Ex-Giants RB Jacobs returns fan's generosity


When you get love, you give love.

Former New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs returned the generosity of a 6-year-old New Jersey boy who had sent him $3.36 from his piggy bank in the hopes his favorite football player would stay a Giant.

The gesture touched Jacobs, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers, and Wednesday he showed his affection for Joseph Armento by spending two hours with the kid and his younger brother at a bounce house in Boonton, N.J.

"It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going room to room, just bouncing and flipping all over the place," Jacobs told the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee.

Along with returning Joseph's $3.36 in the form of a $5 bill, Jacobs gave him a signed Giants helmet and an experience he'll never forget.

"He had some interest in there just for being a good kid," Jacobs said about throwing in some bonus cash to Joseph.

■ DURANT SUED - While Jacobs was giving money back, someone is trying to take money from Kevin Durant.

Mark Durante, who played guitar in bands during the 1980s, is suing the Oklahoma City Thunder star for infringing on a trademark of the name "Durantula." Durante claims he copyrighted the name and that Nike and Durant have used it in commercials and on Durant's personal website without his permission. Durant denies he uses the name.

The lawsuit doesn't specify how much Durante is trying to suck out of Durant. But he better be careful. Durant is not a happy camper after getting beat in the NBA Finals. He might decide to clock Durante with one of his guitars. Or bite him in the neck.

■ MISSING PUCK - Lost in the hysteria of the Los Angeles Kings winning the Stanley Cup was the puck that was used at the end of Game 6 on June 11.

No one in the organization can locate the special disk. But Kings officials have been looking at the videotape from the final seconds, and it appears New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias snagged the puck and put it in his glove.

According to ESPNLA.com, Elias reportedly gave his stick to a fan as he exited the ice at Staples Center. But no one can tell if he also gave up the puck or kept it.

Maybe it's time to call in Jim Rockford. Or Columbo. Oh, wait, they're not in. Perhaps Detective Salvo Montalbano can fly in from Italy and solve this case.

■ LEBRON'S LAST LAUGH - Of all the demons LeBron James might have exorcised Thursday by winning his first NBA title, the Miami Heat superstar's trumping his former boss might be near the top.

After James decided to take his talents to South Beach a couple of years ago, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote in an open letter to the Cavs' fan base that the team would win a world championship before James.

We all know how that turned out. Perhaps Gilbert should borrow a line from the Philadelphia 76ers, who told their fans after coming up short in the NBA Finals in 1977, "We owe you one."

COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

 

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