By Andy Gray
December 15, 2014

Rare Photos of Kobe Bryant

It was a big weekend for Kobe Bryant. The Lakers won two games (including an overtime victory over San Antonio) and Bryant passed Michael Jordan to become the NBA's third all-time leading scorer. To celebrate the landmark, we collected some rare photos of the Lakers star, beginning with this great shot of an 11-year-old Bryant matched up against a much bigger (and hairier) Italian player.

NFL's Most Perplexing Trash Talker

The Wall Street Journal has a great feature on Colts QB Andrew Luck and how he's angering opponents by complimenting them when they make a nice play. Eagles defensive back Nolan Carroll once got a "Great job, Nolan" from Luck after a sack, which left him perplexed. I realized it was Luck who said it. I’m like, ‘What’s going on? Aren’t you supposed to be mad?’” Carroll said. “So then I’m the one who gets ticked off because an upbeat attitude isn’t something you see.”

Walmart Fail

Walmart has the perfect stocking stuffer for any Knicks fan -- a plush, 14-inch Carmelo Anthony doll. The only problem is the doll wears No. 17 and looks exactly like Jeremy Lin.

P.M. Lovely Lady of the Day

Tom from Livingston, N.J., pointed out that it's been a while since I featured Shay Mitchell. He's 100 percent correct and I feel bad about this egregious gap in Shay Mitchell LLOD features (click here for full-size gallery).

Hot Clicks Giveaway: NBA Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Ugly Christmas sweaters are all the rage this year and the NBA joined the fun with its own sweater line at the official NBA store. After seeing them, I called my contact with the NBA and begged for a couple extras to give away to the Hot Clicks readers. Luckily for you, they came through and I am staring at a Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs ugly sweater. I will give them to the 100th (Spurs) and 200th (Heat) person to email me ( the price of Louis Vuitton boxing gloves and bag. The answer was in A.M. Hot Clicks. Please make the subject line "NBA Ugly Sweater."

Update (6:19 a.m.): Contest is closed. Winners will be notifed. Thanks for playing.

10 Best Johnny Manziel Photoshops

​As you may have heard, Johnny Manziel was awful in his first start as an NFL quarterback. And since it's 2014, people on Twitter created funny photoshops of Manziel's dreadful performance.

​15 Best Bill Walton Quotes

Arizona fans created a petition to ban Bill Walton from broadcasting the school's basketball games. Awful Announcing, like myself, understands what a national treasure Walton is and collected his 15 best quotes.

That Didn't Take Long

U.S. Soccer's First Couple

Most Valuable U.S. Sports Team

Get Out!!

Kobe Gets a Cake

Odds & Ends

The 11 best NFL celebrations of 2014, including the dissing of Johnny Manziel ... New Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy is really bad at Photoshop ... Fox News thinks the Super Bowl might get cancelled ... Best part of the New York Jets season ... The 50 fittest women in sports ... Even the WWE mocked Johnny Manziel. Speaking of the WWE, The Undertaker doesn't look that scary these days ... Gisele Bundchen was excited about New England's victory over Miami ... The father of the modern baseball card, Sy Berger, passed away ... Criminal Minds is getting a spin-off. Hope it's better than the last one.

Tom Brady, Fast as a Cheetah

The Patriots QB posted this replay of his 16-yard run to his Facebook page.

Slap Chopt

Need a holiday gift for the chef in your family? We teamed up with U.S. Olympic Hockey player Hilary Knight to make this commercial for the Slap Chopt.

Student Section of the Day

A teacher at Elkhart Memorial High in Indiana sent in this video of the student section's synchronized group cheer. 

Playboy Interpets Holiday Movie

Playboy casted some Playmates to portray its favorite Christmas movie characters. This is safe for work (and pretty funny). 

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