Days after he said he wants to play in the NFL until he is 45 years old, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was rewarded with a pair of drug tests.

Coincidence? He thinks not.


Brees, 35, is entering his 14th season in the league. And while no quarterback has started a game at age 45 (Warren Moon, Steve DeBerg and Vinny Testaverde made it to 44), Brees is hopeful that he can raise the bar.

"No doubt. There's no question," Brees told the NFL Network's Albert Breer. "I'm not getting ahead myself, like it's a pipe dream, at 45. I understand the challenges that come along with that. But why not? If I can stay healthy, and I'm having fun and playing at a high level, why wouldn't I wanna do that?"

This isn't the first instance of an NFL player being drug tested at a curious time. Colts kicker Pat McAfee got called for a sample after delivering a monster hit while Giants punter Steve Weatherford was selected for a test after one of his best performances of the season.

These are most likely all coincidences, but it is funny to note the timing. As per the NFL's drug testing policy, the league is allowed to randomly drug test players up to six times during the offseason. The league has the right to unlimited tests during the season.

While Brees would need some good fortune to make it 10 more years in the league, the idea of him sticking around for another decade isn't inconceivable. He's made the Pro Bowl each of the past two years and started all 16 games for each of the past four seasons. He and coach Sean Payton have combined to create one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history, and as evidenced by an NFC-leading 5,162 passing yards in 2013, Brees is showing no signs of slowing down.

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Have you ever wondered what an animated mystery series featuring Mike Tyson would look like? If you are in this group, your dream has come true.

"Mike Tyson Mysteries," an original series coming to Adult Swim, released a sneak peak at San Diego Comic Con last week.

Tyson plays a fictional version of himself who solves mysteries with a detective team. The team's vehicle looks eerily similar to the Mystery Machine from "Scooby-Doo."

Many aspects of Tyson's life appear to be part of the series, including his boxing persona and love of pigeons. Comedian Norm Macdonald voices one of the pigeons.

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There are a couple twists to the new Gatorade commercial with Dwyane Wade. He is joined in this spot by one of the biggest young stars in the other three major pro sports: J.J. Watt of the NFL, Patrick Kane of the NHL and Bryce Harper of MLB. And rather than gulping down Gatorade, the four athletes are munching on the company's protein bars that are now available for public consumption.

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The NFL is known for being a copycat league, but we're not so sure other owners will be following the lead of Indianapolis boss Jim Irsay.

As he promised on Twitter, Irsay attended the team's training-camp practice Saturday afternoon in Anderson, Indiana. He then proceeded to hand out $100 bills to some of the fans.




(Translation: Jim Irsay is trying to give competition to Jerry Jones.)

Perhaps Irsay is just warming up because he might receive some sort of fine (and suspension) from the NFL. Irsay is facing two misdemeanor charges stemming from his arrest in March for suspicion of driving under the influence. At the time of his arrest, Irsay had $29,000 cash with him, according to the police report, as well as prescription bottles and pills.

Or he is trying to show how it isn't all that unusual for him to be carrying that much cash on him. Consider what Irsay told Indianapolis Star columnist Bob Kravitz last month. From Kravitz's column:

Not afraid of making the point, he showed me a briefcase on his desk. When he opened it, I saw stacks and stacks of $100 bills.

"I don't know why that was leaked to the press or what it had to do with anything," he said. "You're talking about someone who is extremely generous, and I say that humbly. That's the way I try to live my life and it has nothing to do with the law. What's been reported out there, there's been a sensationalizing about things that have nothing to do with the law. It shouldn't be an issue."

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During her skating career that included five world championships and two Olympic medals, Michelle Kwan starred in commercials to pitch sponsors such as Chevrolet and Campbell's Soup. Now Kwan is back on TV, but this time she is touting a candidate rather than a company.

Her husband, Clay Pell, is running in Rhode Island's Democratic gubernatorial primary, and Kwan is, among other issues, trying to boost his standing with women voters.

"One of the reasons I'm so excited about my husband Clay Pell's candidacy is because Clay is committed to a women's-equality agenda that strengthens protection for women in areas like pay equity, sexual harassment and domestic violence," Kwan says at the beginning of the spot.

Here is the full cut:

The primary election is Sept. 9. Pell, 32, was considered a long shot because he is a newcomer, and a WPRI poll in May had him running a distant third to Providence mayor Angel Taveras and General Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

But WPRI reported this week that Pell's campaign is getting traction as he "continues to benefit from voters' affection toward his late grandfather, U.S. Sen. Claiborne Pell, and his famous wife, Michelle Kwan."

Claiborne Pell is perhaps best known for the Pell Grant, a significant source of financial aid to college students. Here are Clay and Michelle, with Claiborne's widow, Nuala Pell:

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Comedian Frank Caliendo is known for his impressions for such celebrities as George W. Bush, Sean Connery and John Madden. With a special interest in sports, Caliendo has been featured in programming for ESPN and Fox Sports over the past decade.

In his latest act, Caliendo appeared on Mike & Mike Thursday. He read the entire LeBron James Sports Illustrated letter in Morgan Freeman's voice.

Later in the day, Freeman was a guest on The Tonight Show. Jimmy Fallon displayed part of the video for the Oscar-winning actor:

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As we mentioned last year when the name of the National Spelling Bee champion was misspelled in a news headline, we'd rather sympathize than snicker in these situations.

But then we're not an Oklahoma Sooners fan who noticed a rather egregious spelling mistake on every page of the Texas Longhorns football media guide. The goof is that the media guide promotes the website TexsaSports.com rather than TexasSports.com.

LostLettermen reported that an Oklahoma fan then went ahead and registered the TexsaSports.com domain name.

Here's what you'll find you if you click on it:

According to TexasSports.com, the Longhorns and Sooners will meet Oct. 11 in Arlington.

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It's becoming more and more common for NFL players to make flashy entrances as they arrive at training camp (see Wayne, Reggie).

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, on the other hand, avoided flashy at all costs with his training camp ride. Cutler, 31, showed up to Bears camp in Bourbonnais, Ill., in a plain white conversion van:



This is quite a turnaround for Cutler, who arrived at camp in an Escalade last year.

Perhaps the conversion van is reflective of a new approach for Cutler, who signed a seven-year contract extension in January worth as much as $126.7 million. Cutler also became a dad for the second time after his wife, former reality show star Kristin Cavallari, gave birth to the couple's second son in May.

While Cutler has performed better than any Bears quarterback in recent memory, he's still been hit with lots of criticism regarding his attitude. Specifically, Cutler has alienated some teammates with his grouchy sideline demeanor.

One of the beauties of the conversion van is that it is multi-purpose, so perhaps Cutler can show his lighter side to his teammates with fun activities in the back of his ride:


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Minnesota Vikings fans have reason to be excited for their team's new stadium, a $975 million publicly financed project with enormous glass panels that offer a beautiful panorama of Minneapolis.

The stadium, expected to be finished in 2016, has already been tabbed to host the 2018 Super Bowl.


But these very panels that may become the hallmark of the new stadium are also causing significant distress for the Audubon Society, the world's largest bird-focused conservation group. The group is worried that birds won't be able to distinguish between the glass and open air:


In a press release, Audubon Minnesota Executive Director Matthew Anderson pleaded with the franchise to consider using safer glass:

"We're talking about a billion dollar stadium here, and the cost to save perhaps thousands of migratory birds -- and make the Vikings a global leader in green stadium design -- is about one-tenth of one percent of that," Anderson said. "Hundreds of millions of dollars of public money is going to build this stadium, and we know the people of Minnesota do not want their money killing birds. The Vikings recently approved spending millions and millions of additional dollars to make sure the stadium is 'iconic' – surely they also want to make sure it's not a death trap. We're asking them to change their minds and do the right thing."

The Audubon Society maintains that the new glass would be relatively cheap:


According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, last year the Vikings promised the Audubon Society they would turn off the lights at the new stadium at night to help birds avoid confusion. But the Audubon Society says that neither the Vikings nor the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has responded to their recent request for new glass.

(H/T to Deadspin)

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The jokes practically writes themselves. The San Diego Chargers, constant AFC bridesmaids despite some deeply talented teams the past 10 years, even come in second in their offseason beer league for softball.

Stu Woo of the Wall Street Journal profiled the Chargers' beer league team, which despite being easily the most athletic assemblage of players in its Wednesday night league, could not take home the title.

"Fielding was the problem," Philip Rivers, the team's shortstop and captain, told Woo.

Many of the Chargers hadn't played baseball or softball since high school, and while they still had the advantage over most teams, they could not defeat Randy Jones Invitational, the top squad in the league. Named for a local golf tournament that sponsored their jerseys, Randy Jones Invitational beat the Chargers twice in the regular season and earned the top spot in the league standings.

"The Chargers are by far the most athletic guys on the field on Wednesday nights," Henry Schweichler, catcher for Randy Jones Invitational, told Woo, "but we are the more skillful team."

Rivers organized his team as an offseason bonding activity, and the Chargers certainly had fun on the diamond. According to Woo they had "country names" like "Jim-Bob" and "Cletis" on the backs of their jerseys, and some of the players donned disguises during the games.

Rivers, who went by "Ricky," wore a hat that was accompanied by a mullet wig.


With many of their regulars on vacation before training camp starts, the Chargers were upset in the first round of the playoffs.

Despite a solid AFC West that includes defending conference champion Denver, Chargers fans can only hope their football team advances farther in the playoffs than their softball team did this year.

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