Uniting The Ringless: Damian Lillard Foot Locker Ad Kills

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Retirement has proven to be little respite for living NBA legends Karl Malone and Chris Webber, and former NFL starsBarry Sanders and Ladainian Tomlinson, who are reminded of their ring-less professional careers in the new spot from Foot Locker, “No Rings”.

Airing today and throughout the start of playoff action, the new commercial features Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard on his phone talking about how he hopes not to end up ringless like some athletes of the past. To his surprise, iconic (and ringless) sports legends Sanders, Tomlinson, Webber, and Malone are hanging out in his living room, noticeably affected by the reminder that the coveted championship ring has slipped through their fingers.

Foot Locker’s new commercial is part of Foot Locker’s successful “Approved” marketing platform and can be seen here.

The spot features the newest performance footwear from Adidas basketball, including the Lillard Edition Crazy 1, Crazy 8 and D Rose 4.5, as well as the latest apparel styles from Adidas Originals.

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NFL Week 4 MVP, COY and ROY power rankings

We are a quarter of the way through the NFL season, and there are lots of wacky things happening. The Chiefs are 3-0 and the only undefeated team. That’s a far cry from last year, when the Colts and Saints were unbeaten almost all the way to the end of the 2009 campaign. There are also some interesting candidates emerging for MVP consideration, as well as for Coach of the Year and Rookie of the Year. And like last year, we’ll start to analyze them in power rankings fashion. For this week and maybe the next few, we’ll put this in one post and give three names for each category. Around the halfway point of the season, more candidates will emerge so we will separate things out. Sound good? Right. Let’s go……..

MVP Power Rankings

1. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles—Do we even have to spell this out? He steps in for Kevin Kolb in Week 1 and almost leads the Eagles to victory against the Packers. Then he wins against Detroit and Jacksonville before having his ribs crushed on a meaningless play vs. Washington last Sunday, knocking him out of the game early. Kolb comes back in, and the Eagles lose. Vick is averaging 200 yards passing per game, has 6 TDs and no interceptions, and is also averaging 7.2 yards per rush on 26 carries and one TD on the ground. He has a QB rating of 108.8 while Kolb’s is 71.1. Simply put, this team is dangerous with Vick, and not scaring anyone without him. That’s the very definition of MVP.

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Blogging the Bloggers: T.O., Tonya Harding and more

FIVE TOOL TOOL lists 10 teams that are possible landing spots for Terrell Owens.

EPIC CARNIVAL has video of Tonya Harding bitching about Barack Obama referencing her in a campaign speech. (In case you were wondering, she still has hillbilly hair.)

– Via SPORTSBYBROOKS, Tony Mandarich describes how he cheated on his steroid piss tests. To think, the Packers drafted this guy ahead of Barry Sanders. Brilliant!

– I completely agree with DEADSPIN’s assessment of a Wisconsin high school cracking down on “negative cheering.” Life is tough and kids need to be ready for it. (Besides, I am nothing without my “On you, on you, douche bag!” cheer when someone commits a foul.)

Blogging the Bloggers: Best MJ commercials, Barry Sanders and coaches who steal

Uncoached.com compiled 10 awesome Michael Jordan commercials that are, well, awesome.

The Love of Sports plays the “What If?” game and wonders what if Barry Sanders didn’t call it quits in 1998.

SPORTSbyBROOKS.com has the story of the community college basketball coach who stole money from the school and also submitted fraudulent admission applications for his out-of-state students. Well done, coach.

Midwest Sports Fans.com ranks the top five MLB players to root for in 2009.

Tonyblogs.net takes a few swings at Boomer Esiason’s radio partner Craig Carton, who took a few swings at Newsday’s Neil Best.

SPORTSbyBROOKS.com fills us in on the story of how Erin Andrews is suing websites over a sex-tape rumors.

Barry Sanders Jr.’s amazing touchdown run

Apparently Barry Sanders’ running moves rubbed off on his son, Barry Sanders Jr., who plays for a high school to in Oklahoma.

Check out this run:

Did he leap over a defender on the sidelines? My God…

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