Let's begin on a (relatively) lighter note. This Dolphins lineman is listed at 324 pounds on the team's roster:
Great start to mini-camp. Made my weight! The graham cracker cleanse is #LEGIT
— Richie incognito (@68INCOGNITO) June 19, 2012
You might think two straight one-hitters would be enough for any knuckleball pitcher. Not so:
thank you everyone. that was fun indeed. i could actually feel the crowd that last batter. thank you. let's keep going
— R.A. Dickey (@RADickey43) June 19, 2012
The NFL heard appeals Monday for the four Saints defensive players suspended in the bounty scandal, while the players maintain the league hasn't proven any wrongdoing. Following the hearings, Saints quarterback Drew Brees dropped this tweet bomb in defense of his teammates:
If NFL fans were told there were "weapons of mass destruction" enough times, they'd believe it. But what happens when you don't find any????
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) June 19, 2012
The acquittal of Roger Clemens on all charges triggered this sentiment echoed by many:
Roger Clemens found not guilty. 2012 financial meltdown, 2 wars and they're going after people for cheating at throwing a ball.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) June 18, 2012
Wayne Rooney returns to the pitch for England on Tuesday versus Ukraine in Euro 2012 play following his two-game suspension. His time is now; so says this Nike spot:
Green Bay Packers teammates T.J. Lang, Thomas Crabtree, Josh Sitton and Aaron Rodgers enjoyed an intrasquad tweet-up:
Crabtree got things started with this faux update on Rodgers' latest hobby:
— Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83) June 18, 2012
The quarterback's response was swift:
— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) June 18, 2012
Sitton and Lang joined the fray with a few shots like this:
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) June 19, 2012
Crabtree hit back hard:
.@TJLang70 Don't forget to clean under your fat folds before bed.
— Tom Crabtree (@TCrabtree83) June 19, 2012
In case you missed the A's Coco Crisp Chia Pet giveaway, "Dog Day at the Park" is coming in July. "Dexter" and "Paige" (no relation to Woody) let us in on the details:
• WCHA and former NHL referee Don Adam has no trouble enforcing the rules in the offseason, since he works as a police officer in Louisville, Colo. (Denver Post)
• If LeBron James wants to complete his extreme makeover and silence the haters, all he has to do is win two more games, writes Greg Cote. (Miami Herald)
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