Sad Sack Eli
The Giants may have won their first game last night but that doesn’t forgive QB Eli Manning for being victim to one of the saddest sacks of the NFL season. Somehow, Vikings DE Jared Allen was able to reach around the block of lineman Will Beatty (who stands 6-foot-6 and 319 pounds) and take down Manning. Yes, the same Manning who was able to shrug off seven Patriots defenders in Super Bowl XLII and connect with David Tyree, arguably the most memorable catch in NFL history.
Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough put his North Carolina education to good use yesterday during an exhibition game with the Knicks. While battling for a rebound, Hansbrough felt someone reaching over his back and turned around quickly as if to fight. Then he realized the person reaching over him was Metta World Peace, and he quickly backed off, saying: “My bad. My bad.” My guess is fight between the two would’ve resulted in something like this.
Feel Good Story of the Day
With the crowd chanting his name, a Wisconsin high school senior with Down Syndrome scored on a 35-yard touchdown run in the closing seconds of the team’s 62-0 victory on Friday.
Photo Gallery Of The Day
I Wonder Who’s Lying?
Three Texans rookies — RB Cierre Wood, DE Sam Montgomery and OL Willie Jefferson — were cut by the team for allegedly smoking weed at the team’s hotel in Kansas City over the weekend. The players, however, insist it was just cigars.
Dogs vs. Cats
The Hallmark Channel announced the first ever Kitten Bowl, which will be played at halftime of the Super Bowl and will compete against The Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Did you know the new Systems Analyst on Homeland is the same actress who played Nora in How I Met Your Mother? Her name is Nazanin Boniadi and she’s today’s LLOD.
Odds and Ends
Dwyane Wade is afraid of birds … Forbes displayed a dog food ad above the story about how Michael Vick is the NFL’s most disliked player … Richard Sherman visited Foster High in Tukwila, Wash on Friday, where he organized a special pep rally for the school’s most at-need students as part of his charitable foundation … Cavs guard Kyrie Irving pulled off a couple ridiculous moves in last night’s exhibition game against the 76ers.
Workout Video Of The Day
SI’s Extra Mustard compiled six unforgettable athlete workouts including ones from O.J. Simpson, Karl Malone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and others. The Phil Simms one, however, is full of gold. There is Simms awkwardly running in place, along with the inclusion of ’80s stars Rulon Jones, Gary Anderson, Reggie Williams, Eric Dickerson, Tony Dorsett, Phil McConkey, Todd Christensen and Todd Christensen’s mullet. And how did Dick Schapp get roped in as the narrator?
Broken Ankles Video Of The Day
Penguins forward Sidney Crosby fools Avs forward Nathan MacKinnon with a slick move. (HT to It’s Always Sunny in Detroit for link)