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Today’s episode of BR5 gets you up-to-date on everything from mascot mayhem to Chad Ochocinco's Twitter lovefest.
Kobe Bryant is one of the top paid players in the NBA. Forbes' list of the NBA’s biggest earners is out, and Kobe tops the list. However, after a divorce, Vanessa Bryant, with half of Kobe’s earnings would, would earn a spot in the top ten. Kobe tops the list at over $53 million, with a lot of help from endorsement deals with Nike, Smart Car, and Turkish Airlines, while Vanessa makes the list with help from—Kobe.
The enormous Super Bowl bets keep on coming. Rapper Brian "Birdman" Williams says he’s placing a $5 million wager on the big game. He’s putting it all on the Pats.
Birdman is reportedly worth around $110 million, so he’ll probably won't feel the sting if the Pats lose.
The Tampa Bay Lightning mascot, Thunderbug is fired—all because he sprayed silly string on a visiting Boston Bruins' fan who didn’t think the gag was funny. The crowd roared it’s approval at the prank, but the team, and the fan, didn’t think it was funny. Only a Bruins' fan would shove a guy dressed like a giant bug. Thunderbug supporters are trying to save his job on a new Facebook page—"Save Tampa Bay Lightning's ThunderBug's Job."
Chad Ochocinco is putting up some amazing numbers this year—on Twitter. The receiver has managed to blast out over 32 thousand tweets—and counting. How does he have time to do anything else?
The topics tweeted have been focused less on his lack of catches lately and more on politics.
Ochocinco seems particularly concerned with the feelings of House Speaker John Boehner. During President Obama’s State of the Union address, Ocho kept referring to Boehner as the sad angry man over the President’s shoulder urging him to cheer up.
For the first time ever the NFL is allowing players to tweet during the Pro Bowl. CNBC’s Carren Rovell says there will be a designated tweeting zone on each sideline. No word yet who plans to be tweeting, but for NFL fans who see the Pro Bowl as a pointless game, played by players who don’t really care, this might be good ammunition for your argument.