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Drew Gooden’s beard is a bet, but the pubic hair patch last year was all his idea

If you’ve been paying attention to the NBA this season then you’ve noticed the Bulls Drew Gooden’s mangled mess of a beard. And if you’ve really been paying attention then you’ve probably noticed that Gooden isn’t the only one sporting the Billy goat look. In particular, we’re talking about Washington’s DeShawn Stevenson. Turns out the two made a friendly wager over the summer to see who could resist the razor longer.

We both live in Orlando during the offseason, and we were talking,” Gooden said. ”I had the ducktail going last year, and he wanted to do something crazy this year. I said, ‘I’m not going to cut my beard this year, and I bet you can’t do it.’

”That’s how it all started. I dared him, and now we’re to this point. There are some penalties for whoever cuts the beard first.

Obviously, the first penalty would be losing the respect of lumberjacks across the nation, but the penalty Gooden is referring to is the $20,000 that is at stake. That’s a whole lotta money for just growing a beard and proper beard etiquette clearly states any beard bets over $500 are to be announced publicly in advance. Rumor has it that Kimbo Slice, Baron Davis and ZZ Top are pretty pissed they didn’t get invited to participate.


[]: Gooden hopes to be hair for the long run

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Bulls’ mascot says `Screw Oprah’ and heads straight for the Jerry Springer show

Oh how the mighty have fallen. The Chicago Bulls were once a proud, successful franchise capable of dominating the NBA like nobody in recent history. Now, they are just a shell of the team that Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and Phil Jackson established. In fact, things have digressed so far downhill that the players aren’t the only ones getting whooped on national television.

C’mon, Benny! Show a little class! We guarantee your fellow NBA mascots would never humiliate themselves on some stupid TV talk show. Nope, they do all of their embarrassing stuff in front of packed arenas.


[Awful Announcing]: Mascot Love + Jerry Springer = Awkward YouTube Video

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Odds and Ends: Rugy player on the DL after tripping over daughter

This is making an early bid into our upcoming Dumbest Off-Field Injuries feature. An Australian rugby player named David Kidwell tore ligaments in his knee and will be out the rest of the season after tripping over his two-year-old daughter. The injury was caused as he fell akwardly trying to avoid crushing his daughter.

Playing 10 years of first grade and no knee problems and something like this happens at home,” Kidwell told Australian Associated Press on Monday. “That’s definitely my season. I’m pretty shattered.

In other news…

[]:Luc Longley: Greatest Australia Hero

[DNA India]: Field Hockey player points gun at doctor in hospital over sick daughter

[Can’t Stop the Bleeding]: Chuck Klosterman stealing paychecks

[Our Book of Scrap]: Finger Jousting is taking your mall by storm

[Sports Law Blog]: Why Does Tanking Occur in the NBA but Seemingly Not in Other Leagues?

And finally, just in time for the return of Entourage, a NSFW pic of Emmanuelle Chriqui.

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June 16 in Sports History: Jordan comes back to lead the Bulls

In 1996: The Chicago Bulls won their fourth NBA championship in six years by defeating the Seattle Supersonics 87-75 to win the series 4-2. Jordan won his record fourth Finals MVP (he would capture all six) on a bittersweet day. The game was played on Father’s Day, and Jordan’s father James had been murdered in North Carolina three years earlier. The most memorable scene was Jordan collapsing to the locker room, overcome with emotion.

The 1995-96 Bulls were considered one of the greatest teams in NBA history. In Jordan’s first full season back since his first retirement (he played less than half of the ‘95 season), Chicago finished with a 72-10 regular season record followed by a 15-3 playoff record. They swept the Heat in the first round, knocked off the Knicks in five games, swept the Magic in the conference finals and took out the Sonics in six. (

In 1974: Hale Irwin won the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, the site of this year’s tournament. Irwin took the Open with a seven over par 287, which was the second highest winning score of the last half of the century. The course was brutal, and many believed it was the hardest U.S. Open ever. Some even called it the “Massacre at Winged Foot.” Jay Haas was the “low” amateur at a mind-boggling +28. The course played 6,961 yards in 1974; it is over 7,200 this year, so look out for some high scores. (

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June 12 in sports history: Bulls first stop on the dynasty

[This Date in Sports History is a new feature on the blog. If you have a historical sports event that you’d like us to cover, please email us.]

In 1991 – Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls wrap up their first NBA title with a 108-101 victory over the Lakers in Los Angeles at the Great Western Forum. The Bulls won the series 4-1. It was the first of six titles in the 1990s for Jordan, who would also be named MVP of the finals a record six times.

In 1997 – The first interleague game in MLB history took place. Proving that he didn’t quite get it right back then either, acting commissioner Bud Selig pits the San Francisco Giants versus the Texas Rangers, with the Giants winning 4-3. Useless Trivia Alert: The Giants Stan Javier hits the first ever interleague home run off the Rangers Darren Oliver. (

In 1981 – The third ever MLB Player’s strike begins and lasts for 60 days. The central issue was free-agent compensation. George Brett, showing his compassion for the fans, said “If anyone stays away (after the strike), my response is this – those people had no right to ever come to the park, because they aren’t true baseball fans.” Major League owners decided to split the 1981 season into two halves, with the first-place teams from each half in each division meeting in a best-of-five divisional playoff series. As a result, the Oakland A’s, New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers were guaranteed playoff spots as first-half division champions. (