Fan Fantasies: NBA - instead of players fouling out, adopt the NHL power play - four-on-five basketball, two minute penalties. NFL - four-point field goals from 57 yards and out. MLB - Let batters decide if they want to run to first or third base.
Kansas City here I come: The Patriots have traded away recently franchise-tagged backup quarterback Matt Cassel to the Chiefs. Former Pats offensive coordinator and recently hired Broncos Head Coach Josh McDaniels offered Pro-Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler in an attempt to get Cassel. Now from Denver, Cutler is pissed and demanding to be traded. Clearly, McDaniels doesn't buy into the rankings.
You can't do without Shaq!: Noted rapper Shaquille O'Neal, (8 albums, 1 platinum, 5 gold), goes freestyle on Kobe. Despite Shaq claiming that it was done in fun, Deputy O'Neal is being fired coast to coast.
Rickroll the Mets!: In their final historic season at Shea your New York Mets are having a contest to select the song to be used all season during the 8th Inning Sing-A-Long. A Digg campaign is underway to write-in a certain song. voting ends noon on Monday April 7th, vote early, vote often!
"Sought after" prep player: duped into paying for his recruitment. 6'5" 290lb offensive lineman Kevin Hart involves the police after giving an undisclosed amount of money to someone who helped to facilitate his recruitment to Cal over Oregon. Oregon denies interest as does Cal. Nearby Reno PD launches a full blown investigation just as Kevin Hart decides to come clean - he made it all up.
Barefootin'!: Ron Hunter, coach of IUPUI, decides to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet, a charity that collects shoes for needy children, by coaching barefoot. 110,000 pairs of shoes were collected by tip-off. An inspiring story.
"I'm pretty sure that by the time I finished, the Kenyans were already back in Africa celebrating.": 350lb Jacob finished the Boston Marathon. An inspirational story. via MeFi
NFL Survival: Pick one team a week and see how long you can last. Never as easy as it sounds. Starting this weekend. Details inside.
Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog-Eating Contest: Four-time world champion, and odds favorite, (1/3), Takeru Kobayashi of Japan will once again defend his title against top eaters from around the globe. The tough competition includes Eric "Badlands" Booker, (9/5), Oleg Zhornitsky, (4/1), and "Hungry" Charles Hardy, (7/1), while the 'field' is represented by notables Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas, US record holder, Joey Chestnut and 60 year-old Rich LeFevre and his wife, Carlene LeFevre. Santioned by the International Federation of Competitive Eating it will, of course, meet their safety standards.
Better than sex?: Bet on it. So says a study of World Cup fans designed, "to test the effect that placing a bet on a game of soccer has on fans' heart rates". It might explain the letdown being experienced by the German sex industry.
Zamboni ice resurfacing machine: After successfully developing the Porta-Rinx backyard ice rink, a Connecticut man turned his attention to the surface of the ice. Years of work have resulted in the Bambini Revolution available for order by the home enthusiast or municipality. Ice resurfacing machines were first invented by Frank J. Zamboni to smooth the ice at his Iceland rink in what is now Paramount, California.
Let's Go Crazy: Prince moves Uptown and Controversy follows. 'U Got The Look all wrong', says landlord Carlos Boozer. Prince, (yeah, that Prince), paints the home, (yeah, that color), he is renting for $70,000 a month from Boozer. Boozer sues.
via newsvine and deadspin
"I was focused on the game. You gotta be focused on the game. Not anything else,": An uplifting high school basketball story.
Baseball and Softball Lose Reinstatement Vote: Despite American companies providing a bulk of the 87% of IOC revenues from broadcasting and advertising. In related news, America is now without a representative on the IOC Executive Board, the Olympics' most influential body.