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Rob Gronkowski got a birthday spanking from his mother

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New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski turned earlier 25 this week, but just because he has made two Pro Bowl teams doesn’t mean Gronkowski is immune to a little birthday treatment from mom.

On Saturday, the 25-year-old posted the above photo to his Twitter account of himself braced for impact from a spanking delivered by his mother. Probably not an image you would have expected from Rob Gronkowski regarding how he spent his birthday, but here we have it.

Pretty good form from mom, like she’s no stranger to wielding a paddle.

Photo via Twitter/RobGronkowski

Jackie Bradley Jr let out his awesome afro

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Jackie Bradley Jr. usually wears his hair in braids, so it certainly was a change to see him let it all out on Saturday. And we love him for it.

Would you look at that beautiful, round, shapely hair. How perfect is that?

You really think it was Bradley Jr.’s solid performances in the minor leagues that convinced Ben Cherington to bring him up? No way. He took one look at the homie’s major league ‘fro and said, “we need that up with the big club.”

Here’s how Bradley’s hair looks with the braids in:

He’s gotta keep the ‘fro. Only, I wonder how tough it will be to fit the batting helmet over that?

Photo: Twitter/bryguyboxing
H/T Eye on Baseball

Teemu Selanne gets beautiful stick salute from Kings (Video)

Teemu Selanne DucksTeemu Selanne’s storied career came to an end on Friday night after a disappointing 6-2 defeat to the Los Angeles Kings in Game 7 of the Anaheim Ducks’ Western Conference semifinal series. Though Selanne did not go out with the exit he was hoping for with his team, he certainly received a sendoff for which he was worthy.

The Kings remained on the ice following their win to give Selanne a stick salute, as did the Ducks. Selanne grew emotional at the site and barely was able to keep himself from crying.

At 43, Selanne does not plan to play in the NHL again, though he has left the door open for the possibility of playing in the KHL.

Selanne broke into the NHL in the 1992-93 season as a rookie phenom with the Winnipeg Jets. He has played 1,451 games and scored 684 goals while recording 773 assists for an impressive total of 1,457 points, and he considers the 2007 Stanley Cup he won with Anaheim to be one of the crowning moments of his career.

“The 2007 Stanley Cup has to be the biggest crown for my career,” Selanne said after the game via the AP. “To be honest, the most proud I am is I have been able to play so many years and at this age. You all know when you get older, it’s not going to get any easier. But to be able to compete against these young guys and still enjoy this and play well, that has been the greatest thing in my career. I’m really thankful for that.”

Selanne ranks 15th in NHL history in total points and 11th in goals. He’s been playing so long that I remember being in fourth freaking grade when he burst onto the scene with 76 goals as a 22-year-old rookie. He led the league in goals two more times during his career and made 10 All-Star games. He will go down as one of the greatest Ducks and players in league history.

Jenny Dell goes to prom with high school junior

Trying to get a celebrity or television personality to go to prom with you on Twitter is one of the most popular moves a modern day high schooler can pull. It rarely works, but every now and then someone’s exhausting effort pays off. Such was the case with Rockland (Mass.) High School junior Cam Stuart, who went to prom with Jenny Dell on Thursday night.

It’s safe to say Stuart officially had the hottest prom date since Michelle Beadle killed it with her boy Jack Joblonski a few weeks ago. Stuart and his friends started a campaign on Twitter back in the fall to convince Dell to be his prom date, and eventually the former Red Sox sideline reporter responded. I hate to break it to Will Middlebrooks, but Dell and Stuart looked like a great pair.

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“I thought it was fantastic,” Dell told WCVB in Boston when asked about Stuart’s invitation. “When you see someone that puts that much time and effort into something, you have to take the time and give him the benefit of the doubt.

“There’s been people who have tweeted out here or there, ‘Will you come to prom with me?’, ‘Would you be my date to this wedding?’ but nothing like the effort that this man put in right here.”

Judging by Stuart’s Twitter account on Friday morning, it sounds the 16-year-old had a great time:

H/T The Big Lead
Photo: Instagram/Jenny Dell

JT Granato commits to Rice after coach writes letter to his cat

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The Rice Owls desperately want JT Granato to be their quarterback of the future. The Houston Kinkaid High School junior is a three-star recruit who led his team to an undefeated record last season, throwing for 3,500 yards, 42 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in the process. Earlier this week, Rice offensive coordinator Billy Lynch pulled out all the stops to land Granato.

Lynch somehow caught wind that Granato loves his cat, and he sent him a recruiting letter addressed to the feline. It was addressed to “Kitty Granato,” although the cat’s real name is “White Sox.”

“As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him,” Lynch wrote, according to Joseph Duarte of the Houston Chronicle. “I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.”

The unique pitch must have worked. On Thursday, Granato gave Rice a verbal commitment. His father announced the news on Twitter.

“@JGranato10 committed to Rice today,” John Granato wrote on Twitter along with the photo you see above. “Rice closed the deal by sending JT’s cat a recruiting letter. Well done Owls.”

JT also expressed his excitement.

Coaches are always looking for an edge with recruits, and many of them think sending tons of recruiting letters in a single day gives them that. Sometimes all it takes is one letter to a high schooler’s cat to seal the deal.

H/T College Football Talk

Jeff Van Gundy bummed Rihanna is not stalking him (Video)

Rihanna has been spotted at a number of NBA playoff games recently, many of which have been broadcast on ESPN/ABC. As a result, Jeff Van Gundy joked during the first half of Game 6 between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night that Rihanna may be stalking him. Sideline reporter Lisa Salters tried to find out if that was true.

In the second half, Salters explained that she spoke to Rihanna and asked her if she is closely following Van Gundy.

“I asked her,” Salters said. “She did need me to point out who Jeff is, but I asked her if she is stalking Jeff. She said, ‘Hey, maybe I am.’ Jeff, you need to go introduce yourself.”

Rihanna’s flirtatious attitude did not sweep Van Gundy off his feet. Instead, he was crushed that the famous artist didn’t know who he was.

“You know, you just deflated my whole night,” Van Gundy said. “You know what I mean? I’m heartbroken that she didn’t know who I was. Wow.”

Don’t take it personally, Jeff. Rihanna is probably too busy figuring out which bra she’s not going to wear to games to learn who the announcers are.

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Photo via @cjzero

Andrew Wiggins has an insane vertical leap

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Want to know why NBA prospects are salivating over Andrew Wiggins? For starters, he averaged 17.1 and 5.9 rebounds per game as a freshman at Kansas. And then there’s the whole jumping 37 feet in the air thing.

Wiggins is listed at 6-foot-8 and is a guard. He’s tall for a backcourt player to begin with, and his insane vertical leap proves that he has virtually no physical limits. Wiggins is the type of raw prospect that NBA coaches are dying to mold into a superstar.

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