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Oct 24, 2014

Josh Smith throws down hammer over Nerlens Noel (GIF)




Detroit Pistons forward Josh Smith threw down a monster slam dunk over Philadelphia 76ers forward Nerlens Noel in the third quarter of Thursday night's preseason game at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Smith took the pass, drove down the lane and delivered the nasty facial.

Josh Smith throws down hammer over Nerlens Noel

Smith scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Pistons beat the Sixers 109-103.

Video via NBA.

Peyton Manning calls out Broncos stadium scoreboard operator (Video)


Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning called out the Mile High Stadium scoreboard operator after Thursday night's game against San Diego.

During the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, the Broncos fans became fired up when House of Pain song "Jump Around" played in the stadium during the timeout. The crowd stayed loud as the Broncos came back out on offense, leading to a false start penalty and causing Manning to tell the fans to shut up (in not those exact words):



After the game, Manning put the blame on the stadium scoreboard operator:
"I have no problem with our fans, our fans are great...I've got a problem with our scoreboard operator. I've got to have a little talk with him....I'm not sure what he's doing. He's playing music and showing players dancing and getting the crowd fired up when we have the ball. I don't think we should be doing that...Our fans were great, our fans were loud, but the scoreboard operator, it wasn't his best night."

Vine via GIFDsports. H/T NIS, Shutdown Corner.

Oct 23, 2014

Canucks RW Zack Kassian jumps into wrong bench (Video / GIF)




Vancouver Canucks right winger Zack Kassian tried to hop into the bench after noticing his team had too many men on the ice during Thursday night's game in St. Louis. Unfortunately, Kassian apparently wasn't paying close enough attention and ended up jumping halfway into the Blues bench. Kassian caught himself once he realized his mistake, but it was obviously an extremely awkward situation:



Fortunately, the Blues were able to keep calm enough to allow Kassian to skate away unharmed.

Video via NHL.

One Direction shamelessly jumps onto NFL bandwagon to promote new tour (Photos)


One Direction announced tour dates for their 2015 On The Road Again tour, and they're apparently looking to tap into the NFL's popularity by wearing jerseys of the local teams for some of the U.S. cities they will be playing in.

However, you have to question the effectiveness of One Direction's promotional strategy when they put on jerseys for two teams in the same division, such as the Steelers and Browns:



One Direction took similar photos wearing jerseys for Ravens, Seahawks, Patriots, Chiefs, Eagles and Bills that were all posted Thursday on the team Twitter accounts. This would seem to be evidence that they're just trying to sell tickets and don't care whatsoever about the teams themselves. That's pretty shameless pandering.

To top it off, Harry Styles doesn't actually put on the NFL jerseys, instead choosing to hold them in front of himself so that it looks like he's wearing it. So what's the deal, Harry? These NFL jersey's aren't good enough for you to wear?

In the end, however, the average NFL fan doesn't seem to fall into One Direction's target audience, so you have to wonder what marketing genius thought this was a good idea.

H/T NIS.

Kyrie Irving dishes between the legs to Kevin Love (Video)




Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving dished out a pass between the legs to Kevin Love on a fast break during the second quarter of Wednesday night's preseason game in Memphis.

Shawn Marion stole a pass to start the fast break, and Irving perfectly set up the trailing Kevin Love for the easy basket.



Irving scored 16 points, and Love scored 12 points while grabbing 8 rebounds, but it wasn't enough as the Cavs lost to the Grizzlies 96-92.

Video via NBA.

Oct 22, 2014

Royals fans caught sleeping during World Series Game 1 (Photos)


You would think that after waiting for 29 years for their team to return to the World Series, Kansas City Royals fans would be so excited to see the games that there would be no chance of them falling asleep while watching them. Apparently, however, that was not the case for two Royals fans in attendance at Kauffman Stadium during Tuesday night's Game 1 of the 2014 World Series.

As evidence, we present the following without further comment:





H/T BR.

Isaiah Thomas stares down Floyd Mayweather after forcing overtime (Video)




Phoenix Suns point guard Isaiah Thomas hit a jump shot at the buzzer to force overtime, then stared down boxer Floyd Mayweather in the front row, during Tuesday night's preseason game against the L.A. Lakers.

Thomas was in the perfect spot to grab the rebound of Gerald Green's missed three-pointer, and he sank the jumper to tie the game at 94-94 and force OT. After making the shot, he turned to Mayweather, who happened to be sitting close by, and playfully stared him down as he walked off the court towards the bench. Mayweather got a real big laugh out of it, so it was all in good fun.



Thomas led the Suns with 26 points, including 5 points in overtime, to give the Suns a 114-108 victory over the Lakers.

Video via NBA.

Oct 21, 2014

Chris Bosh sinks incredible circus shot off top of backboard (GIF)




Miami Heat big man Chris Bosh sank an incredible no-look circus shot off the top of the backboard during Tuesday night's preseason game against Houston.

Bosh took the pass from Dwyane Wade near the basket and drew the foul, then just threw the ball up over his shoulder with his back to the basket. The ball took a couple of lucky bounces on top of the backboard before dropping through the net.

Chris Bosh sinks incredible circus shot off top of backboard (GIF)

Bosh scored 22 points as the Heat beat the Rockets 90-85.

Video via NBA.

Ryan Callahan's hit on Taylor Hall knocks camera off glass (Video / GIF)




Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan delivered a monster hit on Edmonton Oilers forward Taylor Hall which was so powerful that it knocked a camera off the glass behind the Lightning net during the first period of Monday night's game at Rexall Place.



Video via NHL.

Vince Carter stuffs Dirk Nowitzki at the rim (Video / GIF)




Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard Vince Carter blocked a slam dunk attempt by Dallas Mavericks teammate Dirk Nowitzki in the closing moments of the first quarter Monday night's preseason game at the American Airlines Center.

Nowitzki got his own rebound after his three-point attempt was blocked and appeared to have an easy dunk, but Carter displayed his hops and stuffed his former Mavericks teammate at the rim. As the first quarter ended, Nowitzki couldn't help but smile at Carter as he headed back to the Mavs bench.



The Mavs may have won the game in the end, but Carter certainly earned some respect from his new Grizzlies teammates for his efforts.

Video via NBA.