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Rick Pitino Gets Inked In The Name Of Victory

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 Okay all you athletes out there, how many of you have a favorite coach from your playing days? A coach who was so inspiring, so dedicated, so gung-ho that he or she made every game feel like it was the most important game of your life? Yeah well prepare to be less impressed, because Rick Pitino just one upped everyone.

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In February of 2013, when his Louisville Cardinals Basketball Team (NCAA Division 1) sat at a less than impressive 7-4 in the Big East Division, and on the heels of a five overtime loss to Notre Dame, Pitino decided to make the kind of promise that’s usually reserved for movies starring Gene Hackman or Paul Newman. Pitino told his team that if they battled back into the mix and somehow won themselves a National Championship he would get a tattoo. This wouldn’t mean a thing if he looked like us, but considering the fact that he’s almost a senior citizen and doesn’t appear to have any other ink, it’s a pretty big claim. Well it worked, because his team took home the biggest prize in college basketball a couple of months later, and like a man of his word, Pitino hit the tattoo parlor. Here’s where the two-time national champion and former coach of the NBA’s New York Knicks really impressed us even more. Most people wouldn’t have gone through with the promise, they would’ve said that it was done for motivation and that since it worked, it could end there. However, Pitino not only got the ink in a timely manner, but he got a big ole’ honker of a first tat! He didn’t wuss out and get something tiny, no, he got a “L, 2013 National Champions, 35-5” piece that covers most of his left shoulder blade; he even got color! So color us impressed Rick.

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Now some of the more annoying people in the media have already said that Pitino is setting a poor precedent for coaching behavior, and that his actions will lead to a ton of coaches making big crazy promises to inspire their teams. Well…ummmmmm…who cares? He made a big claim and backed it up, and in the process showed a bunch of kids that not everything adults tell them is a lie or an empty promise, and if this leads to coaches doing crazy things to inspire their teams then great. Sports in America have become often jaded and devoid of true excitement, so if things happen to get a little more interesting because of this, then we’re even more impressed with Rick Pitino’s actions. Tat on Rick!

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Chris Bosh’s Sprawling Mishmash of Back Tattoos

What’s Chris Bosh doing with his downtime from the NBA? He went off to the Caribbean to complete a big mishmash of ink on his back.

Holy Cow what in the Lord’s name has he got going on there? It kinda makes me laugh to think about all the things. An eagle screeching, a bare tree, a zombie skull with smoke coming out of its eye holes, big music notes flying down a tiger’s back or mountains and some old dudes faces. And what is he adding to that? A horror show screaming woman with a skull and the Coliseum? I am sure he could explain the significance of it but I don’t see the rhyme or rhythm. That’s cool though, you don’t always want to see the same old things, its good when art puzzles you sometimes, you can sit there thinking about it for awhile.

Kevin Durant’s Hidden Tattoo Work

And you thought Kevin Durant was one of the minority of NBA stars without tattoos, well, think again, he’s been hiding them all this time. It appears that he takes his position as a role model seriously and doesn’t want kids to see him with tattoos so he hasn’t got any on his arms or anyplace that would be easily seen when he is in public. Maybe he has a point. It looks a little strange though really with torso tats and naked arms, its the reverse of the usual, people usually get tats to be seen. And what does he have tattooed? Some symbolic things about his roots and hometown, and the names of his Mom and Grandmother on either side of his chest.