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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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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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The annual ESPY awards will be televised live on Wednesday, hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers. Many celebrities and athletes will be in attendance, including actors Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.

The duo is promoting their new movie, “The Other Guys,” and stopped by the ESPN studios to discuss the ESPY’s, and also chimed in on the show “Sports Nation,” which is hosted by Michelle Beadle and Colin Cowherd.

The first video features Ferrell and Wahlberg talking supposed ESPY awards, while the second video involves a debate between the two over “Sports Nation.”

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Last night LeBron James held a one-on-one interview with Jim Gray on ESPN to announce “The Decision,” as the program was aptly titled.

The announcement was held at The Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, but LeBron still wasn’t the only celebrity present.

Surprisingly enough Kanye didn’t interrupt LeBron during his announcement, although the interview that was conducted could hardly be more dramatic than it already was.

As BP’s oil spill disaster has consumed America, President Obama has had to devote most of his time and attention toward it. Joe Biden on the other hand is in a different situation, or should I say country.

While President Obama deals with the disastrous event in the gulf, Vice President Biden will be in South Africa attending the World Cup, “representing the United States” as he puts it.

Obama wasn’t too thrilled about Biden’s departure. “I am honored to be (here) representing the United States. The president is angry,” as he puts it.

Apparently Biden is part-Irish, saying “In the spirit of a genuine Irishman, we are going to beat England.” Surprisingly no one asked him why Ireland is absent from the World Cup this year, and what he thinks about Thierry Henry.

I’m sure he’ll get plenty of face time during the USA-England match on Saturday, which begins at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN.

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Rapper Fabolous is known to be a big Laker’ fan, although you can say that relating to just about any rapper. Oh, and would you look at that. He also appears to be reppin’ the Yankees.

He broke down the main pieces for each team with ESPN’s Page 2, see the transcript below. Go to Page 2 for the full article.

Los Angeles Lakers 

Derek Fisher: “Veteran. Can hit the big shot. Glad they brought him back.” 

Kobe Bryant: “He’s just Kobe. He’s one of the best I’ve seen with my two eyes.” 

Ron Artest: “He’s a specialist and he gets in the minds of people he defends.” 

Pau Gasol: “Great scoring big man and a great addition to the Lakers.” 

Andrew Bynum: “Young, big man. Through time, he will mature his game.” 

Coach Phil Jackson: “It takes a great coach to manage great players.” 

Boston Celtics 

Ray Allen: “He committed himself to being a great shooter.” 

Kevin Garnett: “He is the key piece to this Celtics’ team.” 

Kendrick Perkins: “He is the defensive piece on the chess board.” 

Paul Pierce: “He doesn’t always look pretty but he gets the job done.” 

Rajon Rondo: “As a point guard, he’s doing things we haven’t seen in a while.” 

Coach Doc Rivers: “He’s a great coach who knows the game.” 

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For over thirty years Chris Berman has been an anchor for ESPN, and now he is being rewarded for his contributions to the sports television industry with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

While some don’t take a liking to the Berman, he has nonetheless been named National Sportscaster of the Year six times.  The Swami has recently signed a contract extension with ESPN.

Others who will be honored with a star at some point in 2010 are actors Russell Crowe, John Cusack, Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson, and Mark Wahlberg, musicians Bryan Adams, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, ZZ Top and Roy Orbison (posthumously), and director James Cameron.

The road to the Hollywood Walk of Fame has already been paved for sportscasters before Berman, as longtime Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully has a spot as well.

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For the third consecutive year, ESPN correspondent and Dancing With The Stars contestant Erin Andrews will be reporting live from Washington D.C. for the 2010 Scripps Nationals Spelling Bee.

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison will also cover the event, playing host yet again for ABC. SportsCenter anchor Sage Steele will host the semifinal rounds on ESPN.

There are 273 spellers in this year’s bee, most ranging in the age of 12-14. The main coverage will air on June 4 from 8 to 10pm ET on ABC, with the semifinal rounds being broadcast on the same day from 10am to 1pm ET on ESPN.

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With baseball just getting underway and the NBA playoffs in full swing, it’s hard to get publicity for the NHL playoffs. So ESPN decided to promote the NHL playoffs by using analyst Barry Melrose in a knock-off of a popular beer commercial.

The Dos Equis “World’s Most Interesting Man” commercials are, well, interesting, and while commercial parodies are all in good fun, some are just not meant to be.

What butchers this parody is not necessarily Melrose, but the apathetic narrator who appears as if he could care less if people turn to SportsCenter for their NHL playoff coverage.

Watch Barry Melrose as “The World’s Most Interesting Analyst” below.