Word is that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo challenged, Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson to a race for two grand via Twitter. Johnson responded by tweeting that it would be easy money and that he wanted it to be set up on ESPN.
Here's what we do know, Rondo is lightning quick, but Johnson ran a 4.24 forty at the NFL Combine. That is the fastest recorded time ever in the history of the combine. That includes players like Deion Sanders, Tedd Ginn Jr., Michael Vick, Randy Moss, Reggie Bush, Champ Bailey, Darrell Green, etc.
That's world class sprinter fast. In Johnson's senior year of high school in Florida he finished second in the state in the 100 metres with a time of 10.66. That year he finished second to Walter Dix, the 2008 Summer Olympics Bronze Medalist in the event. From here, I'll turn it over to Gus Johnson to explain how fast Chris Johnson is.
I don't know if I would have described it quite like that, but I think Gus was just trying to say he's extremely fast. The smart money says Johnson. Then again Rajon Rondo did say that he could defeat Usain Bolt in a race head to head. Either Rondo's really competitive or he's delusional. I pick delusional.
Anyways this needs to happen. Please ESPN use your powers to create a media frenzy and get people clamoring for this. Let's make it the 2 grand prize for the winner that was discussed and we can get Vegas and the boomakers to put out odds on both guys.
I'm not sure when we this would happen, but assuming Vince Young and Chris Johnson don't carry the Titans to the Super Bowl, I think that would make for a great halftime show.
Another option could be to do it at halftime of the Celtics game against the Grizzlies in Memphis, so that people will actually go to the game.
Yet another option if the NBA wanted to capitalize on the publicity would be to do it at halftime of a WNBA game. Clearly they'd have to set up a protocol by which you have to be in your seat before the game tips off otherwise everyone would just go to watch the race at halftime and leave.