Playing the Field: Durantula extinct, pole vaulters gone wild

Kevin Durant might have to give up his famed "Durantula" nickname.

Kevin Durant is on the verge of watching LeBron James steal his NBA championship. Now, he might also lose his nickname.

Durant, nicknamed “Durantula,” is being sued by a guitarist named Mark Durante who used the same moniker in the 1980s. Durante claims he registered a trademark on “Durantula,” according to TMZ.com. Frivolous or not, this thing is far from over. Assuming the rock star (we’re using that term loosely) wins, it seems the NBA’s scoring champion will need a new nickname.

Some ideas for our favorite player not named Kobe Bryant …

Lion-O: Again, we’re not up on our copyright infringement laws, but a guy who stars for the Oklahoma City Thunder should share the name of the leader of the famed Thudercats cartoon, right? We’re pretty positive the two sides could strike up a lucrative, marketing deal that would appease everyone. New uniforms?? Please …

Project Smooth: Other names we considered — like “The Smooth Operator” and “Silk” — we’re already taken, so we went out on a limb here. It’s got a certain ring to it, kind of like a cross between a hip-hop DJ and an And1 player.

OKBOMB: We’re skirting a fine line here as we try to incorporate one of the greatest tragedies (the 1995 bombing on Oklahoma City) into a catchy nickname. However, OKBOMB was the name of the investigation that led to the conviction of those terrorists. So it’s not all bad — plus, it’s the perfect way to describe Durant’s outside shooting.

Kat out of the bag, into Olympics?

The Olympics are coming, the Olympics are coming!

That time of year when the masses rev up fake patriotism to support niche sports. Are we hating on the Olympics a little bit? Perhaps. But perhaps we’re just being honest with ourselves.

I mean would you really watch water polo on a normal Sunday afternoon if your country’s honor wasn’t on the line? We’re going to say no … but if you would, then let us know. More power to you.

Anyway, we bring up the Olympics because an NFL cheerleader is competing for a spot on the U.S. pole vault team. Kat Majester, a rookie on the Atlanta Falcons cheer squad, is participating in the USA Track and Field Olympic Team Trials this week at the University of Oregon.

“I wanted to be an Olympic gymnast since I started at age 4,” she told an Oregon newspaper. “I know that this week the odds of me finishing top three are slim since I am far less experienced than any other girl out there.”

If Majester finishes in the top three, she will win a spot.

We know, we know … on to the photos

Pictures say a thousand words

Speaking of photos, Bleacher Report is reportedly set to be bought by Time Warner for $200 million. That’s a lot of moolah for a website that pretty much prides itself on rolling out slideshows.

Again, we could play the bitter journalist angle — Deadspin beat us to the punch there — but we won’t. We actually enjoy Bleacher Report and wish them well. Any time we Google anything even remotely sports-related, a clean-looking Bleacher Report slideshow is undoubtedly the first result. Since a picture says a thousand words, we’re clicking, especially on their new Swagger feature.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

Drive charged in fatal hit and run, police…

The NYPD has arrested a man they say is responsible for a fatal hit and run in Manhattan last weekend. Doohee Cho, 33, was hit…

Local

Mayor de Blasio raises minimum wage for some…

Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an executive order Tuesday morning that will raise the minimum wage for workers employed by private companies that receive more…

National

3 myths about the working poor

Linda Tirado works to debunk some common stereotypes about the working poor in her new book, "Hand to Mouth."

Money

Lawsuit funding advances: friend or foe?

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Many plaintiffs awaiting resolution of their lawsuit or legal claim often find themselves in a tricky financial…

Going Out

Which NYC restaurant lost its three-star Michelin rating?

A record 73 restaurants in New York City collected coveted Michelin stars on Tuesday as a mix of trendy spots and fine-dining stalwarts underscored the…

Entertainment

Interview: Metro chats with filmmaker Meir Kalmanson, man…

A New York filmmaker hands out smiles to its residents.

Television

TV watch list, Tuesday, Sept. 30: 'Selfie,' 'Utopia'…

'Selfie' This modern day take on the "My Fair Lady" story stars John Cho in the Henry Higgins role. Perhaps instead of "the rain in…

Music

Can't-miss weekend events continue to attract the masses

Reporter was commissioned to write this in-depth article Earlier this summer, the Firefly Music Festival drew crowds of tens of thousands of people to Dover, Delaware.…

MLB

Mets 2014 report card

The Mets wrapped up their eight straight season without a playoff appearance last weekend. Needless to say, they fell a bit short of general manager…

NFL

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys, Packers, Ravens, Chargers climb

NFL

Ryan Quigley making a big impact for Jets…

Ryan Quigley, now in his second year as the Jets punter, had an exceptional afternoon with six punts for an average of 51.7 yards per punt.

NFL

3 positives to take from Jets loss to…

The Jets suffered another loss Sunday — 24-17 to the Lions — but the reason why it hurts so much for Jets fans is that…

Style

Products that support breast cancer awareness and research

Asics GT-1000, $100 Asics’ third pink collection in collaboration with Christina Applegate’s Right Action for Women includes this pink-accented version of its best-selling GT-1000 3…

Wellbeing

Dr. Marisa Weiss: Where we stand on breast…

As an oncologist and a survivor herself, Dr. Marisa Weiss knows the urgency felt by those diagnosed with breast cancer. Genetic testing has accelerated the…

Wellbeing

Bees' stingers hold new hope for cancer cure

A promising new lead in the search for a cancer cure has turned up in a place that most people naturally avoid. A team from…

Home

Emily Henderson on small space design

Design expert Emily Henderson shows us how to upgrade our cramped quarters.