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Jul 31, 2011

Video: Carlos Guillen Taunts Jered Weaver After Hitting Home Run

In the bottom of the seventh inning at Comerica Park in Detroit, Tigers seond baseman Carlos Guillen took his time at home plate admiring a home run ball he just hit, then taunted Los Angeles Angels pitcher Jered Weaver by puffing his chest out towards the mound.

Weaver responded with the first pitch to the next Tigers batter, Alex Avila, by throwing a pitch over Avila's head.  Weaver was immediately ejected from the game.  

Watch the controversy unfold here courtesy of MLB.com

There was no need for Carlos Guillen to showboat after the home run.  The slow start to his home run trot was bad enough as he admired his own home run, but was the showboating and taunting of the pitcher really necessary?  Isn't it enough that you just hit his pitch out of the park?  Have a little class, Carlos.

UPDATE:  It was announced Tuesday by Major League Baseball that Jered Weaver has been given a 6-game suspension and fined an undisclosed amount for throwing that pitch over Avila's head.  Weaver is appealing the suspension.  [ESPNLosAngeles.com]

Video: Cincinnati Reds Fan Gets Cut On His Face From Flying Baseball Bat, Protects Woman From Being Hit

With some of the recent fan behavior in the stands at baseball games that we've highlighted on this site, it's nice to show something positive for a change.  On Friday night, a fan in the front row leaped in front of a woman seated next to him to protect her from a flying baseball bat, getting a cut on his face in the process.

It's Official: Plaxico Burress Signs With New York Jets

The New York Jets signed free agent wide receiver Plaxico Burress to a 1-year contract worth $3.017 million.  The contract is fully guaranteed.  That would seem to mean that Braylon Edwards won't be back with the team.

Is this a good move for the Jets?  Feel free to make your comments here.

Plaxico Burress, New York Jets agree on one-year deal [ESPNNewYork.com]

Video: Fan Gets Hit In Face By Foul Ball at Yankee Stadium

In the bottom of the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium yesterday, New York Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez hit a fly ball down the right field line that would have been a home run if it were a fair ball.  The ball ended up foul, but unfortunately a fan in the front row behind the outfield wall was hit directly in the face with the baseball.

Jul 30, 2011

Video: Fight Breaks Out Between Fans In Washington During Mets-Nationals Game

While there was action on the field last night at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals, there was also action off the field in the stands.

Video: Chris Kluwe, Donovan McNabb Agree To Terms On Minnesota Vikings Jersey No. 5

It's official, although not exactly a surprise:  Donovan McNabb will wear No. 5 for the Minnesota Vikings.

Chris Kluwe and McNabb were kind enough to televise the signing of the "contract" containing the terms for which Kluwe would give up his number:

Video: Inspiring National Anthem By 10-Year-Old Girl With Cancer

Before Thursday night's Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field, the "Star-Spangled Banner" was sung by 10-year-old Lily Anderson from Cumming, Georgia, representing the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.

Big League Stew provides more details:
Braves reliever Peter Moylan describes [the crowd reaction to Lily's rendition of the National Anthem] as "the longest standing ovation I've witnessed."
Anderson was singing the anthem as part of Thursday's "Rally Night" at the ballpark. Before the game, catcher Brian McCann(notes) met with "Rally Kids," children who are battling cancer, and funds were raised in the fight against the disease.
Based on the positive response on her Facebook page, her performance got the attention of a lot of people.  

Lily Anderson's inspiring national anthem [Big League Stew]

Jul 29, 2011

Video: Planking On Moving Golf Carts Is A Bad Idea

From the common sense files:  planking on top of moving objects is a bad idea.  But if you don't believe me, you'll have to watch for yourself after the jump:

Video: Kid Breaks Down Crying After Baseball Player Hands Him A Ball

At Fenway Park yesterday, Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett handed a young fan a baseball after he finished his warmup tosses before the game.

This normally wouldn't be a big deal, except that the kid broke down crying hysterically.

So much for "no crying in baseball". 

Josh Beckett / Kid Cries Video [Sports Grid]

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Will Minnesota Vikings Punter Give Up Jersey Number 5 to Donovan McNabb?

As most everyone knows by now, Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb was traded to the Minnesota Vikings.  McNabb has worn the number 5 throughout his entire NFL career, and it would be easy to assume that he would like to wear that number in Minnesota.  However, the Minnesota Vikings already have a player that wears the number 5.  That would be Chris Kluwe, the punter.

Usually this is not a big deal, as the player already wearing the number comes up with a price for which he is willing to give up the number to the other player.  Well, on his Twitter account, Chris Kluwe has named his price:

"So here's the deal. If McNabb comes and wants 5, it's his, BUT he has to promise to mention Tripping Icarus in at least 5 press conferences."

Tripping Icarus is Kluwe's rock band.  Your move, McNabb.

UPDATEMcNabb has agreed to Kluwe's terms and they have signed a "contract", so McNabb will wear No. 5 for the Vikings.

If McNabb wants No. 5, he'll be promoting a punter's rock band [Shutdown Corner]

Video: Best NASCAR Prayer Ever Has Now Been Autotuned And Remixed

After the pre-race prayer that was delivered by Pastor Joe Nelms at the NASCAR 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville this past Saturday night went viral, it was only a matter of time before someone auto-tuned it, remixed it, and put it into song on Youtube.

Jul 28, 2011

Carmelo Anthony Likes Pandas

New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony is currently in China, and posted this picture of himself with a panda on his Twitter account. 

Awwww, how cute.

Carmelo Anthony and his panda friend [Ball Don't Lie]

Video: U-19 Brazilian Goalkeeper Faces Lifetime Ban, Possible Attempted Murder Charges After Kung-Fu Kick To Opponent

In a U-19 soccer tournament in Brazil, Sport Recife goalie Gustavo Ramon do Nascimento attacks an unsuspecting opponent, Vasco da Gama's Elivelton, with a flying kung-fu kick to the back of his neck.

Needless to say, there is no place in the sport for this kind of behavior.  Fortunately, Eliveton was OK.  Gustavo has since apologized for his actions, but faces a lifetime ban from the sport and possibly attempted murder charges.   

Awful kung-fu kick to opponent's neck by goalkeeper [Dirty Tackle]
Goalie may be charged with attempted murder after kung-fu attack during game [NBC Sports]

Video: French Track Runners Fight After Race

Now here's something you don't see every day. After a 1500 meter race in the Monaco Diamond League, two French runners, who finished 9th and 11th in the race, began throwing punches at each other

The runners, Mehdi Baala and Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad, have now been suspended.  

French runners in post race punch-up [The Sun]

Video: Alex Morgan Still Making Highlight Reel With Scoring Goals

It's been a good couple of weeks for U.S. Women's World Cup star Alex Morgan. Even though the tournament is over, she is still scoring soccer goals worthy the highlight reel, only now it's for her team in the Women's Professional Soccer (WPS) league.

As a member of the Western New York Flash this past Monday, Alex Morgan scored the tying goal against Boston with her back to the net.

It may not have gotten quite as much of a fan reaction as her goal in the Women's World Cup final got, but a nice goal nonetheless.

Alex Morgan doesn't need to face the goal to score [Dirty Tackle]

Jul 27, 2011

Video: Soccer Player Kicks Himself In Face With Overhead Shot On Goal

In a preseason match between Chelsea and Kitchee, Chelsea's Yossi Benayoun attempts an overhead shot on goal, but fails as he ends up kicking the ball into his own face.  Check it out after the jump.

Video: Baseball Player Attacked By Praying Mantis

The Florida Marlins got some good laughs in last night's baseball game at the expense of left fielder Logan Morrison.  In the middle of the ninth inning, Morrison was walking by a praying mantis who was perched on the railing at the top of the dugout when it suddenly attacked him.

Hilarity ensued as he tried to get the praying mantis off his back.  Watch the video here:

It probably helped that the Marlins had an 11-2 lead against the Washington Nationals at the time.  That always puts everyone in a good mood.  Wonder what Morrison's reaction would have been if the Marlins were down by 9 runs. 

Logan Morrison Attacked By Praying Mantis [Sports Grid]

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Video: Umpire's Controversial Call Gives Braves Win In Bottom of 19th Inning Over Pirates

It's tough to lose a baseball game after 19 innings, but it's even tougher to lose the game on a horrible call by an umpire.  That's what happened to the Pittsburgh Pirates early Wednesday morning at Turner Field in Atlanta after they played a game that lasted 6 hours and 39 minutes, only to lose to the Atlanta Braves on a controversial call.

In Atlanta last night, there were runners on second and third for the Braves in the bottom of the 19th inning with one out against the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates.  Scott Proctor hits a grounder to the Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, who throws home in plenty of time to get Julio Lugo, who was heading home from third.  Lugo slides before he gets to home plate and is tagged by Pirates catcher Michael McKenry.  However, as Lugo gets up, he steps on home plate and umpire Jerry Meals calls Lugo safe, giving the Braves the 4-3 win.

Watch the video here courtesy of MLB.com.

According to the replay, umpire Jerry Meals claimed that McKenry missed the tag on Lugo, but the replay shows that McKenry tags Lugo in the knee and in the arm with the glove.  Was umpire Jerry Meals tired and just looking to go home?  This was clearly a terrible call, and looks like another case that backs instant replay in major league baseball. 

Both the Braves and the Pirates are in the mix for the playoffs.  I would hope that this umpire's call is not going to be a factor in deciding the fates of these two teams at the end of the season.  Commissioner Bug Selig needs to get with the program - the time has come for instant replay.

Jul 26, 2011

Video: Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander Pulls "Hot Foot" Prank on Teammate

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander pulls the "hot foot" prank on teammate Don Kelly this past Sunday.

Hopefully this makes Wilson Betemit feel a little better about himself after that bad throw a few days ago.

As long as Verlander is pitching well, and as long as no one gets hurt, the Tigers shouldn't have a problem with this.  

Hot Foot! Justin Verlander gets Don Kelly in Detroit dugout [Big League Stew]

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Jul 25, 2011

Pastor Gives Unusual Pre-Race Prayer Before NASCAR Nationwide Series Race

This is footage of Pastor Joe Nelms of the Family Baptist Church in Lebanon, Tennessee, delivering the pre-race prayer at the NASCAR 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville on Saturday night.
 Pastor Nelms’ prayer gave thanks for, among other things, “GM Performance Technology,” “Sunoco Racing Fuel,” and, bizarrely, “my smokin’ hot wife Lisa.”.
He wraps up the prayer with "Boogedy boogedy boogedy, Amen."  Kind of makes you wonder what kind of "family" church that Nelms represents.  Take a look for yourself:

NNS Prayer Invocation Bizarre... [Sports Grid]

UPDATE:  The pre-race prayer has now been autotuned and remixed.  Check it out here.  

Jul 24, 2011

Video: Young Giants Fan Pouts Over Foul Ball, Gets Announcers To Feel Bad And Give Him a Baseball

Earlier this week, there was a young boy in the stands at AT&T Park in San Francisco who missed out on a foul ball.  He really never had a shot at it, as it landed in the row in front of him.  The camera focused on the boy's reaction as he pouted when the woman in front of him held up the ball like a trophy. 

The hometown Giants commentators had a lot of fun at the expense of the kid as they replayed the foul ball a couple of times to give the viewers a good laugh.  However, the commentators took things a step too far:  they decided that they felt bad for the kid and arranged for him to get a baseball.    

It's one thing when a player tosses you a ball, as it's usually clear who the ball is intended for.  However, foul balls are up for grabs.  Whoever gets it keeps it.  Everyone knows that.  If you miss out on it, then that's just how the ball bounces.  However, this kid that misses out on a foul ball, and realistically had no shot at it anyway, gets handed a baseball just because some TV commentators feel bad for him?

What kind of message does this send?  Now everytime the kid wants something, he's just going to pout until he gets his way.  It totally undermines the kid's father, who was sitting next to the boy and was probably trying to explain to him how foul balls are up for grabs and the kid wasn't close enough to the foul ball to claim it belonged to him. 

Also note all the other kids sitting nearby that watched security hand the baseball to the kid.  They had just as much chance to get the baseball as the other kid, which was NONE.  Are we supposed to give them baseballs too? 

What about the kids that saw this happen on TV?  They'll probably see this and pout the next time they're at a baseball game when a foul ball gets hit nearby so maybe someone will feel bad and give them a ball.

Kids have to learn to deal with disappointment.  It's part of life.  There's a lot of grown men out there, including myself, who are still waiting to catch a baseball at some point in their life.  If it's meant to be, it should be earned, whether by a good catch, a lucky bounce, or just outrunning nearby fans to the ball.

This kid will never know what that feels like.  He sees a foul ball grabbed by someone else in front of him, decides that he wants one, puts on a sad face and gets rewarded with a ball.  All thanks to the Giants commentators, who should not have gotten involved. 

Is that what it takes to get a baseball these days?  Maybe I'll try the pouty face the next time I go to a baseball game.  If it worked for this kid, why not? 

U mad bro?: Young Giants fan pouts big time over foul ball [Big League Stew]

Video: Giants Fan Knocks Over Other Fan's Food Tray

In the bottom of the sixth inning at AT&T Park in San Francisco last night, Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand hit a pinch-hit home run that hit a railing behind the outfield wall and bounced back onto the field.  A Giants fan was walking down a nearby aisle towards the front row with a full tray of food. He nonchalantly put a hand up in the hope that someone would toss him the home run ball, but he was obviously more concerned with getting to his seat without losing the food.

Unfortunately, there was another Giants fan in the walkway who was more intent on getting that home run ball.  He put his hands up and began moving towards his right while keeping his eyes on the field...and not watching where he was going.  Naturally, this fan was headed on a collision course with the other fan, who had no idea that the full tray of food, that he likely just paid for, was about to end up all over the ground.  

Not sure if the fan paid the other for the spilled food, but we're pretty sure neither one of these fans got the home run ball.  Next time, watch where you're going, buddy.

Giants Fan Knocks Over Food For Home Run Ball [Sports Grid]

Jul 23, 2011

Video: Young Diamondbacks Fan Gives Up Baseball To Younger Brewers Fan

Last Wednesday night at Chase Field in Arizona, Milwaukee Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks tossed a ball to a young fan in the front row wearing a Brewers shirt after the third inning ended.  Unfortunately, that young Brewers fan dropped the ball, and when security retrieved it, they gave it to a different young boy, who happened to be a fan of the hometown Diamondbacks.

The young Diamondbacks fan was excited to get his hand on a baseball and was heading back to his seat a few rows back. However, when he realized (with the help of an usher) that the ball was actually intended for the younger Brewers fan in the front row, he realized what he had to do, and he gave his ball to the young Brewers fan.

The Diamondback fan, whose name is Ian, was rewarded for his unselfish act:
It was "the right thing to do" Ian later told the D'Backs field reporter.
For his generosity, Ian was rewarded with a trip to the announcers booth to meet [Daron] Sutton and [Mark] Grace, tickets to a future game and an autographed bat from Justin Upton his favorite Diamondbacks player.
It's unfortunate that not all Diamondbacks fan are this nice.  Just last month, Melvin Mora tossed a foul ball to a woman in the front row behind the dugout, and a guy from the second row wrestled it out of her hand.

That guy could learn a lesson from young Ian.  I think we all can. 

UPDATE 8/3/11:  These young fans were guests on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Play of the day!  Selfless young fan returns ball to upset boy [Big League Stew]

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Video: DeMaurice Smith Catches ESPN's Chris Mortensen Off Guard on Live TV

Watch this SportsCenter segment from Thursday evening as NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith sneaks up behind ESPN reporters Chris Mortensen and George Smith (no relation).  DeMaurice seems happy to "videobomb" the live shot for a few seconds before having to say hello to get their attention.  

You would think that ESPN reporters covering the NFL lockout, or at least someone in the ESPN crew on site, would notice the head of the NFLPA walking around and get the attention of Mortensen and Smith, as it seemed strange that they were caught so off-guard. 

DeMaurice Smith Sneaks Up on Chris Mortensen on SportsCenter [Sports Grid]

Video: Blue Oyster Cult To Hold Free Concert In Support of New Arena for New York Islanders

On August 1st, Nassau County (N.Y.) residents will vote on a referendum to approve or reject a $400 million bond issue to finance a new arena for the New York Islanders.  The Islanders know it will be tough to get taxpayer support in these tough economic times, so they have enlisted some help from a local band:
The New York Islanders announced today that Long Island’s own, Blue Oyster Cult will play a free concert in support of a new arena on Wednesday, July 27. The show will start at 4 p.m. on the plaza outside of the Nassau Coliseum Box Office.

The classic rock legends are one of the many bands that have head-lined the Nassau Coliseum over the last 40 years. Blue Oyster Cult will play from their wide collection of hits, including “Burnin’ For You”, “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and “Godzilla.”
That's right - the Islanders knew exactly what they had to have:  MORE COWBELL!

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Video: Did Wilson Betemit Make Worst Throw By Major League First Baseman Ever?

We've had a lot of bad first pitches this year (see John Wall and Doug Glanville), but at least those didn't count for anything.  However, we now have a candidate for worst throw ever by a third baseman, and it cost his team a run. 

Wilson Betemit was making his debut for the Detroit Tigers Thursday night at third base after being traded from the Kansas City Royals.  In the ninth inning, Betemit plays a slow grounder hit to third base, and apparently loses his grip.  When he throws the ball, he bounces it in front of the pitchers mound, where Tigers pitcher Phil Coke was ducking out of the way of what would be a normal throw to first base.  The ball continued to slowly bounce and roll all the way to the fence in front of the dugout of the hometown Minnesota Twins.

Jason Repko, who was on base for the Twins and was running on the pitch, scored all the way from first base.  Fortunately, Detroit had a sizeable lead at the time, and they left Minnesota with a 6-2 victory.

In the end, no harm done, except maybe to Wilson Betemit's ego.

Third to none:  Betemit makes hilariously ugly throw in Tigers debut [Big League Stew]

Jul 22, 2011

Video: New York Mets Security Has Trouble Catching Fan on Field

The security team at Citi Field had their hands full while trying to catch a fan who ran out onto the field during a Mets game recently.  Note some NSFW language in the video - Benny Hill music would probably be more appropriate.

At least the Citi Field security team was able to catch this guy, unlike the Astros fan who got away from Minute Maid Park security in Houston a few months ago.  However, the Mets may need to look into hiring younger, faster guys to upgrade their security staff.  Either that or have the security team work out more.  

To view what a fan takedown by security should look like, let's review this video taken in Fenway Park back in May of this year.  Now THAT security guard was a man with a mission. 
The Citi Field Security Team is Terrible at Catching Guys...  [Sports Grid]

Video: Spectators In Crazy Costumes Run With Riders at Tour de France

This year's Tour de France is getting out of hand.  I can't remember hearing about so many crazy incidents revolving around the race in years past (well, aside from the alleged doping, anyway).

In an earlier stage, we had a television technician's car knock two racers off the road.  Today riders didn't have to contend with crazy drivers - just spectators in crazy costumes.  

First, there was "Bikini Man".  Some guy dressed in a bikini who apparently is Australian, or at least a big supporter of the Australian riders in the Tour de France.  Fortunately he meant no harm to the riders, and he appeared to be OK after security yanked him out of the road.

Next, we have another man, apparently a doctor, or (more likely) someone pretending to be a doctor, running alongside 2010 Tour de France champion Alberto Contador.  Once Contador sees him, he gives the "fan" a nice little jab in the face.  Contador did not get into any trouble for the punch.

Can't wait to see what's coming next.

Men in bikinis?  Alberto Contador fighting a spectator?...  [Sports Grid]

Video: Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez Has Uncontrollable Laughing Fit On TV

Comcast SportsNet's Chick Hernandez had an uncontrollable laughing fit on TV recently that was triggered by his co-anchor saying the word "balls". 

Sports Anchor Laughs Uncontrollably... [Sports Grid]

Jul 21, 2011

Video: Francisco "K-Rod" Rodriguez Blows Save, Gives Middle Finger to the Camera

New Milwaukee Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez blew a save in the eighth inning Wednesday night in Arizona against the Diamondbacks.  Although the Brewers were able to score three runs in the top of the 10th inning to win the game 5-2, Rodriguez still appeared to be angry, as this Fox Sports coverage of the Brewers game shows K-Rod giving the middle finger to the camera.  

A producer at a Milwaukee radio station says that the flip-off by Rodriguez "hasn't been a big topic".  However, it is something that the Brewers need to keep an eye on.  This passive-aggressive behavior by Rodriguez could come to a head at some point, and if K-Rod can't keep his temper under control, then things could get ugly.  People could get hurt...and they haveJust ask K-Rod's father-in-law.   

The New York Mets were happy to find a taker for Francisco Rodriguez before the trading deadline.  He's Milwaukee's problem to deal with now.  Will he become a distraction for the Brewers down the stretch?  We shall see.  Let's hope the Brewers don't have to find out the hard way.

Francisco Rodriguez blows save...is caught on camera flipping middle finger [NY Daily News]

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Video: ESPN Baseball Analyst Doug Glanville's Horrible First Pitch at Wrigley Field

ESPN "Baseball Tonight" analyst (and former Chicacgo Cubs outfielder) Doug Glanville had the privilege of throwing out the first pitch for Wednesday's Cubs game at Wrigley Field against the Philadelphia Phillies...and managed to embarrass himself in the process.

Here's video of the pitch that just a bit high...and by a bit high, I mean about 10 feet over Cubs outfielder Tony Campana's head.  Glanville actually makes John Wall's first pitch last month look much better in comparison, and this deserves serious consideration for worst first pitch of the year

With the season that the Cubs have been having, it must go with the territory. 

Doug Glanville's wild first pitch... [Big League Stew]

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Video: Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Yellow Card For Taking Down Opponent

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo earns a yellow card during a teammate's free kick attempt after he throws down Chivas' Patricio Araujo. 

The game was a scoreless tie at the time.  However, the yellow card must have energized Ronaldo, because as Dirty Tackle reports, Ronaldo scored a hat trick with three second-half goals in a 3-0 win for Real Madrid.

Cristiano Ronaldo takes down opponent with Putin judo [Dirty Tackle]

Awesome High School Lacrosse Goalie Save

Awesome save by Michael Ortlieb of Corona Del Mar (Calif.) High School, playing for an all-star team during a summer tournament.  Prep Rally's article below has more background on Ortlieb's career so far.

Prep goalie pulls off save of the year in summer tourney [Prep Rally]

Video: Brawl Between Paraguay and Venezuela After Copa America Semifinal

After Paraguay defeated Venezuela in a shootout to advance to the Copa America final, an ugly brawl broke out between the teams.

This is why we need soccer matches decided on the field of play, not by penalty kicks.  Does it seem fair that one team goes on and the other team goes home after a 0-0 tie?  You're basically reducing the match to a skills competition, where it all comes down to luck.  Is this really what the fans want?

The most interesting part of Paraguay's win was the fight after it [Dirty Tackle]

Video: Hope Solo, Abby Wambach Kick Soccer Balls Into Taxi Cabs With David Letterman

U.S. Women's National Soccer Team stars Abby Wambach and Hope Solo were guest stars on The Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday night.  After the on-stage interview, Letterman invited them outside the studio to have them kick soccer balls through open doors of cabs driving outside the Ed Sullivan Theater. 

Watch the video here, with the soccer ball/taxi cab segment at the 2:48 mark:

Abby Wambach, Hope Solo on Letterman [Sports Grid]

Jul 18, 2011

Lightning Strike Knocks Out Lights at Tropicana Field, Causes Delay During Yankees-Rays Game

Around 8:53PM Monday night, at Tropicana Field, the Tampa Bay Rays had a 4-2 lead over the New York Yankees in the top of the 5th inning.  The Yankees had runners on first and third, with 2 out, and Robinson Cano at the plate with a 3-2 count.  Rays pitcher Alex Cobb throws the pitch, and...wait, what?

The YES network lost the picture, so the initial reaction by viewers may have been one of anger.  However, it turned out viewers didn't miss any action.  The lights on the field flickered as Cobb was preparing to throw his pitch, so the umps called time.  After 5 minutes, the YES network returned to show a bank of lights that had been knocked out, apparently by a lightning strike.

Here is a snapshot of the YES network coverage after returning from the power outage:

The Yankees managed to keep themselves entertained by playing around with the Rays mascot Raymond.  

Note the irony of the Yankees-Rays game being delayed by weather, considering the fact that Tropicana Field is a domed stadium.  

The total delay lasted about 15 minutes, after which the lights came back on and the Rays were back out on the field.  After all that, Cano grounded out to second base on the next pitch to end the inning, so no harm, no foul.

Video: Jet Pack Fail on Live TV

This post isn't exactly related to sports (although you could technically put this under the "water sports" category), but it was just too funny to not pass it along.

This happened during a live segment on the San Diego Fox 5 Morning News to open the program.  Reporter Matt Johnson was positioned live on a dock at the San Diego Yacht and Boat show to introduce the start of the program.  He was standing with his arm around a man named John, who happened to be wearing a jet pack.

After that comes a hilarious moment which could not have been planned, or timed, any better.

Not sure if John started his jet pack accidentally or on purpose, but I'm pretty sure he didn't plan on landing in the water face first.  A good laugh for the viewers to start the morning thanks to John's "jet pack fail". 

Thanks, John, we needed that.

Young Boy Flashes Crowd After US Scores During Women's World Cup Final

And now, for the latest example of a kid whose life is turned upside down thanks to the Internet, we have the excited boy in the stands yesterday at the Women's World Cup final. 

The boy is a fan of the USA, and after Alex Morgan scored the first US goal against Japan to break a scoreless tie in the second half, alert viewers caught the boy flashing the crowd with his chest.

This would seem to be an unusual level excitement for a young boy watching a women's soccer match, to say the least.  Other blogs have made the Brandi Chastain connection.  It doesn't quite reach the level of Internet explosiveness as the female Vancouver Canucks fan who flashed Ben Eager in the penalty box during the Stanley Cup Finals.  However, it does make you wonder what the kid would have done if the US were actually able to close out the win yesterday. 

This moment lives on in the Internet forever.  Fortunately for the boy, it's summertime, which means he has a couple of months before school starts again, and there's time for the next Internet sensation to come around and make everyone forget about this.

Alex Morgan scores, boy in stands imitates Brandi Chastain [Dirty Tackle]

Jul 16, 2011

Video: ESPY Award Sketch Focuses on Dirk Nowitzki's "Awkward" Playing Style

Saturday Night Live star Seth Meyers hosted the ESPY Awards this past week.  During the show, a pre-taped sketch was shown with Meyers and SNL co-star Bill Hader pretending to be Dirk Nowitzki's cousins promoting a basketball camp, officially titled "Dirk Nowitzki's Academy for Awkward Basketball". 

Definitely worth a look, so enjoy.

Jul 15, 2011

Video: Miguel Angel Jimenez Prepares for Second Round of British Open With Unique Stretching Technique

Golfer Miguel Angel Jimenez was caught by cameras this morning stretching out before today's second round of the British Open, and you might say his stretching methods are, well, unique, to say the least.

However, at the end of the day, he's only one shot back of the lead, so it must be working for him.

You must watch this video of Jimenez stretching [Devil Ball Golf]

Awkward: BBC Puts Wrong Analyst On Air Live to Discuss Roger Clemens Story

During a live segment on BBC World News last week, an anchorman who was discussing the Roger Clemens purgery trial asks a question to AP baseball writer Ben Walker in the New York studio. 

At least, that's the person he thought he was having an interview with.  However, the man in the New York studio was NOT Ben Walker, which led to one of the most awkward television moments you will ever see

Not a fun moment for them, but a good laugh for the viewers.

Video:  This man is not AP baseball writer Ben Walker [Big League Stew]

Video: Golf Cart Carrying Real Madrid Players Runs Over Female Fan at UCLA

Real Madrid is at UCLA preparing for their upcoming friendly against the LA Galaxy on Saturday.  They expecting a fair turnout of fans trying to catch a glimpse of them.  However, they probably weren't expecting to collide with one of them as they drove through campus. 

This footage was taken yesterday as Real Madrid were being transported through campus in golf carts.  For reasons unknown, a female fan runs directly into one of the golf carts.  It's clear she didn't see the golf cart coming until right before impact, but it was way too late. 

Interestingly enough, after stopping once the collision happens, the cart drives off.  However, we have to assume the fan was OK, as there is no sign of her while the next set of players drive through.

Golf cart carrying Real Madrid players run over fan [Dirty Tackle]

Jul 14, 2011

What's Going On With the Pittsburgh Steelers?

There has to be some concern if you're a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger seems to be straightening out his life, but now the Steelers have other fires to put out:
Unfortunately, with the NFL lockout still in place, there can be no contact between the team owners and head coaches and the players, so the Steelers will not be able to address this for a while, but it will be interesting to see how these situations are handled when the lockout ends, which hopefully will be soon.

Jul 13, 2011

Video: Minor League Base-Brawl Results in 51 Fines and 6 Suspensions

On Monday afternoon, a major brawl broke out between the Spokane Indians and Vancouver Canadians of the Class A Northwest League in the bottom of the third inning.  The fight resulted in six players being suspended and 51 players being fined.  

Brawl in minors results in 6 suspensions, 51 fines [Big League Stew]

Uruguay Soccer Player Takes Free Kick in the Groin

In a Copa America match between Uruguay and Chile this past Friday,  Uruguay's Alvaro Gonzalez makes an extra effort to block a free kick by Chile's Jorge Valdivia.  In the process, Gonzalez takes the full brunt of the impact in his crotch. 

You'll have to skip to about the 28 second mark in the video, as most of it primarily revolves around Gonzales lying on the ground in pain afterwards.  

You would think being that close to a free kick that he would remember to "protect himself". Another valuable reminder for the kids at home.

Uruguay's Gonzalez takes a free kick to the crotch [Dirty Tackle]

Jul 12, 2011

Holdout Shorts: 7/12/11

  • A fan at Chase Field almost fell 20 feet when trying to catch a home run ball hit by Prince Fielder at last night's Home Run Derby.  Fortunately this fan was grabbed by his brother and a friend when he fell forward and they were able to pull him back up.  However, Chase Field may want to review their security procedures, as Big League Stew shows some amazing photos of the fan dangling over the railing.  However, it also shows pictures of the fan clearly behaving recklessly by standing on a table at the top of the railing that was only made for holding drinks.  
  • Details are now becoming available from the police report detailing Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Hines Ward's arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.   Ward failed field sobriety tests and a breathalyzer came up positive for alcohol.

    Jul 11, 2011

    Video: Cyclists Hit By Car During Ninth Stage of Tour de France

    It's not uncommon for bicycle crashes to occur during the Tour de France, but it is unusual for a car to hit some cyclists in the middle of the race.

    During Sunday's ninth stage of the Tour de France, this video footage shows a Tour television technician's car attempting to pass a group of riders along a narrow road.  The car swerved to avoid a tree and sideswiped Spanish rider Juan Antonio Flecha, who then bumped into Dutch racer Johnny Hoogerland.  Flecha rolled over the front wheel of his bike and into the road, while Hoogerland got knocked off of his bike and into a barbed wire fence on the side of the road.  Flecha was fortunate he was not hit by the car behind him.  

    According to the AP, French police are investigating the crash and investigators are acting quickly to interview witnesses to the crash, including the riders, before the next stage of the Tour de France starts and they leave the area.  Something tells me this video footage could be very helpful to investigators.

    According to the Guardian, Hoogerland needed 33 stitches, while Flecha had X-rays on his elbow and a gash on his knee.  However, both will continue riding into stage 10 of the Tour de France. 

    Team Sky, who represents Fletcha, is considering legal action while they perform their own investigation into the incident.  Vacansoleil, who represents Hoogerland, is weighing their options. 
    Police looking into car accident at Tour [AP via ESPN]

    Bad Blood Continues Between Orioles and Red Sox: Two Pitchers and Both Managers Ejected

    After Friday's bench-clearing brawl between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox, the bad blood continued as a pitcher on each team and both managers were ejected during today's 8-6 Red Sox win at Fenway Park.

    Watch video highlights here courtesy of MLB.com.

    In the fifth inning of his major league debut, Boston Red Sox pitcher Kyle Weiland was ejected after hitting Baltimore's Vladimir Guerrero in the hand with a pitch.  Red Sox manager Terry Francona was also ejected as he tried to argue with the umpires over the call.

    Then in the sixth inning, Baltimore Orioles pitcher Mike Gonzales throws behind the back of "Big Papi" David Ortiz and gets himself ejected.  Buck Showalter was also ejected on the spot.

    Looks like these guys could use a nice cold shower.

    Video: Did Fake Injury Cost Brazil Game In Women's World Cup?

    Most highlights of yesterday's Women's World Cup game between the U.S. and Brazil will focus on the incredible goal scored by the U.S. in the 122nd minute to tie the game in extra time.  However, the reality is that the goal never would have happened if it wasn't for a fake injury stunt by one of Brazil's players in one of the most blatant displays of poor sportsmanship that you will ever see. 

    Brazil had a 2-1 lead over the U.S. in the second extra time period and it was understandable that they wanted to kill time, so Brazil's Erika decides to fake an injury.  After the ball is cleared from Brazil's zone at about the 115th minute, with no one near her, Erika drops down and curls up into the fetal position, suddenly suffering from agonizing pain.  That leads the referee to blow the whistle and they bring out the stretcher to carry her off the field.

    However, what happened next would prove to the world that her injury was a complete fake.  Erika is strapped to the stretcher for no more than 20 seconds when, as soon as she is behind the back end line, she unstraps herself from the stretcher and jogs to the Brazil sideline.  After another 30 seconds, she is jogging back onto the field, suddenly at full strength as if nothing ever happened.

    See it for yourself with the video here:

    Erika received a yellow card, but more importantly, her stunt forced the referee to add 3 minutes of extra time to the final overtime period.  Without the "injury", the referee likely would have only added one minute.  The U.S. scored their tying goal in the 122nd minute and beat Brazil on penalty kicks.

    Erika's fake injury clearly backfired on Brazil, so in the end, poetic justice was served.  Hopefully this will be a lesson learned for the kids at home.

    Jul 10, 2011

    Derek Jeter Did NOT Hit His 3000th Home Run

    It seems CNN dropped the ball at some point yesterday when trying to capture the story of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter getting his 3,000th career hit.  That hit happened to be a home run, which may have been on the mind of the CNN employee who puts together the screen captions for the stories and may partially explain the end result:

    At about 4:33PM EST (1:33PM PST) yesterday, a CNN screen graphic displayed as one of its Top Stories:  "Derek Jeter Gets 3,000th Homer". 

    To clarify for those of you not familiar with baseball history, the record for career home runs is 762, held by Barry Bonds.  So this story is just a bit inaccurate.  Whoops.

    CNN Graphic Erroneously Shows Jeter With 3000 Home Runs, Not Hits [Yardbarker / The Biz of Baseball]

    David Beckham's Still Got It: Scores Winning Goal on a Corner Kick

    Last night in an MLS game, with the score tied 1-1, David Beckham sends a corner kick into the goal untouched, scoring the winning goal for the LA Galaxy in a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire. 

    Beckham also had an assist in the first Galaxy goal of the game.  Who says he's past his prime? 
    David Beckham scores winner directly from a corner kick [Dirty Tackle]

    Jul 9, 2011

    Derek Jeter Hits Home Run For His 3000th Career Hit

    New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter hit a home run off David Price in the third inning for his second hit of the game and 3000th hit of his career.  Congratulations to Derek Jeter.

    Watch video of Derek's 3000th hit, with Michael Kay of the YES network making the call, courtesy of MLB.com

    Derek Jeter gets 3000th hit [ESPN]

    Video: Massive Brawl Breaks Out Between Louisiana HS Football Squads During Scrimmage

    A massive brawl took place between two Louisiana high school football squads in a 7-on-7 scrimmage Thursday.  Plaquemine High and Baton Rouge High were facing off at a neutral site (Baton Rouge Parkview Baptist School) when the fighting broke out. 

    The video below, courtesy of local CBS affiliate WAFB, shows punches thrown and helmets flying, with coaches scrambling to try and calm things down.

    Needless to say, the rest of the scrimmage had to be called off shortly afterwards.

    Massive brawl halts heated Louisiana 7-on-7 scrimmage [Prep Rally]

    Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward Arrested For Drunk Driving

    Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, who was voted MVP of Super Bowl XL and won "Dancing With the Stars" this past season, was arrested early this morning for drunk driving.

    Here's what we know so far, courtesy of the NY Daily News:
    Ward was nabbed just after 3:30 a.m. in suburban Atlanta and charged with driving under the influence, said the DeKalb County's sheriff's office.
    He was released on $1,300 bond. The circumstances of his arrest were not immediately released.
    Waiting for more details, but it doesn't look good right now.  You would NFL players would be smart enough and have enough money to just call a cab.  Stay tuned.

    Hines Ward...arrested for drunk driving [NY Daily News]

    'Big Papi' David Ortiz Ejected After Bench-Clearing Brawl Between Red Sox and Orioles

    Last night at Fenway Park in Boston, Red Sox star David Ortiz charged the mound to fight Baltimore Orioles reliever Kevin Gregg in the bottom of the eighth inning, triggering a bench-clearing brawl.

    Watch the video here courtesy of MLB.com

    The Red Sox had a 10-3 lead over the Orioles when Ortiz came up in the bottom of the eighth to face Gregg.  After Gregg pitched inside three straight times, Ortiz took exception after the third pitch nearly hit him in the midsection, and David took a few steps toward the mound.  The umpires kept the players separated, and both benches slowly cleared, but fortunately things stayed calm.  Ortiz and Gregg were given warnings and things stayed under control...until the next pitch. 

    Ortiz popped the next pitch into shallow center field.  Gregg said something to Ortiz while the ball was in the air, most likely telling Big Papi to run to the first base.  Instead, Ortiz began to charge the mound before the ball was caught.  They began to wrestle and both benches cleared.  Ortiz and Gregg each were able to get one big swing on the other, but fortunately neither connected before the bench players separated them.

    No other major scrums broke out between Baltimore and Boston.  Both Gregg and Ortiz were ejected (obviously). 

    David Ortiz homers, ejected after bench-clearing brawl during Red Sox win [AP via ESPN]

    Jul 8, 2011

    Fan Dies at Texas Ranger Game While Catching Foul Ball

    A fan died yesterday while attending a Texas Rangers game at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas last night.  He leaned over a railing to catch a foul ball thrown into the bleachers by Josh Hamilton and fell head-first about 20 feet.  ESPN Dallas has more details: 
    The fan, wearing a blue Rangers cap and white Rangers shirt, was seated in the front row with his young son. According to others seated near him, the man was yelling at Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton for a foul ball that was hit by Conor Jackson and ricocheted into left field in the second inning. Hamilton flipped the ball toward the fan and the fan leaned over, caught it and toppled over in the gap between the railing and the back of the scoreboard on the left-field fence.
    The man fell behind the visiting Oakland A's bullpen.  Oakland's Brad Ziegler was in tears after the game when he heard the tragic news.
    “When they had him on a stretcher and they were carrying him out, he was saying stuff like ‘Please check on my son, he’s left up there by himself.’” Athletics reliever Brad Ziegler said. “The people that carried him out reassured him that, ‘We’ll get your son, we’ll make sure he’s OK.’ We just kind of assumed that he’s talking, he’s conscious, he’ll be OK. To find out he’s not is just … tough.”

    Video of the incident can be found elsewhere on the Internet.  Our hearts go out to the man's family and friends, but especially his young son. 

    Fan dies after 20-foot fall [ESPNDallas.com]

    Jul 7, 2011

    Video: Soccer Player Grabs Opponent's Groin During Match, Receives No Penalty

    In a battle for the ball during Chile's 2-1 win over Mexico in the Copa America opening match for both teams, Chile's Gary Medel grabs Mexico's Gio Dos Santos in the groin, leaving Dos Santos in obvious pain. 

    Medel received no penalty for the play, so that essentially means the "groin grab" must be legal.  That will encourage others to try it now, opening the door for a disturbing trend in the sport.  Let's hope the referees enforce the rules next time.

    Lesson for the day:  If Gary Medel is nearby, you better protect yourself. 

    Gary Medel gives Gio Dos Santos a bad touch [Dirty Tackle]

    Jul 6, 2011

    Video: Golfer's Injury After Victory Leap Forces Withdrawl From British Open

    French golfer Thomas Levet celebrated his home tournament win at this past Sunday's French Open by jumping into a lake.  He should have probably checked how deep the lake was before jumping into it, because the leap resulted in a broken shin bone, forcing Levet to withdraw from this weekend's British Open tournament

    You would think that people would learn not to do this after what happened to Stacy Lewis' mom back in April.  Carol Lewis broke her leg after she joined Stacy for a victory leap at the Kraft Nabisco LPGA Tournament.  Apparently not.

    Thanks to Youtube, we have video of Levet's leap into the water hazard at the 18th hole, followed by Levet having trouble walking off afterwards.

    Like they always say:  it's all fun and games until someone gets hurt.  Since the golfers can't seem to help themselves, it looks like someone will have to institute a ban on this behavior. 

    Thomas Levet out of British Open [AP via ESPN]

    Video: Oregon State Guard Roberto Nelson Gets 20 Stitches After Shattering Backboard in Macedonia

    Oregon State guard Roberto Nelson got a little more than he bargained for on the team's recent two-week trip to Macedonia:  a trip to the emergency room to get 20 stitches after shattering a glass backboard. 

    Oregon State guard needs 20 stitches after shattering backboard [The Dagger]

    Jul 5, 2011

    Video: Tiger Woods' New Commercial...For Japanese Pain Relief Cream

    The latest Tiger Woods commercial is now airing...in Japan.  Presented without comment, although feel free to add your own after viewing this:

    Tiger Woods' new advertisement for Japanese pain relief [Devil Ball Golf]

    Video: Kareem Abdul-Jabaar Promotes Smashing Pumpkins Album. For Real.

    While Kareem Abdul-Jabaar waits for the Los Angeles Lakers to put his statue outside of the Staples Center, he's busy promoting the Smashing Pumpkins' new album.  In the process, he smashes a pumpkin (get it?) by dunking it through a basketball hoop.

    This seems a bit beneath Kareem, but hey, who are we to complain about a guy trying to make a few extra bucks?

    Video: Worst No-Call In Women's World Cup History?

    In a soccer match yesterday between Australia and Equatorial Guinea, fans witnessed what may have been the worst missed call in Women's World Cup history.

    Dirty Tackle has the background on this one:
    In the 16th minute, with Australia already up 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea, Leena Khamis hit the post with an attempt to score her second goal of the match. When the ball came off the post, Equatorial Guinea defender Bruna casually grabbed the ball with both hands, then dropped it as the Australian players jumped around, shouting as loud as they could for a handball call. And, even more unexplainable than the blatant handball itself, the call didn't come and play carried on.
    Australia won the match 3-2, so fortunately the end result was not impacted by the missed call.  Hopefully the referees in this match will be penalized for the rest of the tournament, because it's painfully obvious that they were not paying attention here.  

    Most blatant handball in Women's WC history somehow goes uncalled [Dirty Tackle]

    Jul 4, 2011

    Video: Friendly Football Match Between Lebanon and Kuwait Turns Into Ugly Brawl

    Kuwait visited Lebanon for a friendly football match yesterday, with Kuwait defeating them 6-0.  Some fighting broke out near the end of the game, which led the referee to call the match early.

    Unfortunately, as the teams were heading off the field after the match, they began fighting again and it got real ugly.  Bottles and chairs were thrown and the military had to fire some warning shots.

    Jul 2, 2011

    SF Giants' Brian Wilson Attacks Water Cooler After Blown Save

    San Francisco Giants reliever Brian Wilson let loose after blowing a save last night against the Detroit Tigers by attacking a water cooler and punching a dugout wall.  Video provided by MLB.com:

    Big League Stew provides the background:
    Wilson came in with two outs in the eighth inning and the Giants clinging to a 1-0 lead. He blew the save upon giving up a RBI single to Magglio Ordonez, but kept the Tigers from taking the lead when he got Miguel Cabrera to line out.
    After scoring three runs in the top of the ninth on a ground-rule double by Pablo Sandoval and two bases-loaded walks, Wilson came back out for the ninth and was in line for the win. But he was well on his way to giving the game right back to the Tigers, as three of the first four batters he faced reached base.
    Brandon Inge singled in the next at-bat to drive in a run, and that was it for Wilson.
    Well, the frustration is understandable, and we appreciate the fact that Wilson cares about winning.  The key here, as the announcers pointed out, is "just don't get hurt".  You don't want to end up looking stupid like Kevin Brown back in 2004.

    Video:  Giants' Brian Wilson goes berserk after blown save [Big League Stew]

    Jul 1, 2011

    Video: Ejected Minor League Manager Autographs, Gives Away First Base To Fan

    Watching baseball managers get ejected from games can sometimes be entertaining.  Last Sunday, however, one lucky fan was able to take home a piece of memorabilia to remember the occasion. 

    In the second game of a minor league doubleheader between the Atlantic League's Lancaster Barnstormers and the Somerset Patriots, Lancaster manager (and former Boston Red Sox player and manager) Butch Hobson was tossed in the top of the fourth inning after arguing a close play at first base.

    Looking at the replay, the umpire definitely blew the call as the runner beat the throw to first.  However, Hobson calmly expressed his frustration by removing first base from the field, signing it, and giving it to a female fan in the front row.

    Ejected manager autographs, gives away first base [Big League Stew]

    Video: Retired Argentina Player Slide Tackles Own Son During Charity Match

    Retired Argentina goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri recently played in a charity match.  His son played on the opposing team and with Roberto was not playing in goal, it may not have been a surprise when his son stole the ball from him.  However, what was surprising that Abbondanzieri slide tackled his own son, getting himself a yellow card. 

    Was Roberto disciplining his son for making him look bad?  Or was this simply playing hard, using 'football instincts' and not taking it easy against anyone, even his own son? 

    Either way, it looks like Abbondanzieri and his son probably have some things to talk about...and hopefully in a few years, they'll have a big laugh over this.

    Abbondanzieri takes down his own son in charity match [Dirty Tackle]
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