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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

9 Hilarious Athlete Cameos (In Honor of Leslie Nielsen and ‘The Naked Gun’)

Posted by Howard Cosmell



As you probably already know, actor Leslie Nielsen died yesterday at the age of 84. To quote Doug Benson, "I'm gonna run around Disneyland yelling, "Leslie Nielsen is dead!" And then we'll see if it's the happiest place on Earth."
Although his career spanned 60 years, the actor will forever be known for his work on The Naked Gun series, which co-starred NFL great and suspected murderer OJ Simpson. This is a sports site, so we can’t exactly just launch into a tribute featuring Nielsen’s movies. But we can put together this list of famous sports cameos in comedy films. It’s a stretch, but under the circumstances, it’s the best we can do. RIP Leslie. Shirley, you will be missed.
9. Roger Clemens - Kingpin

Like the Zucker Brothers (Airplane, The Naked Gun), the Farrelly Brothers love to pepper their films with athletes. This explains Roger Clemens' brief role in Kingpin. Although in all fairness, his later role as a steroid using adulterer was funnier.

8. Cam Neely - Dumb and Dumber

If you don’t know Cam Neely as an NHL hockey great, chances are, you know him as a truck-driving anal-rapist from the film Dumb & Dumber. The character he played, Sea Bass, is very similar to the character Roger Clemens played in Kingpin, probably because it was also written by the Farrelly Brothers.

7. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Airplane

Everyone knows that Leslie Nielsen starred with OJ in The Naked Gun films, but people shouldn’t forget that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar also starred with Nielsen in the classic comedy, Airplane. Jabbar played an ordinary pilot named Roger Murdock. However, “Murdock” becomes extremely upset if you badmouth Jabbar’s work ethic, for no apparent reason. He’s was also seen to be wearing Lakers’ shorts under his pilot uniform.

6. Reggie Jackson - The Naked Gun


O.J. Steals the show in The Naked Gun, but he’s not the only athlete to make an appearance. Mr. October himself, Reggie Jackson, also has a cameo. Although it is a pivotal role, I doubt he had trouble learning his lines...or should I say line. “I must kill...the queen.”
5. Dan Marino - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

Ace Ventura is by by far my favorite Dolphin kidnapping film with a transgender villain. The fact that Hall-of-Fame QB Dan Marino has a cameo is the icing on the cake. Laces out, Dan!

4. Brett Farve - There’s Something About Mary

Throughout the Farrelly Brothers comedy, There’s Something About Mary, Mary makes frequent references to her ex-boyfriend, Brett. As it turns out, it’s Brett Farve. I’d like to make a dong-texting joke, but the technology just wasn’t there in 1998.

3. Lee Trevino - Happy Gilmore

What’s funnier than watching Adam Sandler cursing at a golf ball? Watching Lee Trevino watching Adam Sandler cursing out a golf ball. He might not get the glory associated with Bob Barker’s “bitch,” quote, but “Grizzly Adams did have a beard” is pretty awesome, too.

2. Orenthal James Simpson - The Naked Gun Trilogy

When it comes to athlete cameos, OJ Simpson is probably the most famous, or infamous, example. Although he was never convicted, almost everyone agrees he was responsible for killing his ex-wife and he “friend” back in 1994. He also kills at slapstick comedy.

1. Mike Tyson - The Hangover

Tyson’s role as himself in The Hangover is one of the most recent entries on the list, and arguably the funniest. After all, there’s something special about seeing a convicted rapist jam out to Phil Collins. Also, the face tattoo is always hilarious.

Derek Jeter With The Red Sox? Imagine That!


jeter as a red sox
Exactly one month ago our "Picture of the Day" featured Derek Jeter in a Red Sox uniform with the title "What if..."

It appears as though the New York Post has been thinking the same thing lately as the Yankees have told their 36-year-old free agent shortstop to feel free to shop around if the $45 million they offered him is not enough.  And anyone who follows baseball knows that if there is one team that may actually outbid the Yankees for an All-Star player, it is the Boston Red Sox.

So that once again leaves us all asking the question, "What if?"

Rio's drug war (PICS) — After recent efforts by officials to pacify Rio's drug and gang-related violence ahead of the upcoming the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics Games, drug gangs struck out last week - attacking police stations and staging mass robberies. After days of preparation, Brazilian security forces launched a raid in the Complexo de Alemão, where between 500 and 600 drug traffickers were holed up. At least 42 people were killed in the violence last week, with security forces taking control of many neighborhoods. 

Police move to positions during an operation against alleged drug traffickers at the Complexo do Alemão slum, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2010. Rio police backed by helicopters and armored vehicles started invading a shantytown complex long held by traffickers on Sunday, slowly moving their way through small alleys amid heavy gunfire. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo) 

Breakdancer, 8, Busts a Move to Become YouTube Star

Angelo Baligad flips and spins -- practically defying gravity -- as he performs tricks that would send most of us to the hospital.

The 8-year-old miniature breakdancer from Hawaii, known as Lil Demon, battles competitors "more than twice his size and several times his age," according to London newspaper the Daily Mail. And, despite his youth, he puts his opponents to shame.

It's no wonder this kid's moves have made him an Internet sensation, with almost half a million YouTube views.

"Wow! Totally mind blowing athletic choreography," one YouTube commenter says. "The future belongs to the young -- and with such skills it'll be a beautiful future."

Check out his ridiculous moves.

Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies in LA at 87

Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies in LA at 87
Irvin Kershner, director of the best Star Wars film, has died at 87 in LA. Kershner also directed such genre hits as the Bond flick Never Say Never Again and Robocop 2, and the cult favorite TV series Seaquest DSV.

[AFP. Photo via PBS. Thanks, Peter.]

Willie Nelson Could Get Two Years In Texas Pot Bust

By Steve Elliott

Photo: All Access
Willie Nelson could be sentenced to between six months and two years for being busted with six ounces of marijuana on Friday.
Thanks to our fearless Border Patrol, music legend Willie Nelson, 77, could face up to two years in prison for his marijuana possession arrest, according to a criminal defense attorney in Austin.

The attorney told website TMZ that Willie's arrest for six ounces of weed at a Border Patrol checkpoint could get the singer six months minimum and up to two years in prison.

However, ace L.A. pot attorney Bruce Margolin -- who's also director of the Los Angeles chapter of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws -- said that Willie might dodge prison time if he could convince a jury that he just forgot the pot was on the bus.

Margolin believes Nelson should say the pot was California-grown, with California, of course, being the first of 15 states which have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis.

The bust went down at the Sierra Blanca, Texas checkpoint after Nelson's tour bus pulled in Friday morning and a Border Patrol officer smelled marijuana through the vehicle's open door.


Photo: Riverfront Times
​Nelson, one of three people arrested, said the pot belonged to him. He was briefly held on a $2,500 bond before being released.

"It's kind of surprising, but I mean we treat him like anybody else," said Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West. If by "surprising," Sheriff West means "I'm a fucking moron if I didn't already know Willie smokes weed," then yeah, right. "Surprising."

Two days later, in a statement to website, Nelson called on the United States to start a new political party based on the legalization of marijuana.

"There's the Tea Party," Nelson wrote in an email. "How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left... Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Nelson wrote.

When Willie speaks, he makes it so. By Sunday afternoon, a Facebook page for the Teapot Party had already been created. The page already had almost 7,000 followers Monday morning.

"Stop the border wars over drugs," Nelson wrote. "Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."

Stoner comedian Tommy Chong has already endorsed Willie's Teapot Party. "If Willie gets behind something, you know it's going to be big and in your face," Chong told CelebStoner. "Any pot party is a wonderful idea."

Driving 007: A History of Bond Cars [Infographic]

Perhaps no one has more advice to offer the modern bachelor than the one and only Bond. James Bond. And we all know that Mr. Bond wouldn't be half the suave agent we know him to be today without the help of his gadgets, and of course, cars. From the first to the most recent, check out what made these cars so special, and upped the ante for this quintessential ladies man, thanks to the experts from the CarInsurance Blog.

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Via: Car Insurance Blog

How to use AirPrint with any printer

By: Zach Epstein

Apple’s latest iOS update finally adds AirPrint to iOS devices, bringing wireless printing capabilities to the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. That’s the good news. The bad news is that in order to use AirPrint, you need a compatible printer. Since very few printers are compatible at this point in time, odds are pretty good that yours isn’t one of them. Don’t worry, though — that’s where hobbyist hackers come in.
If you own a Mac [update for Windows PCs added below] and a printer, you can use AirPrint. In fact, your printer doesn’t even have to be wireless. A simple new hack using an OS X app dubbed AirPrint Hacktivator will enable printing via AirPrint for nearly anyone in a matter of minutes. Hit the jump for a guide that will get you up and running in no time.

1. Download the latest version of AirPrint Hacktivator
2. Unzip the AirPrint Hacktivator to your desktop or Applications folder, then run it
3. Slide the toggle switch in the app to ON, then enter your administrator password when prompted
4. Click OK to confirm
5. Now, go to System Preferences -> Print & Fax
6. Click the minus symbol to remove your printer, then add it back and check the box share it on your network (see video below for instructions)

You’re now ready to use AirPrint from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or later. Just remember that your Mac must be on and connected to your network in order for your hacktivated AirPrint to work.

UPDATE: BGR reader Andre just sent us an email to let us know that German blog Macerkopf has an app that will let Windows users hack their PCs to enable AirPrint as well. Check out the translated post for more details and make sure you download the English version of the hack if you want to get in on the action.

Cat Adopts Traditional Snack, a Baby Squirrel, Teaches It to Purr

By Elspeth Reeve

Cat Adopts Traditional Snack, a Baby Squirrel, Teaches It to Purr 
Their species are mortal enemies, but a mama cat has adopted a baby squirrel in Carthage, Mississippi, nursing it along with her own kittens.

The squirrel, now named Rocky, fell from a tree, so the cat's owner just stuck the little guy in with the kittens. Rocky thrived. Rocky adapted. Now, Rocky purrs. It's a heart-warming tale about acceptance. Or a sign of the apocalypse. One of those.