By Andy Gray
November 03, 2014

The Ladies Speak

Courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods

Seeing that women make up 46 percent of the NFL audience, Dick's Sporting Goods put together this map showing the best-selling jerseys among female buyers in each state. Who knew that the women of Vermont are such Drew Brees fans? Or that Heath Miller is such a hit in Arkansas? Or that Tony Romo is more popular in Alaska than in Texas? As the great philosopher Norm Peterson once said, "Women. You can't live with them. Pass the beer nuts."

Too Slow 

From the "I've never seen this before" department, Giants coach Tom Coughlin wanted to challenge a play during last night's game against the Colts. But he couldn't get to his challenge flag quick enough as Andrew Luck rushed his team to the line of scrimmage, snapped the ball and threw a touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton. It wouldn't have made much of a difference as Indianapolis won easily, 40-24. One bit of positive news for Giants fans: rookie receiver Odell Beckham Jr. looks like a keeper. He not only caught eight passes for 156 yards, but also showed off his one-handed catching skills during pregame warmups.

Kobe's Snakeskin Sneakers

Nike released the Kobe IX high EXT on Saturday and it is either the ugliest or greatest sneaker ever made. I can't tell. But if you have an extra $250 laying around, there are worse ways to spend it.

Lovely Lady of the Day

I've received several requests for Jessica Jarrell photos and she's long overdue for LLOD honors. Better late than never (click here for full-size gallery). 

Cousin Eddie Negotiations

New Cubs manager Joe Maddon immediately endeared himself to Chicago fans by holding his introductory press conference at The Cubby Bear, a bar across the street from Wrigley, and buying everyone a beer and a shot. Maddon also revealed that he negotiated his contract with GM Theo Epstein in his RV, which he named Cousin Eddie after the character in VacationI'm hoping the Cubs wear this patch next year to honor their new manager.

Mad Bum Does Fallon

Here's video of Madison Bumgarner's Tonight Show appearance.

Life of Reilly

Ricky Reilly and Steve Weatherford

Giants punter Steve Weatherford (a.k.a. - the fittest man in the NFL) bench-pressed Rick Reilly during an ESPN pregame segment last night.

From the Vault

The Lost Boys cast :: AP

Ralph Macchio turned 53 today, and I was going to show a Karate Kid photo in this space but that's been done to death. So let's pay tribute to another great '80s movie, The Outsiders, starring Emilio Estevez, Rob Lowe, C. Thomas Howell, Matt Dillon, Macchio, Patrick Swayze and Tom Cruise. For more classic sports (and the occasional movie) photos, visit the SI Vault on Twitter.

Odds & Ends

It's Election Day and Les Miles wants to be sure you're voting ... Devon Still's daughter is healthy enough to see her dad play for the first time ... Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov had a great quote about ex-coach Jason Kidd ... Johnny Manziel is on the cover of this week's Golf Digest for some odd reason ... Alex Rodriguez paid his cousin nearly $1 million to shut up about his alleged steroid use ... Good video of NHL stars playing hockey when they were children ... Celtics rookie Marcus Smart is quickly learning how to flop like an NBA veteran ... The New York Times has a good profile on the Brooklyn Nets' biggest fan ... Nerlens Noel had the block of the season last night on James Harden.

Meteorologist vs. Bill Belichick

The good people at The Weather Channel didn’t take kindly to being dissed by Bill Belichick, so they decided to show how accurate their forecasts were for Sunday’s NFL games.

Tribute to Alien Invasions

The Ohio State Marching Band does it again.

Daniel Bryan Discusses 'YES' Chant

WWE superstar (and Giants fan) Daniel Bryan discusses the origin of his 'YES' catchphrase and how it caught on with the World Series champs.

Halloween with Jimmy Kimmel

The late-night host once again fools kids into thinking their parents ate all their Halloween candy. 

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