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New Jersey Nets Owner Can Backflip a Jetski

The New York Times Magazine publishes a long feature with New Jersey Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov. It checks in at 8,500 words, most of them awesome.

Chip Brown‘s piece details how the enormous Russian made his billions (in sketchy ways), how he hopes to transform the Nets, and his enjoyment of water sports.

As he leaned back in his chair and closed his eyes a moment – it had been a long day, a hectic summer – I remembered a time in July, when we traipsed down to the Moscow River to a boathouse in the flood plain where he kept a naval strike force of Rickter skis. He squirmed into a padded wet suit and then jumped into the tea-colored water, a side channel off the main flow. The water was warm; God knows what was in it. He was up and away in no time on the Rickter ski, hulking over the tippy hull like an adolescent on a toddler’s bike. You could see the grasshopper in the Lada. At the touch of the throttle, the engine screamed like a furious chain saw, and he came ripping past the dock where a bunch of his friends were standing and then banked sharply, fanning up a tail of spray that sent them all dashing for cover. Out on the open water again, he gunned the craft in a hard circle, then cut back across the wave he’d raised, and the ski shot into the air, climbing the late gold light of a Moscow summer evening until Prokhorov was upside down with the 300-pound machine arcing over his head. He pulled it around full circle, thumping back into the water with a billowy thud. Again and again, he roiled the river and flung the Rickter ski off the waves through back flips and barrel rolls.

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ESPN Tabs Potentially Conflicted "Labor Analyst"

Be prepared for a lot more Russ Granik.

The man who announced the second round of the NBA lottery and negotiated the last four collective bargaining agreements will work for ESPN as “labor analyst.”

In his position, blog inspiration Granik will attempt to explain to the Worldwide Leader’s viewing audience what’s going on in the negotiations between management and the players’ union in both sports.

But can a person so closely affiliated with the NBA – he served as deputy commissioner for 22 years before stepping down in 2006 – be an unbiased observer?

It shouldn’t be that difficult for him to just offer the black and whites of any potential NFL deals. On some level, labor negotiations are all similar, and his experience dealing with the NBA ones will help him explain what’s happening in football. In fact, having someone who isn’t involved with the NFL might actually be a boon as he’s unlikely to be swayed by the rhetoric spewing from each camp.

The NBA, however, is another story. Read more

ESPN's College Gameday Headed To Boise

ESPN’s College Gameday crew is headed west to Boise, Idaho on Saturday, broadcasting live from the site of No. 3 Boise State vs No. 24 Oregon State.

Saturday will mark the first time College Gameday will originate from a school in the Western Athletic Conference.

Based on the great ratings from Boise State’s Labor Day victory over Virginia Tech, the Broncos will play on primetime at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

In a related side note, Oregon State is preparing for the infamous blue turf by painting their practice field in Corvallis to match the field conditions at Broncos Stadium.

The field required 440 gallons of paints (white, then blue) and the money for the supplies and labor were donated by an anonymous donor.

LeBron Takes to Twitter to Talk… Kindergarten?

There is no doubt that Twitter has changed the way many people communicate. One of the biggest benefits of the service is that it provides a direct link for fans and viewers to communicate with athletes and media executives.

For an athlete, Twitter is like a mini-media empire, giving you the ability to send your thoughts, photos and video directly to people that are (hopefully) interested in reading them, without the pesky middleman.

A perfect example is Chad Ochocinco, whose Twitter feed has become the go-to place for anything Ochocinco-related.

A recent addition to the athlete-Twitter metaverse is Miami Heat forward LeBron James. This afternoon, James showed just how personal a tweet can get, when he gave a nearly three minute long video tour of his son Bronny’s kindergarten classroom.

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