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Madison's Juicy Sports Stories, Featuring Carmelo Anthony's Rap Anthem

Madison Besser |
February 24, 2011 | 3:56 a.m. PST

Staff Writer

Carmelo Anthony has been a Knick two days, already there are songs and sandwiches in his honor. (Creative Commons/Keith Allison)
Carmelo Anthony has been a Knick two days, already there are songs and sandwiches in his honor. (Creative Commons/Keith Allison)
The juiciest off-field sports stories of the week, courtesy of Neon Tommy's own Madison Besser:

1. Only a select few have been lucky enough to get a song dedicated to them. Lil Wayne gave us “Kobe Bryant." This year’s college basketball phenom Jimmer Fredette has a song about him entitled “Amazing.” Now you can add newly minted New York Knick Carmelo Anthony to the list.

The Brooklyn native has a song called, “Yeah Carmelo” by Maino, a hip-hop MC who, like Melo, hails from Brooklyn. He welcomes the newly acquired All-Star to the Knicks with his catchy chorus and shout outs to Madison Square Garden. I am still a fan of “Purp and Yellow,” but this could easily give it a run for its money.

2. Carmelo's trade to the New York Knicks is BIG news to everyone, even Sandy Levine, the owner of the famous Carnegie Deli. He told TMZ that the deli is already launching a Melo sandwich packed with everything, literally. It is served on rye bread with pastrami, corned beef, salami, bacon, tomatoes and Russian dressing. The sandwich will run a mere $21.95, meaning if they sell around 3 million of them it will equal the $65 million contract extension Melo is likely to sign with the Knicks.

It’ll be an interesting race to see if Melo sees the end of the deal before Carnegies sells 3 million Melo sandwiches. $21.95 is a steep price for a sandwich. Then again, it’s just a little bit less then the payday Melo is about to get when he signs his extension.

3. Miami Heat superstar Chris Bosh probably doesn’t tune into VH1 all that much, but he just might start to. The mother of Bosh’s child, Allison Mathis, will be selected as a cast member on the next season of "Basketball Wives."

Mathis completed three rounds of interviews with show execs recently and was so impressive that producers will be offering her a spot on Season 3. There have been rumors that the producers are not so happy with current cast member Royce Reed, who happens to be the mother of one of Dwight Howard’s children.

It is not clear if Mathis joining the show marks the end for a current cast member or if she is just going to be an addition to those currently starring on the show. Either way, you have to figure it’s only a matter of time until Mathis, Shaunie O’Neal and Evelyn Lozada form a Big Three of their own.

4. Blake Griffin was easily the most hyped dunker going into All-Star Weekend. He passed expectations and won the Dunk Contest over JaVale McGee in the finals.

His winning dunk was a real creative one. (Former) teammate Baron Davis was waiting in the sun roof of a car stationed right before the basket. Davis lobbed the ball to Griffin as he soared over the hood of the car. Griffin caught the lob and slammed it home to bring the home crowd to its feet.

However, the leading candidate for Rookie of The Year is now is under siege from a fan who claims he came up with the idea for the Clippers star. Michael Scrivner claims he was watching ESPN earlier this month when he saw Griffin asking fans for dunk ideas. Scrivner sent Griffin a Twitter message on Feb. 8 outlining the dunk, complete with the pass from inside the sunroof.

"He could have at least given me a shout out!” Scrivner said. "If he already had the idea for the dunk, why go on SportsCenter asking for ideas? It would be one thing if I had said to just dunk over a car, but the dunk was spot on everything I suggested.” No word on what Griffin has to say about the whole thing, but if Scrivner is so pissed about not getting credit then he should have saved it for himself in the company picnic basketball game instead.

5. Dave Duerson, a four-time Pro Bowl safety for the Bears, Giants, and Cardinals, was found dead in his home last Thursday. Authorities ruled it a suicide Tuesday. However, this suicide has a new twist. ESPN reported that Duerson sent a text message to his family members asking them to test his brain for chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a brain condition that is linked to a dozen deceased NFL players. For years the NFL has been in the middle of a controversy for denying disability claims. No player should have to suffer for playing the game they and America love. My deepest condolences go out to the family; this is a truly sad event.


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