Shaq will forever be the lovable goofball famous for giving himself nicknames ... like 'The Big Aristotle'. Oh Shaq. Since Shaq's retirement has taken him out of the sports goofball game, here are some other athletes stepping up to take his place ...
The Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts might hope that this year is taking place in an alternate universe … that maybe they might wake up to see this have all been a dream. Because right now, the Colts are playing their way through a season that is shaping up to be a nightmare.
Kris Humphries has been on a wild ride this year. He met, married and divorced Kim Kardashian in the same calendar year. Given the NBA lockout, Mr. Humphries is still in search of an NBA home.
Chris "Birdman" Andersen
Apparently the Birdman is not afraid of color. He's also not afraid to celebrate each and every play he makes with a patented move. More than anything, he seems to relish the cultivation of his "Birdman" persona.
Everyone makes mistakes ... and the head coach of the Missouri Tigers, Gary Pinkel, made a big one. He was involved in an DWI incident for which he accepted the resulting consequences. Count on Gary Pinkel to use sound judgement from now on.
Open mouth. Insert foot. Ladies and gentlemen … Sepp Blatter. There are quite a few issues that can be solved with a firm handshake. Fifa's president might have gone a bit far in stating that racism is one of those issues. Blatter apologized, and the world will move onto the next mental lapse.
Jared Allen has monster size with a monster size funny bone. Allen is known for his willingness to joke around — even at his own expense.
David Stern/ Billy Hunter/ Derek Fisher
These guys had a chance to come together and capitalize on the NBA's most exciting — and successful — season since the Michael Jordan era. Instead of pulling off something magnificent, these three battled each other and have put the NBA season in jeopardy.
Whether it's alerting the world to a serious game of UNO or describing amusement park rides in detail, Nick Barnett brings the laughs. After joining the Buffalo Bills, Barnett has not stopped is his quest to enjoy life.
Cleveland still isn’t over The Decision. And there aren’t enough self-deprecating jokes in the world to wipe LeBron’s Finals performance from the minds of his doubters. In fact, the jokes seem a little goofy at this point.
With the Twitter handle @MartyisDope … you automatically know you’re in for a round of fun with this tight end for the Dallas Cowboys. Martellus Bennett has no filter ... and that makes him endlessly entertaining.
@LoMoMarlin is always good for some laughs on Twitter. Marlins’ brass didn’t see what was so funny. Morrison has been encouraged to tone down his active social media life.
Terrelle Pryor and Jim Tressel
‘Tattoo’gate will remain fresh in the minds of Buckeye nation. The original incident involving tattoos in exchange for memorabilia was not as bad as the cover-up. However, the infractions cost head coach Jim Tressel (right) his job and football star Terrelle Pryor (left) ditched his last year of eligibility for the NFL.
After his time in Cincy, many thought Ocho would tone it down when he joined the New England Patriots. Hard to imagine Ochocinco tweeting and trolling social media right under Bill Belichick’s nose. Leave it to the social media ‘master’ to offer to play video games and lose a Twitter bet with fans in the first couple of months as a Patriot.
Have many people have ever studied to be a ninja? Have many people have ever worn a spandex tuxedo? Giants closer Brian Wilson has done both of these things. Needless to say, he marches to the beat of his own drum.
Fashion experts be darned! John Daly will wear what he wants. In a classic Daly move, he quit the Australian Open by yelling and storming off the golf course … in true ‘turkey’ fashion.
Ron Artest’s antics don’t leave many options except to just shake your head. Whether changing his name to Metta World Peace, or dying his hair blond with purple symbols, Artest never ceases with jaw-dropping moments.
What’s the logical action following a major sports defeat for your city? Of course, get out there and flip over cars. Vancouver dealt with the Cancucks' loss to Boston in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in questionable manner. Interesting way to cope with defeat.
Planking, dunking on a 12 foot hoop, interviewing himself posing as Superman AND Clark Kent. All things Dwight Howard has done in the name of fun. It seems that Howard is always in search of the next laugh from his fans and never takes things too seriously.
Red Sox pitching staff
Video games, fried chicken and beer — sounds like the title to an album. That coupling of words actually describes the clubhouse shenanigans that went on behind-the-scenes for the Boston Red Sox. Pitchers John Lackey, John Lester and Josh Beckett stirred up a media firestorm when it came to light that on their “off days” the three enjoyed some relaxation in the clubhouse playing video games and noshin’ on some fried chicken.
Nyjer Morgan is such a ‘turkey’… he had to create an alter ego to handle the personality overflow. Say hello to Tony Plush. You can’t argue with results … the Brewers became a looser team and reached the NLCS championship series after T-Plush arrived.