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We need more profiles of professional athletes playing board games.

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Rajon Rondo is out for the season with a torn ACL, but that doesn't mean we have to stop enjoying Rajon Rondo profiles. The latest comes from Lee Jenkins and Sports Illustrated, and while the full profile's not online yet, various highlights have already hit the web. For instance: Did you know Rajon Rondo is the Garry Kasparov of Connect Four?

Well of course he is. From SI:

The Celtics didn't want to change Rondo when he arrived, but they didn't want to him either. So at charity foundations he perched behind a folding table where he could avoid the back-slapping, baby-hugging and other standard forms of celebrity fakery. He just played Connect Four, against anybody who dared, usually two grids at a time and sometimes three. "This has been going on for six years," Matt Meyersohn, the Celtics' director of community relations, said on Dec. 22 during an event at the Blue Hill Boys & Girls Club in Dorchester, Mass. "He's played hundreds of Connect Four games, maybe a thousand. And he's never lost."

Later that day Rondo sat behind a table and three girls. Across from him there were more than 100 children he had showered with bikes, Razor scooters and iPod Touches that he bought at Target and distributed from the back of a U-Haul. "I thought he might let us win," said a 12 year-old named Olissa. "But he was so serious."

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Olissa was the last challenger. He stared back at Rondo through wire-rimmed glasses. He clenched teeth covered with braces. He initiated what he called a trap, forcing Rondo to the right side of the grid, putting him on the defensive. When Olissa dropped the winning disk, Celtics officials started to shout. Meyerson grabbed the microphone. "This has never happened!" he bellowed.

DO YOU BELIEVE IN MIRACLES?

But wait.

"I can't believe it," [Rondo] said. "But did you notice I played the guy five more times and won them all? I had to show him, 'You beat me, I'll beat the s*** out of you.'"

DO YOU BELIEVE IN FORCING THAT 12 YEAR-OLD TO PLAY FIVE MORE GAMES OF CONNECT FOUR UNTIL IT'S CLEAR HE'S POWERLESS AGAINST YOU?

Clearly, Rondo is Bout Dat Connect Four Life. And maybe Dat Sociopath Life. There are screenshots of the story over here if you want to read the entire profile before it goes online, and otherwise we should just applaud Lee Jenkins' work here. I had no idea we needed a detailed account of Rajon Rondo playing Connect Four but now it's like, how did we ever love Rondo without it?

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