The CFL just picked up some street cred. Yes, that photo at right is of Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., better known to the world as rapper and record producer Snoop Dogg, and yes, he is wearing a Saskatchewan Roughriders' jersey (receiver Weston Dressler's, to be precise). Broadus posted the picture on his Twitter account Monday night before his show at Saskatoon's Odeon Centre, so it's possible this is just pandering to the local populace, but it's still pretty cool to see that he's aware of the CFL and willing to don a Riders' jersey. Picking Dressler's number is a good choice, too, as the 5'7'' receiver's had an impact well above his size this season, collecting a team-high 264 receiving yards thus far and even earning a "Batman" nickname from Edmonton head coach Kavis Reed.
It's unclear if Broadus actually follows the CFL or is just wearing something Saskatchewan fans will approve of. However, he does coach a youth football team and his son, Cordell Broadus, has received a scholarship offer from UCLA (funnily enough, Bruins' head coach Jim Mora Jr. claimed to have no knowledge of Broadus' family when he made the offer). Thus, Broadus certainly has some interest in football. (Funnily enough, UCLA has also offered a scholarship to Sean "P-Diddy" Combs' son Justin, so they're perhaps attempting to become the college football team of choice for rappers' sons.)
Broadus might want to change his attire slightly for the remainder of his Canadian tour, though. He's on an Alberta swing right now, visiting Medicine Hat Tuesday night and Lethbridge Wednesday, so a Calgary Stampeders' jersey might be a better choice there. He's also coming to Vancouver Friday and Victoria Saturday, so a B.C. Lions' outfit (or at least something orange) might work well there. Seeing as Broadus is going to be in Vancouver Friday, perhaps we can even convince him to do the anthem at the Lions' game against Edmonton and drop into the TSN booth before heading off to his show. It will be awfully hard for him to top his 2007 Hockey Night In Canada interview with CBC's Scott Oake, though, as "I'm going to shoot it back to my main man Bob Cole" remains one of the funniest moments in Canadian sports television history: