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Feuds, bans top sports-music week

Updated: January 22, 2011, 12:47 AM ET
By Jim Wilkie | ESPN.com

Whether it's a feud brewing between Lil Wayne and LeBron James and Dwyane Wade or a Green Bay, Wis., radio station banning all Chicago songs, sports and music were intertwined more than ever this week. Here's a look at what's been making news:

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Johnny Nunez/WireImageLeBron James and Lil Wayne in happier times at James' 21st birthday party.

Lil Wayne vs. Heat

In a Rolling Stone interview to discuss his life and career after leaving Rikers Island prison last year, rap star Lil Wayne says he was upset about being snubbed by Miami's LeBron James and Dwyane Wade at a Miami Heat game against the New Orleans Hornets.

Unfortunately, we can't repeat much of the explicit excerpt in the Feb. 3 issue. Even paraphrasing is difficult, but Lil Wayne said he's a bigger Hornets fan despite "gliding through a model-filled subterranean VIP chamber at a Miami Heat game" and being a courtside regular in Miami, where he has a home. RS stated Lil Wayne is friends with Hornets guard Chris Paul, who visited him in jail.

But the New Orleans native expressed his displeasure over James and Wade not talking to him after that game after spending so much money on expensive tickets.

"At least come ask me why I'm not rooting for you," Lil Wayne told Rolling Stone.

Banned in Green Bay

I'd thought anything sung by Peter Cetera had been destroyed by now, but a radio station in Green Bay isn't taking any chances.

Oldies station WOGB-FM (103.1) has banned the playing of all music by the band Chicago because the Chicago Bears are playing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday in the NFC Championship Game.

"Their name is the city whose team is blocking our way to the Super Bowl," WOGB afternoon host Dan Marcus told WBAY-TV. "It's all meant in jest and just a fun thing to do and it helps rally the town, not that this town needs much rallying to begin with."

In a news release, the station said, "Fans of Chicago are not happy with the ban, and are reminding the station that 'If You Leave Me Now,' it's 'Hard to Say I'm Sorry.' "

Wiz takes Pittsburgh

Wiz Khalifa will perform his Pittsburgh Steelers anthem, "Black & Yellow," Sunday at Heinz Field before the Steelers play host to the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game, according to Steelers.com.

The Pittsburgh native and Steelers fan's song is No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. He and actor Billy Gardell [CBS's "Mike and Molly"] will also get the honor of leading fans in a Terrible Towel Twirl.

If the Steelers meet the Packers in the Super Bowl, Khalifa should have a rap battle with Prophetic and Pizzle, who created the "Black & Yellow"-inspired "Green And Yellow."


Jim Wilkie is the editor of The Life and can be reached at espnpucks@comcast.net.