Sports Illustrated's Thursday morning Hot Clicks: It was a rough night for D.C. sports fans with the Capitals losing their NHL playoffs series against the Rangers and the Wizards falling behind a game in their NBA playoffs series against the Hawks.
Rough Night for D.C. Sports Fans
It's been a great few weeks for Washington D.C. sports fans as the Wizards and Capitals advanced to the second round of the NBA and NHL playoffs, respectively. Ted Leonsis, who owns both teams, offered to shave his head if they each advanced to the finals. The dream of a bald Leonsis will have to wait another year as the Rangers eliminated the Capitals in Game 7 last night, thanks to a Derek Stepan overtime goal. I am still trying to get past the image of Rangers forward Kevin Hayes yanking his tooth out on the bench. New York will face Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference Finals while Alexander Ovechkin is already facing the wrath of the Internet after he guaranteed a Caps victory.
Meanwhile in Atlanta, the Wizards lost to the Hawks on a last-second layup by Al Horford and are one loss away from elimination. Things looked good when Paul Pierce buried a go-ahead three-pointer with 10 seconds remaining, but Horford got the last laugh. Speaking of laughs, was the kiss-cam catastophe staged? I say yes.
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Sports Figures Caught Thirsting
According to the ever-reliable Urban Dictionary, "thirst" is defined as "a form of lust of or want of members of the opposite sex. This term can refer to both males and females." Perhaps you remember Bill Belichick thirsting over Chrissy Teigen at the White House Correspondents Dinner a few weeks back? Complex has compiled 15 instances of sports figures caught thirsting on camera, and it's one of the most enjoyable things I've read this week.
Lovely Lady of the Day
Mandatory.com has some new photos of Gemma Lee Farrell in a Superman T-shirt. Is this a flimsy excuse for making her LLOD? Yes. Do I care? Not really. Gemma earns today's honors (click here for full-size gallery).
Great Week for 90-And-Older Women
On Monday, I shared the story of a 93-year-old woman who attended the Crothersville (Ind.) Junior-Senior high prom with her great-grandson. I didn't expect to share two grandmother stories in one week, but then I learned about Gladys Holbrook. The 103-year-old Milwaukee resident will throw out a first pitch at a Brewers game later this month, and she has some strong opinions on this year's team.
Vote for Troyzan
Not sure if there are any Survivor fans out there, but the show recently announced that its fall season would consist of contestants who have already appeared on the show. Even better, it's allowing fans to vote on which contestants should get another chance. Hot Clicks is throwing its support behind our friend and SI Swimsuit photographer Troy Robertson (a.k.a. Troyzan), and I think you should take a minute and vote for him.
I asked him to write a quick blurb about why he deserves your vote. He replied: Survivor has been a part of my life for 15 years. I've been in love with the show from the very first time I saw the very first episode with Richard Hatch running around naked and people eating rats living in the dirt and sand. I said to myself "whatever this is I need to be a part of it." What an adventure! There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about going back and playing!
If that doesn't convince you, perhaps this video will. Chrissy Teigen even makes an appearance. Vote today!
Never Seen This Before
During a Korean Baseball League game between the Kia Tigers and KT Wiz, the Tigers attempted a unique shift that positioned the third baseman behind the catcher. The umpires, however, declared the shift illegal and forced the fielder to abandon the backstop.
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High School Prank of the Year
Not sure who's responsible for planting a 25-foot tree between home plate and the pitcher's mound at Franklin High School in Ohio, but job well done.
Odell Beckham Scores Madden Cover
Jimmy is Right
Prince Fielder Dance Party
White Dad Dance Party
Odds & Ends
Nearly $15,000 has been crowdfunded from Patriots fans to pay the $1 million Deflategate fine. Here are some of the best reasons for their donations ... The Jalen Rose-Chris Webber feud is heating up again ... I'm already excited for the 30 for 30 on John Daly ... 30 photos that defined the '80s ... Not sure what's more interesting: Jorge Posada taking shots at A-Rod or revealing that umpires used to fart in his face ... I have no idea what's going on with SportsCenter these days ... Stars forward Rich Peverley, who hasn’t played in the NHL since collapsing on the bench during a March 2014 game, is looking to make a comeback ... Jim Edmonds's new wife is on one of the Real Housewives shows ... Michael Jordan's high school yearbook can be yours for $2,500 on eBay ... A Taco Bell in Chicago is selling alcohol ... Actors and actresses who voice video game characters ... Harry Shearer (and all his great voices) is leaving The Simpsons.
Hot Clicks Giveaway: CHAMPS
Calling all boxing fans. The documentary CHAMPS is now on DVD, and I have five copies to give away. Here's a synopsis from its IMDB page: "Legendary boxers Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, and Bernard Hopkins offer a ringside seat to a controversial sport in a moment of crisis and their violent pursuit of the American dream." I'll send copies to the 25th, 50th, 75th, 100th and 150th person to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) the name of yesterday morning's LLOD. Please make the subject line "CHAMPS." Here is a deleted scene from the movie.
The Donald on Deflategate
Donald Trump has some advice for Tom Brady.
Gronk Turns 26
It's Rob Gronkowski's birthday. Here are some of his funniest moments.
Helio Castroneves's Crazy Crash
Helio Castroneves crashed during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 and somehow came out of this uninjured.
Life During Wartime
It's David Byrne's birthday. Let's celebrate with a Talking Heads classic (and Byrne's dance moves).