Print and Go Back Trending - ESPN Playbook [Print without images]

Friday, May 25, 2012
Trending: Rays fashion, T.O., 'Hard Knocks'

By Bill Speros
Special to

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:

Nerd trip!…

— Jeremy Hellickson(@JHell58) May 24, 2012

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

Here is Matt the pleated plants! #revengeofthenerds…

— Dave Haller (@HallerDave) May 24, 2012

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

Here i am. I don't get how people can wear skinny jeans! Joe wanted the theme to include them, so I wore them:…

— Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) May 24, 2012

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

I think Alf-Alfa wins the title of King Nerd:…

— Elliot Johnson (@ElliotJohnson9) May 24, 2012
And check out David Price. The hat is just a bit too cool:

Here is my nerd picture...hahaha there have been a lot of really good ones!!

— David Price (@DAVIDprice14) May 24, 2012

For more shots, visit this gallery posted on

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

I know you are all jealous of my shirt...…

— Heath Bell (@HeathBell21) May 24, 2012

Is this one better?…

— Heath Bell (@HeathBell21) May 24, 2012

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:

Mini me. Can't wait to see my family in two weeks.…

— Heath Bell (@HeathBell21) May 25, 2012

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.

@terrellowens @sjmildward Dog! Put some pants on!

— Yero-Memphis (@yeromemphis) May 25, 2012

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

Greek summer food festival tour started today at the Holy Trinity Greek Food festival in North Hills. Any ideas for other food festivals?

— Troy Polamalu (@tpolamalu) May 25, 2012

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

Thank you MIAMI HEAT for confirming Larry Birds comment that his team is S.O.F.T!

— Damon Wayans (@DamonkWayans) May 25, 2012

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.

Leaving @revereboston - see you next month Boston.Watch rondo go ballistic tomorrow

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) May 25, 2012

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

Big Buck Hunter time!…

— Travis Pastrana (@TravisPastrana) May 25, 2012

• 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