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Phoenix Coyotes have a championship belt they give to player of the game (Picture)

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The Phoenix Coyotes have some professional wrestling fans in their locker room, which is why they have decided to incorporate the WWE into their game day festivities. According to Puck Daddy, goalie Jason LaBarbera sent defenseman Keith Yandle, who is also a huge wrestling fan, a photo of his replica title belt in 2011. That put the wheels in motion for a present-day tradition.

The photo you see above shows the championship belt the Coyotes’ Player of the Game now has the honor of wearing each the team wins. Mikkel Boedker, who scored two goals in a win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, was the first recipient of the new customized piece of swag. The best part about it is that the player who currently “holds the title” has to drape it over his shoulder while talking to the media.

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Mike Woodson has a fantastic shirt with his own face on it (Picture)

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By most accounts, New York Knicks head coach Mike Woodson seems like a fairly humble guy. And when humble people wear t-shirts with their own face on them, it can be pretty damn funny. That’s why Woodson pulls off the look you see above to perfection.

On Tuesday, Chris Herring of the Wall Street Journal shared a photo of Woodson at Knicks practice wearing a shirt with his own face and signature goatee on it. When Herring asked him about the shirt, Woodson told him that the face on the shirt kind of looked like Herring’s if only he grew some thicker facial hair.

According to the MSG Network’s Alan Hahn, the shirts are the uniforms New York’s assistant coaches will be wearing on this week’s edition of “The Mike Woodson Show,” which is a behind-the-scenes look at Woodson’s life as a coach at Madison Square Garden. If several people wearing a shirt with Woodson’s face on it sounds like it would be your thing, you best be tuning in.

H/T Ball Don’t Lie

Ray Lewis, Ravens wearing custom Super Bowl cleats (Pictures)

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Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens will be wearing custom cleats when they take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday. As you can see from the photo above, some players will be wearing flashy-looking gold cleats. Others will be wearing ones that are mostly purple.

Lewis, of course, will be wearing more than just fancy colors. Near the toe of his footwear is a screen print that reads “Psalms 91,” which is a bible reference that Lewis called attention to with his undershirt after the Ravens first-round playoff win over the Indianapolis Colts.

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No 49ers player was more swagged out for his press conference than Michael Crabtree

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Now that Michael Crabtree is finally living up to his billing as a No. 1 receiver, he’s starting to truly let some of his swagger show. The 49ers receiver showed up to his postgame news conference on Saturday with sunglasses on, and he did the same for his press conference on Monday.

Look at Crab, looking like a young Deion Sanders on stage with his sunglasses and chain hanging. He’s starting to get all Prime Time on us. Next thing you know he’ll be loaded up on the gold jewelry and starring in Nike commercials. Let’s just hope that his strong play doesn’t lead to the diva personality he allegedly had in college coming out.

Crabtree did had 9 catches for 119 yards and two touchdowns against the Packers on Saturday. He finished with the regular season with 85 catches for 1,105 yards and 9 touchdowns — all career-high marks. In truth, we’re actually pleased to see him playing so well. We always believed he was a No. 1 receiver and felt a combination of foot/toe injuries and shaky quarterback play prevented him from achieving that status. He’s finally reaching it.

As long as Crab doesn’t go all Carmelo Anthony M. Bison on us, we’ll give him a pass for wearing his sunglasses indoors.

The Adirondack Phantoms have tuxedo jerseys … and they’re spectacular (Picture)

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The Adirondack Phantoms, the AHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, may have lost to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in a shootout on Monday night, but they closed out 2012 in style. The Phantoms decided to go tuxedo jersey for their New Year’s Eve game. We didn’t even know going tuxedo jersey was a thing, but they went there.

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I have to say, I’m surprised Bridgeport didn’t just shake their opponents’ hands and call it a night once the Phantoms took the ice rocking these bad boys. When the team you’re playing is wearing tuxedo jerseys you know you’re getting out-classed — no matter what the final score says.

In a sports world where we see hideous uniforms like this, tuxedo jerseys are a breath of fresh air.

H/T The Big Lead
Photos via @PhantomsHockey

Clippers unveiling ‘A Tribe Called Bench’ shirts; Phife Dawg wants one

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The Los Angeles Clippers are one of the top teams in the NBA, and if the shirt above is any indication, they also have some of the best team morale.

According to ESPN LA’s Arash Markazi, the Clippers will be debuting these “A Tribe Called Bench” shirts on Christmas Day. The shirt’s slogan is a play on the name of the famous hip-hop group “A Tribe Called Quest” (LB’s favorite group of all time), which has become the nickname for the team’s second unit.

The shirt features the mugs of the team’s bench players. From top-to-bottom, left-to-right, pictured are: Lamar Odom, Ryan Hollins, Grant Hill, Trey Thompkins, Ronny Turiaf, Jamal Crawford, Eric Bledsoe, Willie Green, and Matt Barnes.

Markazi wrote an article on Dec. 9 explaining how the “A Tribe Called Bench” nickname came about. The short version is people decided the bench needed a nickname, and someone on Twitter suggested that one.

We’ve actually been down this road many times before. Almost every time a team’s bench unit begins playing well, it acquires the nickname “The Bench Mob.” The Basketball Jones had a rundown on this tired trend. Last season, the Knicks’ bench was named “Mobb Deep.” At least this Clippers’ nickname is original.

The best part about the shirt is that Phife Dawg, one of the group’s rappers, told Markazi he wanted one of the shirts. I’ve got an idea for a trade, Phife: Clippers give you a box of shirts, and you come to LA and perform for all the Tribe fans at Staples Center. Deal?

Photo credit: Arash Markazi

Raptors F Amir Johnson has his own face on his shoes (Picture)

The sneakers you see above belong to Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson. He wore them in his team’s opener against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night. The face you see on those sneakers also belongs to Amir Johnson.

It takes a certain type of person to want their own face looking back at them when they look down at their feet, but to each his own. LeBron James was wearing some crazy kicks with some personalized inscriptions on them when the Miami Heat kicked off their season, but I don’t think even he would have the stones to put his own face on his sneakers. Johnson proudly shared a picture of the shoes on Twitter before Wednesday’s game, so I guess you can say he has swag. Good for him.

H/T The Basketball Jones via Eye on Basketball