Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Video: Dog invades college softball game, steals gloves



The game featuring Western Oregon and Simon Fraser on Sunday featured more than exhilarating softball. It also featured a dog stealing leather.

Watch as this adorable canine breaks free onto the field and proceeds to start swiping everyone's gloves in sight. Seriously, no mitt was safe.

Eventually, the dog stops the madness and the gloves are returned to their rightful owner. Oh, and the dog is also returned to its owner as well.

All is well that ends well.

Via For the Win

Photo: Raptors give away Drake-inspired lint rollers

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Drake was spotted using a lint roller while sitting courtside during Game 2 of the Raptors-Nets series. The internet had a field day with it.

Now, the Raptors are embracing the lint roller incident by giving them away for free following Game 5. That's right. For free.

Video: Watch Mike Trout rob a home run from Lonnie Chisenhall



Mike Trout was doing Mike Trout-like things Tuesday night.

Seen here is the two-time All-Star robbing a home run from Cleveland's Lonnie Chisenhall during the first inning of last night's game in Los Angeles.

Chisenhall isn't the first hitter to fall victim to Trout's outstanding glove and he certainly won't be the last to either.

The 22-year-old make it looks easy, doesn't he?

Matt Cain scratched from start after mishandling knife in clubhouse kitchen

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Fans who showed up to AT&T park to watch Matt Cain pitch Tuesday night were disappointed to see someone else besides Cain take the mound instead.

According to Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com, San Francisco's ace was scratched barely an hour before his scheduled start against the Padres after he cut the index finger on his pitching hand.

Apparently, Cain's wound was sustained when he accidentally mishandled a knife in the clubhouse kitchen before the game. Luckily, the cut is not considered serious and won't require stitches, so Cain is expected to be back into the starting rotation for his next turn.

Cain is 0-3 with a 4.25 ERA in five starts this season.

Via Hardball Talk

Photo: Bulls mascot has message for Donald Sterling

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The mascot for the Chicago Bulls, Benny the Bull, had a message for Donald Sterling on Tuesday.

As you can see, Benny is feeling extra appreciative of his team owner nowadays given the comments Sterling has come under fire for regarding racism.

During Tuesday's loss to the Wizards, the mascot held up a sign that read, "My owner loves me...even though I'm red."

Well played, Benny. Unfortunately, Tuesday will be the last time we see Benny the Bull at a game this season, because Washington officially ended Chicago's year with a 75-69 victory to clinch the playoff series.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Video: Man shatters world record by running beer mile under five minutes



There's a very small percentage of the population who can run a mile in under five minutes. But this guy was able to do just that plus chug four beers along the way to the finish line.

His name is James Nielsen and he recently attempted to set the world record for the "beer mile." As one might be led to believe, Nielson, a former two-time NCAA champion, was successful in his endeavor.

Basically, Nielsen chugged a 12-ounce can of beer for every 400-meter lap he ran. However, the rules of the engagement were a lot more complicated than that. Nielsen explains them in the video above.

All told, he finished the beer mile in 4:57, which effectively smashed the time we previously thought was the best possible time anyone could notch running the beer mile.

Via For the Win

Donald Sterling's son-in-law latest to lash out at Sterling over racist comments


Donald Sterling's son-in-law is the latest to come out and voice his support against the deeply maligned Clippers owner.

Eric Miller, Director of Basketball Operations for the Clippers, recently told TMZ Sports that his father-in-law is ignorant and racist, adding that he doesn't care if standing up against racism might ultimately cost him his job.

"I find the statements and representations made by the Clippers' team owner to be deplorable and disgusting.  There is no room in sports or society in general, for racism."

Miller goes on:  "I pledge my full support for the wonderful players, coaches and staff members of the Clippers organization.  I have complete faith that Commissioner Silver will deal with this matter swiftly and severely."

And then Miller says, "If these comments should happen to cost me my employment with the team, it is but a small price to pay to speak out against ignorance and racism."

Miller is the husband of Sterling's daughter, Joanna Sterling Miller.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Racism is the true enemy


NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has taken a different approach to opining his thoughts about racist comments attributed to Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

Abdul-Jabbar made these thoughts known in a column written for Time.com in which he argues that the greatest enemy in this whole situation is racism itself.

Make no mistake: Donald Sterling is the villain of this story. But he’s just a handmaiden to the bigger evil. In our quest for social justice, we shouldn’t lose sight that racism is the true enemy. He’s just another jerk with more money than brains.

Abdul-Jabbar didn't stop there though. The former NBA big man also suggested jail time should be given for the person who recorded the tape by what he referred to as illegal means.

Village People lead singer bans Clippers from playing 'YMCA' song

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Don't expect the timeless musical hit "YMCA" to be playing during a Los Angeles Clippers home game anytime soon because the lead singer of the Village People has banned the Clippers from using it.

Victor Willis is the front man for the group and is so outraged by Donald Sterling's racist remarks that he is going to great lengths to ensure the Clippers don't use his song.

Willis took to Twitter Sunday night to make the vow and he has every ability to keep his promise considering he does in fact own the rights to the song.
You've been warned, person in charge of arena music at Clippers games.

Via Eye on Basketball

Major corporate sponsors pulling support of Clippers amid controversy


The fallout from Donald Sterling's racist comments caught on tape is beginning to take a toll on more than his personal reputation.

According to BuzzFeed, several corporate sponsors are pulling their support of the Los Angeles Clippers effectively immediately. These sponsors include CarMax, Southern California-based performance water brand, AQUAhydrate, Kia, and Virgin America. Meanwhile, State Farm is reportedly mulling a decision to pull its sponsorship of the team as well.

Here's a written statement issued by CarMax about their decision.

CarMax finds the statements attributed to the Clippers’ owner completely unacceptable. These views directly conflict with CarMax’s culture of respect for all individuals. While we have been a proud Clippers sponsor for 9 years and support the team, fans and community, these statements necessitate that CarMax end its sponsorship.

The NBA has yet to hand down any discipline over the matter as it remains under investigation. But one can rest assured that Sterling is not going to make it out of this situation in good shape.

Video: College softball game features tremendous act of sportsmanship



One of the more incredible displays of sportsmanship took place during a recent softball game between Eckerd College and Florida Southern College.

With two outs in the top of the seventh inning, Eckerd sophomore Kara Oberer stepped to the plate and subsequently delivered a three-run home run off Florida Southern senior pitcher Chelsea Oglevie. However, Oberer was unable to round the bases on her own power after her knee locked up when rounding first base.

This is when Oglevie and second basemen Leah Pemberton rushed over to assist Oberer by carrying her around each and every base.

Via For the Win

Donald Trump says Donald Sterling was 'set up' by girlfriend



On Monday, Donald Trump made an appearance on Fox and Friends to give his thoughts on the controversy swirling around racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

You can hear the audio of Trump's remarks in the video above. However, if you want the short version, Trump essentially called Sterling's views "despicable" and predicts that Sterling will be "expelled" from the NBA.

Trump also gave his opinion on the woman who sparked this whole mess.

“He got set up by a very, very bad girlfriend, let’s face it. She’s called ‘the girlfriend from hell.’ What he said was terrible and despicable and a very strong action is going to be taken.”

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Mets take offense to newspaper writer making fat joke about Bartolo Colon

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The New York Mets did not take kindly to jokes made by New York Post writer Mike Puma about Bartolo Colon's weight following the pitcher's win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

The newspaper highlighted the game with a headline that read, "Lardball," and Puma opened his game recap with the following sentence:

If the umpires searched Bartolo Colon’s neck for a foreign substance on Thursday, chances are they only would have found peanut butter.

Video: President Obama weighs in on Donald Sterling comments



Although President Obama is currently overseas in Malaysia, he took time during a press conference on Sunday to address the controversy surrounding the alleged audio clip of Donald Sterling making racist remarks.

In case you missed it, the Los Angeles Clippers owner is under fire after TMZ Sports obtained audio of him condemning African Americans during a conversation with his girlfriend, who is ironically mixed between African American and Mexican, earlier this month.

Here's what President Obama had to say about Sterling's comments:

“When ignorant folks want to advertise their ignorance, you don’t really have to do anything, you just let them talk."

The Commander-in-Chief also voiced his opinion on the matter in a more general stance about race in the U.S.:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Audio: Clippers owner caught on tape making extremely racist comments



People aren't likely to forget what Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling said in the audio clip above.

In the clip, obtained by TMZ Sports, Sterling makes a rash of racist comments to his girlfriend, who is ironically mixed between black and Hispanic.

The audio stems from an argument on April 9 after she posted a photo on Instagram posing with Magic Johnson. TMZ Sports broke down a few of the more notable comments below:

Colorado State quarterback requires surgery after injuring himself moving a couch

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Moving a couch has never been more dangerous than it was for Colorado State Rams quarterback Garrett Grayson on Friday.

Apparently, the signal caller suffered a freak injury while hoisting the piece of furniture in the air. The injury is so severe that it will require Grayson to undergo surgery.

From the Denver Post:

Garrett injured his clavicle this morning while moving a couch,” coach Jim McElwain said in a news release. “The good news is that it is on his nonthrowing side, and he’ll be back in action by the time we start our summer strength and conditioning program in June.”

The fact that Grayson isn't expected to miss much time is certainly good news for Colorado State. The senior-to-be racked up a school record 3,696 passing yards for the Rams last season. So it seems as if the only thing that can stop Grayson is a two-seat sofa.

Via The Big Lead (Photo: USA TODAY)

Video: Impatient dad pushes poor kid on skateboard down halfpipe



And the winner for "Worst Dad of the Year" may go to this guy.

Apparently, pops grew a little too impatient about his son's hesitance to ride down a halfpipe on his skateboard. Any one who has ever been a kid before (all of us) knows how scary such things can be. So the son showing caution and concern before proceeding is pretty normal.

But his father wasn't having any of it and decided to give his youngster a little push to get him going. This turned out to be a bad experience for the kid and one he soon won't forget at the dinner table.

Way to go, dad. Way to go.

Via Bleacher Report

Friday, April 25, 2014

Two Indiana basketball players arrested for having false identification cards


A pair of Indiana Hoosiers were arrested early Friday morning near a nightclub in downtown Bloomington and were charged with minor consumption of an alcoholic beverage and possession of false identification.

Guards Yogi Ferrell and Stanford Robinson were slapped with handcuffs outside Kilroy's Sports Bar around 1 a.m. when both attempted to enter the establishment using fake I.D.'s. This is according to a press release by the Indiana State Police.

Both players were issued summonses and released. They are set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Ferrell, 21, initially denied reports that he had been arrested via his Twitter account. However, he has since issued an apology through a statement released through the university. Robinson also did the same. The general sentiment from both players was they felt as if they let people down.

Head coach Tom Crean also issued a statement on the matter:

Video: Watch a baseball get crushed by 100,000 pounds of pressure



We've all seen our fair share of baseballs getting crushed over the years. But it's safe to assume none of us has seen anything quite like this.

Seen here is a baseball getting smashed by 100,000 pounds of pressure because, well, it's just awesome. The end result is a confetti-like mix of cork, yarn, rubber and leather.

Again, it's pretty freaking awesome.

Via For the Win

Former NFL star Troy Vincent: I played with six openly gay players in my career

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There has yet to be an openly gay individual to play in the NFL. However, according to former defensive back Troy Vincent, there have been plenty to compete in the league over the years.

While speaking to a group of sports editors in an annual conference, Vincent, who now holds the title of senior Vice President of player engagement, revealed that gay players competing in the NFL is nothing new. In fact, Vincent said that he played with at least six teammates who were openly gay within the locker room, but never opted to announce their sexual orientation publicly at the time.

This news coming at a point when former Missouri standout Michael Sam is trying to become the first publicly gay player in the league.

Nevada man suing Seahawks for barring him from buying playoff tickets


The Seattle Seahawks are facing a $40 million lawsuit from a man who is still pretty upset that the team didn't allow him to purchase tickets to last year's NFC playoffs.

According to the suit, John E. Williams III is suing the Seahawks over not letting him purchase tickets to the 49ers playoff game because he lives in Nevada.

Seattle's own website clearly stated that tickets were only available to people residing in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho, Alaska and Hawaii. California and Nevada were not included on the list and it is assumed this was intentional in order to keep 49ers fans from buying up tickets.

Williams, who didn't specify to TMZ Sports whether he was a 49ers fan or Seahawks fan, says the dubious ticket policy goes against the spirit of the NFL and is seeking an exorbitant amount of money to make it right.

For the record, the average price of an NFL playoff ticket was around $400 last year.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Video: Young Nationals fan pulls out her own tooth during game



We can't often pick the times we lose our teeth as kids. These baby teeth pretty much come and go as they please in order to make room for the adult ones.

For this young Washington Nationals fan, today marked a glorious day in her development, because she removed one of her baby teeth on her own. Oh, and all the while watching her hometown Nats host the San Diego Padres. Good times at the stadium indeed.

Your move, Tooth Fairy.

Photo: Cubs trash 400-pound celebratory cake without eating any of it


The Cubs did the most Cubs thing ever with their 400-pound cake.

On Tuesday, the Cubs celebrated the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field in part by putting a giant replica cake of the historic stadium on display. It was a grand gesture and certainly one that deserved eating.

Unfortunately, this photo taken by a Reddit user charged with disposing of the cake shows what was left of it after the celebration was over. Apparently, the Cubs decided to trash it without giving much effort at all at consumption. What a shame.

The team issued the following statement regarding the cake shortly thereafter:

“The Chicago Cubs are disappointed in how our Wrigley Field display cake was disposed by the Field Museum following our successful charity event. The team made a decision not to serve the edible portion after the cake was on display outside Wrigley Field for most of the day. Though the cake was mostly made up of non-edible material, it certainly does not excuse how a celebratory cake artfully created by Buddy Valastro and Carlo’s Bakery was handled.”

Cubs gonna Cub.

Herschel Walker: I could still play in the NFL

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At 52-years-old, Herschel Walker is far from what most would consider a decent age to play professional football. However, the former Heisman winner believes he could still put on the pads and hang with the best of 'em these days.

“I can play in the NFL today,” Walker insisted to USA TODAY Sports. “I couldn’t take every snap. But running backs nowadays don’t play every down. Now they send in the choir section.

“Physically, I can still do it.”

Walker's comments come 25 years after the Dallas Cowboys traded him to the Minnesota Vikings for a package that included a whopping five players and six draft picks. It is often revered as one of the most lopsided trades in the history of the NFL.

Video: Watch Auburn's Gus Malzahn call a game of 'hurry-up' bingo at nursing home


Under the guidance of head coach Gus Malzahn, the Auburn Tigers have developed a reputation of going very fast. On Wednesday, Malzahn volunteered at the Oak Park Nursing Home to speed up activities in this establishment as well.

Seen here is Malzahn leading a game of "hurry-up, no-huddle bingo" with the residents of the nursing home. It was part of Auburn's annual community service day and it's safe to say the folks in attendance were thrilled.

Malzahn cracked a few jokes about his players and even took a jab at Auburn's fast-style of play as it relates to its opponents.

"I'll slow down," Malzahn told a resident after rattling off another number. "That sounds like some of my players. We're going too fast, we've got to slow down. Or it sounds like some of our opponents."

Good times.

Via AL.com

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Report: Joakim Noah sued former shoe sponsor for messing up his feet

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Joakim Noah has sued former shoe sponsor Le Coq Sportif for making shoes that may have damaged his feet and for screwing him out of more than $1.65 million.

According to a report by TMZ Sports, Noah filed a lawsuit against the French company in a Washington D.C. court in November, alleging that Le Coq Sportif inked him to a 6-year, $6 million deal in 2007, but failed to completely compensate him for the full $6 million.

Here's more on the story from TMZ:

In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal.  Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay. 

Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis."

Photo: Roy Hibbert put up for sale on fake Amazon listing

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Times are tough for Roy Hibbert and his Indiana Pacers.

After beginning the regular season hot as a pistol, the Pacers have lost their groove lately and part of this because Hibbert's production has gone way down. For example, the big man scored just eight points and tallied no blocks in Indiana's Game 1 loss at home to the eighth-seeded Atlanta Hawks.

Now, the folks at Page Q Sports decided to do something about Hibbert's woes by putting the All-Star up for sale on Amazon at a price of $143,000. It's fake, of course, but the message is loud and clear. Hibbert is not appeasing Pacers fans very well at the moment. Well, neither is the rest of the team.

Via Bleacher Report

Video: Drake uses a lint roller on his pants while watching game courtside

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Toronto native and unofficial Raptors ambassador Drake was sitting courtside for Game 2 between the Nets and Raptors Tuesday night when he was spotted pulling out a lint roller to clean up his black slacks.

This either means Drake brought a lint roller into the basketball arena or he bought one once inside. I'm going to venture to guess the former on this one.

Anyways, this shenanigan by Drake should be even more ammo for his haters. He's just making it too easy for them lately.

Via Bleacher Report

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New site gives fans the chance to score tickets at great prices


There's nothing quite like attending a professional sporting event. However, the cost associated with seeing a live sporting event in-person often prohibits those wanting to go from actually going.

One way to decrease the price of attending a game is getting free tickets. Unfortunately, obtaining such in this manner is easier said than done. Another option is to try your hand in getting a deal in the secondary market. For most people, this means hoping on the internet and navigating to StubHub. But I would like to introduce you guys to a new option called ScoreBig.

What's unique about ScoreBig.com is it allows customers to set their own price for seats, always paying less than box office prices, and without being surprisingly hit by additional fees. ScoreBig offers more than just tickets to professional sporting events too. The site also boast tickets for concerts, attractions, theater events, and virtually any live sporting event you can think of.

Georgia Tech letting fans choose how to cut outfield grass

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The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are giving the power of the lawn mower to their fans ahead of an upcoming conference clash against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

From May 2-4, Georgia Tech will play host to the Hokies on the baseball diamond. And the Jackets are letting fans decide how the outfield grass will be mowed for that series based on responses they receive through social media.

So, which one would you choose? Stripes, checkerboard, crosshatch, or sun rays? Personally, I've always been a fan of the classic checkerboard.

Former boxing champ arrested for battery after victim allegedly made gay advances

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On Friday, former professional boxing champion Kassim Ouma was arrested in Los Angeles on battery charges for allegedly beating a man who made gay advances toward him. This is according to a report by TMZ Sports.

According to the report, Ouma was spending time in Hollywood early Friday when he met the man and eventually invited the individual over to his house for a drink. This is allegedly when the guy tried to make a move on Ouma.

The former IBF junior middleweight champion respectfully declined multiple advances before the man tried one last time when Ouma was getting ready to move. This is when Ouma allegedly shoved him, which sparked an altercation, before Ouma eventually knocked the guy out cold.

Tyler Seguin's game-used cup for sale on eBay


Is anyone in the market for a game-used cup by Tyler Seguin?

If so, this strange "collectible" could be all yours for a cool price of $250, assuming you take advantage and buy the item from eBay.

Apparently, the cup was worn when Seguin played for the Boston Bruins. He now suits up and plays hockey for the Dallas Stars.

Here are some more details on the one-of-a-kind piece:

Up for sale is Tyler Seguin’s game used cup from his jock strap. Acquired after the Bruins had flopped to the Capitals in the 1st round. The cup was purchased before the annual Bruins equipment sale at Pure Hockey in Medford. My buddy worked at Pure Hockey and manage to set aside a few items. One of the items was the jock strap. The fabric of the jock strap had a nasty sweat smell plus was torn on the side so I threw it out but kept the plastic cup. Purchasing the cup was ment (sic) to be a joke. Comes with a COA.

As the Bleacher Report notes, the purchase comes with a worry-free piece of paper known as a certificate of authenticity, so you don't have to feel concerned that the game-used cup isn't legit.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Merril Hoge: Jadeveon Clowney is 'not a very good football player'



Despite being projected by some as the top player taken in the upcoming NFL Draft, football analyst Merril Hoge doesn't believe Jadeveon Clowney is a good football player.

You can see and hear Hoge make such comments in his appearance on SportsCenter from Monday. Aside from calling the former South Carolina standout "not a very good football player," Hoge also went on the record as saying Clowney's fundamentals are "atrocious."

In fairness, Clowney's fundamentals may have some room for improvement. The same goes for his work ethic. But there's no denying his athleticism and the fact that his physical gifts are second to none among any other player in the NFL Draft. This fact alone makes Hoge's comments seem a bit extreme.

Via The Big Lead

Portland police department jabs Rockets with clever tweet

The best NBA postseason series thus far in terms of Twitter might just be the matchup between the Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets.

After Portland escaped with a 122-120 victory at Houston on Sunday, the Portland Police Department took to Twitter to take a subtle jab at the Rockets (seen above).

This coming just hours after the Rockets trolled Blazers center Robin Lopez about his hairstyle by comparing him to Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons.

Via SportsbyBrooks 

Video: Little league player crushes home run on intentional walk attempt



This is a fine example of how not to intentionally walk someone.

The scene unfolded during a recent youth baseball game where the opposing pitcher tried to do the sensible thing by giving a free pass to the other team's slugger. As you can see, the first two pitches go as planned as they sail far and wide outside the strike zone. However, the pitcher wasn't so lucky on his third pitch and the batter made him pay by smacking a long drive over the wall for a round-tripper.

The commentary from the onlooking parents in the stands makes this video clip that much greater. The foreshadowing of the home run is almost surreal.

On a related note, it looks like the pitcher may have went to the Auburn school of intentional walks.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: Oh, just Mark Mangino posing with an Easter bunny

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Mark Mangino appears to have had a fantastic Easter holiday.

Seen here is the Iowa State Cyclones offensive coordinator posing for a picture with none other than the famed Easter Bunny.

This photo is either really humorous or really terrifying depending on who you ask.

Photo: Rockets troll Robin Lopez with tweet about his hair

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The official Twitter account of the Houston Rockets decided to poke fun at Portland Trail Blazers center Robin Lopez on Sunday.

The tweet came after Lopez was smacked with a technical foul for arguing with the referees. To add insult to injury, the Rockets then tweeted out a photo comparing Lopez's large head of hair to Sideshow Bob from The Simpsons laughing maniacally.

Portland got the last laugh, though, winning 122-120 in overtime.

Via Bleacher Reporta

Sitcom planning tribute episode to Ultimate Warrior


The creator behind the ABC sitcom "The Goldbergs" is planning to dedicate an upcoming episode to the Ultimate Warrior after learning of his childhood hero's death.

Creator Adam Goldberg desperately wanted to pay tribute to the Ultimate Warrior and thought producing a 1980s wrestling themed episode would do just the trick.

"With the help of fans on Twitter, I was able to get in touch with [Warrior's] family and I'm thrilled to dedicate the May 6th episode to him."

"It's my way of saying thank you for being the coolest hero a kid could ever have."

The Ultimate Warrior, real name James Brian Hellwig, died April 8 of an apparent heart attack caused by cardiovascular disease. He had been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on April 5 and made his last public appearances on April 6 and 7 at WrestleMania XXX and Raw, respectively.

Via TMZ Sports

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Photo: Nationals game program cover lauds Bryce Harper's hustle

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In case you missed it, Bryce Harper was benched by Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams on Saturday for perceived lack of hustle while running out a groundball.

Ironically, the program cover for Saturday just so happened to laud Bryce Harper's knack for hustling with a headline that reads, "nothing but hustle." If that isn't irony I don't know what is.

In fairness to Harper, the play that ultimately led to his benching probably didn't fit the punishment. Here's a video clip so you can see for yourself.

Via The Big Lead

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Video: Squirrel steals the show at Coors Field



Fans who spent Saturday evening at Coors Field came to watch their hometown Rockies take on the Phillies. However, they were also treated to some in-game entertainment by a rogue squirrel.

The furry creature made its appearance during the bottom of the third inning when it scurried around the playing field with unprecedented energy.

So cute.

Photo: Packers fan has awesome mailbox

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There's a very slim chance that your mailbox is as cool as this one.

Seen here is a creatively designed mailbox by an individual who clearly loves the Green Bay Packers.

The custom 'box features a mini goalpost and green and yellow decor.

Word on the street is that this is their mailman's favorite house to deliver to.

Video: Is this swing by Billy Hamilton one of the worst in history?



Billy Hamilton is arguably the fastest player in the major leagues. But the youngster is still learning the ropes at the plate as evidenced by his .176 batting average and .222 on-base percentage.

On Friday, the rookie went down on strikes against Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija in the top of the first inning. And the swing Hamilton took on strike three might go down as one of the most pathetic swings in MLB history.

Have a look for yourself as Hamilton is a bit tardy on a fastball delivered over the middle of the plate. The ball is darn near in the catcher's mitt before Hamilton pulls the trigger on his swing.

As one commentator put it, "That might be the worst major league swing I've ever witnessed."

Video: Rays fan takes a tumble onto the field going for foul ball



Last night, an ambitious Rays fan went all out to retrieve a foul ball struck during the game between Tampa Bay and New York.

It took a tumble over the railing and a short crawl along the third base foul line for the fan to finally secure the baseball.

However, the fact that the fan went to great lengths to get the ball cost him the ability to watch the rest of the game, as he was subsequently ejected, which is pretty standard if a fan somehow makes their onto the playing surface.

Via MLB.com

Photo: 'Toronto Sun' trolls Brooklyn Nets hard

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The Toronto Sun didn't hold anything back for its front page coverage of the Raptors-Nets series beginning this weekend.

As you can see, the newspaper takes a shot at Brooklyn's Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce for their ripe old age, essentially calling the whole Nets roster "Dinosaurs."

Oh, there's even this punch line, "Garnett & Pierce are so old the Raptor had to ask his dad about them."

Ouch. Game 1 of the series takes place Saturday at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Via Bleacher Report

Friday, April 18, 2014

Photo: Clemson paw print spray painted on South Carolina's football field


For the second time in as many years, a mischievous vandal (or vandals) has snuck into the premises of South Carolina's football facilities and left their mark. Namely, the paw print logo of the Clemson Tigers.

Gamecocks strength coach Joe Connolly tweeted out the visual evidence on Friday. Make not mistake about it. That's a Clemson-inspired paw print.

While the Tigers may be winning the battle in the vandalizing department, South Carolina has dominated the battle on the field, winning each of the last five games between the two rivals.

Via Eye on College Football

Photo: Columbus Zoo hangs Blue Jackets banner over penguins exhibit

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In support of the Columbus Blue Jackets squaring off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL playoffs, the Columbus Zoo did something that is likely to irk one of its species in captivity.

As you can tell, the zoo decided to show their support by hanging a Blue Jackets flag over the Penguins exhibit. Poor penguins. They don't deserve to be in the crossfire in this sports matter.

The hockey-playing Penguins look to extend their 1-0 series lead over the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Via Eye on Hockey 

Video: Navy baseball players lip-sync perfect rendition of 'Frozen' song



There are plenty of renditions of Frozen songs floating around the internet. But I opine that this one by a pair of Navy Midshipmen baseball players ranks among the best.

Check it out as the pair perfectly lip-sync "Love is an Open Door" to win the hearts of countless Americans. These guys are so good that it's impossible to think they didn't practice long and hard before filming the masterpiece. You don't just nail every note like that on your first try.

How does their performance compare to this one by St. Louis Cardinals teammates?

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: French soccer player threatening lawsuit over Burger King ad

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Professional French soccer player Andre-Pierre Gignac is reportedly threatening to sue fast food giant Burger King for what he believes to be an offensive and deregatory advertisement.

For those of you who might be unaware, Gignac is not the slimmest player in the sport, and is often the target of unsavory chants from opposing fans about his weight.

In an attempt to capitalize on this, Burger King created an advertisement that pokes fun at the Marsailles striker. The full-page ad appears in local newspapers and reads "a Whopper for Gignac."

Obviously, Gignac is not a huge fan of the burger joint having some fun at his expense. So, he is reportedly threatening to take legal action against them.

Do you think this ad warrants such a drastic measure or should Gignac grow thicker skin?

Via Eye on Sports

Photo: Kentucky police searching for bank robbery suspect with giant 'UK' back tattoo

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It's been nearly two weeks since the Kentucky Wildcats fell to the Connecticut Huskies in the national championship game. But at least one Kentucky fan is still taking the defeat pretty hard.

This is because police in Ludlow, Ky. are looking for a suspect in a bank robbery whose distinguishing mark might just be the giant "I Bleed Blue" tattoo inked on his back.

So, residents of the Bluegrass should be on the lookout for this backside during the summer. Don't worry. You cannot possibly miss it.

Via The Big Lead

Mark Emmert: Shabazz Napier's 'starving' comment did not influence NCAA's new food policy



Despite evidence to the contrary, NCAA president Mark Emmert went on the record Friday morning to say that recent comments made by Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier did not influence the NCAA's new ruling to now allow unlimited food and snacks to student athletes.

Napier made headlines in the days leading up to the men's national title game when he told reporters he often goes to bed "starving" because he cannot afford additional food. Coincidentally, the NCAA announced earlier this week that it was deregulating its strict food policy.

"The biggest problem was, the NCAA has historically had all kinds of, I don't know how to describe it [except to say] dumb rules about food," Emmert said on ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike" show. "The infamous one is you can provide between meals a snack but you can't provide a meal. Well, then you got to define what's the difference between a snack and a meal? So it was literally the case that a bagel was defined as a snack -- unless you put cream cheese on it. Now it becomes a meal. That's absurd."

Video: Pro golfer leaps into lake after getting stung 20 times by hornets



Friday's second round at the Malaysian Open was an eventful one for Spain's Palo Larrazabal.

This is because the Euro Tour golfer was attacked by hornets and was stung 20 times before escaping to safety into a lake.

“They were three times the size of bees," he said. "They were huge and like 30 or 40 of them started to attack me big time. My caddie told me to run, so I start running like a crazy guy, but the hornets were still there, other players told me to jump in the lake.”

Larrazabal received medical treatment and a new change of clothes before heading back to the hole and sinking a birdie putt. Amazingly, Larrazabal played so well after the attack that he even managed to make the cut. And you can bet he'll be extra leery of the hole he got attacked on in the next rounds.

Via For the Win

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Photo: Eric Wood receives very strange autograph request

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There's been some weird autograph requests over the years. Very weird. But the request Eric Wood recently received from a Bills fan in Ohio might just top them all.

Yes, the picture above pretty much says it all. What you see is a signed jockstrap. Wood called it "the weirdest autograph request I've got."

Here's what else Wood had to say about it:

Photo: Minor league team invites fans to see, eat giant cupcake mural

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Thursday evening was a sweet night to attend the minor league baseball game between the Reno Aces and Las Vegas 51s.

Why? Well, because the Aces were offering fans the chance to see and then eat the giant cupcake mural shown above.

No word on whether there was a limit to the number of cupcakes per person.

Via Twitter

Photo: Read a note Jackie Robinson penned about breaking color barrier

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Earlier this week, Major League Baseball honored the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier.

There was also another Robinson-related occurrence that happened earlier this week: A note written by Robinson discussing the importance of smashing the color barrier sold for an astounding $13,021 at an auction.

The note, auctioned off by RR Auction in Boston, was written in response to a question asking what he considered to be his greatest accomplishment.

This is what Robinson had to say:

“I believe my greatest accomplishment was my ability to accept the racial abuse I did early as it was certainly not my nature to do so.”

Video: Patrick Beverley has interesting pre-game routine



Everyone has their own way of warming up before a game. 

But the routine employed by Patrick Beverley is sort of of mind-boggling.

Seen here is the Houston Rockets guard dribbling a basketball between his legs while catching and tossing a tennis ball simultaneously.

If the NBA ever implements tennis balls into games, I know who I want on my team.

Via For the Win

Video: Jim Rome still raking in cash from 'Space Jam' cameo



Jim Rome's role in the epic basketball film Space Jam lasted less than a minute. However, the sports broadcaster continues to rake in the dough nearly two decades after the film was released.

Rome shared this knowledge with us via Twitter late Wednesday:

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Video: Kevin Durant is a giant, has rocket boosters in new commercial for Sprint



In a new commercial for Sprint, Kevin Durant stars as a giant man who invades a child's dream to offer him a new cell phone plan.

As you can see, the child really wants to add the Oklahoma City Thunder star to his family's plan, however, it's just not meant to be as Durant has to break the news to the kid that he's dreaming.

Durant then proceeds to exit the dream thanks to rocket boosters.

Via For the Win

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Photo: Minor league team's new mascot is terrifying

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The El Paso Chihuahuas, Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, unveiled a new mascot on Tuesday and I must say it is simply terrifying.

Apparently, the mascot's name is Chico, and the humongous canine comes fully equipped with frayed ears, a spiked collar, and a creepy smile.

In the immortal words of Antoine Dodson, "hide your kids, hide your wife."

Via MLB Cut 4

New dating website created exclusively for Packers fans

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Are you single? Are you looking for love? More importantly, are you a fan of the Green Bay Packers?

If so, you are in extreme luck! A new dating website called greenbaypackerslovers.com has been created to help fans looking for love to connect with fellow fans looking for love too.

Here's how the website describes its mission:

Green Bay Packers fans are the most loyal fans around. Just look at Pack's die hard fans that tackle the brutally cold winters to storm outside and cheer on the Pack Attack. At our site you can find other Packers Bakers cheeseheads looking for love. Whether you're looking for true love, a long term relationship, are marriage minded, just looking for fun or maybe even just looking for friendship, http://greenbaypackerslovers.com is right for you! 

This might be the greatest thing that's ever happened to loney Packers fans.

Via Bleacher Report

Photo: A Reddit user made a drinking game for NHL playoffs

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Wednesday marks the beginning of the NHL playoffs and a creative Reddit user whipped up a unique drinking game in celebration.

It goes without saying, but proceed with the booze at your own risk, because there appears to be plenty of drinking opportunities in this game.

Again, proceed with caution all of you hockey fans.

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Eric Bledsoe has great comeback for fan trolling him on Twitter


Any athlete who chooses to be on social media knows full well that they're likely to face criticizing from time to time. It's how they deal with this criticism that matters though.

Let's take Eric Bledsoe for example. The Phoenix Suns guard is averaging 18 points and 5.5 assists per game this season. So it's safe to say he's been a pretty productive player.

These stats have apparently been lost on one Twitter follower who decided to call Bledsoe out for being "THE WORST PLAYER IN THE NBA." Bledsoe responded in the simplest and most mature manner imaginable.
Via The Big Lead

Nick Young believes he's the best shooting guard in the NBA


In the mind of Nick Young, there is no debate about who is the best shooting guard in the NBA. It's him and it isn't even close.

The man known as "Swaggy P" took to Twitter Tuesday night to answer questions from followers about his off-court hobbies and such. One fan in particular decided to ask him when he thought he was going to be a top five player in the NBA. Young responded by pretty much saying he already is.
Young has never been one to lack confidence. However, this statement might have more to do with him potentially restructuring his contract soon more than anything.

Via Bleacher Report 

Brittney Griner rips Baylor's anti-gay stance in new book

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Brittney Griner's career as a Baylor Bear will go down as one of the greatest in the history of college sports. She dominated women's college basketball in a way that was previously unseen.

Now, Griner has moved on to the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury, but she hasn't forgotten about her time in college. In her new memoir entitled In My Skin, Griner reveals how she didn't feel like she could be herself at Baylor due to the school's policies against homosexuality. In short, Griner believes the university benefited from her greatly without letting her be who she actually was.

The more I think about it, the more I feel like the people who run the school want it both ways: they want to keep the policy, so they can keep selling themselves as a Christian university, but they are more than happy to benefit from the success of their gay athletes. That is, as long as those gay athletes don’t talk about being gay.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Jared Lorenzen tweets hilarious joke about new NCAA food policy


In case you missed it, the NCAA announced a new ruling today that requires schools to provide unlimited meals and snacks to its student athletes.

Naturally, Jared Lorenzen, the former University of Kentucky and NFL quarterback who is also known as the "Hefty Lefty" for his big-boned physique, had something to say about the news. And he took to Twitter Tuesday night to share his thoughts on the matter.
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Bubba Watson leaves huge tip on Waffle House bill

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It's a relatively well-known fact that Bubba Watson dined at Waffle House after winning the prestigious Masters Tournament on Sunday. However, what probably isn't common knowledge is what kind of tip Watson left the establishment for his meal.

According to The Augusta Chronicle, Watson reportedly left a whopping $148 tip on the bill.

A waitress told a customer Tuesday morning that Watson left a $148 tip on the bill. When asked to confirm the amount, Knotts declined to say how big the tip was but said three employees split the money.

“It was above and beyond what would have normally been shared,” Knotts said. “Bubba was just so gracious about everything.”

The celebration didn't end there though. Watson and his crew also hit up a nearby Steak n' Shake for six milkshakes. The total tip left for that bill was reported at $24.

Bubba Watson: The All-American Guy.

Video: Lance Armstrong mocks doping scandal while changing tire



In a "How To" video for OutsideOnline.com, Lance Armstrong shows us all how to change a bike tire, and even makes reference to his shameful doping scandal in order to help his cause.

As you can see, Armstrong tries his best to come across as an average guy doing some mechanical work, but the cheesiness of it all just seems like too much to overcome.

Oh, not to mention the fact that it's a little too late to be cracking jokes about being stripped of his Tour de France titles.

Via TMZ Sports

Report: Aaron Hernandez allegedly threatened to kill security guard

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According to a report by TMZ Sports, Aaron Hernandez is under investigation for allegedly threatening to shoot and kill a security guard at Bristol County Jail in late 2013.

Apparently, the whole incident was sparked by Hernandez's attempt to deviously obtain extra food for himself. After a while, one security guard in particular called him out on it and that's when Hernandez allegedly made threats against the guard.

However, one of the NFL star's fellow inmates says that Hernandez did not indeed threaten to kill the guard who blew the whistle on Hernandez's extra food tactics.

Here's more on the story from TMZ:

Nick Saban gets rejected by five-star quarterback through an email


You have got to be one courageous soul to turn down a scholarship offer to play football for Nick Saban. But to reject Saban's offer through an email is about as bold as it gets.

Well, five-star quarterback Ricky Town did just that recently. Town, ranked as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback for the Class of 2015 by 247Sports.com, originally committed to Alabama before withdrawing his pledge when offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier left the program in January. Town looked around and eventually committed to USC. And that's when he had to deliver the bad news to Saban.

“I sent Coach Saban an email and said ‘Thank you for everything, but I have to do what’s best for me,’” Ricky said. “I never heard back from Coach Saban. But one of the girls that works in his office, she wrote back and said ‘Best of luck.’”

Pretty gutsy move, kid. Pretty gutsy move.

St. Louis Rams offering $100,000 to anyone who guesses their schedule


The St. Louis Rams are offering a near impossible chance to win $100,000.

This is because the franchise is offering the huge cash prize to anyone who can correctly guess their entire schedule. For those of you scoring at home, that means correctly identifying every opponent for each week, which games are on Monday and/or Thursday night and which week is the bye week.

The statistical odds of someone actually being successful in doing this seems pretty low. I'd imagine it ranks right below filling out the perfect NCAA Tournament bracket.

The Buffalo Bills are doing a similar contest by offering fans free season tickets if they can correctly guess their schedule.

Via For the Win

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chandler Parsons involved in car accident near arena, other driver asks for autograph

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There might be a new way to secure an autograph from a professional athlete.

Chandler Parsons was involved in a car accident on his way to the game Monday night when his car was struck by a woman who ran a red light. Amazingly, the woman apparently wasn't dazed by the damage done to her car, because she had the presence of mind (or odacity) to ask for Parsons' autograph.

From the Houston Chronicle:

A driver outside Toyota Center ran a red light and hit Parsons’ SUV near the entrance to the loading dock. Parsons said he and driver were not hurt, though it made him a few minutes late for treatment before shooting to see if he would be cleared to play.

“She said she ran a red light and it was her fault,” Parsons said. “She had a little car so it kind of messed up the front bumper of my car. She was OK. Asked me to sign her insurance card.”

The report did not state whether Parsons fulfilled her request.

Adrian Beltre expresses displeasure with Rangers putting him on the disabled list

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The Texas Rangers placed third basemen Adrian Beltre on the disabled list over the weekend and Beltre doesn't seem too happy about it.

The following is what the MLB veteran had to say about the situation via star-telegram.com:

“I did not agree with this decision, but it was out of my hands,” Beltre said. “The medical staff and the front office thought it was best, but it was out of my hands. I had no say in that."

Beltre also added:

Video: Loose tire nearly decapitates driver during race



This is probably the scariest thing you will all day.

Seen here is driver Lloyd Read nearly getting his head taken off by a loose tire at the start of the IndyLights race in St. Petersurg a couple of weekends ago.

Here's how Read described the incident on YouTube:

Start of the first race of the season. It was going great up until turn 3. I never want to have to dodge a tire at 120 MPH again! So glad that Scott was ok after a scary suspension failure.

It goes without saying, but this could have ended very badly for Read. Wow.

Via Deadspin

Video: Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal sing karaoke song from 'Frozen'



The music from the highly-successful animated film Frozen is sweeping this great nation like nothing we have ever seen before. And it appears as if it has made it way into the hearts of major league players as well.

Seen here are teammates Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal belting the lyrics of "Love is an Open Door" from the aforementioned blockbuster.

The duo performed the karaoke act as part of a benefit for a local children's hospital last Thursday. By all accounts, their performance was received well by those in attendance.

Via MLB Cut 4

Photo: Randy Johnson's new Twitter avatar draws inspiration from infamous dead bird incident


Randy Johnson's new Twitter avatar is simply the best.

The Big Unit drew inspiration from both South Park and an infamous scene from 2001 where Johnson accidentally killed a bypassing bird with a fastball.

You can re-live that moment by viewing the GIF below.

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Video: Obnoxious fan gets ejected for heckling Raymond Felton



An obnoxious fan was removed from Madison Square Garden on Sunday for heckling Raymond Felton.

The incident came in the fourth quarter of New York's game against Chicago, where the fan suddenly started shouting at Felton while teammate Tim Hardaway Jr. shot free throws.

Apparently, everything was quiet until the fan started screaming "bang, bang bang, Felton! Where's your gun?" Security quickly identified the individual in the crowd and escorted him out of the arena.

The shouting was in reference to Felton being arrested on gun charges in February.

Via For the Win

Phil Ivey being sued for alleged card cheating

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As the old saying goes, if you aren't cheating, you aren't trying.

One would have to believe poker star Phil Ivey lives by this adage after being slapped with lawsuit by the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City, N.J. over alleged card cheating. The casino claims Ivey noticed a defect in the cards being used during a baccarat session and used that to win $9.6 million in 2012.

NorthJersey.com has more on the suit:

The suit alleges that the some of the cards made by Gemaco turned out to not have a perfectly symmetrical design on the back of the card. Ivey, the suit claims, was able to figure out what the first card to be dealt was – giving him a significant advantage over the “house,” or casino.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Video: 'SNL' spoofs David Ortiz in hilarious skit



David Ortiz made headlines recently when he took a selfie with President Obama during Boston's visit to the White House.

Naturally, Saturday Night Live couldn't wait to add their take on the situation, and decided to have some fun with it on Weekend Update last night.

Seen here is Kenan Thompson playing Ortiz and causing laughter everywhere.

Via Bleacher Report

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video: Giancarlo Stanton obliterates a baseball against Phillies



Giancarlo Stanton might want to lay low for awhile because he's probably wanted for murdering baseballs at Citizens Bank Park.

The Miami Marlins slugger already has two home runs in Saturday's game against the Phillies, including this one he deposited deep into the left center stands. It reportedly traveled an estimated 470 feet.

According to ESPN's Home Run Tracker, Stanton's bomb is the third-longest smash of the season. Stanton hit a ball an estimated 487 feet earlier this year and that currently stands as the furthest ball hit in 2014.