Do you ever watch a sporting event, see a player or coach's face and think he looks familiar? Some of college football's biggest names have very famous look-alikes. Here’s a look at the game's best doppelgangers.

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Russell Shepard,
Dave Chappelle

Both Shepard and Chappelle are skinny with similar facial features and are known for light facial hair. The comedian played a basketball-playing version of Prince -– "shoot the J!" -- on his show. But the LSU receiver has the more athletic build.

Kellen Moore,
Jon Heder

With a football, the Boise State QB certainly is better than Napoleon Dynamite's Uncle Rico. But the big mop on his head, especially evident in earlier photos, makes him look exactly like the actor who played Napoleon. But can Moore dance like Heder?

Denard Robinson,
Lil Wayne

Yes, it's easy to compare the two with their long braids and small stature. But the Michigan QB and rapper actually have similar faces – you know, if you take away all of Wayne's tattoos on his face and bling on his teeth.

Nick Saban,
Billy Bob Thornton

Forget about their personalities. The Alabama head coach and Hollywood bad boy look alike. The all-business Saban and Thornton, more of a free spirit, don't really dress alike, but that's OK. No word on if Saban has ever worn a vile of blood around his neck.

LaMichael James,

C'mon, you chuckled when you read this. And it's accurate. Actor Emmanuel Lewis -– who played the lead character in the 1980's sitcom "Webster" -– is tiny, and so is James, a 5-foot-9 Oregon running back with a baby face. Just look at those chins.

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Question: What's rarer than a team producing a quality everyday player who becomes a lineup fixture for years to come? Answer: A team producing two of those players at roughly the same time.

Royals fans could be seeing the beginning of such a situation. On June 10, the team called up 22-year-old Mike Moustakas to play third base across the diamond from 21-year-old fellow top prospect Eric Hosmer. It's far too early to be making any proclamations, and early returns have been modest, but these two have the tools to become dual forces in the Royals' lineup for years to come.

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If both succeed and remain Royals for a long time, they will join a select group of position player tandems since World War II who debuted with the same team in the same or consecutive years. To be considered, both players also must have become regulars within a year of each other. This rules out Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada. Jeter played every day in 1996 while Posada got only a cup of coffee that year and was part-time the next. Here are the 10 best examples of the past 65 years:

10. Will Clark,
Robby Thompson

Giants. San Francisco fans might have gotten a sense of this pair's promise on opening day of the 1986 season, when Clark and Thompson both made their major league debuts at the Houston Astrodome. Clark homered and Thompson doubled off future Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan as the Giants won 8-3. Clark and Thompson proceeded to hold down the right side of the Giants infield -- Clark at first base, Thompson at second -- until Will the Thrill left for Texas in 1994. Combined Baseball-Reference wins above replacement (WAR) for Giants: 68.5

9. Jim Rice, Fred Lynn

Red Sox. Drafted two years apart, Rice and Lynn both made brief MLB appearances in 1974. In 1975, it's fair to say they nailed down starting jobs. Rice, playing left field and DH, finished second in AL Rookie of the Year voting and third in AL MVP voting. He had nothing on Lynn, who won both awards while racking up a .331/.401/.566 line and 7.1 WAR. Peter Gammons, then of the Boston Globe, nicknamed them the Gold Dust Twins. Rice won his own MVP in 1978 and went on to a Hall of Fame career, while injuries prevented Lynn from consistently playing to his potential. Combined WAR for Red Sox: 71.2

8. Ron Cey, Davey Lopes

Dodgers. Third baseman Cey and second baseman Lopes represent half of a Dodgers infield, along with Steve Garvey and Bill Russell, that remained intact for more than eight seasons, an MLB record. Both were rookies and immediate contributors in 1973 and helped lead LA to four World Series and one title between then and 1981. Cey was a solid hitter who posted an OPS+ of 125 in his 12-year Dodgers career. Lopes was a prolific and efficient base stealer, twice leading the league in steals and finishing his career with 557 thefts and an 83 percent success rate. Combined WAR for Dodgers: 75.3

7. Tim Raines, Tim Wallach

Expos. Both Tims logged their first sustained playing time during the strike-shortened 1981 season, Raines bursting onto the scene with a .304/.391/.438 line and a league-leading 71 stolen bases. Despite a well documented cocaine problem, Raines became one of the most dynamic players in baseball, combining excellent on-base skills with a little pop and blazing speed. He led the NL in steals each of his first four seasons, winding up with 808 with an 84.7 percent success rate in his career. Wallach, meanwhile, was a solid all-around player who made five All-Star teams and won three Gold Glove awards in 13 seasons in Montreal. Combined WAR for Expos: 77.8

6. Reggie Jackson,
Sal Bando

Athletics. Jackson and Bando both experienced their first extended playing time in 1967, the Athletics’ final season in Kansas City. In a sign of things not to come, they both hit less than .200 with a sub-.600 OPS. With Jackson in the outfield and Bando at third base, Oakland enjoyed a tremendous run of success in the 1970s, including three straight World Series wins in 1972-74. Although Bando’s offensive numbers look muted because of the era during which he played, he registered a 127 OPS+ in his Oakland career and three times finished in the top five in AL MVP voting. Jackson won the award in 1973, when he led the league and home runs, RBI, runs scored, slugging percentage and OPS. Combined WAR for Athletics: 101.7

5. Duke Snider,
Roy Campanella

Dodgers. You might have heard of the Dodgers' premiere rookie in 1947, Jackie Robinson. Snider also debuted that season but struggled in limited action and did not take over as the Brooklyn starting center fielder until August 1948. A month earlier, the Dodgers had called up Campanella and installed him in the everyday lineup at catcher. Snider and Campanella remained in their roles until Campanella's career came to a tragic end when he was paralyzed in a car accident before the 1958 season. Both players became Hall of Famers and helped the Dodgers qualify for five World Series and win once, in 1955. In just 10 seasons, Campanella won three MVP awards (one of them narrowly and controversially over Snider), set a longstanding record (since broken) for homers in a season by a catcher and is third in MLB history in career caught stealing percentage. Snider is eighth all-time among center fielders in WAR. Combined WAR for Dodgers: 102.7

4. Frank Thomas,
Robin Ventura

White Sox. Talk about savvy drafting. The White Sox selected Ventura and Thomas with their first round pick in consecutive years (Ventura 10th overall in 1988, Thomas seventh overall in 1989). Ventura received a September call-up in '89 and took over as the team's starting third baseman in '90, with Thomas getting promoted for good that August and stuck at the opposite corner. They remained on the South Side together until through 1998. Sadly yet amusingly best known as Nolan Ryan's punching bag, Ventura was a stellar hitter and fielder, while The Big Hurt established himself as one of the game's premiere and certainly most menacing offensive threats. From 1991 to 1997, Thomas led the AL in walks, OBP and OPS four times each, registered three 40-plus homer seasons and snagged a pair of MVP awards. Combined WAR for White Sox: 109.4

3. George Brett,
Frank White

If Hosmer and Moustakas want an example from their own franchise, they can look at this pair. Both debuted in the summer of 1973, with White gradually getting more playing time over the next few years and Brett taking over the starting third base job in 1974. Brett became one of the top third basemen of all time, collecting 3,154 hits, a 135 OPS+ and better than 300 home runs while playing his entire 21-year career in Kansas City. In 1980, he batted .390 with a 203 OPS+ and won the AL MVP award. White resided on the other end of the offensive spectrum, batting .255/.293/.383 for his career. But he also was a supremely slick fielder at second base, winning eight Gold Gloves and saving 121 runs with his fielding in his 18 seasons with the Royals. Together, Brett and White appeared in nearly 2,000 games together and won a World Series in 1985. Combined WAR for Royals: 111.9

2. Ron Santo, Billy Williams

Cubs. These two Cubs legends spent a combined 30 seasons at the Friendly Confines. Williams actually debuted first, in 1959, but did not become a regular until the start of the 1961 season, when he was the NL Rookie of the Year. Santo signed with Chicago as an amateur free agent as a 19-year old in 1959, made the majors in June 1960 and never looked back. He fought through diabetes to put up one of the best careers ever for a third baseman, although he was shamefully snubbed from the Hall of Fame. From 1964 through 1967, Santo was just behind Willie Mays for best WAR in baseball, was third in OBP and fifth in OPS. Williams twice finished second in MVP voting, including 1972, when he led the majors in slugging percentage and was second in OPS. Although the Cubs never made the postseason during this duo's tenure, it certainly wasn't their fault. Combined WAR for Cubs: 123.7

1. Alan Trammell,
Lou Whitaker

Tigers. It's hard to imagine two players more closely linked than Trammell and Whitaker. Drafted in back-to-back years, they first teamed in Double-A Montgomery in 1977 and were called up together to debut on Sept. 9 that year against the Red Sox. Whitaker started at second base and went 3-for-5; Trammell went 2-for-3 as the starting shortstop. In 1978 they were both everyday players at those positions, Whitaker winning AL Rookie of the Year and Trammell finishing fourth. They went on to become baseball's longest-running double play combo, both playing their entire careers with the Tigers, a combined 4,683 games. This does not even include teammate Lance Parrish, who debuted four days before Trammell and Whitaker and was worth 27.5 WAR in 10 seasons with Detroit. Combined WAR for Tigers: 136.6

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By Arthur Bovino

Americans sure love sports. Seen the commercial where the guy walks through his house, pausing the high-
tech TV in every room so as not to miss a single play? That meticulous dedication to every pass, shot, and hit
has been applied to creating sports-themed restaurants across the U.S.

Many restaurants, like Mickey Mantle's, Seau's, Harry Caray's and Ozzies' were obviously started by sports
icons and personalities. But this isn't a list of the best restaurants owned by athletes. Rather, it's a look at
eateries that have taken on all facets of sports or athletic endeavors.

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High-definition televisions, projection screens, memorabilia, the ubiquitous spinach and artichoke dip, these are cornerstones of sports-themed eateries. But these 20 sports-crazy restaurants take things to the next level with interactive games, free shuttles to games, hockey sticks hanging overhead like Swords of Damocles, eating challenges -- even a golf ball busting through a restaurant facade.

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All-Pro former linebacker Junior Seau opened his eponymous 14,500-square-foot restaurant in 1996. The menus are filled with sports backdrops, often randomly. Do you think sushi when you think hockey? Baseball and pizza? The menu features all the fare you'd expect given most athletes' restaurant preferences. There are salads, sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pasta, grilled fish, and even a sushi lounge. And of course, there are the requisite flat screen TVs: 60 high definition screens and a 12-foot by 14-foot projection screen.

Shula's Steak House

The legendary football coach of the Miami Dolphins achieved perfection in 1972 with an undefeated season and Super Bowl win. The chain of Don Shula's Steakhouse seems to have done pretty well too. There are currently more than 30 restaurants in America, with roughly a third of them in Florida. Menus vary by location, but they include the cuts and steakhouse fare you'd expect. But for linebacker-sized appetites there's a food challenge with its own page and hall of fame: Shula's 48 oz. Club. And if you can tackle 100 of the Shula Cuts (a 48-ounce porterhouse) like Taft Parker did, Coach Shula may even sit with you while you eat it and give you a football to commemorate the occasion.

Murray Bros. Caddy Shack

"Wait," you're saying, "Caddyshack ... Murray ... that Murray?" Yup. Actor Bill Murray and his brothers teamed up to open Murray Bros. Caddyshack at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. (Murray's brother Brian Doyle-Murray co-wrote the movie). When it comes to themes, it accomplishes the hat trick: sport, movie, and celebrity. Décor includes lawn mowers, rakes, pails, kegs, and plenty of sight gags. Puns abound on the menu. Murray family favorite "Sandwedges" include the Double-Bogey Cheeseburger, there are Caddyshakes, and even a "Go Fer" pot roast. Given their Chicago background, you can find Windy City staples like the Chicago Dog and Italian beef sandwich.

Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse

The great Yankee centerfielder teamed up with investors to open his eponymous restaurant on Central Park South between 5th and 6th Avenues. The Mick passed away in '95, but the restaurant lives on, filled with museum-quality memorabilia, and a comprehensive sports video library, as well as rare photos from Mickey's personal collection. At its base, Mickey Mantle's is a steakhouse, featuring pigs in blankets, wedge salad, a "Spring Training" menu (low-carb, low-calorie), steakhouse and side fare, and of course, the ubiquitous spinach dip.

Quaker Steak & Lube

George "Jig" Warren III and Gary "Moe" Meszaros started their Quaker Steak & Lube restaurants in 1974 to "preserve the culture of those old gas stations and high-powered muscle cars." Their "Cook Your Own Steak" restaurants have been giving old muscle cars a permanent home ever since. There are now more than 30 locations in about 15 states across the U.S., and "The Lube" is still rescuing muscle and vintage cars and trucks as well as custom and antique motorcycles. They're hung from the walls and ceilings in each restaurant. As for menu standouts, the Quaker Steak & Lube wings range in heat from a mild 90 Scoville Units to 500,000 with the "Triple Atomic" wings.

Wipeout Bar & Grill

The Wipeout Bar & Grill's two locations in San Francisco (Marin and Fisherman's Wharf) feature, obviously, a surf-themed décor and menu. There's an open patio and outdoor bar, a fire pit, celebrity-signed surfboards, and beach signs. The owners explored the California coast searching for the best surf food and beach shacks to model their menu on. They filled the menus with taquitos, onion rings, fried seafood, burgers, pizzas, tacos, burritos, and plenty of seafood entrées and salads.

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The NFL has dealt with work stoppages before, in 1982 and 1987, before the days of free agency. The '87 edition was pretty ugly. No football for a week, followed by three weeks of "replacement games" as rosters consisted of a curious mix of castoffs and in some instances, regulars who had crossed the picket lines. When the dust settled, the Redskins rolled the Broncos, 42-10, in Super Bowl XXII.

But the focus here is the 1982 strike, which lasted about two months and eliminated eight weeks of action. When the players finally returned in November, the league added an extra week of games and eliminated the off week before the Super Bowl, making for a nine-game schedule that stretched into the first week of January (which is somewhat the norm these days). The road to the championship was a 16-team Super Bowl tournament, eight teams to a conference and seeded 1 vs. 8, 2 vs. 7, and so on.

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It was a shortened season, but it sure wasn't short on memorable and historical moments. So here are the top six moments from the '82 season:

Hello, Marcus

In Week 1, the defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers hosted the Los Angeles Raiders, who had relocated from Oakland in the off-season. The Niners had a little bit of trouble with a rookie running back that day. Heisman winner Marcus Allen totalled 180 yards from scrimmage and scored a touchdown in the Raiders' 23-17 upset win.

Candlestick Air Raid

In Week 6, on a Saturday afternoon in December, a pair of future Hall of Fame quarterbacks put on a show for the ages at Candlestick Park as San Diego outlasted San Francisco, 41-37. The Chargers' Dan Fouts threw for 450 yards and five touchdowns, while 49ers' QB Joe Montana threw for 356 yards and three scores, plus ran for another touchdown. Neither quarterback was sacked.

Super Charged

As if Don Coryell's Chargers hadn't already proven a point by beating the defending Super Bowl champions in their own backyard a week before, they managed to avenge their AFC Championship Game loss in a big way by holding off the Bengals, 50-34. San Diego rolled up an astonishing 661 yards of total offense and Fouts threw for 400-plus yards for the second straight week, although he was intercepted twice. The Bolts rallied from a 10-points second-quarter deficit for the 16-point victory. How good was the Chargers' passing game that season? Wideout Wes Chandler played in eight games and still caught 49 passes for an incredible 1,032 yards and nine touchdowns.

Snow Jobbed

On a wintry day in Foxboro, the Patriots got a 33-yard field goal from John Smith in the final five minutes to beat the Dolphins, 3-0. It would always be remembered as the "snowplow game" as Ron Meyer's team got a big assist from Mark Henderson, a convicted burglar on a work-release program and the driver of a small snowplow. After calling a timeout, Meyer instructed Henderson to clear a path for Smith, and the rest is history.

"99 1/2"

In the final game of the regular season and in a contest originally scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 26, the Cowboys faced the Vikings at the Metrodome. Minnesota's new home that season had already faced problems as the roof collapsed a few days before the team's Monday night tilt with the Pokes. But that was nothing compared to what happened in the fourth quarter. Backed up on their own 1-yard line, the Cowboys handed off to running back Tony Dorsett, who scampered up the near sideline for an unforgettable 99-yard touchdown. The play came with only 10 Cowboys on the field, as fullback Ron Springs was inexplicably standing on the sideline. What's lost to history is that the Vikings won the game, 31-27.

Power Rig

The '82 playoffs were basically about one man. (No, Jets fans, not A.J. Duhe). In one of the great postseason runs of all time, Redskins running back John Riggins rushed for 610 yards and four touchdowns in Washington's four playoff wins. Riggins had 166 of those yards in his team's Super Bowl win over the Dolphins at the Rose Bowl.

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The folks at When The What developed an interesting premise: The ultimate rookie of the year (and a runner-up), regardless of league or sport. Here is their breakdown from 2000 to present.

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2000: Brian Urlacher,
Matt Kenseth

As good as Urlacher’s been for the past 10 seasons, his greatest season may have been his first. Urlacher had 125 total tackles and two interceptions, but it was his career-high eight sacks that made the linebacker’s rookie year unique. Kenseth is still the only rookie ever to win the Coca-Cola 600 marathon, but he finished the season 14th in points. Elton Brand, who averaged a double-double, and Scott Gomez, who had 70 points, including 51 assists, are more worthy runner-ups.

2001: Albert Pujols,
Rafael Nadal

Pujols' .329 batting average, 37 home runs, and 130 RBI make him a no-brainer here. The Nadal choice is a head-scratcher, though. Rafa turned pro in 2001 at 15, but found success only on the ITF Junior Circuit. A guy named Ichiro won the AL MVP with a .350 average and 56 stolen bases, as his team won 116 games (Pujols lost the NL MVP race to Barry Bonds, who hit a few home runs that season).

2002: Pau Gasol,
Julius Peppers

Gasol and Peppers were all right. Pau nearly averaged a double-double on a terrible team in a new city and Peppers had 12 sacks and five forced fumbles. But how can you leave off Clinton Portis with his 1,508 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns? Honorable mention also goes out to Dany Heatley (67 points).

2003: Amar'e Stoudemire, Dontrelle Willis

Stoudemire (13.5 points, 8.8 rebounds) became the first prep-to-pro player to ever win a rookie of the year award. He also led the Suns to the playoffs two seasons before Steve Nash's arrival. Willis went 14-6 with a 3.30 ERA, but mostly gets the nod because of his popularity. Anquan Boldin, who snagged 101 receptions for 1,377 yards and 8 TDs, is a more worthy runner-up recipient.

2004: LeBron James,
Ben Roethlisberger

Big Ben did the impossible as a rookie, going 13-0 as a starter with 2,621 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes. LeBron (20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds), on the other hand, won the rookie of the year award without playing for a playoff team. That same season, Denver rookie Carmelo Anthony averaged 21.0 points and 6.1 rebounds, while taking his team to the playoffs as the eighth seed. With the season on the line, Anthony dropped 41 points on March 30 game versus the Sonics, a fellow bubble team, becoming the second-youngest player to ever score 40 points in a game. He became the first rookie to lead a playoff team in scoring since David Robinson in 1989-90. In the long run, LeBron's been the better player, but Melo was the better rookie.

2005: Ryan Howard, Shawne Merriman

Howard's 22 home runs and 63 RBI as a rookie don't seem too special until you realize he only had 312 at-bats in 88 games. Howard didn't become the Phillies’ everyday first baseman until a July 1 injury to Jim Thome, yet he still managed to post respectable power numbers. Likewise, Merriman (57 total tackles, 10 sacks) didn't crack the Chargers starting lineup until Week 7, making his stats less than what they could have been. But Merriman's limited playing time was due in part to a ten-day holdout from training camp. Dwight Howard (12.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.7 blocks) for runner-up, anybody?

2006: Alexander Ovechkin, Chris Paul

Man, this was a season. Ovi netted 52 goals and dished out 54 assists for 106 points, but Sidney Crosby was right on his tail with 102 points. Still, you can’t leave out Chris Paul, who put up 16.1 points, 7.8 assists and 5.1 rebounds, while sweeping every Western Conference Rookie of the Month Trophy. What about Hanley Ramirez (185 hits, 119 runs, 51 steals), Justin Verlander (17-9, 3.63 ERA), Deron Williams (10.8 points, 4.5 assists), and Vince Young (2,199 passing yards, 552 rushing yards)? "When the What" did what they had to do to narrow down this field. And they did it right.

2007: Adrian Peterson, Evgeni Malkin

Can't argue with these. Peterson became the first rookie to run for more than 200 yards in multiple games, including his 296 against San Diego on Nov. 4. If it was not for a lateral collateral ligament tear that sidelined A.D. for a month, he may have won the MVP (finished with 1,341 rushing yards and 268 receiving yards). Malkin had a stellar rookie season, becoming the first player since 1917 to score a goal in each of his first six games, en route to an 85-point season. In another year of superstars, it's hard to keep guys like Ryan Braun (34 HR, 97 RBI, .324 average, .634 slugging), Dustin Pedroia (.317 average, 39 doubles), Brandon Roy (16.8 points), and Patrick Willis (174 total tackles) out.

2008: Patrick Kane, Candace Parker

Kane and Parker both got off to fast starts (Kane had 5 goals and 11 assists in his first 12 games; Parker scored 34 points and had 12 rebounds in her debut), making them each the rookie faces of their sports. They both finished with respectable numbers, 72 points for Kane, 18.5 points for Parker, but how can you leave Kevin Durant off this list? Quietly, Durant dropped 20.3 points, while playing an average of only 34.6 minutes per game. Although it was the start of something great, Durant's rookie season was overshadowed by the season-ending injury of first oveall pick Greg Oden. And how about throwing Evan Longoria, who hit 27 home runs in 448 at-bats for the AL champion Rays, into the mix? Dustin Johnson also won his first PGA Event as a rookie in 2008.

2009: Derrick Rose,
Percy Harvin

Rose is an easy pick for his stats, 16.8 points and 6.3 assists, but also for his breakout 19.7 pointsperformance in the Bulls' classic seven-game first round loss to the Celtics. Harvin, on the other hand, is questionable. His 790 receiving yards, 135 rushing yards, and 1,156 kick returning yards made him a fan favorite, but defensively, Brian Cushing's AFC-leading 134 tackles give him an even better resumé for the runner-up position. Don't forget about Melanie Oudin, who in her first full WTA season, reached the Wimbledon fourth round and U.S. Open quarterfinals.

2010: Buster Posey,
Sam Bradford

Posey hit .315 with 67 RBI as the starting catcher for the World Series champion Giants. Don't be so quick to agree with Bradford, though, who threw 15 interceptions, while being sacked 34 times in the cupcake NFC West. Ndamukong Suh had 10 sacks and was named a Pro Bowl starter for his performance in the brutal NFC North. His first career interception ... off Bradford. Also, Neftali Feliz (40 saves), Tyler Myers (48 points for a defenseman), and Tyreke Evans (20.1 points) have to be thrown into the conversation. If we only based this off each player's first 12 games, Stephen Strasburg (92 K), would find himself in the mix.

Prediction for 2011: 1) Blake Griffin. 2) Cam Newton. Honorable Mention, Juan Agudelo.
Prediction for 2012: 1) Andrew Luck. 2) Bryce Harper. Honorable Mention, Kyrie Irving.

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When in doubt, take a player with a well-known relative, usually a former ballplayer but sometimes famous for something else. It's been a tried-and-true mantra of major league teams since the June draft began in 1965 and the Boston Red Sox made Billy Conigliaro the fifth overall pick. His brother Tony had established himself as a Red Sox star the previous season.

In this week's draft, bloodlines linked draft picks not only to former major league stars, but to a hockey legend, a super-agent, an inspirational football figure and a famous midget.

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10. Johnny Ruettiger

Eighth round, Baltimore Orioles. Outfielder, Arizona State. He's fast enough that teammates called him "Johnny Lightning," but it's only the second-best nickname in the family. His uncle is Dan "Rudy" Ruettiger, the subject of the movie classic "Rudy," about a walk-on football player at Notre Dame who made his only appearance in the last game of his career and recorded a sack.

9. Trent Boras

30th round, Milwaukee Brewers. Third baseman, Juniper Serra High, San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Boras' father, Scott, was a minor leaguer, but that's not his claim to fame: Scott is the premier agent in baseball and perhaps the most powerful man in the game. Trent has made a commitment to attend USC, where his brother plays, and likely won't sign with the Brewers. Expect a negotiation, though. It's in the Boras bloodlines.

8. Kyle Gaedele

Sixth round, San Diego Padres. Outfielder, Valparaiso. His great-uncle is the late Eddie Gaedel, who dropped the second 'e' from his last name for show biz. The 3-foot-7 Gaedel had a pinch-hit at-bat for the St. Louis Brows in 1951 as a publicity stunt and walked on four pitches. Unlike his great-uncle, Kyle swung the bat: He became the highest pick ever of a Valpo player by batting .326 with 17 home runs.

7. Alex Santana

Second round, Los Angeles Dodgers. Third baseman. Mariner High. His father, Rafael Santana, signed out of the Dominican Republic and became the everyday shortstop for the Mets from 1984 to 1987, including their 1986 World Series championship. He also played for the Yankees in 1988. The 6-4 Alex is much bigger than his dad and hits for power, although the Dodgers could convert him to the mound.

6. Dante Bichette Jr.

Supplemental first round, New York Yankees. First baseman, Orangewood Christian High, Maitland, Fla. His father was only a 17th-round pick in 1984 but hit 274 home runs during a 14-year career including a league-leading 40 in 1995. Several experts have questioned whether Bichette Jr. should have gone as early as
he did, but the Yankees love his power and could buy out his scholarship from Georgia.

5. Shawon Dunston Jr.

11th round, Chicago Cubs. Center fielder, Valley Christian High, Dublin, Calif. His father was the first pick of the 1982 draft, going to the Cubs, and had an 18-year major league career that included two All-Star appearances. Dunston Jr. has a scholarship from Vanderbilt but has indicated that he would sign if the offer is right. His dad works in the Giants' front office but the Cubs nabbed him first.

4. Ryan Garvey

15th round, Philadelphia Phillies. Center fielder, Palm Desert (Calif.) High. His father Steve was a 10-time All-Star in a 19-year career with the Dodgers and Padres. Ryan projects as a power hitter and he also runs well, something his father didn't do. Ryan was originally projected as about a third-round pick, and he has a scholarship to USC, so it would take much more than 15th-round money to sign him.

3. Trevor Gretzky

Seventh round, Chicago Cubs. First baseman, Oaks Christian High, Thousand Oaks, Calif. His father, Wayne, known as the "The Great One," is considered perhaps the best hockey player ever. Trevor is a football-baseball guy, and he backed up Joe Montana's son, Nick, at quarterback for Oaks Christian. He has a scholarship to San Diego State and some scouts believe he isn't polished enough yet for pro ball.

2. C.J. McElroy

Third round, St. Louis Cardinals. Center fielder, Clear Creek (Texas) High. He earned this lofty perch on the All-Bloodlines list because of three relatives: His father, Chuck (pictured), pitched in the big leagues from 1989 to 2001, making more than $8 million. His grandfather Sylvester played in the Negro Leagues. And his uncle is Cecil Cooper, who had more than 2,000 hits. C.J. is leaning toward signing rather than take a combination football-baseball scholarship to Houston.

1. Ivan "Dereck" Rodriguez

Sixth round, Minnesota Twins. Center fielder-pitcher, Monsignor Edward Pace High, Plantation, Fla. His father, Ivan, has caught more games than anyone else in major league history, won 13 Gold Gloves and is closing in on 3,000 hits. Dereck is a different sort of athlete, lean, fast, and blessed with an arm that throws 95 mph. The Twins plan to start him out as an everyday player and if he hits, he'll stay that way. If not, he could transition to the mound and make life easier for catchers who grew up idolizing his father.

-- Honorable mention: Pitcher Joe Ross, first round, Padres. His brother Tyson is a pitcher on the Athletics. ... Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr., supplemental first round, Blue Jays. His father played eight major league seasons. ... First baseman Cameron Seitzer, 11th round, Rays. His father, Kevin, was a two-time All-Star and is the Royals' hitting coach. ... Pitcher Ryan O'Sullivan, fourth round, Dodgers. His brother Sean pitches for the Royals. ... Bryan Harper, 30th round, Nationals. His brother is Bryce, the top prospect in baseball. ... First baseman C.J. Cron, first round, Angels. His father, Chris, has a brief big league career and is a minor league coach. ... Catcher Matt Scioscia, 45th round, Angels. His dad, Mike, is manager of the Angels. ... Pitcher Travis Henke, 22nd round, Nationals. His father, Tom, had 311 career saves. ... Third baseman Travis Shaw, ninth round, Red Sox. His father Jeff was a closer for the Reds and Dodgers. ... Pitcher Jack Armstrong Jr., third round, Astros. His father was a pitcher who helped the Reds win the World Series in 1990. ... Shortstop Deion Williams, 16th round, Nationals. His grandfather, George Scott, was an eight-time Gold Glove Award winner at first base in the 1970s. … Second baseman Colin Kaline, 26th round, Tigers. His grandfather Al was a Hall-of-Fame outfielder for the Tigers. ... Second baseman Stefan Jarrin, 40th round, Dodgers. His grandfather Jaime is the Dodgers' longtime Hall-of-Fame Spanish language broadcaster. ... Pitcher Michael Marshall, 30th round, Phillies. His father, Mike, was a Dodgers first baseman best known for dating Belinda Carlisle, lead singer of the Go-Go's.

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As much as we'd like to include Michael Jordan, Jerry West and Kobe Bryant on this list, they're more pure scorers than pure shooters. A pure shooter is someone who relies on screens to score, and they rarely go for the spectacular dunks or the isolation dribble drives. Pure shooters, or basketball snipers, can also stretch a defense with their ability to make jump shots from beyond 23 feet. One Man Fast Break examines the 10 best pure shooters in NBA history:

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10. Dale Ellis

Remember the flat-top haircut? Ellis' Kid-n-Play haircut is just as impressive as his jump shot. Ellis was a big guard (6-7) who took advantage of his great size when he was shooting from distance. He may not have won an NBA title, but Ellis was a 3-point shooting king during All-Star Weekend. He also ranks in the top five in 3-point field goals made (1,719).

9. Byron Scott

When Scott was at Arizona State, he played point guard and shooting guard. But when he joined the L.A. Lakers in the early 1980s, he was strictly a shooting guard since the Lakers had a guy named Magic Johnson running point. B-Scott was one of the unsung heroes on the Showtime Lakers. He made countless big shots for Pat Riley's bunch, and he was one of the toughest competitors in the game. His jump shot in the waning moments of Game 6 of the 1988 NBA Finals against the Detroit Pistons remains one of the biggest in Lakers history.

8. Danny Ainge

The Boston Celtics during the 1980s had arguably the best starting five in the league. They had an All-Star center in Robert Parish, a great power forward in Kevin McHale, the quintessential small forward in Larry Bird, a Hall-of-Fame point guard in Dennis Johnson and one of the deadliest shooting guards in the game in Danny Ainge. He complemented the Celtics' Big Four extremely well because he was a tremendous spot-up shooter. He was fearless and unafraid to take (and make) the big shots. He was also a pest on the court, and sometimes his cocky persona got him in trouble. (See the Sedale Threatt punch that nearly rearranged Ainge's face.)

7. Peja Stojakovic

Stojakovic was drafted in the first round in the 1996 draft by the Sacramento Kings, one of Geoff Petrie's major draft gems. His 1,760 3-pointers ranks in the top five all-time and is a 40 percent shooter from behind the arc for his career. Peja's incredible shooting was one of the reasons the Kings were one of the best scoring teams in the NBA from 2001-05. He's made more than 100 threes 10 times in his career -– 240 in 2003-04 with the Kings, 231 in 2007-08 with the Hornets. He’s currently a key contributor to the Dallas Mavericks as a sniper off the bench. At 6-foot-9, Stojakovic is a shooting guard in a forward's body, which allowed him to shoot over any defender. He loved to drift to his left side to set up his jump shot, a step-back move that became his signature shot.

6. Mark Price

The pride of Oklahoma and Georgia Tech, Mark Price is basketball's Baby Face Assassin. Price offers that choir-boy appearance at first but then you realize this guy is a true sniper who can knock down cold-blooded shots. Price was a 40 percent 3-point shooter and 90 percent free throw shooter in his 12-year NBA career, nine of which were spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He shot 94 percent from the line during the 1991-92 and 1992-93 seasons.

5. Glen Rice

You want "Minute Rice" or "Instant Rice?" That was the question posed by Glen Rice to teammate John Salley before the start of the 2000 NBA Finals. It's not boasting when you own one of the sport's deadliest jump shots. The man used to be known as G-Money was a pure gunner who never took a shot he didn't like. Once Rice got off the team bus, he was open. He was an absolute sniper. His range was unlimited and his form was almost perfect. It was a stunner whenever he missed because it seemed like every shot he took looked good coming out of his fingertips. Rice averaged more than 20 points per game six times during his career, and drained 1,559 3-pointers.

4. Chris Mullin

The former collegiate star from St. John's University wasn't fast nor flashy and wasn't blessed with great athleticism. But he made his living by perfecting a deadly baseline jump shot, a smooth left-handed stroke that would enable him to last 16 years in the NBA and amassed almost 18,00 points. A member of Golden State's formidable trio "Run TMC," Mullin averaged more than 20 points six times in his career and shot 86 percent from the free throw line. When the 1992 Dream Team was being constructed, Mullin was called to provide the greatest team in basketball history some much-needed outside shooting. He averaged 12.9 points, which was fourth on the Dream Team.

3. Reggie Miller

Most Indiana Pacers fans were scratching their heads when Miller was chosen by the team in the 1987 NBA draft, especially when Indiana's favorite son, Steve Alford, was still on the board. Well, more than 25,000 points and 2,560 3-point shots later, the Pacers were left satisfied with their pick. Miller basically invented the art of running off defenders on screens. To do so, you had to be in tremendous physical condition, which he was. Miller worked extremely hard at his craft. He was always one of the first players in the gym shooting jump shots. He also was one of the league’s best trash talkers, and he backed up his big talk more often than not (see Reggie Miller v. Spike Lee at Madison Square Garden, 1994 NBA playoffs).

2. Ray Allen

In terms of work ethic, very few in the game has worked harder than Ray Allen. Even though he's in mid-30s, Allen continues to amaze with his incredible endurance and leg strength. Reggie Miller and Richard Hamilton were incredibly fit during their primes, but Ray Allen blows both of them away because he's showing no signs of slowing down. Allen has taken the art of running off screens from Miller and enhanced it with his own style. Allen also has a unique shooting stroke because his release is uncanny and hard to teach. He may have one of the quickest shots in the sport, a shot so smooth and compact that it is almost perfect.

1. Larry Bird

In terms of technique or statistical achievement, Bird is not on par with his constituents. For his career, Bird was only a 37 percent shooter from 3-point range and never made more than 98 in one season. His career total of 649 doesn't even crack the NBA's top 100. Heck, J.R. Rider (667), Rodney Rogers (690) and George McCloud (920) made more threes than Bird. However, when the stakes are at its highest and the lights are at its brightest, very few can compare with Bird. Larry Legend saved some of his best shots during the postseason, helping the Celtics win three titles in 1980s. Adding to his legendary legacy, Bird was also unbeatable during All-Star Weekend. He entered the 3-point contest three times and won it three times. One time he didn’t bother to take off his warm-up jacket. That’s Larry Bird for you. He won't wow you with stats or amazing highlight plays, but he is a pure assassin when it's money time.

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Shaquille O'Neal officially announced his retirement on June 1, 2011. Leave it up to Shaq to make such a stunning announcement using the latest social media outlet. In his video post on, Shaq said: "We did it. 19 years baby. I want to thank you very much. That's why I'm telling you first. I'm about to retire. Love you. Talk to you soon."

One of the greatest players in NBA history, and one of the most entertaining figures in the world, is officially calling it quits. In honor of the man with more nicknames than Apollo Creed and arguably one of the five greatest centers in the history of basketball, here are his 19 greatest moments for each of his 19 seasons. His glorious and colorful Hall-of-Fame career brought many great highlights in Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland and Boston. He won four NBA championships, three NBA Finals MVPs, one regular-season MVP and countless outlandish one-liners. One Man Fast Break takes a look at his most memorable moments:

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19. Name Game King

One of Shaq's best attributes was his quick wit. He got a kick out of giving everyone nicknames, from teammates to opponents. He gave Paul Pierce the nickname "The Truth"; he was responsible for Dwyane Wade's "Flash" moniker; and he tagged Tim Duncan "The Big Fundamental." He also gave Kobe Bryant a nickname, but unfortunately we can't publish it.

18. Rim Rocker

As a rookie in 1992-93, O’Neal brought the house down – literally – in Phoenix when he pulled down the entire basket stanchion on a follow-up dunk against Charles Barkley and the Phoenix Suns. It was Shaq’s coming-out-party since the game was on national TV and the NBA was dying to showcase a young bright star in case Michael Jordan retires and decides to play baseball. In the same season, the legend of Shaq grew even bigger when he shattered a backboard in New Jersey with the force of his dunk, and the shot clock clipped him on the head.

17. Immediate Impact

Shaq won the NBA Rookie of the Year in the 1992-93 season, helping turn the Magic into one of the biggest draws in the league. With Shaq front and center, Orlando went from a 21-win team to a 41-win team.

16. Acting Chops

Who could forget Neon Boudeaux? OK, his performance in “Blue Chips” probably wasn’t Oscar-worthy but it pretty much summarized Shaq’s basketball career. It lacked substance at times, there were some bright moments, but overall it was extremely entertaining. “Kazaam!” and “Steel” on the other hand, were simply atrocious. Sorry, Shaq.

15. Magic Kingdom

The Magic won the lottery again in 1993, trading the pick for guard Penny Hardaway. Shaq and Penny formed one of the best tandems in the league and, even though their union was short-lived, it brought the Magic to new heights, winning 50 games in 1993-94 and reaching the NBA Finals in 1995.

14. Winning Rap

The best part about those Lakers championships during the Shaq-Kobe era was the postseason celebration. Nobody can get a crowd going better than The Big Entertainer. His rendition of "It Takes Two" in 2001 before 250,000 Laker fans gathered in front of Staples Center was easily the best championship parade in the history of parades. To cap things off, Lakers forward Mark Madsen did his little dance routine (or whatever he was doing) that left everyone in a frenzy.

13. Dream Matchup

Much has been written and said on how Hakeem Olajuwon "destroyed" Shaq in the '95 Finals. Statistically speaking, The Diesel averaged 28 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 2.5 blocks, while Olajuwon averaged 32 points, 11 rebounds and 2 blocks in the Rockets' four-game sweep. Sounds like a stalemate in terms of the one-on-one matchup. Just to show there were no hard feelings between the two big men, Shaq and Hakeem shot a Taco Bell commercial in the off-season. Watching the two of them ride a tandem bike was hilarious.

12. Dance Fever

The highlight of the 2009 All-Star game in Phoenix was The Big Cactus taking the stage and performing a dance routine with "America's Best Dance Crew" Jabbawockeez during the pre-game festivities.

11. International Flair

As a member of Team USA's dominant 1994 World Championship team in Toronto (also known as Dream Team II), O'Neal was named MVP of the tournament despite not playing heavy minutes. He also starred on the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.

10. Shaq Fu-rious

On March 6, 2000, Shaq celebrated his birthday with a bang! Prior to the game against the Clippers, Shaq was upset the Clippers (the home team for that night at Staples) didn't provide him with enough tickets. He unleashed his anger on the Clippers by dropping 61 points.

9. Going West

Before LeBron James' much-publicized "Decision" in 2010, there was "Shaq Goes to Hollywood" free-agent saga in the summer of '96. Thanks to the bright mind of L.A. Lakers general manager Jerry West, the balance of power in the league shifted from the East Coast to the West Coast when O'Neal signed a record-setting $120-million contract to move to L.A., and then the Lakers traded for 18-year-old high school phenom Kobe Bryant on draft night. It was the beginning of the Shaq-Kobe dynasty.

8. Divac Diss

Game 7 in Sacramento in 2002 will go down in history as one of the best playoff games in NBA history. The Lakers and Kings played an epic overtime game at Arco Arena, with the Laker prevailing and advancing to the NBA Finals. But after the game, Shaq topped his on-court performance with an off-the-court, impromptu rap dedicated to Vlade Divac. Watch and listen.

7. Fourth Ring

After being traded to the Miami Heat in summer of 2004, Shaq promised Miami fans that he'll bring a championship to South Beach. Two years later, that promised was fulfilled as O'Neal and D-Wade led the Heat, coached by the great Pat Riley, past Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks in the 2006 NBA Finals.

6. Best Of The Best

Shaq was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players of all time in 1997 despite having played in only five seasons. The recognition was debated by some basketball experts, but basketball writer Peter Vecsey defended the selection, arguing that O'Neal belongs in the conversation and was already well on his way to becoming one of the dominant players the league has ever seen. As usual, Vecsey was right.

5. Moving A Mountain

The Diesel was extra motivated to play the 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals because he was going up against Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo, who likes to throw his signature finger-wag each time he stuffs his opponent. Shaq never dunked the ball harder in his life during the 2001 Finals, and dropped a few devastating elbows toward Mt. Mutombo's chest and face. There was one play in which Shaq lifted Mutombo off his feet and exploded for a one-hand slam, showing his awesome power and agility. The Lakers rolled to their second consecutive NBA title, losing only one game in the playoffs. O'Neal captured his second Finals MVP trophy. He averaged 33 points, 16 rebounds and 3.4 blocks against a Sixer squad led by 2001 MVP Allen Iverson.

4. Flashing Potential

A young 260-pound Shaq exploded onto the basketball scene when he rocked the 1989 McDonald's High School All-American game with one ferocious coast-to-coast slam dunk. It certainly got a huge rise out of ESPN's Dick Vitale, who said during the telecast: "Oh! Oh! Oh! I can’t believe! I can’t believe it! That’s a 7-footer!" That play launched a two-decade basketball career is certainly worthy of a spot in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. O'Neal went on to star at LSU for three years before being drafted No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in 1992. He finished his NBA career with 28,596 points and shot 58 percent from the field, both marks are in the top five.

3. Hardware Hat Trick

Shaq loved the whole Superman persona, and he finally fulfilled his kryptonian side when he pieced together one of the most dominant seasons in NBA history in 1999-2000 when he was named regular-season MVP (near unanimous choice), All-Star Game MVP and NBA Finals MVP in leading the Lakers to their first NBA title since 1988. In the Lakers' six-game series win over the Pacers in The Finals, O'Neal posted some jaw-dropping numbers: 45 minutes per game, 38 points, 16.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks. During his acceptance speech for winning the regular-season MVP, Shaq told the media that he would like to be referred to as The Big Aristotle.

2. Rally Capper

The Lakers needed a fantastic finish to cap their stunning comeback in Game 7 of 2000 Western Conference finals against the Portland Trail Blazers and Kobe and Shaq provided that moment. Kobe dribbled to the top of the arc, crossed over Scottie Pippen, and drove to the hoop. Kobe floated a perfect lob pass that only O'Neal and his massive 7-foot-1 frame can reach. The alley-oop dunk punctuated the Lakers' furious rally and ignited a run of three consecutive NBA championships.

1. The Great Entertainer

Shaquille O'Neal showcased his talent as an entertainer and proved that he's more than just a basketball talent when he appeared in a music video with the rap group Fu-Schnickens in the early 1990s. It was not only the birth of Shaq Fu, but it was also the beginning of a successful career that went above and beyond the game of basketball. It was a glimpse of what was to come for the next two decades. He was the first professional athlete to cross over to the rap game and be accepted as a true hip-hop artist and not just a novelty act. Shaq appeared with Fu-Schnickens on "The Arsenio Hall Show" in 1992, and from that point on he never stopped being an entertainer. O’Neal released four albums, including "Shaq Diesel" which went platinum. Shaquille's popularity extends outside of sports. He is a successful entrepreneur, music and film star, and his larger-than-life personality that can lift up an entire planet. He is a true global icon.

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