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The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints held a joint practice yesterday in preparation for Thursday’s preseason game, and received a visit from a special guest.

Jon Bon Jovi, a good friend of Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and lead singer of the aptly titled band ‘Bon Jovi,’ made an appearance and chatted with Belichick and Saints head coach Sean Payton.

No, your eyes do not deceive you. That is a smile on the face of Bill Belichick, which is to my knowledge the first piece of photographic evidence revealing the Patriots head coach does feel emotion.

According to Payton, it was during a Bon Jovi concert in Dallas that Saints GM Mickey Loomis called and offered him the Saints head coaching job, which he promptly accepted.

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This year’s NFL Hall of Fame class contained a new record of seven inductees, including John Randle, who has the most sacks by a defensive tackle in NFL history.

The previously undrafted stud has taken his talents elsewhere since his enshrinement. It seems as though you can win the help of John Randle and his super powers by playing the Minnesota lottery, along with having your vehicle break down on the way to a Vikings game.

After watching these two commercials I’m certain of one thing: If a movie of Randle’s life is ever made, it will star Michael Clarke Duncan. Of course I don’t think Duncan can relate to Randle’s comedic touch.

Fresh of his creation of the new Miami Heat anthem, rapper Flo Rida made his way to the west coast to throw out the first pitch at a Seattle Mariners game.

Flo Rida’s song “Jump” is played at home games when Ichiro Suzuki is at the plate. Last year he presented the all-star outfielder with a special copy of “Jump,” with Ichiro’s name worked into it.

Right now his focus may be on baseball, but come November I’m sure you can find Flo Rida at American Airlines Arena in Miami watching the new super team.

Actress and singer Hilary Duff is engaged to hockey player Mike Comrie of the Edmonton Oilers, although he’s not her only sports connection.

Duff, a Houston native, was recently seen out and about sporting a Texas Longhorns shirt. I guess she’s just as excited for college football as the rest of us.

A wedding date for the couple has yet to be announced. It seems like hockey players are all the rage this summer, as singer and former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators back in July.

Despite Tiger Woods finishing a career-worst 18 over par at the Bridgestone Invitational this past weekend, there is a noteworthy highlight.

The winner, Hunter Mahan, recently became engaged to former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Kandi Harris, who took to twitter for the first time in nearly four months to congratulate her future spouse.

Harris is a former Dallas Mavericks dancer as well. Mahan came away with a $1,400,000 purse as a result of his victory, so that should be a nice amount to start the couple off right.

Access Hollywood correspondent Maria Menounos is known as being a die-hard Boston Celtics fan, but last night we found out she is capable of doing much more than just watching sports.

Prior to the Hall of Fame game, the NFL preseason opener between the Bengals and Cowboys, the Madden NFL 11 ‘Pigskin Pro-Am’ was held on NBC.

There was a mixture of celebrities and former athletes on both teams, but it was Menounos who came away with the MVP, sacking Kurt Warner in the process.

Quinton Aaron, aka Michael Oher from The Blind Side, and The Office star Craig Robinson provided some bulk for each team. Jerry Rice and Joe Montana along with Warner came through with the veteran support.

Eating champion Joey Chestnut ate 54 hot dogs on the fourth of July to clinch yet another mustard belt, having won four contests in a row.

When a boxer is finished with a match, he has to wait a few months before he can compete again to let his body heal. One would think professional eaters such as Chestnut would take the same approach.

Shaq has challenged Chestnut to a hot dog eating contest that will air on his show Shaq Vs., and footage of the match has been leaked.

You’d think the number one eater in the world would take it easy during a friendly competition, but if you put the clips of the one below and the one on July 4 side by side, I don’t think I could tell the difference.

 

As you may know MMA fighter Quinton “Rampage” Jackson starred in the big-screen adaption of The A-Team this summer, although it was to the dismay of rapper “The Game.”

Both tried out for the role of B.A. Baracus, formerly played by Mr. T, and Rampage was selected. Game didn’t take to this kindly, and had a few words of constructive criticism for the wrestler.

“He couldn’t f*** with me. No disrespect to Rampage, but my dude Rashad Evans whupped that a**,” Game said. “When he had that UFC fight against Rashad Evans and he lost, I felt like that was me [winning]. ‘Don’t you know n****? I play Mr. T better than you! I pity the fool! I went in there [the audition] and I killed the Mr. T role on my screen test.”

Of course being an aggressive person by nature and profession, Jackson retaliated. “He totally disrespected me and stuff. So I told The Game: ‘Look here Game, we could have an act off where you play the role of B.A.; then we can have a rap off where you rap and I rap; then let’s get in the cage and have a sparring match, let’s see who’ll win.’ I told the Game that and he shut up talking. No response, it’s like crickets for real.”

This could get interesting, or it could die down within the next couple of days as 99% of these disputes usually do. Either way A-Team has grossed over $76 million to date, so I doubt the producers have any regrets about their decision.

Major League Eating may be the most questionable “sport” out there, but that doesn’t mean its “athletes” don’t get star treatment.

Joey Chestnut, the number one eater in the world, will go on a Pepto-Bismol-sponsored tour this month. He will face five challengers at each venue, who will win $100 and a year’s supply of Pepto-Bismol if they beat the reigning champ.

As stated by Nathan Fox, brand manager of the company, “Americans love to celebrate summer by getting together and enjoying food with friends, but sometimes the enjoyment of summer leads to eating just one too many.”

Fox is convinced that Chestnut can help Pepto-Bismol become the default brand of choice for those unfortunate enough to “eat just one too many.”

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The best thing to come from the whole LeBron “Decision” saga has been the parodies, coming in different forms from all directions.

NBA free agent Anthony Tolliver had to choose whether or not to stay with his current team, the Golden State Warriors, or take a different path and sign with another team.

In the end Tolliver chose the Minnesota Timberwolves (I’m sure David Kahn couldn’t be happier about adding yet another power forward to the roster), but rather than have his agent break the news he took to a different outlet to announce his decision: YouTube.

“The Decision: Part Deux” as he calls it follows a LeBron-like script, but thankfully Jim Gray was not involved. Watch Tolliver’s announcement below.

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