Stephen Curry's got an NBA championship and the most recent NBA MVP award. His wife is he host of a popular cooking show.

You might expect them to celebrate their anniversary somewhere high-class. In their eyes, that's exactly what they did. But if you guessed The French Laundry, guess again.

The Currys went to Chick-Fil-A.

Only one way to spend the 4th anniversary! It's part of our DNA. Happy Anniversary baby! #myting #4

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It's somewhat endearing that such a successful, famous, and frankly wealthy couple would choose such a humble destination for celebrating their marriage.

Then again, Stephen Curry doesn't exactly think of Chick-Fil-A as a sacrifice: he grew up on the food while growing up in North Carolina, even playing college ball in-state. He's made numerous references to Chick-Fil-A as his favorite food over the years.

The passion runs so deep that his wife slipped a chicken nuggets reference into an otherwise heartfelt tribute on Instagram:

Further evidence of the Warriors star's (unhealthy?) obsession: This video from two years ago, which shows him juggling Chick-Fil-A food while dribbling a basketball:

There's only one thing wrong with all of this: Stephen Curry needs to get paid! This guy's churning up tons of free publicity for the fast-food chain, and all for the love of the chicken sandwich.

Yes, he's a millionaire, but he's also the sixth-highest paid player on his team -- the team on which he is indisputably the best player. Between a cheap NBA salary and the loss of Chick-Fil-A millions, Curry is leaving way too much money on the table.

Get that man a Chick-Fil-A endorsement deal. Or at least some vouchers for free meals.

David Lee played a surprising role in the Golden State Warriors' NBA Finals win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was his first championship and will surely be a highlight of the forward's career.

So, after Lee was traded to the Boston Celtics on July 27, he knew he had to thank the organization that helped him reach that pinnacle.

What better way to say thank you than in the form of a burrito?

This week, Lee sent multiple boxes of Chipotle burritos to the Warriors staff. Along with the delivery was a note that said "Thank you for all your dedication and hard work over past five seasons. It has been a tremendous honor to work for such a world-class organization."

It's the gift of all gifts. Warriors social media coordinator Julie Phayer brought us the image and informed the world that this wasn't the first burrito barrage.

Lee did the same thing during her first week at Golden State, Phayer said.

Questions remained, though: Did Lee make the ultimate sacrifice and buy everyone guac? Phayer said yes, in fact, Lee went above and beyond.

Hats off to David Lee -- not just for accepting a bench role to pave the way for Draymond Green's rise to stardom, but also for his charity when it comes to burritos. The Boston Celtics scored big by trading for him.

Manny Machado had hit just five home runs in about two minutes during his first Home Run Derby appearance when he decided to call his timeout. He needed to refuel to post a number capable of beating Joc Pederson.

Out came Orioles teammate Adam Jones with just the right snack. Jones served Machado some chips and salsa to get him going again.

We've seen players grab Gatorade, water and towels, but snacking during the Home Run Derby might be unprecedented. Even Prince Fielder had a bite of cotton candy during his round.

However, here's where Machado takes the cake (to stretch the food theme) for the mid-round theatrics. It was his own salsa.

Yes, Machado has his own line of salsa, aptly called "Machado's Salsa." It's been out for more than a year, sold exclusively at Giant and

So the inspiration for this break could have been the opportunity to do some ambush marketing. (Hey, this is capitalism, and it caught our attention.) The product got some nice exposure as the overnight TV ratings show a 26 percent increase from last year's derby.

After unveiling his line of salsa last season, Machado bumped his batting average from .230 to .278. Monday night, he hit seven more home runs after his salsa intake.

Maybe it's luck, or maybe it's the salsa.

Regardless, Machado still fell to Pederson in the first round. Pederson took down Albert Pujols in the semifinals and lost to Cincinnati's hometown hero Todd Frazier in the finals.

Machado will play in his second All-Star Game on Tuesday night after hitting a team-high 19 home runs (tied with Chris Davis) so far this season.

Denver Nuggets star Ty Lawson understands the importance of proper nutrition on game day, but he also realizes that sometimes you need to treat yo' self. So while pasta and salmon is on the menu for gamedays, off days gravitate toward the 10 boxes of Sour Punch candies he keeps in his house. For how excited he gets, you'd think he was paid to endorse the product.

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Brigetta Barrett, who won a silver medal in the high jump at the 2012 Olympics, says eating sensibly is something she tries to do with her family, particularly her mom.

"Let's eat well together," Barrett says. "Let's make this a fun, family thing. Healthy doesn't mean not tasting good. You're ensuring that you can spend more time with your family down the line. Whenever I have children, my mom's going to be there as a grandmom. ... A lot of people say diet as opposed to life practice. Good eating habits should be a life practice."

That was part of the message Barrett was helping to spread while attending the annual Sports Spectacular in Los Angeles.

But she also revealed that she is partial to In-N-Out Burger when she enjoys a cheat day.

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There's a new champion at the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, and he is known in competitive eating circles as "Megatoad."

Matt Stonie ended Joey Chestnut's eight-year title reign at the annual Fourth of July event by eating 62 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Chestnut finished with 60.

"This is crazy," Stonie said to ESPN. "Joey is an amazing competitor. He's a legend of the sport. To beat him by a couple of hot dogs this year is ... I trained hard for this. I can't say I came in confident, but I came prepared.

"I've just had an amazing year so far. We worked hard for this, and my body was working for me this year."

In February, Stonie set a world record in bacon by eating 182 slices in five minutes.

With a minute left in this year's Nathan's event, Stonie led 57-54 and held on to win. Chestnut had a feeling this could be the year for Stonie, a 23-year-old native of San Jose, who also finished second in 2013 and closed the gap from 69-51 to 61-56 in 2014.

"Yeah I'm worried about him -- the kid can eat,” Chestnut told the New York Daily News before the competition.

Chestnut, 31, matched some impressive streaks with eight consecutive titles, including the Boston Celtics (NBA championships, 1959-1966) and Wayne Gretzky (NHL MVPs, 1980-1987). He still holds the Nathan's record of 69, set in 2013.

For the second straight year, Stonie led Chestnut, who is also from San Jose, at the halfway mark. Last year he was ahead 38-36, and they were tied 51-51 with two minutes. Then Chestnut had a strong finishing surge to win 61-56. This time Stonie led 37-36 after five minutes, and he continued to push the pace.

"I just didn't find my rhythm," Chestnut said to ESPN. "I can't take anything away from him. He ate 62 hot dogs. I did bad. He deserved to win. It gives me reason to definitely come back next year. I've been looking for competition for a long time. Now I have it. Now he's made me hungry."

Takeru Kobayashi was the runnerup in Chestnut's first three Nathan's championships. But Kobayashi hasn't competed in the Nathan's competition since 2010 after refusing to sign an exclusive contract with Major League Eating.

Miki Sudo, a 29-year-old from Las Vegas, repeated as the women's champion by eating 38 hot dogs in 10 minutes.

Nathan's created a women's division in 2011, and 48-year-old Sonya "The Black Widow" Thomas won it the first three years. Thomas was runner-up for the second consecutive year with 31.

Sudo improved on her 2014 performance (34), but fell short of Thomas' 2012 record of 45.

"Compared to last year, I was incredibly underprepared," Sudo said on ESPN. "I hadn't practiced. But somehow I was able to pull it off. I was off to a slow start, but these guys helped me get back to my rhythm. I'm glad it all worked out."

Last year Joey Chestnut added a romantic touch to the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest by proposing to his girlfriend just before winning his eighth consecutive title. The betting odds suggest Chestnut is a lock to extend his winning streak in the annual Fourth of July eating competition to nine. But if the past two years are any indication, Chestnut's biggest threat will be Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. He was runnerup in 2013 and 2014, and narrowed the margin of victory from 69-51 to 61-56. We discuss further on this episode of The Rundown.

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Takeru Kobayashi was runnerup the first three years of Chestnut's title run. Kobayashi hasn't competed in the Nathan's event since 2010 because of a contract disagreement with Major League Eating.

Drew Cordeiro chuckles at the suggestion that there's any similarity between what he does for a living and the Barnum and Bailey existence enjoyed by WWE czar Vince McMahon.

At 29, Cordeiro looks the part of a professional wrestling promoter -- his flowing dark hair drawn neatly into a ponytail -- overseeing the independent outfit Beyond Wrestling that has gone from a social-media-driven promotion to one of Rhode Island's most popular sports entertainment companies.

Despite his company's success, Cordeiro isn't brash enough to put himself in the same arena as McMahon, WWE's principal owner, top executive and audacious showman extraordinaire.

But perhaps the chuckle that escapes when his name is mentioned in the same breath as McMahon's indicates that Cordeiro is flattered -- if even mildly -- by the notion.

Cordeiro first learned the ropes of running a successful wrestling business as a kid in Providence when he was staging backyard shows behind his house or in nearby school yards. The key lesson? Give the people what they want.

That's when Beyond Wrestling goes, well ... beyond wrestling and a new business model comes into plain view: Give people what they want to see and feed them damn good food while you're doing it.

"I've never been to a wrestling show where they're serving up homemade pulled pork and chicken cacciatore, and you just walk up and get a plate and it's right there," wrestler JT Dunn says. "Then you turn around and you see body slams and suplexes. It's a surreal thing."

At Beyond Wrestling, it's all part of the show and all part of Cordeiro's master plan of being more than just your run-of-the-mill wrestling promoter.

Sure, he works with a roster of independent talent that performs live shows inside the ballroom of an eclectic Providence music hall and runs a popular YouTube channel promoting Beyond Wrestling's unique brand of sports entertainment.

But Cordeiro is also a full-fledged foodie. He operates a wrestling-themed food truck specializing in gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches while also running live events serves up a full slate of home-cooked concessions, the likes of which have never been seen at any other pro wrestling venue.

"It's like if you go to some old Italian person's house and they sit you down and you're like, ‘Nah, nah, I've got to go,' and they just keep feeding you," Cordeiro says, speaking from obvious experience.

"That's basically the Beyond Wrestling experience."

Welcome to Drew Cordeiro's world.


Drew Cordeiro doesn't know how to relax. He will admit that much.

Between overseeing Beyond Wrestling -- an organization started to give wrestlers a stage free from the politics of other outfits -- and keeping his Championship Melt food truck moving around Rhode Island's biggest city, Cordeiro works part-time as a roadside assistance dispatcher. If it sounds like an overloaded lifestyle, it is.

Cordeiro is a self-admitted workaholic. But when it comes to promoting an independent wrestling organization that harkens back to when anywhere from 15 to 20 of his friends would put on shows in his backyard, any talk of how many hours Cordeiro logs each week quickly disappears.

Again, he realizes this isn't normal. But then again, what food-loving, wrestling show-running boss with a degree in integrated marketing from Boston's Emerson College is? Cordeiro will tell you this isn't what he had planned. It wasn't as if a light bulb illuminated back when Cordeiro was running those backyard shows suggesting that there was a future in all of this.

Cordeiro planned to go into advertising after college. But after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament and suffered a partial tear to both his medial cruciate ligament and his posterior cruciate ligament from being thrown over the top rope in a backyard wrestling show, something clicked.

While he wasn't overly athletic, Cordeiro made up his mind. One way or another, he would work in pro wrestling. Cordeiro's dream came together in bits. Some would come when he was perusing the message boards of other backyard wrestling leagues. More would come when Cordeiro and his buddies would go on tour, performing five wrestling shows in eight days in three different states.

Other aspects of making Beyond Wrestling a reality would come when Cordeiro studied the business models of other wrestling organizations -- including WWE -- piecing together a vision of what worked, what didn't work and what missed opportunities his company could potentially pounce on.

Cordeiro gained valuable insight and experience interning for Kaiju Big Battel, a performance troupe that blended aspects of pro wrestling with Japanese Godzilla-themed movie battles. He took on a more traditional internship with Chikara, which operates conventional wrestling shows while still maintaining enough off-beat antics to keep things interesting.

The more Cordeiro worked, the more his mind continued to churn and the more that Beyond Wrestling started to take shape. But like with the majority of independent wrestling organizations, Cordeiro's company would have to start small.

After leaving Bridgewater, Mass., Beyond Wrestling moved into Providence's Fete Music, providing the kind of environment that small-time wrestling shows are accustomed to. The premise was simple. Cordeiro would allow his wrestlers to script their own matches, keeping them free of the creative limitations other wrestling promotions wanted to pin on them.

If they wanted to wrestle for 30 minutes rather than eight, so be it. If they wanted to concoct some bizarre ending that had never been seen before, that was fine, too. But as far as financial gain was concerned, Cordeiro couldn't make any promises -- not to his wrestlers and not to the fans that would eventually make their way out to live shows to check out Beyond Wrestling's fledgling product.

In the beginning, the shows resembled a scene straight out of Fight Club, where the only onlookers were the wrestlers involved in that night's show. As much as the company was about opening doors to bigger promotions to its wrestlers, Cordeiro believed his shows could attract a crowd.

Again, he promised nothing.

"We knew we weren't going to be able to present the best wrestling because we didn't have access to the best wrestlers," Cordeiro says.

The start was lean. Because the product was far from perfect, Beyond Wrestling began as a breeding ground. Cordeiro offered his performers the opportunity to wrestle against other professionally trained entertainers, putting the footage of the organization's YouTube channel.

The online video channel -- which has more than 18,000 subscribers -- allowed Cordeiro to keep his organization's action from being pirated by anyone with a cellphone camera. It also provides the wrestlers exposure to bigger wrestling promotions looking for talent, offering up video footage of matches, some of which have been viewed online more than 200,000 times.

While none of Beyond Wrestling's performers have reached the WWE stage, some have earned tryouts with McMahon's company. Still, in Providence, Beyond Wrestling, one of two area independent wrestling promotions, has continued to gain popularity.

The average show draws about 250 spectators, but goes well beyond the realm of average when it comes to the wresting itself. Cordeiro's cards can offer as many as 20 matches -- twice that of an ordinary show -- providing fans with the kind of faced-paced and unpredictable action that Cordeiro dreamed before he launched his promotion.

For Dunn, who has performed as a pro wrestler for eight years, including the past four with Beyond Wrestling, working for the company at first was a bit offsetting. The fact he was wrestling in a studio for the sole purpose of recording matches of YouTube without the benefit of an audience went against everything he had grown up with in his career.

But once he got into the ring, he experienced a different vibe, making him believe that over time, the promotion could grow into something special. Four years later, he sees a much different product.

"It's unreal the emotions that the fans give forth at Beyond Wrestling," Dunn says. "They're so dedicated to the cause probably as much as the wrestlers are. The wrestlers want Beyond to succeed because it gives them an out -- a form -- to do what they love to do.

"For the fans, they want to see the best professional wrestling possible."

Ask Cordeiro to characterize the crowds that pay to see Beyond Wrestling live shows and he drops the term 'smart marks' -- trying like anything to avoid the negative connotation that often accompanies the tag. Like any promoter in his line of work, Cordeiro knows it is his job to understand his audience while putting on a pro wrestling show that is often more scripted than anything. But Cordeiro doesn't candy-coat his product, either, making it out to be exactly what it is. After all, when fans come to one of his shows, they know what they're getting even before they set foot inside.

Smart marks, indeed.

"They have a better understanding of what happens behind the scenes as far as wrestling than your average wrestling fan," Cordeiro says. "They know it's fake -- you don't need to throw it in their face and they're still going to appreciate the art form."

Not to mention the food.


A pro wrestling show may seem like a strange place to discover fine dining.

But ever since Cordeiro was a kid staging wrestling shows behind his house, his mother, Karen (aka Mama Cordeiro) has provided the kind of food that people don't soon forget. The tradition has continued to be a staple at Beyond Wrestling concessions. Karen's recipes are used for the three different kinds of calzones, homemade macaroni and cheese, lasagna, sausage and peppers, and meatballs -- plus eight homemade desserts -- that make up the concessions stand menu at live events.

Mama Cordeiro's culinary creations have become so much part of the landscape at the shows that Dunn says the running joke around the locker room is that fans come for the food and stay for the wrestling.

"It's that good," Dunn says of Karen Cordeiro's recipes.

Food has always been a big part of Cordeiro's family. So when he started Beyond Wrestling, he made certain that food played an integral role in the environment. What started with Karen's recipes inside the venue poured out into the parking lot, where the Championship Melt food truck can be found, offering up a roster full of grilled cheese creations.

Championship Melt, created by Tom Zannini in 2011, created a link between the founder's love of wrestling and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. With a menu that includes things as basic as The Hall of Famer (American and cheddar cheeses) to the Piledriver (cheddar, beef and bean chili and Fritos) and the Smoking Gun (cheddar, pulled pork, barbeque sauce and onion rings), the food truck became a fixture at Beyond Wrestling shows, linking two customer bases that may otherwise never come into contact.

"It's definitely a different clientele," Cordeiro says.

When Zannini decided he wanted out of the food truck business, Cordeiro stepped in. Not only did he use the truck to enhance the level of food he already offered at his wrestling shows, but used the truck's visibility around Providence to promote his upcoming live performances.

Championship Melt, which has active social media accounts on both Facebook and Twitter, has become a mainstay in Providence's ever-changing food scene. In addition to opening for business outside of Beyond Wrestling live events, the truck and its unique twists on an American classic maintain a busy schedule -- one that will eventually grow to between 20-25 appearances around Providence per month.

As much as he loves food and pro wrestling, Cordeiro, who took over ownership of Championship Melt in September 2014, never envisioned his two love interests coming together like they have. The food truck is now the biggest promoter of Beyond Wrestling while the wrestling promotion's live events drum up the biggest profits the grilled cheese producer's see each month.

The unlikely marriage of good eats and solid pro wrestling has made the Beyond Wrestling's unique environment a hit. And behind it all is Cordeiro, who doesn't see taking a break any time soon, devoting his life to a wrestling locker room and fan base that keep him going.

"I'm a workaholic -- no question," Cordeiro says. "But I kind of like it. It's by design."

Indeed it is -- as if any professional wrestling showman worth a damn would have it any other way.

Most people think of the car service Uber as a way to get from one place to another. But, as Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin recently discovered, Uber can also be used as a sort of restaurant on wheels.

Griffin tweeted Wednesday about an odd experience he had with Uber. These were the first tweets he wrote since April, so it's clear they're important:


Maybe the Uber driver thought Griffin was hungry, or perhaps he was just trying to be nice, but either way this is pretty weird.

As an endorser of Subway, Griffin does know a thing or two about sandwiches. He's said that he prefers chicken, and when he's hungry he can eat quite a lot.

"Probably the most I've ever eaten at one time are two 12-inches -- likely oven-roasted chicken breast on wheat," Griffin told ESPN in 2012. "I don’t know if I could even push it any further."

More recently, Griffin has ditched Gluten as part of a quasi-Paleo diet.

Maybe this bizarre experience will be a good way for Griffin to get his mind off the Clippers' disappointing end to the 2015 season. After a dramatic Game 7 win over the San Antonio Spurs in the first round of the NBA playoffs, Griffin's team blew a 3-2 series lead against the Houston Rockets.

The 26-year-old said that he's never been "more physically and mentally exhausted" than he was after playing two seven-game series in these playoffs.

Roger Federer won his record eighth title at the Gerry Halle Open this past weekend, but his biggest victory in recent weeks may have more to do with emojis than tennis.

Federer has shown himself to be a fan of the small images, using them with abandon on his Twitter page. Here are a few examples:

Clearly quite familiar with the emoji keyboard, Federer has expressed disappointment with the lack of a popcorn emoji. He's been somewhat of a champion for the cause:

As it turns out, Federer wasn't the only one hungry for a popcorn emoji. The website, a source for all things emoji, tweeted this at Federer in April:

The Unicode 8 is a list of 37 new emojis that was approved last week by the Unicode Consortium. So we could be seeing a popcorn emoji soon, but first Apple, Microsoft and Google must update their software.

This news had Federer beaming:

Federer isn't the only athlete who should be thrilled with the new list of emojis. This update, should it be put into effect on iOS, Android, OS X and Windows, would also include hockey and field hockey sticks, a volleyball and a badminton racquet.

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