Wednesday Link-Off: Summer Catch

It’s Wednesday which means we’re finally halfway through the week. Let’s kick this set of links with Amber Heard. We seemed to miss the news of her becoming a Guess model but let’s make up for that now.

Steve Stamkos is a $7.5 million per year hockey player. So how does he spend his summers? Playing beer league baseball. (Toronto Star)

Speaking of millionaires in odd places, most people know Mick Foley (AKA Mankind, AKA Cactus Jack, AKA Dude Love) as a wrestling star. But now he’s doing double duty as a stand-up comic. (ESPN)

The NFL is officially back tomorrow for the first game of the season. Almost as important as who’s playing is who’s calling the action. So here’s the breakdown of this year’s NFL broadcasting teams. (Sports Illustrated)

After the jump, New Zealand is gearing up for the World Cup, forgotten TV subplots and Chuck Norris vs. a stormtrooper.

The UFC is going to show a Heavyweight title fight for its first fight on Fox. But EliteXC had a title fight in its first network show and it went the way of the dodo. So what does the UFC have to do to keep that from happening? (Cage Potato)

We’re just a few days away from the start of the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Everybody is doing some last minute stocking up before the tournament. That includes the sex industry. (Larry Brown Sports)

This past Sunday was Star Wars Day at the San Francisco Giants game. This included the umpires getting an escort from stormtroopers and some easy jokes from the broadcast crew. (Holdout Sports)

Apropos of absolutely nothing, here are some hilarious old quotes from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter about the glory days of WCW. (EWB V Forums)

I don’t know if there’s any truth to this rumour but apparently we can expect the PlayStation 4 within the next 18 months. (Nexus 404)

Remember that short Portal movie that hit the internet a couple of weeks back? Well, here’s and interview with director Dan Trachtenberg about it and how it came together. (Los Angeles Times)

At one point in time, it was the epitome of the American dream. Now, Las Vegas is the perfect illustration of the American economic crisis. (BBC)

Sometimes plots in TV shows aren’t so much resolved as dropped like a rock and everyone pretends that it never happened. Here are the 21 forgotten “B” stories that were forgotten about. (AV Club)

Bootleg movie posters are hilarious but none are so hilarious as these bootleg posters from Ghana. (Twisted Sifter)

What happens when your brakes fail at 170 mph? You go flying like IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan.

George Lucas is making a lot of changes to the original Star Wars trilogy for the upcoming Blu-Ray release. Unfortunately, he won’t be including Chuck Norris in Return of the Jedi.

Sometimes the refs can even have fun calling a penalty.

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