is starting to show personality again after a very bad summer ... A store in Maryland is already slashing prices on Robert Griffin III jerseys ... Good collection of funny wedding announcement name combos ... Pink Floyd will release its first album in 20 years. Still no Roger Waters though ... How to always win at rock, paper, scissors.
You Give Love a Bad Name
Six-Pack of Highlights
The six best plays from last night.
Fun With the Falcons
Members of the Atlanta Falcons were asked, "Would you prefer to fight one horse-sized duck or one-hundred duck-sized horses?" Here are their answers.
Bad Moments in Pee-Wee Football
The music totally makes this video.