Peyton Manning received a hero’s welcome upon his return to Indianapolis but that didn’t stop Colts cornerback Vontae Davis from confusing him with Tom Brady … The Jaguars winless season continued with a 24-6 loss to the Chargers. The highlight of the game was Jacksonville wide receiver Justin Blackmon destroying a security guard after catching a touchdown pass (that was ruled out of bounds) … A cleaning crew in hazmat suits scrubbed any signs of MRSA out of the Buccaneers locker room after they lost to the Falcons in the Georgia Dome … Forget the illegal push on Patriots rookie Chris Jones: The refs should’ve penalized Jets quarterback Geno Smith for this offensive spike after his third quarter touchdown run … This GIF will make you love Andy Reid.
College Football Roundup
Bill Murray bodyslammed Lee Corso after the ESPN analyst picked Florida State to beat Clemson … Stanford’s Kodi Whitfield made the catch of the weekend (a title he then vacated to Calvin Johnson on Sunday) … Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Alloti called Washington State coach Mike Leach “low class” after the Ducks put up 62 points on the Cougars … Auburn defensive tackle Ben Bradley couldn’t get an autograph from Johnny Manziel after the Tigers upset the Aggies on Saturday.
Wait, What Happened To Jimmy?
As you probably know by now, Jimmy has left SI.com for FoxSports.com and handed the Hot Clicks ship over to me. I liken the transition to when Steve Young replaced Joe Montana as 49ers quarterback in 1991 (except Jimmy is twice Montana’s size and I went to a barber in college instead of relying on random girls in my dorm room). I already have years of Hot Clicks experience under my belt as Jimmy’s fill in (I’m sure you recall the Pulitzer-worthy “Hot FSU Cowgirls” from 2009.) There won’t be any radical changes — I’ll probably link to more random dog videos and less Yankees stuff. If you have any feedback, suggestions or just want to talk – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter at @AndyGray35 (which really needs followers since I just started it).
The Day in Photos
Another change you’ll notice in Hot Clicks is more photos. My plan is to include a photo gallery each day with the best photos from the previous day as well as important sports anniversaries, birthdays, random pop culture items and whatever else I find interesting. Follow me at my other Twitter address (@SI_Vault) for more photos throughout the day.
All Hail Anastasia
My second-favorite surfer, Anastasia Ashley, became the first celebrity to spoof Kim Kardashian‘s now-famous Instagram pic. Unfortunately, Anastasia has a ways to go before she can catch Alana Blanchard and her amazing Instagram feed.
Inspirational Quotes 101
“When your dog pisses on the carpet, you rub it in his face.”
–Panthers WR Steve Smith, discussing Rams CB Janoris Jenkins
Lovely Lady Of The Day
For my inaugural Lovely Lady of the Day, I’m picking one of the coolest and best-looking women on the planet who Jimmy somehow never featured in Hot Clicks. I’m talking about 2013 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year Kate Bock, a hockey-loving native of Vancouver. Kate was kind enough to answer a few questions about her favorite sport and which hockey players she wouldn’t mind getting friendly with. Follow Kate on Twitter and Instagram.
SI.com: You were named the 2013 SI Swimsuit Rookie of the Year. You’ve modeled for Victoria’s Secret. You’ve modeled for Guess. Where does being my first Lovely Lady of the Day rank in your list of personal achievements?
Kate Bock: NUMBER ONE !!! Number ONE on the bucket list is now crossed off. Thank you, Andy!
SI.com: You’re from Vancouver. You love hockey. Yet you seem to be a bigger Rangers and Blackhawks fan than Canucks. True or false?
Bock: True. ( Don’t tell my dad! )
SI.com: What is it about hockey players that makes them more attractive than baseball or football players?
Bock: Well, as a Canadian, i grew up hearing about and watching no sport other than hockey. Its engrained in us Canadians, its all about hockey … and hockey players.
SI.com: You’re single. You love the NHL. Give me a wish list of players you wouldn’t mind going on a date with?
Bock: Hmmmm … Well, as long as the hockey dates are approved by my NHL hockey playing cousin, Leafs number 23, I would maybe not mind if Mr. [Patrick] Sharp took me on a Happy Gilmore-style date. I could also be talked into finding out for myself if “Captain Serious” [Jonathan Toews] deserves his special title. And I wouldn’t mind going on a date with, former Canuck and current Ranger, Taylor Pyatt, if just to live the dreams of all my friends as 13-year-olds.
SI.com: Solid choices. You once told me the celebrity you’d most want to do a kissing scene with is Tom Brady. Is this still true?
Bock: Tom Brady is feeling very good in his position, I see no need for change.
Odds and Ends
Kobe Bryant now uses his Twitter avatar for inspiration … Speaking of Twitter, Marcus Vick went on another rant defending his brother, Michael … Dennis Rodman gives North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a grade of “seven stars” for his partying … Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano continues to endear himself to the Tampa Bay fan base – this time by trying to kick former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson out of practice.
Attempted Gatorade Video Of The Day
Ole Miss linemen attempted to pour Gatorade on coach Hugh Freeze. If only they could find him.
Moonwalk Video Of The Day
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and other media reports, Tigers manager Jim Leyland will retire today. Here he is celebrating Detroit clinching the AL Central by busting out the moonwalk (:52-second mark).