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Aug 31, 2014

Justin Upton has bubble gum issues during at-bat (Video)

Justin Upton bubble gum issues
Atlanta Braves outfielder Justin Upton had to pause for a moment due to an issue with his bubble gum during his seventh inning at-bat in Sunday's game against Miami.

Upton blew a bubble with his gum as he was setting up for the 1-1 pitch, but had to reset when the bubble burst and landed on his nose. That could have been extremely distracting.

Video via MLB.

Sky Sports soccer commentator misses cue from studio - three times (Video)

Sky Sports soccer analyst Chris Kamara was left looking clueless on live TV after missing his cue from studio host Jeff Stelling three times during this past weekend's Soccer Saturday coverage.

Kamara was in the broadcast booth at Upton Park covering the match between West Ham and Southampton. As the second half started, Stelling reached out from the studio to ask Kamara how the match was playing out, but Kamara was apparently too fixated on the action on the pitch to respond. Stelling must have been confident that there were no technical issues preventing Kamara from hearing him, because he tried to cue Kamara again, two more times. However, there was no response from Kamara, as he continued to watch the match while Stelling's studio co-hosts laughed away.

After the failed third attempt, Stelling gave up by saying that Kamara "has not got a Scooby Doo", which is slang for "hasn't got a clue". Since we're open to the possibility that there may have been technical issues involved here, we'd be curious to hear Kamara's side of the story on this one.

Video via Sky Sports. H/T WAATP.

Auburn ball boy nearly outruns Melvin Ray to end zone (Video)

Auburn Tigers wide receiver Melvin Ray scored a 49-yard touchdown during the first quarter to open the scoring in Saturday's 45-21 victory over Arkansas, but he was nearly caught from behind on the play - by the team's ball boy.

In a video that has to be seen to be believed, Auburn's ball boy follows Ray down the sideline just a few steps behind, keeping pace with him step-for-step until Ray pulled away in the last few yards before the end zone.

Looks like Florida State's "Red Lightning" has some serious competition.  With speed like that, this Auburn ball boy may end up landing himself a spot on the team.  You have to think Auburn could find a way to use a speedster like this guy, even as part of the scout team.


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Darth Vader lounges with Rays fans during Star Wars Night (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays held Star Wars Night at Tropicana Field on Saturday, and Darth Vader took a moment to relax in a lounge chair with one of the fans during the game. Because even Darth Vader needs to unwind once in a while.

Video via MLB.

Aug 30, 2014

Astros mascot photoshops J.P. Arencibia's face on body of Texans cheerleader (Video)

Orbit photoshops J.P. Arencibia face on Texans cheerleader

Houston Astros mascot Orbit got revenge on Texas Rangers infielder J.P. Arencibia by photoshopping his face on the body of a Houston Texans cheerleader and displaying it on the scoreboard prior to Friday night's game at Minute Maid Park.

Orbit's retaliation was in response Arencibia posting unflattering photos in the locker rooms showing the Astros mascot wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey along with the caption "Traitor. Caught Cheating!!"

Orbit clearly did not appreciate the photos, and payback came during Rangers batting practice. As Arencibia was taking his swings, the Minute Maid Park scoreboard displayed the image of the Texans cheerleader with Arencibia's face, prompting laughs from Arencibia and his Rangers teammates.

The Astros mascot then brought out a poster-sized version of the image and put it on display. Arencibia, who clearly has a good sense of humor, showed his appreciation by autographing the poster with the caption "To Orbit, With Love."

Lesson learned: Don't mess with Orbit.

Video via MLB.

Aug 29, 2014

Eastern Illinois LB ejected for punching opponent in groin (GIF)

Eastern Illinois Kamu Grugier-Hill sack tap

Eastern Illinois Panthers junior linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill was ejected in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's season opener against Minnesota for delivering a cheap shot to an opponent's groin after a play was over.

Minnesota offensive lineman Zac Epping was walking by Grugier-Hill on his way back to the huddle when Grugier-Hill tried to sneak in the low blow. Fortunately, justice prevailed as the officials caught Grugier-Hill and punished him appropriately.

Minnesota won the game 42-20.

GIF via @CJZero.

Johnny Manziel teaches aerobics in new Snickers ad (Video)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel is cashing in on his fame with a new Snickers commercial where he teaches aerobics to a group of women under the alias "Johnny JamBoogie".

The theme of the commercial is that "Johnny Football" is not himself when he's hungry. Give credit to Manziel for getting a good laugh at his own expense. We'll never fault a guy for making his money while he still can.

Video via Snickers.

Aug 28, 2014

Steve Spurrier throws headset in disgust during loss to Texas A&M (Video)

South Carolina Gamecocks men's football coach Steve Spurrier threw his headphones in apparent disgust during the first half of Thursday night's SEC conference game against Texas A&M.

South Carolina had their 18-game home winning streak snapped in their 52-28 loss to the Aggies, giving up a single-game record of 511 passing yards to A&M quarterback (and Johnny Manziel's successor) Kenny Hill. If this was Spurrier's reaction during the first half, we can only imagine his reaction after the game was over. We'll be willing to bet, however, that he was in no mood for dancing.


Novak Djokovic dances to Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' at US Open (Video)

Top-ranked men's tennis star Novak Djokovic celebrated Thursday's straight-set victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of the U.S. Open tournament by dancing to Iggy Azalea's hit "Fancy".

Djokovic is clearly enjoying the moment and keeping things loose.


White Sox fan catches foul ball with beer cup (Video)

A Chicago White Sox fan used his half-empty cup of beer to catch a bouncing foul ball during the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game against Cleveland.

It happened in the bottom of the fourth as White Sox batter Carlos Sanchez hit a ball down the left field line that curved foul and bounced in the dirt before heading towards the stands. The fan in the front row wasn't able to catch it with his bare hand, but knocked it straight up in the air, setting himself up to catch it on a bounce. Since he didn't have a glove, the beer cup served quite well.

White Sox fan catches foul ball with beer cup

The White Sox fan chugged what was left of his beer with the ball in it. This may not have been the most sanitary thing to do after the ball bounced in the dirt, but at least he got to take it home.

Video via MLB.