Sunday, September 30, 2012

Video: CBS gives NFL refs the star treatment



Monday's debacle in Seattle prompted the National Football League to take action and put an end to the replacement referee experiment. All of America erupted in collective cheer as a new deal was reached with the regular refs by Wednesday. That meant that long-time official Ed Hochuli and gang were back in business this weekend.

CBS gave them the full star treatment before their game featuring Jacksonville and Cincinnati on Sunday. The Super Bowl-style intros included the referees' names and even where they attended school. Yes, the guys who were chastised so much in recent years were suddenly welcomed back with open arms.

Video: Cameron Maybin leaps high over the wall to rob homer


 
Saturday brought us yet another candidate for catch of the year as San Diego Padres outfielder Cameron Maybin hauled in a beauty.
 
The play occurred in the very first inning of the Padres home game against the San Francisco Giants. With two outs, Giants outfielder Xavier Nady crushes a drive high and deep toward the center-field wall. That's when Maybin rises up and robs Nady of a homer with a spectacular catch, tearing the padding on the wall with his cleats in the process.
 
San Diego would rally from three runs down to upend San Francisco, 7-3. 
 
How does Maybin's catch compare to the one Pirates outfielder Travis Snider made on Thursday?

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Video: Mark Reynolds makes great catch while tumbling over tarp


 
Mark Reynolds is known more for his bat than his glove around Major League Baseball. But the Baltimore Orioles first basemen flashed some leather during Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.
 

Watch as Reynolds tracks and times a foul ball perfectly as he makes an outstanding catch while tumbling over the field tarp at Camden Yards.


Photo: Urban Meyer gets photobombed

 
Ohio State Buckeyes head man Urban Meyer picked up his first Big Ten win of the season on Saturday as his No. 14 squad knocked off No. 20 Michigan State, 17-16. During his post-game interview with ABC, a mischievous photographer walks by and ironically photobombs the first-year coach.
 
That guy is either extremely constipated or extremely creepy. I'm going to side with the latter.
 
Helmet tap to The Big Lead for the photo.

Video: Nevada's Duke Williams delivers monster hit



Seen here is Nevada cornerback Duke Williams laying some serious wood to Texas State running back Marcus Curry during Nevada's 34-21 victory on Saturday. Curry is going to feel that one tomorrow. Ouch.

Video: Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith throws eight touchdowns in one game



The No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers made their long-awaited debut in the Big 12 Conference as they hosted the No. 25 Baylor Bears on Saturday. There was no shortage of offense either as the two teams combined for 133 points -- 70 with which came in the first half alone. But in the end, it was the Mountaineers who prevailed by a score of 70-63.

West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith lit up the Baylor secondary for 656 passing yards and a conference record EIGHT touchdowns in the offensive showdown. Perhaps more impressive than Smith's touchdown total though, was wide receiver Stedman Bailey's 303 yards receiving and five touchdown catches off 13 receptions. His performance overshadowed a terrific day from teammate Tavon Austin who grabbed a team high 14 balls and racked him 215 receiving yards himself.

Not bad for their first game in a new conference, eh?

Video: Hurricanes win game on 62-yard hail mary pass



Here's further evidence that hail mary passes do in fact work sometimes. The Miami Hurricanes used a 62-yarder to edge out the visiting N.C. State Wolfpack, 44-37, by connecting on this touchdown pass with 19 seconds to go in their game on Saturday.

Miami quarterback Stephen Morris threw for a school high 566 yards with five touchdowns in the offensive outburst, while wide receiver Phillip Dorsett snagged seven balls and accumulated 191 receiving yards to go along with two scores.

Dorsett also endured a vicious play from Wolfpack linebacker Ricky Dowdy early in the game.

Video: Miami Hurricanes player gets helmet ripped off by vicious play



This play from Saturday's N.C. State-Miami game is a prime candidate for Bush League Play of the Week. Furthermore, Wolfpack linebacker Ricky Dowdy may also be in line to garner Bush League Player of the Week as well.

The Hurricanes led 23-7 late in the first quarter when Miami wide receiver Phillip Dorsett hauls in this short pass to pick up the first down. In the process, redshirt junior Ricky Dowdy brings him down by violently yanking Dorsett's helmet from his body. Dowdy was likely acting out of frustration after the 'Canes scored 23 unanswered points in a span of a little over four minutes.

Amazingly, no penalty was called on the play.

Photo: Baby does keg stand at Arizona State tailgate


The above photo has been making its round on the internet this week. Your eyes don't deceive you. That's a baby doing a keg stand with the assistance of two other gentlemen. I believe it further cements Arizona State's title of the biggest party school in America, am I right?

This keg stand comes on the heels of an elderly woman performing the feat at a recent LSU tailgate.

Video: Two players in BYU-Hawaii game carted off field



Two players from the University of Hawaii football had to be carted off the field during their game at Brigham Young University on Friday. Both incidents stemmed from helmet-to-helmet collisions.

The first injury occurred just three minutes into the first quarter when Warriors defensive tackle Geordon Hanohano tumbles to the ground after receiving a blow from a Cougars offensive lineman.

The next injury occurred midway through the first quarter when fellow defensive tackle Siasau Matagiese also had to be escorted off the field after taking a hit to the head.

All in all, it was a tough night for Hawaii as BYU rolled on to a lopsided 47-0 victory. It marked the first time that the Warriors had been shutout since October 3rd, 1988, which spanned 182 straight games.

Video: Warriors Girls make Gangnam Style spoof



Another day, another "Gangnam Style" spoof. This one comes courtesy of the Warrior Girls of the Golden State basketball team. "Freestyle" Franco Finn to played the lead role of PSY.

How does it compare to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' one? Or how about the Ohio University marching band?

Video: Marlins fan makes one-handed grab without dropping tray of food in the other


 
The Miami Marlins have been a huge disappointment this season. They entered 2012 with a new lease on life that included a name change, a new stadium, a new look, and a plethora of new players to help revive the baseball culture in the Miami area. They forgot one important thing though, winning.
 
Unlike the team he roots for, this Marlins fan didn't drop the ball when given an opportunity on Friday. Watch as he makes a great one-handed snag on a foul ball while securing all of his food and beverages with the other hand. That's clutch.

Video: Homer Bailey's no-hitter started without a catcher


 
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Homer Bailey made baseball history Friday night by tossing a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The right-hander dazzled all evening long by striking out 10 and coming within one walk of a perfect game.

But with that being said, Bailey's outing didn't get off to the best of starts. That's because he had nobody to throw to when he took the mound for the bottom of the first inning. Bailey must have known he was in for something special though, because he wasted no time in motioning toward the dugout for a catcher.

Luckily backup catcher Dioner Navarro trotted out and offered him a target for warmups, but it remains a mystery as to where starter Ryan Hanigan was at the time. He wasn't due up to bat for another three hitters when Jay Bruce made the last out in the top of the inning, so he can't blame his absence on that.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Twins infielder granted release, forgoes $3.25M


Tsuyoshi Nishioka did the unthinkable on Friday. The middle infielder requested and received his unconditional release from the Minnesota Twins, and by doing so forfeited $3.25 million in salary that remained on his contract.

The move effectively ended a less-than-stellar stint with the club after Minnesota inked him to a 3-year, $9.25 million deal in 2010. That doesn't include the $5.3 million for the rights to negotiate with Nishioka either.

Nishioka played in just 69 games for the Twins over the last two seasons and posted an abysmal .215 average with only five extra base hits and 20 RBIs. He suffered a broken leg during the '10 campaign that likely contributed to his downfall as well.

Photos: Rays rookies dress in drag, dance to Call Me Maybe

 
Thursday brought us a fresh batch of rookie hazing photos from around Major League Baseball. Let's get right to 'em, shall we?

First we had the Tampa Bays Rays veterans forcing the first-years to dress up in drag and dance to "Call Me Maybe" over the Fenway Park PA system.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Video: Ivan Nova breaks Russell Martin's glove with pitch


Here's something you don't see everyday. The play happened Thursday afternoon in the Yanks' 6-0 loss to the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Seen here is New York Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova delivering a fatal blow to the glove of teammate and catcher Russell Martin. The pitch appears to sail straight through the webbing of Martin's mitt, thus forcing the broken glove into retirement. A moment of silence now everyone.

Luckily this busted glove incident didn't result in a black eye like it did to Smalls in The Sandlot. That would have been Bad News Bears, as they say.

Tiger Woods knocks out spectator with wild tee shot


Some of the world's greatest golfers were hitting the links for their final practice rounds on Thursday in preparation for The Ryder Cup this weekend. One of those aforementioned golfers included Tiger Woods. Apparently, Woods still needs one final tuneup before the tournament starts on Friday.

That's because Woods' tee shot on the 18th hole at Medinah Country Club, site of this year's biennial event, went wild and struck a spectator on the head. The ball was struck so well that it actually knocked the fan out cold.

The spectator, identified as Larry Johnson, withheld any blame toward Woods for the accident by telling Woods that it wasn't his fault. Woods would then draw some laughter from the onlooking crowd by saying that it indeed was his fault. Woods ended up signing a glove for the guy who was treated for minor injuries.

Video: Pirates outfielder climbs the wall, robs homer


 
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Travis Snider had his baseball dreams come true on Thursday as he made one of the finest grabs you will likely ever see.
 
The play occurred during the bottom of the second inning between the Pirates and Mets game at Citi Field. New York's Mike Baxter connects on an 0-2 pitch and drives the ball high and deep in what appears to be a homer. Pirates pitcher Kevin Correia certainly thought the ball was long gone as evidenced by his body language immediately following the pitch. But that's when divine intervention happens and Snider climbs the wall to rob Baxter of a round-tripper.
 
The catch is so phenonemnal that it wouldn't be out of the question to believe that Snider had some "Angels In The Outfield" assisting him in the process.

Kentucky's Final Four trip cost nearly a half million dollars

 
The University of Kentucky Wildcats won their eighth national title in school history back in April, but it didn't come without a cost. UK reportedly racked up quite a tab during their stay in New Orleans for the 2012 NCAA Final Four - a bill upwards of $370,000 to be exact - and that's not even including the $350,000 bonus head coach John Calipari received for winning the championship game.

Some of the notable expenditures include:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Video: Buccaneers cheerleaders and mascot go Gangnam Style



It seems like everyone is trying their hand at re-creating the viral phenomenon known as "Gangnam Style". The Tampa Bay Buccaneers mascot and cheerleaders were the latest to do so as you can see in the video above.

The original "Gangnam Style" video on YouTube has already amassed 285 million views and nearly three million likes, which makes it the most liked YouTube video ever.

The Ohio University marching band also rocked out to the tune by the now infamous PSY over the weekend.

Via USA Today

Video: Kevin Love throws out first pitch at Target Field


 
NBA superstar and Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love makes his living playing in the Target Center. But on Wednesday, he made an appearance across the street at Target Field to throw out the first pitch for the Yankees-Twins game.

The Twins could use another arm like his on the roster. They enter Wednesday night second-to-last in the league in both team ERA (4.79) and wins (65).

Video: Yankees third basemen forgets number of outs


 
Here's a quick crash course on Baseball 101 for all of you fine folks at home. Each team is allowed to have nine defensive players, each batter gets three strikes or their out, and each team gets three outs per inning (there's nine of those in a regulation game, by the way). New York Yankees third basemen Eric Chavez undoubtedly knows these rules by heart, but the Bronx Bomber had a brief mental lapse during his team's 8-2 win over the Twins Wednesday afternoon.
 
The brain freeze occurred during the bottom of the fifth with two runners on and one out (take note of the latter). That's when Minnesota's Pedro Florimon chops a grounder straight to Chavez at third. Instead of pulling the trigger on a potential inning-ending double play, Chavez thinks there's two outs and proceeds to tap the third base bag instead. Whoops.

Video: Rays fans bring in mannequin heads at Fenway Park


 
The Tampa Bay Rays knocked off the Boston Red Sox, 5-2, at Fenway Park on Tuesday night to stay within three games back of the American League Wild Card. It's not likely the Rays will overcome the deficit considering there's only eight games to go, but the displaced Rays fans in the video clip above sure hope they do.
 
There are many thoughts that arise after seeing this video. The first being that I had no idea there were Rays fans outside of the St. Petersburg/Tampa Bay area, let alone in the city of a division rival. The second? How in the world were they able to sneak these mannequin heads into the stadium? And maybe more importantly, why did they feel the need to do so?

Video: Colorado State gets rocked during onside kick



Let the video clip above serve as visual evidence as to why one should always keep their head up during a kickoff, or in this case an onside kick.

Watch as Colorado State kicker Jared Roberts gets absolutely decleated by Utah State linebacker Jake Doughty during a play late in the fourth quarter on Saturday.

"That dude just got rocked," the announcer exclaimed right after the hit.

Doughty was called for a personal foul penalty on the play since it was helmet-to-helmet, but it was a monster blow nonetheless.

Utah State ended up winning the game, 31-19.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Joe Mays appealing ban for Sunday's brutal hit on Matt Schaub


Denver Broncos linebacker Joe Mays has been fined $50,000 and suspended for one game by the NFL for his vicious hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday. Mays is reportedly appealing the suspension.

The play occurred during the third quarter of Houston's 31-25 victory over Denver. Mays delivered a helmet-to-helmet blow to Schaub while the latter had just thrown a deep pass to Texans receiver Andre Johnson.

The hit was so violent that it caused Schaub's helmet to fly off, and he immediately clutched both ears with his hands after hitting the ground. He walked off the field on his own power, but sat out the next play because he was bleeding. He did lose a piece of his ear during the process though.

Photo: Tar Heels to sport patriotic helmets on Saturday



The North Carolina Tar Heels will best hosting "Military Appreciation Day" when they welcome the Idaho Vandals to town on Saturday. And in honor of such, they will be sporting these helmets pictured in the photo above. The main change is the Stars and Stripes design that fill the UNC logo.

“We’re excited about doing that and hopefully we’ll be able to honor [U.S. servicemen and women] with the way we play the game,” head coach Larry Fedora told Inside Carolina.

Count me as one who likes the color scheme and the fact that it's for a good cause. Well done.

Video: Snoop Dog attempts penalty kicks on SportsCenter


Hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg, aka "Snoop Lion" for this video clip in particular, tried his hand at nailing some penalty kicks with SportsCenter's Kevin Negandhi on Tuesday.

Despite Snoop's over exuberant confidence, the 40-year old fails to connect not once, but twice, on the wide open net! He finally succeeds in his third attempt, although it was a classic chip shot.

Yeah, I don't think Snoop is going to be quitting his day job anytime soon.

Photo: Minnesota grounds crew has field mishap

 
There's something out of place in the picture above. Can you spot it? Here's a hint: I spy with my little eye something that is dark red and starts with the letter 'M'.

No, it's not Waldo or Carmen Sandiego, it's the fact that the University of Minnesota, Crookston grounds crew painted the school's logo on the 45-yard line. As you may know, traditional midfield logos appear at well, midfield, which would be the 50-yard line. Whooops.

All in all, is it really a big deal? Probably not. But it's still a mistake nonetheless, and one worthy of making an appearance on BLC.

Via Larry Brown Sports.

Video: Packers-Seahawks game ends in utter chaos



Most of you have probably already seen this, but if you haven't hear you go.

The heat is intensifying on the NFL and its replacement officials. Last night's flub on nationally-televised Monday Night Football won't help their cause either. In fact, the controversial call may even be the final straw for the 'scab zebras'.

With the Seattle Seahawks trailing 12-7 with eight seconds remaining in the game, Seahawks quarterback heaves a prayer toward the endzone in one final attempt to win the game. A handful of players converge under the ball, but ultimately Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings appears to wrestle the ball away for the interception. Thus giving Green Bay a narrow victory, right? Wrong.

The two officials standing over the pile each give a different call. One gives the correct signal of time expiring (interception and touchback), the other a touchdown. For reasons unknown to myself, the touchdown call won out.

Is a documentary in the works for ex-NBA player Dennis Rodman?



One of the most eccentric players to ever lace 'em up in the NBA is currently in the process of making a documentary, according to this report by the USA Today. Rodman and his agent approached director and NBA super fan Penny Marshall about shooting one recently, and Marshall happily accepted.

"I have a little radar to the insane," boasted Marshall amid concerns in whether or not she could handle a guy like Rodman.

Marshall is also a huge fan of the league, partly in because she can get rid of her own demons.

"You can yell and scream at a game and no one's taking you away in a white coat," she said.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Video: Orioles reliever catches homer using his hat


 

The upstart Baltimore Orioles have plenty to be excited about these days. They sit atop the American League Wild Card standings and look all but certain to make their first trip to the playoffs since 1996. The good times kept rolling in game one of their doubleheader on Monday.

It all went down in the bottom of the fifth when Ryan Flaherty lifted a solo homer over the wall and into the Orioles bullpen. That's when reliever Luis Ayala got in on the action and made a fine catch using only his cap to assist him. With hands like that, don't be surprised if Baltimore manager Buck Showalter opts to insert Ayala as a defensive subsitution at some point.

The Orioles won the game, by the way, 4-1 over the visiting Toronto Blue Jays.

Video: Trent Guy scores the longest kick return in history



Trent Guy set a record on Sunday that can never be broken ever again in the Canadian Football League. The play occurred during the Montreal Alouettes 31-10 win over Toronto when Guy returned a kick a whopping 129 yards for a touchdown off a missed field goal. The feat was so outrageous that he had to explain it to his followers on Twitter. Here's the gist of how he was able to do it.

Most football fans probably don't know that the CFL field is 10 yards longer than the NFL's 100. Add in an additional 20 yards for EACH endzone, instead of the NFL's 10, and you have a total of 150 yards from end-to-end. So, in theory the maximum amount of yardage a player could gain in any given play, particularly a punt or kick, is 129. That's precisely what Guy was able to do after he corralled the ball with his feet at the back of his own end zone, and then proceeded to take it to the house for the score.

Photo: Further proof the Yankees are indeed the 'Evil Empire'


The good fun involved in rookie hazing continued around Major League Baseball on Sunday as the New York Yankees made their rookies dress as characters from the "Star Wars" films.

Pictured here is Adam Warren as Hans Solo, David Phelps as Princess Leia, Melky Mesa as Darth Vader, and Cody Eppley as Luke Skywalker. The dudes in the Chewbacca and Yoda outfits are assistant trainer Mark Littlefield and Hiroki Kurdoa's translator Kenji Nimura, respectively.

I believe this photo ends any and all doubt as to who the "Evil Empire" really is.

A tip of the cap to The Other Paper.

Video: Bill Belichick crosses the line with official



Let's call a spade a spade, shall we? The replacement officials used by the National Football League have been utterly atrocious so far during the regular season, and definitely deserve some criticism thrown their way because of it. With that said, there's no real justification for what New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick did immediately following his team's 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens Sunday night.

Unhappy with a controversial ending, Belichick goes after one of the officials afterward and makes unnecessary contact, as you can see in the video above. Just for the record, the video replay confirmed that the play in questions, the game-winning field goal, was clearly good. Legendary broadcaster Al Michaels said it best when the incident first happened on the air.

"Oh, boy. Well, that's a few bucks," proclaimed Michaels.

Video: Bryce Harper's foul ball breaks window


 
Washington Nationals teenage sensation Bryce Harper has been doing some serious damage in his rookie season. No, I'm not talking about his 19 homers, 52 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, or his eight triples either. What I'm referring to is the window he smashed during Monday's matinee against the visiting Milwaukee Brewers at Nationals Park.

The incident occurred during the bottom of the first when Harper lined an 0-1 pitch in the direction of the Brewers dugout. The most amazing thing about this video clip is the sound the glass makes as its obliterated at the 0:04 mark. Pure awesomeness, unless you're the one picking up the tab for the replacement window, which I am most certainly sure won't be Harper.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Video: Fan goes streaking during Patriots-Ravens game



A streaker interrupted play during NBC's Sunday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens. His antics may have drawn the ire of NBC, but they also invoked the cheers of thousands of fellow fans who enjoyed every second of his failed pursuit to elude security. I've got to hand it to him though, he did manage to evade a slew of stadium cops for nearly a minute before finally being chopped down to the ground around the 10-yard line.

Unfortunately, nobody was really able to get a good look at the scantily-clad fellow due to the lameness of NBC's coverage. However, rumor has it that it could very well be the same guy who went streaking on the Baltimore Orioles' Opening Day earlier this year. Ah, Frank The Tank would be very proud.

Video: Jose Valverde whiffs on delivering pitch


 

There are times in life when you just have to let go. Apparently, Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde wasn't able to on Sunday. Let me explain.

The moment came during the top of the tenth inning between the Tigers and Minnesota Twins when Valverde, for no apparent reason, winds up but holds onto the baseball throughout his delivery. The right-hander then tries to smoothly play it off by exchanging baseballs with the home plate umpire, but I'm not buying it. The play was as awkward looking as his high socks.

Further adding insult to injury was the fact that Valverde was pinned as the losing pitcher after the Tigers lost, 2-1, to the lowly Twins. Not only did they lose that game, but they also took a 10-4 thrashing earlier in the day in game one of the day-night doubleheader. Whiff.

Video: Colby Rasmus knocks open wall while making running catch


 

There's been some unusual things going on at Tropicana Field this weekend during the Tampa Bay Rays-Toronto Blue Jays series. On Saturday, Tampa Bay's Evan Longoria hit a homerun off a light fixture. Sunday's contest also brought forth more wear and tear on the facilities at 'The Trop'.

The play unfolded during the bottom of the first when Rays leadoff hitter Desmond Jennings sent a drive to deep center. Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus was able to track it down and haul it in right before crashing into the wall. Nothing too odd about it except for the fact that the force of Rasmus' momentum caused the outfield wall to open up a bit.

Video: Florida receiver makes catch despite receiving bone-crushing hit



The University of Florida football team laid a beatdown to the University of Kentucky, 38-0, in the Swamp on Saturday. The Gators improved to 4-0 with the victory, however, experienced a scary moment late in the second quarter when receiver Jordan Reed was the recipient of a vicious hit by two UK defenders.

Reed, streaking down the center of the field, caught a pass from QB Jeff Driskel, and while securing the catch was hit simultaneously by two Wildcat defenders in the process. The hit was so violent that it dislodged Reed's helmet nearly five yards in the opposite direction. Somehow Reed managed to hang on to the ball and dust himself off as if nothing had ever happened.

UK safety Mikie Benton was flagged for a penalty and it's likely that both Wildcats could face suspension from the SEC for their actions.

Video: Pablo Sandoval makes incredible catch, flips over rail


 
 
On Saturday, the San Francisco Giants clinched the National League West Division with an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres. They received good pitching, timely hitting, and this defensive web gem by third basemen Pablo Sandoval.
 
The play occurred during the top of the fourth inning when San Diego's Yonder Alonso skied a foul pop up over near the third base dugout. Sandoval tracks it down and makes the grab just as he tumbles over the rail and into the first row of the stands unharmed. Perhaps the best part of the play isn't the catch nor the fact that he was able to gracefully fall over the rail, but rather the fact that he was blowing bubbles as he pursued the ball.
 
They don't call him the 'Kung Fu Panda' for nothing.


Saturday, September 22, 2012

Oregon State coach treats team to burgers after upset win over UCLA


The Oregon State Beavers went into Los Angeles on Saturday and upset the No. 19 UCLA Bruins, 27-20. The victory went over well with Beavers head coach Mike Riley, so well in fact that he decided to treat his entire team to burgers and fries afterward.

The eatery of choice was none other than In-N-Out Burger -- one of the finest fast-food restaurants on the West Coast. The franchise boasts 281 chains in five different states, but none around Corvallis, Oregon. The nearest one from OSU's campus is a distant 356 miles away, so it was only natural for the Beavers to cash in on the opportunity to frequent the place.

Here's a couple of tweets sent out by Riley during the celebratory meal:

Video: UMass running back front flips into the endzone



Seen here is University of Massachusetts tailback Michael Cox taking a handoff during the third quarter and scampering eight yards before flipping forward the next two yards to score an acrobatic touchdown.

It pulled the visiting Minuteman to within 21-10 of the host Miami (Oh) Red Hawks on Saturday, but they would wind up losing anyway, 27-16. UMass now drops to an unsightly 0-4 on the 2012 campaign.

For what it's worth though, the high-flying Cox would tack on another rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter. He ended up with a whopping 188 yards and two scores on 30 carries. Not bad for one day's work.

Video: Ohio marching band rocks out to Gangnam Style



We've all seen it by now. And if you haven't, you're probably the only person in the world who hasn't. The thing I'm referring to is the viral internet sensation known as 'Gangnam Style'.

The Ohio University marching band rocked out to it during halftime of their team's 44-10 beatdown over Norkfolk State on Saturday. I would say the performance would even draw great praise from the legendary PSY himself if he were in attendance.

Well done, people.

Video: Central Michigan scores twice in 50 seconds to upset Iowa



How do you lose a two-possession lead with under a minute to go in a college football game? The Iowa Hawkeyes showed us the ropes on Saturday as they squandered away a late lead to the visiting Central Michigan Chippewas, and subsequently lost a heart-breaker (32-31). Here's how it went down.

Iowa pushed their lead to 31-23 when Mark Weisman rushed for a touchdown with 2:18 to go in the fourth quarter. The Chippewas then answered with 45 seconds left when Ryan Radcliff hit Titus Davis for a score to pull within 31-29. The two-point conversion failed, however, and it was looking as though the Hawkeyes would squeak out the win.

Photo: Vols fan rocks Tennessee logo on glass eye

 
Earlier this week a photo surfaced with a University of Kentucky fan who sports a glass eye with the UK logo on it. But today we bring you a photo of this University of Tennessee fanatic who is rocking the "Power T" logo in place of his. Both are pretty good displays of fan affection, however, does it beat this guy's meticulously-groomed facial hair?

Photo: Maryland unveils 'White Ops' uniforms



The Maryland Terrapins (2-1) will be donning these new "White Ops" uniforms when they visit the West Virginia Mountaineers (2-0) Saturday afternoon.

Here's a description of the Terps' new road attire as explained by the school itself:

"Inspired by the Terps' 2011 PRIDE uniforms featuring the Maryland state flag, the White Ops version makes a more discreet statement as the Terps hit the road."

Pretty slick if you ask me. It's certainly an improvement over the aforementioned unis they broke out last season.

Helmet tap to USA Today for the lead.

Bruce Springsteen's daughter buys Olympic horse in hopes to compete in 2016 Games


The daughter of rock icon Bruce Springsteen has her sights set on competing for the United States in showjumping at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. She took a major step in qualifying by purchasing a gold medal-winning horse from the London Olympics this week.

The amount paid for 10-year-old gelding known as "Vinnie" wasn't disclosed, but it's safe to assume it didn't come cheap. Luckily the Springsteen family has plenty money of cash to burn considering the infinite amount of income his musical career has produced.

Jessica Springsteen missed the cut for the U.S. Olympic equestrian team for London this past year. But she's hoping a new ride and four more years to train will push her through next time around.

A tip of the cap to Fox Sports Australia.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Video: Bryce Harper guns down Ryan Braun at home plate


 

Is there anything that Washington Nationals phenom Bryce Harper can't do?

The National League Rookie of the Year candidate added another notch to his resume Friday night when he gunned down reigning league MVP Ryan Braun at the dish. The play occurred during Washington's home contest at Nationals Park against the surging Milwaukee Brewers. Watch as Harper charges the ball hard, fields it cleanly, and fires a missile right on point to catcher Jesus Flores for the first out of the fourth.

It's hard to believe the teenage Harper won't turn 20 for another month, eh?

Photo: Rob Gronkwoski gets his own cereal named after him



The legend of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski continues to grow. How does a person know they've officially arrived at the biggest stage in life? How about getting your mug and name plastered onto a cereal box.

Look for "Gronk Flakes" at your nearest Boston-area Stop & Shop in the coming weeks. Some of the proceeds will go toward benefitting the "Gronk Nation Youth Foundation".

Video: Kentucky freshman nearly injured after failed dunk attempt

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College basketball is to the University of Kentucky as peanut butter is to jelly. UK fans love their Wildcats, and the school's annual Big Blue Madness event is certainly testament of that. Hundreds of fans pitch makeshift tents and camp out in an effort to score tickets to the glorified first day of practice, which isn't until Oct. 12.

As a way of showing their appreciation, head coach John Calipari traditionally has his players deliver donuts to campers and play pickup games with the fans. But Coach Cal may have to tweak the latter after the scary incident that unfolded Thursday night on Kentucky's campus. Seen in the video above is UK stud freshmen Nerlens Noel crashing to the ground and landing flat on his back after a failed dunk attempt. Luckily, Noel nor the guy he landed on were injured, but the fall definitely struck a wave of panic to the diehard fans in attendance. Noel figures to be a key cog on a team that's expected to contend for a second straight national title.

Breathe, Kentucky fans. Just breathe.

Video: Francisco Liriano saves manhood, snags ball between legs


This goes without saying, but this could've ended real bad for Chicago White Sox southpaw Francisco Liriano. The play occurred Thursday night in Kansas City when Royals hitter Eric Hosmer hits a sharp one-hopper right back up the box. Divine intervention then kicks in as Liriano makes a no-look, behind-the-back grab to throw out Hosmer at first base.

The miraculous, jewel-saving snag is further evidence that it is indeed better to be lucky than good. The Sox may have dropped the game, 4-3, but Liriano was able to walk out of Kauffman Stadium after the game with his boys intact and his manhood still in place.

Photo: Marlins rookies forced to dress up as polo players


The last-place Miami Marlins have been a huge disappointment this season. However, they did manage to bring some joy to those who encounter the above photo. What you see here is some typical September hazing around MLB as the Marlins veterans made the rookies dress us up as the U.S. Water Polo team. Perhaps they should meet the Washington Nationals rookies, or should I say the U.S. Women's Gymnastics squad?

Via Sports Crackle Pop.

Video: Rays host Star Trek night


 

When you rank dead last among 30 teams in attendance (19,633), you'll try nearly anything to put more butts in the seats. The Tampa Bay Rays played host to the first ever Star Trek Night at Tropicana Field on Thursday in an effort to do just that. They only managed to draw 12,963 fans, well below their season average, but everyone who attended still had fun nonetheless. 

By the way, the Rays also away came with a comeback win (7-4) over Boston after plating six runs in the bottom of the ninth -- a great spectacle for any old-timer that stuck around until the end.



Thursday, September 20, 2012

Video: Pirates catcher breaks PNC Park sign with foul ball


 
Oh, the irony. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been in shambles lately and even their ballpark took a ding during Thursday's matinee against the Milwaukee Brewers. Watch as catcher Travis Snider breaks the PNC Park sign behind home plate after tipping a pitch foul in the first inning. The blow is just another in a long line of mishaps for Jim Tracy's bunch over the last month.

Pittsburgh went from being in second place (2.5 GB) and 16 games over .500 (63-47) on August 9th to one game UNDER .500 (74-75) and in fourth place (16.5) as of Thursday night. That's a pitiful record of 11-28 during that span for all of you scoring at home. Their signature collapse has come to be expected these days, but even the lowly Houston Astros are snickering at the state of the Buccos right now.

Video: 8-year old rumbles 45 yards for an impressive touchdown



The running back in this clip (#34) is 8-year old Jayden Scott. And he may just be the second-coming of the late Walter Payton.

During the run he's able to stiff arm a couple of defenders, jukes another, stiff arms, spins out of three more, and then puts on the burners to go 45 yards for the score. The kid's got game, no doubt.

But perhaps the best part of the video? How about at the 0:14 mark when one helpless player (no. 16) wails his arms in disgust after missing a chance at bringing him down.

Photo: Nuggets player spotted riding around Denver on Segway


Think Segways are only ridden by lazy mall cops? Think again.

Seen here is Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee perusing around downtown Denver on Thursday. If it looks like the 24-year old is having a good day that's because he is. McGee reportedly tweeted this out just a few minutes prior to the bystander taking the shot:

Photo: Tennesse fan has awesome T-shaped facial hair


This is what facial hair perfection looks like in the state of Tennessee. The work of art can't be fully appreciated though unless his mouth is closed. Lucky for us his mouth is such in this photo. Good ole Rocky Top.

Redskins receiver Josh Morgan receives death threats via Twitter



You may or may not remember this costly penalty made by Washington Redskin's receiver Josh Morgan on Sunday. It pretty much cost his team a chance at sending the game into overtime and is a great candidate for the Bush League Play of the Week. What the incident is not, however, is a reason to send the maligned player death threats on his Twitter account.

Here's just a little taste of what Morgan has had sent his way this week:

"I will kill you in your sleep you autistic [expletive]," one message said. Another Twitter user told Morgan that "I hope someone throws a football at ur [sic] firstborn child," and another implied that Morgan was one of the worst things to happen in Washington D.C., along with the "crack epidemic."

"I heard everything, especially when they got you on Twitter and they start sending the death threats and wishing bad on your family and your first born and things like that, you see it all, you hear it all," Morgan told the Washington Times on Wednesday. "You don't got no choice but to see it all and hear it all. But you never let it get to you, especially me being from D.C."

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Photo: Michael Crabtree tweets out pic of atrocious vest

 
Yes, this is a real item of clothing owned by San Francisco 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree. The 25-year old tweeted out the pic on Monday and obviously shows no shame in self glossing. It isn't the worst piece of apparel a wide receiver has ever donned in the NFL. I think that title still belongs to Chad Ochocinco Johnson for this shenanigan on Monday Night Football back in 2007.

NFL fines 49ers player for wearing red sleeves


Since when has it been a crime to wear red sleeves in this country? Well, the answer is never. Not unless your San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown.

Brown was pivotal in the 49ers 27-19 victory over the Detroit Lions on Sunday night. He played in all 65 of SF's defensive snaps and six additional plays on special teams. Unfortunately for him, he also wore red sleeves under his uniform, which is an obvious violation of Rule 5, Section 4, Article 5(a) of the 2012 Official Playing Rules of the NFL, and subsequently has been fined $5,250.

The disgruntled corner broke the news himself by tweeting out an image of the fine letter on Twitter, but has since deleted the tweet. Luckily our man Matt Maiocco over at CSN Bay Area was opportunistic enough to capture the photo on Instagram to ensure it lives on forever.

Video: Dwayne Wade gets fitted for world championship ring




Miami Heat superstar Dwayne Wade was one of several members of the Miami Heat's World Championship team to get fitted for their rings Tuesday at American Airlines Arena. The 8-time All-Star and the rest of the members of that title team are slated to receive their new jewelry on October 30th during Miami's home opener against the Boston Celtics.

It will mark the second championship ring for Wade, who also won one with the Heat back in 2006. That '06 relic was fitted for his right ring finger, so it presented an intriguing dilemma as to where the newest one may go.

"These are good problems to have," exclaimed the 30-year old. "I can’t put it on this finger (left ring), because one day hopefully I’ll be happily married," he added.

Video: Kentucky fan gets manhandled by chick


 

Apparently these alleged Kentucky fans took the loss to Western Kentucky pretty hard on Saturday. Watch as the drunk duo go at it in a local hotel lobby after their beloved Wildcats take it on the chin from their in-state rivals. It appears as though the dude in this video took an additional blow or two to the jaw as well.

Only in Kentucky, folks. 

Old photo of Rob Gronkowski with ex-porn star surfaces on Twitter



It's been awhile since the sporting world has heard anything from Britney Maclin, who is a famed friend of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and also known for her role as Bibi Jones in her pornography exploits.

The two have been linked together in photos of the past and Tuesday night brought forth yet another glamorous shot. As Deadspin reasons, the picture above is most likely an older photo although it's assumed to be previously unpublished. Aside from releasing the scandalous photo to the Twitter world, Maclin also gave some insight as to why Gronk may have dropped two potential touchdowns during his team's 20-18 home loss versus the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

Video: Cubs fan thrown out for making obscene gestures



I believe the video speaks for itself, but if you're looking for confirmation on what exactly the guy is doing than yes, he is indeed making sexual gestures right behind home plate.

The incident occurred during Monday night's Pittsburgh Pirates-Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. The fan has his fun on national television before security eventually comes and removes him shortly thereafter. I'm not sure what the legal ramifications are for something of this nature, but I'd imagine the guy is walking free right now still grinning from ear-to-ear.

Props to Cosby Sweaters for the find.

Video: Dexter Fowler gets drilled in the head during double play attempt



Well, this is one way to break up a double play. Unintentional or not, Colorado Rockies outfielder Dexter Fowler manages to disrupt a twin killing by using his head -- literally.

The play happened in the top of the sixth inning during the Rockies-Giants game in San Francisco Tuesday night. What amazes me is the fact that Fowler shows no ill effects of getting pegged in the head at all. He simply trots off the diamond as if nothing ever happened.

"That's why you wear the helmet," exclaimed the color commentator calling the game. Indeed. It might have been bad news bears had he not.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Video: The most pathetic own goal you may ever see


 
 
This atrocious showing of goalkeeping occurred during a recent match between Criciuma and America of the Brazilian second division. 
 
I'm not sure what's worse, the own goal or the announcer. I'll let you all decide.

Justin Tuck still fuming over Bucs' tactics, calls move 'classless'



Okay, it's been over two days since the play in the video clip above occurred, but at least one member of the New York Giants is still fuming over it. That player would be none other than Giants defensive end Justin Tuck.

The controversial play came at the end of New York's 41-34 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday. The Giants lined up in the victory formation to run out what was left of the clock, just as any other team in their position would. In a desperate attempt to cause a turnover and get the football back, Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano ordered his players to do everything they could to do so. Tom Coughlin, head coach of the Giants, took offense and expressed his displeasure during the post-game hand shake, yelling at Schiano in the process. Tuck added his input to the situation on Tuesday.

Video: 83-year old woman does keg stand at LSU tailgate


 
There's a lot to be excited about if you're a fan of the LSU Tigers football team right now. The Bayou Bengals are undefeated (3-0), they're ranked second in both major polls (AP & Coaches), and they have this lady doing keg stands before home games.

This video was shot last Saturday before LSU's home tilt against Idaho. As you can see, the lady featured in the video is certainly no spring chicken, but the 83-year old woman shows no signs of slowing down. Party on, folks. If she can do it, so can you.

Video: Top 10 plays of the week from MLB

Looking for the best plays in baseball over the last week? Then you have come to the right place. Here's a video clip of the top 10 courtesy of our friends over at CBSSports.com:

The plays include:

+ A nice snare by New York Mets third basemen David Wright.
+ Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp gunning down St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina at third base.
+ A fake throw by Baltimore Orioles third basemen Manny Machadon that results in an improbable out.
+ Another fake throw resulting in an out from Seattle Mariners third basemen Kyle Seager.
+ A great diving catch by Arizona Diamondbacks second basemen Aaron Hill.
+ And the number one play involving Cincinnati Reds Gold Glovers Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, and Brandon Phillips.

Video: High schooler breaks 11 tackles during kick return for touchdown


Yeah, this kick return is pretty amazing.

Seen here is Maury High School (VA) junior Davion Taylor eluding 11 tackles en route to a 99-yard kickoff return for touchdown during last Friday's loss to Lakeland High School (37-21). The youngster makes mince meat of the kick coverage team by running behind, around, and away from them in his hot pursuit of the endzone.

The 5'9", 160-pound Taylor also caught two touchdown passes in addition to this special teams score, thus accounting for all of his team's scoring. He tallied two interceptions on defense just for good measure. Yet his team still walked away in bitter defeat.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Video: Streaker gets taken down during Ole Miss-Texas game


 


If you weren't in the stands right before halftime of the Ole Miss-Texas game on Saturday, here's what you missed.

A man ran onto the field, yanked down his trousers around the 25-yard line, and then gave the crowd a good view of his backside. His shining moment didn't last long, however, as a man who appears to be state trooper leveled him at the knees and brought him down to justice at the 10-yard line.

To add insult to injury, the host Rebels took a 66-31 beatdown from the Longhorns in a game that totalled over 1,000 total yards of offense combined. Yeah, I guess you could say that Ole Miss ought to look to see if that state trooper has any college football eligibility left, they may need some assistance on defense.

Video: Guy in hoodie videobombs 49ers quarterback Alex Smith


 
The San Francisco 49ers beat the visiting Detroit Lions by a score of 27-19 Sunday night. San Francisco QB Alex Smith had a real nice performance as evidenced by his 226-yard, two touchdown stat line. His post-game interview, on the other hand, didn't look quite as nice.

That's because of the super creepy guy standing behind Smith during most of it. The man, who appeared to have a credential to be on the field, appears to be very interested in what Smith has to say and doesn't at all try to hide it. His eyes grow larger at times and it feels as though he's looking directly in the souls of the viewers at home.

He also manages to hang in the picture for the chat with wide receiver Michael Crabtree before the camera finally shifts the spotlight away and onto defensive end Justin Smith...much to the appreciaton of countless folks watching all across America. All in all, this could go down as the videobombs of all videobombs. I'll let you be the judge of that.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Video: Redskins receiver costs team a chance at overtime with terrible penalty



Here's one of the things NOT to do when your team is behind and driving with a chance to tie late in the game. Here's the situation.

The Washington Redskins trailed the St. Louis Rams 31-28 with under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter when quarterback Robert Griffin III flicked a third-down pass to WR Josh Morgan. Morgan eventually was tackled short of the first down marker at the Rams' 29-yard line, but fell well within kicker Billy Cundiff's range to attempt a game-tying field goal. That's when Morgan had a major mental lapse.

Morgan responded to a late shove from St. Louis DB Cortland Finnegan by inexplicably chucking the ball at Finnegan in retaliation, and right in front of an official at that. The official had no choice but to throw a flag and hit the hot-headed Morgan with a 15-yard penalty, thus backing the Redskins up to the 44-yard line facing a fourth-and-16 situation.

Video: Tony Stewart grabs behind of fellow driver's wife




This was the scene during the pre-race at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday as Delana Harvick, wife of NASCAR driver Kevin Harvick, fell victim to a good-natured "good luck grab" from fellow driver Tony Stewart.

As you can see, Mrs. Harvick is obviously surprised by the sneak attack but doesn't take offense too much to it. Apparently, Stewart is known for his ritual of walking up to someone and giving them a handful of good luck before races.

Stewart is a close friend of the Harvick family and the move was all done in good fun. But it's easy to see how people who were unaware of the situation could have seen the incident as appalling. Especially considering it was caught on television.

Thanks to Carrie Boarman of Tire Ball for the lead.

Video: Ravens wide receiver celebrates touchdown by juggling



This touchdown pass from Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco to WR Jacoby Jones gave their team a 14-7 lead over the Philadelphia Eagles midway through the second quarter on Sunday. Jones then proceeded to celebrate by giving the folks in Philly a fine lesson in imaginary juggling.

However, it would be the Eagles who got the last laugh in this one as QB Michael Vick scored a touchdown with less than two minutes to go to seal a 24-23 victory over visiting Baltimore.

Jacoby's TD grab turned out to be the only catch on the day for him.

Video: Crazy finish to BYU-Utah rivalry game



The Utah Utes defeated the #25 BYU Cougars, 24-21, on Saturday. That isn't necessarily a big deal. The manner with which how they did is though.

Trailing by three points and driving late in the fourth quarter, BYU completed a long passing play to put itself within field goal range. Instead of attempting a game-tying kick, the Cougars got greedy and tried to gain a little more yardage. Cougars QB Riley Nelson then proceeded to sail a pass out of bounds as the click hit zeros. The Utah players, coaches and fans rushed the field in celebration. But wait.

A review of the play revealed that one second remained on the clock when the ball landed incomplete, which allowed BUY to try a 51-yard field goal. Once the field was cleared, that's precisely what they set out to do.

Video: Western Kentucky uses trick play to win in OT



Chalk up another victory up for the little guys. One week after Louisiana Monroe upset heavily favored #8 Arkansas in overtime (31-28), their Sun Belt Conference brethren knocked off another Southeastern Conference opponent this week as well.

Watch as Western Kentucky quarterback Kawaun Jakes laterals the ball to tailback Antonio Andrews, who then whips the pigskin back across the field to Jakes who then walks into the end zone for the game-winning score over host Kentucky, 32-31. Had the ballsy attempt failed, WKU would have made their way back to Bowling Green in bitter defeat.

It was a gutsy call by Hilltoppers head coach Willie Taggart, and a good one at that. The loss for Kentucky is a brutal blow to the future of head coach Joker Phillips, who was already facing tremendous heat from the fan base after losing to arch rival Louisville in the opening game of the season. The third-year coach doesn't look like he's going to receive a fourth.

Video: Giant paper airplane thrown onto field during Brewers-Mets game



There's a first for everything, right? I've seen a lot of baseball over my years, but never have I seen a paper airplane fly into the mix.
 
That's precisely what happened during the sixth inning of the New York Mets-Milwaukee Brewers game Saturday night as a a giant-sized paper airplane found itself onto the field near second base. The commentary regarding the landing couldn't have been any better.
 
"What a landing," raved the play-by-play guy.
 
"That was kind of cool to watch," added the color commentator.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Video: Prince Fielder forgets number of outs, plays it off


 


Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder did his best Keith Stone impression during Friday's night game versus the Cleveland Indians.

The incident occurred during the bottom of the fourth when Fielder made a routine play to record the second out of the inning. Except in Fielder's mind, it was out number three. Instead of simply acknowledging his mental miscue, Fielder opts to go the smooth route.

Somewhere along his path from the field to the dugout he realizes his mistake and attempts to play it off. He gestures for a drink to help alleviate his sudden onset of thirst before returning back to his position. It turns out the big guy just needed to wet his whistle!

Well played, Prince. Well played indeed.

Photo: Hurricanes play before nearly empty stadium



The University of Miami football team played host to the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Saturday. And you would think this rant by former Hurricane and current radio personality Dan Sielo would ignite some excitement around the program, right? Ah, not so much.

Miami did take care of business on the field by rolling up the Wildcats by a score of 38-10. However, the same cannot be said for the fan support in the stands.

Shown above is a snapshot of how the stadium looked just prior to kickoff. Quick, go to your local Home Depot or Lowes and look around. You'll likely see more fans there than there were at this game.

Video: Auburn scores 'Hail Mary' touchdown before halftime




Watch as University of Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier is able to elude pressure and hit wide receiver Sammie Coates for the touchdown right before halftime.

The score turned out to be huge as the Tigers managed to narrowly avoid the upset against a feisty Louisiana Monroe squad at home on Saturday. The game went into overtime all knotted at 28 a piece before the clock struck midnight on the Cinderella team from the Sun Belt. Auburn booted a field goal after coming up with a huge stop on defense to win the contest, 31-28.
 
The upstart Warhawks pulled off an improbable win over #8 Arkansas just one week ago (31-28). They nearly pulled off another colossal upset today, however, it just wasn't in the cards for them.

I know one thing though. ULM has to be the favorite to win the Sun Belt Conference this season. They have taken two teams from the toughest football league in America down to the wire, and even emerged victorious in one of them.

Ozzie Guillen attacks ESPN writer on Twitter



Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen has a knack for getting himself in hot water. He also has a reputable temper that's unparalleled to anyone else in baseball. And as fate would have it, the boisterous skipper may have submerged himself in boiling water once again. He took to Twitter on Friday night to express his displeasure toward this article written by ESPN's Buster Olney.

If you're pressed for time or don't feel like reading it, here's the basis of what Olney had to say. First, he questions whether or not the Marlins should blame Guillen for not meeting attendance projections. Secondly, he hints that Guillen should possibly be fired after the season. And last but not least, Olney accused the Marlins of quitting. Apparently Guillen didn't care for that last comment too much.

Here's a couple of tweets Guillen sent out after his team's victory over the first-place Reds Friday night:

Friday, September 14, 2012

Kansas City Royals in need of a new window cleaner

              

Does this tough economy have you feeling down? Are you looking for a job with a MLB franchise that is quite literally head and shoulders "above the rest". Then look no further than the newest job opening in the Kansas City Royals organization.

The Royals are seeking to find a qualified candidate to fill their vacant window cleaning position. Here is the job description:

Applies and removes cleaning solutions to glass and similar surfaces throughout the stadium using tools including scrubbers, brushes, chamois, squeegees, scrapers, poles, and sponges, etc.

Other duties as assigned

Photo: Dallas Cowboys sell 'Jerry Wipes' for charity



You don't reach the point to where Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is without being at least a little opportunistic. The billionaire businessman cashed in on an infamous eye glass cleaning incident from opening night to help raise money for charity.

The Cowboys listed the dubious "Jerry Wipes" on their official Prop Shop website on Wednesday with the intention of giving 100% of the proceeds to The Salvation Army. As it turns out, the demand for the Cowboys emblazoned cloth was higher than anticipated and the team sold out well within 24 hours.

Not to worry though, a representative of the club has already stated that they expect to receive more on Monday. So, if you're looking to contribute to a good cause while at the same time getting a nice eye cleaning fabric, keep your eyes peeled for Jerry Wipes next week.

Thanks goes to Ride The Pine for the story lead.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Video: Brazilian soccer coach begs to be cuffed, then bails


 

You know that old saying "be careful what you wish for"? Well, here's a prime example of why those words hold true.

I apologize in advance for the entire audio in the video being in Spanish, but I believe the actions speak for themselves.

The guy dramatically and emphatically asking the police officer to handcuff him happens to be Walter Knario, the manager of Brazilian third division club Cambe. He was sent off early after some comments he made toward the referee during his team's scoreless draw versus PSTC. Instead of refusing to leave the premises in a professional and peaceful manner, the enraged futbol coach dropped to his knees and pleaded to the military officer to cuff him up. When the officer unexpectedly granted his request and started reaching for them, Knario wises up and ends the theatrics immediately.

Video: Dwight Freeney stars in fake cereal ad



"A complete breakfast always starts with a bowl of Freeney-O's." Or does it?

Seen here is Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Dwight Freeney having a little fun in a Funny or Die blooper reel. The entire thing is made up, but who cares? It's still funny.

But I will admit that the twist in the end is a bit creepy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Video: Dustin Pedroia leaves game to tend to wife in labor




Nature called on Wednesday night for Boston Red Sox second basemen Dustin Pedroia. The 3-time All-Star and former AL MVP (2008) exited the game against the New York Yankees during the seventh inning after being informed by manager Bobby Valentine that his wife, Kelli, had gone into labor. The Pedroias are expecting their second child.

Aside from helping produce the greatest miracle known to mankind (birth) the 28-year old has been a lone bright spot for the disappointing Red Sox this season. He currently sports a batting average of .295 to go along with 15 homers, 60 RBI and 34 doubles. His team, however, finds itself alone in last place in the American League East Division at 64-79, and has many around Beantown clamoring for Valentine to be fired. The club virtually threw in the white towel recently when they traded away a handful of their best players, thus ending hope for a late-season resurgence.

But for now, Red Sox Nation finally gets a dose of good news in 2012.

Video: The best one-handed interception you may ever see



This play occurred on September 7th during a high school football game between the Greenwood Eagles (S.C.) and Irmo Yellow Jackets (S.C.). The defensive player who reeled in this jaw-dropping snag is none other than Eagles cornerback Kaleb Chalmers (No. 3), who nearly touches the sky while extending for the grab. Believe it or not, this was the second impact play made by Chalmers during the contest. The sure-handed prep player scooped up a fumble and jetted 45 yards for a score earlier in the game. It all added up to a mini highlight reel for Chalmers and a 21-7 victory for Greenwood on Irmo's home turf.

With those helmets Greenwood sports, one might be led to believe that Pro Bowl corner and current Green Bay Packer Charles Woodson was roaming the secondary. It has been confirmed though, that he was indeed not.

Hats off to Chalmers for one of the best one-handed picks you may ever lay eyes upon.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Photos: Brooklyn Nets release inside shots of their new arena



The NBA franchise formerly known as the "New Jersey Nets" and now known as the "Brooklyn Nets" is all set to move into their brand new basketball arena for the 2012-13 NBA regular season. Their new herringbone-patterned home, the Barclays Center, will play host to at least 41 regular season contests over the next year, and hopefully more if you're a fan of the newly-relocated team. Speaking of fans, they finally got a sneak peak of what's inside the arena on Tuesday when the Nets released a number of photo shots through its official website. You can check out a few of those aforementioned pics in the post below.

In the meantime, here's a brief description of the new facility written by Nets.com's Ben Couch:

Monday, September 10, 2012

Video: Bryce Harper loses his belt attempting a diving catch


 

It's been a rough 24 hours in the clothing department area for Washington Nationals rookie phenom Bryce Harper. On Sunday, the Nats veterans partook in the usual rookie hazing by having all of the team's first-year players dress up as female gymnasts, including Harper. I don't know about you, but after seeing the pics of the spectacle on Twitter I think the guys should leave the leotards to Gabby Douglas and the rest of the Gold Medal U.S. Olympic Team.

On Monday, it was more of the same for Harper as the National League Rookie of the Year candidate experienced another odd wardrobe malfunction. As you can see in the video clip above, his attempt at a diving catch not only failed but he lost his belt in the process as well. Luckily, one of his teammates in the bullpen was generous enough to offer up their belt to replace his. I would say this act of kindness is a great testament to the team chemistry in Washington, but I'm reluctant to make such a statement given the fact that the guy who loaned Harper his belt was likely also in on the rookie hazing from the night before!

Nonetheless, the Nationals topped the Mets 5-1 to increase their division to six over the second-place Atlanta Braves. All is well that ends well, right Bryce?

Photo: New NFL uniforms leave little to the imagination



There is nothing America loves more than watching professional football, particularly the National Football League. The NFL officially kicked off its regular season this past weekend which mine as well been dubbed a national holiday around the country. Countless number of pigskin fans huddled around TVs, packed into stadiums and strolled into bars in celebration of one of the most anticipated Sundays of the year -- Opening Day in the NFL.

Although much of the talk revolved around the replacement officials, promising rookies, and Peyton Manning, one of the changes noticed around the league involved uniforms. In a billion-dollar deal that affected all 32 franchises, the league opted to switch to Nike as its uniform supplier after a 10-year relationship with Reebok. The new line of apparel made its glorious debut during Week One.