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Trending: Rays fashion, T.O., 'Hard Knocks'

A few items you may have missed that are worth a quick look:

The Tampa Bay Rays went full “nerd” on their bow-tie-themed trip to Boston. The team traveled in Urkel-esque attire to raise money for charity. Manager Joe Maddon got the idea after watching Fox’s Ken Rosenthal.

Here’s a quick fashion recap:

Pitcher Jeremy Hellickson:

(Matt) Moore of the same, courtesy of @DaveHeller:

Elliot Johnson may have needed a pair of pliers to put on these pants:

Joel Peralta channeled his inner Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer. Twitpic courtesy of Johnson.

And check out David Price. The hat is just a bit too cool:

For more shots, visit this gallery posted on raysbaseball.com.

Not to be outdone on the Florida baseball fashion front was Miami Marlins reliever Heath Bell. He offered his followers these two looks:

Ever the family man, Bell is never far from his San Diego home in thought. He posted this shot of his son, Reece, bringing the heat:

Chad Ochocinco’s Starbucks-card saga brought this taunt from Terrell Owens. Meanwhile @yeromemphis spoke for many of Owens’ 1,220,300-plus followers with this bit of fashion advice.

Pass the domathes and save some room for bakalava, Troy Polamalu is hungry. Polamalu and his wife converted to Greek Orthodoxy in 2007.

Miami’s dominant victory over Indiana triggered many tweets, including this:

Dr. Shaq took himself out of the running for the Magic GM position, but offered this prediction for Saturday’s Game 7 between the Celtics and Sixers.

NASCAR Nationwide Series driver Travis Pastrana added “Big Buck Hunter” to his multisport repertoire during a fan meet-up in Charlotte on Thursday.

• The Thunder used the small-market model set by the Spurs in building their franchise, and it was not the first time Oklahoma City followed in San Antonio’s footsteps, writes Richard A. Marini. (San Antonio Express-News)

• HBO plans on naming a team for this season’s “Hard Knocks” in the next week. Several NFL franchises have already passed. (New York Post)

• Denver is a real football town once again and better off without Tim Tebow, at least according to Mark Kiszla. (Denver Post)

If you see any offbeat and fresh newsy links from your favorite sports site that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or bsperos1@gmail.com.