This one’s pretty cool. Check out KD and DWade in a new ad spot for Gatorade. According to Complex, the Nike KD V Elite makes a nice cameo, courtesy of Kevin:
Via Complex Sports
Ok…so by now, between what Harvard did to New Mexico and what Florida Gulf Coast has done to just about everybody….your bracket might just look like crap. But how does it compare to the President’s bracket? Going into the Sweet Sixteen, President Obama’s bracket is outperforming 70% of other brackets, according to the USA Today. The President has 11 of the 16 teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen, his Final Four is intact. Check out an updated version of the President’s bracket below:
And just for kicks…check out what Presidential impersonators Key & Peele have to say about Obama’s bracket:
Via White House
After spending eleven seasons in Baltimore, Ed Reed is leaving the Ravens for Houston. An appreciative Reed took out a full-page ad in the Baltimore Sun to say goodbye and thank you to the city and his fans. The ad reads:
“Ravens Nation, My eleven seasons in Baltimore were more than I would have ever imagined, which is why I have such deep love for you all. I will forever cherish my time with the Ravens and the chills that ran down my spine when I finally kissed the Lombardi Trophy.
Special thanks to the City, Team, Organization and all the Fans! I’m going to miss being a part of this tremendous team and organization, but I’ll always be Baltimore and my Foundation will remain in this community, this is not a goodbye, but a See You Soon.
Thank you for everything Baltimore, God Bless you.
ED REED #20”
He’s definitely one classy dude. Check out the ad below:
Via USA Today
So this is pretty cool. And a great use of time in the offseason. This March, Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith spent his free time interning with US Representative Elijah Cummings (D). Representative Cummings governs a district that includes half of Baltimore City and most of surrounding Howard County. According to BaltimoreRavens.com:
“I was handling files, reading letters, relaying them, typing up what sponsors say, printing stuff,” Smith said. “I was the office guy.” Sounds like a whole lot of grunt work. “It was fun though,” Smith said with a laugh. “I enjoyed it.”
Smith was a criminal justice major at the University of Maryland, and decided that with some spare time this offseason he wanted to get out and do something outside the box. He talked to Ravens Director of Player Development Harry Swayne, who hooked up the government gig.
“It’s about seeing what’s out there,” Smith said. “As an athlete I feel like I always said, ‘Man, I can’t wait till I can just play football and I don’t have to worry about school.’ Now that all we do is work out and you have the rest of the day, I feel like I’m limiting myself if I don’t do anything else.”
Smith mostly worked out of the Baltimore office, but went to Capitol Hill a couple times. So what did he learn?
“I learned that there are really politicians that do a lot for their community – [Cummings] being one of them,” Smith said. “You can literally call your congressman and any issue you have, they can basically point you in the right direction if they can’t help you. I never really knew that.
“Being on that side and seeing how they work, it’s pretty cool. Their staff, they actually care. That says a lot when it comes to a city like Baltimore. You need people who are leaders and taking care of your area who really care.”
Via TD Daily
Check out the newest addition to the This Is SportsCenter family:
I’d watch the Not Top 10 with a laugh track! #brilliant
An advocate for same-sex marriage, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo appeared on “Face the Nation” on CBS to participate in a panel discussion as the Supreme Court takes up two same-sex marriage cases this week (California’s Proposition 8 and the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act). Brendon has spent years advocating for same-sex marriage and recently filed an amicus brief along with Minnesota Vikings punter (and outspoken advocate ) Chris Kluwe challenging California’s proposition 8:
“In my opinion, it’s just the evolution of civil rights and equal rights and athletes do a lot to change society, and this is something we can make a big difference on. It starts with bullying kids in elementary school and it goes all the way to legislation and treating everybody equally. This is a fight myself and a bunch of my colleagues we want to take up and we feel that everyone should be treated equally and we’re not going to stop until everyone is treated fairly and that’s especially including the LGBT community… It’s just a way of life that I have been, you know, being a biracial kid and knowing what it’s like to be a part of the minority, I know what it feels like to be treated differently and discriminated. So this is no different. The way the LGBT community is treated — the same as minorities, whether it’s African Americans or Latinos or Asians or even women comparing this to suffrage and the civil rights movement — it’s just the evolution of the same issue.”
For a full transcript of the discussion, see the Baltimore Sun’s coverage here. Check out a video of the segment below:
I think this is an amazing example of an athlete using his platform for a great cause. #highfive
This happened earlier in the month, but as the Heat continue their winning streak to 27 in a row, I thought it would be a good time to remind you guys that good old Chris Bosh is up to his same tricks:
Want more? USA Today put together a pretty nice compilation of the Top 5 Chris Bosh videobombs. Hilarious.
Not only is Tiger Woods the No. 1 golfer in the world for the first time since October 31, 2010, he’s also selling golf clubs at Dick’s Sporting Goods. Literally.
I didn’t realize Tiger was actually a little funny!
So after DeAndre Jordan did this to Brandon Knight:
Under Armour decided they wanted to get in on the action and are now selling a “Show Me Your Dunk Face” t-shirt for $28. UA is also running a Facebook contest: show Under Armour your dunk face and you could win a trip to LA to meet DeAndre Jordan. Enter the contest here!
Via Cosby Sweaters
I have to admit, these Harlem Shake videos are mildly amusing. Even though we all know it’s not the real Harlem Shake, the dance craze definitely picked up steam
and proved it won’t die once our favorite athletes, teams and announcers threw their hats in the ring and filmed their own versions in locker rooms, weight rooms and film sets:
The Miami Heat gave it a go:
JaVale McGee keeps on winning
while being super weird:
Manchester City Football Club gave us this:
Because the Oregon duck is my favorite thing ever:
Inside the NBA gave us this gem:
And after the Timberwolves lost to the Heat, we got this: