In November, Forbes valued the Florida Panthers franchise at $240 million. They may need to dip into those funds for better replacement glass panes. During the third period of Tuesday’s game against Detroit, center Nick Bjugstad shattered the glass behind the net with an errant shot. When the arena crew came to install a new pane of glass, the protective paper covering wouldn’t come off and they were forced to leave it up for the remainder of the game.
Two Michael Jordan Tributes
A University of Toledo medical school student used his beard to pay homage to Michael Jordan. Unfortunately, he has a while to go before he catches up with this fan’s ridiculous back tribute to His Airness.
Models in Lingerie > Super Bowl Victory
This is Bill Cowher at the end of Super Bowl XL, smiling after leading the Steelers to a championship after 14 years as head coach. This is Cowher at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, looking roughly 10 times happier than he did in the previous photo (or any other time in his life, for that matter).
Lovely Lady Of The Day
I received this great Holiday greeting from SI Swimsuit model (and Hot Clicks fave) Genevieve Morton and decided to make her today’s LLOD.
Get These Two a Room
The official Twitter accounts of the Blazers and Suns had a flirt-fest last night.
Introducing the McDantzler
Watts Dantzler had one of the best tweets of 2013 when he bravely battled a tornado with an American flag and rifle. The offensive lineman from Georgia may have outdone himself with this homemade McDonalds concoction, which he dubbed “The McDantzler.” It consists of double cheese burgers, meat from a mcchicken, fries, Ranch and buffalo sauce.
This Was Weird
When we last heard from Shawne Merriman, he was at WWE’s Performance Center trying his hand at professional wrestling. On Tuesday, the former Chargers linebacker had one of the strangest live TV moments of the year when he walked out during the middle of an interview with ESPN’s Dan LeBatard and Bomani Jones.
SI Vault Photo Of The Day
As Texas football fans face an uncertain future, we look back to the 2006 Rose Bowl when Vince Young led the Longhorns to a national championship with this eight-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Young threw for 267 yards, ran for 200 more and accounted for three touchdowns as the Longhorns stunned USC 41-38 to win the 2005 national title. For more classic athlete pics, follow the SI Vault on Twitter. While you’re at it, follow me on Twitter as well as SI’s Extra Mustard.
Odds and Ends
The 40 best fan signs of 2013 … Texas receiver Andre Johnson held his 7th annual toy giveaway in which 12 needy kids get 80 seconds to get whatever they want at a Toys “R” Us store … Justin Timberlake and Paul George played HORSE after last night’s Heat-Pacers game … New Nationals manager Matt Williams will take a page from the Red Sox book and rely on “big hairy guys” for victories.
Awful Announcing has compiled the Top 13 broadcasting bloopers of 2013, including that time Blackhawks reporter Susannah Collins said the Blackhawks had a “tremendous amount of sex.”
We’re Just Here To Do The Super Bowl Shuffle
On this day in 1985, the Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew release the hit song, Superbowl Shuffle. I’ll have a big gallery in P.M. Clicks of the video shoot but here’s the final product, in all it’s mid-’80s cheesiness.
Buzzer Beater of the Day
Dylan Clingan of the Cameron County Red Raiders (Emporium, PA) hits the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown. (H/T Bob’s Blitz)
Vanilla Ice Dance-Off
Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly had an impromptu dance-off with a first-grade teacher while making an appearance at a Charlotte-area elementary school to promote the NFL’s Play 60 campaign. (H/T Charlotte Observer)