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Sanford Health Ad on Target Center Upsetting Twins (Picture)

Whatever Sanford Health paid to put a giant advertisement on Target Center in downtown Minneapolis, they’ve certainly gotten their money’s worth based on the free advertising from the controversy they’ve created. The Twins are upset that the Timberwolves have sold a giant advertisement on the outside of their arena, right in time for the baseball playoffs. That means fans and viewers will be stuck with an eyesore hovering over the beautiful view of the city’s skyline. Not only that, it also means the Timberwolves and Sanford Health are capitalizing on the Twins’ success for added exposure. Here’s what the ad and skyline will look like according to a photo obtained by MinnPost.com:

Will the Twins counter with a billboard of their own erected in right field? I doubt it. Maybe the city will figure out a way to solve it. As it is, I don’t think most people would have noticed or given a second thought to the ad before this story hit the news wire.

Duke Student Karen Owen Details Her Sexcapades with Blue Devil Athletes

Duke University students and officials have found themselves under an assault of media attention for the wrong reason once again — kind of.  At the moment, it doesn’t appear any of the Blue Devils that were listed in Karen Owen’s phony senior thesis, which outlines sexual encounters she had over her college career with Duke student athletes, actually did anything wrong.

Yes, you read that correctly.  A young woman from Duke University actually chronicled — in detail — sexual experiences she had with 13 different student athletes.  In the full thesis, which can be read at Deadspin in its entirety with the “subjects” names, Owen gives each partner a raw score out of 10 based on various grading criteria such as the size of their hardware, how attractive they are, how aggressive they were, how creative they were, how entertaining they were, and their athletic ability.

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Nate Robinson Dunks on Shaq During Celtics Practice (Video)

The Boston Celtics have some big personalities on their roster this year.  The addition of Shaquille O’Neal has really put them over the top, whether you appreciate his antics or not.  It remains to be seen if the egos of these veterans will translate into a winning team.  One thing’s for sure: their antics — whether positive or negative — are going to be solid gold for the media.

It looks like Nate Robinson is really starting to come into his own with the team, specifically with regard to Shaq.  We all remember the Shrek and Donkey duo of Robinson and Glen Davis that emerged during the 2010 postseason.  Robinson already seems to share a similar dynamic with Shaq, as he’s been treating him like an older brother that he has no choice but to annoy.  That’s certainly evident in the picture of Nate feeding Shaq a cookie while The Big Shamrock was asleep.  Check out the video of Nate Robinson dunking on Shaq during practice:

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Fans Supporting Teams with Teeth Tattoos

Whether it’s getting your whole body tattooed with autographs from your favorite team or getting an ass tattoo for playoff tickets, fans do crazy things when it comes to their ink. It’s not even fans, either. We’ve seen athletes get tattoos on their necks, on their heads, and their butt. What I didn’t realize is that the latest fad is getting teeth tattoos. Chad Margulius of IntheOT.com has an uncle who is a dentist. One of his patients has this Canucks logo placed on one of his porcelain puppies:

I suppose the good news is, as Chad pointed out, compared to permanent ink at least you can just pull out your tooth when you get sick of it.

Tampa Bay Rays’ Reid Brignac Does the Dougie (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays clinched a postseason berth last night and decided to do what any athlete would do when they’re happy about something — the “Dougie Dance.”  Braylon Edwards Dougied on Darius Butler after he caught a touchdown pass against the Patriots and did it again on Sunday night against the Dolphins.  So what if he was benched for the first quarter of the game because he was arrested for a DUI?  The Dougie can’t be controlled.

To this point, I’ve never been truly uncomfortable watching someone do the Dougie.  That just changed.  Check out the Reid Brignac Dougie video, courtesy of The Big Lead via TampaBay.com:

Golfers Have Hot Wives/Girlfriends, Tiger Used To

From top to bottom: American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, American golfer and his hot wife/girlfriend, Tiger Woods

Missing from photo: Elin Nordegren

Ah, poor Tiger.  All these beautiful women joining their significant others at the Ryder Cup and no one by the side of the world’s wealthiest golfer.  I think Joslyn James and Holly Sampson were both invited but they had to go to a shoot or something?  Does that sound right?  I don’t know.  Something tells me Tiger won’t be as lonely in his hotel room as he looks exiting this plane.

Photo: The Sun

California Has Most Players in NFL, Louisiana Most Per Capita

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love a fun, territorial argument when it comes to sports. Being from LA, I will defend the Pac-10 til death, argue that Southern California has the best baseball, and claim there is an East Coast bias regardless of sport. I’ll also tell you that we have some pretty darn good high school football. The stats back it up.

Based on a review of all the rosters on the opening weekend of the NFL season, California produced the most players at 211. Texas was second with 181, and Florida was third at 177.

Per capita, Louisiana (68 out of 4.46 million), Mississippi (37 out of 2.84 million), and Hawaii (15 out of 1.21 million) have produced the most NFL players. The other states that have the most players in the NFL currently per capita are D.C., South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Texas, and Montana.

As for individual high schools, Woodland Hills High School in Pittsburgh, PA is the most accomplished, having six of its former students in the NFL (Steve Breaston, Rob Gronkowski, Ryan Mundy, Lousaka Polite, Shawntae Spencer, and Jason Taylor). Three other schools have five players.

Maurice Jones-Drew, Derek Landri, T.J. Ward, D.J. Williams, and Jackie Bates all went to Northern California powerhouse De La Salle in Concord. Ted Ginn, Antwaun Molden, Robert Rose, Troy Smith, and Donte Whitner all went to Glenville High School in Cleveland. The other top school is St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. They’ve produce Geno Atkins, Jeremy Cain, Tavares Gooden, Major Wright, and Sam Young.

14 schools have four players each in the NFL. Because I’m regionally biased, I’ll list the ones that matter to me: Dorsey in LA, Los Alamitos, Tustin, and Vista all from California have four each.

If this post wasn’t informative and interesting enough for you, then at the least hopefully it’s a nice piece of trivia that can win you a drink at the bar.