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Video: Cam Newton Sings Justin Bieber

Not only can Carolina Panthers quarterback and recent top overall draft pick Cam Newton dominate SEC defenses, win a Hesiman Trophy and place his name in Auburn history, he can also sing. Check out this video of Cam Newton singing Justin Bieber’s baby, as shared with us by Marc Kohn on twitter:

That video shows exactly what the Panthers drafted: An outgoing, charismatic quarterback who wants to be more than just a football player. For better or worse, the rookie quarterback will not shy away from the spotlight for the Carolina Panthers.

Oklahoma City Thunder’s Chances Plagued By Youth, Immaturity

It is the Oklahoma City Thunder’s youth that continues to plague them in the Western Conference Finals against the Dallas Mavericks — not their talents. After falling in Game 3 at home 93-87 and going down 2-1 in the series, the Thunder now face a treacherous challenge to overcome the hot Mavericks and their late-game closer Dirk Nowitzki.

The Thunder arguably have the best roster remaining in the postseason based on skill level and talent. They feature two All-NBA talents in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, one of the best post defenders in Kendrick Perkins and a great cast on the bench. Unlike the three superstars in Miami, this is a complete team. Yet, thanks to their immaturity and youth, they’ve failed to figure things out late in games to come out on top.

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Clippers Center Chris Kaman Went Gun Shopping to Prepare for Rapture Day

Rapture Day came and went. I’m here, you’re here (at least I believe so), and the notorious scare of May 21st’s Judgement Day is finished. However, that same scare led to Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman purchasing a few guns.

Kaman tweeted “Just in case anything fishy happens tomorrow I bought a few more guns.” Following the tweet, he displayed a few photos (one pictured above) of rather large guns that could do serious damage.

Some may think this is all fun and games, but NBA commissioner David Stern will not. Thanks to one idiot amongst the NBA ranks, the Association holds a strict policy against firearms and that’s probably something Kaman wouldn’t be advised to share.

Minnesota Vikings DE Ray Edwards Wins Boxing Debut, Practiced Abstinence

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards made his boxing debut Friday night in Minnesota, defeating former kickboxer T.J. Gibson by unanimous decision. The 6-foot-5, 258 pound monster was much larger than the 5’9″ 222 pound Gibson and put his size to use. Yes, you’re eyes didn’t mislead you, he beat up on someone 36 pounds lighter and seven inches shorter than him.

Interestingly enough, to defeat his puny opponent (compared to his standards), Edwards practiced abstinence during his training regimen. By practicing abstinence, the Minnesota Viking was obeying the infamous boxing theory that sex affects fluidity in the ring.

“I’ve looked up to guys like Bernard Hopkins, Roy Jones, Floyd Mayweather, guys who are the greatest to do it – they said they didn’t do it,” Edwards said, referring to his abstinence.

In this situation you must feel sorry for his poor girlfriend, or wife, who’s been deprived during his last two-months of training.

I’m happy for any NFL player who attempts something different during this NFL lockout. Especially, guys like Ravens safety Tom Zbikowski and Edwards who are tackling the grueling sport of boxing. However, I’m not a fan of Chad Ochocinco’s publicity stunts ranging from attempting to play soccer for an MLS team and idiotically trying to ride a bull.

Actually, forget it. These athletes need to get back to playing football. I’m past the point of annoyed with the NFL lockout. The next question is will Edwards decide to make this fight happen.

Photo Credit: Jeff Wheeler/Star Tribune

Golfer Lee Westwood May Close Twitter Account Because of Fan Abuse

In honor of “Twitter Issues Surrounding Englishmen Day”, I bring attention to Lee Westwood’s consideration to close his social media account. Apparently, the PGA Golfer doesn’t appreciate the written abuse from “idiots” on Twitter.

”It’s social media, not social slagging. It seems to have turned into that for some people,” Lee Westwood said. Westwood, and his Ryder Cup teammates who also tweet, have been upset with the negative thoughts fans have expressed towards the golfers.

Northern Ireland golfer Graeme McDowell believes some of the criticism from followers is evil. ”People open an account and all they want to do is abuse celebrities and sportsmen to try to get a response,” McDowell said. ”You try not to encourage them, and generally I just block them, but if you want to stay on it you’re going to have to accept some absolute trash that people talk.”

If Westwood does decide to close his account, it would mark the second time in less than a month we’ve seen an athlete succumb to the public abuse. There are many sports fans who envy the money and fame that professional athletes receive. The jealousy just leads to written, and sometimes verbal, abuse from supporters towards athletes in spite of their success. We don’t condone abuse by fans of players, however, it’s hard to have sympathy for these professional golfers who are complaining.

Cry me a freaking river, just ignore the haters, it’s not that hard. As a golfer, if you’d liked to give us insight on your daily grind, continue to tweet and wear a thick skin. You can’t let little things like these bother you as a professional. Besides, for every one jackass, there are ten people who truly care and appreciate what you have to share.

Wayne Rooney, Manchester United Players Face Possible Twitter Restrictions

One of the best strikers in the world, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney, viciously threatened a fan via Twitter recently. Rooney told the Manchester United fan that he’ll, “put [the fan] asleep within 10 seconds.”

Rooney was responding to a Liverpool fan who wrote to him, “Rooney ya fat whore ill smash ya head in with a pitchin wedge an bury ya with a ballast fork ya fat ugly lil nonse.” Unfortunately Rooney didn’t ignore the tweet and had that harsh response.

Rooney’s irrational doings are causing a stir within the Man U organization. Manager Alex Ferguson couldn’t believe the idiocy behind Rooney’s comments and Twitter as a whole.

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Big Ten Officials and Commissioner Jim Delany Discuss Paying Athletes

The constant and persistent cry for NCAA athletes to be paid has resulted in an interesting development.  Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, with the approval of NCAA president Mark Emmert, discussed potentially paying student-athletes to help cover living expenses on top of their scholarships.  The meeting recently took place between Big Ten school officials and athletic directors.

“Forty years ago, you had a scholarship plus $15 a month laundry money. Today, you have the same scholarship, but not with the $15 laundry money,” explained commissioner Delany.

In theory, the idea of paying student-athletes thanks to growing TV revenue sounds brilliant.  But the fact of the matter is, most NCAA programs outside of elite college football programs lose money every season. So essentially, for the Big Ten, paying student-athletes isn’t a far-fetched idea due to the amount of revenue generated through schools such as Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, etc.  However, when you consider smaller conferences — like the C-USA, MAC, WCC, etc. — they would not be able to cover their expenses.

If there were a way to pay student-athletes beyond their scholarships, occurrences such as Jim Tressel and his five players at Ohio State might be less likely to occur.  Also, questioning the integrity of athletes like former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, would likely be evaded more often since everyone is getting paid.

The thought of paying student-athletes is awesome, but since most school athletic program’s lose money, it just wouldn’t work at this point in time.