Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan Collaborate in Jam Video

My man HG over at You Been Blinded posted a video of Michael Jackson teaching Michael Jordan how to dance some time last year. Who knew that would become such a time treasure a matter of mere months later? Typically I don’t mix non-sports stuff in here on the site, but even LBS was a fan of the King of Pop (I feel so much more vindicated for having MJ in the iPod all these years now). So when I came across this video on YouTube again I felt I had to post it. Kind of cool to watch two of the best in the world at their specific trades interact:

Is it amazing or what that Jordan could be that stiff dancing and that Jackson could be so uncoordinated at basketball? I always thought athletics and dance moves went hand-in-hand. Guess I was wrong. Man, it’s almost hard to decide who was better at what he did. I’d say they were pretty much equals and bless them for working so hard at what they did for our enjoyment.

Video: Mr. T Singing at Wrigley Field for 7th Inning Stretch, Throws First Pitch

Dude, you want to talk about people who have aged, Mr. T looked more like Kimbo Slice’s grandfather than the dude who played Clubber Lang. Anyway, Mr. T actually was at Wrigley Field on Memorial Day to run the traditional gauntlet of throwing out the first pitch and singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame for the 7th inning stretch. Check out the old man in action:

As you heard Scott Van Pelt clowning in the video, the outfit just needs to go. If he can’t afford all the gold jewelry anymore, then he should get with 2009 and just throw on a pair of jeans or something instead of those ridiculous pants. The Best of the Best headband was so 1989 too. And if the wardrobe wasn’t enough, I think barking the lyrics to Take Me Out to the Ballgame is a little much. Dude, you’re leading the song, not ordering us to sing. Take it easy!

(video via Total Pro Sports)

So That Madonna’s Looking Pretty Hot

I’ve already touched on Alex Rodriguez’s pretty crappy taste in women. Just in case you had some vision of Madonna looking hot and sexy from one of her 80s music videos, let me give you a taste of what she looks like now.

Honestly A-Rod, you’re telling me you’re really into that? Yeeesh. She’s looking like Carrot Top with a bleach job. Yuck.

ESPYs Promoting Sober-Driving

One of the absolutely coolest things about attending events like the Oscars and the ESPYs are the gift bags you get as party favors. I mean these things are serious fun bags, like more so than Salma Hayek’s. One of my co-workers made it known today that the Oscars gift bag is valued at a minimum of $50,000. That’s freaking crazy. How is that possible, you ask? Well, just take a look inside the ESPYs VIP gift bag, which by my loose count exceeds $10k with ease. Awful Announcing did some great leg work in bringing the ESPYs VIP bag to my attention and it was the second item on the list that caught my eye more than all. Ready for this one? The ESPYs are providing all VIP guests a premium breathalyzer from AlcoMate. Nice. Let’s just hope they gave a few extras to Carmelo Anthony, Brandon Marshall, and Tony La Russa.

Oddly enough, one of the other gifts is six bottles of Zaca Mesa wine. A bit of a mixed message, no? But did you see some of those gifts? My favorite might be the one from Chipotle where you can get a free burrito a week for a year. Cosmo Kramer is all about it, no doubt. Some of the other posh gifts include a free membership for a year to one of the four Sports Club locations. To the best of my knowledge, membership to the LA Sports Club is several thousand dollars (like 10) a year. That’s where A-Rod lifted while he was in town and where he goes in NYC. Honestly though, just what a bunch of athletes pulling down $5 million a year need — giftcards to Subway. Please.

David Ortiz Rolls with Captain Morgan

I’ve said it before, some pictures are worth a thousand words. This would be one of them.

Somehow I don’t think this would be funny if it were any other player, but being Big Papi, it all of a sudden becomes funny. Of course I could be overstating things, but he just cracks me up. Anyone else catch the way he has his leg kicked up to imitate Captain Mo? And in case you were wondering, that’s Maria Menounos on the left. She’s like Jacoby Ellsbury — definitely overhyped, but good enough to play a key role on the team. Nice to see Papi’s recovering well from his wrist injury, too.

(pic courtesy Marion Curtis/Startraks)

Jose Canseco Knocked Out in Fight with Vai Sikahema

OK, so I know I was clamoring for a Jose Canseco/Curt Schilling boxing match, but instead we had to settle for Canseco getting his ass knocked out by Vai Sikahema. The two fought in Atlantic City after Sikahema accepted the challenge — Canseco had been offering 5 grand for someone to fight him. The 5,000 capacity stands were only about a quarter full according to the Atlantic City Press, with most fans there to support boxers on the undercard.

As for the action in case you were wondering, Jose Canseco got his ass knocked the **** out. No surprise. Sikahema came at him like a bull from the opening bell, knocking him down twice before the fight was finally stopped after Sikahema slammed Canseco with a flurry of punches. Ringside reports say the fight lasted slightly longer than Canseco’s stint with the Devil Rays. Sikahema was just disappointed he didn’t end the fight within 30 seconds. Maybe next time, buddy. Hopefully Canseco can now make a mortgage payment with the paycheck he pulled for getting his brains beat in. Sounds like a great business model.

Chipper Jones Snubbed by Kelly Clarkson

When I read this story, I was literally laughing out loud. Here’s Chipper Jones, high royalty in the baseball universe, and he’s telling a tale of being snubbed by a singer who made a name for herself on a TV reality show. As he told Kenny Mayne in the latest Outtakes interview from ESPN the Mag:

KM: Do you get recognized everywhere you go by now?

CJ: Funny story about that. Last year I was at the Daytona 500 with a friend and Richard Childress. Kelly Clarkson, who had sung before the race, came into the room. She walked my way, looking at me like she knew who I was, so I started to put out my hand. Then she pulls out a camera and asks me to take a photo of her and her friends. My buddy lost it. I’m from Daytona, so everybody knows me there. I was so embarrassed that I just wanted to go get a beer. Boy, was I put out.

Wow, that is just too funny. I knew his luck was going bad but I didn’t think it was that horrible. Honestly, a dude approaching .400 who’s one of the top players in the last 15 years and he’s getting hung out to dry by a reality TV star? Kenny Mayne stepping up to the plate and doing a solid job filling in for Dan Patrick on the Outtakes. Good thing SI has Patrick’s page because I enjoy his humor and the interviews they transcribe into the mag as well. Quick thing about this particular issue of ESPN the Mag with the Rays on the cover.

I think I get the diversity angle they’re taking by putting the Japanese infielder (Iwamura), the white infielder (Longoria), the black outfielder (Crawford), and the veteran closer (Percival) on the cover, but they really screwed up. How can you possibly have a cover shot of the Rays and not include one of their starters? It’s the quality innings from the pitching staff — guys like Kazmir, Garza, and Shields most notably — that has led to their success as much as anything else. But a real cover should include a team photo including the coaches and front office, because the turnaround has been on all fronts.