Happy Friday, everyone! Pete Blackburn here filling in for Andy today to help take you into the weekend with some of the Internet's best offerings. If you've got a tip or link for me, feel free to hit me up on Twitter - @PeteBlackburn.
The "Deflategate" press conferences from Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have dominated the headlines around the sports world since yesterday afternoon and this whole thing seems to be picking up steam instead of fading away as we approach next week's Super Bowl. Most of the fingers seem to be pointed at Brady, who didn't do himself any favors with his press conference, which included a reference to ISIS. ESPN analyst Mark Brunell nearly cried on live TV when talking about his disappointment in Tom, and -- here's a shocker -- the New York tabloids are taking every opportunity to rip the Patriots quarterback apart. Brady is widely considered to be the 'Golden Boy' of the NFL, but he's no stranger to controversy.
Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews was fined $11,025 for allegedly grabbing his crotch after a Marshawn Lynch touchdown on Sunday, but it looks like he was just shaking Lynch's hand after the score. Marshawn was not at all pleased about the fine and took to Twitter to express his frustration. I'm sure we can expect Marshawn to open up more about it during Super Bowl media day next week... you know, or not.
New York Rangers goalie prospect Brandon Halverson scored one of the worst own goals you'll ever see in a hockey rink on Thursday night. To his credit, he handled the disaster with a pretty great sense of humor... and even nominated himself for TSN's Worst Play of the Year.
Lovely Lady of the Day
We're looking to close out the week strong today and our first LLOD will certainly go a long way towards making that happen. Doutzen Kroes is a Dutch model and Victoria's Secret Angel who turned 30 today, and what better way to celebrate than by admiring her beauty? Happy birthday, Doutzen! (Click here for full-sized gallery)
When you think of the rivalry between Alabama and Auburn, most likely the first thing that comes to mind is football and the Iron Bowl. But the contempt between the two universities is clearly felt beyond the gridiron, and their women's basketball teams got into a heated brawl on the court yesterday.
SEA CB Jeremy Lane on Gronk: "I actually don't think he's that good, He's OK...he doesn't like you putting your hands on him"— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) January 22, 2015
Not In The Job Description
Blake Griffin decided to have some inappropriate fun with a trainer last night.
Ohio State's D'Angelo Russell had an absolutely sick one-handed bounce pass against Northwestern.
Odds & Ends
Saints owner Tom Benson is entrenched in a nasty battle with his kids and grandchildren, and he basically disowned them in a cold-blooded letter... It's certainly not how they drew it up, but the Celtics managed to beat the Blazers with the sloppiest game-winner of the year (so far)... Pete Rose will be part of the MLB All-Star festivities in Cincinnati this year... A Miami fan pushed N.C. State's Cat Barber... A Sixers rookie's car got wrapped in tinfoil as a prank... The biggest mistakes from sports movies... Even the Milwaukee Bucks couldn't resist trolling the Patriots... A Tinder-like app exclusively for elitists has raised over $2 million in funding.
Bobby Beats 'Bama
Arkansas' Bobby Porter had a nice tip-in to beat Alabama in thrilling finish.
We shared this in yesterday's P.M. edition of Hot Clicks, but Julian Edelman's Patriots 'Growing Pains' parody is so good it's worth sharing again.
Get down from there!
As usual, mom comes to the rescue to bail out a child's questionable life choices.
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