I usually don't believe in the SI cover jinx but it seems to have all gone downhill for Steve Nash after this 2012-13 NBA Preview Cover appearance with Dwight Howard in which the headline read,"Now this is going to be fun." Sadly, Nash's tenure in L.A. has been anything but fun and got even sadder yesterday when he announced that he won't play at all this season due to a bad back and will likely retire. Here's a look back at Nash's life in photos, including his days as a pint-sized soccer player and grocery shopping with Grant Hill.
Two Angry Men
The Broncos defeated the Chargers last night, 35-21, and it didn't appear as if Peyton Manning or Philip Rivers enjoyed themselves. Manning called out the Denver scoreboard operator after the game while Rivers didn't seem happy with the Chargers' play calling. It wasn't a good night for former referee Mike Carey, who was brought in by CBS to explain the rules to viewers but botched one of the game's biggest plays. It was a good night for Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who scored three touchdowns, and Tony Romo, whose last name has replaced "Omaha" as Manning's go-to audible at the line of scrimmage.
Hot Clicks Q&A: Chris Jericho
If you missed it earlier this week, I spoke with pro wrestler/rock star Chris Jericho and asked him about some random bands (R.E.M., Phish, Pearl Jam) and wrestlers (Dean Ambrose, Luke Harper, Ralphus).
Lovely Lady of the Day
Be A Good Person Friday
About a month ago, I started a new feature called "Be A Good Person Friday," in which I spotlight a charity or organization doing good in the world. I received several emails by readers suggesting future charities and one that stuck out came from Michael in Chicago, who wrote, "Love Hot Clicks, and was pleasantly surprised to see what you’re doing on a weekly basis. I would love to nominate a charity that is near and dear to my heart. When my son Brayden was born in 2010, with a congenital heart defect, we started A Giving Heart Foundation to help advance research and help families like ours get through the tough times. Please check out our website at www.agivingheartfoundation.org."
I realize money is tight for most of you (myself very much included) but if you had even $5 or $10 to give, it would make a huge difference. At the very least, please check out the website and see what it's all about. And if you have a charity of your own that I should spotlight, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. I'll do my best to get to them all.
New Titans Starting QB Zach Mettenberger is All Right, All Right, All Right
Jameis Winston, Superhero
The Sabonis Bunch
If you like this photo, I recommend checking out our longform piece on Gonzaga's recruitment of Domantas Sabonis and how it compared with the recruitment of his father, Arvydas Sabonis, to LSU nearly three decades earlier.
Various & Sundry
If you needed more reason to dislike One Direction, here it is ... Really enjoyed this interview with Alexander Ovechkin. I didn't realize he had such a dry sense of humor ... Ricky Williams still gets offered pot wherever he goes ... If coaches of all sports wore MLB uniforms ... Larry David's guide to social etiquette ... Coolest celebrity photos of all time ... Fox is doing weird things with the Archie comic book series ... Seven famous people who randomly speak Chinese ... Eleven random facts about Weird Al Yankovic ... Men try on sexy Halloween costumes.
Six Pack of Highlights
The best plays from Thursday in sports
Jeremy Lin, Master Prankster
The Lakers point guard dressed up as an Adidas salesperson and went undercover at the company’s flagship store in Taipei, Taiwan.
Canucks forward Zack Kassian jumps on the Blues bench to avoid a ‘Too many men on the ice’ penalty.
Justin Bieber Gets Beat Up
Justin Bieber started taking boxing lessons with Floyd Mayweather, which led to this funny skit on Conan.