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Field of Links: Ray Lewis has a check for Ahmad Brooks, Rangers’ marketing mistake

Nov 21, 2013, 9:26 AM PST

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Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is new to this television analyst thing and it will cost him.

On Monday, Ray Lewis whipped out his credit card and said he’d pay half of Ahmad Brooks’ eventual fine for hitting Drew Brees. Well, Brooks was indeed fined for a total of $15,750 on Wednesday and Lewis isn’t backing down from his statement. He says he will have a check in hand when he sees Brooks on Monday. Maybe the minor hit to the pocketbook would teach him not to make himself part of the story.

It doesn’t look like Brooks would even cash the check. A source close to Brooks told 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco that Brooks will not accept any money from Lewis intended to help him pay the fine.

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— The Sharks could be getting Brent Burns back soon, writes our Sharks Insider Kevin Kurz. Burns has been out with an upper body injury, but has been back on the ice with the team and feeling great about it — according to his new spokesman, captain Joe Thornton.

“[Heck] yeah, he’s with Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl, are you kidding me?” Thornton said.

“What he said,” Burns followed.

— — The first blockbuster trade of the Major League Baseball offseason has been agreed upon. The Detroit Tigers are sending Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. Unfortunately, someone forgot to tell the Rangers marketing department. They sent out this promotional email featuring Kinsler shortly after the deal. Oops.  

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Then there’s this commercial featuring Kinsler and Fielder that sort of predicted the future. They were discussing trading themselves for Tim Lincecum, though.

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Oh, great. Toronto will never be able to get rid of mayor Rob Ford, thanks to Ron Burgundy. What a fantastic campaign anthem.

— Dwight Howard got a technical foul for tossing a basketball to a heckling fan.

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— From our friends at Big League Stew: The A-Rod vs. Bud Selig feud should be decided at Wrestlemania.

If that happened, maybe Alex Rodriguez could get his own Pro Wrestling watercolor painting. He’d probably dress up like a centaur. Seriously, though, these things are pretty awesome.

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