Michigan State kicked off the unofficial start of the college basketball season with an overtime victory over Ohio State last night. Spartans guard Keith Appling may have scored 20 points but MVP honors went to the 15,000 fans who performed the Daniel Bryan “Yes” chant at the Breslin Center. The game also saw two great freak-outs – one from coach Tom Izzo after a referee’s non-call and the other from Spartans forward Matt Costello after a dunk by teammate Adreian Payne. If this were 1979, I’d suggest the team celebrate at the East Lansing Arby’s with Magic Johnson.
Kevin Durant and fiancee Monica Wright, who plays for the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx, are taking a break … Ronda Rousey made a public play for C.M. Punk, which might not sit will with Punk’s easily jealous girlfriend … Recently married LeBron James put the moves on a fan at last night’s Heat-Pelicans game.
A Tale of Two Sports
In hockey action last night, Flyers center Brayden Schenn suffered a deep gash to his stomach against the Devils, only to return to the game and score the winning goal. Meanwhile in baseball, Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig was pulled over for speeding while wearing pink shorts.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Will from Chicago emailed and requested I make Lily Aldridge the Lovely Lady of the Day. I like the way Will thinks.
Tim Teepaw, Tomcat Brady and Dan Furrino To Headline Kitten Bowl
Set your DVR. The Kitten Bowl kicks off at noon on Super Bowl Sunday. Among the participants will be Dan Furrino, Terry Bradclaw, Hairy Rice, Tim Teepaw and Tomcat Brady.
Best Job Ever
The Oakland A’s have put out an ad looking for season employees to perform as the Hall of Fame Racing Mascots during the 2014 season.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
The Braves starting pitching staff — Steve Avery, John Smoltz, Pete Smith, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine – pose during a February 1993 SI photo shoot. Maddux and Glavine are both considered locks to get voted into the Hall of Fame when the newest class is announced at 2 p.m. today.
Odds and Ends
J.R. Smith tried to untie Greg Monroe‘s shoes during last night’s Knicks-Pistons game. He pulled the act off against Shawn Marion two days earlier … Aaron Rodgers is not a fan of the BCS … Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly injured himself celebrating a goal … Ray Allen and Spike Lee are discussing a sequel to He Got Game … Here’s a recap of ESPN’s BCS telecast.
Becoming the Seahulk
The Seattle Times shows super-fan “Seahulk” getting body-painted before a game.
Speaking of Body Paint
Kate Upton gets ready for her 2013 SI Swimsuit body paint shoot.
This Dog Rules
This Golden Retriever imitates an ambulance siren. (HT Gawker)