In Tuesday's Hot Clicks, we look at the Super Bowl LII Opening Night soiree.
Scenes from Super Bowl Opening Night
The NFL kicked off Super Bowl Week with Opening Night, which is kind of like a Media Day but with a much less creative name. Tom Brady demonstrated his pop culture ignorance, James Harrison talked ticket strategy for his 13 siblings and Zach Ertz answered questions from his wife/reporter/soccer star, Julie. Here's the full report from the Patriots session as well as the Eagles.
Blake Griffin got traded
I can't imagine moving from Los Angeles to Detroit is much fun, but such is the the plight of Blake Griffin, who was traded to the Pistons on Monday. SI's Jeremy Woo grades the deal for both teams while Matt Barnes offers a more succinct analysis. The best reaction to the deal came from Griffin himself, though fans on Twitter had plenty to say. If you ask me, Griffin was playing with fire as soon as he started dating one of those Kardashians.
Ranking the really bad 2016 NBA free agent contracts
Evan Turner got $70 million. Joakim Noah got $72 million. Find out where they ranked in this list of disastrous long-term deals.
Lovely Lady of the Day
My new friend Victoria Morrisa sent along some new photos and I really should've featured her earlier. She is today's LLOD (click for full-size gallery).
Tom Brady just saved the job of guy who insulted his 5-year-old daughter
Tom Brady knew he was opening himself up for criticism with his Facebook Watch documentary but I don't think he expected anyone to call his daughter a "pissant." Brady handled it well, however, and probably saved the guy's job.
SI's 100 greatest Super Bowl photos
These are all great, except the David Tyree catch pic that just ruined my day.
Hot Clicks Giveaway
There's a lot of Super Bowl merchandise on the market right now and my favorite item may be this backpack from The Northwest. It's only available at the big game festivities in Minnesota, and of course, this giveaway. I have three to give away and I'll send to the 150th, 250th and 300th person to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your favorite Super Bowl snack or food item. Please make the subject line "The Northwest."
Paul Pierce vs. Spell check
Vote for SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year
Odds & Ends
Blake Griffin’s smart 2016 stand-up joke about trades feels very real now ... Tom Brady appears to be having more fun since that ESPN story trashed him ... The NCAA sued a local car dealership over its March Madness ad campaign ... I knew Marcus Smart's hand injury was all kinds of shady ... The Steelers signed Ken Griffey Jr's son, Trey ... The Knicks are looking to part ways with Joakim Noah after his latest blow-up ... WWE fans got mad at Brock Lesnar for possibly throwing a real punch ... Mel Kiper Jr. probably doesn't want you to read this story ... I loved Charles in Charge while growing up, so this story is disappointing ... Quincy Jones is not a fan of Taylor Swift.
Tom Brady gives a diplomatic answer