Normally, Ravens fans might be upset to hear that one of their own has been providing food to a Steeler before every home game against Pittsburgh for the past few years.

But this story is just plain awesome.

Casey Hampton revealed to Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that before recent Steelers games in Baltimore, a Ravens fan heckles Hampton about his weight and delivers him a hot dog.

"There's one fan, I don’t know his name but we go at it every year," Hampton said. "He brings me a hot dog out and everything. He takes care of me. That's my guy."

Hampton says he doesn't mind the heckling. He knows he's large and he can deal with it. He's just happy to have the hot dog, which he always eats before the game.

"All the time, no question," Hampton said when asked if he eats the hot dog. "After the first couple of times seeing there was nothing wrong with it. It's pretty good. Just plain, before the game I don't want to upset my stomach too much. I just eat it plain. Usually, I’ll put ketchup and mustard on [a hot dog] though. A little Gatorade with it, it's good."

You can't blame Hampton for chowing down before the big game. What else would you expect from a guy whose nickname is "Big Snack"?

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Few people have more to lose from the closing of snack food staple Hostess than Baltimore Orioles prospect and former LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman.

The Orioles' first-round pick in the June's draft has become renowned for his strange and delicious tradition of eating four Hostess mini powdered donuts before innings when he takes the mound.

Upon hearing on Friday that Hostess was shutting down its operation, Gausman went into desperation mode on Twitter.

The superstition may sound weird, but it's hard to argue with Gausman's numbers. The 21-year-old pitched 123.2 innings at LSU last year, going 12-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 135 strikeouts. After getting selected fourth overall in the 2012 MLB draft, Gausman notched 13 strikeouts and a 3.60 ERA in 15 innings of High-A and Low-A ball.

While Gausman was surely devastated by the news, it looks as though he'll live to eat another powdered donut.

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If you've ever thought to yourself, "You know what would bring my party/social gathering to the next level? A 7-foot long, 26-pound gummy snake!", you're in luck.

The unique gift retailer Vat19 recently introduced this enormously edible "Party Python." It costs $150 and comes in two flavors: "blue raspberry and green apple" and "red cherry and blue raspberry."

Here's how Vat19 describes the candy monstrosity:

Boasting incredible details including intricate eyes, extensive and blended coloring, ridged coils, and thousands of individually carved scales, the Party Python will steal the show at any party.

And did we mention is has more than 36,000 calories? Yum.

Unfortunately and amazingly, it looks as though both flavors of the python are currently sold out. But you can order another python starting Wednesday.

It's never too late to introduce a gummy python to your Thanksgiving dinner.

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The 2010 Duke basketball team relied on its defense -- especially during team meals.

That's when Brian Zoubek, the 7-1, 260-pounder, would eye his teammates' desserts and aggressively covet another helping. If you were sitting next to him, you only had one option.

"Protect your own dessert with your life," former Duke guard Jon Scheyer said. "He had the biggest sweet tooth."

Zoubek decided to fill his craving after a back injury suffered during Nets training camp in the fall of 2010 effectively ended the center's basketball career.

He became the world's tallest pastry shop owner.

"It's even funnier," Scheyer said, "when you see this big guy behind the counter filling this little tiny cream puff, which looks so small in his hand."

The former Duke big man opened Dream PUFFZ, a cream puff shop, in late July. The store is located in his hometown of Haddonfield, New Jersey, which is about 10 miles east of Philadelphia.

Returning to his Jersey roots, Zoubek is the only starter from Duke's 2010 NCAA title team not playing professional basketball. (Three of the four play in the NBA; Scheyer plays for Herbalife Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands of Spain.)

Zoubek instead focuses on a very different craft, one on which he works hard.

The hands-on founder and owner is at Dream PUFFZ daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. While overseeing all aspects of his shop, including the menu and kitchen, he has hired and trained five full-time employees.

"As an entrepreneur and a small business owner, you've got like 20 jobs," he said. "I'm doing a little bit of everything."

His basketball career would have been much more limiting, because of a series of back injuries before the 2010-11 NBA season.

"I knew that if I redoubled my efforts and I really concentrated on it, I could get back to playing at a decent level," Zoubek said. "But for me the most frustrating thing was that I knew I would never be able to play at the level that I wanted to … I didn't want to pursue something like that if I could pursue it at 70, 80 percent of my potential."

Zoubek, 24, last played a couple of months ago at a New York playground. He had hoped to become involved in some recreational basketball leagues, but his start-up business has become all-consuming.

"Of course, I miss basketball," he said. "l'll never stop loving basketball."

Dream PUFFZ showcases his basketball career and clearly has a Duke feel. Pictures from the 2010 team and his No. 55 jersey adorn the walls along with his jersey from Haddonfield Memorial High.

They hang as relics from the past.

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Ranked as the 24th overall prospect in the 2006 class by Rivals.com, Zoubek was a blue chip prospect, but multiple foot ailments limited his production during his first three years at Duke.

"I had a lot of injuries in college, which were really tough to deal with," he said. "Honestly, I never really felt like I fully recovered from them because I was constantly trying to come back a little too early for Duke."

Bolstered by his healthiest offseason, which allowed him to focus on his strength and conditioning, Zoubek was thrust into the starting lineup in February 2010 by coach Mike Krzyzewski. Zoubek became a forceful inside presence, spurring Duke's title run by recording double digit rebounds in nine of its last 16 games.

That includes his title game performance against Butler when he had eight points, 10 rebounds and two blocks.

Zoubek also defended Gordon Hayward on the penultimate play, forcing a missed shot, grabbing the rebound and getting fouled. He then made the game's final point -- the first free throw -- before intentionally missing the second, leading to Hayward's famous half-court heave and ultimately Duke's 61-59 victory.

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As much as the cameras at NFL games love to show coaches calling plays, coaches aren't too fond of having their calls broadcast on live TV. So as a form of protection, many coaches hold their play cards over their mouths while directing their team.

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is no exception. A camera focused in on Ryan during a crucial moment in the fourth quarter of the Cowboys win over the Eagles on Sunday, and instead of some earth-shattering insight into Dallas' play-calling, viewers were treated to an advertisement for Philadelphia cheesesteak staple Pat's King of Steaks.

ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted that Ryan puts the logo on his play card for fun and does not sell the space.

Maybe Ryan asked for a few cheesesteaks from Pat's in return for the promo. Although on second thought, that's probably unlikely seeing as Ryan recently had lap-band surgery after ballooning to more than 300 pounds.

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Joakim Noah is undoubtedly a man of the people. The Chicago Bulls center is perhaps the only player in the NBA who would describe himself as a "chill guy" who likes to "go to the beach and go to concerts and do hippie things."

So when Noah took a three-pointer with seven seconds left in Tuesday's game against the Orlando Magic and the Bulls leading 99-93, he wasn't doing it to pad his stats. He was doing it for the fans. You see, if the Chicago Bulls score 100 or more points in a win at United Center, every fan is entitled to a free Big Mac.

Unfortunately for Noah, and thousands of Big Mac-craving fans, he has an extremely poor three-point shooting history. He'd taken four (now five) in his career, and missed all of them.

Frankly, Tuesday's attempt wasn't even close. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, about whom the phrase "no-nonsense" would be an understatement, said he spoke to Noah about the shot. It's probably for the best that he did not divulge the details of that conversation.

Magic guard J.J. Redick called the shot "unnecessary" and Ish Smith said "hopefully it won't happen again."

For his part, Noah was apologetic.

"I regret it a little bit," Noah told ESPNChicago.com. "It wasn't a good shot. You have to respect the game because you never know what can happen in a game. I just got caught up in the moment and I was trying to get the people a Big Mac. They really wanted a Big Mac (judging by how loud the crowd was getting) and I felt like, not only did I take the shot and miss the shot, we didn't even get the Big Mac. Next time, I won't take that 3-pointer."

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