Finally, a basketball player did something noteworthy at MSG
Enes Kanter may not have won an NBA title yet, but he did win a championship last night.
The former Knicks big man returned to Madison Square Garden for WWE Raw last night, where he rolled up R-Truth to capture the WWE 24/7 Championship. Truth pinned Kanter immediately to win it back, but that doesn’t change history—Kanter will forever be a former WWE champion.
Kanter got more boos than you’d expect for a former fan favorite, but the reaction was even more hostile when he celebrated his win by unzipping his Knicks-colored sweatsuit to reveal a Boston jersey.
For the unaware, the 24/7 title is just what it sounds like. The titleholder has to be prepared to defend it at any time, so it changes hands all the time (Kanter’s was the 44th title reign in the belt’s four-month history). It’s a gimmick that WWE uses for comedy. One of the longest running storylines surrounding the belt was with Drake Maverick trying to win it so he and his wife could consummate their marriage. That led to Truth pinning Maverick in a hotel room on a bed covered with rose petals. Fox Sports anchor Rob Stone even took it from Truth.
In an interview after the segment, Kanter was proud to have elicited such a strong reaction from the crowd.
The belt may be a joke but that’s not to say that Kanter isn’t a worthy champion. He’s a longtime WWE fan and has even trained in the ring a little bit with WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page. He’s also rumored to be dating current WWE wrestler Dana Brooke.
Good job, ESPN
ESPN debuted a new down and distance graphic for Monday Night Football that everyone hated. It made people think there was a flag being thrown on every play.
It was such a disaster that the network decided to ditch it after just one half.
Breaking: ESPN is switching away from the new Down-And-Distance graphic it debuted in the first half of Monday Night Football. ESPN heard the fans’ feedback and acted, quick.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2019
No one thought this would be an issue when they discussed it over the summer?
What a finish!
After two duds, the NFL finally gave us a thrilling primetime game. The final minute of Saints-Texans was pure insanity. Just look for yourself.
Quietly, No. 22 for Houston might have lost the game for his team. Why did he touch Ted Ginn down immediately after the catch? If he leaves him alone, the play isn’t over, the clock still runs and the Saints don’t get a chance to use their timeout.
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No love lost
Good to see David Ortiz out and about
Hopkins looked like he was trying out for WWE
"... the ref said 'You can't tackle like that.' So I guess I'll play touch [football] next time. Tag."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 10, 2019
—DeAndre Hopkins on his unnecessary roughness penalty against Marcus Williams pic.twitter.com/mjHB48qEgf
Gruden signed off on that?
Antonio Brown's video producer said Jon Gruden approved of the use of their phone conversation in Brown's Youtube video before it was released.— #BOOMIN (@ftbeard_17) September 9, 2019
They sent him the video and 15 minutes later Gruden responded with "I love it! Loved it! I love it!" pic.twitter.com/wrqer5ujvZ
He better have insurance
Someone hit Tyler Seguin's Ferrari and left a note saying "My bad bro. I don't have money to pay." pic.twitter.com/3SsUaJR38E— Heart of NHL (@HeartofNHL) September 10, 2019
That sounds about right
If anyone wants to know what it feels like to fall on that dirt in Oakland Coliseum: Go outside right now, sprint as fast as you can in the middle of the street, once you get to full speed jump up as high as you can and belly flop on the pavement. #Facts— Justin Forsett (@JForsett) September 10, 2019
Whatever that means
Mike Trout underwent a cryoablation procedure this morning to address a neuroma in his right foot. He is considered day to day.— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) September 9, 2019
I’ve never seen a worse Madden glitch
Why coach football when you can eat cheese balls on the beach?
Life doesn’t get much better than this! Just think I could be grading film right now!! pic.twitter.com/6s5V6JMYJE— Mark Richt (@MarkRicht) September 9, 2019
Nice throw, ump
These Blake Grifin jokes are crass but pretty funny
Buy a lottery ticket
Darrynton Evans (#3) has rushed 33 times for 333 yards at 3,333 feet in elevation in 2019. pic.twitter.com/0uNmgWg1HW— App State Nation (@AppStateNation) September 9, 2019
Let it go already
Lost count somewhere past 200 ... but there are undoubtedly thousands of folks here wearing ref shirts.— Jeff Nowak (@Jeff_Nowak) September 9, 2019
Saints fans have Reffed Up the Superdome pic.twitter.com/DDy2dJbqyO
Urban Meyer breaks down the RPO
He delivers all year long
The greatest player name in world football, Efmamjjasond González, has signed a professional contract with San Lorenzo.— Carl Worswick (@cworswick) September 9, 2019
Nicknamed Almanac, his 12-letter name is a combination of the initials of each month of the year (E for Enero, F for Febrero).
He prefers Jasond (Jul to Dec). pic.twitter.com/jQMTvQIzRk
Finland’s president in the supporters’ section
Scientists have discovered that males of a small Australian marsupial species die en masse after intense mating sessions. ... A New York man is accused of stealing almost $90,000 worth of fancy cakes. ... This is what the first planned space hotel looks like.
I don’t think I’ll ever understand Japan
This rules. Parents of crying children yelling “WHY DO WE EVEN HAVE THIS GUY” https://t.co/mTvhfbyeo3— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) September 9, 2019
Jimi Hendrix on a Korean instrument
That’s actually really cool
A good song
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