Morning Link Dump
Obligatory Sports Babe
We'll continue MLB WAG week with Selita Ebanks. The Cayman Islands-born model isn't currently dating any professional athletes, but did spend a couple years as Ryan Howard's main squeeze, which is good enough for me.
(Frankly, I've been looking for an excuse to put Selita Ebanks in the OSB spot for a while now.)
Today's Sports Birthday
Swiss footballer Hakan Yakin turns 35 today.Yakin is mostly remarkable for having played for 12 teams his 14 year career, and having had three separate stints with Swiss club Basel.
Actually, I just really like this guy's name. That's all.
Retired NBA power forward Charles Oakley is 49 years-old and totally beyond giving a shit about anyone's feelings. The former toughest man in basketball went on Jim Rome yesterday, and proceeded to insult just about everyone. Here's what he had to say about Kevin Garnett:
"Garnett left Minnesota and hollered and screamed and all that, but he's not a tough guy. He's one of the weakest guys to ever play the game. He's a complimentary player and went to Paul Pierce's team and won a championship. I wouldn't consider him a top-10 tough guy."
He then went on to rip Charles Barkley, Kendrick Perkins, and President Eisenhower.
(Via Sports Talk Network)
Congratulations to Davonte Neal — the last of ESPNU's top 150 high school players to not announce his intentions for next year — for getting his collegiate career off to a roaring start. The wide receiver scheduled a letter-signing press conference at his old elementary school yesterday, only to wind up no showing. (He later released a statement saying he would play at Notre Dame next year, and that he would apologize to each one of the elementary school kids who came to see him.) (Lost Lettermen)
Chris Brown and WWE Superstar CM Punk were legitimately going at it on Twitter yesterday. (TMZ)
Speaking of no-showing, it sounds like Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell may have left his fiancée standing at the alter. (Black Sports Online)
A signed Jeremy Lin jersey was just auctioned off for $42,000. Linsanity has gone from being a cute phrase to being an actual mental illness. (The Sports Bank)
Magic Johnson will be launching his own cable network next summer. (Jocks and Stiletto Jill)
Oh, the Toronto Sun, there literally are no words to describe you.
This isn't sports-related at all, I just can't stop watching this goddamn video. (Yes, there are some super NSFW lyrics in here. You've been warned.)