Regular readers of my site, MetroDad, probably know that I have a bit of a mischievous streak in me. Over the past few months, I’ve confessed to various pranks such as sending live pigs to a buddy’s house and crank calling strangers. Nothing malicious. Just good, clean, old-fashioned fun.

Well, thanks to the good people at NIKE, I’ve got a new tool at my disposal. They’ve set up a website where you can type in a phone number and that phone number will receive a wake-up call from one of several sports celebrities. So, every day this week at around 6:00 am, I’ve been having Alex Rodriguez call and wake up one of my buddies who’s a DIE-HARD Boston Red Sox fan. Do you have any idea how annoying and maddening this would be to a Red Sox fan? Just imagine if Nicole Richie had to wake up every morning to Paris Hilton screaming into her phone, “Wake up, Fattie!”

So far, Nike doesn’t have very many athletes participating. But give it a try. You can either program it yourself so you can wake up to the sweet dulcet voice of Maria Sharapova (“Vake up, dollink!”) Or you can have Amare Stoudemire wake up one of your buddies in Dallas (“How ya like me now, Nowitzki?)

Have fun!

And yes, I know Batman doesn’t have anything to do with this post but (1) I’ve always loved Batman and, in my total geekiness, I think it would be cool to get a wake-up call from him every day, and (2) I couldn’t find photos of A-Rod carrying a phone. The only thing I could find him holding was Derek Jeter’s jockstrap. D’oh!