Archive for July, 2010


When it comes to obsessions, hockey is often the source for most Canadians. Rush bassist and lead singer Geddy Lee, however, obsesses over America’s pastime as opposed to the fastest game on ice.

Lee recently did an interview with ESPN, and the subject of fantasy baseball arose. He calls himself a “huge devotee of the hobby,” and goes on to name the studs and duds of his roster. I’m impressed.

On June 5, 2008, Lee donated his entire collection of almost 200 autographed Negro League baseballs to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.

The above photo is of Lee at a Toronto Blue Jays game. Not sure how many celebrities the Bluebirds usually attract, but I doubt they’re at the Yankees level.

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Rapper Rick Ross has already declared himself the next Jack Nicholson, and will look to make a name for himself as the Miami Heat’s biggest fan. Post-arrival of James/Bosh, of course.

Fellow hip-hop artist Flo Rida apparently supports the Heat as well, releasing a song called “We Already Won,” featuring rhymes centered around the Heat’s trio.

If you ask me that’s a bold statement, but judging from his musical moniker I would assume Flo Rida is a big fan of Florida. Somewhere Jay-Z is shaking his head in disgust…or maybe that’s amusement.

Listen to the song and watch Dwyane Wade posterize Anderson Varejao below.

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Shaq Serenades Justin Bieber

Now that Terrell Owens has been claimed, Shaquille O”Neal is undisputedly the biggest name remaining on the free-agent market of washed-up future hall of famers in any professional sport.

So with some time on his hands the Big Aristotle made his way down to one of his old team’s cities, Phoenix, where a certain teen pop sensation was performing a concert.

Not being one to back away from a once in a lifetime opportunity, Shaq made his way to the soundcheck before the concert and got a chance to show Justin Bieber his vocal skills.

I won’t be the one to judge the big fella’s talent, but I was able to surmise the following from the minute-long video: Shaq loves Justin Bieber just as much as any pre-teen girl in America.

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In the latest turn of Ron Artest-related events, the Laker star was interviewed by a man of equal uniqueness and personality.

That man? Ron Artest.

Apparently ESPN let Artest browse around the ESPN the Magazine’s chief editor’s office, as he will be a guest editor in chief for the magazine’s next issue.

Among the topics discussed were basketball, “Titanic,” and of course Artest’s music career, with a very interesting artist choice for a future collaboration.

Watch Ron Artest interview Ron Artest below.

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St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols was in New York for a series against the Mets recently and decided to drop by ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ to talk baseball, and managed to work some batting practice in as well.

He faced-off against Letterman, who surprisingly has some pop in his bat, and not to mention an athletic-looking swing.

Actor and comedian Denis Leary was a guest on the show as well, and was kind enough to play the role of pitcher for both of the contestants.

Watch the face-off first, followed by the interview.

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Newly acquired Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh is recognized around the NBA for making funny and creative YouTube videos, almost as much as he is known for his production on the court.

Bosh went on the ‘Late Night with Jimmy Fallon’ and took his shot-blocking ability with him. The two discussed Bosh’s new move and YouTube glory for a bit, but what ensued afterward has to my knowledge never been attempted before on a late night talk show.

Fallon challenged Bosh to a little one-on-one, as a basketball goal was provided on set. As you may have guessed the match was far from a competitive, but entertaining nonetheless.

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UFC star Quinton “Rampage” Jackson hasn’t been successful in the fighting business lately, but luckily he has another gig that’s working out for him nicely.

The fighter co-stars in the movie “The A-Team” which has been well-received by the public, drawing a rating of 7.4 based on upwards of 20,000 votes on IMDB.com.

“The A-Team” hit theaters on June 11, in the States at least. As to explain why they were in Madrid promoting the movie, I’m guessing it had a later release date in Spain.

Rampage (far right) looks a little out of it in this scene, but I’m sure he did a somewhat decent job in the movie. His mohawk does contrast nicely with the explosion in the background, so he’s got that going for him.

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MMA legend Randy Couture has shifted from mixed martial arts to acting, co-starring in the upcoming movie “The Expendables.”

Couture is also a former marine, serving from 1982-1988, so he jumped at the opportunity to show Marines stationed at the Camp Pendleton Marine Base in San Diego a pre-screening of his upcoming film.

Other co-stars such as Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis were present as well, and signed autographs for the crowd.

Here is the trailer for the movie, which looks like it could be the next big-time action flick. Judging from the cast, I don’t know how this film could go wrong.

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Dwyane Wade Goes On Jimmy Kimmel Live

One-third of the Miami Heat’s terrific trio managed to get away from all the hoopla in Miami, if only for one day. 

Of course he didn’t quite avoid the spotlight in Los Angeles either, as he appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ to talk Miami Heat basketball.

The interview is divided into two segments.

As usual Kimmel provides the humorously blunt sarcasm, and D-Wade’s not too bad either.

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Samuel L. Jackson may be one of the most powerful people in the entertainment industry, so when he tells you to do something, you do it. When he tells you to jump you not only ask how high, but which direction.

So, Atlanta Falcons fans, when Samuel L. Jackson tells you to “Rise Up,” you subsequently “Rise Up,” because that’s what Falcons do, isn’t it? They rise up. Just watch the video, complimented by a synchronized choir.

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