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It seems that Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo wants to start a new tradition in December besides singing carols, roasting chestnuts, and playing Christmas Day games: challenging star athletes to 40-yard foot-races for cash. Last December, it was Usain Bolt, the Jamaican sprinter who set world record after world record at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. This December, Rondo’s target is Chris Johnson, running back for the Tennessee Titans, who ran for 128 yards against the New England Patriots in Tennessee’s 59-0 loss back in October.
The challenge went public on Monday, when Johnson used Twitter to reply to Rondo’s challenge.
“My bradda @lambo6 [Marquis Daniels] called me and said they point gaurd [sic] rondo want to race me for 2k that’s easy money set it up on espn.”
While Rondo, who is rumored to have run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, has yet to respond to Johnson, who ran a 4.24-40 in the 2008 NFL Combine (the fastest time of the year), the potential race has received plenty of coverage, including a short segment on ESPN’s “Jim Rome is Burning.”
However, no official plans – which would require deliberations to address questions such as “Does Rondo have to dribble a basketball, like he did here?” and “Are cops chasing Chris Johnson, like they did here?” – have been made.
If the race were ever to occur, it certainly would be an very interesting five seconds. If Rondo wins, he might actually follow through on his threat to race against Bolt in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. However, if Johnson wins, it might be the only time the Titans can say they beat a Boston-based anything.