The NBA’s Wild Night
What a night in the Association. Heat teammates LeBron James and Mario Chalmers nearly came to blows during the Pacers-Heat game but were able to pull out a victory on a controversial non-call at the end of the game. Knicks guard J.R. Smith attempted 17 three-pointers (making five) and Andrea Bargnani took perhaps the season’s dumbest shot in the Knicks’ 107-101 double-overtime victory over the Bucks. Bobcats guard Kemba Walker defeated the Raptors on a overtime buzzer-beater while Wizards coach Randy Wittman took a ball to the face during Washington’s victory over Brooklyn. And to cap off a crazy night, Shaquille O’Neal, now a minority owner of Sacramento, was booted from his seats twice during the Kings-Hawks game at Phillips Arena.
The Second Best GIF of the Week
Super Bowl Seat Perks
The cheapest seat for this year’s Super Bowl is currently $3,183.60 on StubHub, with the price likely to go up. On the bright side, those seats will come with gloves, hand warmers, ear muffs, lip balms and facial tissues, according to Daniel Kaplan of the Sports Business Journal.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Ashley Sky and Rockets forward Chandler Parsons teamed up last week to shoot an ad for Buffalo Pro with Chandler Parsons, the newest marketing program for Buffalo David Bitton. I spoke with Parsons right after the shoot to discuss his life off the court. “I’m very excited to partner with Buffalo Jeans,” Parsons said. “I’ve gotten to know the brand and their style and culture reflects a lot of things in my life. I love the way the clothes fit and get compliments on their stuff all the time. They’re about being young, looking good, and having fun.” As for spending an afternoon with a half-naked Ashley Sky: “She was so easy to work with,” Parsons said. “She’s a pro and has been doing this for a while so she helped make sure I didn’t feel out of place.” And how did Parsons’ girlfriend feel about the shoot. “She was totally cool with it. She knows it’s business and didn’t have a problem at all.” Check out the video section for an exclusive look at the advertisement (and don’t forget to visit Buffalo David Bitton on the web).
Greg Maddux 1985 Scouting Report
The 2014 Hall of Famer is not strong enough to be a starter, won’t get beyond Triple-A, and runs out of gas too quickly. Busted Coverage has the full report. And if you’re really in the mid ’80s baseball mood, here’s a story from SI’s 1985 baseball preview discussing the best player at each position.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
Warren Sapp celebrates his 41st birthday on Thursday. In this 1994 photo, Sapp (back center) poses with Hurricanes teammates Corwin Francis, C.J. Richardson, Rohan Marley, Ray Lewis and Pat Riley during a SI photo shoot. 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
Tom Brady does most of his Christmas shopping at Amazon.com … Terrell Owens will appear in a Carl’s Jr. commercial … I’d make fun of Brock Lesnar‘s pants but Brock Lesnar is the most terrifying person alive so I can’t say enough good things about his pants … Juan Gonzalez is selling his 1996 American League MVP Award. The current highest bid is $11,000.
The Hawks Go British, Part 1
The Hawks are getting ready for their game against the Nets at London’s O2 Arena this January — and are learning odd English slang words. The first is Wazzzock.
Chandler Parsons Is Living the Life
As mentioned earlier, here’s the new Buffalo David Bitton ad featuring Ashley Sky and Chandler Parsons.
The Hawks Go British, Part 2
Since that video was so great, here’s another new term – Knackered
Plays of the Year
The best of 2013, in one handy video.