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Amare Stoudemire, DeSean Jackson, Chris Bosh are the Cool Kids in Nike Video

Back when I was in school, one of the hottest shoes around were the Ken Griffey Jr. Nike Air Max. They had velcro with his number 24 on the strap and they came in the Seattle Mariners colors. Now it’s several years later but the Air Max shoes are still hot. In fact, check out Amar’e “STAT” Stoudemire, DeSean Jackson, and Chris Bosh as they gets Fresh Air from none other than Ken Griffey Jr. in this eye-popping Nike spot.

Teemu Selanne Has Swedish Flag Tattooed on Ankle, He’s from Finland

Generally when we talk about tattoos here on LBS, we like to make fun of those who got them.  When we see things like unicorns, Padres head tattoos, and Raiders face tattoos, we can’t really help ourselves.  While Teemu Sellane’s tattoo is horrible, it would be just plain wrong to make fun of him for it.  Why? Because we feel sorry for him.

According to the Swedish news source The Local, via SbB live, Selanne has a tattoo of the Swedish flag just above his ankle.  Those who are unfamiliar with Selanne might think it’s nice that he is proud enough of his homeland to represent with a tattoo.  Those of us who are a bit more familiar with Teemu know it sucks that the tattoo artist screwed up, because he’s from Finland.

Apparently Selanne was out drinking with his buddies more than 10 years ago and they decided it would be a good idea to blindfold him and drag him to a tattoo studio.  They told the artist to give him a tattoo of the Finnish flag, but he apparently was so nervous to be in the presence of Selanne that he screwed up the colors.  The flags of the two Scandinavian countries are identical except for the color scheme, and the artist just so happened to use the wrong ones.

Teemu said he was supposed to go back two weeks later and never did.  Perhaps he should return to the tattoo studio and fight the artist, since that’s something he recently did for the second time in his career.  You drink the booze, you lose.

Coco Crisp Unveils the Afro in Oakland

Oakland A’s outfielder Coco Crisp decided to get rid of his braids and go with a 70s afro look for his game Thursday evening against the Tigers. This picture of Coco rocking the fro comes to us from A’s reliever Brad Ziegler on twitter:

Here are more pictures of Coco Crisp’s afro, one courtesy of SF Chronicle columnist, John Shea:

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Super Sam Fuld Super Hero Cape Replaces Manny Ramirez Bobblehead Day

The way Manny Ramirez left the game of baseball is a disgrace. How someone could be stupid enough to fail a drug test twice — especially when it’s well-known that the league has cracked down on testing — is beyond me. Then again, we’re talking about Manny Ramirez.  Manny retired from baseball as a cheat and a quitter, but that’s not the real tragedy.

The most devastating aspect of Ramirez’s abrupt departure from the Rays is that he took Manny Ramirez bobblehead night away from the fans in Tampa.  Naturally, the team has to give something away on a scheduled giveaway night, so they made a move to the bullpen.  The image to the right is what the Rays will be giving away on May 29 — a Super Sam Fuld Super Hero Cape.  Wow.

Fuld looks like he could have a good year with the Rays.  He’s off to a hot start, batting .313, and is exciting to watch on the base paths with six steals already.  That being said, he’s 29 years old so I doubt he’s the next Ted Williams.  In fact, even if it were Ted Williams super hero cape giveaway night the idea would still be lame.

I hope there aren’t any fans out there who bought a ticket for May 29 solely to get their hands on a Manny bobblehead.  If so, they’ll likely demand their money back when they catch wind of the replacement.

Kyle Kendrick Has World Series Ring Stolen from Home

Unfortunately, it looks like last week was National Rob Baseball Players’ Homes Week. While Evan Longoria, David Price, and Reid Brignac were at the Rays spring training facility in Florida, thieves broke into the home they rent and stole more than $50,000 worth of possessions.  They lost things like iPads, watches, and TVs, but none of them lost something as important as what was stolen from the Mount Vernon home of Kyle Kendrick.

According to the Seattle Times, Kendrick had his World Series ring stolen from his home last week while he was away with the Phillies.  Based on the amount of stuff that was taken, police estimated the burglars were in the house for several hours.  Kendrick also lost an autographed Ken Griffey jersey, computers, clothes, and other electronics.  Police are investigating why his house alarm did not go off.

I know a lot of jealous people read stories like this and have a reactions like, “good, baseball players get paid too much anyway,” but you have to feel bad for the guy.  Yes, I’m sure he makes plenty of money and can buy new stuff, but you can’t replace a World Series ring.  It’s the most significant, tangible keepsake a player gets for winning a championship.  If would really suck if he can’t get it back.

Picture: Pete Rose’s Jacket at Reds Opener Was a Bit Loud

If Pete Rose is looking to gain acceptance back into the world of baseball, he should probably try to avoid looking like a headcase.  What is going on with this jacket?  If this was done in the spirit of April Fools Day, we get it.  That doesn’t make it funny.  If not, Pete should try looking in the mirror before he goes out in public.  If he looked in the mirror and liked what he saw before he left his house on Thursday, betting on baseball is the least of his problems.  Thanks to Hardball Talk via TedQuarters for the picture.

Larry Johnson on Grand Ma Ma’s Sweet Tea, UNLV, Converse, Nike, and Coaching

Former UNLV All-American and NBA All-Star Larry Johnson was the inspiration for the famous Grand Ma Ma character Converse marketed. Starring in the commercials that promoted “React Juice,” Grand Ma Ma was easily one of the most successful sneaker campaigns the NBA has seen. Years after Johnson’s NBA career came to an end, the Grand Ma Ma character is still beloved by basketball fans. Larry has used it promote a new line of Sweet Teas his beverage company is producing. Folks on the East Coast can begin to look for Grand Ma Ma’s Southern Sweet Tea on the shelves, and before long the hope is to have it in stores across the country.

Larry Brown Sports was lucky enough to talk with the former UNLV, Hornets, and Knicks star and we covered a wide range of subjects including the National Championship Game against Duke, his association with Converse and how a slight from Nike began that relationship, his feelings on coaching, and much more.

Larry Brown Sports: Recently Paul Silas said that Michael Jordan could still score 20 points a game in the NBA, what about you, how’s your game?

LJ: No, I can’t get two rebounds or score any points now. I left it all on the court when I played, my back is so bad.

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