From a superstar running a dogfighting ring to a coach illegally videotaping another team's hand signals, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has handled nearly every problem he's faced smoothly and without much complaint. And that makes his decision to have The Who play halftime at this year's Super Bowl that much more head scratching. The band's guitarist Pete Townshend spent five years on a national registry of sex offenders in England after being arrested in 2003 for accessing a child-porn website in 1999. (At the time, Townshend admitted to viewing child pornography online but said he did so only as research for a book.) Postcard advisories have been sent to 1,500 homes and several schools close to the stadium warning citizens of Townshend's appearance. For the life of me, I can't figure out why the NFL didn't just scrap The Who and go with another nostalgia act such as Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Police or even Bon Jovi. Instead, they are fighting all this bad publicity. Bad move, Commish.
Not only do I fill in for Jimmy on Hot Clicks, but I also run the SI Vault and post old and interesting sports photos. Today, I have a double treat -- Julius Peppers playing hoops for North Carolina and Charles Barkley munching on some pizza with his Auburn teammates.
Your NBA All-Star Reserves
I'm not sure how official this is, but Yahoo! has the list of reserves for this year's NBA all-star game. The official announcement will be made tonight before the Celtics-Magic game on TNT.
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