A Tribute to Bob Costas
Though he can be a bit didactic at times, Bob Costas has become a sports fixture over the past 30 years. He has done play-by-play for the World Series and NBA Finals, hosted his own talk show and anchored NBC’s Olympic coverage from Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney. Salt Lake City, Athens, Turin, Beijing, Vancouver, London and Sochi. Well, not all of Sochi. Due to his now-famous pink eye (pictured above), Costas has decided to let “the bullpen” (Matt Lauer) fill in tonight while he gives his eyes a night off. Meanwhile, I created a photo tribute to get you through a Costas-free night.
Calling Out LeBron
LeBron James put on a dunking clinic during practice on Tuesday, demonstrating yet again why he should enter the contest like his high-flying predecessors Michael Jordan, Dominique Wilkins and Kobe Bryant. Afterward, a reporter asked teammate Dwyane Wade how LeBron would do in a dunk contest, to which James cut in and said, “I’d win.” But LeBron won’t win because he refuses to enter, which is his prerogative. But what nobody is talking about is the 2009 Slam Dunk Contest, when LeBron stated that he was going to put his name in the 2010 competition. But then 2010 came and went with no LeBron. Same for 2011, 2012 and 2013. So LeBron, I know you’re a Hot Clicks fan and reading this right now. Do the right thing and enter this weekend’s competition. I know the field is already set but I have a feeling an exception could be made. That is all.
Meet Freddy, the 7-foot-4 Dog
The Great Dane is Britain’s biggest dog and a full two feet bigger than his owner.
Lovely Lady Of The Day
Meet the newest SI Swimsuit rookie, Samantha Hoopes, who celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday. As you may have noticed, we are revealing all of SI’s 2014 Rookie Class to get you ready for this year’s issue, which comes out Feb. 18. The cover will be revealed on Jimmy Kimmel Live this Thursday. Hoopes joins Lauren Mellor, Marloes Horst, Hannah Ferguson, Emily Ratajkowski, Gigi Hadid and Sara Sampaio as members of this year’s rookie class. The remaining five rookies will be revealed this week.
Now This Is A Tattoo
Forget the uniform number of Browns receiver Josh Gordon? Don’t worry. It’s now a tattoo taking up half his back.
Major Injury Update
New Orleans Pelicans mascot Pierre will undergo reconstructive surgery after “suffering a broken beak” by running into a basket stanchion while playing pick-up ball with a number of other mascots.
SI Vault Photo of the Day
Former Alaska governer Sarah Palin turns 50 today and we’re celebrating with this fantastic photo of Palin (number 22) playing for Wasilla High School in 1982.
Odds and Ends
Matt Stairs channelled “Stone Cold” Steve Austin during Wing Bowl 22 in Philadelphia … Sochi organizers are recruiting volunteers to fill empty seats at the Olympics … This map reveals which U.S. cities get the “most pleasant” weather … U.S. figure skater Charlie White is dating the hottest Olympian from Vancouver but doesn’t want anyone to know about it … More drama in the Terrell Owens divorce saga … These guys refuse to give up Micro-League Baseball and I respect them for it … Here’s how you can attend the South Beach Wine & Food Festival with Chrissy Teigen and other SI Swimsuit models … Frank Viola “looks like a mix between a pimp and Gold member” in this photo.
You Can’t Stop Holly Rowe
The ESPN sideline reporter climbs on the scorer’s table to interview Kansas State’s Thomas Gipson after the Wildcats upset Kansas last night.
Move Over, Durant and LeBron
Golden State fans chant “M-V-P” for Marreese Speights during last night’s blowout of the 76ers. Speights, who averages 5.6 points and 3.5 rebounds per game, finished with a career-high 32 points.
Jerk Of The Day
A soccer player delivers a backhand to the face of an opponent, then kicks him while he’s down. (HT Guyism)
I Love This Woman
Louise Lebine does a great siren imitation. Can someone get her a reality show? (HT Coed)