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.

Charles Barkley Took Money From Agents in College, Doesn’t See the Issue

For every few thousand people out there that are outraged over the idea that college athletes would accept money and gifts from sports agents, there’s one who sees nothing wrong with it at all.  Marshall Faulk said he would have taken money while in college and now Charles Barkley not only says he also would have — he did.

In an interview with the Dan Patrick Show that can be heard here, Barkley said he took money from agents in college and thinks there’s nothing wrong with it as long as you pay the person back.  He also thinks there was no need for Reggie Bush to give his Heisman Trophy back.

If a guy wants to borrow money from an agent because he’s poor, what is wrong with that?” Barkley said. “Nobody can tell me what is wrong with that. I got money from agents when I was in college and I went in the ’80s. Most of the players I know borrowed money from agents. The colleges don’t give us anything. If they give us a pair of sneakers, they get in trouble. Why can’t an agent lend me some money and I’ll pay him back when I graduate?”

“I’m disappointed Reggie is giving the Heisman back because these colleges are making so much money off these kids,” Barkley said. “Reggie made one mistake. He should have paid those [agents] back and this whole thing never would have happened.”

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PETA Calls for End to College Fishing Team

I try to avoid doing stories on PETA wherever possible because I realize most of what they do is for one purpose — to gain publicity. But sometimes they have material that is so good I can’t resist passing it up. Amanda Beard posing nude was one of those moments. Sending a letter to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to ask the Mocs to shut down their fishing team is another. True story.

The Chattanoogan got a hold of the letter sent to the chancellor of Terrell Owens’ alma mater. PETA wants the chancellor to shut down the school’s fishing team, “the Mocs Bass Anglers, because of the suffering that fishing causes to animals and the dangerous message it sends to students.” They even went on to say “Fishing is a blood sport that causes immense physical and psychological suffering.”

I’ll let you marinate on that whole “blood sport” comparison because last I checked that was a badass Van Damme movie, but what do I know. I do have two points I’d like to make here. One, if we’re not to kill other animals, how will we feed ourselves? Why doesn’t some PETA person ‘splain me that one. Two, why is it that hunting certain animals, fishing, and horse racing are completely acceptable in society (and in some cases sports of the upper class), but dog fighting lands people federal prison? Just asking because there seems to be inconsistencies with the system. Thanks for the time, I’ll hang up and listen.