December 28, 2010
Raising the Bar
Bar Refaeli :: Walter Iooss Jr./SI

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It's Day 2 of my seven day journey as Hot Clicks substitute teacher (Jimmy is out until Jan. 5) and there is no shortage of material to lead with. I thought about mentioning that this is a big day in the Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger saga or discussing the NHL ref who gave Blue Jackets fans the finger. I contemplated showing this funny video of Hugh Jackman getting hit in his private parts during a game of cricket. As I searched the blogs, however, I kept seeing the same item over and over - Bar Refaeli at a Mexican beach. Since she is the pride and joy of Sports Illustrated, I made the executive decision to lead with this amazing photo of Refaeli along with some pics from her 2010 SI swimsuit shoot.
Governor Awesome
Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell was none too pleased about the cancellation of Sunday night's game between the Eagles and Vikings, proclaiming that "we're becoming a nation of wusses." Well said, Governor. Well said.
Rating the NBA Court Designs
Sports fans love to discuss the beauty and uniqueness of the baseball stadiums, but SI's Zach Lowegives some love to the NBA as he ranks the best and worst home courts.
The Truth About The Truth?
Paul Pierce :: Lou Capozzola/SI
If you happened to miss the New York Post's expose on Sunday about sports groupies, I suggest you check it out. It's a whole (alleged) world that most sports fans never new existed. As a native Bostonian, however, it is sad to see Paul Pierce on the "bad baller list." At least his team is 23-5.
MLB Year In Review
From Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman hitting 105 mph on the radar gun to Jim Joyce ruining Armado Gallaraga's perfect game, here's SI's Tom Verducci's look back at the 10 top baseball stories of 2010. And here's my personal favorite baseball story of 2010: Brian Wilson's badass beard.
White Men Can't Jump - 2010 edition
I can't say enough good things about Pacers forward Josh McRoberts'attempt to get into this year's slam dunk contest. McRoberts and teammate Brandon Rush filmed a scene from White Men Can't Jump to jumpstart the campaign. I haven't even seen the video I'm already sold. Here are some highlights of McRoberts' top dunks while at Duke.
Random Links
Titans quarterback Kerry Collins gave his teammate a concussion with an errant pass ... Boxer Floyd Mayweather had some trouble getting access to his own house ... The 11 worst movie lines of 2010 ... The 10 highest grossing movies of 2010.
Gilbert Arenas Video Of The Day
Magic guard Gilbert Arenas sinks a 75-footer off the shot clock. Too bad it didn't count.

Bobsled Wipeout Video Of The Day
A bobsled team runs a race upside down after wiping out early in the race. Thankfully, the team was uninjured.

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