Outside the Gates: Birdman rejoins NBA

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009


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IF ONLY HE CAME IN A WEDDING DRESS HE COULD GIVE DENNIS RODMAN A RUN FOR HIS MONEY. Chris "The Birdman" Andersen recently made his highly coveted return to the NBA. While he will be back in game action, don't expect him to contest Dwight Howard's slam dunk title anytime soon.

The Birdman is back! The NBA has reinstated Chris “The Birdman” Andersen, best known for his ill-fated performance in the 2005 NBA dunk contest, in which he required eight attempts to complete his first dunk.

Andersen was suspended in early 2006 for violating the NBA’s drug policy. He now joins a New Orleans frontcourt in desperate need of added athleticism and shot-blocking in the hotly contested Western Conference.

Peter Forsberg made his long-awaited return to the NHL on Tuesday night, playing on a line with Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk. The Pittsburgh Penguins also welcomed back superstar Sidney Crosby to its lineup after he missed more than six weeks following a high ankle sprain.

The Penguins now eagerly await trade-deadline acquisition Marian Hossa, who is out with a strained medial collateral ligament in his knee. Hossa has been pegged to play on a line with Sid the Kid, which will provide Pittsburgh with two star-studded scoring lines.

In other sports news, it appears senility has finally set in for Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. He inked former Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker to a six-year contract worth $55 million.

Yes, this is the same Javon Walker who was barely able to run at the end of last season due to a chronically sore knee. He was only able to catch a paltry seven passes for 57 yards in the last five games he played for Denver.

Walker will get the same salary in the first three years of his contract as Patriots wideout Randy Moss, who merely broke the touchdown record for receivers in a season. Evidently Davis is a generous, yet poorly advised man.

The sports world bids farewell to Brett Favre this week on the heels of his retirement. In his 17-season career as quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, Favre consistently endeared himself to fans with his displays of toughness, determination and his rocket arm.

He leaves the NFL holding the records for the most passing touchdowns, yards and wins by a starting quarterback. Favre also finishes his career on a streak of 275 consecutive starts including playoff games. The proud Mississippian will now revert to a lifestyle that involves wearing Wrangler jeans while playing in two-hand touch games in a nearby swamp as his dog watches from the back of his pick-up truck.

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