Rats Can Play Hoops? (No, Not Stephon Marbury)

Everyone needs a break here and there from the toils and tribulations of the day-to-day, moment-to-moment stress that envelops much of everyday life. Which is why, as a public service, we’re taking this opportunity to halt our constant stream of late-breaking, gritty investigative journalism to bring you the following: video of rats playing basketball.

Rat Basketball

(I’ve heard about “gym rats” before, but this is ridiculous!)

Heureka, a science center in Finland, have begun teaching rats how to play basketball. (Well, dunk at least; none of them are pulling up for Js.) The trick to how they train these simple-minded creatures to play one of the more complex sports in all of creation? Give them lots and lots of food.

The story comes to us from today’s substantial link collection over at Henry Abbott’s TRUE HOOP blog, and the video is after the jump.

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Dwyane Wade, NBA On Healthy Eating: Cookies?

According to a study done back in 2007, the United States is the 9th fattest country in the world. Some country called Nauru came in as the fattest, having 94.7% of it’s citizens over the age of 15 considered overweight. Of course, we here in America can’t stand finishing in second place at anything, let alone ninth, so somebody has to do something.

That person is Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade. Not content with only helping restore order in the global landscape of basketball by winning a gold medal with the United States basketball team in Beijing last month, D-Wade has now set his sights on making the U.S. the fattest country in the world.

Dwyane Wade Cake

As Henry Abbott pointed out at TRUEHOOP yesterday morning, Wade is taking part in a campaign between the NBA and Pepperidge Farm for the NBA FIT program that hopes to teach kids the importance of a balanced diet and exercise.

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Brog: Erin Andrews’ How-To On ‘Caress Me Down’

Interesting photo (with my goofy inset) of Erin Andrews I hadn’t seen before:

Erin Andrews Kung Fu Grip

(‘Should’ve never told Tebow the interview was uncut and uncensored. Nuts!’)

Nice to see The Grip™ is back! And of course, The Grip™ takes on a whole different meaning depending on the context.

BTW, leave your own caption in the comment thread if you please.

From the I’m-Not-Making-This-Up-Dept.: SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reports that Stats LLC today unveiled “a joint venture with Naveen Aranha, CEO of India-based Sportz Interactive, to create Stats Middle East.

The operation will be headquartered in Dubai, and the move continues a marked global expansion for the sports data provider that last year opened a European operation and also has made significant inroads into India, China and Japan.

STATS Middle East? That no doubt means President Bush is soon to be confirmed as the only man on the planet with a lower save percentage than Joe Borowski.

As you know, we’ve quite the homeless problem here on the westside of Los Angeles.

Kim Kardashian Blocks Out The Sun

And then there’s the bums.

Oh man, DEADSPIN’s A.J. Daulerio today has a deconstructive dissertation that unloads on Rick Reilly - much like Rick Majerus after unscrambling Cinemax at the local La Quinta. Read more…