Def Leppard meets the Deaf Leopards; 'Space Jam' sequel 'doomed'?

SALT LAKE CITY — Three more fun stories from the world of sports in today’s From Left Field!

Long considered one of the best high school nicknames, student-athletes from the Arkansas School of the Deaf Leopards finally caught up with the band that helped make it famous.

The legendary rockers posted a photo to social media of them hanging out with students of the school hoisting a cutout of their famous scoreboard that has garnered attention with its brilliant wordplay.

Def Leppard is currently on tour and met up with the students Wednesday before playing a gig in Little Rock, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The newspaper added that an online petition had been started to get the band to meet with students of the school.

Is LeBron James and the Tune Squad already in trouble before even hitting the court? That’s what the director of the original “Space Jam” movie said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet,” director Joe Pytka said, in an interview preview released by the magazine for an upcoming feature. “When we did ‘Space Jam’, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing. They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”

Pytka told the magazine he believes “Space Jam 2” is still about two years away from release and players like Stephen Curry have already surpassed in star power. Curry won his second-straight MVP title earlier this week, becoming the first unanimous selection in league history. James finished third in the year’s MVP voting.

The magazine had reported earlier this month that Justin Lin has been tabbed as the movie’s director for the project starring James.

The Utah Jazz weren’t the only team unveiling new jerseys on Thursday. While the Jazz’s new sleeved jerseys received comparisons to soccer kits, a Spanish soccer team released a new eye-popping — er, muscle-popping new uniform.

C.D. Palencia, which plays in a much lower league than say some of the premier Spanish teams, rolled out new muscle kits for an upcoming playoff run. As Deadspin reports, the jerseys have some sort of meaning to “leave everything out on the field.”

Safe to say the Jazz rolled out the better soccer kits Thursday.

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