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Feb 29, 2012

Israeli soccer goalkeeper has strangest own goal ever, with help from extreme winds (Video)

In a recent Israeli soccer match, Maccabi Haifa goalkeeper Assaf Mendes makes a clearance kick directly into the wind. Unfortunately for Mendes, this was no ordinary wind, but extreme gale-force wind, which caught the ball in the air and sent the ball backwards and past Mendes for what may be the most unusual own goal ever.

A valuable lesson for soccer goalkeepers everywhere: check the wind before you make a clearance kick.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Pete Weber's bowling championship celebration has now been remixed (Video)

Just a few days ago, we brought you the championship celebration of PBA bowler Pete Weber was making the rounds of the Internet.

Now, we follow that up with the remix of Weber's championship celebration for your viewing pleasure, and we must say that dubnasty.com has done an excellent job.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

ECHL Toledo Walleye coach Nick Vitucci ejected for throwing water bottles at referee (Video)

In ECHL minor league hockey action Saturday night, Toledo Walleye head coach Nick Vitucci was ejected for throwing water bottles at the game referee, hitting him in the foot with one of them. Vitucci also threw a hockey stick and a clipboard onto the ice before heading for the dressing room.

The home fans of Toledo followed up Vitucci's tirade by throwing empty plastic cups onto the ice. Also, since Toledo is a minor league affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, two small octopi were thrown onto the ice.

Vitucci was upset that an opposing player, Ryan Schnell of the Wheeling Nailers, apparently instigated a fight with Toledo defenseman Joey Ryan with Toledo already down by three goals. Schnell was not penalized for being an instigator, which set off Vitucci.

It could have been worse. At least Vitucci kept his clothes on during his tirade. However, the fans have no business throwing objects onto the ice. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

H/T Puck Daddy.

DJ Steve Porter creates Jeremy Lin remix "All He Does Is Lin" (Video)

Currently making the rounds is DJ Steve Porter's remix as a tribute to New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, which he calls "All He Does Is Lin".

Have to admit, this one is pretty catchy, and if you're a Knicks fan and this doesn't get you pumped to watch the second half of the season, nothing will.

H/T Sports Grid.

Tim Byrdak dresses as Hulk Hogan at NY Mets spring training (Video)

New York Mets relief pitcher Tim Byrdak had some fun Tuesday at the team spring training facilities in Port St. Lucie, Florida by getting dressed up as legendary wrestler Hulk Hogan.

Byrdak came out of the locker room with the full Hogan look, including sunglasses, a blond wig and mustache, bandana, sleveless T-shirt, tights and knee-high boots. Aside from the lack of muscles, Byrdak had a fair resemblance to Hogan.

Nothing wrong with a little harmless fun, as long as no one gets hurt.

Video via SNY.tv. H/T Sports Grid.

Feb 28, 2012

Pete Weber celebrates US Open bowling tournament win like a crazy man (Video)

Bowler Pete Weber needed a strike in the 10th frame to win the US Open bowling tournament on Sunday. When he got that strike, he went absolutely nuts. And the beautiful thing about it was not only that it was on live television, but Weber had a live microphone on him.

(Warning: Minor PG-13 language)

Weber's rant after making the strike went something like this: "YES! GOD D*** IT, YES! THAT IS RIGHT! I DID IT! I NEVER THOUGHT! ARE YOU KIDDING ME? THAT'S RIGHT! WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? I AM!"

I haven't seen a bowling celebration like this since Bill Murray played Ernie McCracken in "Kingpin".

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Young Liverpool fan takes one for the team while celebrating League Cup win...his own finger in the eye, that is (Video)

On Sunday, Liverpool beat Cardiff in a penalty shootout to win the League Cup, the team's first trophy in six years.

While the Liverpool players were celebrating on the field, one cute young boy in the crowd was while being held on his father's shoulders. The boy had his hands open and was throwing them around wildly...so wildly that he ended up sticking his thumb in his left eye.

However, whether the young Liverpool fan is just a real tough kid or he was just so excited that his team won the League Cup, he kept right on celebrating without even shedding a tear.

Of course, after the thumb in the eye, he kept his fists closed from that point on. And that's a good lesson for the kids at home.

H/T Sports Grid.

Feb 27, 2012

Dwayne Wade breaks Kobe Bryant's nose in NBA All-Star Game (Video)

In the third quarter of Sunday's 2012 NBA All-Star Game, Kobe Bryant made a move for the basket when Dwayne Wade gave him a hard foul with his arm, hitting Kobe in the nose. Kobe had a bloody nose but continued to play.

However, later Sunday night the Los Angeles Lakers announced that a CT scan revealed that Kobe has a broken nose.

Kobe finished the game with 27 points and helped the Western Conference All-Stars defeat the Eastern Conference All-Stars 152-149. Kobe also broke Michael Jordan's career All-Star Game scoring record.

TNT video via.

Vick Ballard trips and falls during 40 yard dash at NFL combine (Video)

Mississippi State running back Vick Ballard managed to make himself stand out with his 40-yard dash attempt at the NFL combine, but probably not in the way he had hoped.

Ballard stumbled a few steps after the start, then lost his balance and fell to the ground, knocking over some equipment at the 10-yard mark on the side of the race lane.

Ballard did get another attempt to run the 40 and registered a time of 4.63 seconds. Unfortunately, the lasting impression that NFL scouts (and viewers) will probably leave with is Ballard's trip and fall. Hopefully Ballard will be able to overcome this embarrassment and have a decent career, but this video will be out there forever.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Feb 26, 2012

Golfer Lee Westwood's tee shot lands in back of woman's shirt (Video)

At Sunday's Accenture Match Play Championship golf tournament semifinal round, Lee Westwood's tee shot on the 13th hole hooked to the left, bounced and ended up in a crowd of spectators. However, Westwood and everyone watching were very surprised to see where the ball finally landed: in the back of a woman's shirt.

Fortunately, the woman was not hurt and was laughing at her predicament.

What's really amazing is how similar this is to what happened just last week at the Northern Trust Open where Phil Mickelson's tee shot at the 15th hole ended up in a man's shorts.

Video via PGATour.com.

Jack Blankenship holds cardboard cutout of Michelle Beadle's face at Alabama game (Video)

Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship, who has become famous for holding a cardboard cutout of his own goofy face at University of Alabama basketball games this season, was in attendance Saturday night as Alabama hosted Mississippi State in an SEC basketball matchup. However, this time Blankenship wasn't holding a cutout of his own goofy face, but the "goofy face" of ESPN reporter and SportsNation host Michelle Beadle.

Blankenship had made the talk show rounds this past week, including stops on NBC's "Today" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". However, Blankenship has probably had enough of seeing his own goofy face by now, so give him credit for putting a new twist on his "goofy face" gimmick. Not sure what Beadle will think about her own goofy face, though...

So, how did things go with Beadle's face? Well, this video shows Mississippi State guard Dee Bost missing both of his free throws, so the goofy Beadle face certainly didn't help. Alabama went on to win the game 67-50, so Blankenship went home happy.

ESPN video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Vince Carter gives serious dramatic reading of "Brown Eyed Girl" (Video)

In the latest installment of the Dallas Mavericks' "Dramatic Reading" series, Vince Carter presents the Van Morrison classic "Brown Eyed Girl".

Carter manages to make it through the reading with a straight face.

Previous installments of the "Dramatic Reading" series brought us Dirk Nowitzki reading Britney Spears and Jason Terry reading MC Hammer.

Keep 'em coming, guys. This stuff is gold.

Video via DallasMavericks.

Feb 25, 2012

John Wall fails on alley-oop pass to himself during NBA Skills Challenge (Video)

One of the funnier moments of the 2012 NBA All-Star weekend came Saturday night during the NBA Skills Challenge, courtesy of Washington Wizards guard John Wall. At the end of his turn through the "obstacle course", Wall attempted to make an alley-oop pass to himself off the backboard. However, Wall's pass was so bad that it hit the side of the backboard and bounced backwards towards the sideline.

Not only was Wall still going towards the basket while the basketball was going the other way, but he had to run all the way back to go get it and do it a second time to get it right.

Needless to say, Wall didn't get past the first round of the Skills Challenge, which was won by San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker.

NBA/TNT video via.

Chase Budinger dunks over P. Diddy in NBA Slam Dunk contest (Video)

Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger opened the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk contest by jumping over rapper P. Diddy to dunk the ball.

P. Diddy stood in front of the basket with the basketball while Budinger got a running start. Diddy made a nice toss above his head, and Budinger leaped over Diddy, caught the ball with his right hand, and dunked it home.

Forgive me if I get Diddy's name wrong - is it P. Diddy or just Diddy? It's so hard to keep track - maybe I should just call him Sean.

NBA/TNT video via.

Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams dances on West Virginia center court after win (Video)

Marquette basketball coach Buzz Williams nearly incited a riot after yesterday's 61-60 win at West Virginia by doing a little two-step dance at center court while John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" played in the background. Williams obviously didn't realize that John Denver's song is West Virginia's unofficial theme song and is played after each game.

Naturally WVU fans viewed Williams' center court dance as total disrespect. Maybe it was karma that Williams had to do a postgame interview with ESPN right in front of the WVU student section.

WVU students cursed Williams and threw objects at him before security personnel cleared the area behind the interview table. Coach Williams later admitted to reporters after the game that it was "unprofessional". You think?

Obviously Williams wasn't thinking. For a head coach to be dancing on another team's court, under any circumstances, is unprofessional. Just take the win and go home to celebrate.

Ironically, Williams benched three Marquette starting players in the first half for breaking team rules. Maybe Williams should bench himself for the first half of the next game.

Video via ESPN. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Feb 24, 2012

Kevin Hart ejected from NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, still named MVP (Video)

On Friday night, comedian Kevin Hart was ejected from the 2012 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Orlando, but in the end was still named the MVP for the game.

It happened with about 1:09 left in the game. Hart, who was playing for the East All-Star team, was called for a foul underneath the basket. Hart expressed his disagreement by letting out a loud curse and yelled at a female referee, who called him for a technical foul. (TNT censors deserve credit for blocking out the curse word for the viewers at home).

Hart then took off and jersey and one of his shoes, at which point the other referee called Hart for his second personal foul, resulting in an automatic ejection. At that point Hart took off the other shoe and threw it across the court. Hart was about to take his shorts off when he stopped himself before returning to the bench and apologizing to East coach Dwight Howard.

Hart scored 8 points and 6 assists for the game, and ironically was still named the MVP despite the "temper tantrum" (which was done as a joke and all in good fun). However, Hart made a classy move by sharing his trophy with East teammate Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, who scored 17 points and grabbed 8 rebounds.

TNT video via.

Jimmy Fallon channels Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" in tribute to Linsanity (Video)

It was only a matter of time before someone adapted Pearl Jam's classic "Jeremy" lyrics to the Jeremy Lin phenomenon. Credit goes to NBC Late Night's Jimmy Fallon, who dressed as a 90s version of Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder on Thursday night to perform "Jeremy Lin-sanity".

Creative lyrics include "Came out of nowhere like an Asian Tebow" and "Turned down a date with Kim Kardashian".

Video via NBC.com. H/T New York Daily News.

Norris Cole needs to work on his landing after slam dunk (Video)

In the second quarter of last night's NBA game in Miami, Heat guard Norris Cole stole the ball from New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin and took it to the hoop for a slam dunk. However, Cole held onto the rim for a fraction of a second too long and lost his balance, landing sideways on the court.

Fortunately, Cole was able to get his hands down to cushion his landing and protect himself from landing face first on the court. Cole was able to get right back up to play defense and was very lucky to come away uninjured. Cole finished the game with 10 points in a 102-88 win for the Heat.

Video via @jose3030. H/T Last Angry Fan.

Feb 23, 2012

Capitals' Mathieu Perreault scores goal with his face (Video)

In the third period of Wednesday night's NHL game in Ottawa between the Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators, Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault took a puck in the face, but got credit for a goal after the puck went past Senators goalie Craig Anderson into the net.

When Capitals winger Jason Chimera passed the puck inside towards the goal, the puck bounced off the stick of Senators forward Milan Michalek into Perreault's face. If Perreault has to take one for the team, at least he gets a goal out of it.

In the end, however, the Senators won the game 5-2.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

JaVale McGee swats basketball into third row, called for goaltending (Video)

Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee made another showboat move in the third quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game against the Sacramento Kings by swatting a shot by Kings guard Francisco Garcia into the third row of the stands like a volleyball.

To top it off, since the ball was on the way down at the time, McGee was called for defensive goaltending, so the basket counted and the block didn't count for anything...except a bonehead play. And McGee has had his share of those this year. Earlier this month, he was caught running down the court on defense after the Wizards snagged an offensive rebound. McGee needs to get his head in the game one of these days.

The Kings won the game 115-107.

Comcast SportsNet video via. H/T Sports Grid.

LeBron James does funny dance to celebrate Udonis Haslem's slam dunk (Video)

During the fourth quarter of the Miami Heat's win over the Sacramento Kings Tuesday night, LeBron James did a funny little dance to celebrate a one-handed slam by Udonis Haslem.

When Udonis Haslem came through with a one-handed slam dunk off a rebound of a missed three-point shot by teammate Mike Miller, LeBron couldn't help but enjoy the moment. However, LeBron's choice of dance moves left a little to be desired.

Let's just say it's a good thing LeBron spends most of his time focusing on his basketball skills.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Feb 22, 2012

Tim Tebow's reading of "Green Eggs and Ham" has now been autotuned (Video)

A few days ago, Holdout Sports brought you Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow reading "Green Eggs and Ham" as part of the "Book It!" reading program sponsored by Pizza Hut.

Today we revisit Tim Tebow's reading of the Dr. Seuss' classic, but this time we present you the autotuned version.

It doesn't quite match the bar set by the autotuning of Pastor Joe Nelms' NASCAR pre-race prayer, but definitely enjoyable for the whole family.

H/T Off the Bench.

French soccer player Nene takes ball in the face...from ballboy (Video)

In a recent soccer match in France between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Montpellier, PSG attacker Nene takes a ball in the face...from the ballboy.

It happened during injury time when Nene ran to the sideline to make a throw-in for PSG. As Nene got to the sideline, he turned back towards the field, presumably to see where his teammates were positioning themselves. However, the ballboy was anxious to toss Nene the ball, so as Nene turned back to get the ball, he took it right in the face.

The match ended in a 2-2 draw, but everyone watching learned a valuable lesson: always watch out for those ballboys.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Seton Hall fans prevented from storming court after upset win over Georgetown (Video)

At the Prudential Center in Newark Tuesday night, Seton Hall upset Georgetown 73-55 in a Big East college basketball matchup. After the clock ran out, Seton Hall students tried to storm the court, but were prevented from doing so due to some apparently really strong security personnel.

It would seem from the video that the students outnumbered the security personnel by a ratio of 10 to 1, yet they couldn't get past the security guards. The security guards should probably ask for a raise after this.

H/T Sports Grid.

Claude Giroux accidentally breaks commentator's watch during Flyers game (Video)

TSN color commentator Mike Johnson had his watch broken accidentally by the stick of Philadelphia Flyers center Claude Giroux during the first period of Tuesday night's NHL game in Winnipeg.

Winnipeg Jets center Jim Slater checked Giroux against the boards right near where the Jets game commentators were standing. Giroux's stick came swinging around and whacked Johnson in the wrist, breaking the band of the watch he was wearing.

Johnson said he would send a bill to Giroux after the game, but shouldn't he send it to Slater?

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Feb 21, 2012

LeBron James throws alley-oop from opposite foul line to Dwayne Wade for basket (Video)

Last Sunday, Miami Heat forward LeBron James threw an alley-oop pass from halfcourt to teammate Dwayne Wade for the slam dunk. During Tuesday NBA game in Miami against the visiting Sacramento Kings, James and Wade found a way to top it.

With a little more than two minutes left in the second quarter, LeBron threw an alley-oop pass from his own foul line to Dwayne Wade on the opposite end of the court. Wade got an early jump on the fast break to position himself under the basket for an easy layup.

Wade led all scorers with 30 points and also had 10 assists to lead the Heat to a 120-108 victory over the Kings.

NBA TV video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

CBS college basketball announcer James Bates breaks stool by sitting on it, falls to floor on live TV (Video)

During the CBS Sports pregame introduction to Saturday's NCAA basketball matchup between Dayton and Xavier, announcer James Bates was just getting started when the stool he was sitting on broke into pieces as he turned around towards the court, causing him to fall on the ground.

To his credit, Bates didn't miss a beat as he dusted himself off and continued on like a true professional. Bates was even able to make a joke out of the broken stool.

Bates isn't the first guy to be embarrassed after breaking a chair by sitting on it. Last November, Ole Miss defensive lineman Terrell Brown had a similar mishap while sitting on a folding chair on the sideline.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Lakers fan starts fight with Suns fan live during Fox Sports postgame show (Video)

On Sunday night, Fox Sports was conducting a live postgame recap of the Phoenix Suns' 102-90 win over the Los Angeles Lakers when the camera caught a Lakers fan and a Suns fan start to fight on live television.

Fans of both teams were gathered in the back of the podium as the commentators were discussing the game when the camera Lakers fan starts being obnoxious and sticking his Kobe Bryant jersey in the face of a Suns fan. The Suns fan swatted the jersey out of the way, but a few seconds later, the Lakers jersey was back in his face. After it happens again a few more times, the Suns fan tries to grab the jersey out of the hand of the Lakers fan. The Lakers fan elbows the Suns fan in the face, then the Suns fan punches the Lakers fan.

Chaos almost broke loose, but fortunately people acted fast to separate the fans and prevent the fight from becoming a full-blown brawl. The Lakers fan did not return, but the Suns fan was allowed to stay.

FOX Sports video via LiveLeak. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

German soccer player does down after being hit by plastic cup (Video)

In a soccer match that took place Saturday in Germany, Werder Bremen's Marko Marin was hit in the back of the left ankle by a plastic cup thrown from the stands by fans of the opposing Hamburg team, causing him to go down in...pain?

(DISCLAIMER: Please do not throw objects at sporting events.)

Throwing objects onto the field is inappropriate behavior and is no laughing matter. Fortunately, Marin was not injured, and we hope that the culprit who threw the cup was ejected from the stadium. Although, you have to wonder why Marin, after being hit in the back of the left ankle with the cup, went down and grabbed his...right knee? Hmm....

Marin scored Werder Bremen's first goal of the game before this incident, and his team came away with a 3-1 victory.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Martell Webster's bonehead play in overtime seals Timberwolves loss (Video)

Minnesota Timberwolves forward Martell Webster had a lot of questions to answer after Monday night's 103-101 loss in Denver to the Nuggets after a mental lapse which squandered an opportunity to tie the game with under 5 seconds left in overtime.

With 4.9 seconds left in overtime and the Nuggets holding a 102-99 lead, Webster stole the Nuggets inbounds pass. However, instead of looking for a three point shot, Webster dribbled straight to the basket for a slam dunk, leaving teammates and Timberwolves coach Rick Adelman completely perplexed.

Webster said after the game that he thought he could get fouled on the way to the hoop. Hopefully Coach Adelman will straighten him out for next time.

Video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Feb 20, 2012

Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents mascots visit Fox News Channel for President's Day (Video)

In honor of President's Day, the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents mascots (Teddy Roosevelt, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and Thomas Jefferson) visited the Fox News Channel in New York City, where they had a short race in the plaza on the sidewalk outside the studio.

The mascots had two races against one of the Fox News correspondents, with Abe Lincoln winning both races. Roosevelt and Washington seemed to be more interested in fighting each other than winning the races. If these races were any indication, Nationals fans should enjoy the races during this coming season.

Video via Fox News Channel.

Jay-Z and Beyoncé were at Monday night's Knicks game (Photo)

Jay-Z and Beyoncé were in the front row of Madison Square Garden Monday night watching the New York Knicks host the New Jersey Nets.

Jay-Z, of course, is part owner of the New Jersey Nets, so he and his wife got to spend a night out without their baby daughter Blue Ivy. Jay-Z went home happy, as the Nets won by a wide margin over the Knicks.

Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship is at Knicks game with cardboard cutout of his goofy face (Photo)

University of Alabama freshman Jack Blankenship, the kid who made a cardboard cutout of his own goofy face, has become an Internet sensation after a photo was him was captured by a Birmingham News photographer at an Alabama basketball game.

Well, it's time for Blankenship to start cashing in, as he was at Madison Square Garden Monday night to watch the New York Knicks host the New Jersey Nets.  Blankenship brought his trademark cardboard cutout face and was wearing a Jeremy Lin T-shirt (what else?).

Blankenship will appear on NBC's "Today" show on Tuesday morning, which explains why this Alabama freshman is in New York City and probably will not be attending his classes on Tuesday.

Photo via al.com.

Rajon Rondo throws ball at ref, gets ejected, suspended 2 games (Video)

Boston Celtics guard Rajon Rondo has been suspended for two games after losing his cool during Sunday's NBA game in Detroit against the Pistons and throwing the ball at the referee, which hit the ref in the chest.

It happened in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Pistons. Rondo was upset after being knocked down in the lane by Pistons center Greg Monroe after Rondo tried to position himself for a rebound of his own shot. Rondo did get a rebound shortly afterwards on a missed three point shot by Celtics forward Mickael Pietrus, but a shot clock violation was called as the shot didn't hit the rim. With the brief stoppage in the action, Rondo began arguing with referee Sean Wright, then tossed the ball hard right into Wright's chest. Rondo was immediately assessed with a double technical and was sent to the locker room.

The Celtics lost to the Pistons 96-81. On Monday, the NBA announced that Rondo will be suspended for 2 games because of the toss. It was the right call to make, as there is no place in the game for that kind of behavior.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Roy Halladay arrives at spring training showing off hot rod (Photo)

With major league baseball pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training, pitcher Roy Halladay arrived at the Philadelphia Phillies camp in Clearwater, Florida driving a neat little black hot rod.

Halladay is just too cool for the rest of us.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Montreal Canadiens pay tribute to Gary Carter (Video)

Before Sunday's NHL game in Montreal, the Canadiens paid tribute to former Montreal Expos catcher Gary Carter, who passed away Thursday at the age of 57. Carter was the first player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame with the Montreal Expos logo on his cap.

The Bell Centre went dark and still pictures of Gary Carter were shown on the ice as the PA announcer summarized highlights of Carter's career. A montage of video highlights of Carter was then shown on the scoreboard to the music of The Eagles classic "New Kid in Town", as a tribute to Carter's nickname "Kid".

Montreal Expos mascot Youppi then made a surprise appearance on the ice as the crowd applauded, and the tribute finished with a moment of silence.

The visiting team goaltender, New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur, showed some emotion on the ice. Brodeur grew up in Montreal, and Martin's father Denis was the Montreal Expos team photographer. Gary Carter came to the Brodeur household frequently and the family considered him a close friend.

FIU baseball team does the "Cha-Cha Slide" during rain delay (Video)

In a rain delay before last Friday's college baseball game at Rice that lasted nearly three hours, the visiting Florida International baseball team kept themselves busy by dancing to the "Cha-Cha Slide".

Unfortunately, the dancing didn't help FIU on the field, as Rice won the game 6-2 which opened the season for both teams.

H/T College Baseball Daily via Hot Clicks.

Reverend Al Sharpton capitalizes on Jeremy Lin story for MSNBC (Video)

Right now, everyone is jumping on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon, now that he has helped lead the New York Knicks to win eight of their past nine games. Because of the stardom that he has achieved in such a short period of time, people are actively trying to spin the Jeremy Lin story for their own benefit.

Enter Reverend Al Sharpton, who currently hosts MSNBC's "Politics Nation". Sharpton recently filmed an ad to promote the MSNBC tagline "Lean Forward" which was directed by filmmaker (and lifelong New York Knicks fan) Spike Lee.

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Reverend Sharpton talks about how the Jeremy Lin story has spread well beyond the world of sports:
"We've been waiting for a movement like this for decades. Americans have hope again, and there's real change in the air. It's got people from Wall Street to Main Street looking for their own diamond in the rough. It's about looking past the surface beyond the stereotypes and giving unlikely people a chance."
At the end of the clip, the tagline "Lean Forward" becomes "Lin Forward", another reminder of the "Linsanity" that has taken over the world.

H/T New York Daily News.

Mike Tomlin gets a bit irritated with ESPN cameraman at Kentucky basketball game (Video)

On Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was in the front row of Rupp Arena to watch the Kentucky basketball team host Ole Miss. Tomlin was a guest of Kentucky basketball head coach John Calipari and was sitting next to Kentucky football head coach Joker Phillips. ESPN found Tomlin in the crowd and showed him on camera, but Tomlin became a bit irritated when the cameraman wouldn't leave him alone.

It happened when ESPN returned from a timeout in the first half. ESPN showed Tomlin in the front row, and Tomlin tried to ignore the camera and pretend that it wasn't there. However, after the cameraman stayed on him a little too long, Tomlin faced the camera directly and said "You had enough, bro? You had enough? I'm trying to watch the game."

In the background, you can hear a behind-the-scenes ESPN voice saying "We're on. We're on", followed by another voice, presumably the cameraman, saying "I'm moving."

Tomlin tried to play nice and let the cameraman have his shot, but it did get a little awkward the longer the camera lingered. However, that's part of being an NFL head coach, and Tomlin understands that. Tomlin did his best to not completely lose his cool but clearly made it known that he was not happy.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

California high school basketball player makes one-handed alley-oop slam dunk over an opponent's back (Video)

In a California high school Division 1A playoff game, Orange Lutheran High School boys basketball star Gabe York had an incredible one-handed slam dunk over an opponent's back off an alley-oop pass during a 70-46 win over Dana Hills High.

York is committed to the Arizona Wildcats, so this dunk should give them a sampling of what to expect when he joins the team.

H/T Prep Rally.

Feb 19, 2012

LeBron James lands on two young boys in front row after trying to block shot (Video)_

In the fourth quarter of today's NBA game in Miami, Heat forward LeBron James tried to block a three-point shot by Orlando Magic forward Ryan Anderson. However, LeBron's momentum carried him into the front row of the stands just beyond the sideline, where he landed on two kids, making one of them cry.

During a timeout shortly afterwards, LeBron came over to the young boys to apologize and make sure they were OK. That seemed to make the boy who cried upon initial impact feel a lot better, as he had a big smile on his face afterwards.

Video via Sports Grid.

LeBron James throws half court alley-oop to Dwayne Wade (Video)

The Miami Heat were firing on all cylinders early in the first quarter of Sunday's home game against the visiting Orlando Magic. It showed about two and a half minutes into the game when LeBron James threw a perfect alley-oop pass from half court to Dwayne Wade for the slam dunk.

It doesn't get much better than that.

The Heat won the game 90-78. Wade led all scorers with 27 points. LeBron James contributed 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Heat.

H/T Sports Grid.

Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason yells at coach Todd Richards after being pulled (Video)

In Saturday night NHL action from Columbus, Blue Jackets goalie Steve Mason was pulled in the second period yesterday after giving up 4 goals on 20 shots against the visiting Chicago Blackhawks. After Mason sat down on the bench, he was caught yelling at interim head coach Todd Richards for about 30 seconds.

Not sure what Mason's beef was with Richards, as it would seem Richards made a reasonable move to pull Mason from the net after giving up four goals in two periods. However, it never looks good for a player to be yelling at his coach in front of the fans. Mason probably should have waited until after the game and took it up with him in private.

Of course, there's the possibility that Mason has had it with all the losing in Columbus and just wants out. We'll have to see what happens.

Video via Sean Leahy. H/T Puck Daddy.

Dereck Chisora brawls with David Haye in postmatch press conference (Video)

Boxer Dereck Chisora was in a press conference Saturday night after losing a WBC heavyweight title match by unanimous decision to Vitali Klitschko when the presser was interrupted by fellow British boxer David Haye. After Haye had a verbal back-and-forth between Chisora and his managers, Chisora stepped down from the podium to speak with Haye face-to-face and the two boxers came to blows.

(Warning: Graphic video with NSFW language.)
(DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior, so please do not imitate).

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After the brawl, Munich police detained Chisora, but are still looking for Haye.

Phil Mickelson's tee shot ends up in man's shorts (Video)

Phil Mickelson hit a ball that went wide left of the green on the 15th tee during the third round of today's Northern Trust Open golf tournament. The ball bounced off a tree and into the crowd, but ended up in an unusual spot: inside a man's shorts.

The fan in the gallery was laying down on the ground at the time (for reasons yet unknown), which explains how the ball got in his pants. He stayed down on the ground until Mickelson approached to get the ball out of his shorts (rather than play it in an awkward spot). Mickelson gave the fan an autographed glove for his incovenience.

Despite the awkward moment, Mickelson hit par for the 15th hole and finished the third round tied for the lead in the tournament.

H/T Devil Ball Golf.

Feb 18, 2012

Dereck Chisora spits water in Wladimir Klitschko's face before WBC title fight (Video)

Before Saturday night's WBC heavyweight title fight in Munich, Germany between Dereck Chisora and Vitali Klitschko, Chisora spit water in the face of Vitali's brother Wladimir.

Wladimir did not retaliate and actually grinned a little bit.

This comes a day after the weigh-in where Chisora slapped Vitali Klitschko in the face.
Talk about classless behavior. After that, you couldn't help but root for Klitschko to knock Chisora out.

Klitschko didn't knock out Chisora, but did win the unanimous decision to retain his WBC heavyweight title belt. However, chaos broke out in a post-fight news conference where Chisora was challenged to a fight by British boxer David Haye and they came to blows. (Hopefully we'll have video of that soon).

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Tim Tebow reads the Dr. Seuss classic "Green Eggs and Ham" (Video)

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has joined up with the Pizza Hut sponsored program "Book It!" which encourages kids to read. As part of that program, this video features Tebowreading the Dr. Seuss children's classic "Green Eggs and Ham".

All the kids at home can enjoy this one.

H/T Off the Bench.

FSU sorority girl wants 'Jerry Lin' to be her date (Video)

Continuing with the Jeremy Lin "Linsanity" bandwagon, and also touching upon the "ask a famous celebrity for a date" trend, a Florida State Kappa Delta sorority girl named Angie wanted to ask him to be her date for her upcoming formal.

She recorded her proposal and posted it on Youtube recently, but it becomes clear that she has no idea who Jeremy Lin was (she calls him "Jerry"), or what sport he plays (she congratulates the New York Giants on their Super Bowl win), or what his racial background is.

But, hey, it's the thought that counts, right?

H/T Off the Bench.

Spike Lee wore Jeremy Lin's high school jersey to Friday night's Knicks game (Video)

Everyone is jumping on the Jeremy Lin bandwagon, including filmmaker Spike Lee, who watches all the New York Knicks home games from the front row of Madison Square Garden. At Friday night's Knicks game at MSG against the New Orleans Hornets, Spike took his "Linsanity" to a whole new level by wearing Jeremy Lin's number 4 Palo Alto High School jersey.

Unfortunately, the Knicks lost to the Hornets 89-85, their first loss since Jeremy Lin became their starting point guard.

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Ricky Rubio makes incredible behind-the-back pass to Kevin Love (Video)

During the final minutes of Friday night's NBA game in Houston, Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio makes an incredible behind-the-back pass to teammate Kevin Love under the basket, setting up Love perfectly for an easy layup.

Love started out near the three-point line when he took a dribble and passed it to Rubio. Rubio had his back to the basket, but passed the ball with his right hand behind his back to the perfect spot underneath the basket where Love was waiting.

The Timberwolves beat the hometown Rockets 111-98. Love led all players in the game with 33 points and 17 rebounds. Rubio finished with 18 points and led all players with 9 assists.

Annakin Slayd records Gary Carter tribute called "Kid" (Video)

Earlier this week, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died at the age of 57.

As a tribute to Gary Carter, Annakin Slayd, a musical artist from Montreal, recorded a song called "Kid" along with a video featuring highlights of Carter during his playing days.

Most of the highlights are from Carter's years with the Expos, the team with which he spent most of his career. However, there are a few clips from Carter's days with the Mets, where he spent five seasons and won the 1986 World Series. However, you do see Carter's "classic smile" on display throughout the video. Carter was one of the good guys and he will be missed.

H/T Big League Stew.

Feb 17, 2012

Pennsylvania high schooler Devin Thomas breaks backboard on slam dunk (Video)

High school senior Devin Thomas of Central Dauphin High School (Harrisburg, PA) broke the glass backboard on a slam dunk off an alley-oop pass from a teammate in the third quarter of yesterday's game against Greencastle-Antrim High.

The game was suspended immediately after the backboard broke and will be resumed on Friday evening, with Central Dauphin having a 39-30 lead.

Wake Forest basketball fans should be happy to see this video, as Thomas has committed to play there next year.

Video via CBS21. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Lights go out during Nets-Pacers game (Video)

In Thursday night's NBA game in Indianapolis between the New Jersey Nets and Indiana Pacers, the lights went out in the middle of the action with 8:08 left in the first half.

The lights came back on after about 5 seconds, causing a five-minute delay as the players were sent to the benches.

Naturally the questions are being asked about how this happened. Since the Pacers were about to take a three-pointer, did a Nets fan flip the switch at just the right time?

In the end, the Pacers beat the Nets 93-88.

Young Argentine soccer fan spits at Ronaldhino during corner kick (Video)

In a Copa Libertadores tournmament soccer match in Group 2 with Lanus (Argentina) hosting Flamengo (Brazil), Flamengo's Ronaldinho was setting up for a corner kick just before halftime when a young boy in the stands was caught on camera spitting at him.

(DISCLAIMER: Kids, don't try to imitate this type of behavior.)

Just a guess, but the boy looks like he was in the 10-12 year old range. Shameful behavior that shows a total lack of respect. You can only hope that his parents, or another responsible adult, will call him out on this.

Also noteworthy from the video is the lighter landing near Ronaldhino that was thrown by another fan. Hopefully security tracked that person down and tossed them out of the stadium.

On a side note, the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Cleveland Cavaliers mascot Moondog neutered himself during game (Video)

On Wednesday night in Cleveland, Cavaliers mascot "Moondog" tried to rally the hometown fans by beating a drum. However, Moondog made the ill-fated decision to balance himself on top of one of those skinny metal railings while doing it. The video below shows why Moondog made a poor decision, as he slips and falls straight down onto the railing, landing on his groin.

(DISCLAIMER: Kids, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME. Come to think of it, adults really shouldn't try this either.)

Not sure how much of the game was left at the time this happened, but it's safe to say Moondog will not be attempting this stunt again anytime soon, unless he doesn't plan on having kids in the future.

Fortunately, the Cavaliers won the game 98-87 over the visiting Indiana Pacers, so hopefully that helped to ease the pain a bit.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Kate Upton stars in new burger commercial for Carl's Jr. and Hardee's (Video)

Kate Upton, the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl, has had a busy month. Aside from making the rounds to publicize the SI cover, Upton made an online commercial for the MLB 2K12 video game, and will be starring in a soon-to-be-released commercial for the new Southwest Patty Melt burger that will be sold in Carl's Jr. and Hardee's.

CKE Restaurants, the parent company of the Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurant chains, was kind enough to release some of the behind-the-scenes footage from Kate Upton's commercial shoot.

And, no, this has nothing really to do with sports, but Kate is rumored to be dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. So there you go.

Video via Carl's Jr.

Feb 16, 2012

Ellen DeGeneres tries to entrap Kate Upton into admitting she is dating Mark Sanchez on "Ellen" (Video)

Kate Upton, the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition cover girl, made an appearance on "Ellen" recently, and host Ellen DeGeneres wasted no time asking Upton about the rumors that she is dating New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Upton did a good job avoiding a direct answer, although when Ellen asked how long they have been dating, Upton couldn't look Ellen in the eye when she says "I don't know what you're talking about." Viewers will just have to make up their own minds.

Video via Ellen. H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Montreal Canadien fans cheer as Bruins Zdeno Chara hit in face with puck (Video)

At the end of the first period of Wednesday night's NHL game in Montreal, Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was hit in the face with a puck by a clearance attempt by Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec. Unfortunately, the Montreal fans in attendance did not seem to be concerned, as they were cheering while Chara was laying down on the ice.

Chara did return to the game, and the Bruins got a measure of revenge against the inappropriate behavior by the Montreal fans with a 4-3 shootout win.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Tampa Bay Rays introduce DJ Kitty mascot: Is Raymond being pushed out? (Photo)

DJ Kitty has made frequent appearances on the scoreboard at Tampa Bay Rays games over the last couple of years. Well, now the Rays are bringing DJ Kitty to life as a mascot, and he will make his debut at the Rays Fan Fest this weekend.

What is interesting about this move, however is the fact that the Rays already have a mascot named Raymond, who is kind of a mix between a dog and a walrus.  The official Rays web site still has Raymond listed at the team mascot, so he has not been replaced.  Both Raymond and DJ Kitty will be available for photos with the kids at the weekend Fan Fest. 

So, the addition of DJ Kitty to the Rays roster raises a lot of questions: How is Raymond going to react to having to share the spotlight with DJ Kitty? Is there room for two mascots in the Rays organization? Do the Rays really need two mascots? 

And that doesn't even factor in whether a "kitty" is the best choice for a team mascot. Aren't the Rays alienating their dog-loving fans by doing this?

Raymond better watch his back, because something tells me that only one of these Rays mascots is sticking around for the long haul. Could Raymond be on the way out? Only time will tell.

Photo via @Jonathan_Gantt.  H/T Big League Stew.

Bryan Trottier celebrates Hockey Day in Canada by playing country music (Video)

During the Scotiabank Hockey Day in Canada celebration at Prince Edward Island, former New York Islanders star (and Hockey Hall of Famer) Bryan Trottier helped fans get into the spirit by playing some country music at Baba's in Charlottetown.

Here's Trottier playing the Johnny Cash classic "Good-Hearted Woman".

Bryan Trottier Goes Country from Bob Babinski on Vimeo.

You don't normally associate hockey with country music, but with all the NHL teams that now play in southern cities in the US, maybe it was only a matter of time.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Feb 15, 2012

Mike Tyson curses during halftime interview at New York Knicks game (Video)

During halftime of New York Knicks games, MSG Network has a "Live From Celebrity Row" segment hosted by Jill Martin, where she asks as many questions as she can in 60 seconds to a celebrity watching that night's Knicks game. At halftime of Wednesday night's game against the Sacramento Kings, Jill Martin's live celebrity guest was former boxer Mike Tyson. And although you never know exactly what to expect from Tyson, it would probably be reasonable to expect that he would end up dropping a curse word at some point during the interview.

So, when Tyson was asked what was the dumbest money he ever spent, he said "anything I ever had" and that money was spent on some dumb stuff. Only he didn't stay stuff - he said another word that starts with 's' that shouldn't be said on live TV.

(DISCLAIMER: NSFW language. We do not endorse the use of this type of language - we just laugh when it slips through uncensored on live TV. It would be nice if these networks used a 7-second delay once in a while, or had a way to make sure the censors do their jobs.)

One interesting part of the exchange (after Tyson's curse) was when Martin asked Tyson what he would do with one life do over. Tyson responded "The ear thing [with Evander Holyfield] was pretty heavy. I wish I could do that one over."

MSG Network video via. H/T Sports Grid.

Chocolate-covered strawberry on ice causes delay at Blues-Blue Jackets game (Video)

An extremely unusual sighting occured during Tuesday night's NHL matchup in Columbus between the Blue Jackets and the visiting St. Louis Blues when a chocolate-covered strawberry was thrown onto the ice by a fan, causing a brief delay in the game.

Tuesday was Valentine's Day after all, but it's unclear why the strawberry was thrown on the ice. No goal was scored at the time, so we don't expect this to become a hockey tradition like the octopus in Detroit.

Was someone unhappy on their date? Or unhappy with the Blue Jackets in general? I guess we'll never know.

The Blue Jackets beat the Blues 2-1.

FOX Sports video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Jeremy Lin hits game-winning three pointer as Knicks beat Raptors (Video)

In Tuesday night NBA action, the amazing run of New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin continues.

With the Knicks and Toronto Raptors tied at 87 and time winding down, Jeremy Lin drained a three pointer with 0.5 seconds left to give the Knicks a 90-87 win.

Lin was the top scorer in the game with 27 points. The Knicks came back from a 9 point deficit with 3:57 to go to win their sixth straight game.

Feb 14, 2012

Kate Upton stars in online commercial for MLB 2K12 (Video)

It was revealed Monday that Kate Upton is the 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover girl, now at newsstands everywhere. Also released yesterday was a 2K Sports online commercial for the upcoming Major League Baseball 2K12 video game, featuring Upton giving "hands on" tips on proper finger mechanics to major league pitchers.

The pitchers starring in the commercial are Detroit Tigers pitcher (and AL Cy Young award winner) Justin Verlander, Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Jay Bruce and Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson, who are trying to work their way into "The Perfect Club". The pitchers don't have any lines in the commercial, which probably means 2K Sports saved a little money by not giving them speaking parts.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Chris Bosh interrupts LeBron James' postgame interview, curses on live TV (Video)

In Monday night NBA action, the Miami Heat defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 114-96 in Milwaukee Monday night. LeBron James led the Heat in scoring with 35 points. However, LeBron's postgame interview with FOX Sports Florida was interrupted by Heat teammate Chris Bosh. Bosh was excited after the victory, but a little too much so, as he ended up saying a curse word on live TV that rhymes with "spit".

DISCLAIMER: Video has NSFW language. We do not encourage the use of this language at home, especially with kids.

The FOX Sports commentator immediately offered an apology, and it took a few seconds for the commentator and for James to regain composure and continue on with the interview. Sorry, Chris, swearing on live TV was not "real good".

Of course, you have to wonder why the Florida FOX Sports affiliate doesn't have a 7 second delay. Maybe it's the economy.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Feb 13, 2012

New Mexico State's Hernst Laroche gets tripped up, recovers to block shot and score fast break layup (Video)

In the second half of an NCAA basketball matchup at Utah State Saturday night, New Mexico State point guard Hernst Laroche was accidentally tripped up on a screen by Utah State forward Kyisean Reed. However, Laroche recovered so quickly that he was able to get right back up and block a three-point shot attempt by Utah State guard Preston Medlin. To top it off, Laroche took possession of the ball off the blocked shot and dribbled all the way down the court for the easy basket on the other end.

The awesome defensive play by Laroche helped New Mexico State take control of the game down the stretch to win the battle of the Aggies over Utah State, 80-69.

H/T Sports Grid.

Marc Gasol hit in face with pass from Grizzlies teammate Rudy Gay (Video)

In the third quarter of Sunday night's NBA game in Memphis, Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was hit in the face with a pass from teammate Rudy Gay during a fast break. However, the ball took a lucky bounce off Gasol's chin right into the hands of Grizzlies forward Marreese Speights, who was waiting underneath the basket for an easy lay-up.

No word yet as to whether Gasol got an assist on the play.

H/T Sports Grid.

Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers wins gold medal, proposes to girfriend on medal stand (Video)

Olympic swimmer Matt Grevers won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke at the Missouri Grand Prix event on Saturday night. While on the medal stand, Grevers invited his girlfriend and fellow US national swim team member Annie Chandler on the stand with him and made a surprise marriage proposal.

Chandler said yes. Good thing Grevers won a medal, or he would have had to come up with another proposal plan.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Feb 12, 2012

Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz serve as guest presenters at the Grammys (Video)

New York Giants wide receivers Mario Manningham and Victor Cruz made an appearance at the 54th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night to present the award for Best Rock Performance with NCIS actress Pauley Perrette. Before announcing the nominees, Perrette asked Cruz to demonstrate his salsa dancing, which he did to the delight of the crowd.

The Best Rock Performance award was won by the Foo Fighters.

Video via Mediaite. H/T Sports Grid.

Kobe Bryant hits game-winning jump shot against Toronto Raptors (Video)

In NBA action from Toronto, with the Los Angeles Lakers down 92-91 to the Toronto Raptors late in the fourth quarter, Lakers star Kobe Bryant took the inbounds pass from Metta World Peace and hit a jump shot with 4.2 seconds left to give the Lakers a 93-92 lead.

The Lakers won the game 94-92. Bryant led the Lakers with 27 points.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Evan Trupp scores amazing lacrosse-style goal from behind the net in ECHL (Video)

In a Saturday night ECHL hockey matchup, Bakersfield Condors forward Evan Trupp uses a lacrosse-style move with the puck and scores a goal from behind the net.

The goal was Trupp's second goal of the game and helped Bakersfield tie the Las Vegas Wranglers 3-3 in the third period. Trupp also scored a goal during the shootout after overtime to help Bakersfield to a 4-3 win.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Dominika Cibulkova wears white bikini in Slovakian lottery commercial (Video)

Female tennis player Dominika Cibulkova stars in a commercial in her native Slovakia for the Keno 10 lottery. The commercial starts out with three average looking guys in a hot tub sipping champagne when in walks Cibulkova wearing a white bikini.

Cibulkova spent some time in Slovakia back in November when she was seen dancing around on the court with Caroline Wozniacki during an exhibition match. She hasn't won any Grand Slam tournaments yet, but she's only 22, so she's still young.

H/T Off the Bench.

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland poses as weatherman on Dallas newscast (Video)

Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland made a guest appearance on WFFA-TV news in Dallas on Friday to pose as a weatherman.

Holland strolled onto the set as a surprise guest of WFFA meteorologist Pete Delkus and took over during the weather segment. Holland struggled with the controls, but did manage to get a few laughs. He threw in a brief Harry Carey impersonation, but mostly Holland made his way through the segment by pointing at the map and saying "Would you just look at that? Just look at it." At the end of the segment, Holland took off his hoodie so he could stroll on set with a green shirt underneath so his chest could disappear into the weather map on camera.

Holland's impromptu impressions during the World Series were a little better, but this is still worth a look.

H/T Big League Stew.

Feb 11, 2012

Whitney Houston, singer of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXV, dies at age 48 (Video)

On Saturday, the sad news broke that singer/actress Whitney Houston was found dead at age 48.

In January 1991, Whitney Houston sang the National Anthem before Super Bowl XXV. It was earlier that month that the Persian Gulf War started, so during that particular year, "The Star-Spangled Banner" had additional meaning due to the men and women who were overseas fighting for our country.

Here is the video of that performance:

Whitney Houston's rendition of the National Anthem is considered one of the greatest versions of the song ever sang, certainly at the Super Bowl. It received such an overwhelming response that it was released as a commercial song and video, and has been the standard for all public performances of the National Anthem ever since.

Bus carrying Turkish soccer team Samsunspor hit by slow moving train (Video)

In Turkey, the Samsunspor soccer team was traveling home after a Tuesday night match when the rear of the bus carrying the team was hit by a train.

Video footage of the incident was caught by a nearby traffic cam. Fortunately, the train was traveling at a relatively slow speed, and only two players on the team suffered minor injuries.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Fans riot after boxing match in Argentina (Video)

An ugly scene broke out in Argentina Friday night when fans began to riot after the end of a boxing match for the interim IBF light flyweight title. Hometown fighter Luis Alberto Lazare lost via TKO in the 10th round to Filipino Johnriel Casimero. However, Casimero did not get a chance to enjoy the victory as fans unhappy with the decision began throwing objects into the ring, including chairs.

(Warning: graphic video. DISCLAIMER: There is no place for this type of behavior. Please do not imitate this type of behavior at home or in public.)

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Jeremy Lin's spin move against Lakers was completely Lin-sane (Video)

New York Knicks point guard (and overnight sensation) Jeremy Lin put on a show Friday night at Madison Square Garden for the home fans against the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. In the second quarter of the game, Lin used a fantastic spin move on Lakers guard Derek Fisher on the way to the basket that brought Knicks fans to their feet.

Jeremy Lin was the top scorer for the game with 38 points. Lin even outscored Kobe Bryant, who finished with 34 points, as the Knicks beat the Lakers 92-85.

ESPN video via.

Feb 10, 2012

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Swears Live On ESPN Sportscenter (Video)

During Thursday's live edition of ESPN "SportsCenter", John Buccigross had to issue an on-air apology after his interview with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson after Johnson said a curse word that rhymes with "fullspit".

Johnson, who played college football at the University of Miami, was promoting his latest movie "Journey 2" and simultaneously promoting his upcoming appearance as The Rock in the WWE's Wrestlemania XXVIII. However, The Rock may have gotten carried away with his wrestling persona and tried to act a little too cool, or just forgot that the segment was being aired live, when answering some interview questions.

Buccigross asked Johnson "Can you still smell what you're cooking after all these years? What does it smell like?". The Rock responded "Black Chilean sea bass with mango on the side", and then followed up by dropping the bomb with "That's b-------".

ESPN censors were caught sleeping...again. You would figure with all the incidents they've had in the past year, between Bobby Knight, Ron Jaworski, Lee Corso, and now this, they would put a 7-second delay in place. Haven't they learned anything by now?

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Russell Westbrook throws down monster one-handed dunk against Sacramento (Video)

Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook had a monster one-handed dunk near the end of the second quarter of last night's NBA game in Sacramento against the Kings.

Westbrook dribbled right down the key and finished with the powerful slam dunk. It was so powerful and out of nowhere that TNT commentators shouted in excitement and had to catch their breath to regain their composure after the play.

In the end, Westbrook was the leading scorer of the game with 33 points, but the Kings won the game 106-101.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Kobe Bryant posed for picture with Rob Gronkowski after Lakers-Celtics game (Photo)

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski attended the Boston Celtics game against the Los Angeles Lakers last night and got a standing ovation from the TD Garden crowd. After the game, he got to meet Lakers star Kobe Bryant, or should I say, Kobe got to meet Gronkowski and pose for a picture with him.

Because everyone loves the Gronk.

Photo via Glenn Gronkowski. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Feb 9, 2012

Blake Griffin and Kevin Love earn style points playing game of Jenga (Video)

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love played each other one-on-one recently, but not in a game of basketball.

Griffin and Love played a game of Jenga in a commercial for the game which allowed them to incorporate their basketball moves...which made this commercial fun to watch.

No evidence of any foot stomping by Love.

H/T Sports Grid.

Rob Gronkowski's postgame dance video becomes Jersey Shore episode (Video)

What do you get when you mash up the video of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski dancing around after the Super Bowl (on a bad ankle after the Patriots lost, mind you) with an episode of MTV's "Jersey Shore"?

Must-see TV, that's what.

Gronkowski's dance video is perfectly spliced into a Jersey Shore episode showing the boys at the club. It's hard to explain, but this just works.

H/T Off the Bench.

Oklahoma high school runs up score by throwing full court pass for slam dunk with only one second left in game (Video)

In Oklahoma, the Vinita High boys basketball team scored a basket on a slam dunk with only one second left on the clock against Locust Grove High...on an inbounds pass from the opposite baseline. It was a great looking play, except for one problem: Vinita High was already winning by 12 points.

Here's what happened: With one second left in the game, Locust Grove High makes a free throw to cut Vinita's lead to 52-40. Vinita should have been content with simply inbounding the ball and letting the last second tick off the clock to seal the victory. Instead, Vinita's Garret Maxey heaved the ball from the baseline towards the other end of the court. With no Locust Grove players back on defense, the ball bounced perfectly on the opposite free throw line and up in the air for Vinita's Jake Bullard, who caught the ball in the air and threw it down for the slam dunk.

If this play decided the outcome of the game, it would probably be nominated for basketball play of the year. Instead, it looks like an example of poor sportsmanship on Vinita High's part, with Bullard's dunk being a case of "rubbing it in".

Based on the video and the flawless execution of the play, it looks like the Vinita High boys have probably run the play in practice a few times. However, it probably should have been saved for a more appropriate situation, such as a game that is much closer on the scoreboard. It's not clear whether the coach called this play or the boys ran the play on their own, but hopefully next time Vinita High will show better sportsmanship with a large lead and be content to simply run the clock out.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Prep Rally.

Girl looking for Mark Sanchez at Giants Super Bowl parade explains herself (Video)

Recently at Holdout Sports, we brought you the blonde girl at the New York Giants Super Bowl victory parade who was asked during a live interview which Giants player she was excited to see when she shouted "Sanchez!". Of course, this made no sense since Mark Sanchez is the quarterback of the New York Jets, so she seemed to have the New York football teams confused.

So, who is this girl and what was she thinking? Inquiring minds wanted to know, so WNBC-TV tracked her down and gave her a chance to respond.

The girl is Samantha DeFalco, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, and the girl on her shoulders was her roommate. Apparently she's really not a huge fan of anyone on any team or any sport. She just blurted out Mark Sanchez's name because she saw in a fashion magazine once.

Of course, Miss DeFalco knows the video went viral, so she could now be playing herself up as a "dumb blonde" character to score a reality TV gig with her newfound popularity. Who knows? Only time will tell.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Will Ferrell did player introductions at Bulls-Hornets game in New Orleans (Video)

Will Ferrell is currently filming a movie in New Orleans, and on Wednesday night he was given the opportunity to make the pregame introductions between the Hornets and the visiting Chicago Bulls.

Ferrell added a little extra to the intros for each player. For the Bulls, Carlos Boozer "still lives with his mother", Joakim Noah is "a Scorpio and a horrible dancer", and Corey Brewer "once ate 20 hot dogs in an hour". For the Hornets, Trevor Ariza "still loves to listen to Bell, Biv, Devoe", and UConn alumnus Emeka Okefor "majored in econ but he minored in love".

Video via CSN Chicago. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Corey Perry scores game-winning goal in OT after not being called for trip (Video)

In Anaheim Wednesday night, Ducks forward Corey Perry tripped Carolina Hurricanes forward Jussi Jokinen behind the Hurricanes net in overtime, but the referees did not make the penalty call. Perry even paused and looked around assuming that the penalty call was coming, but when it did not, Perry played on.

To top it off, Perry received a pass from teammate Sheldon Brookbank seconds later and scored the game-winning goal for the Ducks.

Looks like the Hurricanes got the short end of the stick on this one.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Feb 8, 2012

Jets congratulate Giants with full-page ad in NY Daily News (Photo)

In Wednesday's edition of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets took out a full page ad to congratulate the New York Giants on winning the Super Bowl.

The worst nightmare scenario played out for the New York Jets this season. After a third straight year of head coach Rex Ryan guaranteeing a Super Bowl parade, the Jets collapsed down the stretch in disastrous fashion and did not even make the playoffs. To top it all off, they had to sit at home and watch their division rivals, the New England Patriots, and their cross town rivals, the New York Giants, play each other in the Super Bowl.

Maybe after watching the Giants win the Super Bowl by doing things the right way, Rex Ryan will stop with the empty promises and try to be a bit more humble going forward.

Photo via CNBC's Darren Rovell. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Conan O'Brien sends Billy Eichner to cover Madonna's Super Bowl halftime show (Video)

Conan O'Brien sent "correspondent" Billy Eichner to Indianapolis last Sunday. However, Eichner's focus was the Madonna halftime show, and he didn't want to hear talk about the Super Bowl itself, leading to hilarious results.

Video via Team Coco. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Jeremy Lin inspires Mega Ran rap song (Video)

New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin has scored 20 points in each of the last three games since being added to the starting lineup. Lin has played so well that the fans at Madison Square Garden are chanting "MVP" for the energy he has brought to the Knicks.

Rapper Mega Ran is obviously impressed, as he has released a rap song as a tribute to the overnight sensation called simply "I'm Jeremy Lin".

Time to jump on the bandwagon.

H/T Sports Crackle Pop.
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