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All sports fans know about the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Well, YourFaceIsASportsBlog.com (yes, YourFaceIsASportsBlog) has uncovered another SI jinx -- the dreaded SI Swimsuit Issue Couples Curse. It seems that most of the men who have appeared in past issues with their wives have fallen on hard times at some point. It's a good thing for Jeff Gordon, Johnny Damon, Carmelo Anthony and Jeff Garcia that their wives all appeared solo in this year's Swimsuit issue.
Anna Kournikova wants people to sign up for her Web site, and she's giving you some incentive to do so. She's holding a contest with first prize being a 15-minute phone call with the blonde bombshell.
TheOnDeckCircle.net has compiled a thorough list of hip-hop lyrics that are related to sports. Not only is the list amusing, but it's also educational, because we never knew that T.J. Duckett, of all people, is actually mentioned in a song. (Warning: Link contains strong language.)
Here's the best list we've seen in ages via The Big Picture: Sports' Biggest Non-Stories. (Warning: Link contains strong language.) Our only criticism is that we'd take out "Jessica and Tony split" and put in "Anything Olympics related." Without Jessica and Tony, we'd have no job. Speaking of the are-they-or-aren't-they-broken-up couple, the latest from the Dallas Morning News says they are indeed over.
The Orlando Sentinel's Chris Olds thinks you should take your stimulus check and spend it on these 12 classic baseball cards.
We don't want to rehash last week's Derek Jeter-John Mayer argument, because people are just now getting around to forgiving us, but Right Proper Bloggery weighed in on this issue and made an excellent point. Justin Timberlake trumps both Jeter and Mayer. (Thanks to Esa, of Eugene, Ore., for sending us the link.)
William Shatner was on The Dan Patrick Show yesterday and reenacted some of baseball's most famous calls.
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Unusual summer classes ... Meet the eighth-grader recruited by Kentucky ... Where's the Woody Hayes statue ... Top eight college Web comics ... Jeter discusses Wolverines football ... Video: Ron Burgandy Interviews Tom Brokaw.
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The Orioles are off to a nice 21-19 start. What does that mean? It's time for a music video! With their players singing, playing instruments and dancing. (Thanks to Kevin, of Baltimore, for sending us the link.)
Astros outfielder Carlos Lee plays conductor as the Dodgers crowd serenades him with chants of "You suck." (Thanks to Ben Lee, of Pikesville, Md., for sending us the link.)
The title of this clip: How To Load People On a Train In Japan. (Thanks to Phil, of Beachwood, Ohio, for sending us the link.)