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May 28, 2011

Video: Soccer Player Continues Playing While Dodging Firecracker


In the Romanian Cup final match this past week, Dinamo Bucharest Gabriel Torje continues playing while dodging a firecracker thrown from the stands.  However, the referees had to stop play seconds later so that the smoke could clear and play could resume. 

Not sure how the fans are smuggling the firecrackers into the stadium, but they may want to look into tightening security. 

Dinamo fans try to stop their own player with firecracker [Dirty Tackle]

Video: Crazy Minor League Double Play


In Double-A minor league baseball, the New Britian Rock Cats (MIN) turned a crazy infield double play against the Binghamton Mets (NYM) this past Thursday. 

Big League Stew has a video of the play taken from a different angle (with no audio).  However, this video from Youtube, with video shot from behind home plate, adds some classic Benny Hill music which fits perfectly.

The entire progression — which was impossible to fully take in without a few replays — saw all six infield Rock Cats defenders plus the center fielder handle the ball.
However, if anyone was able to follow it all, the hard-to-track scoring for the Double-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins went like this: 3-2-6-1-5-3-4-6-8.
Brings you back to Little League, doesn't it?

Crazy double play makes mess of minor league scorecard [Big League Stew]

May 25, 2011

Nolan Ryan Nearly Gets Hit With Foul Ball During Live TV Interview


Last night at Rangers ballpark in Arlington, in the top of the 4th inning, Brent Morel of the visiting Chicago White Sox hits a foul ball behind home plate.  Texas Rangers team president and baseball legend Nolan Ryan was sitting in the front row giving a live interview when he found himself having to take cover. 

Watch video of the play here courtesy of MLB.com.

Nolan Ryan was OK and had a good laugh, even getting in a dig on Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba, saying "Did y'all see that? That ball hit me and he never yelled."

Related:  Click Here to Shop for Rangers Baseball Gear & Apparel at the MLB Shop!

Incoming!  Nolan Ryan ducks more foul-ball hijinks in Arlington [Big League Stew]

Video: Argentina Soccer Match Abandoned After Fans Riot in First Half


Another example of poor fan behavior from soccer fans.  This incident takes place during the first half of a match in Argentina.  


 Dirty Tackle explains:
Down two goals early on against Estudiantes and facing relegation, Huracan fans decided to just go nuts over the weekend and ended up getting the match abandoned after just 32 minutes of play. They tore up and threw around anything they could get their hands on and tried to attack Estudiantes fans, who were in a separate section. They tore up chunks of their own stadium, there were random dogs milling around and, finally, the fire department decided to turn the hoses on them.
Firemen turn hoses on rioting Huracan and Estudiantes fans [Dirty Tackle]

Charles Barkley Flips Off Miami Heat Fans Before Game 3


TNT network's coverage of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals included broadcasting the studio show live from outside of American Airlines Arena in Miami, where the Miami Heat hosted the Chicago Bulls.  Apparently Miami Heat fans were not too happy with TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who recently referred to the Heat as a "whiny bunch", so they expressed their feelings by coming up with a chant based on a recent Cee-Lo green hit.

After listening to the chant for a while, Barkley decided to use some sign language to express his mutual feelings towards the Miami Heat faithful.

Click here for the video of the incident, which is clearly NSFW.  You'll need to turn the volume on your computer down if kids are nearby.

TNT realized that this was bringing some negative publicity, so they wisely made some adjustments for the next game:
...a Turner Sports official Monday told the Sun Sentinel that the TNT studio show will originate all of its programming from inside AmericanAirlines Arena for Tuesday's Game 4.
The Miami fans could have behaved a little better, but Barkley knows he has to show some restraint. 

Charles Barkley has been moved inside the arena.  Sorry Miami.  [Ball Don't Lie]
Heat fans get on Barkley, he flips them off, idiocy ensues [NBC Sports]

May 24, 2011

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Has 'Bieber Fever'


Video of Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton, as he sings karaoke to Justin Bieber's "Baby" at the Panini NFL Rookie Card photo shoot.  He also provides a few seconds of freestyle rapping at the end.


Note to Cam Newton:  Don't quit your day job.

Video:  Cam Newton gets 'Bieber Fever' [Shutdown Corner]

May 23, 2011

Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah Apologizes For Using Gay Slur Towards Fan


The Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah said something he shouldn't have said in the heat of the moment last night, and it looks like he will be paying the price with his wallet.
Noah was angry after picking up his second foul with 6:26 left in the first quarter. After sitting down on the bench he turned to his right and shouted toward a fan.
The incident was caught live on TNT during their coverage of Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals between the visiting Bulls and the host Miami Heat last night.  (Warning:  although you can't actually hear Noah, you can read his lips pretty clearly, and the language is not appropriate for children)


"I apologize," Noah said. "The fan said something to me that I thought was disrespectful, and I got caught up in the moment, and I said some things that I shouldn't have said. I was frustrated and I don't mean no disrespect to anybody. I just got caught up."
The NBA has just set the precedent for use of homophobic slurs with the $100K fine of Kobe Bryant last month, so Joakim Noah can expect to pay a similar fine.

Joakim Noah apologizes to fan [ESPN]

May 22, 2011

Video: Ian Poulter Falls Over, Wins Volvo Match Play Tournament Anyway


Watch this video of golfer Ian Poulter take his second shot on the 8th hole in today's Volvo World Match Play tournament in Spain.  He takes his swing, then his feet slip when he tries to lean back to see where the ball went, and he takes a tumble down the hill.



Note that the ball was lying on a hill with high grass and bushes, so it was certainly a difficult shot for anyone.  Unfortunately for Poulter, he had the misfortune of doing it in front of television cameras.   

However, the good news is, not only was Ian Poulter OK, but he went on to win the tournament.  So there's a lesson to be learned:  it doesn't matter how you look when you win, it just matters that you did win.   

Ian Poulter wins Volvo Match Play in not-so-graceful fashion [Devil Ball Golf]

May 21, 2011

Video: South China Player Scores Diving Goal, Teammate Kicks Him in Face With Slide Tackle


Watch this video of footage of a Hong Kong FA Cup soccer match between South China and Sun Hei.  After a South China player scores a goal with a diving header, his teammate runs over to celebrate with him.  However, the teammate suddenly loses his footing and ends up slide tackling the goal scorer in the face.


Usually slide tackles are saved for players on the OPPOSING team.  Hopefully this doesn't become a trend.  (Of course we're joking.  This is clearly an accident...or is it?)

Celebrating a teammate's goal by slide tackling his face [Dirty Tackle]

May 20, 2011

Female Canucks Fan Flashes Ben Eager At Game 2


Fans have become accustomed to seeing the "Green Men" at Vancouver Canucks home games silently taunting the opposing players in the penalty box.  Unfortunately, the Green Men were not in attendance for Wednesday's Game 2 of the NHL Western Conference Finals against the San Jose Sharks, saying on their Twitter account that "Tix are a little too pricey and [the trip to] Nashville put us in debt."

However, a female fan took it upon herself to upstage the Green Men by flashing Sharks left winger Ben Eager.  The fan was wearing a Henrik Sedin Canucks jersey and pressed her chest against the glass for a couple of seconds, which was caught on Canadian television network CBC (but not on the Versus network).  (No, we will not show the video here - there are enough other sites on the Internet where the video can be found).  After the incident, she was immediately escorted out of the building by security.    

The Green Men responded to this turn of events on their Twitter account:  "I know we couldn't be there but I hope we sent a suitable replacement (or is it replacements?"

Puck Daddy reached out to the female fan:

We located her, reached out to her over Facebook to let her know she's a hero to our readership. She declined the interview request. She further requested that we blur her face out in the photo. Before we could write back to explain that Getty Images is an international wire service that we have no control over, and that there's actually a second photo of her face and her exposed breast on Getty, she deleted her Facebook account.
The fan doesn't seem to realize that like it or not, she is a "public figure" now.  The pictures and the video will be out there on the Internet forever.  Anytime she applies for a new job from now on, she is going to have to explain this (although she has a leg up if she wants to get into reality television).  Another lesson for the kids out there:  think about the repercussions before you do something - especially if it may get caught by television cameras. 


Canucks Fan Flashes Ben Eager...Internet Explodes [Zimbio]

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May 19, 2011

Video: College Baseball Players Joust During Rain Delay


Fans who were in attendance during Radford University's home baseball game against High Point University on Sunday got more than their money's worth...if they stuck around during the rain delay.  Big League Stew explains:
During a rain delay on Sunday afternoon, Radford University pitcher Mark Peterson and High Point University catcher Kyle Mahoney took up jousting to pass the time. Both players hopped on the shoulders of a teammate, lined up, and charged at one another using aluminum bats as spears.


Despite what appeared to be a potentially dangerous fall, the loser of this battle was OK.  However, something tells me that the coaches on both sides may need to help these players find safer things to do during rain delays going forward.

College players joust during rain delay [Big League Stew]

Video: Vicious Kick To Face In Belgian Football Match


In Belgian football, a player takes a vicious shot to the face during the Jupiler League title match this past Tuesday.  The AP provides the details:
[Standard Liege winger Mehdi] Carcela and [Racing Genk's] Chris Mavinga were chasing the ball in the first half when the Genk defender tried a high clearance. Instead of the ball, he kicked the Moroccan in the face. Carcela fell forward and lay motionless for a few minutes while medics attended to him. Mavinga received a yellow card.

The AP provides these details on Carcela's condition:
Carcela was taken to a nearby hospital but since his condition was stable, doctors allowed him to transfer to a nearby Liege clinic. He is expected to be operated on next week.
"He has a serious concussion, fractures in the face and broken teeth," said the club in a statement, adding it was still unclear how long he would have to be hospitalized.
A sickening kick to the face in the Jupiler League [Dirty Tackle]

May 18, 2011

Iowa High School Golf Coach Arrested For Driving Team To Meet While Drunk


Fairfield High School (Iowa) girls golf coach Susie Steinbeck was accused of drunk driving last week.  According to her breathalyzer test, her blood alcohol content was .212, over two and a half times the state's legal limit of .08.

To make matters much worse, she was driving with the team in her vehicle on the way to a meet.  One of the girls, Elizabeth Hamilton, sent a chilling text message to her father as she believed her life was in danger:
 Ohh myy goshh susie is going to kill us! She cant stay on the road! So in case this is the last time i talk to you i love you! :)”
Fortunately a driver in another vehicle noticed Steinbeck swerving and managed to get Steinbeck to pull over until police arrived.  That person probably saved some lives and should be considered a hero.

Although no official concerns had been raised regarding Steinbeck's driving before this incident, Hamilton had talked to her father about two earlier incidents during the season where Steinbeck seemed to have issues controlling her vehicle.  School officials will be investigating further.

In addition to the drunk driving charges, Susie Steinbeck is being charged with child endangerment.  It's safe to say that Steinbeck may not be employed by Fairfield High School much longer, and she could be facing some jail time. 

The girls in this story are very lucky, as this could have ended up as a horrible tragedy.  This is just another story that sends the message:  please, please, please don't drink and drive.

Iowa golf coach arrested for driving team to meet while drunk [Prep Rally]

May 17, 2011

Sportscenter Blooper: Sage Steele and Squirrel Talk


Watch Sage Steele on ESPN's SportsCenter as she tries to describe an incident that took place in the San Diego Padres' bullpen while they were visiting Coors Field in Denver this past weekend.  She explains how catcher Justin Hatcher gets a squirrel off his thumb after it bit him and wouldn't let go.  Unfortunately, she may not have used the best choice of words:  

Ironically, this piece was apparently going to be followed by the "Not Top 10" highlights from that day.  This moment would probably make Sage Steele's personal "Not Top 10" for her career.

More background on the story from Awful Announcing.

Video: Streaker Runs Onto Pitch At Liverpool, Taken Down By Players


In the second half of a Liverpool soccer match this past Sunday, a fan ran out onto the pitch...wearing nothing but socks.  Security seemed to be in no rush to escort the mostly naked man off the field, so some Liverpool players took matters into their own hands.  As the streaker slipped away from one steward, Pepe Reina, Lucas and Martin Skrtel came together to knock the man down with a jarring collision.   (Warning:  Video footage is PG-13 / NSFW)


Reina, Skrtel and Lucas take down a naked man [Dirty Tackle]

Video: Finland Goalie Falls Head-First Into Hockey Trophy


This has been a tough month for championship trophies.  First the Copa del Rey, then the Dutch Eredivisie shield, and now this:

The latest case of a damaged championship trophy comes from the world of hockey, where Finland won the IIHF World Championship trophy this past week.  As players and coaches were getting off the plane on the flight home, the trophy was sitting on a red carpet on the bottom of the stairs.  About halfway down the steps, goalie coach Pasi Nurminen lost his balance and fell right into it.


The local network coverage seems to show a still photo of a dent in the trophy at a celebration afterwards, presumably from Nurminen's head.  We can laugh because he wasn't seriously hurt. 

Video:  Finland's Pasi Nurminen falls off plane into hockey trophy [Puck Daddy]

Video: Mexican Goalkeeper Headbutts Opposing Assistant Coach After Game


This incident took place after the Mexican Clausara semifinal second leg between Morelia and Cruz Azul Sunday night.  There was a brawl between some players near the end of the game that resulted in some red cards, and the referees were probably so busy giving out red cards and breaking up the fighting that they didn't see what probably was the most ugly scene of the night. 

After the game ended, Cruz Azul goalkeeper Jesus Corona appears to have a nice postgame conversation Morelia assistant coach Sergio Martin.  Suddenly, out of nowhere, Corona leans back and nails Martinwith a headbutt.  Fortunately this was clearly caught by television cameras. 
 

Clearly this type of behavior should not be tolerated.  Forget about a fine or suspension - this is an assault.  Corona should be spending some time in jail for this one. 

Cruz Azul keeper rocks Morelia coach with a headbutt [Dirty Tackle]

Arkansas High School Soccer Team Uses Misdirection Play To Score Goal On Free Kick


Check out this trick play that took place recently in a soccer game between two Arkansas high schools, Bryant High vs. Conway High.  Prep Rally explains:
...the Bryant player [who appeared to be] about to take the kick runs into his own teammate, on purpose, and the third member of the team kicks the ball to a teammate streaking toward the goal, all while the Conway players were watching what was going on off to the side.

Not sure how often Bryant executes this play, as I would imagine they would have run this play in practice.  Hopefully the two players who "collide" into each other don't get injured for real in the process.

Soccer team uses bizarre misdirection play to score crazy goal [Prep Rally]

Not Another One? AFC Ajax Drops Dutch Championship Trophy Off Bus


This is becoming a disturbing trend:  European soccer teams work hard all season, win a championship trophy, then drop it off the top of a bus during a parade afterwards.

First Sergio Ramos, now this:  Amsterdam football club (AFC) Ajax received the Dutch Eredivisie shield for winning the Dutch First Division championship.  The team returned home for a parade through the streets of Amsterdam.  As goalkeeper Marteen Stekelenburg was holding the shield on top of the bus, he collided with a set of power lines and the shield was knocked to the ground. (Check it out at about the 0:38 second mark of the video.  Was he not paying attention?  It wasn't like the power lines just "came out of nowhere")

The shield rolled off to the side of the road like an old hubcap, and the fans started playing around with it.  There would have been nothing preventing a fan from taking off down the street with it and selling it later on eBay. 


Again, these guys need to work on their trophy handling skills.

Ajax dropped their trophy off a bus too [Dirty Tackle]

May 16, 2011

Vancouver's Green Men Target Don Cherry During Western Conference Finals


On Sunday night, Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference finals took place in Vancouver with the hometown Canucks hosting the San Jose Sharks.  That could only mean one thing:  the Green Men were back in the house.

Last night's antics included a new celebrity target:  CBC commentator Don Cherry.  Why?  Apparently Cherry didn't care for the Green Men mocking Mike Fisher's wife, country superstar Carrie Underwood, saying it was too much of a personal attack.  (A cardboard cutout of Underwood in a Canucks jersey is too personal?  Really?  Don needs to lighten up.).  In response, the Green Men held a cutout of Don Cherry in a green spandex suit, while they themselves wore crazy blazers similar to what Cherry wears on the air.

Enjoy this edition of Green Men highlights.


RelatedVancouver Canucks Western Conference Champions Gear at Shop.NHL.com!

Vancouver Green Men respond to Don Cherry in Game 1 [Puck Daddy]

May 15, 2011

Video: Astros Fan Runs Onto Field, Climbs Three Walls to Avoid Security


If you've been to enough baseball games, you'll see your share of idiots, er, fans who are trying to be cool by running onto the field.  In all the cases we've seen before, they're caught by security on the field, or just after they leave the field (and if they're lucky enough, they're taken down really hard, like the guy at Fenway Park earlier this month).  However, at Minute Maid Park in Houston on Friday night, in the bottom of the ninth with two outs and the hometown Astros losing to the New York Mets, 6-4, one fan dared to become the exception, and appears to have succeeded.

The fan in this video, who has yet to be named, climbed three walls to avoid security and (appeared to) make it of the stadium, to the thrill of the Astros fans.


The question remains:  what happened next?  ESPN's Adam Rubin says the fan was arrested outside the stadium, but he seems to simply be taking the word of an Astros employee.  We have no secondary confirmation of this at this time.   

The Houston Astros clearly need to upgrade their on-field security.  Fans everywhere are going to see this video and think that maybe they too can run on the field without getting caught, so you're going to have more idiots making spectacles of themselves.  That's not a good thing.

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The Great Escape:  Astros fan uses Spider-Man skills to avoid cops [Big League Stew]

Video: Miroslav Klose Misses Open Net Goal


Bayern Munich's Miroslav Klose may be the second all-time leading scorer in World Cup history, but he is still human and bound to have his share of missed opportunities.  His missed goal in yesterday's game, however, may be one of the worst missed goals of his career.  See it for yourself:

Dirty Tackle explains:
...Arjen Robben made a nice run and set up Klose with a golden opportunity to tap in a goal from right in front of an empty net. Instead, his body ended up in the back of the net while the ball soared over the crossbar.
Bayern still won the game 2-1, so no harm done, except for maybe a little taunting of Klose by his teammates afterwards.  And of course, there's the video of the miss, which will now live forever on Youtube.

Even Miroslav Klose has an unbelievable miss sometimes [Dirty Tackle]

Video: Brawl Between Red Sox and Yankees...Minor Leaguers, That is


We know that tensions run high when the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees play each other, but who knew that these feelings were just as strong between their minor league affiliates?

To prove our point, check out the video of the brawl which took place Friday night between the Greenville Drive (BOS) and the Charleston Riverdogs (NYY).  Greenville pitcher Miguel Celestino hits Charleston's Slade Heathcott with the pitch.  Heathcott turns around and attacks Greenville catcher Christian Vazquez, and the benches clear.  By the way, the brawl occured after the game's second pitch!  (Note:  video does not have sound).



Come on, guys, can't we all just get along?  What kind of message does this send to the kids watching? 

Video:  Red Sox and Yankees minor leaguers brawl it out [Big League Stew]

Video: Chad Ochocinco Gets 10K For Falling Off, er, Riding Bull


Give credit to Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco for keeping himself busy with interesting challenges during the NFL lockout.  First, trying out for Sporting KC of the MLS, and now following through on a challenge from the Professional Bull Riders association to ride a bull.

This happened last night in Duluth, Ga. at the Lucas Oil Invitational.  Ochocinco received $10,000 just for showing up and getting on the bull.  If he were able to stay on the bull for 8 seconds, he would win a Ford F-150 truck and have the rights to rename the bull he would be riding on.

That bull's name was Deja Blu.  Here is the resulting footage:


Officially, Ochocinco lasted 1.45 seconds.  However, there wasn't much "riding" going on, as Ochocinco started falling off the bull as soon as the gate opened, and it took 1.45 seconds for him to finally hit the ground.  After narrowly avoiding being stepped on, he quickly ran out of the bull's path. 

In the end, he seemed to have a good time and avoided serious injury.

May 14, 2011

Video: Manchester City Players Celebrate F.A. Cup Victory By Swearing on Live TV


In English soccer today, Manchester City won the FA Cup Final with a 1-0 victory over Stoke.  The team's  excitement about the victory came across very clearly in the postgame interviews based on the foul language from a couple of the players.  (Warning:  the videos below contain language inappropriate for children).

First, Micah Richards drops a bomb:

Then, Mario Balotelli questions whether he can say a different word on the air:

The networks need to look into hiring some censors.  If they already have censors, the guys they had working these telecasts need to be fired.

As far as the Manchester City players - once they're done celebrating, they need to wash their mouths out with soap.

Balotelli celebrates FA Cup win by swearing on live TV [Dirty Tackle]

May 8, 2011

Video: Vancouver's Green Men Go Upside Down (Sort Of), Carrie Underwood Returns


The return of the NHL Western Conference semifinals to Vancouver for game 5 between the visiting Nashville Predators and the hometown Canucks meant the return of the Green Men to their rightful place:  next to the opposing team's penalty box.  The video here features some of last night's Green Men highlights, courtesy of the Versus network, including:
  • A very creative way of getting around the rule that the NHL instituted which bans the Green Men from touching the glass in any way.  One of the Green Men held a cardboard cutout of himself standing upside down with his back and rear end against the glass - arguably his most noteworthy stunt. 
  • The cardboard cutout of Carrie Underwood in a Canucks jersey made its triumphant return. 

Related:   Vancouver Canucks Western Conference Champions Gear at Shop.NHL.com!

May 7, 2011

Video: Vancouver's Green Men Trash Talking With Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban


During Game 4 of the NHL's Western Conference semifinal game in Nashville Thursday night, the visiting Vancouver Canucks' most famous fans, the "Green Men", made the trip.  During the game, they got into talking some smack with country superstar Keith Urban and his wife, actress Nicole Kidman.

 

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May 5, 2011

Video: Guy Ran Onto Field During Red Sox Game And Gets Drilled


Ever wonder what happens to one of those fans who runs onto the field during a baseball game?  Well, we have a little insight now that one of these fans is sharing his story after apparently becoming a Youtube sensation.  

If you look on Youtube for "Drunk Guy Ran Onto Field During Red Sox Game And Gets Drilled", you'll find this video, taken from a cell phone during Monday night's game against the Angels.


Brandon Kalantzis, a 26-year-old from Manchester, N.H. who claims he "only had a few beers", made his way onto the field during the top of the 9th inning.  Within seconds, a security guard made a beeline for him and tackled him to the ground.  The security guard may want to consider trying out as a replacement player for the New England Patriots if the NFL plays this season.
"They made it clear to me that I am not welcome back at Fenway Park," Kalantzis told the News of his brief conversation with Fenway security as he was escorted out of the building en-route to an area jail, where he remained until he was bailed out at 5:30 a.m. the following day.
Kalantzis was advised not to talk about the charges he could be facing, but according to Boston's Fox 25 the Red Sox make it a policy to press charges anyone who runs on the field during a game. A spokesperson for the Boston Police Department told the [NY Daily] News that the people who run on the field at the 99-year-old ballpark are normally charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
"I don't want people to take it the wrong way - I'm not a jerk," the moving company employee said. "I'm a huge New England fan. I have a Patriots tattoo on my leg. I just wanted to be on the field with the players, obviously there was a better way to go about it."
So the lesson for the kids at home:  please don't run out onto the field during sporting events.  But if you think getting arrested for disorderly conduct and having a humiliating video of yourself posted on the Internet for everyone to see is cool, then by all means, be my guest.

Related:   Click Here to Shop for Red Sox Baseball Gear & Apparel at the MLB Shop!

Sox fan becomes security's tackling dummy [NY Daily News]

May 4, 2011

Cleveland Indians Outfielder Shoo Arrested For DUI


Another day, another MLB player getting arrested for DUI.
Cleveland Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving Monday morning, becoming the sixth major leaguer cited for a possible DUI this year.
Police in Sheffield Lake, Ohio, where Choo was arrested, said Choo registered a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 on a Breathalyzer test, more than twice the legal limit.  
Choo did play in last night's game in Oakland against the A's, going 0-4 with a walk.  Some questioned whether it was appropriate for him to be playing under the circumstances.
News of Choo's arrest prompted some major leaguers to question the notion that Choo will not face punishment for his situation, whereas Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen received a two-game suspension for tweeting shortly after he was ejected from a game.
That's a good point.  Ozzie Guillen didn't put anyone's life at risk with his actions.
Choo joins Detroit's Miguel Cabrera, Seattle's Adam Kennedy, Cleveland teammate Austin Kearns, Atlanta's Derek Lowe and Oakland's Coco Crisp as players arrested on suspicion of DUI. Lowe's and Choo's arrests occurred since the start of the regular season.
The Indians may be getting a pass right now because they happen to have the best record in baseball, but with Choo becoming the second player on this team to be arrested for DUI this year, the Indians front office has to be concerned.  A message needs to be sent to the team before someone gets killed.

Indians outfielder Shin-Soo Choo arrested on DUI charge [USA Today]

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Doug Flutie's Daughter Alexa Selected As 2011 Patriots Cheerleader


Alexa Flutie, a former Miss Massachusetts and daughter of retired NFL quarterback Doug Flutie, has been chosen for the 2011 New England Patriots cheerleading team.  It seems only fitting since Doug Flutie played a good part of his NFL career with the New England Patriots, not to mention the Heisman Trophy he won while playing at Boston College. 

Fans will get to see Alexa perform if the NFL ever decides to work out their differences so they can play this season. 

Alexa Flutie, daughter of Doug Flutie, selected to Patriots 2011 Cheerleading Team [NESN]

May 3, 2011

Video: Adam McQuaid Whiffs on Attempted Check, Knocks Himself Silly


It's not every day that a hockey player knocks himself silly by crashing himself directly into the boards, but it happened last night during the NHL playoffs.  Puck Daddy explains: 
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid is a big hitter, and he had Mike Richards of the Philadelphia Flyers lined up near the end of the first period in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.
Only Richards moved out of the way … and McQuaid crashed viciously into the end boards. This is brutal:

Something tells me McQuaid may be a little more hesitant the next time he tries to take someone out.

Related:  Shop for Boston Bruins Men's Apparel at Shop.NHL.com!

Adam McQuade whiffs on Richards check, crashes into boards [Puck Daddy]

Follow-Ups: Mike Leake, Luis Moreno


Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake admits guilt after being arrested last week from stealing T-shirts from Macy's.  This will allow him to take part in a diversion program, after which his conviction can be removed from his record.  He realizes "how boneheaded of a move it was" to exchange T-shirts he had previously bought from the store and walk out without talking to a store clerk.  Ya think? [Cincinnati.com]

As part of his punishment for kicking an injured owl (which eventually died) during a soccer match back in February, Columbian soccer star Luis Moreno will be working at a local zoo as part of his community service.  Moreno also happens to be serving a 7-game suspension for kicking an opposing player while he was down on the ground.  Seems like proper punishment for Moreno should be an anger management program.  [FOX News Latino]

May 2, 2011

Foul Ball Hits 4-year-old Girl in the Head at KC Royals Game


Kansas City Royals home games are becoming dangerous to their fans.  First, a fan suffers a detached retina after getting hit in the face with a hot dog thrown by the Royals mascot.  Now, a 4-year-old girl ends up in the hospital with a skull fracture after getting hit in the face with a foul ball during Friday night's game

I know the ticket stubs say that the Royals are not responsible for injuries to the fans at Kauffman Stadium during games, but this is becoming a disturbing trend.  They may want to think about a new promotion:  how about making every home game Helmet Day?

A shout-out to The Rod Blog at FM99 - WNOR for passing along this story. 

Foul ball hits girl in the head [NBC Action News]

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Video: College Campuses Around US Celebrate Osama bin Laden's Death


Upon hearing that Osama bin Laden, the mastermind behind the World Trade Center bombing on September 11, 2001, was killed, college students celebrated at campuses across America with passion and enthusiasm normally reserved for a national championship.  Given the significance of the news, it seemed worthwhile to provide some footage from some of those celebrations. 

Penn State:

Iowa State:

Missouri:

West Virginia:

and, most appropriately, footage from West Point Academy as the Army celebrates:


How college campuses reacted to Osama bin Laden's death [The Dagger]

May 1, 2011

Golfer Withdraws From Tournament After Breaking Toe With Club


Alex Cejka withdrew from the PGA's Zurich Classic golf tournament after completing his first round on Thursday.  Normally this wouldn't be anything noteworthy, but this case is different once you find out about the injury that led to his decision to withdraw from the tournament:
As the Golf Channel's Todd Lewis noted during Friday's PGA Tour pre-tournament show, Cejka couldn't play in Friday's second round after breaking his toe. How did he break it, you ask?
In a moment of frustration during the round, Cejka tried to slam his wedge into the ground, but instead of hitting the turf, caught his toe instead. He not only broke the toe, but took a considerable chunk of leather out of his golf shoe...
Ouch.  That had to hurt.  Something tells me he didn't fully think this through.  Would have loved to see the video of it. 
Cejka somehow managed to finish his round -- one would guess he has a seriously high pain tolerance -- and card a 2-over 74 before withdrawing from the tournament. Lewis also said that the German was "on the verge of tears" in the locker room after the round.
So between the medical bill, the ruined golf shoes, and the potential money he loses out on by not being able to finish the tournament, that adds up to one expensive tantrum.  Another lesson for the kids at home:  learn to control your temper.

Alex Cejka WDs from Zurich Classic after breaking toe with club [Devil Ball Golf]

Video: Figure Skater Breaks His Nose But Completes His Routine


Who says figure skating isn't a contact sport?  The Canadian pair of Eric Radford and Megan Duhamel encountered some unexpected trouble during their short program performance at the world figure skating championships this past Wednesday.
Radford threw a spinning Duhamel in the air, but as she came down and Radford prepared to catch her, she came in too close. Still rotating, she popped Radford in the nose with her elbow. A cut instantly opened, and Radford's nose was broken.
Watch the video here, which provides the highlight in regular speed and slow-motion. 


To their credit, they completed the rest of their routine.  Afterwards, however, Radford looked like he had just came out of a boxing ring.  Maybe next time he needs to skate with a hockey mask.

Figure skater completes routine after broken nose [Fourth-Place Medal]

Video: Vancouver's Green Men Dressed Carrie Underwood In Canucks Jersey


The "Green Men" in the stands for the Vancouver Canucks home games have perfect seats by the opposing team's penalty box, so they come prepared with props knowing they will eventually get their air time.  Since their opponent in the second round of the NHL playoffs is the Nashville Predators, and forward Mike Fisher is married to country superstar Carrie Underwood, it means Underwood becomes a target for the wacky antics of the Green Men. 

Last night, with Predators forward Jordin Tootoo in the penalty box, one of the Green Men took a cutout of Carrie Underwood in a Canucks jersey and placed it against the glass, with the other Green Man holding a sign saying "Send Over Underwood."  See for yourself:


The ironic thing about this picture is that if these guys had done their research, they would know that Tootoo had once dated another former American Idol singer, Kellie Pickler.  Since the series is tied at 1-1, we know that there will be a game 5, which will be held in Vancouver, so there's still time.  If they don't have the Kellie Pickler cutout ready for that game, I'll be very disappointed.

Related:   Vancouver Canucks Western Conference Champions Gear at Shop.NHL.com!

Carrie Underwood joins Vince Vaughn as Green Men celeb target [Puck Daddy]

UPDATE:  The Green Men make the trip to Nashville, and during game 4 they trash talk to Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman!

UPDATE 5/8/11:  Carrie Underwood cardboard cutout returns for Game 5.