Thursday's PM Hot Clicks feature the Calgary Flames' ugly sweaters and Elle Macpherson as the Throwback Lovely Lady of the Day.
Stick to Hockey, Markus Granlund
It’s probably unfair to expect professional hockey players to be professional-level actors, so we’ll cut Flames center Markus Granlund a little slack. Let’s still laugh at him, though.
Canada's Most Wanted
The BBC has a wild story about a couple of grandparents in Canada who regularly commit crimes that could lock them in jail or force them to pay $500,000 in fines. Their offense? Smuggling maple syrup across provincial lines. Angele Grenier produce syrup on their farm in Quebec, but they have to hand most of it over to a governmental agency. What little bit they do sell on their own is taxed heavily. The solution is to load barrels of syrup onto a truck bound for New Brunswick and hope they don’t get caught.
A Silver Lining After Floods Ravage Northwest England
Severe flooding in northwestern England has caused upwards of £500 million in damage, ruining thousands of homes. The floods also covered the field at the home stadium of fourth-tier soccer club Carlisle United, where a groundskeeper draining the pitch found three koi fish swimming around near one of the goals.
The good news is they were returned to their owner after he saw the picture online.
Throwback Lovely Lady of the Day
Did you know Elle Macpherson’s real name is Eleanor Nancy Gow? (Click here for the full-size gallery.)
Le Meilleur Naguer du Monde
Tim Layden’s excellent cover story on Michael Phelps from last month has now been translated into French and featured in L’Équipe.
A Bad Take
NCAA's Oliver Luck on why there's an open market for coaches pay and not athletes: Coaches are adults.— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) December 10, 2015
Odds & Ends
Cardinals-Vikings is actually a good matchup, but we have a drinking game just to be safe. ... Neymar has a really big tattoo now. ... Amy Poehler shared a fun story on Fallon about her two sons. ... If you’re not following the sex tape blackmail scandal currently rocking the French national soccer team, you’re really missing out. ... The bad guy in the new Star Wars has a hard time going out in public. ... An under-rated aspect of DeAndre Jordan’s violent dunk Wednesday night was how horrified the Bucks’ mascot was. ... The SEC got caught using Photoshop to scrub out Derrick Henry’s tattoos.
A Silly Dog
Now That's How You Warm Up For a Game
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