Morning Link Dump
Obligatory Sports Babe
Today marks my final link dump for theScore Buzz. It was my desire to drop a photo of Dmitri Young topless in here today, but such a picture ain't easy to come by. No more scouring the internet for shots of scantily clad babes; I can finally tell my women's rights focus group what I do for a living.
We'll run with Anna Benson, wife of former Major League pitcher Kris Benson, for today's entry to our baseball WAGs theme. Ms. Benson was famously quoted as saying she would sleep with all of her husband's teammates if she ever found out he cheated on her. She may want to take that back now that Kris is likely pitching for the Macon Cherry Blossoms in some Atlanta-area slob-ball league.
Today's Sports Birthday
Former Major League third basemen/outfielder/hot-head Bobby Bonilla turns 49-years old today. Bonilla began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and also spent time with the Mets, Orioles, Marlins, Dodgers, Braves and Cardinals. Although he last played in the Majors in 2001, Bonilla will collect an annual payment of $1.19 million from the New York Mets until 2036. Now that's management!
In which Charles Oakley rips Kevin Garnett and Charles Barkley on The Jim Rome Show, transcription via SportsTalkNetwork:
"[Kevin] 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."
"[Charles] Barkley, for his size, was a good player but he’s a coward though. He was a good player for his size but, he wasn’t a leader and wasn’t a role model. Now he talks so bad about younger guys, I don’t respect that from him…He’s a fraud, he can criticize all the younger kids and if he got something to say, call them and talk to them before you just blast them. He’s wants to be funny, that whole TNT thing and all that, they’re like some clowns on that show."
Iman Shumpert planned to jump over a couch in honour of Jeremy Lin at the dunk contest. (NY Post)
The top ten dunks in slam dunk contest history. What, no Rex Chapman? (Midwest Sports Fans)
The Los Angeles Clippers are no longer a joke, but a bunch of practical jokers that charge room service to each other on the road. (L.A. Times)
Nike unveils 'Hyper Elite' USA Basketball uniforms. (Nice Kicks)
Caroline Wozniacki’s Richie Tenenbaum moment. (Busted Racquet)
Seton Hall students' court-storming FAIL:
(Via Rant Sports)
Blake Griffin dunks over all the Nuggets: