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The Saddest Image of the Kendrick Perkins Trade

According to Bill Simmons, Kendrick Perkins “cried for most of the day Thursday” after finding out he was being traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. That’s heart wrenching.

But man, that Twitter feed is crushing in its own way, no?

Under Armour Debuts E39

Under Armour will debut its latest piece of technology – the E39 – at the NFL Scouting Combine. The 4.5 oz chest button measures acceleration, heart rate, horsepower, and other stats that seem important.

What does the thing actually do?

“What we have is something very close to the body’s center of mass that’s measuring the accelerometry data from that center of mass,” Under Armour vice president Kevin Haley told Wired.com.

Oh, right.

One number not measured: Under Armour’s stock price – up 152 percent year over year – which will only continue to climb.

(H/t Darren Rovell)

Midwestern City Brilliantly Lobbys for US Soccer Game

The people of Kansas City – well, some of them at least – want the United States men’s soccer team to play a game in their city during this summer’s Gold Cup. How best to get that information out into the wider world? A cheeky website, of course.

AOKdoesnotstop.com pretends the city is searching for a job. That job: hosting a US game. The site is complete with an About Us, Services, Portfolios, and an impassioned plea.

To Whom it may concern in the United States Soccer Federation and CONCACAF, We are contacting you in hopes that you will look over our resume and consider Kansas City for your open position as US Men’s National Team Gold Cup hosts this summer.

In this tough economy it can be hard to find work, so we are sure you have been innundated with applications. Please review our qualifications to the right before you make this important decision. Read more

ESPN to Show 10 Hours of The Masters in 3D

The already extended Master’s telecast is getting even bigger. ESPN will air 10 hours of the tournament in 3D. The Worldwide Leader will air two hours during each of the four rounds as well as two during Wednesday’s Par 3 competition.

It’s an extension of the precedent set in 2010 when “the Masters became the first major sporting event produced and broadcast in 3D live internationally on television and the Internet.”

ESPN, which is pulling out all the stops for the broadcast, will also produce “a special 43-hour Masters tribute on ESPN Classic.” Man, that’s a lot of Tiger Woods.

Joe Posnanski Nominated for Blogging Ellie

The American Society of Magazine Editors released the nominations for the 2010 Digital Ellies, and one of sports media’s best is among the finalists.

The blog of Sport’s Illustrated‘s Joe Posnanski was nominated in the “Blogging” category. His competition: IEEE Spectrum’s Automation, Glenn Greenwald’s Blog on Salon, Sunset’s One-Block Diet, and Tablet’s The Scroll.

Soon after Joe Poz took the SI gig, we asked him where his blogging would fit into his new job responsibilities.

“We’re all waiting for the job to kind of evolve. I definitely am very involved in the Web and very involved with the magazine. Trying to figure out scheduling and how all that’s going to work is something we’re still in the process of doing, but it looks like I’m going to be doing quite a bit of column writing for the magazine’s front-of-book Scorecard section. I’m still going to be writing a lot for the Web site, whether it’s something they pick up from my blog or something I do specifically for them. We’ve already planned several fairly big pieces for the magazine. It’s definitely going to be across the board — which is exactly what I want. What makes Sports Illustrated so great to me is that there are so many different outlets, so many different formats for me to write for them.”

We’d say he figured it out. Good luck, Joe.

(H/t Erik Malinowski, who edits Wired.com’s brilliant sports blog, Playbook.)

Indiana Lawmakers Say NFL Work Stoppage Would Have "Devastating Impact" on Economy

That headline really says almost everything, now doesn’t it?

The Associated Press reports that Indiana “Sens. Dan Coats and Richard Lugar, along with all nine House members from the state” sent a letter to Roger Goodell and DeMaurice Smith urging the league to avoid a work stoppage. It would have a “devastating impact” on the state, which will host next year’s Super Bowl.

It can’t be a good sign that the lawmakers are concerned about a game that’s being played 11 months from now, can it?

But Seriously, There's No Cheering in the Press Box (or the Media Center)

One more for the “Behavior in the press box debate.”

Jay Busbee pens a long column discussing why he was offended that many of his colleagues applauded Trevor Bayne in his post-Daytona 500 victory press conference.

Look, it’s very simple. When you’re paid to do a job, or (in the case of some of NASCAR’s “citizen journalist” unpaid bloggers) when you’re invited into the media center, your loyalties are to that job first and foremost. Can you be a fan and still do the job? Of course. It’s helpful, in fact, to give you insight into the mind and heart of the fans, the people who expect you to bring them the news and accounts of the day. But there’s passion and there’s professionalism, and if you have your priorities as a journalist in order, never the twain shall mix.

Busbee makes an important distinction in his story. Read more

Carmelo Anthony Came to New York and MSG Made an Emotional Ad

And not for nothing, but Carmelo Anthony‘s wife La La Vazquez – who told her Twitter followers “I wanna thank the city of Denver 4having us for almost 8 wonderful seasons. I wish the team, city & fans the best. Thank u for being awesome” – will star in a reality show tentatively called La La’s Full Court Life. It will show Vazquez as she and her husband “prepare for a sudden move to New York City” that we’ve all known was coming for seven months.

Why the NBA Isn't Becoming the English Premier League

With all this talk of All-Stars on the move (Melo! D WIll!), it’s fitting that The Wall Street Journal examines the recent trend of the NBA’s biggest stars moving to the league’s biggest markets.

Kevin Clark worries that basketball is becoming like the English Premier League, which has seen only four teams finish in one of the top three spots over the past seven seasons. And he’s correct to some extent.

Last season, the NBA’s standard deviation of wins was 13.4, up from 10.8 in 2006-07. That suggests the best NBA teams were about 24 percent better than the worst ones. In the EPL, the standard deviation was 18.1 points last season, up from 15.9 in 2006-07. That’s a 13.8 percent increase over the same period of time. If that keeps up, the NBA will soon look like two leagues, one that consists of teams that play for titles and one for teams that merely play.

But the comparison falls flat. Read more

Not Even the Washington Nationals Store Cares About the Team

A wonderful screencap from the D.C. Sports Blog.

We guess that’s what happens when you lose an average of 99.3 games over the past three seasons. But can they spell “Strasburg“?

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