Oct 31, 2011
If you're a hockey player and you want to celebrate with someone after your team scores a goal, here's a tip: make sure you celebrate with a teammate and not someone from the opposing team. Otherwise something bad could happen to you, like getting punched in the face.
For most people, this would seem to be common sense. Unfortunately, a Swedish hockey player had to learn this the hard way.
There was a little miscommunication by the Philadelphia Eagles on the offensive side of the ball during the second quarter of yesterday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was lined up for a shotgun snap, but center Jason Kelce thought Vick was lined up behind him to take a direct snap. The result was Kelce bouncing the ball off his own butt, giving the commentators a good laugh as the ball went on the ground up for grabs.
The World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals were on hand at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the Rams home game against the New Orleans Saints.
To pay tribute to the Cardinals, not only was a ceremony was held on the field before the game, but Rams defensive lineman Chris Long gave a swing for the fences to celebrate a sack on Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the second quarter.
A scary moment occured during a recent Romanian soccer match as a pitch invader jogged onto the field and punched Steaua Bucuresti defender George Galamaz in the head.
Detroit Lions wide receiver Titus Young scored a first-quarter touchdown on a total defensive breakdown by the Denver Broncos, as Young was standing in the end zone with no Broncos defensive player within 15 yards of him.
Young decided to celebrate the touchdown by leaping into the stands. An interesting decision for a Detroit Lions player to make, considering the game was being played in Denver.
After Detroit Lions defensive lineman Steven Tullock sacked Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, Tullock celebrated the play by, what else, "Tebowing".
Oct 30, 2011
During the second quarter of today's NFL game between the Minnesota Vikings and Carolina Panthers, Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin was running his out-and-up pattern when he pushed out of bounds by Panthers defensive back Captain Munnerlyn.
Munnerlyn pushed Harvin about five yards past the sideline on the Panthers side of the field. This made Harvin upset, so Harvin grabbed Munnerlyn's facemask and yanked him into the Panthers bench.
Earlier today on FOX NFL Sunday, Jimmy Johnson was asked during the "Rapid Fire" segment who he would add to his roster if he had a gun to his head and had to choose between Terrell Owens and Tiki Barber.
After the Green Bay Packers defeated the Atlanta Falcons in the Georgia Dome a few weeks back, a Falcons fan dropped his hat, which was picked up by a cheesehead-wearing Packers fan. The Packers fan taunted the Falcons fan by pretending he was going to give him his hat back, then throwing it down a nearby stairwell. The Falcons fan was not happy.
The San Jose Sharks defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in overtime yesterday on a power play goal in overtime. However, there is controversy over the official's penalty call that gave the Sharks the one-man advantage in OT.
Oct 29, 2011
During the third quarter of today's Arkansas/Vanderbilt college football game, Arkansas wide receiver Marquel Wade was ejected for celebrating an illegal hit on Vanderbilt punt returner Jonathan Krause.
Fans everywhere are not happy about the NBA lockout, especially one 7-year-old boy whose dad posted his "NBA Lockout Tantrum" on Youtube.
Congratulations to the St. Louis Cardinals, who won the World Series for the 11th time in their franchise history. Interestingly enough, it was the 8th time that the Cardinals won the World Series in a seventh game.
While the NBA lockout continues, Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is trying to keep busy. Recently he was practicing his shooting in a high school gym, and someone filmed Durant taking a trick shot from the rafters.
Oct 28, 2011
Those animators from Taiwan, Next Media Animation, have just released their take on Tim Tebow's NFL career so far.
David Freese Goes Over Railing, Nearly Falls Into Camera Pit While Trying To Catch Foul Ball (Video)
In the top of the third inning in last night's Game 6 of the World Series, St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese ran into foul territory to try to catch a foul ball hit by Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton. Freese didn't catch the ball, but fell over the railing in front of the camera pit. Freese would have fallen head-first into the camera pit if he wasn't caught by one of the photographers.
The latest viral internet video shows a grown man with his son sitting on a couch watching the end of World Series Game 6, where the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers 10-9 in 11 innings. Based on the man's reaction, it's painfully apparent that the man is a Texas Rangers fan.
Oct 27, 2011
In a soccer match in Argentina, Newell's Old Boys defender Cristiano Diaz not only gets tripped up, but gets his face stomped on, by All Boys defender Carlos Soto in the second half of a 1-1 draw between the teams.
In minor league hockey, the Federal Hockey League's Danbury Whalers open their season tonight at home against the New Jersey Outlaws.
To get people excited for their home opener, the team got a few of the players together to make a music video for "Walk Like a Man", inspired by the Broadway musical "The Jersey Boys". Because, well, they're playing New Jersey.
In a national championship soccer match in Moldova this past Saturday, Sfintul Gheorge midfielder Julian Bursuc was arguing a linesman's call when the referee came over to join the discussion. Without warning, Bursuc suddenly punches the referee in the face with a right hook.
Oct 26, 2011
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was seen earlier this month singing karaoke to Prince's hit song "Purple Rain" in a Dallas bar.
The highlight of last night's NHL action would have to be Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane's no-look "spin-o-rama" backhand pass to teammate Marion Hossa for a second-period goal in a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
A second round soccer match of the Copa Sudamericana tournament between Independiente Santa Fe and Botafogo was delayed for several minutes as a dog ran onto the field and wouldn't leave.
Oct 25, 2011
During the first quarter of Sunday's Washington Redskins-Carolina Panthers NFL game, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was steered out of bounds by the Redskins defense on a running play. Before Williams could slow down, he knocked down a older man on the sideline.
In between innings of Game 4 of the World Series, a younger member of the grounds crew used the opportunity to break out his dancing skills to the delight of the crowd at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland gave an interview to FOX commentators Joe Buck and Tim McCarver in the top of the third inning during last night's Game 5 of the World Series.
When Holland was describing the conversation he had with Rangers manager Ron Washington during the top of the ninth in Game 4 when Washington took him out, Holland gave an impromptu impression of Washington for the home viewers. That led Buck to ask Holland to give his impressions of Harry Caray and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Oct 24, 2011
In the second quarter of yesterday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers, Vikings defensive end Brian Robison kicked Packers offensive guard TJ Lang square in the groin.
Oct 23, 2011
In the third period of Saturday night's Blues-Flyers NHL matchup in Philadelphia, St. Louis Blues forward Matt D'Agostini was sitting on the wall on the side of the ice preparing for a line change. However, Philadelphia Flyers forward Matt Read had other ideas.
St. Louis Cardinals designated hitter Lance Berkman did a face-plant while sliding into third base in the sixth inning of last night's Game 3 of the World Series.
Oct 22, 2011
So apparently in college football, if a quarterback throws a backwards pass, the receiver doesn't have to catch the ball: he can knock the ball forward for positive yardage.
Sounds weird, doesn't it? I wouldn't believe it either if it didn't happen in today's Nebraska-Minnesota Big 10 matchup.
Oct 21, 2011
A Canadian radio station, Kingston's K-Rock 105.7, recently invited five listeners to K-Rock World Headquarters to take part in a contest. The winner of the contest would receive tickets to attend the Buffalo Bills home game in Toronto against the Washington Redskins on October 30th.
The catch: to win the tickets, the contestants had to "cut the crap"...literally. The Bills tickets were inside one of eight small canisters that were strategically placed in a large pile of buffalo manure, and the contestants would have to dig through it to find the tickets.
In a recent Israeli soccer match, Maccabi Tel-Aviv defender Yoav Ziv's shoe came off when his foot was stepped on by an opponent. Apparently frustrated that no penalty was called, Ziv kicked his shoe at the nearby linesman, which resulted in the head referee giving Ziv a red card.
During the top of the fourth inning of last night's Game 2 of the World Series, as Texas Rangers runner Ian Kinsler was on third base, he was hit in the shoulder by a foul ball from Rangers batter Adrian Beltre.
Oct 20, 2011
In NHL action last night, Toronto Maple Leafs left winger Joffrey Lupul scored a goal in the first period of last night's game against the Winnipeg Jets...and broke the goal cam in the process.
During last night's Game 1 of the 2011 World Series between the Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals, FOX baseball analyst Tim McCarver proved he can't count by failing in his attempt to count the number of letters in the word "strike".
Oct 19, 2011
Miami Hurricanes defensive tackle Micanor Regis has been suspended for this week's game against Georgia Tech. The suspension is punishment for two cheap shots by Regis during last week's game against the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang was suspended two games without pay for his hit on Winnipeg Jets forward Alex Burmistrov against the boards in the second period of Monday night's game in Winnipeg.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb attended a Lingerie Football League game Friday night as the Minnesota Valkyrie took on the Los Angeles Temptation.
It's debatable whether this impacted McNabb's preparation for last Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears. However, McNabb will have more time to attend these games now that he is no longer the starting quarterback for the Vikings.
Given the circumstances, it's easy to say this is probably not the way that McNabb thought that things would work out when he was traded to the Vikings. At this rate, Chris Kluwe may have to ask for his jersey number back.
Donovan McNabb spotted at Lingerie Football League game on Friday [Off the Bench]
Florida Gators coach Will Muschamp was caught yelling profanities at the game officials by ESPN cameras and microphones during the first quarter of Saturday night's game against the Auburn Tigers.
Oct 18, 2011
In a soccer match from Greece this past Saturday, Olympiakos defender Francois Modesto fell down after being squeezed between two players from the opposing AEK Athens team.
However, instead of moving on with the match, AEK's Cala decided to taunt Modesto while he was still on the ground recomposing himself. Big mistake.
As Alabama prepares this week for its upcoming game against Tennessee, head coach Nick Saban held his weekly press conference. During the press conference, Saban was asked by a reporter about the prospects of losing the annual Tennessee-Alabama rivalry game in the future based on reports of adding a 14th team to the SEC.
After answering the question, Saban suddenly went into a mild rant which implied that the reporters were asking irrelevant questions and let loose with a little profanity.
New York Jets running back Shonn Green ran over one of the referees during a run in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 24-6 win over the Miami Dolphins.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton suffered a torn MCL and a broken knee during Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Payton was standing on the sideline when Saints tight end Jimmy Graham was thrown out of bounds into Payton on a tackle by Buccaneers linebacker Mason Foster.
Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy probably meant to give head coach Andy Reid a playful jab to celebrate a good play during Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. However, McCoy's punch to Reid's gut may have been a little harder than he meant it to be, based on Reid's reaction afterwards.
In a Primera Division soccer match in Mexico, Marco Fabian scored 3 goals for Chivas in a 5-2 victory over Tecos Saturday night. However, Fabian is getting more attention for how he celebrated his second goal: by pointing his fingers like a gun and "shooting" teammate Alberto Medina square in the head.
Oct 17, 2011
After Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick was chased out of bounds at the end of a 31-yard scramble in the third quarter yesterday, Vick saw a football on the ground on the sideline and decided to kick it (just for fun, apparently). Unfortunately, Vick didn't happen to see the cheerleaders standing nearby, and he nearly hit one of the cheerleaders when he kicked the football.
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh showed his excitement after defeating the Detroit Lions 25-19. Harbaugh pulled up his shirt, had a failed high-five with offensive lineman Alex Boone, put his arms in the air and pumped his fist before giving Lions coach Jim Schwartz a quick handshake as he started jogging off the field..
Schwartz gave Harbaugh a funny look and must have taken exception to something Harbaugh said. Schwartz chased Harbaugh down and nearly came to blows with Harbaugh before they were separated by a group of Lions and 49ers players as they headed to the locker rooms.
Oct 16, 2011
After scoring on a 14-yard touchdown run, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton celebrated in the end zone by doing the "Deion Dance". Newton's dance was a tribute to former Atlanta Falcons defensive back (and NFL Hall of Famer) Deion Sanders, who was honored at halftime of today's game in Atlanta.
In a sad story, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon died Sunday from injuries suffered in a major multi-car crash during the 12th lap of today's race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
No. 9 Oregon got a big win yesterday at home by defeating No. 18 (and Pac-12 conference rival) Arizona State by the score of 41-27. Immediately after the game ended, some Oregon students to run onto the field to celebrate. A few of the students positioned themselves on camera behind Oregon coach Chip Kelly as he was being interviewed by ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews.
Apparently the noise from the vocal Oregon students was too distracting for Kelly, so Kelly finally let them have it by telling them to "SHUT UP".
At Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City yesterday, the Iowa athletic department had a card stunt planned for the pre-game festivities before Iowa's game against Northwestern yesterday. A red, white and blue patriotic pattern would be displayed during the National Anthem, and then a black and gold pattern with the words "Go Hawks!" would be displayed immediately following the anthem. To pull this off, the 70,000-plus fans in the stadium would have to be on board.
How did it go?
Chad Dawson won the WBC light heavyweight title last night with a second round TKO of Bernard Hopkins. However, there is some controversy over the ending of the fight, which didn't end with a knockout punch, but with Dawson picking up Hopkins and body slammed him onto the canvas.
A photographer on the sideline of yesterday's Arizona State-Oregon football game was knocked down by Arizona State receiver Gerrell Robinson as the receiver went out of bounds after making a reception.
Oct 15, 2011
Minnesota Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith made his entrance into the arena during Midnight Madness in an unconventional way: he was dressed as a boxer.
During Midnight Madness festivities at Wagner College, junior forward Josh Thompson won the 2011 "Madness Before Midnight" Slam Dunk contest. For the winning dunk, Thompson had his mom stand under the basket and leaped over her for the slam.
Oct 14, 2011
American gymnast Danell Leyva bumped his chin on the high bar and fell while performing his routine in today's all-around final at the gymnastic world championships in Tokyo, Japan.
Phoenix Coyotes forward Paul Bissonnette posted teammate (and Coyotes team captain) Shane Doan's NHL Upper Deck rookie card on his Twitter account...for no particular reason.
Video: Tampa Bay Lightning Will Celebrate Goals At Home With Tesla Coils Shooting 20-Foot Lightning Bolts
As part of the $35+ million of renovations taking place in the Tampa Bay Lightning's home arena, the St. Petersburg Times Forum, two Tesla coils will be hanging from the ceiling. These coils will shoot lightning bolts up to 20 feet in length each time the team scores.
In case you can't get enough of that squirrel who made a name for himself in St. Louis (during Game 3 and Game 4 of the NLDS series between the Cardinals and Phillies), MLB is now prominently featuring the "Rally Squirrel" in their commercials for the 2011 Postseason airing on TBS and FOX.
Our favorite Taiwanese animators are at it again. Next Media Animation has just produced their spin on the September collapse of the Boston Red Sox, which they describe as "the most epic implosion in history".
New York Islanders captain Mark Streit has the team taking part in a new tradition after victories (at home, at least). Instead of the standard tradition in the NHL where the three Stars of the Game individually take a quick victory lap, the entire Islanders team stayed on the ice and congratulated their teammates who were selected as the Stars of the game Thursday night after the Islanders' 5-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The National Rugby League is known for its hard hitting action...and sometimes it comes from unexpected places. In a recent match between the New Zealand Warriors and Penrith Panthers, New Zealand's 5-foot-8, 189-pound James Hohaia took down a much larger opponent in Penrith's 6-foot-4, 242-pound Petero Civoniceva in what was described by commentators as "David slaying Goliath".
Hulk Hogan appeared on ESPN SportsNation yesterday and was asked if he could motivate Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow. Based on Hogan's rant in response to the question, it became apparent that he is not a Tim Tebow fan.
Pittsburgh Penguins forward Aaron Asham got into a fight with Washington Capitals center Jay Beagle in the third period of an NHL game between the two teams last night. Asham got the "KO" with a couple of shots to Beagle's head, but crossed over the line of good taste by taunting Beagle with "knockout" and "sleeping" gestures with his hands...while Beagle was still laying on the ice.
Oct 13, 2011
At a pep rally for the Cardinals in St. Louis, one fan won a prize for showing off a prosthetic leg decorated with the official St. Louis Cardinals logo.
In a World Cup qualifying soccer match, Bahrain's Rashed Al Hooti was given a red card just 39 seconds into Bahrain's match against Iran for a slide tackle of his opponent, in what may be the fastest red card ever given in international play.
Steve Young's wife, Barb, gave him a surprise during a quiet Sunday afternoon lunch with his family to celebrate his 50th birthday: she called Flash Mob America to help organize a celebration.
Video: Complaint By Brandon Inge Leads To Yellow Raincoat Behind Home Plate Being Removed During ALCS Game 4
During one of the earlier breaks between innings of ALCS Game 4 in Detroit, Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge complained to the home plate umpire that a yellow raincoat in the stands behind home plate was in his line of sight. The umpire asked a security guard to have it removed.
Oct 12, 2011
On Sunday, a major brawl broke out in a KHL hockey game in Russia between Vityaz and Dinamo Riga.
Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton lost the grip of his bat during his at-bat in the top of the sixth inning in yesterday's ALDS Game 3 in Detroit. The bat went into the stands behind the Rangers dugout and hit a male Detroit Tigers fan wearing a Justin Verlander jersey.
Oct 11, 2011
As Texas Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland was preparing to throw the first pitch of ALCS Game 2, the home plate umpire suddenly called time. The ump pointed to the outfield as he noticed that the Detroit Tigers bullpen door was open and was protruding into the field of play.
In Milwaukee yesterday, Detroit Tigers outfielder Ryan Rayburn avoided a near disaster before the top of the sixth inning yesterday as he walked out of the dugout...right in front of the Milwaukee mascot race.
Oct 10, 2011
Chaos broke out in the stands just three minutes after kickoff at a Euro 2012 qualifying match between Greece and Croatia last Friday. Some masked individuals entered the stands and attacked Croatian fans with flares and a petrol bomb, while Croatian fans responded by ripping seats off the stadium floor and throwing them at their attackers.
Golfer Tiger Woods has had plenty of personal issues to deal with during the last couple of years. Now Tiger has to worry about avoiding getting hit by flying hot dogs on the golf course.
At Heinz Field yesterday, the Tennessee Titans found themselves way behind the Pittsburgh Steelers late in the third quarter. After the Titans scored a touchdown to cut the Steelers lead to 28-10, they tried an onside kick to keep possession of the ball and get back in the game.
Players on both teams battled for possession the onside kick and the referees sifted through the pile to determine who had the ball. However, in what may be an NFL first, two referees simultaneously declared possession of the ball for opposing teams, as one signaled possession for the Steelers while the other signaled possession for the Titans. This provided a confusing moment for the referees, commentators, and fans.
Yesterday in Minnesota, Vikings receiver Devin Aromashodu was running a sideline route while trying to catch a pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb. Aromashodu didn't catch the ball, but did manage to knock down a photographer on the sideline.
Oct 9, 2011
Video: Steve Smith Gets Hit Late By Roman Harper After Catching TD Pass, Starts Fight Between Saints and Panthers
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw a 54-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith, which was a very nice play as Cam Newton avoided the pass rush and Smith made a giant leap over New Orleans Saints defensive back Jabari Greer for the ball. However, the play was overshadowed by a very late hit on Smith in the end zone by Saints safety Roman Harper, which drew a 15-yard personal foul penalty and started a fight between the two teams.
The New York Islanders opened their NHL season Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. FOX's New York affliate WNYW stopped by Nassau Coliseum Saturday morning and did a live segment on the ice as the Islanders Ice Girls were preparing for Opening Night.
As one of the girls was being interviewed, the camera panned out to some of the other girls skating around the ice, and one of them promptly wiped out as if on cue.
As if San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Brian Wilson doesn't do enough strange things, now he's dressing in classic Boston Celtics gear to express his love for the 1986 NBA Champion Celtics team in this promotion for the upcoming 2K Sports video game, NBA 2K12.
Video: Texas High School Assistant Coach Suspended For Making Rude Gestures at Opposing Sideline After Game-Winning Field Goal
Last week in Texas high school football, the Mission Sharyland Rattlers kicked a last second field goal to defeat the Donna Rattlers 17-15. However, during the celebration on the field, a Mission Sharyland assistant coach stepped over the line by making some rude gestures toward the Donna sideline.
LSU punter Brad Wing executed a fake punt to perfection yesterday and ran down the left sideline untouched for a touchdown near the end of the first quarter. However, the touchdown was called back because of an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Wing...for taunting.
The play took place near the end of the first quarter with LSU already up 14-0. As Wing ran down the sideline, he briefly stuck out his arms around the 10-yard line as if to say "Hey, look at me" before getting into the end zone. Under the new rule in place this year for celebrations that take place before the play is dead, the penalty is enforced from the spot of the foul, so LSU would get the ball at the 23-yard line and eventually settle for a field goal. Fortunately for LSU, they had the game well in hand en route to a 41-11 win over Florida.
It's debatable whether this rule should be in place or not, as you'd like to see the players be able to express themselves and have fun once in a while. However, based on the rule, it would appear that the officials were correct in calling the penalty, and as they say, "the rules are the rules".
Personally I don't have a problem with this, especially knowing that the player in question is the team's punter. If you're a punter, you shouldn't be taunting anyone.
LSU Fake Punt TD Called Back For "Taunting" [Sports Grid]
Oct 8, 2011
I'm not sure why football fans would want to run head first into the side of a car, but it doesn't seem like a very smart thing to do, especially without a helmet. Apparently two tailgating Denver Broncos fans felt differently.
In NHL action last night in Dallas, Stars left winger Jamie Benn checked Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson into the glass, shattering it right in front of the Ice Girls.
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan hit a single in the bottom of the 10th inning to drive home the winning run in a 3-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game 5 of the NLDS last night. The win clinched the series for the Brewers, who advance to the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
As TBS field reporter Sam Ryan was trying to pull Morgan aside for a post-game interview, Morgan was still expressing his excitement to the crowd, and in the process dropped a few F-bombs which were aired uncensored on live TV.
Oct 7, 2011
The latest entry in fake soccer dives comes from a recent match in Spain between Sevilla and Athletico Madrid. Sevilla defender/midfielder Gary Medel goes down in fake pain as an Athletico Madrid forward trying to position himself for a free kick gently brushes Medel in the stomach.
Erin Hawksworth, a member of the Seattle FOX affiliate KCPQ's "Seahawks Gameday" crew, was asked last Sunday to read some of the "Gameday Chat" comments to give the home viewers a feel for the mood of the Seahawks fans. Viewers got a little more than they bargained for, however, as Hawksworth ended up dropping the F-bomb on the air as she read one fan's comment verbatim.
Video: Troy Polamalu Pretends to be Wax Sculpture, Scares Unsuspecting Visitors at Madame Tussaud's Museum in Hollywood
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu had some fun recently at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in Hollywood. Polamalu pretended to be a wax figurine of himself, then scared unsuspecting visitors as he "came to life" when they posed with him.
It's the perfect time of year for a stunt like this, since Halloween is right around the corner. The video is as fun for us to watch as it must have been for Polamalu to be a part of. Awesome job, Troy.
Watch Troy Polamalu Terrify Museum Visitors Who Think He’s A Wax Sculpture [Sports Grid]
In the bottom of the seventh inning in last night's ALDS Game 5, Detroit Tigers pitcher Joaquin Benoit came into the game to relieve Max Scherzer to pitch to New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson. Benoit was wearing a large bandage on the left side of his face, but the home plate umpire umpire forced him to remove the bandage before he was allowed to pitch to Granderson.
This appeared to be some gamesmanship by Yankees manager Joe Girardi, as he most likely argued that the bandage might be a distraction to his batters. Benoit gave up a run in the seventh inning, but protected the Tigers lead through the eighth inning before handing the lead to Jose Valverde in the ninth inning on the way to last night's Tigers win.
In a Spanish soccer match between Valencia and Granada, referee Eduardo Iturralde Gonzalez was chasing the action down the field and tried to slow himself down, but slipped and fell backward. As Gonzalez fell, he accidentally slide tackled Valencia midfielder Sergio Canales.
Granada fans attending the match cheered in approval, while Gonzalez did not give himself a penalty for the play.
Soccer Referee Wants In On The Action, Slide Tackles Player [Sportress of Blogitude]
Oct 6, 2011
A collection of today's noteworthy sports stories.
- Landlord sues Tim Lincecum for $350K worth of damages. [Big League Stew]
- Missouri State hockey team honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning their ice pink. [Off the Bench]
- A central NY high school football team got a fifth down on a game-winning drive. [Prep Rally]
- Michigan QB Denard Robinson's Twitter account was hacked. [Dr. Saturday]
- A Texas catholic high school assistant football coach has been for the rest of this season and ALL of next season for scouting on a future opponent while standing alongside their bench. [Prep Rally]
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino slipped and fell while making a throw in the outfield in yesterday's NLDS Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
The play is probably one that Victorino would rather forget, not only because the Cardinals scored a run a, but the play will probably be part of baseball blooper reels for a long time.
Oct 5, 2011
For the second straight night, a squirrel ran onto the field at Busch Stadium during an NLDS game between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals. This time, the squirrel ran right in front of home plate and continued running into the stands.
Now playing in theaters is the movie "Moneyball", the story based on the Oakland A's formula for success back in the late 1990s/early 2000s. A new comedy web site called Jest has come up with a trailer for a movie parody called "Too Much Moneyball", the story based on the New York Yankees strategy for success.
There was a minor delay in the bottom of the sixth inning during yesterday's Game 3 of the NLDS in St. Louis between the Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals as a squirrel ran onto the field.
Retired Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Todd Jones, who happens to be the Tigers all-time leader in saves, threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Detroit before Game 4 of their ALDS matchup against the New York Yankees.
Todd Jones used the opportunity to do his impression of current Tigers reliever Jose Valverde. Jones wore Valverde's jersey, used Jose's windup to throw his pitch and then imitated Jose's victory celebration after the pitch.
Oct 4, 2011
An ugly brawl broke out in a high school football game between two teams in Sacramento, California. The game was ended with five minutes left on the clock after the brawl, which lasted for several minutes.
As punishment, the Sacramento Unified Superintendent has announced that McClatchy High and Kennedy High will each be forced to forfeit the next game on their schedules.
The Ottawa Senators of the NHL have a mascot named Spartacat who attends all the Senators' home games. Spartacat had an embarrassing moment at one of the recent Senators preseason home games when he stumbled down the steps in one of the lower sections of Scotiabank Place Arena, resulting in a face plant into the glass.
In case you haven't kept up with U.S. Women's World Cup goalkeeper Hope Solo, she's been on television a lot lately. Aside from the commercials, she's currently a contestant on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars", and making the talk show rounds to promote the show.
Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre hit three home runs today as the Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to advance to the American League Championship Series. However, a funny moment was caught on camera as Beltre was rounding third base during his first home run trot, as a cameraman following Beltre down the basepath tripped over his own feet and fell to the ground.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno was trying to keep himself loose by riding an exercise bike on the sideline during Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers. The CBS coverage of the game cut to a shot of Moreno riding the exercise bike...just in time to catch him falling off of it.
Video: Andy Roddick Gets Upset With Reporter, Tells Him He Should Retire, Walks Out of Press Conference
US tennis star Andy Roddick lost in the first round of the China Open on Monday despite being seeded sixth in the tournament. After being asked how close he might be to retiring, Roddick rolled his eyes and told the reporter "I think you should retire" before walking out of the press conference to a round.
Oct 3, 2011
Columbus (Ind.) East High quarterback Gunner Kiel is the top high school football prospect in the state of Indiana, according to Rivals.com. This past week, he showed some of his skill by recovering a fumbled snap and throwing it downfield for a 21-yard touchdown.
Hank Williams Jr.'s introductory song to ESPN's Monday Night Football was cut from tonight's NFL broadcast of the Colts-Buccaneers game for some controversial comments that he made while appearing on Fox and Friends this morning. During his appearance, Williams used an analogy to Adolf Hitler when discussing President Obama, and also referred to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden as "the enemy".
In a Spanish football match, Inigo Martinez scores the first goal of his professional career as a member of Real Sociedad yesterday against Athletic Bilbao. Making this goal more impressive is that Martinez scored from his own half.
Hall of Famer Robin Yount threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Milwaukee before Game 2 of the National League Division Series between the Brewers and the Arizona Diamondbacks. After throwing the pitch, Yount paid tribute to the current Brewer team by giving Brewers batting coach Dave Sveum the "beast mode" salute.
Chicago Bears running back Marion Barber scored the deciding touchdown with 1:23 left in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers to help seal a 34-29 victory.
It happened to be Barber's first touchdown of the year, and as Barber got up from the ground, he decided to celebrate by attempting a backflip. It didn't quite work out the way he planned, as Barber landed on his knees instead of his feet.
Oct 2, 2011
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was so frustrated near the end of the game against the Detroit Lions, he didn't want to be bothered by anyone...and that apparently included Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is viewed by many college football experts to be the top player this year, and is projected to be the #1 pick in next year's NFL draft.
No one questions his quarterback skills. However, Luck proved yesterday that he can catch the ball as well by making a one-handed reception in Stanford's victory over UCLA.
Home plate umpire Tony Randazzo was shaken up in the fifth inning of yesterday's ALDS game 1 between the New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers. A sinker ball by Yankees pitcher Ivan Nova bounced in front of home plate and under the arm of catcher Russell Martin, hitting Randazzo on the right side of his jaw like an uppercut.
During yesterday's NLDS game 1 against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers players were giving the "beast" salute to their teammates in the dugout after coming up with big hits.
Yesterday in Forest Grove, Oregon, Pacific University's Bryan Mills picked up a blocked PAT attempt at the goal line and ran 100 yards to score an unusual 2-point conversion for Pacific.
Oct 1, 2011
In today's Big 10 college football matchup, Illinois linebacker Jonathan Brown took a cheap shot on Northwestern offensive lineman Patrick Ward by giving Ward a knee to the groin.
In a Thursday night MLS match between the Philadelphia Union and D.C. United, midfielder Sebastien Le Toux scored the Union's second goal. During his goal celebration, he stole some moves from that guy in the AT&T commercial who showed up too early for a flash mob in Grand Central Station.
Texas A&M scored first in their game against Arkansas today in a top 25 college football matchup. The touchdown play was a little strange, however, as running back Christine Michael took the ball from quarterback Ryan Tannehill...while Tannehill was about to throw a pass.
It happened two minutes into the first quarter. Tannehill took the snap and was about to throw to one of his receivers lined up wide towards the sideline. As Tannehill pulls his arm back to throw the pass, Michael steals the ball right out of his hand. Michael ran up the middle, somehow finding a hole and ran to the end zone for a 48-yard touchdown.
It seems safe to say that's not exactly how the play was drawn up...but sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
Accidental Statue of Liberty Play Results in Texas A&M Touchdown [Sports Grid]
In an NHL preseason game last night, Pittsburgh Penguins forward Matt Cooke scored a goal from center ice after a clearance attempt off the boards from Chicago Blackhawks goalie Ray Emery bounced right to him.
There's been quite a few noteworthy plays in the Canadian Football League recently, especially when it comes to the BC Lions.
Last week, the BC Lions threw a 100-yard touchdown pass and had one of their defensive backs collide with a goalpost in a rout over Saskatchewan. And now, as the BC Lions opened their new stadium last night, they got into a brawl with the Edmonton Eskimos in the fourth quarter of last night's 33-24 win.