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Saturday, February 23, 2019

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Chicago Man John Stone Fired for Wearing Green Bay Packers Tie to Work

There’s being a fan and then there’s being a fan.  Losing your job in one of the worst economies in American history because you’re committed to a football team?  Now that’s a real fan — or one of the most stubborn in the U.S. depending on your outlook.

John Stone, a 34-year-old car salesman who had worked at Webb Chevrolet in the Chicago area, was fired on Monday because he showed up for work wearing a Green Bay Packers tie and refused to remove it.  Stone told the Chicago Sun-Times that his boss, Jerry Roberts, told him he had two choices — take the tie off or lose his job.  When Stone chose the latter after five warnings, Roberts told him he was fired.

Wearing the tie may seem harmless to the outside viewer, but Roberts claims it could present serious problems and “make it harder to sell cars in what’s already a competitive environment.”  Roberts also said his dealership has deals with the Bears for advertising and some Chicago players even drive loaners from Webb Chevrolet.


Alfonso Ribeiro Does ‘The Carlton Dance’ At Orlando Magic Game (Video)

The Orlando Magic had a very, very special guest on hand Friday night when they demolished the Raptors.  Dwight Howard and the boys brought their A-game and cruised to a 112-72 victory over Toronto.  If Carlton Banks from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air was watching me play, I’d give it my all too.  Alfonso Ribeiro brought those of us who are in our 20s right back to our childhood when he busted out with The Carlton Dance in the third quarter.  Check out the video, courtesy of The Big Lead:

Does anyone else have Tom Jones stuck in their head after watching this?

Paul the Octopus Memorial Statue Draws Quite the Crowd

Paul the Octopus rose to celebrity prominence during the World Cup when the cephalopod correctly picked the outcome of all seven of Germany’s matches, not to mention the final won by Spain. He developed quite the following for doing something as simple as extending tentacles to grab a mussel, but the poor creature went tormented rock star on everyone and croaked at the height of his popularity. No worries though, the eight-armed German with a wikipedia page longer than Boris Becker’s, was memorialized Thursday at the Sea Life Center where his tank was located. Tell me these antics don’t make you sick:


Sports Uniforms Getting Uglier and Uglier

If only Mr. Blackwell were still alive… He probably would have had a heart attack and died, especially after seeing sports’ current version of the fashion statement. Uniforms. Watching last week’s Oregon-Auburn game, one might have gotten the impression that a box of Crayolas had exploded. Burnt orange and navy blue. Silver and some shade of green you’d be hard-pressed to find at a consignment shop. The amazing thing about Oregon’s duds (with the emphasis on DUD) is that the team wore a different jersey combination for each of their thirteen games this season and, like the sequels to Godfather, each was worse than the one before it. Team gear has become big business these days, as evidenced by the Ducks’ tribute to Diana Ross, with the size of the wardrobe selection they’ve been sporting. Perhaps the school took a page out of George Costanza’s book of dressing based on mood.

The funny thing about uniforms is that “uni” actually means one, according to my Latin language training. (I read Wikipedia). Maybe the word needs updating. Oregon rolled out a baker’s dozen, and seemingly every professional team has not only a home and away jersey, but also a third jersey designed to pry the money out of fervent fans who want to look like the human balance beam, Timofey Mozgov (namely a guy wearing a basketball jersey). There is also a relatively new phenomenon known as the throw-back which, in some cases, is code for throw-away. Anyone who has seen the Denver Broncos wearing their inaugural AFL uniforms can attest that these beauties were probably more enjoyable, say, in the era of black-and-white television screens.


Brett Favre ‘What Should I Do?’ Video Spoof is Just Phenomenal

For whatever reason, Brett Favre spoofs just seem to come naturally to people.  There are spoofs about athletes all the time, and many of them try too hard and just aren’t funny at all.  Between the newest Favre parody and the one SNL did a few months back, people have been nailing it left and right.  We’ve had Michael Jordan’s serious response to the LeBron James “What should I do?” commercial, and now we have a piece of solid gold that continues to remind people how much of a douche the Ole Gunslinger is.  Check out the Brett Favre ‘What should I do?” video, courtesy of YouTube user Tyacenda:

It can’t possibly get any better than that.  Perfect.

Oakland Raiders Fan Face Tattoo: Commitment to Ugliness

It seems to be somewhat of a tattoo week here at LBS, but most of it can be attributed to Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks. Things started when we posted this ridiculous tattoo the loser of a fantasy football league had to get. Then through Hot Clicks we were exposed to the San Diego Padres fan who inked friar tuck all over his noggen. But the worst of all was this Raiders fan to whom I was introduced on Wednesday:

So Raiders fans are so hard they can tattoo their entire mugs, but they can’t afford tickets to the game? Maybe if he saved the cash from the eye black tattoo he could have managed a few ducats. Oh wait, forgot tattoos only cost a few packs of smokes in jail. Honestly though, Al Davis should consider something similar. It has to be better than what he’s got going on now.


These Boras Diaw Segway Pictures Are the Real Thing, Folks

Could you imagine a 6’8″ NBA player taking his dogs for a stroll in the park while riding a Segway?  That would have to be the result of a lost bet, right?  I’m afraid not.  Rumors were recently swirling that Charlotte Bobcats forward Boras Diaw rides a Segway to home games, but most people dismissed it as something Diaw does to get a rise out of people.  When David Arnott of the Bobcats blog Rufus on Fire caught Diaw out on a joy ride with his dogs, it became clear that Diaw is simply a Segway guy.  Here are the Boras Diaw Segway pictures, which were passed along by Ball Don’t Lie:

That, my friends, is a man who is comfortable in his own skin.