LeBron's much-anticipated return to Cleveland started with a relative dud. But if you're underwhelmed, Brawley Chisholm is here to help.

Chisholm may not be known to the masses, but he's a legend in basketball circles. Chisholm earned a reputation as the courtside commentator for streetball games throughout New York City. If there's a high-profile game going on, Chisholm is usually there riffing on everything to the court to the fans to the fashion -- and the faux pas.

For the Cavs' season-opener against the Knicks, Chisholm was invited by The New York Times to call the game. Highlights were edited down to a two-minute clip, which was then illustrated by the Times' Patrick Truby.

The end result is beautiful -- not to mention bursting with personality:

As The New York Times ramps up its video production, more high-quality pieces like this might become more prevalent. Here's hoping Chisholm makes a reappearance.

It should come as no surprise that Nike found a way to capitalize on LeBron James' return to Cleveland.

Since announcing his decision in a letter published in July, James has been the most popular man in Cleveland -- this after some inglorious time as the city's Public Enemy No. 1. His passionate letter, in which he praised the city and acknowledged his own past mistakes, was a marketing gem in its own right.

And Nike might have scored a victory in translating this narrative into an epic, almost beautiful television ad. While the company has recently struggled to produce iconic commercials that transcend advertising and inform pop culture, this latest ad -- the long version of which runs about two minutes -- might have done the trick.

In the black-and-white ad, LeBron gathers his team for a pre-game huddle and pep talk. As he speaks, attending fans -- and later the entire city of Cleveland -- collapse in on James as his speech reaches a compelling climax:

Love him or hate him, James' homecoming tonight will be a sight to behold, and one that gives the city of Cleveland a serious shot at ending its title drought. Whether he succeeds or fails this season, the storyline will be compelling to the finish.

It's safe to say the odds were stacked against Gustavo Angel Tamayo, the Bryan College senior who was selected to participate in a basketball shooting contest with the chance of winning $10,000.

This wasn't your average basketball shooting contest, where the participant has to make a half-court shot to win the money. No, Tamayo had to make four shots (a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a half-courter). And get this -- Tamayo, a soccer player who grew up in England and had "never played competitive basketball," was attempting to contest with a broken finger on his left hand.

But somehow Tamayo pulled off the feat, sinking all four shots in just under 30 seconds to take home $10,000. Here's the video of Tamayo's amazing performance:

"I'm not sure there's a tougher contest," Don Rekoske, the basketball coach at Bryan College, told the Chattanooga Times Free Press‎. "He had to go four for four, and you have to be hurried to make it within 30 seconds. It's a very tough contest to win, but when you win you get paid for it. He won $10,000; some will probably go toward his school bill and some in his pocket."

Bryan told the Free Press‎ that his secret was concentration.

"It's just an amazing feeling," Tamayo said. "It was awesome to share it with all my friends."

Trick Shot Titus has hit the political arena.

After beating Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal in shooting contests on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Titus was invited to appear on a show in Spain. That's where he beat Bradley Cooper and Channing Tatum.

In his latest video, Titus meets Kansas governor Sam Brownback at the state capitol building in Topeka. Brownback, who was apparently smart enough not to challenge the tyke in basketball, gives permission for Titus to turn the capitol into his personal playground:

LeBron James is not driven by championships.

Or so he says in a description for a nine-minute video the four-time MVP posted Monday on his Facebook page. In the video James discusses a new Beats by Dre commercial that features his hometown of Akron prominently.

The commercial for the $200 Powerbeats2 Wireless headphones debuted earlier this month. The spot is narrated by James' mother, Gloria:

In the behind-the-scenes interview James posted on his Facebook page, he discussed just how important Akron is to him:

"It's like my father, it's like my brother, it's like my mother, it's like my grandmother, its like everything to me," James says, "The city looked over me, it raised me to be who I am today."


James has sometimes avoided talking about his childhood, which was not always easy. His mother was 16 when he was born, and he grew up without a father. James and his mother moved from apartment to apartment in the early years of his life before he moved in with Frank Walker, a local youth football coach who introduced James to basketball at age 9.

Akron has been front and center during James' grand return to Northeast Ohio. In his announcement in Sports Illustrated, James wrote that going to Miami for four years was similar to a kid going away to college (James never attended college, instead going straight to the NBA). Returning to where he was raised felt natural for him.

In August James held a huge Homecoming rally at University of Akron.

James writes in the description for his video that "I'm not driven by Championships, I’m driven by my hometown, by Northeast Ohio." While that seems true, perhaps that sentiment has changed over the years. When he left Cleveland in 2010 it was because he felt he had the best chance to win a title in Miami. He and his teammates did that, winning two championships in four years.

The Cavaliers open their season at home Thursday against the New York Knicks.

By Mr. Madden
Pro Sports Daily

The gaggle of goofs from Dude Perfect are back with another trick shot video. This time they are on the ice dressed up in those ugly Dallas Stars uniforms ... and they have a couple of guests.

NHL superstars Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin, from the Stars, join the guys to pull off a ton of hockey-related trick shots.

I liked the "Can you score with this?" segment where Benn and Seguin try to score shootout goals using random items. This is surprisingly more difficult than you would think. I've done something similar in the past and you are used to the weight and handleabilty (I'm pretty sure I just made that word up) of a standard hockey puck. Rubber ducks and mini-pumpkins both provide their own unique challenges.

When diners at a Buffalo Wild Wings in Cincinnati saw Andy Dalton appear on TVs throughout the restaurant, the Bengals quarterback was about to speak at a press conference. But the fans didn't realize that Dalton and his friends at Pepsi were getting ready to prank them.

Dalton's "press conference" was really part of a commercial being filmed at the Buffalo Wild Wings.

"It was cool to surprise people," Dalton said. "You could see how excited everybody was."

The commercial begins with Dalton answering questions while seated behind a microphone. But Dalton then asks a female patron to not text while he is answering the question. The shocked diners continue to watch as Dalton talks to two other people in the restaurant. Dalton even asks for a sip of one patron's Pepsi. Here's how it unfolded:

The fans probably didn't mind being clowned because not only did they get to meet Dalton, but he also passed out tickets to the Bengals’ first preseason home game against the New York Jets. The Bengals lost to the Jets, 25-17, and won just one of their four exhibition games. At the time, Dalton said, "I feel really confident in what we are going to do this year."

The Bengals have lived up to that assertion from Dalton by starting 4-1 in the regular season to lead their division.

The boom is still echoing.

In 2005, Ball State freshman Brian Collins became an Internet legend for his Boom Goes The Dynamite sportscast, and the phrase has been repeated on "Scandal," "Family Guy," "Gossip Girl" and "King of the Hill." Jon Stewart has used it on the air, and Will Smith even trotted out the line after stumbling on his words at The Oscars.

Now the TBS MLB studio team has taken it even further by having Ron Darling, Gary Sheffield, Cal Ripken Jr., and Pedro Martinez re-create Collins' sportscast. Martinez gets to deliver the payoff line:

Compare to the original:

Here is Smith saying it at the Academy Awards in 2009:

In 2011, Collins was featured in the "Web Redemption" segment of the Com­e­dy Central show "Tosh.0" and said the origin of the phrase was from video game battles with his college buddies:


Following their dominant win over the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Washington Redskins couldn't help but dance.

While ESPN NFL Nation reporter John Keim reported on the condition of injured quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has no fracture in his dislocated left ankle, DeAngelo Hall, Brian Orakpo and Stephen Bowen can be seen showing off their moves in the background of the shot:

Receiver DeSean Jackson caught it all on tape:

Receiver Pierre Garcon has some more behind-the-scenes footage, showing the trio of Redskins hurrying outside to get in on Keim's shot.

Upon finding out that he had been videobombed, Keim took it in good spirits:

"Turns out I was just a prop for a team that finally has reason to smile. And, apparently, dance. Yes, in the background the Redskins photobombed me -- or is it videobombed? -- while I appeared on SportsCenter. The Redskins win on Sunday; they dance on Monday. With me in the foreground."

Later, Keim managed to make a clean appearance on SportsCenter:


Bulls big man Joakim Noah made the most of a second chance on his first pitch.

Throwing before the White Sox-A's game Thursday in Chicago, Noah uncorked a clunker that hit the ground several feet in front of home plate and skidded past the catcher.

But with a chance to redeem himself, Noah delivered a strike, then showed that he was quite proud of himself:

This was the second time in recent weeks that an MLB game has featured two first pitches. Bob Costas, who fired his first pitch way outside, also got a second crack at it in St. Louis. Noah's first offering was a lot weaker than Costas' so the NBA star had a case for wanting the do-over.

Although there have been some true disasters this season, notably with 50 Cent and Miss Texas, some celebrities take the first pitch seriously. Check out actress Jessica Alba taking numerous warmup pitches and showing off fine technique with her high leg kick:

Then again there's supermodel Chrissy Teigen whose accuracy was impaired from the pregame margaritas she downed.

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