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Jul 31, 2012

Memo to 11-year-old who sang National Anthem poorly at MLS game: It's not your fault (Video)

We've finally had a chance to look at the performance of the National Anthem by 11-year-old Harper Gruzins before Sunday's MLS game between the L.A. Galaxy and F.C. Dallas.

Some people are calling her performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" the worst ever. We don't like to be mean here at Holdout Sports, but we will admit the singing of Gruzins was sub-par, to say the least. Here is the video for those of you who missed it:

However, after watching the video closely, we can't help but come away with this take on Harper's performance: it's not her fault.

There's no way Harper could be singing her heart out in front of thousands of fans and yet be oblivious to how bad it sounds. It's almost as if Harper was coached or taught to sing that way, but was always told that she's a great singer regardless of how she really sounded. It would be interesting to find out more background about the person who helps Harper with her singing, whether it is one of her parents or a vocal coach. Harper may very well have a decent voice, but you would never know it from her over-the-top singing last Sunday. It's not fair that Harper gets placed in a position to be ridiculed like she has been over the past few days.

We know we're not alone in feeling this way, as Cosby Sweaters came up with a similar theory and were able to post it before we got the chance.

We hope things get better for Harper, as she deserves better than this. As for FC Dallas, we hope their public relations department doesn't allow anyone else to sing the National Anthem before hearing them sing first.

H/T Business Insider.

Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly take part in "the wave" at Yankee Stadium

Donald Trump and Bill O'Reilly were caught on camera taking part in "the wave" at Yankee Stadium during the seventh inning of Monday night's New York Yankees game.

O'Reilly didn't seem too excited, so he simply raised his finger instead of his arms. Trump did put his arms up, although he was about a second late.

Video via MLB.com.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis visit Hockey Hall of Fame (Video)

Comedians Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis visited the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto on Monday to promote their upcoming movie The Campaign. Appropriately enough, they drove up on a Zamboni covered in promotional posters for the movie.

Ferrell was wearing a Los Angeles Kings jersey with his own name on the back as the actors met up with Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Toronto Maple Leafs mascot Carlton the Bear was also in attendance.

Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.

Hanley Ramirez freezes while losing his bat on half-swing (Video)

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Hanley Ramirez lost his bat during a half-swing at a third strike as he struck out during a second inning at-bat of Monday night's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Ramirez apparently was so surprised that he actually held the pose for a second before walking back to the dugout.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 30, 2012

NBC spoils tape-delay broadcast of Missy Franklin's gold medal race (Video)

NBC made a major goof during Monday night's tape-delayed Olympics coverage by spoiling the result of the women's 100 meter backstroke race, won by 17-year-old USA swimmer Missy Franklin, right before the race was aired.

Before the race, NBC went into a commercial break with the teaser "Coming up: How good can Missy Franklin be tonight? Finals of the 100-back coming up."

Just then, NBC aired a commercial for Tuesday morning's Today Show with the following story: "When you're 17 years old and win your first gold medal, there's no one you'd rather share it with. We're there when Missy Franklin and her parents reunite."

You wouldn't believe it if there wasn't video, so here it is:

Really, NBC? Come on, man, you expect us to be satisfied with tape-delayed coverage of the Olympics when you pull stuff like this?

NBC video via Business Insider. H/T Business Insider.

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman leads seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field (Video)

The new head coach of the Illinois football team, Tim Beckman, conducted the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field during Saturday's Chicago Cubs game against the St. Louis Cardinals by leading the crowd as he sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game".

Although Beckman's performance was a bit off-key, he finished strong, and we appreciated Beckman's enthusiasm, unlike a recent performance by Jay Cutler.

Beckman and the entire Illinois football coaching staff were in attendance as part of Saturday's Illini Day festivities at Wrigley Field.

Video via IlliniProductionsHD.

Jul 29, 2012

John Daly hits ball off tee held in Golf Channel host's mouth (Video)

John Daly recently hit a ball off a tee during a recent taping of the season finale of Golf Channel show host David Feherty's show Feherty. Normally there's nothing special off that, except that this time the tee was being held in Feherty's mouth while he was lying down on the ground.

That's some good concentration and focus by Daly, and some nerves of steel displayed by Feherty.

Video via GolfChannel.com. H/T Larry Brown Sports.

Abby Wambach gets sucker-punched in the face during Olympic soccer match against Colombia (Video)

U.S national women's soccer forward Abby Wambach was sucker-punched in the eye during the first half of the team's 3-0 victory over Colombia on Saturday during their preliminary round Olympic match.

It occured in the 39th minute of the first half as Wambach was running down the field on offense and was punched in the eye by Columbia's Lady Andrade.  Somehow, none of the officials saw the play, which should have been an automatic red card for Andrade. 

Wambach got a measure of revenge by scoring a goal in the second half to set the U.S. record for goals scored in the Olympics.  

Video via.

Ryan Lochte's gold medal inspires latest 'Call Me Maybe' parody (Video)

USA Olympic gold medal winning swimmer Ryan Lochte has inspired the latest song parody by the Network of Champions, the artists behind such memorable hits as Jeremy Lin That I Used To Know and Don't Stop Relievin'.

The lyrics of their latest song were written from the point of view of Lochte finally breaking out of the shadow of fellow American gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps. Inspired by the Carly Rae Jepsen hit "Call Me Maybe" (naturally), here's "Call Me Lochte".

H/T Fourth-Place Medal.


Norichika Aoki gets infield single after ground ball hits rosin bag (Video)

Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Norichika Aoki got an infield single on what should have been a double play ball during Saturday's game against the Washington Nationals after his ground ball up the middle hit a rosin bag in the back of the pitcher's mound.

It happened in the bottom of the third inning with one out and a runner on first base. The rosin bag slowed Aoki's grounder just enough to prevent the Nationals infield from making a play on either runner.

The Nationals survived the play without giving up any runs in the inning, however, and they won the game 4-1.

Video via MLB.com.

Team USA basketball players and coaches hug Michelle Obama after beating France (Video)

After Team USA basketball closed out their 98-71 victory over France on Sunday in their first game of the 2012 London Olympics, every single player and coach gave a hug to First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama.

H/T Business Insider.

Jul 28, 2012

Rowan Atkinson displays comic talents at the London Olympics Opening Ceremony (Video)

Aside from Queen Elizabeth and James Bond jumping out of a helicopter, British comedian Rowan Atkinson provided one of the highlights of Friday night's Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics.

Atkinson channeled his Mr. Bean character during a hilarious comedy sketch and "dream sequence" as he sat with Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra as they played Chariots of Fire.

BBC video via Vimeo. H/T British Comedy Guide.


Jul 27, 2012

RG3 carries helmets for Redskin veteran teammates (Video)

Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, a.k.a. RG3, carried the helmets of some of his veteran teammates after Thursday's practice.

Just because Griffin is a former Heisman Trophy winner and a multi-millionaire doesn't mean he is exempt from rookie "hazing". However, this is a time-honored tradition, and RG3 was a good sport about it.

Video via CSNWashington.com. H/T DC Sports Bog via Larry Brown Sports.

Michelle Obama and David Beckham score goals on Spongebob Squarepants (Video)

As a warmup for the 2012 London Olympics, the First Lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, and legendary soccer star David Beckham, shoot and score goals against goalkeeper Spongebob Squarepants.

Video via Daily Telegraph. H/T Sports Grid.


Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn knocks his hat off his head while throwing pitch (Video)

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn knocked his hat off his head while throwing a pitch during Friday's game at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs.

It happened in the bottom of the second inning on an 0-2 pitch to Cubs batter Luis Valbuena. Lynn pulled his hat off while bringing his hands back to the front of his body from behind his head, and it fell to the ground as he threw the pitch. Lynn still managed to throw the pitch right down the middle of the plate, which Valbuena fouled off.

Lynn pitched five innings and got the win in a 9-6 Cardinals victory.

Video via MLB.com.

Reporter confuses Mark Sanchez with Tim Tebow (Video)

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez is going to be dealing with enough questions from the media about his play this season now that Tim Tebow is his backup quarterback. However, for the reporters that are asking these questions, you hope that they can at least keep their names straight.

Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened Thursday as Sanchez reported to Jets training camp and an unidentified female reporter actually called out "Tim" to ask Sanchez a question. Naturally, Sanchez wasn't about to let that slide.

Sanchez was very nice about it by politely saying "I'm Mark" as the unidentified female reporter apologized. Wonder what his reaction would be if that happened in the middle of the season after losing a tough game.

New York Jets training camp is now open. Let the circus begin.

ESPN video via.

Jul 26, 2012

Ryan Dempster throws tantrum in Cubs dugout (Video)

Chicago Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster threw a tantrum as he returned to the dugout at the end of the sixth inning after giving up the go-ahead run in Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Dempster took the lid off a cooler and slammed it on the ground, then flung the cooler itself, sending ice everywhere. To finish it off, Dempster took a bottle of lemon-lime sports drink and threw it against the wall.

That run made the difference in the Pirates' 3-2 victory.

Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.

Olympic flag mixup delays North Korean women's soccer match (Video)

The start of Wednesday's Olympics preliminary round women's soccer match between North Korea and Colombia was delayed for 65 minutes when the flag of South Korea was being shown on the scoreboard at the Hampden Park stadium in Glasgow, Scotland.

Both teams were lined up in the tunnel, but the North Korean team refused to take the field until the correct flag was displayed.

The embarrassing flag mix-up left the organizing committee for the London 2012 Olympics apologizing to the team and to the National Olympic Association of North Korea.  According to NBC, they say that "steps have been taken to ensure the same mistake doesn't happen again".  In other words, someone probably got fired for this. 

Not a good way to start the games.  Let's hope things get better from here.

Photo via @jamescrossan.  H/T NBCOlympics.com.


Indians fan makes barehanded leaping catch of foul ball (Video)

A Cleveland Indians fan made a great leaping catch with his bare hands during Wednesday's game at Progressive Field against the Detroit Tigers.

It happened in the seventh inning as Tigers DH Delmon Young hit a deep foul ball into the left field stands. The fan, wearing a vintage 1916 1920 Indians jersey, jumped up and bobbled the ball once before catching it with his bare hands.

It's a good thing the fan didn't have a microphone on him, because he let out an expletive as he expressed his excitement after catching the ball.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 25, 2012

Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez rounds the bases...on a foul ball (Video)

Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez hit a deep fly ball and rounded the bases during his leadoff at-bat in Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Just one problem: the ball that Gomez hit curved foul, and Gomez didn't realize that it wasn't a home run until after rounding third base.

Now there's something you don't see every day.

To top off his embarrassing moment, after getting a sarcastic cheer from the Philadelphia crowd, Gomez was caught looking at a called third strike on the very next pitch.

Video via MLB.com.

LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane grabs Jake Livermore's rear end (Video)

LA Galaxy striker Robbie Keane may have gone a little overboard when he grabbed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Jake Livermore's rear end near the end of the first half of Tuesday night's friendly soccer match.

Keane was probably excited to take on his former team and get reacquainted with his old teammates, but a simple handshake or pat on the back would have been just fine. Keane's excessive grabbing of Livermore's butt was almost like watching a colonoscopy. Next time, Robbie, keep your hands to yourself.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

H/T 101gg.

Jul 24, 2012

Newcastle United's Davide Stanton takes out security guard (Video)

In a recent preseason friendly soccer match from the UK between Newcastle United and Fenerbahce, Newcastle United defender Davide Santon accidentally knocked down a security guard while chasing a loose ball near the sideline.

It occured in the second half as the wet field caused Santon to fall on his back and slid into the steward, who was facing the stands just outside the sideline. The security guard took an accidental kick in the back from Santon before being fully taken out from behind, but he fell on top of Santon, so that seemed to even things out.

The security guard got back up quickly, and although he appeared to be a little sore from the kick in the back, he otherwise appeared to be OK.

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Martin Prado tumbles, again, after swing and a miss (Video)

Atlanta Braves left fielder Martin Prado took a tumble after a swing and a miss in his seventh inning at-bat against the Miami Marlins on Monday night.

Prado moved past it quickly and was able to get on base with a walk. However, this is becoming a trend for Prado, as just last month, he took a tumble after a swing and a miss against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Prado needs to work on his swing, or he's going to hurt himself one of these days.

Video via MLB.com.

Ichiro Suzuki singles in first Yankee at-bat (Video)

New York Yankees right fielder Ichiro Suzuki got a nice ovation from Seattle Mariners fans when he approached the plate for his first at-bat as a Yankee after being traded from Seattle on Monday. Mariners pitcher Kevin Millwood stepped off the mound and gave Ichiro a little extra time so that he could acknowledge the crowd in what was a really nice moment.

Appropriately enough, Ichiro hit a single on the second pitch of his at-bat.

It was Ichiro's only hit of the game in the Yankees' 4-1 victory.

H/T Sports Grid.

Phillies ball girl makes great line drive catch (Video)

A Philadelphia Phillies ball girl made a great catch of a line drive during Monday night's game at Citizens Bank Park against the Milwaukee Brewers.

The ball girl (who has been identified as Genevieve Haney) was positioned in foul territory in front of the left field stands and reached to her right to grab the ball that was hooking away from her, but made an awesome play with her glove.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 23, 2012

CFL player blows 117-yard touchdown return by taunting opponent (Video)

In Saturday CFL action, Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Chris Williams caught a missed Montreal Alouettes field goal in the end zone and ran it all the back the other way for what appeared to be a 117-yard touchdown. Unfortunately, Williams was so busy showboating near the end of the run that he was caught from behind and was ruled down on the 1-yard line.

Williams started backpedaling at around the 15-yard line and celebrated with a teammate at the 5-yard line, but in the meantime, Montreal linebacker Brian Ridgeway never stopped chasing Williams and tackled him before he reached the end zone.

Williams did have 7 catches for 115 yards in Hamilton's 39-24 victory, but he should be completely embarrassed by this bonehead play. Let's hope he learned a lesson from this one.

Video via LiveLeak. H/T Buzzfeed.

Darth Vader's first pitch at Mariners-Rays game was embarrassing for the Dark Side (Video)

The Tampa Bay Rays held Star Wars Day at Tropicana Field on Sunday before their game against the Seattle Mariners, and among the festivities, Darth Vader threw the ceremonial first pitch.

Unfortunately, the throw Darth Vader delivered was so far outside of home plate that it prompted laughter and boos from the crowd. It's safe to say "The Force" was not strong with this one.

Video via MLB.com.

U.S Women's soccer team makes video for "Party in the U.S.A."

The U.S. Women's soccer team took some time to have fun during their preparations for the Olympics by filming a video for "Party in the U.S.A.".

It's a nice change from the "Call Me Maybe" craze that's swept the nation this summer, although going with a Miley Cyrus song almost seems a bit dated now. And the bathroom scenes were a bit awkward and unnecessary.

H/T Business Insider.

Coco Crisp doused and pied after walk-off hit (Video)

Oakland A's designated hitter Coco Crisp was doused with water, received three pies to the face and showered with packages of sunflower seeds by his teammates during a postgame interview Sunday.

The "gifts" were part of a celebration of Crisp's walk-off single in the bottom of the 12th to give the A's a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees and closed out a four-game sweep. Crisp knew it was coming and took it like a man, although he did say that the water was cold.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 22, 2012

Twins fan shaves Joe Mauer's name and number into his backhair (Photo)

A Minnesota Twins fan in Kansas City went a little overboard to prove that he is catcher Joe Mauer's biggest fan by shaving Mauer's name and number into his backhair.

And yes, it is as gross as it sounds.

Watch the video here via MLB.com.

Joe Paterno statue taken down at Penn State (Video)

On Sunday morning in State College, PA, the statue of former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno was taken down outside Beaver Stadium.

The statue was covered in shrinkwrap and blankets before being taken away on a forklift and brought inside the stadium. As of yet, no determination has been made as to where the statue will end up.

Video via ESPN.

Little girl knocked down by stray soccer ball during Mexico-Japan U23 friendly match (Video)

During the first half of a U-23 friendly soccer match on Saturday between Mexico and Japan, a young girl walking in the aisle of the stands was accidentally knocked down by the ball as it went out of bounds off the head of a Mexico player.

The announcers seemed to be getting a pretty good laugh out of it, but we're pretty sure the little girl didn't think it was funny. Poor little girl...we hope she's OK.

The match took place in Nottingham, England, which Japan won 2-1.

H/T 101gg.

Jul 21, 2012

Yu Darvish look-alike attends Rangers-Angels game (Video)

A fan at Saturday's Los Angeles Angels game against the Texas Rangers came to Angel Stadium of Anaheim dressed as a Yu Darvish look-alike, referring to himself as "Minivish".

The Darvish look-alike was dressed in a Rangers cap and Darvish jersey with the Minivish name on the back. Minivish even had a Darvish-style haircut, and was enough of a dead ringer for the real Yu Darvish that some fans posed with him for pictures.

The real Yu Darvish started for the Rangers and pitched seven strong innings to get the win in Saturday's 9-2 Rangers victory.

Video via MLB.com.

Dodgers fan breaks out his dance moves during extra innings of Mariners-Rays game (Video)

A fan with a Los Angeles Dodgers cap showed off his dance moves during Friday night's Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field against the Seattle Mariners.

The fan was dancing to the Sugarhill Gang classic "Apache", and was probably trying to keep himself awake as the game was about to enter the 13th inning. He seemed to be having fun until he suddenly realized that his whole dance was captured on camera. Will this go viral? Only time will tell.

Video via MLB.com.

Brendan Ryan's bat flies into Mariners dugout...on consecutive pitches (Video)

Seattle Mariners shortstop Brendan Ryan lost his bat twice while swinging on consecutive pitches as he struck out during the second inning of Friday night's game at Tropicana Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. To top it off, Ryan's bat landed in the Mariners dugout both times, sending teammates and coaching staff scattering.

Ryan swung hard on strikes two and three, and fortunately no one in the Mariners dugout was hurt by the flying bat. Mariners broadcaster Dave Sims was so shocked to see the bat flying the second time around that the pitch of his voice raised two octaves.

With Ryan losing his bat twice on consecutive pitches, despite wearing gloves, perhaps he had a little too much pine tar on his bat?

Video via MLB.com.

Justin Verlander's 100 mph fastball shatters Gordon Beckham's bat (Video)

Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander threw a 100 mph pitch that shattered Chicago White Sox batter Gordon Beckham's bat in the eighth inning of Friday night's game at Comerica Park.

Not only is it impressive that Verlander was still able to throw that fast so late in the game, but Beckham had checked his swing.

Afterwards, Beckham was left with nothing but the handle of his bat.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 20, 2012

Man tries to steal Olympic torch during relay (Video)

A scary moment occured during Friday's segment of the Olympic torch relay in Gravesend, Kent, England when a 17-year-old man ran full speed towards the torchbearer trying to steal it.

Fortunately, security apprehended the man just as he reached torchbearer Anna Skora and took him down. Skora was able to maneuver around the scuffle and keep moving forward.

Earlier this month, two young boys tried to walk away with the Olympic torch, but their intentions were much more benign.

H/T Business Insider.

Tim Lincecum forgets number of outs against Phillies (Video)

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum became the latest major league baseball player to be caught forgetting the number of outs in an inning during Friday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

In the bottom of the third inning with one out, Lincecum made a nice backhand play to field a grounder from Phillies batter Vance Worley, but then he started walking towards the dugout thinking the inning was over. After realizing there were only two outs, Lincecum turned around and took his "walk of shame" back to the mound.

The Philadelphia crowd had a good laugh, and even Lincecum couldn't help but chuckle at himself. Of course, that's easy to do when a play like that doesn't cost you a run.

Video via MLB.com.

Liverpool FC visits Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park (Video)

Two worlds collided Thursday in Boston as Liverpool FC visited Fenway Park and met the Red Sox.

Both teams are owned by John W. Henry, and Liverpool has some upcoming preseason soccer matches scheduled in the U.S. Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine and Liverpool coach Brendan Rogers exchanged jerseys in the locker room, and players mingled before the game.

Liverpool stayed to watch Thursday night's game against the Chicago White Sox, but had to leave in the eighth inning with the Red Sox down 1-0. Ironically, Red Sox right fielder Cody Ross hit a 3-run walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 19, 2012

Cubs fan bobbles foul ball, which lands in female friend's beer (Video)

A Chicago Cubs fan bobbled a foul ball and watched it bounce off the forehead of his female friend and land right in her full cup of beer during Thursday's game at Wrigley Field against the Florida Marlins.

In the top of the second, Marlins batter Hanley Ramirez hit a ground ball foul down the third base side that bounced off the top of the Cubs dugout into the stands. The male Cubs fan only had his left hand free and couldn't grip the ball as his right hand was holding his own beer.

The female fan was excited to end up with the ball and happily drank from her beer afterwards.

Video via MLB.com.

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis present Cubs starting lineup (Video)

Actors/comedians Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis were at Wrigley Field Wednesday as part of their promotional tour for their upcoming film The Campaign, and they were invited to announce the Chicago Cubs starting lineup before the game.

As they read the lineup, they provided some facts about the Cubs players that might not be necessarily accurate, such as Alfonso Soriano being from Scotland and pitcher Jeff Samardzija leading the league with 450 strikeouts.

Ferrell and Galifiankis also threw out the ceremonial first pitch and accepted a pizza delivery on the mound, which they shared with Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 18, 2012

Brett Lawrie leaves game after falling into camera well (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie had to leave Wednesday's game against the New York Yankees after injuring his right calf while chasing a foul popup and falling into a camera well.

It happened in the bottom of the third inning as Yankees batter Mark Teixeira hit a foul popup down the third base side. Lawrie chased the ball and dove into the camera well for the ball, but was unable to make the catch as the ball bounced out of his glove.

Lawrie flipped over and tried to hold onto the railing with his right hand in order to brace his fall, but his right calf slammed into an unpadded metal railing on the way down. Lawrie tried to get up but was unable to put any weight on his right leg.

Lawrie left the game immediately afterwards and his injury was reported as a right calf contusion. The NY Daily News reports that he was taken for X-rays. The Blue Jays replaced Lawrie in the lineup with Yunel Escobar, who came off the bench to play shortstop while Omar Vizquel, who started the game at shortstop, moved over to play third.

Although we hate to see anybody injured, Lawrie is very fortunate in this case as it could have been a lot worse.

Video via MLB.com.

"Jeremy Lin That I Used To Know" song parody expresses Knicks fans disappointment (Video)

As the whole world knows by now, Jeremy Lin will be joining the Houston Rockets, to the disappointment of many New York Knicks fans. That disappointment has inspired the latest song parody by the Network of Champions.

Set to the tune of Gotye's "Somebody That I Used To Know", here is "Jeremy Lin That I Used To Know".

Jul 17, 2012

Giants punter Steve Weatherford tackles sportscaster during football clinic (Video)

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford tackled WNBC sportscaster Bruce Beck during an appearance at a Long Island day camp on Tuesday.

Weatherford was the special guest of Coleman Country Day Camp in Merrick, Long Island and put on a mini punting clinic where he invited some kids to catch his punts. The last person called on was Beck, who caught Weatherford's punt but was not expecting the Giants punter to chase him down.

Beck tried to get away but Weatherford caused him to fumble as he took him down. In the end, however, Beck was happy just to still be alive. Fortunately no one was hurt and Weatherford does not have a lawsuit on his hands.

Video via NBCNewYork.com. H/T Sports Grid.

Fan with broken thumb makes unusual catch at Padres game (Video)

A fan at Monday night's San Diego Padres game against the Houston Astros caught a foul ball using his glove in an unusual way, and managed to make the catch despite having a broken thumb.

It happened in the top of the sixth inning as Astros batter Chris Johnson hit a foul ball high into the stands. The fan had a cast on his right thumb and a glove that was supposed to go on his left hand, but was busy eating a bread bowl and had to scramble to place the glove on top of his right hand in order to make a basket catch.

Video via MLB.com.

Joel Peralta gets crossed up when Jose Molina and home plate umpire throw him baseballs at same time (Video)

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta was thrown for a loop when catcher Jose Molina and home plate umpire Mark Wegner threw a ball back to him at the same time during Monday night's game at Tropicana Field against the Cleveland Indians.

It happened in the top of the seventh inning after Peralta made his first pitch to Indians batter Jason Kipnis, which popped out of Molina's glove and rolled about 10 feet away. As Wegner pulled out a new baseball and prepared to throw it to Peralta, Molina tracked down the old baseball. As a result, both Molina and Wegner ended up throwing baseballs to the mound at the same time, leaving Peralta to sort out the crossfire by trying to catch one while avoiding getting hit by the other one.

It was an awkward moment that prompted laughter from the crowd and led a broadcaster to say "Maybe he could juggle 'em."

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 16, 2012

Minor league baseball mascot wipes out on ATV (Video)

In minor league baseball, Norfolk Tides mascot Rip Tide wiped out while riding around on an ATV between innings during Sunday's game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

Rip Tide was riding on the warning track and tried to make a sharp turn without slowing down, leading to his wipeout. Fortunately he (or she) was OK and able to get right back on the ATV to finish his stunt.

H/T Sports Grid.

Kid tries to take Troy Matteson's golf ball on final hole of John Deere Classic (Video)

After Troy Matteson's tee shot on the 18th hole went into the trees during Sunday's final round of the John Deere Classic golf tournament, a kid thought he could pick up the ball for a souvenir and no one would notice.

Of course, everybody noticed. As nearby fans called him on it, the boy dropped the ball and backed away from it as he realized the seriousness of his offense. The boy probably had no ill intent, but we can bet that he'll never do that again.

Let this be a lesson for the kids (and adults) out there: Never pick up a ball at a golf tournament.

As for Matteson, he was able to drop the ball near the spot where it landed and finish his final round in a tie for the lead to force a playoff with Zach Johnson, but lost on the second playoff hole.

Don't feel too bad for Matteson, though, as he still took home a nice big check for $496,800.

CBS video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Devil Ball Golf.

Jul 15, 2012

Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise throws out first pitch at Twins game (Video)

One of the newest members of the Minnesota Wild, Zach Parise, was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's Minnesota Twins game against the Oakland A's.

Parise made a nice throw to first baseman Justin Morneau, who lined up as catcher behind the plate for the first pitch.

Parise gave an interview to FOX Sports North during the top of the second inning, and he talked about being a Twins fan as he grew up in Minnesota. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and catcher Joe Mauer actually made videos to recruit Parise to play for the Wild, and before the game, Gardenhire made good on his commitment to give Parise 5 bucks if he signed with the Wild.

All in all, a nice day at the ballpark for Zach Parise.

Video via MLB.com.

Fan at Mariners game gives Josh Hamilton red licorice (Video)

A female fan at Saturday's Seattle Mariners game at Safeco Field helped Texas Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton feel at home by giving him a piece of red licorice.

It happened in the middle of the second inning as the female fan reached over the fence with the licorice as Hamilton came out to left field. Hamilton took a piece and gave it back to the fan before heading out to his position.

We can not confirm that it was actually a Twizzler, but we'll see if fans in other cities start following suit when Josh Hamilton comes to town.

Video via MLB.com.

Mark Teixeira loses his bat, and Spike Lee ends up with it (Video)

New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira lost his bat while swinging at a pitch during Sunday's game in the Bronx against the Los Angeles Angeles, and the fan who ended up with the bat was none other than filmmaker Spike Lee.

It happened in the bottom of the first as Texiera swung and missed at a 1-1 pitch and his bat went flying into the stands behind the Yankee dugout. Lee and an older boy who appeared to be his son were in the front row and were able to move to their right to get out of the way. In fact, Lee's son appeared to be in position to take the brunt of the impact to protect his dad.

Lee enjoyed the moment and demonstrated off his left-handed swing to the crowd, and in the end he did give the bat to his son. However, one of the Yankee announcers couldn't resist making the comment with regards to Spike: "I'm sure some people wished that it would have hit him."

Video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Edwin Encarnacio hits home run into restaurant at Rogers Centre (Video)

Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit two home runs, including one that landed in Sightlines Restaurant high above the second deck in center field at the Rogers Centre, during Saturday's 11-9 win over the Cleveland Indians.

(The second home run comes at the 47-second mark in this video.)

According to SportsNet, Encarnacion is only the second player to hit a home run into Sightlines Restaurant during a regular season game since the Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome) opened in 1989. Jim Thome was the first.

The female fan who caught the baseball got the added bonus of watching herself celebrate on television with her friends.

Video courtesy of MLB.com.

Jul 14, 2012

Toronto Maple Leafs fan creates Gotye parody 'A Franchise That I Used to Know' (Video)

Toronto Maple Leafs fan Andrew Damelin needed an outlet to express his frustration with the organization, which has not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. Damelin takes his inspiration from the Gotye yet "Somebody That I Used To Know".

Here is the resulting song and video, "A Franchise That I Used To Know".

H/T Puck Daddy.

Jay Cutler delivers awful rendition of 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at Wrigley Field (Video)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was invited to lead the Chicago Cubs fans in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during Saturday's game at Wrigley Field against the Arizona Diamondbacks, and it was pretty awful.

Cutler's singing was pretty monotone and mostly off-key, and he showed no enthusiasm and didn't smile at all. Cutler appeared to go through the motions as if he couldn't wait until the song was over so he could get out of there.

Video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Steve Nash gets a beer from LA fans while driving down the freeway (Video)

The newest member of the Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash, expressed his thanks to some fans who were kind enough to hand him a beer while driving at full speed down a California freeway.

The fans were driving in a Yukon XL and recognized Steve Nash in the back seat of his vehicle. They shouted his name and, as both vehicles continued to speed down the highway, got close enough to hand Nash a can of Keystone Light.

Nash appreciated the gesture, although he might change his tune if he does have a sip of that Keystone Light - that stuff is nasty.

Video via STARZuncut.

Power outage at Turner Field causes delay during Braves-Mets game (Video)

Friday night's Atlanta Braves game at Turner Field against the New York Mets was delayed for about 15 minutes during the top of the second inning due to a power outage.

The lights went out around 8:07PM with two Mets runners on and two outs in the top of the second. A backup power source came on to power the scoreboard and message boards, but it took about 10 minutes for the lights at the top of Turner Field to start coming back on.

Some storms in the Atlanta area had some lightning earlier in the afternoon and may have contributed to the power outage. Of course, maybe it was just the fact that it happened to be Friday the 13th.

Video via MLB.com.

Fan at Blue Jays game catches foul ball with his legs (Video)

A fan at Friday night's Toronto Blue Jays game against the Cleveland Indians caught a foul ball with his legs as he was heading to his seat with refreshments.

It happened in the top of the first inning as Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis hit a foul ball into the left field stands. The ball bounced in the aisle towards a fan who had his hands full of refreshments. The fan tried to catch the ball with his arms but ended up catching it with his thighs, right below his groin.

As the fan had no free hands to pick up the ball from his thighs, another Blue Jays fan was generous to help him out by reaching for the ball and handing it to him. However, because of the proximity to the man's groin, it was clearly an awkward moment for everyone involved, prompting a broadcaster to say "What's going on down there?"

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 13, 2012

Now the Big Ten mascots have made video for 'Call Me Maybe' (Video)

As if there weren't enough lipsynch and parody videos for Carly Rae Jepsen's hit "Call Me Maybe", now there is another one featuring the Big Ten mascots.

Wisconsin's Bucky Badger, Michigan State's Sparty, Minnesota's Goldy Gopher, Penn State's Nittany Lion, Iowa's Herky the Hawk, Nebraska's Herby Husker, and Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye are featured.

Northwestern's Willie the Wildcat and Purdue Pete did not take part, for better or worse.

H/T Dr. Saturday.

Alabama's Bryant Museum brags about number of trophies (Video)

A new commercial for the Paul W. Bryant Museum on the University of Alabama campus implies that the school has so many trophies that there isn't enough space for them all.

Keep an eye out for a surprise cameo by Jeff Blankenship, a.k.a. "The Face".

H/T Sports Pickle.

Mauro Gomez charged with error when throw from third base goes through webbing of his glove

Boston Red Sox first baseman Mauro Gomez was charged with an error in Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Rays when a throw from third base went through the webbing of his glove.

It happened in the bottom of the first inning on a grounder to third by Rays batter B.J. Upton. The throw from third baseman Will Middlebrooks was a bit low, but Gomez would have made the play without the glove malfunction.

Fortunately the Rays did not score in the inning, so the defective glove did not hurt the Red Sox, but the equipment manager will probably be busy this weekend checking the gloves of all the players. The Red Sox are dealing with enough issues this season without having to worry about their gloves falling apart.

Video via MLB.com.

Anthony Davis taunts John Calipari after making three-pointer in Team USA win (Video)

New Orleans Hornets rookie Anthony Davis taunted the opposing coach after making a three-point shot with 32 seconds left in Team USA basketball's warmup game Thursday night against the Dominican Republic. Of course, the head coach of the Dominican Republic happened to be Kentucky's John Calipari, who led Davis and his teammates to the 2012 NCAA National Championship, so there was no ill intent behind the taunting.

Davis was also fouled on the play, and made his foul shot to complete a four-point play, which ended up being the final scoring play in Team USA's 113-59 win.

H/T Sports Grid.

Blake Griffin out of Olympics after suffering knee injury (Video)

Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin will not be able to play in the Olympics in London after suffering an injury to his left knee in a Team USA scrimmage on Thursday.

Video of the scrimmage shows that Griffin appeared to suffer the injury after John Wall stepped on his left foot while Griffin was trying to defend him.

Griffin has been diagnosed with a meniscus tear and will have arthroscopic surgery next week. However, Griffin is expected to recover in time for training camp this fall, so Clippers executives and fans can breathe easier knowing that it could have been a lot worse.

Video via G4 Sports News. H/T Fourth-Place Medal.

Jul 12, 2012

Motorcycle race leader loses after celebrating one lap too early (Video)

At the 2012 Italian CIV motorcycle race in Mugello, Riccardo Russo was in first place by three bike lengths with one lap to go, but finished 14th after he began his victory celebration one lap too early.

Russo slowed down and began pumping his fists in the air, thinking he had just won even though no one was waving the checkered flag. Russo stood up on his bike and put his hands up in the air to celebrate while the other bikers passed him, and by the time he finally realized his mistake, it was much too late.

Russo is not the first person to celebrate a race victory prematurely, although this embarrassing mistake was one of the more painful ones to watch.

H/T Off the Bench.

Jul 10, 2012

Russian cameraman does faceplant on soccer field during national anthem (Video)

On Monday before the opening soccer match of the season in the Russian second division between Yenisey Krasnoyarsk and Shinnik Yaroslavl, a video cameraman was walking out towards the field to capture the two teams lined up together for the national anthem. However, things began to go awry when the national anthem began before the cameraman was in position. The cameraman began to rush towards the field and, as fate would have it, tripped on the grass and stumbled onto the ground.

The faceplant triggered the laughter from fans and even a few of the players, but the situation became a little less funny when the cameraman was apparently unable to get up on his own, adding insult to injury. Medical staffers brought out a stretcher to carry the man off the field and a backup cameraman prepared himself to take over film duties - all while the national anthem continued to play.

We have no information on the cameraman, but in all seriousness, we do hope that this man is OK.

H/T 101gg.

Jul 9, 2012

Brazilian soccer player gets yellow card for getting hit in face with opponent's forearm (Video)

In a recent soccer match from Brazil, Botafogo defender Antonio Carlos was hit in the face by a forearm from Bahia striker Rodrigo Suazo. However, to add insult to injury, the referee not only gave a yellow card to Suazo, but also to Carlos.

So apparently the penalty on Carlos was for not being able to avoid Suazo's punch?

H/T Dirty Tackle.

Military man catches foul ball at Rangers-Twins game (Video)

A soldier in the front row of the stands in Arlington caught a foul ball in the second inning of Sunday night's Texas Rangers game against the Minnesota Twins, getting a congratulatory pat on the chest from Rangers first baseman Michael Young.

Later in the game, a loud clap of thunder sent the players running for cover and caused a 44 minute rain delay.

Video via MLB.com.

Royals prospect Will Meyers hits foul ball that shatters ESPN home plate camera (Video)

Kansas City Royals prospect Will Meyers fouled a pitch straight back behind home plate that shattered the lens of an ESPN camera during Sunday's MLB All-Star Futures game in Kansas City.

Looks like ESPN will have to send Meyers the bill for that one.

Meyers had 3 RBIs to help lead the U.S. team to a 17-5 victory over the World team.

Video via.

Jul 8, 2012

Cameron Maybin takes home run away from Joey Votto (Video)

San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin made an incredible leaping catch against the outfield wall to take a home run away from Cincinnati Reds batter Joey Votto on Sunday.

It happened in the top of the fifth inning as Maybin sprinted to his right and covered a considerable distance to get into position to make the catch. Maybin fell to the ground after making the catch but held on to the ball.

Video via MLB.com.

Olympic torch goes out while being carried on whitewater raft (Video)

Over the weekend, the Olympic torch relay made its way through Waltham Cross, where the torch was carried on a whitewater raft, where it was accidentally extinguished...as shocking as that may be to believe.

Fortunately, there are always "backup flames" nearby to light up the torch again, but seriously, who's the rocket scientist that came up with this idea? The only good thing about carrying the Olympic torch on a whitewater raft was that there were no kids nearby trying to steal it.

Video via Daily Telegraph. H/T Fourth-Place Medal.

Umpire delays A's-Mariners game due to empty cup in center field (Video)

Home plate umpire Jeff Nelson called time in the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday's Oakland A's game against the Seattle Mariners to send a ballboy out to center field to pick up a cup. Seriously.

The ballboy had to run all the way from right field to get the cup. They could have saved some time by having Mariners center fielder Michael Saunders to go get it, but really? The ump couldn't wait until the inning was over?

The A's were holding "1950s Turn Back The Clock Day" as they were the throwback uniforms of the Pacific Coast League's Oakland Oaks, while the Mariners wore Seattle Rainiers uniforms.

Video via MLB.com.

Lightning and thunder send Rangers and Twins running for cover (Video)

Sunday night's Texas Rangers game in Arlington against the Minnesota Twins was delayed abruptly due to a sudden arrival of thunder and lightning, sending both teams and the umpires running for cover.

It happened in the top of the fourth inning with one out and a Twins runner on first as Rangers pitcher Roy Oswalt was about to deliver a 2-2 pitch to Twins batter Ryan Doumit. The lightning flash was followed by an immediate (and very loud) crash of thunder, indicating it was very close to the ballpark, and that sent players of both teams and the umpires heading for the dugouts.

The game resumed play after the weather delay, which lasted 44 minutes.

Video via Sports Grid. H/T Sports Grid.

Hunter Pence runs over his third base coach while scoring run (Video)

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Hunter Pence ran over third base coach Juan Samuel while rounding third on his way to scoring a run during Saturday's game against the Atlanta Braves.

It happened in the second inning with Pence on second base as Juan Pierre hit a double to deep right field. Samuel waved Pence home, and Pence "thanked" him by rounding third with a really wide turn and plowing him over. Samuel tried to get out of the way but had no chance, and was not happy afterwards, to say the least.

Video via MLB.com.

Brian Dozier loses track of outs, gets doubled off first (Video)

Minnesota Twins shortstop Brian Dozier lost track of the number of outs and got himself doubled off first base during Saturday's game in Arlington against the Texas Rangers.

In the top of the second with one out and Dozier on first, Twins batter Jamey Carroll flied out to Rangers center fielder Craig Gentry. However, since Dozier ran to second on the play, apparently thinking there were two outs, that gave the Rangers an easy double play as Gentry threw to first baseman Michael Young for the third out to end the inning.

The double play ended a 2-run rally for the Twins, and the Rangers won the game by a run in the bottom of the tenth.

Let this be another lesson for the kids at home: Always keep track of the outs.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 7, 2012

MLB players reenact scene from 'The Little Mermaid' (Video)

In a recent episode of parenting web site Babble's web series "On The Fly! With Nadia", host (and actress) Nadia Dajani had four MLB players take part in an acting challenge under the guise of an acting class.

The participants were Oakland A's pitchers Gio Gonzales and Tyson Ross, A's outfielder Coco Crisp and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, and they had to act out a scene from the classic animated Disney film "The Little Mermaid".

Hawkins came out the winner in the end after getting a tip from Dajani to do a better job pretending that he had a tail. However, it was a fun time for all involved.

Video via.

Matt Thornton leads White Sox rookie teammates to bullpen tied to a rope (Video)

Chicago White Sox veteran bullpen pitcher Matt Thornton tied six rookie pitchers together with a rope and led them across the field from the dugout to the bullpen before Friday's game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Ah, nothing like rookie hazing in the major leagues. At least these guys didn't have to dress like cowboys.

Video via MLB.com.

Fan at Padres game hit by foul ball while using cell phone to update Facebook page (Video)

A fan was hit by a foul ball while sitting in his seat at Petco Park during Friday night's San Diego Padres game, and he later admitted he didn't see the ball coming because he was too busy using his cell phone to update his Facebook page.

Travis Decker was sitting in the second deck when he was hit in the shoulder by a foul ball off the bat of Padres center fielder Will Venable. Decker could be seen using his drink to ice down his shoulder, and later stadium staff brought him an ice pack.

In an interview with FOX Sports in the middle of the fourth inning, Decker admitted he was trying to post to Facebook that he was at the Padres game. Apparently the word got around to his friends anyway after he was seen on TV getting hit by the ball. Decker admitted to being a little sore, but he was a good sport during the interview.

Let this be a lesson to the kids (and adults) at home: Using your cell phone for texting while at the ball park can be dangerous, so stay alert.

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 6, 2012

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga takes shot to the groin from Andy Murray (Video)

Jo Wilfried-Tsonga took a forehand to the groin from England's Andy Murray during Friday's Wimbledon men's semifinal tennis match.

Tsonga got cheers from the crowd as he fought through the pain, and he was able to recover and close out the third set. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to get past Murray, who won the match in four sets.

We had a feeling something strange would happen in this match after Tsonga's prior two matches featured a lineswoman getting hit in the eye with a serve and a chair umpire catching a ball with one hand.

Cody Zeller gets tribute parody video 'Don't Want To Be A Millionare' (Video)

After Cody Zeller passed on the NBA to spend at least one more year playing college basketball at the University of Indiana, the creator of Zeller's parody Twitter account, @TheBigHandsome created a parody song and video in his honor.

Based on the Travie McCoy and Bruno Mars hit "I Wanna Be a Billionaire", this one is called "Don't Wanna Be a Millionaire".

The video features a first-person view of the University of Indiana campus.

H/T Sports Grid.

Mets fan faked a fall in front of cameras, and it wasn't the first time (Video)

A New York Mets fan played a gag on some fellow fans during Thursday night's game at Citi Field against the Philadelphia Phillies by taking a "fall" after pretending to be bumped by another fan as he walked by.

The fan exaggerated things by throwing his beer cups in the air, which conveniently were empty. Afterwards, it became quickly obvious that the fall was a joke as the man immediately got up and dusted himself off as he walked away.

The Mets fan seemed to know where the television cameras were, and interestingly enough, SNY did some investigative work and found video from July 2010 showing the same fan pulling the same "falling" routine before.

Who's to say how many times this man has done this off camera?

Video via MLB.com.

Jul 5, 2012

Wimbledon chair umpire makes one-handed grab (Video)

A Wimbledon chair umpire made a one-handed grab of an errant return volley from France's Jo Wilfried Tsonga during the first set of his men's quarterfinal tennis match Wednesday against Germany's Phillip Kohlschreiber.

Coincidentally, Tsonga was the opponent of Mardy Fish in his prior match and watched Fish hit a 118 mph serve that accidentally hit a lineswoman in the eye.

Tsonga defeated Kohlschreiber in four sets to advance to the semifinals against Andy Murray, so all the line judges and umpires in that match better watch out.

H/T Last Angry Fan.

Cliff Lee gets gatorade bath from teammates after first win of season (Video)

Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Cliff Lee got a Gatorade bath from teammates Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay after getting his first win of the season Wednesday against the New York Mets.

Lee was giving a postgame interview with Comcast SportsNet when Hamels and Halladay snuck up behind him. After getting the monkey off his back, that shower must have felt pretty good.

Video via MLB.com.

Toronto news station reports Steve Nash traded to L.A. Kings (Photo)

On Wednesday night, a 24-hour Canadian news station based in Toronto showed a graphic reporting breaking news:  "Steve Nash traded to L.A. Kings".

Memo to CP24:  Steve Nash was traded to the LA Lakers, not the Kings.  Steve Nash does not play hockey and will not be joining the Stanley Cup Champions.  Please make a note of it.

H/T Last Angry Fan.
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