Dogs on the SI Cover
The 138th annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show is underway and the Australian shepherd of Rays pitcher Ryan Hanigan has already captured an award. SI has been covering the show forever (seriously, here’s 1,100 words on Shirkhan of Grandeur’s victory in 1957) and used to regularly feature dogs on the cover. I’ve included some of my favorites in the gallery above.
NFL Offseason Twitter Report
The Panthers, Falcons and Bucs had a Twitter battle. I give the win to Carolina.
Feel-Good Story of the Day
The Boston Celtics are finalizing plans for 12-year-old New Zealander Louis Corbett to attend a game in early March. Corbett is battling a severe case of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that causes blindness. Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck and wife Corinne have a son who is blind and they sprang into action upon hearing about Louis on Twitter.
Lovely Lady Round-Up
AskMen has released its annual countdown of the 99 most desirable women. Mila Kunis, whom I’ve never featured in Hot Clicks, came in at No. 26 … Alexandra Victoria is the Bikini Team Model of the Month … These models got in the Olympic spirit by wearing lingerie and flags.
Gold Medal For Molson
The Canadian brewery placed a beer fridge inside Team Canada’s Olympic House that opens only if someone scans a Canadian passport inside a slot. Genius.
Down Goes Tyson
Today marks the 24th anniversary of Buster Douglas‘ knockout of Mike Tyson in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history. SI’s Richard Hoffer aptly describes the scene in his Feb. 19, 1990 cover story:
“So it was that on Sunday, at Tokyo’s Korakuen Stadium, Mike Tyson, the undisputed, undefeated heavyweight champion of the world, provided real theater. Against a fighter whose principal qualification as a contender was his availability and pay scale, Tyson quickly found himself in trouble, was struck at will with right hands and had his left eye closed after nine rounds. Even with that, it was impossible to conceive what would happen at 1:23 of the 10th round. James (Buster) Douglas, so secure in boxing anonymity that he could not draw the attention of a single photographer as he waited for the weigh-in the day before, lifted Tyson upright with a right uppercut, hit the suddenly defenseless champion with two more punches and then floored the reeling Tyson, already more horizontal than perpendicular, with a chopping left hook.
Tyson, who had never before been knocked down in his professional career, skidded on his backside. As referee Octavio Meyran Sánchez began the 10 count, Tyson flipped himself over and began sweeping the canvas with his right arm. A boxer’s reflex is a strange and revealing thing. Finally, Tyson found his mouthpiece, started to insert it backward into his mouth and then desperately climbed to his feet and into Meyran’s protective embrace, his good eye fogged in a way you cannot imagine.”
Mike Tyson’s Eye Late in the Fight
In case you didn’t believe me in the previous item.
NFL Candy Mock Draft
This was much more entertaining that I expected.
Odds and Ends
Terrell Owens is still talking about Donovan McNabb … An Italian soccer player put his head through plexiglass … Robert Griffin III declined a fan’s wedding invite but did send an autographed card … The mayor of Secaucus, NJ, wants $25,000 from the NFL … Ten juicy stories from the set of Mean Girls … Short Bono hung out with some tall basketball players … Shocker: Monday’s TV shows had low ratings thanks to the Olympics … Blake Griffin smacked Justin Bieber (according to Chris Kaman, at least).
Yes! Yes! Yes!
Another school – Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI Catholic High — celebrates WWE star Daniel Bryan and his “YES” chant.
Look Out Below!
The Clemson offensive line holds a cannonball contest. Miley Cyrus provided the background music.
Freeskiing Video Of The Day
A look at the training and preparation that the US Freeskiing Team went through before the Olympic Games, courtesy of our friends at Teton Gravity Research.