SI's Best Portraits of 2014
From Joakim Noah at the Lyric Opera of Chicago to Doug McDermott recreating one of SI's most famous covers, here are SI's best portraits of 2014.
NHL Meets The Hobbit
The Bakersfield Condors, who wore "Puffy Shirt" jerseys last month to honor Seinfeld's 25th anniversary, are at it again. The team announced it will wear a special jersey this Saturday based on the recently released movie The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. On another note, I'm disappointed nobody wore a Shawshank Redemption-inspired uniform this year for the 20th anniversary of the film. Rocky IV turns 30 in 2015. Maybe a team can do something with that.
Best Race Ever
Fitness enthusiasts, mark your calendar for Feb. 6. On that date, runners will race a grand total of one foot in the Philly 0.0 Instant Gratification Run. "Runners" will have to pay $35 to take part in the event and will receive a t-shirt, post-race goods and all the other swag that comes with a long-distance run.
P.M. Lovely Lady of the Day
Tom Brady Year in Review
Tom Brady was the Facebook MVP of 2014. Here's how he sums up the year.
Important Holiday Message
HAPPY FESTIVUS! May ur pole be straight, ur feats be strong & your grievances be few. With love from the Costanzas - Frank, Estelle, George— jason alexander (@IJasonAlexander) December 23, 2014
This Week's SI Covers
Four-Star Recruit Problems
Not Very Subtle
Outdoor Hockey in D.C.
Odds & Ends
The NFL's 2014 All-Initial Team ... NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales got a tad defensive about Peyton Manning on Twitter last night ... Re-casting A Christmas Carol with sports figures ... Urban Meyer's daughter Nicki is off the market ... More proof why Joel Embiid is the NBA's most entertaining character ... 80,000 pounds of bacon from Abe's Finest Meats have been pulled off supermarket shelves due to a labeling error ... Good news for all the Beetlejuice fans out there (movie, not Howard Stern Show character) ... Twenty-five lessons we learned from Tango and Cash, which turned 25 this year.
Rajon Rondo, Blank Space
The Mavs new point guard gets his own tribute, courtesy of the BallerBall blog.
Nutcracker (the minor league hockey version)
Members of the Charlotte Checkers show off their love of ballet.
Feel-Good Video of the Day
Tennessee coach Butch Jones surprises walk-on Alex Ellis with a scholarship. I'm not going to lie: It got a little misty in the Hot Clicks for a second.
Pearl Jam Video of the Day
Eddie Vedder turned 50 today and I received several emails requesting a video for P.M. Clicks. Here's one of my all-time favorites, Inside Job, from 2009.