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The USC Trojans recently put up 30 billboards around Southern California featuring a hopeful Matt Barkley’s face and the slogan, “We Play To Finish” emblazoned to the left. That’s OK. What wasn’t OK for someone, or some entity, was the fact that one of those billboards was a short walk from UCLA’s campus. The details, after the jump.
Last weekend, L.A.’s Staples Center was the sight of a “Sports-Ageddon” of sorts: six playoff games in 75 hours. The Kings, Clippers, and Lakers were all still alive at that point (only the Kings now remain), and Bill Simmons has a good piece on the madness over at Grantland, should you want a more detailed account. For now, check out this time-lapse video, which shows the numerous, on-the-spot changes Staples Center went through.
The future of sport has arrived, and apparently all you need to play is an enormous soccer ball, seven of your closest friends, and tazers.
According to the game’s official website, UTB incorporates “20th century technology” with team strategy. So, the game of the future takes place in the past? We’re not sure if games featuring the L.A. Nightlight and Toronto Terror will catch on anytime soon (especially not in Toronto, since UTB is actually banned in Canada), but a bunch of guys running around shocking each other with stun guns can dream, can’t they?
The Los Angeles Lakers are having a tough go of it right now. They are losers of four of their last six, and all of those losses have come by double digits. Last night, they lost to the Memphis Grizzlies (a team that is 15-19) by 19 points, and were promptly booed off their home court.
In the last season of HBO’s Entourage, super-agent Ari Gold was involved in the fictitious pitch of an NFL team to Los Angeles. The widespread belief has since become that reality will eventually mirror fiction.
The mayors of Boston and Los Angeles have just raised the bar for “sports wagers made by senior city officials” by parlaying their A-list celebrities into a bet on the NBA Finals. Jack Nicholson, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon: you are now pawns in a cruel, cruel game.