Oct 31, 2012
Wednesday night's NBA game between the Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons was delayed briefly when a fog machine to be used for the halftime show was accidentally turned on.
The fog machine was placed behind one of the baskets in preparation for the halftime show when the fog began blowing from the machine during a timeout with just under a minute left in the first half. It took a minute or so for the machine to get turned off.
It all seemed strangely appropriate, given that it was Halloween, after all.
Steve Nash arrived at the Staples Center for his first regular season game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers wearing a pink sweater and navy blue bow tie with pink spots while carrying a manbag.
The caption that goes with the photo says "@StephenNash arrives in style!" Well, some of us might disagree.
Photo via NBA Instagram. H/T LBS.
Oct 30, 2012
A UC Santa Barbara men's soccer player, defender Peter McGlynn, was arrested Sunday for assaulting an official following a 2-1 overtime loss to UC Davis.
McGlynn had collected a yellow card during overtime before UC Davis scored the game-winning goal, and then earned a red card at the end of the game. After the goal was scored, UCSB head coach Tim Vom Steeg was having a heated discussion with the referee after UC Davis had scored the winning goal when McGlynn shoved the referee from behind. The shaky video of the incident that has surfaced appears to show Vom Steeg try to stop McGlynn at the last moment from making his regrettable lapse in judgement, but he was a second too late.
McGlynn was handcuffed on the field and taken in for questioning, then released without being booked, although police are recommending charges. McGlynn has been removed from the team, and as he is a senior, this will effectively end his college career. Vom Steeg has been suspended for one game.
It was the third consecutive overtime loss for UCSB.
A group of unidentified Seattle Supersonics fans dressed up as Lego versions of their favorite team for Halloween.
This gives us a great idea: how about a Lego NBA video game? How awesome would that be?
Photo via @MateoMMoore. H/T TNLP.
David Stern referred to Hurricane Sandy as 'Hurricane Katrina' before Miami Heat ring ceremony (Video)
NBA Commissioner David Stern had a bit of a slip-up before awarding the Miami Heat players and coaches with their NBA Championship rings Wednesday night when he referred to Hurricane Sandy as "Hurricane Katrina".
Stern was trying to have NBA fans acknowledge the people impacted by Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath. However, Stern's mistake made things a bit awkward, especially since Stern didn't catch himself saying it. Probably not the way Stern wanted to start the season.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
In a Romanian second division soccer match Tuesday night, CSM Ramnicu Valcea goalkeeper Robert Tufisi had an embarrassing moment as he whiffed when attempting to clear a back pass from a teammate, resulting in an own goal.
It happened in the 74th minute as a Valcea defender passed the ball back to Tufisi to avoid pressure from an opposing Mioveni forward. It was an easy pass and Tufisi had no pressure while making the kick. However, the ball appeared to hit a divot in the field and bounced up at the very last minute, causing Tufisi to miss the ball completely. Tufisi made a last-gasp dive for the ball, but it was much too late.
CSM Ramnicu Valcea lost the match, 2-0, and there's not much you can do about unlucky bounces like this.
Related: Costa Rica Women's Soccer Team Gives Us Worst Own Goal Ever (Video)
Minor league hockey team cuts off beer sales before '4th period', which naturally makes no sense (Photo)
The Houston Aeros, the AHL minor league affiliate of the NHL's Minnesota Wild, try to promote responsible drinking for adults by not allowing alcohol sales after the start of the 4th period.
That's all well and good, except for one minor oversight: As any sports fan knows (or should know), pro hockey only has three periods.
The Aeros play their home games in the Toyota Center, which they share with the NBA's Houston Rockets. The message displayed is clearly more appropriate for an NBA basketball game, but according to Ritch Duncan on TruTV.com's Dumb As a Blog, the vendors selling the beer aren't smart enough to know the difference. The Aeros may want to make a note of this and adjust their policies accordingly.
That gives us at Holdout Sports a chance to provide this public service announcement to our readers: Please don't drink and drive.
H/T Puck Daddy.
This past week on ESPN Sunday Countdown, Frank Caliendo broke out a fantastic impression of MNF analyst Jon Gruden in a sketch where he conducts a QB camp for some Pee Wee football players.
Video via ESPN. H/T AA.
Oct 29, 2012
In Oklahoma high school football action, Norman High receiver Jakcob Dean made an unbelievable reception on the 2-yard line while lying on his back during a 27-21 loss to Santa Fe High (Edmond, Okla) earlier this month.
The pass to Dean was underthrown, but he came back for it and laid out on his stomach, tipped it up to himself, then turned on his back to catch it. Fantastic catch.
Video via OKSportsExpress. H/T Prep Rally.
According to this video, inspired by the NHL lockout, wearing a mask of Commissioner Gary Bettman for Halloween entitles you to do whatever you want, including taking more than your fair share of candy.
That's not cool. Please, kids, when it comes to candy this Halloween, show some respect and just take one.
Video via. H/T Puck Daddy.
In CFL action, Calgary Stampeders wide receiver Maurice Price slid headfirst into a large propane heater when he was pushed out of bounds after making a reception during the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the B.C. Lions.
Price was down for several minutes and did leave the game, but fortunately came away from the incident without being seriously injured. Price finished with four receptions for 104 yards in Calgary's 41-21 win.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Last week, several Los Angeles Clippers players were dancing "Gangnam Style" while sitting on the bench as the song played at the Pepsi Center during a timeout in their NBA preseason game against the Denver Nuggets.
DeAndre Jordan, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom and Caron Butler were all busting out their moves, although not necessarily in synch with each other. Butler seemed to be enjoying himself the most.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
U.S. women's soccer star (and Olympic gold medalist) Alex Morgan got dressed up as Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney for some Halloween festivities this past weekend.
Morgan's costume consisted of a stars-and-stripes one-piece bathing suit, a fake gold medal and, of course, the "Not Impressed" face.
Morgan was out on the town with teammate Sydney Leroux, who wore a similar costume to represent Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas.
Photo via AlexMorgan13.
Oct 28, 2012
Washington Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall was ejected for moving aggressively towards a referee and cursing in his face in the final minutes of the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFL game at Heinz Field against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
It happened with under four minutes left in the fourth quarter after Hall got into a wrestling match with Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders. Both players ended up on the ground, but no penalty was called.
Apparently Hall felt there should have been a penalty, so when he saw an official, he went to plead his case, which on its own is all well and good. However, Hall took his helmet off while doing so, which is an immediate unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Unfortunately, things didn't end there. Hall got into the referee's face, forcing the referee to begin backing up to get away from him. Hall continued to move towards the referee and let loose numerous curse words, including at least one F-bomb, until the last straw came when Hall appeared to refer to the official, or something he did, as "stupid". The official tossed the flag and walked away, but Hall continued to go after him, forcing other referees and Redskins teammates to separate Hall.
In summary, Hall received two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, resulting in 30 penalty yards assessed on the play, and Hall was ejected from the game. After the NFL reviews this, Hall will most likely face a fine and a suspension of a week or two, which should give him some time to hopefully resolve his anger management issues.
Video via ForgedWithSteel. H/T Business Insider.
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger hit an NFL referee in the head with an errant pass during the final minute of the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the Washington Redskins.
Announcers joked that the rugby-style striped throwback uniforms that the Steelers were wearing Sunday may have confused Roethlisberger into thinking he was throwing the football to a teammate. However, this play was an anomaly as Roethlisberger managed to have a good game overall, with 222 yards and three touchdown passes in a 27-12 victory.
Video via. H/T Sports Grid.
Dolphins special teams goes 'Gangnam Style' celebrating blocked punt for touchdown against Jets (Video)
Miami Dolphins special teams player Robert Malone blocked a New York Jets punt and teammate Olivier Vernon recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown during the first quarter of Sunday's NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Vernon celebrated the touchdown with a 'Gangnam Style' dance and was briefly joined by teammate Jonathan Freeny.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Oct 27, 2012
Florida Gators head football coach Will Muschamp was very angry on the sidelines during Saturday's SEC game against Georgia, as evidenced by one rant caught on camera directed towards tight end Clay Burton.
Video via. H/T Dr. Saturday
In a soccer match from Argentina on Saturday, Boca Unidos goalie Gaston Sessa was given a red card for kicking a ball at a ballboy's head.
It's unclear why Sessa kicked the ball at the ballboy, who had just tossed him the ball. Sessa tried to resume the game with a goal kick like nothing happened, but the ballboy suddenly crumpled up and fell down to the ground behind him. At that point, the referee sent Sessa off the field.
It was a rough day all around for Sessa, who gave up three goals in a shutout loss to Independiente Rivadavia.
Video via. H/T 101gg.
American pro golfer Mark Wiebe was caught swearing by live Golf Channel microphones after missing a putt for par and having to settle for bogey on the 17th hole in the first round of the AT&T Championship tournament in San Antonio.
WARNING: NSFW language. Not for the kids.
The television announcers offered the obligatory apology for Wiebe's salty language. Looks like the Golf Channel needs to implement a 7-second delay, or at the very least, turn the nearby microphones off after a golfer misses a putt. It's an easy fix to avoid these types of awkward moments.
Wiebe finished the round at even par and was in the top 10 on the leaderboard going into the second round.
(UPDATE: Looks like all copies of the video of Wiebe's rant have disappeared. If it becomes available again, we'll try to get it for you).
Video via. H/T Sports Grid.
Not sure who to credit for this top notch pumpkin carving, featuring the face of Oklahoma City Thunder star James Harden and the phrase "Fear the Beard".
If someone has the info, please pass it along, as we'd like to give them props.
Photo via @BrianJMackey.
Oct 26, 2012
In a soccer match from France, Saint-Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrated his goal against Rennes by putting on a Spider-Man mask and pretending to shoot some webs into the crowd.
Aubameyang pulled the Spider-Man mask out of a bag which just happened to be conveniently located near the advertising board behind the net.
Talk about excessive celebration. Aubameyang should have been given a yellow card on the spot.
Video via. H/T Dirty Tackle.
Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps fell backwards off an inflatable raft while crowd surfing at XS nightclub in Las Vegas on Monday night.
Fortunately, Phelps appeared to be OK afterwards, but he did manage to show the world why it's probably not a good idea to go crowd surfing on an inflatable raft.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Oct 25, 2012
For some serious nostalgia for football fans and video game fans alike, NFL Films has created a documentary on the Nintendo Tecmo Bowl video game.
The documentary features coverage of an annual Tecmo Bowl tournament in Madison, Wisconsin, along with retired NFL players who played and starred in the game, most notably Christian Okoye.
Video via Vimeo. H/T Sports Crackle Pop.
Related: Tecmo Bowl Bo Jackson meets Super Mario Brothers (Video)
In a Europa League soccer match from Greece on Thursday, Panathinaikos defender Giourkas Seitaridis scores an own goal for Lazio when he sends a back pass into his own empty net.
szólj hozzá: Panatinaikos vs Lazio 0:1 Seitaridis own goal It happened in the first half as Panathinaikos goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis left the net to chase down the ball near the right edge of the penalty box. He passed it to Seitaridis, who for some reason passed the ball back towards his own net while no one was there to defend it. Panathinaikos managed to score during second half injury time to salvage a 1-1 draw with Lazio. H/T Dirty Tackle.
Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan was caught snoring while he slept by teammates Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, who videotaped the evidence for the world to see.
Paul and Griffin began to start messing with Jordan by tickling his nose. Unfortunately they leave us hanging, however, as that's where the video ends.
Video via. H/T Sportress.
A funny moment occurred during the FOX telecast of Game 1 of the 2012 World Series when baseball analyst Tim McCarver confused a reference to Barry Bonds with a reference to Barry Manilow.
It happened in the fourth inning after San Francisco Giants pitcher Barry Zito hit a single to drive in a run, and the crowd at AT&T Park began chanting "Barry! Barry!"
As McCarver pointed it out to viewers, Joe Buck said "They used to say it for someone else around here." Buck figured McCarver would pick up on the obvious reference to Barry Bonds, the all-time home run leader who played for the Giants.
Instead, McCarver replied "When Barry Manilow was playing in concert."
After being corrected by Buck, McCarver couldn't help but laugh.
Video via BarstoolNY. H/T Cosby.
Detroit Tigers left fielder Delmon Young may have made one of the worst outfield throws in major league baseball history during Game 1 of the 2012 World Series Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
In the fourth inning, Giants pitcher Barry Zito singled to left field, which drove in Brandon Belt from second base. A good throw would not have made a difference in the ball game, as Belt would have scored anyway, and Zito would not have tried to extend his hit into a double. However, Young's throw was a disaster, as not only did it hit the ground before reaching the infield, but it bounced over the bag at third base.
Young was forced to play left field in order to stay in the lineup while the Tigers are on the road playing under National League rules. We'll see what Jim Leyland does with Young for Game 2.
Oct 24, 2012
Bulgarian tennis pro Grigor Dimitrov made what could be the most amazing tennis shot in recent memory with a behind-the-back drop shot against Serbian pro Viktor Troicki during an indoor tournament match in Basel, Switzerland.
Even Troicki couldn't help but admire Dimitrov's skills as he made that incredible shot. Needless to say, Dimitrov won the match in straight sets.
Video via. H/T Business Insider.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard left public address announcer Lawrence Tanter hanging on an attempted fist bump before Tuesday night's NBA preseason game at the Staples Center.
To be fair, Howard appeared to be looking into the crowd and likely didn't see Tanter offering the fist pump, but it certainly made for an awkward moment. Hopefully, Howard can make it up to Tanter next time.
Video via. H/T Awful Announcing.
In UK soccer action, Nottingham Forest striker Billy Sharp celebrated scoring the opening goal in a Football League Championship soccer match against Blackpool by taking a bite of a fan's hot dog.
Sharp found a section of Nottingham Forest supporters in the Blackpool crowd and appeared to ask the fan politely for a bite of the hot dog, which the fan obliged. We wouldn't recommend that Sharp makes a habit of doing that, though, as eating in the middle of a soccer match could give someone cramps. Maybe Sharp could make a more healthy choice next time.
Nottingham Forest and Blackpool played to a 2-2 draw.
Video via. H/T Dirty Tackle.
Miami Heat star LeBron James was called for a technical foul in a very strange play during the second quarter of Tuesday night's NBA preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats.
LeBron appeared to be fouled by Bobcats guard Gerald Henderson in the lane, and the officials called the foul on Henderson, but also called a technical foul on LeBron. The reason for the technical foul call was not obvious, and even the television announcers could not figure out why the call was made.
To top it off, Heat coach Erik Spolestra was also given a technical foul as he tried to argue with the officials over the call.
Henderson made both technical foul shots, then LeBron made both of his free throws. In the end, it was a moot point as the Heat won the game 98-92. However, the reasoning behind LeBron may forever be shrouded in mystery. It's a good thing this is only the preseason.
Video via NBAShowtimeHD. H/T Cosby.
New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett visited the set of Good Day New York on Tuesday, and managed to take a shot at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo in the process.
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Co-host Dave Price threw a football across the studio to weatherman Mike Woods, but it was low and bounced on the ground before Woods could grab it, prompting Bennett to comment "Kinda looked like Tony Romo throwing that ball."
Bennett also helped give the day's weather forecast while wearing a shirt with a leopard-print pocket, and he also gave Radii footwear some free advertising by showing viewers his shoes at the end of the piece.
Video via MyFOXNY. H/T LBS.
Oct 23, 2012
This past weekend, a massive brawl broke out in the final seconds of a Minnesota high school boys soccer match between Totino-Grace and Prairie Seeds Academy.
Prairie Seeds won the match 2-1, but the win was overshadowed by the fight, which escalated quickly and involved multiple players. The Totino-Grace coach was punched by the Prairie Seeds goalie as he tried to separate some of the players. At least one Totino-Grace player required stitches after getting punched during the fight.
The winner of the matchup was supposed to advance to the Minnesota state tournament. However, the status of Prairie Seeds is now in question as the Minnesota State High School League launches an investigation into the incident.
Police in Maple Grove, where the match took place, were called in to respond and are now conducting their own investigation, but it is too early to tell whether criminal charges will be filed.
DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior.
Video via twelvedottv. H/T 101gg.
Oct 22, 2012
Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera gave teammate Jose Valverde a friendly taunt after hitting a single against him in an intrasquad game at Comerica Park.
Valverde has a tendency to throw his arms around to celebrate getting people out (at least, when he's performing well), so Cabrera gave him a taste of his own medicine. Both Valverde and Cabrera got a good laugh out of it.
The Tigers are playing intrasquad games to stay sharp until the World Series starts on Wednesday.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 20, 2012
Alex Ovechkin is keeping busy during the NHL lockout by playing for Dynamo Moscow in the KHL, and he made his presence felt in a Saturday game against Atlant Moscow when he shattered a pane of glass...by backing into it.
Ovechkin didn't seem to hit the pane with excessive force, but somehow the glass couldn't withstand the impact.
Ovechkin did not come away unscathed, as he had to be treated by medical staff for a gash on his hand.
H/T Puck Daddy.
Virginia Tech defensive back Michael Cole intercepted a pass from Clemson quarterback Tahj Boyd while lying on his back during the first quarter of today's ACC football game in South Carolina.
It's unclear how Cole fell to the ground, as he was playing deep coverage on the play. However, Boyd overthrew his receiver as he ran over the middle, and Cole ended up in the right place at the right time to make the unlikely interception.
Video via ESPN. H/T OTB.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright kept loose in the dugout before Friday night's NLCS Game 5 by breaking out some dance moves.
Wainwright was in a good mood after pitching seven strong innings in Thursday night's Game 4 to help the Cardinals get a win. Unfortunately, Wainwright was in no position to help the Cardinals on Friday, as they lost Game 5 to the San Francisco Giants 5-0.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 19, 2012
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving guest stars on an upcoming episode of the Disney XD series "Kickin' It".
Irving stars as himself making an appearance at a shoe store at the local mall to promote his new designer shoes.
The episode airs on Disney XD for the first time this Monday, October 22nd, at 8pm.
Videos via SlamOnline and BOPtv.
In UK soccer action Friday, Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland was shoved in the face by a visiting Leeds United fan who invaded the pitch during their Football League Championship match at Hillsborough.
It happened in the 77th minute just after Leeds had scored the equalizing goal to tie Sheffield at 1-1. Kirkland went down after the cheap shot, and the Leeds fan was able to run back into the stands and escape before security could track him down. However, as this video captures the man's face pretty clearly, it can hopefully be used as Exhibit A to punish this "fan" for his disgraceful actions once he is caught.
The game ended in a 1-1 draw.
UPDATE: Early reports have identified the fan as 20-year-old Aaron Cawley, who has already been banned from all football stadiums in England for his involvement in a riot when he was 16. Clearly that ban is not being enforced well enough, as this would appear to be the fourth time that Cawley has violated that ban.
H/T Dirty Tackle.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders spent a recent night out at Busch Gardens, where they experienced some scares as part of this year's Howl-O-Scream festivities.
Last week, Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams asked his Twitter followers to help him with a tough choice: Mickey Mouse or Garfield pajamas?
Garfield or Mickey Mouse I'm getting one of them to sleep in tonight you decide in the next 5 min twitter.com/DeAngeloRB/sta…— DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB) October 14, 2012
In the end, Williams went with the Garfield pajamas. To each his own.
Photo via @DeAngeloRB. H/T Sports Crackle Pop.
Oct 18, 2012
During halftime of Tuesday's World Cup qualifying soccer match between Chile and Argentina, a shameless linesman asked Argentina superstar Lionel Messi to take a picture with him...at halftime.
Despite displaying what many would consider an embarrassing lack of professionalism, Paraguayan linesman Nicolas Yegros doesn't seem to understand why the photo was such a big deal.
Messi scored a goal in the first half of Argentina's 2-1 victory.
Video via Goalsfanboy2012. H/T 101gg.
San Francisco Giants left fielder Gregor Blanco's broken bat nearly hit two St. Louis Cardinals bat boys during Wednesday night's NLDS Game 3 at Busch Stadium.
It happened in the sixth inning as Blanco fouled off a 3-1 pitch. The bat broke near the handle, and the barrel of the bat went flying towards the right side of the backstop. The bat hit the short brick wall less than two feet from where the Cardinals bat boys were sitting.
This brings up an interesting question: How are these Cardinals ball boys allowed to sit that close to home plate, completely in harms way, with no protection? This incident illustrates how this is a really, really bad idea that needs to be addressed immediately, as even the players in the dugouts are protected by railings. These boys were fortunate that they were not seriously hurt.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 17, 2012
The Dallas Stars ice girls recently spent a day at the lake. The highlights of their day on the boat were turned into a music video, featuring the ice girls lip synching to the Little Big Town single "Pontoon".
Because until the NHL lockout ends, what else is there for these girls to do?
Kudos to the ice girls for the original song choice. A nice change of pace from "Call Me Maybe" and "Gangnam Style".
Video via NHL Network. H/T Puck Daddy.
Related: Columbus Blue Jackets mascot and friends parody 'Gangnam Style' (Video)
Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was seen rubbing the head of medical trainer Doug Teter for good luck after he was taken out of Tuesday night's ALCS Game 3 in the ninth inning.
Verlander rubbed Teter's head while Tigers reliever Phil Coke was trying to get the final out of the game against New York Yankees batter Robinson Cano. TBS broadcaster Ernie Johnson joked that Teter "actually had hair before Verlander started doing that."
Although Coke gave up a hit to Cano, he struck out the next Yankees batter, Raul Ibanez, to close out the 2-1 victory for the Tigers and give Detroit a commanding 3-0 lead in the ALCS.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 16, 2012
During a recent U21 soccer match betwee Slovakia and Holland, referee Kenn Hansen takes a ball in the crotch.
Hansen winced in pain, but toughed it out despite the painful shot to the groin.
Video via OnsOranje. H/T 101gg.
A huge gust of wind blew a punt backwards into the end zone for a safety during a recent high school football game in Texas.
The victim was the punter of Byron Nelson High School (Trophy Club, TX). Watch the video here as the punter kicks the ball from his own 15 yard line, but the strong wind pushed the ball backwards in the air.
The ball touched down inside the 10 yard line before rolling into the end zone. Kudos to the Byron Nelson players who made the smart decision to take the safety rather than give up a touchdown to the opposing Guyer High Wildcats (Denton, TX).
Video via IBNSportsNetwork. H/T Prep Rally.
Related: Israeli soccer goalkeeper has strangest own goal ever, with help from extreme winds (Video)
San Francisco Giants pitcher Matt Cain was photobombed by teammate Sergio Romo during a live interview from the dugout with the FOX television broadcasting crew during Monday night's NLCS Game 2.
It happened in the bottom of the fourth inning as Cain was talking with Joe Buck from the dugout. Romo positioned himself behind Cain, but ducked out of camera view, and started making wavy arms and bunny ears.
Romo made his first appearance in the NLCS in the ninth inning, holding the St. Louis Cardinals scoreless to close out a 7-1 Giants victory. As long as Romo does his job, he can photobomb people all he wants.
Video via MLB.com.
Related: Sergio Romo photobombs Erin Andrews during live report (Video)
Oct 15, 2012
San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates and Denver Broncos safety Mike Adams got into a fight during the second quarter of Monday night's NFL game at Qualcomm Stadium.
Gates got the better end of the deal in more ways than one. Not only did he win the fight, but he got away scot-free while Adams was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo photobombed Erin Andrews as she was doing a live report from the Giants dugout during the FOX broadcast of Sunday's NLDS Game 1 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Video via. H/T BleacherReport.
Oct 14, 2012
After Houston Texans defensive lineman J.J. Watt sacked Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Sunday night's NFL game at Reliant Stadium, Watt ridiculed Rodgers' trademark championship belt celebration move by throwing away the belt, then giving a military salute.
It looks like Watt won't be asked to be part of any State Farm "discount double check" commercials anytime soon.
GIF via CJZero.
Jamaican sprinter (and Olympic gold medalist) Usain Bolt made a cameo appearance on the opening sketch of Saturday Night Live this weekend, appearing in two sketches.
Bolt appeared as himself during SNL's opening sketch, which was a recreation of Thursday's Vice Presidential debate. Bolt was asked by Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (played by cast member Taran Killam) to vouch for his claim that he won the 100 meter race at this summer's London Olympics. Of course, that was something that Bolt couldn't do.
Later in the episode, Bolt made a brief appearance on the recurring SNL soap opera sketch "The Californians", as a man looking for his biological father. Unfortunately, we may never find out how that story ends.
Video via NBC.com.
New York Jets wide receiver Jason Hill decided to celebrate his second quarter touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts by playing hopscotch in the back of the end zone during Sunday's NFL game at MetLife Stadium.
It was Hill's only catch of the game during the Jets' 35-9 victory.
Seattle Seahawks defensive back Brandon Browner crushed New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker with a monster hit during Sunday's game at CenturyLink Field.
It happened in the second quarter on a 7-yard pass from quarterback from Tom Brady. Welker was hit by Browner as soon as he caught the pass. However, as of the time of this post, Welker still leads the team with seven receptions for 102 yards and a touchdown.
During Saturday night's TBS broadcast of Game 1 of the ALCS, New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was identified as one of only six players in MLB history to play in the postseason before age 24 and after age 40. Also on that list were Chipper Jones, Eddie Murray, Greg Maddux, Rickie Henderson, and Willie Mays.
Unfortunately, the graphic displayed by TBS misspelled the name of arguably the most legendary player of the group as "Willie Mayes". Just terrible.
That's bad enough, but here's another goof by TBS graphics that could be worse: referring to Cal Ripken Jr. as "Carl Ripken Jr.", even though Ripken is currently working for TBS as an announcer.
These are Baseball Hall of Famers, some of the best players to ever play the game, and you can't spell their names right? That's an absolutely horrendous job by TBS. Come on, guys, step up your game.
Earlier this week at a Premiership Rugby match in Ireland between Quins and Saracens, a man was hit in the head as the ball went into the stands. To make matters worse, the man was coming out of the tunnel carrying two fresh beers, which presumably he had just purchased, and dropped both of them.
The man appeared to be OK and had a really big laugh at his own expense.
That's some impressive accuracy (or lack thereof depending on your point of view) from the rugby player who kicked that ball.
Video via PremiershipRugby. H/T Cosby.
Oct 13, 2012
Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood lost a decal on his helmet after a big hit from Northwestern defensive back Ibraheim Campbell during a Big Ten college football matchup Saturday.
It happened in the second quarter on a tough 8-yard run up the middle by Kirkwood. Campbell took down Kirkwood with a big hit, and upon impact, the "M" decal on the right side of Kirkwood's helmet popped off.
Now there's something you don't see every day.
Video via ESPN. H/T LBS.
Missouri punter Trey Barrow flipped Alabama punt returner Christion Jones with a low tackle during Saturday's college football game in Columbia.
It happened on the last play of the first quarter as Barrow kicked a 61 yard punt to Jones, who might have broken through for a score had it not been for Barrow's tackle. Jones did a full somersault in the air before landing on his rear end right on the 50-yard line after a 30 yard punt return.
Unfortunately for Missouri, that was one of the team's few highlights on the day as #1 Alabama rolled for a 42-10 victory.
Video via. H/T Dr. Saturday.
ESPN college football analyst Lee Corso announced his pick of Notre Dame over Stanford during this week's show at South Bend by dressing up as a leprechaun and doing an Irish jig.
Naturally, Corso was shamelessly pandering to the home fans, as he has been doing at various schools this year. Regardless, it's fun to watch.
H/T Sports Grid.
Related: Lee Corso dresses as Chief Osceola on ESPN's College Gameday (Video)
The Columbus Blue Jackets jump on the "Gangnam Style" bandwagon with a parody music video featuring their mascot, Stinger, and some friends.
Because until the NHL lockout ends, they really have nothing better to do.
Video via BlueJacketsNHL. H/T Sports Crackle Pop.
Wagner senior forward Josh Thompson won the school's 2012 Midnight Before Madness Slam Dunk contest for the second year in a row.
Last year, Thompson received a lot of attention for dunking over his mom for the winning dunk. This year, Thompson topped it in the only way possible: by dunking over both his parents.
Although Thompson did clip his dad a little bit in the head with his leg, he still brought down the house. (Thompson's dad was OK.)
Video via WagnerSeahawks.
Related: Wagner's Josh Thompson Leaps Over His Mom For Slam Dunk During Midnight Madness Festivities
Oct 12, 2012
New York Yankees relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain was knocked out of Thursday night's ALDS Game 4 against the Baltimore Orioles when he was hit in the right elbow by a broken bat.
It happened in the top of the 12th inning as Orioles batter Matt Weiters hit a single to left field. The barrel of Wieters' bat went straight at Chamberlain, who had turned to see where the ball was hit and had no chance to get out of the way.
Chamberlain was diagnosed after the game with a right elbow bruise, as X-rays on his arm came back negative. Chamberlain spent much of the year rehabilitating from a broken ankle, so he might consider himself fortunate that this injury did not turn out as serious.
Video via MLB.com.
The EA Sports FIFA '13 video game was released last month, and we had previously pointed out here how the Demo version of the game had some interesting glitches, including flying slide tackles and strange referee calls.
Well, now another glitch of FIFA '13 is making the rounds: games can be played with an invisible ball. Hard to believe? Take a look at the videos below and judge for yourself.
Exhibit A: This one features extensive play with the invisible ball, including close-ups of a free kick and goal kick.
Exhibit B: This one features a goal scored with no ball.
Granted that an invisible ball could be a hidden feature in FIFA '13, but it sure makes game play a whole lot harder.
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Related: EA Sports FIFA '13 Demo has a hilarious slide tackle glitch (Video)
Oct 11, 2012
Kansas State's Willie the Wildcat mascot accidentally kicked a little kid in the face
at a children's birthday party recently.
Although the original video is no longer available, the animated GIF is now making the rounds, and we wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't pass it along:
It's very clear that Willie couldn't see the young boy behind him while he was doing his moves. We hope the little boy is OK.
H/T Off the Bench.
New York Yankees third baseman Eric Chavez competed with a fan to make a tough catch on a foul popup during Wednesday night's ALDS Game 3 against the Baltimore Orioles.
It happened in the top of the seventh inning as Orioles batter Manny Machado hit a foul popup on the third base side which reached the edge of the stands. The fan in the front row tried to catch the ball with his bare hands, but Chavez outreached him with his glove and made the catch.
The fan should be thanking Chavez for preventing him from becoming the next Steve Bartman.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 10, 2012
Oakland A's outfielder Coco Crisp robbed Detroit Tigers slugger Prince Fielder of a home run with an amazing catch during Tuesday night's ALDS Game 3 at the O.co Coliseum.
It happened in the top of the second inning as Crisp perfectly timed his leap to make the catch at the top of the wall. Crisp's play was crucial in helping keep the Tigers off the scoreboard in the A's 2-0 victory and kept their season alive for at least one more game.
Video via MLB.com.
Cincinnati Reds third base coach Mark Berry displayed his cat-like reflexes while avoiding a foul line drive hit by Brandon Phillips during Tuesday night's NLDS Game 3 against the San Francisco Giants.
It happened in the bottom of the third inning, and the ball might have hit Berry in the head had he not been alert.
Video via MLB.com.
Pro golfer Bubba Watson was a guest of Jay Leno on The Tonight Show earlier this week and was invited to smash a few food items on stage with his driver.
Watson admitted he was inspired by the famous Gallagher comedy act before putting on some safety goggles and smashing a bell pepper, a pineapple, a pumpkin pie, and a cake with Jay Leno's face on it.
Leno gave Watson a piece of the smashed cake afterwards, proving that you can smash your cake and eat it, too.
Video via NBC.com. H/T Devil Ball Golf.
A Spanish soccer player delivered the worst corner kick ever over the weekend as not only did he miss the ball completely, but shattered the corner flag in the process.
It happened over the weekend in a La Liga match between Betis and Real Sociedad. Betis winger Juan Carlos attempted the corner kick during the 21st minute of the first half, and to say it did not go well would be an understatement.
Juan Carlos had to pick up the pieces of the flag before play could be resumed.
Oct 9, 2012
Cincinnati Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips managed to avoid a tag from San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro during Saturday night's NLDS Game 1 at AT&T Park with a move straight out of "The Matrix".
It happened in the eighth inning with Phillips the runner on first. Reds batter Joey Votto grounded to Scutaro, who appeared to be in perfect position to tag Phillips and throw to first to complete the double play. However, Phillips avoided the tag by coming to a complete stop and dropping backwards, staying out of Scutaro's reach.
Scutaro decided to throw to first instead to get the sure out, but tripped over Phillips' feet and nearly lost his balance in the process. Meanwhile, Phillips got up and ran safely to second base.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 8, 2012
The Network of Champions does a good job of summing up the 2012 baseball season from the fan's point of view for every major league team.
Video via NOC.
Related: What if every college football team fanbase could be summed up in a single sentence? (Video)
New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker caught 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown during the team's 31-21 win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday. It's certainly a lot more productivity from Welker than he had during the first week of the season, when he only caught three passes for 14 yards.
When asked about it, Welker said "It's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face every once in a while."
The Bill that Welker is referring to, of course, is head coach Bill Belichick. Welker appeared to be joking, but there may have been a bit of truth behind his comment, with the Patriots declined to give Walker a long-term contract in the offseason. We'll see how things play out.
Video via CSNNE.com. H/T LBS.
A military soldier gave his family a surprise reunion before Saturday night's South Carolina football game against Georgia.
The Faile family from Kershaw, South Carolina, was named the Columbia Metropolitan Airport Military Family of the Game, and they was brought onto the field to receive proper recognition from the crowd. The Faile received a surprise message on the video board from husband and father, Sergeant First Class Scott Faile, followed by an even bigger surprise: Sergeant Faile himself walking onto the field to reunite with his family.
It was a great way for South Carolina to start the evening, followed by the Gamecocks trouncing SEC rival Georgia 35-7.
Video via GamecocksOnline. H/T Sports Grid.
San Diego Chargers safety Atari Bigby had some fun filming his player intro for NBC that aired during Sunday night's NFL game against the New Orleans Saints as he proclaimed that he went to college at "University of Jah Rastafari".
Wonder where that school is located in relation to Ball So Hard University.
In reality, Bigby actually attended the University of Central Florida.
NBC video via. H/T OTB.
Related: Terrell "Sizzle" Suggs Is Too Cool For NBC Sunday Night Football Player Intros
Oct 7, 2012
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Albuquerque made an extremely unusual move when fielding a grounder during Sunday's American League Division Series Game 2 against the Oakland A's by kissing the baseball before throwing it to first base.
Naturally, A's players were extremely upset by what they considered a classless move.
It was the only out that Albuquerque was required to make, as it was the final out of the ninth inning, and the Tigers won the game in the bottom of the ninth with a sacrifice fly for a 5-4 victory and a 2-0 ALDS series lead.
Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T Big League Stew.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Nick Perry drilled Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck in the chest during the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game in Indy.
Luck fumbled and the ball was recovered by Packers linebacker D.J. Smith, but the play was nullified as Perry was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for leading with his helmet.
Fortunately, Luck was not seriously hurt and stayed in the game, but the Colts are down to the Packers 21-3 at halftime.
GIFs via @CorkGaines. H/T Business Insider.
Utah Jazz center Enes Kanter was the clear fan favorite during the rookie dance-off held before the team's open scrimmage at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City.
Although Kanter is not the greatest dancer, and his version of the worm looked more like a push-up, the crowd ate it up.
Also taking part in the dance-off were teammates Kevin Murphy and Alec Burks, but their efforts were overshadowed as Kanter stole the show.
Video via OfficialUtahJazz. H/T Sports Grid.
Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Jose Valverde entered Saturday night's ALDS Game 1 against the Oakland A's with a unique entrance routine where he spits water in three directions and takes a big hop onto the field.
The routine clearly works for him, as Valverde pitched a perfect ninth inning for the save to close out the Tigers' 3-1 victory over the A's.
Video via MLB.com.
Oct 6, 2012
Trampoline artist sets world record for longest slam dunk at halftime of Mavericks game in Berlin (Video)
During halftime of Saturday's exhibition basketball game in Europe with the NBA's Dallas Mavericks taking on ALBA Berlin, a trampoline artist set a world record for the longest slam dunk.
Florida Gators special teams player Luchiez Purifoy made a nice tackle of an LSU punt returner during Saturday's college football game and was celebrating the play when he was knocked down from behind...by teammate Matt Elam.
Guys, you're supposed to hit the players on the OTHER team.
Video via. H/T Cosby Sweaters.
Related: West Virginia's Tavon Austin gets knocked to the ground by teammate during touchdown celebration (Video)
A timeout was called during Saturday's college football game at North Carolina when Virginia Tech wide receiver Dyrell Roberts found a pair of scissors on the field as he was lining up for an offensive play.
Roberts found the scissors on the 43 yard line in the middle of the field, right on the UNC trademark logo. After waving it around for a few seconds, Roberts finally got the attention of the officials, and they called time so that he could get the scissors off the field.
Scissors are not something you would expect to see on the football field, ever. Give Roberts credit for being alert and possibly saving himself, or another player, from serious injury.
Video via ACCDigitalNetwork. H/T LBS.
Oct 5, 2012
Retired U.S. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps hit an amazing 159-foot putt at the 6th hole of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Pro-Am tournament on Friday in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Phelps has been studying golf with Hank Haney, and based on that shot, it looks like it may be paying off.
Atlanta Braves fans littered Turner Field with cans of beer after a controversial infield fly rule in the eighth inning during Friday night's National League wild card game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
With one out in the eighth and Braves runners on first and second base, Braves batter Andrelton Simmons hit a high popup to short left field. The ball fell between Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma and left fielder Matt Holliday, and the play should have resulted in bases loaded for the Braves with one out. However, the left field umpire called Simmons out with a late "infield fly" call for the second out of the inning, despite the fact that the ball landed about 40 feet past the infield.
Braves fans expressed their anger by throwing the cans of beer and other litter onto the field, resulting in an 18-minute delay in the game to clean up the debris.
The Braves lost the game to the Cardinals 6-3, ending their season. It's a shame that Chipper Jones' career has to end on a note like this.
Video via ESPNGAME2K.
In a Michigan high school football game between Monroe and Saline last Friday night, the Monroe High quarterback was slowed down as he scrambled by a Saline High defender who grabbed a hold of his underpants and managed to pull them right out of the quarterback's uniform.
Other Saline defenders made the sack on the Monroe quarterback, but afterwards, players on both teams had no idea what to do with the underwear. Saline won the game 20-13.
H/T Off the Bench.
A new video by the Network of Champions attempts to sum up the fanbase of every single college football team in a single sentence.
How did they do? You be the judge.
Note that in reality, there are quite a few schools that are not included, and some of the schools actually require two or three sentences to sum up their fanbases. However, the NOC does a pretty good job with this one overall.
Video via NOC. H/T Sports Grid.
On Wednesday the Oakland Athletics won the American League West division championship in front of their home fans at the O.co Coliseum. The A's celebrated when the final out was made, but one fan in the stands stood out for his exuberant style of celebrating that was conveniently captured on another fan's cellphone.
We'll go out on a limb and say that this A's fan is happy that the team won.
H/T Sports Pickle.
The Baltimore Orioles will have a lot of hometown support during their run in this year's MLB playoffs which includes the National Aquarium, which is located in Baltimore. The aquarium created a song and music video to commemorate the occasion featuring their birds (and reptiles) supporting THE Birds called "Orioles Magic".
Admit it, nothing gets you pumped up for playoff baseball than birds and reptiles...and a cheesy song to go along with it.
Video via nataquarium. H/T Buzzfeed.
In a recent Europa League soccer match between Udinese and Liverpool, Udinese's Giampiero Pinzi committed a blatant foul as he pulled Liverpool's Stewart Downing down to the ground from behind.
Downing was ahead of Pinzi on a breakaway down the sideline and Pinzi made no attempt to get the ball. Pinzi received a yellow card, but Udinese won the match 3-2.
Video via. H/T Dirty Tackle.
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick may have accidentally revealed that he owns a dog with a photo he posted on Twitter last night that featured an open box of Milk-Bone biscuits on the table where he was sitting.
The photo featured Vick sitting at the table studying film and his daughter sitting with him doing homework. The box of Milk-Bones happened to be on the right edge of the picture. Interestingly enough, the tweet was later deleted and reposted later with a cropped photo that did not include the dog treats.
It should be noted that Vick is now allowed to own a dog, and maybe someone in the house just happens to like eating Milk-Bones as a snack. It's possible, right?
UPDATE: Michael Vick has admitted that his family does own a dog.
Photo via Adam Reigner. H/T Crossing Broad.