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Mar 31, 2012

Flyers' Wayne Simmonds scores goal off his face (Video)


Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds scored a goal in the second period of Saturday's NHL game against the Ottawa Senators, but it was a painful one. In fact, Simmonds didn't actually shoot the puck, but got credit for the goal after a slapshot by teammate Brayden Schenn hit Simmonds in the face and the puck found its way into the net.



Simmonds went to the locker room to get checked out, but later returned to the game. In fact, he gave an interview during the second intermission while his right eye and nose were still covered with blood.



Simmonds does not wear a visor, but after receiving seven stitches after Saturday's game, he might want to rethink that. At the very least, this should be a prime example for other hockey players as to why they should wear visors.

Unbelievably, this isn't the first time this season that Senators goalie Craig Anderson has allowed a goal to be scored off an opponent's face. Back in February, Washington Capitals forward Mathieu Perreault scored a goal after taking an accidental puck in the face. However, Perrault was wearing a visor and did not take a direct hit from a slapshot as Simmonds did. Anderson really needs to work on those face shots.

The Flyers lost to the Senators 4-3 in a shootout.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Kari Lehtonen accidentally hits Stars fan in face with puck during pregame warmups (Video)


During pregame warmups before Friday night's NHL game in Vancouver, Dallas Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen accidentally hit a Stars fan in the face with a flying puck, setting off a hilarious chain of events to follow.



The video of the incident starts off by showing a male and female Stars fan in the front row. Note the female fan is obviously a big Lehtonen fan as she holds a sign saying "Kari 4 Vezina #1", because this will become an important detail in a moment.

From the video, you can see Lehtonen during pregame warmups whipping the puck around. We don't see the male fan being hit by the puck, but we do see him holding his nose after being hurt. How ironic that Lehtonen manages to hit a Stars fan in the face while on the road in Vancouver?

Lehtonen acknowledges the fan by tossing him a towel, which he uses to treat his bloody nose. However, the female Stars fan takes the towel from him, thinking it was intended for her (since she's such a big Lehtonen fan - she had that sign after all). The male fan kindly explains to her "Hey, can't you see I'm bleeding here?" or something to that effect. He has to show her the puck that hit him in the face as proof, as she doesn't seem to believe his story when she gives the towel back.

The male fan got to keep the towel and was given a goalie stick for his troubles, but he had to get some stitches from some on-site medical staffers.

However, in another ironic twist and an unintentionally hilarious ending to the chain of events, the Canucks scoreboard picks that moment as the whole incident has finished playing out to display the public service message: "Watch out for flying pucks!" At that moment the Stars fan was probably thinking to himself "Yeah, thanks for the tip, but it's a little late."

To top it all off, the Stars fan had to watch his team lose to the Canucks 5-2. But at least he got to take home the stick and the bloody towel. And the stitches.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Pelotas forward Walter Guglielmone gets red card for shoving teammate in face (Video)


In a Campeonato Gaucho soccer league match from Brazil, Pelotas forward Walter Guglielmone (a.k.a. Gully) was given a red card for shoving a player in the face twice. That kind of behavior is clearly inappropriate, but to make matters worse, the player that Gully shoved was one of his own teammates.



It happened during a brief stoppage in the action as Pelotas opponent Caixas was setting up for a corner kick. Gully got into a heated argument with teammate Douglas Silva and shoved him in the face. After other teammates separated them, they continued to argue and came face to face again, at which point Gully shoved him again. The referee then pulled Gully away from his teammates and gave him a red card.

In the end, Caixas won the match 2-1, and things must have been pretty awkward in the Pelotas locker room after the game.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Chris Paul snubs Mark McGrath on fist bump (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul celebrated with some front row fans after scoring the game winning basket in Friday night's 98-97 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. However, Paul snubbed Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath when he tried to give him a fist bump, and it was caught on national television.



McGrath is a noted Lakers fan, so it may have been a conscious snub by Paul. However, McGrath didn't seem to take it too personally, as he even alluded to it on his Twitter account.

McGrath later joked on Twitter that he was also snubbed by Bell Biv Devoe, to which they probably thought to themselves "Hey, keep us out of this."

ESPN/NBA video via. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Mar 30, 2012

Happy 50th birthday to MC Hammer, former Oakland A's ballboy (Photo)


Today is rapper MC Hammer's 50th birthday.  Hammer (a.k.a. Stanley Burrell) grew up in Oakland and was a ballboy for the Oakland Athletics from 1973 to 1980. In honor of his 50th birthday, the Oakland A's posted a photo of Hammer from his days as the team ballboy on the team Twitter account.

MC Hammer, from his days as a ballboy for the Oakland A's

He's come a long way since then.  Happy birthday, MC Hammer.

Photo via Oakland A's Twitter account. H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

London Zoo installs Olympic diving board for its penguins (Video)


The London Zoo is getting into the spirit for the upcoming Summer Olympics by installing an Olympic-themed diving board in its Penguin Beach exhibit.

The board was installed Thursday, and it didn't take very long for the penguins to start using it. Of course, some strategically placed fish seemed to help inspire their diving abilities.



Now that is cute.

H/T Off the Bench.

The new San Francisco Giants team plane has Brian Wilson's beard painted on it (Photo)


The new San Francisco Giants team plane, provided by the Virgin America airline, has the trademark Brian Wilson beard painted on its nose.

The new SF Giants team plane has Brian Wilson's beard on it.

Sure, why not?

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Kris Versteeg's stick gets stuck in Tom Gilbert's earhole (Video)


During Thursday night's NHL game between the Florida Panthers and Minnesota Wild, Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert was very lucky not to be injured after a high stick by Panthers forward Kris Versteeg became stuck in Gilbert's earhole.



It happened in the third period just after a faceoff on the Wild end of the ice, and play was stopped as Gilbert went down on the ice to protect himself. The stick was jammed in front of Gilbert's face, and a linesman helped Gilbert take off his helmet to get the stick out.

The high stick by Versteeg was inadvertent, but after becoming lodged in Gilbert's helmet, the referees had no choice but to give Versteeg the penalty.

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

Toronto Maple Leafs fans start "Let's Go Blue Jays" chant (Video)


Things have gotten so bad for the Toronto Maple Leafs that during the third period of last night's 7-1 blowout loss at home to the Philadelphia Flyers, the fans in Toronto started a "Let's go Blue Jays" chant.



The Blue Jays, of course, are Toronto's baseball team, so that's gotta hurt.

Fortunately for the Maple Leafs players, there's only two home games left and the season will be over.

Video via TheScore.com. H/T Puck Daddy.

Mar 29, 2012

Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas picks his nose and wipes it on a kid's face (Video)


Earlier this week, Real Madrid captain Iker Casillas was caught on camera picking his nose in the tunnel before their Champions League quarterfinal first leg against APOEL. To make matters worse, the camera caught Casillas just a few seconds later wiping that hand on the face of a young boy who was serving as a team mascot.



We can't confirm from the video whether Casillas wiped an actual booger on the boy's face, but still, just thinking about that possibility is really gross. Get that kid some sanitizer!

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Jameer Nelson makes perfect pass to...Jeff Van Gundy?


The Orlando Magic played so badly during their 108-86 blowout loss to the New York Knicks Wednesday night that Magic guard Jameer Nelson actually passed the ball to NBA game commentator Jeff Van Gundy.



It happened in the third quarter when Nelson tried to make a one-handed pass to teammate Jason Richardson, but his pass went just a bit outside and headed right for the scorers table where Van Gundy was sitting. Van Gundy admitted it wasn't a clean catch of Nelson's "pass", but at least he saw it coming.

H/T Awful Announcing.

Ray Lewis rallies Stanford basketball team with pregame speech (Video)


Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis was invited into the Stanford men's basketball team locker room before their NIT semifinal game against UMass Wednesday night to give them a pregame speech...and boy, did he deliver.



Lewis is known for his powerful speeches, both before and after games, and this one was certainly no exception.

Not surprisingly, Stanford responded with a 74-64 win over UMass to reach the NIT final game.

Video via The Cardinal Channel. H/T The Dagger.

Mar 28, 2012

Elderly fan in stands grabs Carlos Ruiz's flying bat (Video)


In a Sunday spring training baseball game, Carlos Ruiz' bat flew out of his hands and an elderly woman made a nice grab of the bat as it landed in the stands.



It happened in the bottom of the second inning at the Phillies' spring training stadium in Clearwater, Florida. Ruiz' bat slipped out of his hands as he swung, and the bat landed just to the right of the woman, who may have been the oldest woman in that section of the park, but obviously still has enough reflexes to react and grab the bat.

Video via MLB.com.

Tyler Colvin misplays fly ball as glove gets caught in jersey (Video)


In Tuesday spring training MLB action, Colorado Rockies right fielder Tyler Colvin was unable to catch an easy fly ball when his glove got caught in his jersey, allowing two runs to score on the play.



It happened in the bottom of the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks with runners on second and third. Diamondbacks infielder Ryan Roberts hit the ball to right field, and Colvin made a good break on the ball to get himself in position to catch it. However, when it came time to make the catch, Colvin couldn't put up his glove, resulting in an error that allowed two runs to score and allowed Roberts to make it all the way to second base.

Hopefully Colvin learned his lesson and will button his jersey a little tighter next time. That is what spring training is about, after all.

Video via MLB.com.

Pat Riley sings Temptations' "My Girl" at Shane Battier's charity event (Video)


Miami Heat president Pat Riley sang The Temptations' classic hit "My Girl" Tuesday night at a charity karaoke event at the Eden Roc Renaissance hotel hosted by Shane Battier. The "South Beach Battioke" event raised money for the Battier Take Charge Foundation, which provides scholarships to students in the Miami area.



Riley actually sounds pretty good...if he can just be ready to start the song on time.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Mar 26, 2012

Tim Tebow is really, really excited to join the New York Jets (Video)


It seemed like Tim Tebow was trying to send some type of message during Monday's press conference, his first as a member of the New York Jets.



Now I'm not sure, and I could be going out on a limb here, but is Tim Tebow trying to tell us that he's excited about being a Jet?

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

MSG's Al Trautwig reports A'mare Stoudemire is out with bulging...what? (Video)


Before Monday night's New York Knicks game, MSG network analyst Al Trautwig passed along to viewers an injury update on Jeremy Lin and A'mare Stoudemire. Lin is day-to-day with a sore left knee, and an MRI revealed Stoudemire has a bulging disc in his lower back. Unfortunately, Trautwig mispronounced the word "disc" with a different four-letter word that starts with "d" which refers to a completely different part of the male anatomy and is completely inappropriate to use on the air.

(Warning: As the title of this post implies, this video has NSFW language).



Trautwig immediately corrected himself, but because his report was on live TV, viewers caught it, and now this video will live for all of eternity.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Baylor basketball fan shows off some flamboyant dance moves (Video)


During the second half of Sunday's Elite Eight NCAA tournament basketball game between Baylor and Kentucky, one particular Baylor fan may have enjoying the game a little too much, based on his flamboyant dance moves that were caught on camera.



Unfortunately, we don't have any footage from the end of the game to see how this fan reacted to Baylor losing the game to Kentucky 82-70, ending their season. It's too bad, because it would have been worth seeing Baylor advance to the Final Four just to have another chance to watch this guy in action.

NCAA/CBS video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Kendrick Perkins dunks on Dwyane Wade and kicks him in the face (Video)


In Sunday night's NBA matchup between the Miami Heat and Oklahoma City Thunder, Thunder center Kendrick Perkins dunked on Heat guard Dwyane Wade. While hanging from the rim, Perkins stuck his foot out and kicked Wade in the face, and there will be some debate as to whether Perkins kicked Wade by accident or did it on purpose.



Wade was not happy and gave Perkins the death stare on the way down the court. Luckily both players kept their cool and things did not escalate.

The Thunder won the game 103-87.

NBA/ESPN video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Mar 25, 2012

Knicks' J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert execute double alley-oop (Video)


In Saturday night NBA action, the New York Knicks executed a nice double alley-oop in the fourth quarter after a steal by J.R. Smith. Smith made the initial alley-oop pass to teammate Iman Shumpert, who could made the easy layup, but instead tossed the ball back up to Smith to finish the play with a one-handed dunk.



Of course, this could be construed as the Knicks rubbing it in a bit, as they already had a 20 point lead over the visiting Detroit Pistons with less than 3 minutes left in the game. But hey, the Knicks are playing at home, and the fans are paying a lot of money for the tickets, so why not give them a show and give them their money's worth?

This is the second double alley-oop from the NBA in as many weeks, as the New Jersey Nets pulled off a really nice one last week between Deron Williams, Gerald Green and Kris Humphries.

H/T Sports Grid.

Mar 24, 2012

'Borat' national anthem played for Kazakhstan gold medal athlete (Video)


On Thursday, Kazakhstan's Maria Dmitrienko won the gold medal for finishing first at the 10th annual Arab Shooting Championship in Kuwait. However, her moment of pride at the top of the podium during the medal ceremony was overshadowed by an embarrassing gaffe by the event organizers. Instead of Dmitrienko's national anthem, "My Kazakhstan", the event organizers played the fake parody of Kazakhstan national anthem from the Sacha Baron Cohen movie "Borat".



Dmitrienko deserves credit for standing through the song and not making a big stink about it (publicly, that is). She certainly had every right to be extremely upset.

It's bad enough when someone messes up the words while singing a country's national anthem, but for these event organizers to not only play the wrong national anthem, but a parody of the anthem, is beyond ridiculous.

H/T Fourth-Place Medal.

Bald eagle watches Red Sox and Orioles play spring training game (Video)


A rare sight was seen at the Baltimore Orioles spring training stadium in Sarasota, Florida: a bald eagle made a nest in a cell phone tower at Ed Smith Stadium.



The bald eagle was seen on camera watching two of its hatchlings in between innings of Friday's spring training game as the Orioles hosted the Boston Red Sox.

Is it a coincidence that the eagle made a nest at the home stadium of a team named after a bird? Actually, yes, it probably is.

Video via MLB.com.

Minnesota Timberwolves (try to) sing Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time"


And now the latest evidence of marketing genius by the Minnesota Timberwolves public relations department: having the players sing karaoke to Britney Spears' "Baby One More Time".



Kevin Love is probably the worst singer of the bunch. Anthony Tolliver's singing is actually OK. Ricky Rubio and Nikola Pekovic didn't even try to sing. Martell Webster may have had a little too much fun with it. And then there's Michael Beasley, who gets through the song by mumbling complete jibberish.

Personally, I prefer Dirk Nowitzki's "dramatic reading" of Britney's lyrics to watching these guys try to sing.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Belgian soccer coach tries to stop opposing player with his foot (Video)


In a recent second division soccer match from Belgium, Royal Antwerp's John Cofie chased a ball towards Tubize's dugout, right at the spot on the sideline where Tubize manager Dante Brogno happened to be standing. For some reason, Brogno's instinct told him to stand his ground and stop Cofie by lifting his foot and sticking it straight out towards Cofie's midsection.



Brogno's foot was inches away from Cofie's waist, but somehow Brogon was able to get his foot down before Cofie collided with him. Cofie gave Brogno a little shove and questioned Brogno about the attempted kick to the waist, while Brogno tried to justify himself protecting the dugout zone. Fortunately, the situation was diffused quickly and an ugly incident was prevented.

It was a strange move, but in the end, Brogno got the last laugh as Tubize won the match 3-2.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Mar 23, 2012

Jason Smith ejected for body checking Blake Griffin to the floor (Video)


During the fourth quarter of last night's NBA game in New Orleans, Hornets forward Jason Smith found a way to stop Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin from dunking on him on a fast break: Smith body-checked Griffin to the floor like a hockey player.



Smith was given a flagrant level 2 foul by the officials, which resulted in an automatic ejection from the game. No doubt a fine and a suspension of a game or two will follow as well.

I especially like how Smith completely decks Griffin, then immediately puts his hands up as if to say "Oops!" Smith also waved his arms up and down to get the crowd going and gave a fan a high-five on the way to the locker room.

It's almost as if Smith took the speech Samuel L. Jackson gave during the player introductions a little too close to heart.

The Hornets won the game 97-90. The teams play each other again on Tuesday in Los Angeles. We'll see if any bad blood carries over to that game.

H/T Sports Grid.

Jim Boeheim's halftime interview with Lesley Visser ends awkwardly (Video)


Heading into the locker room at halftime of Thursday night's NCAA basketball tournament game between Syracuse and Wisconsin, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim had a quick interview with CBS analyst Lesley Visser. And when we say quick, we mean Boeheim answered Visser's first question and then walked away as she tried to ask a second question, leaving her hanging and trying to cover up the awkward ending. The entire interview lasted less than 20 seconds.



Syracuse went on to win the game 64-63 to advance to the Elite Eight.

NCAA/CBS video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Mar 22, 2012

Samuel L. Jackson introduces starting lineups for Clippers-Hornets game (Video)


Actor Samuel L. Jackson introduced the starting lineups at tonight's NBA game in New Orleans between the Hornets and the visiting Los Angeles Clippers.



Jackson broke out his famous Pulp Fiction speech before introducing the Hornets, but tailored a few lines to pay tribute to the home crowd:
"...And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy New Orleans. And you will know their name is the Hornets when they strike their vengeance upon you."
Samuel L. Jackson did a nice job, and hopefully New Orleans will continue to invite celebrities to introduce the players on a regular basis.  Will Ferrell did it for a Hornets game against the Bulls last month, and he was hilarious.

FOX Sports video via.

British soccer goalkeeper David James scores absurd own goal (Video)


In a recent soccer match from the UK, Bristol City goalkeeper David James came out of the net to stop the attack by opposing Watford by punching away a deep crossing pass heading towards the penalty box. However, somehow James punched the ball in such a way that the ball not only kept heading towards the net, but changed direction so that it rolled straight in. The result was an absurd own goal that has to be seen to be believed.



No Bristol City teammates were able to bail out James from his gaffe, as Watford won the match 2-0.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Mar 21, 2012

Shaquille O'Neal was special guest on Tuesday night's "Conan" (Video)


Shaquille O'Neal was a guest on the Conan show Tuesday night. Among the topics discussed on the segment were Shaq's coaching strategies for his son's team, his analyst qualifications, and a shameless plug for Dove Men+Care.



Shaq and Conan O'Brien sat at a miniature version of the studio set, which explains the awkward sitting position that both of them were sitting in.

Video via Team Coco. H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Canucks defenseman punches opponent, but impact of punch hits other Canucks defenseman in face (Video)


In Monday night NHL action from Minnesota, Vancouver Canucks defenseman Aaron Rome punched Minnesota Wild forward Stephane Veilleux in the face. However, it was Rome's teammate, defenseman Kevin Bieksa, who actually absorbed the worst of the impact after Rome's punch knocked Veilleux's helmet into Bieska's face.



It happened in the second period of the game. No penalties were called on the play, and Bieska was OK after shaking out the cobwebs.

It could have been a lot worse. At least his teammate didn't hit him in the mouth with his stick.

H/T Sports Grid.

Revisited: NIU Football Player Indicted For Knocking Over Toledo Band Member (Video)


Last November, we brought you the story of Northern Illinois freshman linebacker Jamaal Bass knocking over a Toledo band member by lunging into him with his shoulder as the NIU football team ran onto the field. Both band members were hospitalized with concussions, and Bass was suspended for a game by the team and for an additional two games by the Mid-American conference.

Well, Bass could be in a lot more trouble, as he has now been indicted on a felony assault charge and a misdemeanor assault charge for the incident. The maximum sentence for the felony assault charge is eight years in prison.

This video will probably be used by the prosecution as "Exhibit A":



However this story ends, Bass is certainly learning his lesson the hard way. This will serve as a valuable lesson for other athletes as well. Let's hope this never happens again.

H/T Dr. Saturday.

Mar 20, 2012

Timberwolves present Darko Milicic listening to LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem" (Video)


Minnesota Timberwolves center Darko Milicic takes his critique of popular music seriously, as evidenced by the team's debut of the new series "Darko Listens to Popular Music".

The first installment features Darko's review of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem".



Darko seemed to enjoy this slightly more than his reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas.

H/T Ball Don't Lie.

Devils and Rangers brawl on opening faceoff...again (Video)


The New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers wasted no time getting down to business Monday night, as three Devils and three Rangers fought each other on the opening faceoff, to the delight of the Madison Square Garden fans. Only three seconds ticked off the clock.



Six players were given 5 minute penalties, with New Jersey's Bryce Salvador given a 10 minute misconduct penalty.

This is not unprecedented, as back in February, the Devils and Rangers started fighting in the opening faceoff of that game with only two seconds ticking off the clock.

The Rangers won the game 4-2.

H/T Awful Announcing.

Warriors owner booed during Chris Mullin jersey retirement ceremony (Video)


Golden State Warriors fans were not happy that one of their favorite players, Monta Ellis, was traded away last week. They expressed their frustration last night by booing owner Joe Lacob at halftime of last night's game against the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves. Unfortunately, the fan's expressed their frustration at the expense of overshadowing the jersey retirement ceremony of Warriors great Chris Mullin.



Lacob had difficulty getting through his prepared speech. Mullin actually stepped forward to support Lacob, and Rick Barry also stepped forward to scold the fans. Eventually Lacob was able to finish the speech and wrap up the ceremony.

It may not have been the right forum for the Warriors fans to express their frustration to the team owner, but they certainly got their message across loud and clear.

Comcast SportsNet video via RadioLund. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Mar 19, 2012

Portland Timbers score goal during head coach's live interview (Video)


In Saturday night MLS action, Portland Timbers head coach John Spencer was being interviewed during the second half of their game against FC Dallas when he had to pause to let out a scream of excitement as his team scored a goal.



Ironically, the interview team happened to be asking Spencer about what Darlington Nagbe provided the team as a halftime substitution in place of Jorge Perlaza. As if on cue, Nagbe scored the goal for the Timbers, prompting Spencer's reply "That's what he provides! That one there!"

Talk about good timing. Live television can be a beautiful thing.

Video via portlandtimbers.com. H/T Awful Announcing.

Blake Griffin causes big mess when he flies into front row (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin lost his balance going after a loose ball in Sunday night's NBA game and went flying into the front row of courtside fans, causing a big mess as they spilled their food and drinks everywhere.



It happened in the first quarter in the Staples Center as the Clippers hosted the Detroit Pistons. One woman spilled her beer onto the woman next to her, and that woman next to her spilled a bunch of food onto the court. The game had to be delayed as cleanup crews came to take care of the mess.

That's what happens when you pay all that money to get close to the action. Sometimes you find yourself a little TOO close.

NBA video via. H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Mar 18, 2012

Flyers' Zac Rinaldo hit in mouth by teammate Scott Hartnell's stick (Video)


Philadelphia Flyers forward Zac Rinaldo had to leave Sunday's NHL game against their division rival Pittsburgh Penguins after teammate Scott Hartnell accidentally slashed him in the mouth with his stick.



In the second period, Rinaldo went after Penguins defenseman Kris Letang for taking down teammate Jaromir Jagr. Hartnell came over to help Rinaldo, but suddenly lost his balance. As Hartnell fell to the ice, his stick came flying up and hit Rinaldo square in the mouth. Rinaldo headed straight to the locker room and ended up needing five stitches.

Hartnell ended up scoring two goals in the game, including the game winning goal with 0.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Flyers a 3-2 win. Hopefully Hartnell dedicated one of those goal to Rinaldo, and maybe that will ease the pain somewhat.

NHL/NBC video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Angry minor league hockey fan breaks glass with bare hands (Video)


During a Central Hockey League hockey game between the Rapid City Rush and Evansville Icemen, a Rapid City fan in the front row became angry when one of the Rush players was bumped off the puck with a check. The fan expressed his anger by banging on the glass with his bare hands...and somehow managed to shatter it into a million pieces.



We're assuming that it's not the first time this fan banged on the glass with his hands, so he was probably annoying the fans around him already. Now to top it off, the game had to be delayed while the pane of glass was replaced after this fan shattered it. Nice going, buddy. Hope you brought your checkbook to the game with you.

Let this be a lesson to hockey fans out there: please don't bang on the glass.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Nets execute double alley-oop off the backboard during loss to Hornets (Video)


In Saturday night NBA action, the New Jersey Nets pulled off a rarely-seen double alley-oop in the third quarter against the New Orleans Hornets. Deron Williams made a half court alley-oop pass to Gerald Green, who threw another alley-oop pass off the backboard to Kris Humprhies for the finishing slam dunk.



The Nets followed up the play with a three-pointer to close the third quarter with an 82-70 lead. However, the Nets absolutely laid an egg in the fourth quarter by being outscored 32-12 to end up losing to the Hornets 102-94.

NBA/YES video via. H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Senators' Erik Karlsson and Ben Bishop put puck in own net (Video)


Some poor puck handling by the Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson and goalie Ben Bishop resulted in putting the puck in their own net, give the Toronto Maple Leafs a gift goal in the second period of Saturday night's NHL game in Toronto.



Leafs center Tim Connolly dumped the puck behind the Senators net, and Bishop came out behind the net to play the puck. Bishop gave the puck to Karlsson, but for some reason Karlsson shot the puck back towards Bishop as he was moving back to the front of the net. The puck got caught in the back of Bishop's skates, and as he reached the front of the net, Bishop lost his balance and the puck skipped into the net.

Connolly got credit for an unassisted goal (although Karlsson and Bishop should certainly get an assist here). The Maple Leafs won the game 3-1.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

College mascots accept the Ellen DeGeneres 'dance dare' (Video)


Ellen DeGeneres recently issued a challenge to viewers to send a video of themselves dancing behind an unsuspecting individual and post it on Youtube. However, among those who accepted Ellen's "dance dare" were several of the best known NCAA college sports mascots.

Featured in this video are the Oregon Duck, "Otto" the Syracuse Orange, and Western Kentucky's Big Red.



Video via The Ellen Show. H/T Off the Bench.

Mar 17, 2012

Dodgers' Jerry Hairston tries to blow bunted ball foul (Video)


Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Jerry Hairston tried to blow a bunted ball foul during a spring training game earlier this week against the Kansas City Royals.



It happened in the top of the fifth inning when Royals infielder Irving Falu placed a perfect bunt down the third base line. Hairston and catcher Matt Trainor both waited for the ball to roll foul. When it became apparent that the ball was going to stay in fair territory, Hairston got down on the ground and tried to blow the ball into foul territory. Hairston was unsuccessful, and even if he was, it would have been illegal to do so according to baseball rules.

FOX Sports video via MLB.com.

Marquette coach Buzz Williams had no voice left after team's win over Murray State (Video)


Marquette head basketball coach Buzz Williams apparently screamed too much while preparing his team for Saturday's NCAA tournament third round game against Murray State. The evidence showed after Marquette won the game, as Williams had no voice left for his postgame interview with CBS's Lesley Visser.


It's a good thing Williams has a few days to prepare for his team's Sweet 16 matchup. That should give him enough time for his voice to recover.

NCAA/CBS video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T The Dagger.

Mar 16, 2012

NHL referee Stephane Auger takes stick to the face in Flyers-Islanders game (Video)


In Thursday night NHL action from Long Island, NHL referee Stephane Auger took an accidental stick in the face from New York Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald.



It happened in the third period as MacDonald checked Philadelphia Flyers center Zac Rinaldo into the boards behind the Islanders net. MacDonald spun to chase the puck and his stick went flying into the air, catching Auger in the face.

Auger had to leave the game and be replaced by Kevin Pollock.

Comcast SportsNet video via. H/T Puck Daddy.

Tim Brent celebrates goal prematurely after shooting puck off the post (Video)


Carolina Hurricanes center Tim Brent went into a premature celebration after shooting the puck off the goalpost in Thursday night's NHL game against the St. Louis Blues.



Brent obviously didn't see that he missed, but it's hard to understand how he didn't hear the puck hit the post, considering that viewers watching the video can hear it.

Fortunately, the Hurricanes won the game 2-0, so Brent won't get too much flack for this one.

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

Mar 15, 2012

Did referee at Syracuse-UNC Asheville game make worst call in NCAA tournament history? (Video)


We will never know if UNC-Asheville would have become the first 16th seed in NCAA tournament history to beat a #1 seed, thanks to a terrible officiating call that went against them just has they had Syracuse on the ropes with 34.8 seconds left in Thursday's "second round" game.

UNC-Asheville was down by only 3 points, and the Syracuse inbounds pass clearly went off the hands of SU guard Brandon Triche. However, the official nearest to the play, situated on the baseline, ruled that Syracuse would maintain possession of the ball.



Had UNC-Asheville correctly been given possession, they had a chance to tie the game, potentially setting the stage for one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history.

From any angle, how is it possible that not only the closest referee got the call wrong, but none of the other referees overruled him? Hopefully NCAA executives will review this game and not allow this group of officials to be in charge of another game.

NCAA/truTV video via.

Erik Cole celebrates scoring goal by giving high-five to ref (Video)


Montreal Canadiens forward Erik Cole scored the first goal of Wednesday night's NHL game in Montreal against the Ottawa Senators. As Cole looked for someone to celebrate, the first person he came across was NHL referee Greg Kimmerly who had his hand up to signal that the goal was good. Naturally, Cole's instincts took over and he gave the ref a high-five.



Montreal won a shootout with Ottawa 3-2.

TSN video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Rafael Nadal fan trips and falls onto court chasing autographed tennis ball (Video)


After Rafael Nadal won his match to advance to the quarterfinals at the Indian Wells tennis tournament, he autographed a tennis ball and threw it into the crowd. However, one fan in the front row was a little more eager than the others to grab the ball with Nadal's autograph. When the ball bounced back towards the court, the fan instinctively ran after it, forgetting about the advertisement board on the court that was right in front of him.



Not only did the fan suffer an embarrassing fall onto the court after tripping over the board, but he failed to get Nadal's autographed ball as another fan was able to grab it before the ball hit the court.

However, the fan did get a nice consolation prize: a hug from Rafael Nadal himself, who came over to check on the fan and make sure he was OK. Classy move by Nadal.

A similar incident occured last year at the French Open when a female fan trying to get a better view of Roger Federer fell onto the court as he was taking phographs after one of his matches.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Mar 14, 2012

Polish Under-8 soccer match abandoned due to unruly fan behavior (Video)


In Poland, a recent Under-8 soccer match had to be abandoned because the unruly fans were causing too much trouble. Seriously. You can't make this up. It has to be seen to be believed.



As the video shows, not only did the fans litter the indoor gymnasium with ticker tape, but they also lit up some flares, which filled the gym with smoke.

You have to feel bad for the poor kids. Not only did the remainder of their soccer match have to be called off, but they were asked to help clean up the mess caused by the fans! And while the kids are cleaning up the mess, the fans continue their chant without stopping. Unbelievable.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Mississippi Valley State coach Sean Woods punches ref, accidentally, while celebrating (Video)


Mississippi Valley State head coach Sean Woods accidentally punched a referee in the second half of Tuesday's "First Four" NCAA tournament game against Western Kentucky. Woods went a little overboard with channeling his excitement as his team was able to build a 16 point lead.



The referee appeared to be OK. Unfortunately for Woods, however, Mississippi Valley State could not maintain the lead and ended up losing to Western Kentucky 59-58. Maybe this will teach Woods not to celebrate too early next time.

H/T Outside the Boxscore.

Islanders' Matt Moulson scores goal with lucky bounce against Capitals (Video)


New York Islanders forward Matt Moulson scored the first goal of Tuesday night's NHL game against the Washington Capitals after the puck took a strange bounce that just has to be seen to be believed.

Moulson's shot from the blue line was initially blocked by Capitals goalie Michael Neuvirth. However, after Neuvirth made the save, the puck continued on into the back wall, then somehow bounced up in the air over the back of the net. As Neuvirth turned to follow the puck behind the net, the unusual bounce of the puck caused it to hit him in the chest, then fall into the net for an Islanders goal.



Talk about a lucky bounce for Moulson. It's hard to fault Neuvirth for this one, as that bounce that the puck took was pretty strange. Fortunately for Neuvirth, he was able to put this one behind him and the Capitals were able to win the game in a 5-4 shootout.

NHL Network video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Mar 13, 2012

JaVale McGee hit in face with pass from teammate (Video)


Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee had another embarrassing moment on the court Monday night when he was hit in the face with the ball...on a pass from point guard John Wall.



After shaking out the cobwebs on the offensive end, McGee did get an easy dunk after a teammate stole a San Antonio Spurs pass on the defensive end. However, it was hardly a measure of redemption as the Wizards were down by 16 at the time and ended up losing to the Spurs 112-97.

Whether it's getting a face full of crotch while being dunked on, or running down the court the wrong way, or swatting the basketball into the third row, JaVale McGee has certainly provided basketball fans with more than his fair share of memorable moments this year.

FOX Sports video via. H/T Sports Grid.

"Lob City" highlights: Mo Williams tosses alley-oop to Blake Griffin for reverse dunk (Video)


The Los Angeles Clippers provided more "Lob City" highlights Monday night, with Mo Williams tossing an alley-oop pass from near halfcourt to Blake Griffin for a reverse dunk against the Boston Celtics.



Griffin led the Clippers with 24 points, but the Celtics won the game 94-85.

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

Spanish soccer player scores own goal in Primera Catalana match (Video)


In a recent Primera Catalana league soccer match in Spain, Asco CF defender Sergi Grau tried to clear a corner kick by FC Santfeliuenc, but instead Grau managed to kick the ball high up in the air and backwards towards his own net. Asco goalkeeper Felipe tried to knock the ball over the crossbar but missed and the ball crossed the goal line, resulting in an own goal by Grau.



To top it off, this was the only goal of the match as Santfeliuenc took the 1-0 victory, so Grau managed to score the winning goal for the other team. He's not laughing about this one, but thanks to the Internet, thousands of soccer fans worldwide certainly are.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Mar 12, 2012

Alex Presley does face plant while chasing Danny Valencia's home run (Video)


Pittsburgh Pirates left fielder Alex Presley was chasing a fly ball during a spring training game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday when he tripped and did a face plant in the outfield.



It happened in the top of the sixth inning when Twins infielder Danny Valencia hit a deep fly ball which ended up being a 3-run home run. Presley started to chase the ball when he lost his footing and landed flat on his face.

Granted this is only spring training, but Presley needs a little work on his fielding. Last September, a fly ball popped out of the heel of Presley's glove and over the outfield wall for a home run, so Presley needs to step it up a bit.

Video via MLB.com.

Jeremy Lin makes nice block on Derrick Rose's layup attempt (Video)


In Monday night's NBA game from Chicago, Bulls guard Derrick Rose thought he had an easy layup after he dribbled past New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin. However, Lin makes a real nice defensive play with a block from behind, showing that he hasn't completely fallen off the face of the earth.



However, Rose got the last laugh as the top scorer in the game with 32 points to lead the Bulls to a 104-99 win over the Knicks. Lin had 15 points and 8 assists.

The loss was the Knicks' sixth straight and the call for head coach Mike D'Antoni to be fired just gets louder with each passing game.

Brandon Lloyd makes Gladiator-themed campaign video for Madden '13 cover (Video)


St. Louis Rams receiver Brandon Lloyd spent some serious time and money putting together a Gladiator-themed campaign video to get fans to vote for him to be the Madden '13 cover athlete.



Well, the video has a lot of production value, but the reality is that it would seem to be a lot of money thrown down the toilet. Sorry, Brandon, but EA Sports is not going to put a receiver from a 2-14 team on the Madden cover.

As a comparison, Rob Gronkowski filmed his campaign video on the cheap just by sitting on his couch.

Video via ESPN SportsNation. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

NC State basketball team goes nuts when they make NCAA tournament (Video)


North Carolina State was the last team to be announced by Greg Gumbel on the CBS selection show as one of the 68 teams that are playing in the 2012 NCAA Basketball tournament. When their name came up for the last slot, the players were overjoyed and couldn't help but go nuts celebrating.


March Madness is a beautiful thing.

CBS video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T The Dagger.

Terrell Owens knocked over wall in Indoor Football League game (Video)


On Sunday, Allen Wranglers receiver Terrell Owens was knocked over the side wall on a tackle by a New Mexico Stars defender after making a reception in an Indoor Football League game.



Owens, who hopes to be back in the NFL this season, led the team with 50 yards receiving and 1 touchdown to help lead the Allen Wranglers to a 45-28 win over the New Mexico Stars.

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Blake Griffin gets bell rung by accidental head shot from Dominic McGuire (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin got his bell rung in the third quarter of Sunday night's game when Golden State Warriors forward Dominic McGuire inadvertently reached back and hit Griffin square in the face with his right hand.



No foul was called, and Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro was so incensed that he got called for a technical foul for yelling about the no-call by the officials.

Griffin needed a minute to clear his head but stayed in the game and led the Clippers with 27 points, but the Clippers lost to the Warriors 97-93.

Mar 11, 2012

John McEnroe makes very brief cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live skit (Video)


Tennis legend John McEnroe made a very small cameo appearance on this week's Saturday Night Live in an SNL Digital Short appropriately entitled "Tennis Balls".

(Warning: This sketch is PG-13 level humor, so probably not appropriate for the younger kids).



The sketch revolves around an experiment by the "Science Finders" to determine how the human heart reacts under stress. SNL guest host Jonah Hill stars as a volunteer named "Dean" to illustrate the effect that a "shock to the system" has on the heart. Naturally, the Science Finders decided that the perfect experiment would be to use a machine to fire a tennis ball at 60 miles per hour directly into Hill's groin.

The experiment gets the expected laughs as the shot is replayed over and over. However, things get out of hand when Hill continues to get hit in the groin once the experiment is over, with one of the shots coming from John McEnroe practicing his serve. McEnroe's appearance comes at about 1:44 in the video and lasts less than 5 seconds, so if you blink, you literally could miss it.

NBC video via hulu.com.

Mar 10, 2012

Minnesota Twins present "Sorta Deep Thoughts" with Joe Mauer and Ron Gardenhire (Video)


The Minnesota Twins have started a series of new commercials entitled "Sorta Deep Thoughts from Twins Territory", which seems to be a take on the Saturday Night Live classic "Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey" series.



This commercial features thoughts from catcher Joe Mauer and manager Ron Gardenhire.

H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Mar 9, 2012

Michigan State's Derrick Nix punches hole in basket padding (Video)


Michigan State center Derrick Nix punched a hole in the padding around the basket support during the first half of Friday's Big Ten Conference tournament quarterfinal basketball game against Iowa.



Nix had just made a basket and got the foul call, so he was letting out some excitement with his punch into the padding right above the Big Ten Conference logo. Based on the hole he left in the padding, I'd hate to see the damage Nix would cause by punching something when he's angry.

Nix scored nine points in Michigan State's 92-75 win.

ESPN video via. H/T Sports Grid.

Kate Upton does Skullcandy photoshoot with Kevin Durant and James Harden (Photo)


Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover girl Kate Upton took part in a photoshoot for Skullcandy with Oklahoma City Thunder stars Kevin Durant and James Harden.

Kevin Durant, Kate Upton and James Harden

Durant's comment on his Instagram account: "Kate upton, James and I at the skullcandy shoot!! She is a beautiful young lady"

H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Rob Gronkowski campaigns for Madden '13 cover (Video)


The voting has started to see who will be the cover athlete on the upcoming Madden
'13 video game, and New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski has released a video asking fans to vote for him to be on the cover. In the video, Gronkowski is still wearing a cast on his ankle after his recent surgery, so he had some help from his brothers.



We have just one thing to say to Gronk and all the other athletes trying to get themselves on the Madden '13 cover: Be careful what you wish for. You have heard of the Madden curse, haven't you? Just look what happened to Peyton Hillis last year.

H/T Shutdown Corner.

Golfer Dustin Johnson hits tee shot off camera tower (Video)


Golfer Dustin Johnson had some trouble with his tee shot on the 18th hole of Thursday's first round of the WGA-Cadillac Championship when the ball pulled to the right and managed to hit the camera tower.


The live shot was being taken from the camera on top of the tower, making it appear briefly as the ball was about to come right through the screen. The crane was less than two feet wide, so Johnson's shot was amazingly accurate, although I'm sure he would have preferred to get his tee shot on the green.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Devil Ball Golf.

Hedo Turkoglu gets technical for grabbing referee (Video)


Orlando Magic forward Hedo Turkoglu was given a technical foul in the fourth quarter of Thursday night's NBA game against the Chicago Bulls for grabbing an official with two hands.



Turkoglu was upset about a foul that was not called, and he ran up to the referee to try to make his point, not to hurt the referee in any way. However, the NBA rules are very clear that you can not touch the referee, and the ref did not hesitate to call the technical.

The foul came at a critical juncture, as Kyle Korver made the technical free throw to tie the game at 89 with 3:47 left in the game. Fortunately, the Magic were able to pull things together afterwards and come away with a 99-94 victory.

NBA/TNT video via. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Indians' Jason Kipnis sings Adele during spring training game (Video)


Cleveland Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was mic'd up during Wednesday's spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Television viewers were in for a treat as they got to listen to Kipnis singing (or was it mumbling?) Adele's "Someone Like You" while he was playing second base during the second inning.



Kipnis had a good game as he went 1-for-3 with a home run in a 10-2 victory for the Indians.

Video via MLB.com. H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Fan owns Mario Lemieux jersey with name misspelled (Photo)


Unidentified fan wears Mario Lemieux jersey with name misspelled
The fan in the picture is apparently a fan of Pittsburgh Penguins hockey legend Mario Lemieux. However, it is painfully obvious that he is not very smart.  Not only did this man pay for a jersey with Lemieux's name misspelled (the name on the jersey is Lemiexu), but he is wearing it in public.  This may be the worst jersey mistake ever and this fan should be ashamed.

H/T Sports Pickle.

Mar 8, 2012

Caroline Wozniacki's attempt to prank Maria Sharapova fails miserably (Video)


Tennis star Caroline Wozniacki tried to play a prank on Maria Sharapova during All Access Hour at the BNP Paribas Open. Wozniacki wanted to scare Sharapova by putting a balloon on the ground and jumping on it to pop it. Unfortunately, Wozniacki's attempted prank failed miserably.



Wozniacki completely missed the balloon on her first attempt to pop it as the wind moved it at the last second. On her second attempt, the balloon simply refused to pop. Wozniacki then blamed the quality of the balloons for her failed prank.

H/T Busted Racquet.

Rob Riggle visits Kansas City Royals in spring training (Video)


Actor/comedian Rob Riggle took some time out of his busy schedule to visit the Kansas City Royals camp on Wednesday.



Riggle is a native of Overland Park, Kansas and is a Royals fan. Riggle got to dress up in a Royals uniform and work out with the team, but admitted to having no baseball skills, and it showed as he failed miserably while trying to catch fly balls. Riggle performed better during batting practice after getting some tips from Hall of Famer George Brett.

Riggle is having a busy month. He supplied the voice of Mr. O'Hare in "Dr. Seuss' The Lorax" and stars in the upcoming "21 Jump Street".

Video via MLB.com.

Kobe Bryant fan wears mask to Lakers-Wizards game (Video)


A Los Angeles Lakers fan who attended the Lakers-Wizards game in Washington on Wednesday night drew the attention of a Comcast SportsNet sideline reporter by not only wearing a Kobe Bryant jersey, but a clear mask on his face similar to the one Kobe is currently wearing in games these days.



The fan, who identified himself as Chris Brooks from Virginia, declared himself as a huge Kobe Bryant fan (obviously). Brooks also admitted to sleeping with the mask on the night before the game. To each his own, I guess.

Video via CSNWashington.com. H/T Sportress of Blogitude.

Montana basketball fans shake basket as opponent attempts free throw (Video)


On Wednesday night, Montana locked up an NCAA tournament bid with an 85-66 win over Weber State in the Big Sky Conference tournament championship game. Some of the Montana students in attendance were so excited that they got a little carried away, as a few of them started shaking the basket stanchion while Weber State guard Damian Lillard was attempting a free throw.



Sorry, guys, but you just can't do that. And with Montana being up by 15 with just under four minutes left at the time, there really was no need for it.

H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Wizards' Nick Young shoots breakaway layup over the backboard (Video)


Washington Wizards guard Nick Young had an embarrassing moment in the second quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers when he managed to shoot a breakaway layup over the backboard.



Wizards guard Sheldon Mack stole the ball and Nick Young immediately headed to the other basket. Mack passed the ball to Young for the wide open layup, but as Young went up, he inexplicably lost control of the ball, which flew out of his hand and over the backboard.

Despite the missed layup, Young came through to lead the Wizards in scoring for the game with 19 points and helped the Wizards beat the Lakers 106-101.

CSN video via. H/T Sports Grid.

Singer botches 'O Canada' before Hurricanes-Sabres game (Video)


Before last night's NHL game in Buffalo between the Sabres and the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, a singer botched the singing of 'O Canada'.



Instead of singing "From far and wide, O Canada, we stand on guard for thee", she sang "O Canada, we stand on guard, we stand on guard for thee". It certainly didn't sound right and it did not go unnoticed by the crowd.

'O Canada' is usually sung before an NHL game when one of the teams is based in Canada. However, since Buffalo is close to the Canadian border, the Sabres extend the courtesy of singing 'O Canada' before all their games as a courtesy for the Canadian fans who attend their home games. Hopefully next time the Sabres will make sure the singer knows the words.

We've seen an endless number of celebrities botch the American National Anthem, but this would seem to be the first time we've picked up someone botch the Canadian National Anthem.

NHL/MSG video via TheScore.com. H/T Kukla's Korner via Puck Daddy.

Mar 7, 2012

Prince Harry beats Usain Bolt in race...by cheating (Video)


Prince Harry made a royal visit to Jamaica this week, and on Tuesday participated in a friendly race with racing superstar Usain Bolt.

Prince Harry ended up winning the race...by cheating. Harry distracted Bolt with the classic "Hey, look over there" move and then made a break towards the finish line.



They ended up having another race, but the second time, Bolt let Prince Harry win.


This wasn't the first time that a celebrity beat Usain Bolt in a race by cheating. Last year, Jimmy Kimmel beat Bolt in a 40-yard dash by forcing Bolt to hold a wedding cake as he ran.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Fourth-Place Medal.

Syracuse lacrosse player Tim Desko scores goal on amazing shot (Video)


Syracuse lacrosse player Tim Desko scored a crazy goal in the second period of their game against Virginia as he made the shot between his legs with his back to the net.



Unfortunately, despite Desko's awesome goal, Syracuse lost to Virginia 14-10.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov ejected for pushing linesman (Video)


Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov was ejected from Tuesday night's NHL game against the Carolina Hurricanes for shoving a linesman after a fight with Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner.



It happened in the second period of the game against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes. Orlov took exception to a Skinner hit and the players got into a fight, along with other players from both teams, when the referees came over to separate the players. One of the linesmen was able to get Orlov away from Skinner, but Orlov was still angry and continued to try to go after Skinner through the linesman. Orlov then gave the linesman a shove, getting himself a game misconduct and was sent to the locker room.

The Hurricanes won the game in overtime, 4-3.

Video via CSNWashington.com. H/T Puck Daddy.

Mar 6, 2012

Female fan in Toronto tries to give Jameer Nelson a butt slap (Video)


During the Orlando Magic's 93-88 win in Toronto against the Raptors Monday night, Magic point guard Jameer Nelson fell down near the sideline and got some help getting up from some front row fans. A female fan who helped him up tried to give him a friendly slap in the butt, but Nelson walked away just in time and she "missed him by that much".



H/T The Basketball Jones.

Belgian soccer player given red card for diving...while being placed on a stretcher (Video)


In an amateur soccer player in Belgium, a player was given a red card by the referee for diving...as he was being placed on a stretcher to be carried off the field.



It happened over the weekend in a provincial league match between Templeuve and Quevy. Julien Lecomte was challenging an opponent for a header when his opponent elbowed him in the head, knocking him down.

Lecomte could not get back up and medical staff attended to him. However, as Lecomte was being placed on the stretcher to be removed from the field, the match referee gave Lecomte a red card for "diving". This decision looks even worse now as reports have surfaced that Lecomte had three displaced vertebrae and a concussion.

What basis did the referee have that Lecomte was faking an injury? Couldn't the ref have just waited until Lecomte was taken off the field? If Lecomte tried to get back on the field, like Erika from Brazil did in the 2011 Women's World Cup, then everyone would know that Lecomte was faking it and no one would have an issue with the ref penalizing him.

H/T 101 Great Goals.

Illinois high school basketball announcer screams like little girl after game winning shot (Video)


At an Illinois High School regional championship basketball game between two Chicago high schools, a basketball announcer went a little over the top when calling the game-winning shot. And when I say a little over the top, I mean freaking out and screaming like a little girl.



It happened Friday night as Marist High School's Lexus Williams made a three-point shot with 2.4 seconds left to give them a 63-62 lead over Curie Metropolitan. When Williams hits the shot, the announcer practically starts singing opera with the high-pitched screams of excitement that he shouted out.

Afterwards, the clock was reset to 3.5 seconds left, where Curie had to go the length of the floor. Once Curie heaved a shot from center court and missed to end the game, the announcer let out a few more screams, leaving viewers wondering how he is able to hit those high notes.

Video via highschoolcube.com. H/T Awful Announcing.

Mar 5, 2012

Ryan Fitzpatrick celebrates Stevie Johnson's new contract with crazy haircut (Photo)


Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick celebrated teammate Stevie Johnson's new contract with a crazy haircut that features the phrase "HE'S BACK!" carved into the side of his head.

Ryan Fitzpatrick celebrates Steve Johnson's new contract with crazy haircut

That seems a bit extreme, especially for a Harvard graduate. Couldn't Fitzpatrick have settled for putting a hidden message on a T-shirt, a la Stevie Johnson?

H/T Shutdown Corner.

Troy Tulowitzki pranks MLB Fan Cave finalist (Video)


Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki pranked MLB Fan Cave finalist Shaun Kippins at the Rockies spring training facility in Arizona.



Tulowitzki gave Kippins his Evo Shield wrist guard to hold while he stepped away for a minute to take care of some team business. While Tulowitzki was gone, Kippins put the wrist guard in a plastic bag, and then one of the Rockies coaches offered to take the bag from him. When Tulowitzki returned, he pretended to be really upset with Kippins for giving away his wrist guard, even cursing at him.

Kippins was in a real panic wondering what to do when Tulowitzki finally let him off the hook. Kippins' reaction was priceless as he took a deep breath as if to say "Oh, thank God!"

Video via MLB.com.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson caught by Kiss Cam at L.A. Kings game (Video)


When it comes to Los Angeles Kings games at the Staples Center, no one is safe from the Kiss Cam. Not even Academy Award winning actor Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, as they were caught during the Kings' 4-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks Saturday night.



Kudos to Hanks and Wilson for being good sports. They seemed to be having a really good time at the game.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

NASCAR fan reminds Brian McKnight's son Niko to take his hat off before National Anthem (Video)


Before Sunday's NASCAR race in Phoenix, singer Brian McKnight sang the National Anthem with his sons BJ and Niko. An awkward moment occured after they were introduced by the PA announcer as Niko still had his hat on as they were being introduced. Fortunately, a NASCAR fan was more than willing to remind Niko to take his hat off before singing the National Anthem, although it was more of a not-so-gentle reminder to "Get that sh** off your head".

(Warning: NSFW language for the kids).



Niko obliged by taking his hat off, acknowledged the fan with an awkward laugh, and then began singing.

FYI, Brian McKnight did not name one of his sons Broken Robot BJ. McKnight's sons BJ and Niko are part of the band BRKN RBTZ (pronounced "Broken Robots"), which explains the introduction.

NASCAR/FOX video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

LeBron James twists ankle by stepping on woman's foot (Video)


In the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA game in Los Angeles between the Lakers and the visiting Miami Heat, LeBron James appeared to twist his ankle after stepping on the foot of a woman in a front row.



It happened with just over a minute left in the game when LeBron tried to steal a pass to Laker forward Pau Gasol but couldn't get control of the ball. LeBron's momentum carried him out of bounds, where he stepped on the right foot of an older woman in the front row wearing sandals. James went down in pain, but the play on the court continued as Gasol passed the ball to Kobe Bryant, who made the basket before a time out was called by Heat coach Erik Spolestra.

LeBron led the Heat with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the 93-83 loss to the Lakers. No word yet as to the seriousness of LeBron's injury.

NBA/ABC video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.

Mar 4, 2012

Marlin Park opens this week, with aquarium behind home plate (Video)


The new home stadium of the Miami Marlins opens this week with some exhibition games, and one of its main features is a live aquarium behind home plate.



Of course, we hope that the aquarium has shatterproof glass and can handle the impact of a foul ball being hit straight into it from home plate, or an errant throw of some sort. That would not be pretty, and would be a real mess to clean up.

Even if the glass is shatterproof, hopefully the impact of a baseball hitting the glass doesn't freak out the fish too much. We'll all find out soon enough.

H/T Off the Bench.

England's Scott Parker gets too fancy with his soccer dribbling (Video)


On Wednesday, England soccer captain Scott Parker got tangled up in his own fancy footwork as he was dribbling the ball at midfield during the second half of a friendly match against Holland on Wednesday. Parker tried to change directions one too many times and ended up falling down, losing the ball in the process.



Ironically enough, after Parker's fall, England rallied from two goals down to tie the match. Unfortunately, they could not maintain the momentum during extra time as Holland scored the final goal of the match to come away with the 3-2 victory.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Mar 2, 2012

LeBron James photobombs Dwyane Wade during postgame interview (Photo)


After the Miami Heat beat the Portland Trail Blazers Thursday night, Dwyane Wade was giving a postgame interview to the local FOX Sports affiliate when LeBron James snuck into the camera shot from behind. As the photo below shows, LeBron came up with the perfect face for the photobomb.

LeBron James photobombs Dwyane Wade after Heat win

LeBron is clearly having fun, although he might want to save the "scary face" for Halloween.

Photo via Marcel Mutoni. H/T Sports Grid.

Superimposing Jeremy Lin's face into fight scenes makes for enjoyable viewing (Video)


Videos featuring references to New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin are all the rage right now, but this one might have to top the list in terms of the comedy that makes it so enjoyable to watch. In this video entitled "A Brief History of LIN-SANITY", Jeremy Lin's face is superimposed on WWE wrestler Hurricane, the original "Karate Kid", Rocky Balboa and the Power Rangers Megazord.



Superimposed on Lin's opponents are faces of Deron Williams, Kobe Bryant, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant (with Carmelo Anthony's face is shown briefly as the face of Apollo Creed). Naturally they have no chance against "Hurricane Lin".

H/T Sports Crackle Pop.
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