The Best Birthday Performances

Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo is an example of a living legend who is not about to let his age represent his ability to play the game. Calvillo celebrated his 40th birthday in rare form and epic style as the CFL veteran eclipsed another milestone in a 31-29 win over the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Not only did the Als rally twice in the fourth quarter, the game came down to the final snap- a 37-yard field goal right down the middle by Sean Whyte to put the candles out in front of an exuberant home crowd.

Classic Calvillo completed 25 of 36 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 25 yards of his own including a 17 yard late game changer. 19 years in the league, Calvillo has thrown over 300 yards in the last six games and continues to lead the league in passing. His 438th touchdown to pass to SJ Green moved him to second all time passed Warren Moon, and still a few shy of Brett Favre who ended his career with 508. The Alouettes lead the Eastern conference and are on a three game win streak.

So in honour of Anthony's great birthday accomplishment, here are a few more athletes who have outdone themselves on their special day!

Michael Jordan's birthday dunk!
Although one of the greatest ball players of all time turns fifty next winter, when Michael Jordan turned 29 he had a haymaker of a performance as a member of the Bulls. Facing the Cavaliers Air Jordan put up 46 points, 6 assists and 2 rebounds in what would ultimately end up as a 1 point win for Chicago.

Grand Slam for Colby
Colby Rasmus' 24th birthday will be one he'll always remember. Just s year ago as a member of the Cardinals Colby connected on a pitch by Reds righty Bronson Arroyo for his first career grand slam. Breaking a scoreless game in the 4th inning Rasmus' 4 RBI's helped the Cards win 6-1 and sweep the Reds to regain the lead in the NL Central.

Ryan Lochte Pool Side Party!
Okay, American Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte may not have actually been  competing the day of his 28th birthday, but with the Summer Games happening only once every four years let's give this birthday boy some exposure from his Las Vegas getaway. Not only did the gold medallist in the 400M have a typical poolside party, he celebrated with fellow gold medal swimmers and gold bikini clad girls. His birthday cake was fitting for an 11-time medallist; an aqua blue bottom layer followed by an Olympic rings display on the second tier.

Shaq Birthday Attack
Rumour has it when Shaquille O'Neal turned 28 back in 2000 the Lakers big guy requested some extra tickets for a game against the Clippers. They refused and on that night Shaq scored a career high 61 points along with 23 boards - solidifying him as the best big man of all time. Shazam!

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