The latest, most triumphant return of America's most infrequently published Sporps Periodical. This issue is about the music of sports, from devotional cumbias about Maradona to the novelty recordings of a Yinzer sports bard.
NBA Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor is auctioning off a bunch of stuff. Some of it is the sort of random autographed-sneaker crap that accrues over a life in basketball. Some of it, like his NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy, is kind of sad to see. And then there's his record collection.
For the last nine years, three friends have made painstakingly crafted, fully comprehensive rap songs dedicated to the NBA All-Star Game and its participants. Is it impolite to ask why and how they keep doing this?
Shane Battier is hosting a karaoke event to benefit the Shane Battier Take Charge Foundation, which is a worthy enough idea. He cut a video of himself singing the theme to "The Love Boat" to advertise this event, which was... a much more debatable idea, honestly.
Among NFL goofballs, New York Giants TE Martellus Bennett stands out not just for his extreme goofery and progressively less-untapped on-field capacities. There's that, of course, but the player who nicknamed himself "The Black Unicorn" is also probably the only NFL player both willing and able to put his love for specific types of breakfast cereal into rap form. It's a compliment, mostly.
In real life, at-bat music is a bummeriffic stretch of mambo, contemporary Christian rock, and whatever the right-now counterpart is to Alien Ant Farm's awful "Smooth Criminal" cover. On Twitter, though, it's a different story entirely.
Even in his weird basketball afterlife, hip-hop is a long way from done with Allen Iverson. If you only listen to one song today that uses as its chorus some choice samples of Iverson's most Iverson-ian moments, you should probably make it Don Trip's "Allen Iverson."