History of Air Jordans
Big day at SI.com as we launched our Sneaker Hub, a new blog following the latest news and trends in basketball shoes. There's all kinds of good stuff - NBA Stars and Their Signature Shoe, The History of NBA Sneakers, The New Technology Behind the Air Jordan XX9 - so I suggest you check it out (after you look at this History of Air Jordans gallery, of course).
Anger at UAB
The University of Alabama-Birmingham announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its football program due to "financial realities" that make the program unsustainable. This led to anger from many of the players, including 26-year-old tight end Tristan Henderson, who is seen admonishing school president Ray Watts in this video. Students marched in protest and a #FreeUAB hashtag campaign was launched, though it seems as if the decision is final. I am upset because UAB had one of my favorite college football helmets (despite what this tweet says).
When Mailing Lists Happen
Penn State sent out its annual season ticket renewal letters this week, one of which was sent to Jerry Sandusky. Whoops.
P.M. Lovely Lady of the Day
The Victoria's Secret show took place in London earlier this week, giving me 30 solid LLOD options. I'm going with Maria Borges today because she's never been featured and I can't stop looking at her (click here for full-size gallery) ... Lily Aldridge was featured in Day 2 of LOVE Magazine's Advent Calendar ... Terann Hilow should be on your radar.
Hot Clicks Giveaway: Photo Mosaics
Not sure what to do with those 400 photos taking up all the space in your phone? I do. It's called a Mosaic Photo Book and it's an app that takes 20 pictures from your iPhone or Android smartphone and makes a sleek and unique 20-page photo book in just a few minutes. Mosaic arrives at your door in 4 days. It’s one of the most thoughtful (and affordable -- $25) gifts you can get your significant other and family members for the holidays. And if that's not enough, they are offering free shipping through the end of today, so jump on this while you can. In the meantime, I've got five coupons for free Mosaic books and I'll send them to the 25th, 50th, 100th, 150th and 200th person to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the NFL team for which today's A.M. Hot Clicks Lovely Lady of the Day used to cheer. Please make the subject line "Mosaic."
Update (6:21 a.m.): Contest is closed. Winners will be notified.
Concession Food Item of the Week
NFL's Top 10 Selling Jerseys
Jordan vs. Jordan
Random Joe Namath Pic of the Day
Blake Griffin's Mancave
A photo posted by Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) on
Odds & Ends
Julius Erving is now being paid to endorse fantasy sports even though he doesn't participate ... I can't stop watching this GIF of Derek Fisher trying to call a timeout (and being ignored) in the closing seconds of last night's Knicks-Nets game ... A former member of the Bucs said the team injected him with truth serum ... Was the ACC the best college football conference this year? ... Mike Lupica has some suggestions for SI Sportsman of the Year ... Caroline Wozniacki (who is now reportedly dating a member of the Redskins) wrote a great essay nominating Serena Williams ... The worst Mall Santa of all time turned away a girl with autism because of her pit bull service dog ... This guy's hacked hearing aids let him listen to Wi-Fi networks ... Eleven fictional places that have appeared in multiple movies.
Steph Curry Does Drake
The Warriors guard and wife Ayesha posted a new video with a food-related twist on Drake's single 0 to 100.
J.J. Watt Mic'd Up
The "touchdown scoring machine" (as Greg Gumbel called him) is always entertaining.
Tom Brady: Expert Telemarketer
The Patriots QB works the phone in this ad for DailyMVP.