Nov 30, 2012
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz is trying to collect some fan votes for this year's NFL Pro Bowl with this video of him catching a pass "dropped out of a plane".
The "Plane Catch" video is obviously fake, but the fans don't seem to care. The video has received over 400,000 views on Youtube, and as of Wednesday, Cruz led all NFC wide receivers in votes and was 10th in total votes among all NFL players.
Video via TimeWarnerCable. H/T Business Insider.
San Antonio Spurs center Boris Diaw committed two charges on the same play during the second quarter of Thursday night's NBA game against the Miami Heat.
Officials did not call the first charge that Diaw committed against Chris Bosh, but had to call the second one when Diaw virtually ran over Udonis Haslem in the paint.
TNT analyst Charles Barkley joked "This is the new NBA - you get two charges, they only call one."
H/T Sports Grid.
On Saturday, The Boston Red Sox will begin selling tickets for the upcoming baseball season. To promote the occasion while also wishing Happy Holidays to their fans, the Red Sox made a commercial featuring Fenway Park decorated in holiday lights.
The commercial was inspired by a scene from National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and features Wally the Green Monster mascot turning on the lights at Fenway with new manager John Farrell and some "behind-the-scenes" help from slugger David Ortiz. The lights can be seen at Fenway this Friday night when the Red Sox hold the Fenway Park Holiday Fest, featuring the debut of the Winter Light Show.
Farrell is probably correct when he says "Things are looking brighter already", because, honestly, things couldn't possible get any worse than they did last season.
Video via MLB.com. H/T Off the Bench.
Nov 29, 2012
TNT basketball analyst Charles Barkley conducted a quick sideline interview with San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich before the start of the second quarter of Thursday night's NBA game against the Miami Heat.
Apparently Barkley was unaware that he was only allowed to ask two questions, so when Barkley attempted to ask a third question, Popovich had to politely inform him that he wasn't allowed to do so.
Barkley apologized and laughed at himself, to which Popovich responded "Love ya" before heading back to the bench. Gotta love live TV.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
Duke Blue Devils forward Mason Plumlee threw down a monster one-handed slam on an alley-oop pass from teammate Quinn Cook during the second half of Wednesday night's college basketball game against Ohio State.
Plumlee led Duke with 21 points and 17 rebounds to carry the Blue Devils to a 73-68 win over the Buckeyes.
Video via ACCDigitalNetwork. H/T Dagger.
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin threw down a monster two-handed dunk to finish an impressive sequence during the first quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game at the Staples Center against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
After making the steal on the defensive end, Griffin played give-and-go with teammate Matt Barnes, who set up Griffin with the perfect alley-oop pass for the slam.
Griffin had 18 points to help the Clippers defeat the T-Wolves 101-95.
Video via NBA. H/T OTB.
Nov 28, 2012
Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson broke out a wicked crossover move that nearly brought Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce to the floor during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game at the TD Bank Center.
Johnson led the Nets with 18 points to help carry them to a 95-83 victory.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Cleveland Cavaliers rookie guard Dion Waiters dribbled through the legs of Phoenix Suns guard Luis Scola on his way to scoring a basket during Tuesday night's NBA game at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The move by Waiters gave the Cavs a 59-57 lead with 3:28 left in the third quarter. Waiters finished the game with 16 points and led the Cavs with 7 assists.
Unfortunately for the Cavs, they went completely cold after Waiters' basket and did not score another point in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the Suns closed out the third quarter with a 14-0 run and never looked back as they defeated the Cavs 91-78.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
The lights went out for a few seconds at Assembly Hall during the second half of Tuesday night's NCAA basketball game at Indiana, where the Hoosiers were hosting the North Carolina Tarheels.
It happened with 19:04 left during a play stoppage after a whistle for a jump ball. The incident had no effect on the game, and No. 1 Indiana won easily 83-59. However, you have to wonder who turned off the lights.
Video via cfbsectionhoops. H/T Dagger.
Houston Rockets center Omer Asik accidentally scored on his own basket during Tuesday night's NBA game against the Toronto Raptors.
It happened with about 1:23 left as Raptors guard Kyle Lowry missed a 19-foot jumper off the rim. Asik went up for the rebound, but somehow tipped it straight up into the air and into the basket.
Interestingly enough, the ESPN play-by-play game recap gives credit for the basket to Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, who was closest to the basket at the time Asik knocked it in, as opposed to Lowry, who took the shot and was the last Raptors player to touch it.
Fortunately, Asik made up for his goof with a two-handed slam a minute later and finished the game with 13 points and a team-high 18 rebounds to help the Rockets to a 117-101 victory.
Video via NBA. H/T LBS.
Nov 27, 2012
The U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team (a.k.a. 'Fierce Five') made a guest appearance on Monday night's episode of "Dancing With The Stars" as part of fellow Olympic gold medalist Shawn Johnson's dance routine.
McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas and Kyla Ross were part of the All-Star Finale routine with Johnson and partner Derek Hough. Before the episode, Johnson tweeted "You have no idea how much it means to me to be able to share this moment with them."
Johnson has made it to the finals of DWTS this year and has previously won the competition during season 8 back in 2009. This season's winner will be announced Tuesday night.
Photo via @ShawnJohnson. Video via Hulu.com. H/T Fourth-Place Medal.
Nov 26, 2012
San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili had an impressive sequence during Sunday's NBA game against the Toronto Raptors. Ginobili stole a pass on the defensive end, then dribbled the full length of the court, including one dribble through Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan's legs, before scoring a basket over two Raptors defenders AND drawing the foul.
Ginobili led the Spurs bench with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists to help the Spurs to a 111-106 victory.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Nov 25, 2012
New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley was ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFL game in the Superdome for kicking San Francisco 49ers offensive guard Alex Boone in the head.
Boone was on the ground after a Niners field goal was blocked, while Bunkley stood over him and kicked him in the back of the head as he was getting up.
In addition to being ejected, Bunkley will likely face a fine and/or suspension.
GIF via TheBigLead. H/T Cosby.
NFL referee Ed Hochuli reversed a Indianapolis Colts fumble on a punt return that was recovered by the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter of Sunday's game at Lucas Oil Stadium after viewing an instant replay.
Hochuli's explanation: "The runner's buttocks [were] down on the ground before the ball came loose. Therefore it is Indianapolis ball."
Now there's something you don't hear every day, especially during an NFL game. It's nice to have the real NFL referees back.
Video and H/T BI.
Golden State Warriors rookie forward Harrison Barnes had a spectacular one-handed slam dunk over Minnesota Timberwolves center Nikola Pecovic during the second quarter of Saturday night's NBA game at the Oracle Center.
Barnes had 10 points and 11 rebounds to help the Warriors defeat the Timberwolves 96-85.
Georgia Bulldogs LB Alec Ogletree had a vicious tackle of Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets WR Robert Godhigh during Saturday's college football game in Athens that turned out to be more of a combination body slam and pile driver.
It happened in the second quarter as Godhigh caught a 4-yard pass, and probably wished he hadn't after Ogletree picked him up and slammed him down to the ground on his head.
The play pretty much sums up Georgia's domination of their rivals in the 42-10 victory.
Video via ESPN. H/T Off the Bench.
Nov 24, 2012
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski recently hung out with Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic.
Lucic has plenty of time for hanging out with no end in sight for the NHL lockout, and Gronkowski is currently out of commission with the broken arm.
Photo via @MilanLucic4.
Illinois head football coach Tim Beckman was run over by an official during Saturday's game against Northwestern.
It happened late in the first quarter while Northwestern was running back an interception of an Illinois pass. Beckman was standing right in the path of the linesman following the play, who appeared to use his forearm to knock Beckman to the ground. Adding insult to injury, the official flagged Beckman for sideline interference.
Northwestern scored a touchdown two plays later, and the Wildcats were on their way to a dominating 50-14 victory.
Video via. H/T Dr. Saturday.
An Ohio State Buckeye fan stormed the field and videobombed an ESPN interview with linebacker Zach Boren after Saturday's win over Michigan.
The OSU fan first popped in front of the camera, then stepping back and peeking between Boren and his interviewer. To top it off, the Buckeye fan overshadowed both of them by making the 'OHIO' letters with his arms and destroying any chance for the interview to be taken seriously by anyone.
GIF via SBNation. H/T Sports Grid.
A female Florida State Seminoles fan caught the attention of ESPN cameras with her facepaint during Saturday's game against the Florida Gators. Unfortunately, the fan may now be regretting painting her face to get some extra attention after she made the mistake of applying the FSU lettering on her face backwards.
To top things off, Florida defeated FSU 37-26, so she will probably not be a happy camper tomorrow.
H/T Business Insider.
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant couldn't be bothered to wait around for the final seconds of Friday night's 106-98 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. Video of the game clearly shows Bryant leaving the court and heading to the locker room with six seconds left on the clock.
Bryant did score 30 points, but shot poorly from the field, making only 7 of 23 shots.
Related: Garnett, Rondo didn't shake hands with Heat after Game 7 (Video)
Nov 23, 2012
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin had a monster block to deny a dunk attempt by Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams in the first quarter of Friday night's NBA game at the Barclays Center.
Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels had a special touchdown celebration ready when he caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving: he pretended to carve a turkey and serve it to the fans at Ford Field.
GIF via BleacherReport. H/T OTB.
LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry made an incredible one-handed catch for a touchdown in the second quarter of Friday's 20-13 win over the Arkansas Razorbacks.
The pass from quarterback Zach Mettenberger was behind him, but Landry was able to reach back with his right hand and pull it in for an unbelievable 22-yard touchdown reception.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Nov 22, 2012
New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez fumbled the football after he was knocked to the ground by his own teammate's butt, and New England Patriots cornerback Steve Gregory recovered the fumble and ran it 32 yards for a touchdown on Thanksgiving night at MetLife Stadium.
It happened in the second quarter as Sanchez missed a handoff to his running back, then ran towards the line of scrimmage, straight into offensive lineman Brandon Moore's rear end. The impact knocked Sanchez on his back and caused him to drop the ball on the turf, and Gregory picked it up for the easy touchdown. The play helped the Patriots roll to a 35-3 halftime lead in the game.
The play by Sanchez not only epitomizes his career so far, but also epitomizes the New York Jets organization in a nutshell. Absolutely embarrassing.
Video via BI.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant gave a courtside fan a kiss on the head during Wednesday night's NBA game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
It happened in the third quarter as Durant attempted a pass to teammate Thabo Sefolosha, but the pass was deflected out of bounds by Clippers guard Jamal Crawford. The deflected pass hit the fan in the head, but fortunately the fan was OK. Durant walked across the court to check on the fan, who appreciated the gesture from KD.
Ironically, later in the third quarter, Crawford tipped another Thunder pass attempt out of bounds that nearly hit the same fan, prompting Crawford to check on her.
No question that the fan certainly got her money's worth.
Video via NBA.
Nov 21, 2012
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Serge Ibaka blocked consecutive shots by Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes during a defensive series in the first quarter of Wednesday's NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Center.
Making the feat more impressive is that Ibaka fell to the floor after blocking the first shot, yet was able to get back up in time to block Barnes' second shot. Now that's hustle.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans became the first NBA player to be fined for flopping under the new league rules. Evans will have to pay a $5,000 fine as the league assessed him with his second flopping violation of the season after he used one to draw a personal foul on Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace during Tuesday night's game at the Staples Center.
Evans is known for his spectacular flops, so it was only a matter of time before the excessive acting caught up with him. We'll see soon enough if Evans gets the message.
Video via. H/T ESPN.
Related: Reggie Evans makes NBA flop of the year (Video)
Toronto will be hosting Sunday's CFL championship game, and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared at a media event Tuesday at Nathan Phillips Square, which was turned into a football field as part of this week's Grey Cup festivities.
At the event, Ford tried to show off his quarterback skills...or lack thereof, as the case turned out to be.
Ford lost his footing on his first step back from the line of scrimmage and tumbled right to the ground. Fortunately, Ford appeared to be OK, aside from a bruised ego and some embarrassment he may have to endure as this video goes viral.
The 100th CFL Grey Cup will be held Sunday at the Rogers Centre at 6PM between the Toronto Argonauts and Calgary Stampeders.
Video via. H/T LAF.
Nov 20, 2012
Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan ran the full length of the court, caught an alley-oop pass from teammate Dominick McGuire and threw down a two-handed slam dunk during the first quarter of Tuesday night's NBA game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The NBA came up with a creative advertisement featuring their "BIG Color" Christmas Day uniforms that will be worn by the teams playing that day. The commercial features superstars Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Joe Johnson, Russell Westbrook and Dwayne Wade wearing the special uniforms and dribbling to the beat of "Carol of the Bells".
BIG Color gear for the Heat, Thunder, Knicks, Celtics, Nets, Lakers, Rockets and Bulls are now available online at the NBA Store.
Video via NBA. H/T Business Insider.
Nov 19, 2012
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid may be out of a job at the end of this season, but that won't be soon enough for some Eagles fans. One fan in particular, Casey Conklin, has created a Taylor Swift parody expressing these feelings, entitled "We Are Never Ever Gonna Win With Andy".
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum seems to believe that his latest injury setback occurred while bowling. Many people are speculating exactly how it went down, with some thinking that it went something like this:
Granted that in all likelihood it did NOT happen this way, but it was worth a look, wasn't it?
GIF via @GotEm_Coach.
New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd has been given a lot of flack for the headband he wore during Sunday's NBA game at MSG against the Indiana Pacers. However, Kidd was by no means trying to make a fashion statement.
Kidd was injured in the first quarter after being hit in the head by the teeth of Pacers guard Lance Stephenson on a head fake while attempting a 3-pointer. Kidd put on the headband to shoot three free throws, then left the game to receive seven stitches. Kidd returned to the game in the second quarter with the headband and a bandage used to cover the wound.
Some in social media hope it becomes a trend, as the Twitter handle @JKiddsHeadband was created in its honor. However, it's unlikely that Kidd will be wearing the headband for long if his teammates have anything to say about it. Carmelo Anthony commented "It's not a good look...Today, he had to do what he had to do. But we're not going to allow that."
H/T ESPN and NYDailyNews.
Nov 18, 2012
Alabama Crimson Tide football fans celebrated Saturday night after Kansas State and Oregon both suffered upset losses, putting Alabama back in prime position for the BCS national championship game.
To get a feel for what the scenes were like, one Crimson Tide fan compiled some fan reaction videos together into one Youtube post.
Video via. H/T AL.com.
After Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Dallas Clark caught a 15-yard touchdown pass in OT to defeat the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, FOX broadcaster Chris Myers shouted "Panthers win!"
Myers quickly corrected himself a second later by shouting "Buccaneers win!" and hoping that viewers missed his goof, but we didn't, and now we can pass it along to anyone who did.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore celebrated his second quarter touchdown with a little "Gangnam Style" during Sunday's NFL game against the Oakland Raiders.
Moore caught a 38 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Drew Brees.
Saturday's J-League soccer match between FC Tokyo and Vissel Kobe was played despite the pitch being completely soaked from a heavy rainstorm.
Naturally, there was a bit of an impact on the match as the playing conditions resembled those of a swimming pool and the game became more slip and slide.
In the end, Vissel Kobe won the match 1-0, but no one would blame FC Tokyo if they filed a protest.
Video via. H/T 101gg.
Nov 17, 2012
U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney makes her acting debut on this week's episode of Hart of Dixie, which stars Rachel Bilson. In the episode, McKayla plays the best friend of the character Rose, played by (ironically enough) McKaley Miller.
Here is a behind-the-scenes look at McKayla filming the episode "Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me", which airs Tuesday night at 8PM EST on the CW network.
Video via CWtelevision. H/T JustJaredJr.
Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson used his 5-foot-9 reverse height advantage as he ducked and dribbled through the legs of leaping Phoenix Suns guard Sebastian Telfair and score a layup during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game in the US Airways Center.
The Bulls held off the Suns in overtime 112-106.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and New York Knicks guard Jason Kidd found themselves in a hug as they kept each other from falling into the stands during the fourth quarter of Thursday night's NBA game at the AT&T Center.
The Spurs Coyote mascot tried to get in on the action and turn it into a group hug, but was a second too late as neither Parker or Kidd saw him as they headed back onto the court.
Video via NBA. H/T Off the Bench.
Related: Spurs featured in local grocery store commercial (Video)
This week on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, host Gary Williams challenged golfer Jamie Sadlowski to a long drive contest on the in-house simulator.
The contest was over after one swing, but not the way it was planned, as Sadlowski's drive went right through the screen.
Wonder who's going to pay for that. Those simulators can't be cheap.
Video via GolfChannel. H/T DBG.
The ESPN College GameDay crew was on location at the University of Oregon Saturday, and analyst Lee Corso picked Oregon to defeat Stanford in Saturday's game. Corso put on the head of the Oregon Duck mascot costume, as he traditionally does with the school of the team he picks. but then tried to take things to the next level when he was handed a live duck.
In hindsight, that may not have been such a good idea.
Note that this happened only a few minutes after Corso called a 5-year-old boy a "midget". Gotta love live television.
Video via. H/T TigerDroppings.
The disturbing trend of soccer fans throwing explosives onto the pitch continued Saturday, with the latest incident taking place during a Russian Premier League match that took place in Russia with Zenit St. Petersburg hosting Dynamo Moscow.
The firework landed near the feet of visiting Dynamo goalkeeper Anton Shunin and exploded during the 36th minute of the match. Referees abandoned the match and Shunin was brought to the hospital after suffering smoke irritation and apparent burns to his cornea from the explosion. According to the official Dynamo Twitter feed, Shunin says he is having some problems with his vision and hearing.
DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior. It normally goes without saying that throwing anything at all onto the pitch, especially explosives, is a bad idea. However, it's clear that there are some people out there that just don't get it. To those people we say: Knock it off, morons.
Video via 101GreatGoalsFan3. H/T Dirty Tackle.
On Thursday, the gold medal U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics team (a.k.a. "The Fierce Five") reunited for an overdue trip to the White House in Washington.
McKayla Maroney, Jordyn Wieber, Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman and Kyla Ross had a meet-and-greet with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office.
Not much video, if any, has been made available. However, the ultimate highlight from the visit, without question, is an official White House photo of President Obama posing with McKayla Maroney as they both display the famous "Not Impressed" face.
Photo via @PeteSouza.
Related: McKayla Maroney makes acting debut on 'Hart of Dixie' (Video)
Fans of the Oregon Ducks may have had a bit of a brief scare Friday when ESPN college football analyst Chris Fowler reported that the head of the school's beloved Duck mascot went missing:
BREAKING NEWS; The ORE Duck head is missing. While skydiving today, it came loose & plummeted to earth. A search is ongoing. No joke.— Chris Fowler (@cbfowler) November 16, 2012
The skydiving stunt was arranged by ESPN to promote Saturday morning's episode of College GameDay, which will be broadcast live from the university campus. As video evidence, here's footage of the person in the Duck mascot costume landing without his head, courtesy of KVAL.
Fortunately, the Duck head was found about a half hour later by a Good Samaritan and returned to the school. However, Fowler also pointed out that it would not have been a full scale panic for Oregon fans, as the Duck head that was lost was only the "third string model". Certainly made for an interesting day in Eugene.
Video via KVAL. H/T Lost Lettermen via LBS.
Nov 16, 2012
The highlight of the halftime entertainment during Tuesday's Charlotte Bobcats game at the Time Warner Center against the Washington Wizards would have to be the man who broke a bamboo stick with his crotch.
Kids, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.
New York Knicks center Rasheed Wallace referred to Orlando Magic guard Aaron Afflalo as "AFLAC" during Tuesday night's NBA game at the Amway Center.
It happened in the second quarter with the score tied at 43-43. As Afflalo's first free throw bounced off the rim, Wallace could be heard shouting "Yeah, AFLAC!"
We're pretty sure Afflalo has no connection to the insurance company, but we get the feeling that the nickname could stick.
Video via nbaus3030. H/T BDL.
San Antonio Spurs stars Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili star in a funny commercial promoting the prime steak selection of Texas grocery chain H.E.B.
In the commercial, Parker acts as the bouncer treating his backyard cookout as an exclusive club as he checks to see if Duncan and Ginobili are on the guest list.
Also featured is the team's Coyote mascot cooking at the grill, along with coach Gregg Popovich (or a lookalike stand-in for "Pop", as we don't hear him speak and don't get a good look at his face). It's a funny commercial that's worth a look.
Video via. H/T SCP.
Miami Heat star LeBron James had a courtside chat with Denver Broncos running back Willis McGahee after the Heat defeated the Denver Nuggets Thursday night at the Pepsi Center. When they were finished, a fan next to McGahee tried to give LeBron a high five. What happened next is up for debate.
A lot of people would say that LeBron left this fan hanging. However, from our vantage point, it looks that LeBron never even saw the fan, as he wasn't looking in that direction.
For what it's worth, we're willing to give LeBron a pass on this one, although we do feel bad for the fan. What's your opinion? Did LeBron leave that fan hanging?
Video via. H/T OTB.
Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean dropped some gum on the floor during Thursday's NCAA basketball game against Sam Houston State, but had absolutely no qualms about picking up the gum and putting it right back in his mouth.
Crean explained himself on Twitter and used the opportunity to pander to the faithful Indiana fans:
The gum I dropped tonight was a fresh piece of Dentyne Ice. No 5 second rule was in effect.— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) November 16, 2012
Now, even if it was used, it wouldn't matter. Branch McCracken Court at ASSEMBLY HALL is the cleanest and greatest court around.— Tom Crean (@TomCrean) November 16, 2012
In our opinion, the 5 second rule can't possibly apply to gum, as it is sticky by nature and naturally will stick to any dirt or germs the second it touches the floor. Coach Crean obviously disagrees.
Dentyne Ice must be really good gum.
Video via. H/T Dagger.
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol was called for a technical foul during Wednesday night's NBA game against the Oklahoma City Thunder for bumping the basketball in Russell Westbrook's face.
As Westbrook made a basket by shooting over Gasol, the basket bounced off Westbrook's own face into Gasol's hands. Gasol took the basketball and bumped it off Westbrook's nose, almost as if to rub Westbrook's nose in it. Clearly unnecessary, and the technical foul was deserved.
Things got chippy later in the game, as Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins were given double technicals and ejected from the game after jawing at each other during a Thunder free throw attempt. The NBA is investigating whether the confrontation may have spilled over into an altercation between Randolph and Perkins in a hallway outside the locker rooms.
In the end, however, the Grizzlies won the game 107-97, so Gasol and Randolph got the last laugh...for now. The Grizzlies and Thunder face off again January 31st in Oklahoma City.
Related: Zach Randolph and Kendrick Perkins ejected after verbal confrontation (Video)
Golden State Warriors rookie forward Draymond Green was excited after making the first basket of his NBA career Wednesday night, a three-point shot in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks. However, he might have been a little too excited, as officials assessed Green with a technical foul for taunting.
Apparently the officials called the technical on Green for something he said. The video shows Green shouting as he backpedals after making the shot, but it didn't seem out of the ordinary. Were the officials overreaching here?
Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T BDL.
Nov 15, 2012
Los Angeles Clippers forward DeAndre Jordan has recently been working with the Network of Champions on a prank video series called Got Em. In the latest episode, Jordan brings a fart machine to Venice Skate Park and pretends to pass gas near people.
Naturally, the results were hilarious, because farts are funny.
Video via NOC. H/T LBS.
The 'Gangnam Style' craze has almost run its course, but for those late to the party, here is the Denver Nuggets edition, with their mascot Rocky leading the way.
Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried seemed to particularly enjoy the making of this video.
Video via NuggetsTV. H/T SCP.
Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph and Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins were ejected from Wednesday night's NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Center after a verbal confrontation between the players in the late stages of the game.
With just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter as Thunder guard Russell Westbrook made the first of his two free throws. As the teams were lining up for the second free throw, Randolph and Perkins began jawing at each other. After television microphones appeared to pick up one of the players saying "I'll beat your a**", the referee immediately ejected Randolph and Perkins before the situation escalated.
Randolph finished with 20 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, while Perkins finished with 8 points and 2 rebounds. The Grizzlies defeated the Thunder 107-97.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Nov 14, 2012
We've seen some parachute fails before, but this first-person video featuring a jumper taking out a soccer player is pretty spectacular.
During warmups of a first division soccer match Monday night in Ecuador between LDU Quito and Barcelona Guayaquil, things went a bit haywire for parachutist Jose Sislema Merello as he was practicing his jump as part of the hired entertainment. Merello overshot his planned landing spot in the middle of the field and landed on the shoulder of LDU Quito striker Claudio Daniel Bieler (a.k.a. "Taca"), knocking him to his knees. Whoops.
Bieler was OK, but was not a happy camper, which is understandable given the extremely unusual circumstances.
Video via StudioFutbol. H/T 101gg.
At halftime of the Duke Blue Devils' 75-68 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats Tuesday night, UK head coach John Calipari accused Duke's players of flopping.
Calipari said "They're flopping all over the place. In the NBA, they'd all be suspended."
Video via cjzero. H/T LBS.
UCLA Bruins center Josh Smith had an embarrassing moment during the second half of Tuesday night's NCAA basketball game against UC Irvine when he threw up an air ball on an attempted layup.
Smith had 5 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes of action as UCLA barely avoided an upset with an 80-79 overtime win.
Nov 12, 2012
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tried to give a boy wearing his jersey a high-five in the back of the end zone after scoring a fourth quarter touchdown during Sunday's 34-24 win over the Detroit Lions. Unfortunately, Peterson missed the boy's hand and accidentally slapped the boy in the face.
To be fair, Peterson had only good intentions here. It's possible Peterson tried to pat the boy on the head and missed, or made a misjudgement when trying to reach some o of the other fans trying to give high-fives to him.
In the end, the boy wasn't phased at all, so we can easily give Peterson a pass on this one. No harm, no foul.
Video via. H/T Sports-Kings.
The comedy web site Funny or Die jumps on the trick shot bandwagon with a video that uses Hollywood as a backdrop and numerous celebrities getting in on the action.
The most notable celebrities include John Goodman, Craig Robinson, Jon Heder, Chris Kattan and Richard Karn. Definitely worth a look, whether you're a bowling fan or not.
H/T Funny or Die.
In soccer action from Italy, Sampdoria coach Ciro Ferrara was the unfortunate victim of a bad bounce as he was hit directly in the face with a ball during Sunday's Serie A match against Palermo.
In the 39th minute, Sampdoria defender Andrea Costa and Palermo midfielder Edgar Osvaldo Barreto chased the ball near the sideline where Ferrara was standing. As Costa tried to kick it away, Barreto stuck his foot out and kicked it out of bounds, nailing Ferrara in the face and knocking his glasses off. Ferrara was clearly stung but did not appear seriously hurt.
Unfortunately, Ferrara was not able to rally his team to victory as Palermo defeated Sampdoria 2-0, adding insult to injury.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller did a little dance while making the safety signal after teammate Mike Adams tackled Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the end zone during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFL game in Charlotte.
Von Miller takes advantage of every opportunity to break into a dance, even if the Broncos are losing. Fortunately, the Broncos had the game well in hand yesterday as they defeated the Panthers 36-14.
Video via. H/T Sports Grid.
Related: Von Miller dances after sacking Matt Ryan, despite losing to Falcons (Video)
Charlotte Bobcats rookie forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist made an impressive play in the fourth quarter of Saturday night's NBA game against the Dallas Mavericks by grabbing a defensive rebound and going coast-to-coast for a layup despite losing one of his shoes at halfcourt.
Kidd-Gilchrist's play inspired the Bobcats to rally from an 8-point deficit with 4:18 left to pull out a 101-97 overtime victory. MKG led the Bobcats with a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T BDL.
Nov 11, 2012
The San Francisco Bulls, the ECHL minor league hockey affiliate of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, found themselves pushing a Zamboni off the ice after it broke down during the second intermission of Friday night's game against the Stockton Thunder.
The good deed seemed to bring the Bulls some positive energy, as they scored three goals in the third period to break a tie and beat Stockton 4-1.
H/T Puck Daddy.
The pit crews of Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer got into a brawl in the late stages of Sunday's AdvoCare 500 NASCAR race in Phoenix after Gordon intentionally wrecked Bowyer's car, taking out both drivers.
After the crash, one of Bowyer's pit crew members confronted Gordon as he got out of his car, leading to the brawl between both pit crews.
Order was restored after about a minute, but things became interesting again when Bowyer exited his car and made a full sprint to go after Gordon. However, Bowyer was held back before he could get to him.
Video via. H/T BI.
Pitch invaders are common in Brazilian football (a.k.a. soccer), but we've never seen a match interrupted by a pitch invader with only one leg...until now.
It happened on Saturday night during the first half of a match between Corinthians and Coritiba. The one-legged man hopped several yards onto the field before being taken down by security. Of course, the real question to ask here is how the fan managed to evade security to make his way onto the field in the first place.
Video via. H/T 101gg.
A video currently making the rounds features New England Patriots receiver Brandon Lloyd jumping over a Smart Car driven by MobiSquad CEO and founder Nate Reis. The question, of course, is whether the video is real.
Watch for yourself and be the judge, but first, we have to provide a warning to our faithful readers: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME.
Lloyd admitted during an interview with the Boston Herald that there may have been some trickery involved when he said "Obviously, I’m not going to do anything to jeopardize my career". Lloyd also mentioned that the commercial was filmed during the summer, before he signed with the Patriots, so he didn't need to run it by coach Bill Belicheck.
Video via MobiSquadTV. H/T SCP.
Nov 10, 2012
Texas Tech Red Raiders head football coach Tommy Tuberville has some explaining to do after he appeared to yank the headphones off the head of a graduate assistant during the fourth quarter of Saturday's NCAA football game against the Kansas Jayhawks.
It happened in the fourth quarter with 9:57 left after Texas Tech was flagged for a penalty with too many men on the field in a 4th and 1 situation. Seconds after the penalty was called, Tuberville was caught by cameras ripping the headphones off the head of graduate assistant Kevin Oliver, and the hat came off Oliver's head along with them.
Don Williams of the Lubbock Avalanche Journal reported that that the extra player on the field that caused the penalty was a special teams player, and Oliver is a special teams coach. Tuberville was quoted by Williams as saying "I reached to grab [Oliver] and pull him off. When I pulled, I missed his shirt and I grabbed his (headset)...and his microphone ripped off his head. I was trying to get him off the field."
It will be interesting to see what comes out of this. You be the judge: Are you buying Tuberville's explanation?
Video via. H/T Dr. Saturday.
During the third quarter of Friday night's Los Angeles Lakers game at the Staples Center, the home crowd began chanting "We Want Phil!" in the team's first NBA game after Mike Brown was fired as head coach earlier in the day.
The chant was for former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, who retired in 2010 after coaching the Lakers to five NBA championships. Jackson appears to be the leading candidate to take over as head coach, and based on this video evidence, Lakers fans would sign him up in a heartbeat.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
Related: Lakers fire Mike Brown: Was Kobe's 'death stare' the tipping point? (Video)
Nov 9, 2012
Friday night's Carrier Classic college basketball matchup that was to take place between the Marquette Golden Eagles and Ohio State Buckeyes aboard the USS Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, S.C., was cancelled due to condensation on the court.
After the game was called off, Marquette forward Steve Taylor Jr. demonstrated why the game could not be played by jogging a few steps and sliding on the slick court surface about five feet.
Obviously the cancellation was a disappointment for the players, but clearly the right thing to do under the circumstances.
Video via. H/T OTB.
In her bobsled debut, converted U.S. Olympic track and field athlete Lolo Jones won a silver medal with driver Jazmine Fenlator in the two-woman sled event at the FIBT World Cup competition at Lake Placid on Friday.
With such a fantasic start to her new career, if she can make it to Sochi, Jones may end up with an Olympic medal after all.
Video via. H/T Buzzfeed.
Related: Lolo Jones says she can beat Denard Robinson in a race (Video)
On Friday, the NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders $15,000 (and fined the team $35,000) for faking an injury to stop the clock during a game in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
It happened in the fourth quarter with just under 6 minutes left in the game. Video of the incident clearly shows Sanders standing in the Steelers huddle, then suddenly, and rather conveniently, coming down with a "cramp". NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth called the move by Sanders a "savvy play" that saved the Steelers from having to use a timeout.
Sanders hopped off the field with the help of Steelers training staff, but after sitting out one play, "miraculously" returned to the game. The dead giveaway that Sanders was faking the injury might have been how he outran his teammates and downed a punt on the play that he returned to the game.
The Steelers are not the first team to pull a stunt like this, and as bad as this incident may have looked, we've seen a lot worse. However, the NFL did the right thing in calling out Sanders, and by slapping the Steelers as a team with the fine, it sends a clear message to other teams that will hopefully discourage this behavior.
Related: Two Giants Players Fake Injury at Same Time To Slow Rams No-Huddle Offense (Video)
The Los Angeles Lakers announced Friday that they have fired head coach Mike Brown only five games into the season after a disappointing 1-4 start. You have to wonder if the tipping point in the decision by the Lakers front office was the "death stare" that Kobe Bryant gave to Brown near the end of Wednesday night's loss to the Utah Jazz.
The video went viral and was brought up by the media during Thursday's Lakers practice. Kobe shot down any discussion of a rift between him and Brown and reiterated that he was Brown's "biggest supporter", but you can only speculate what really went down behind closed doors.
Rachel Thebault, owner of Tribeca Treats specialty bakery in downtown Manhattan who also happens to be a Washington Redskins fan, just finished making a birthday cake that looks like quarterback Robert Griffin III (a.k.a. RGIII).
The cake was specially made for a Redskins fan, which must be hard to find in the New York area.
Photo via @RachelThebault. H/T SCP.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas was caught on the sideline pushing aside his assistant, first team coach Luis Martins, while celebrating after striker Jermain Defoe completed a hat trick during Tottenham's 3-1 victory over Maribor in Europa League soccer action Thursday.
Martins tried to shake AVB's hand, which doesn't seem like a major offense, especially since Tottenham had just scored and seemingly had victory in its grasp. Apparently AVB wanted none of it, or maybe he simply felt that Martins was in his way. In either case, it was uncomfortable to watch, yet hilarious at the same time.
Video via. H/T Dirty Tackle.
Atlanta Falcons linebacker Stephen Nicholas lost a dance-off Webster star Emmanuel Lewis during the team's 8th annual Celebrity FootBowl Tournament.
It was all in good fun, and all for a great cause, as the Falcons raised some money for Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
Video via AtlantaFalconsNFL. H/T SCP.
Nov 8, 2012
In an Iowa high school girls volleyball game, a Holy Trinity Catholic player spiked the ball so hard that not only did it take down an opposing Winfield-Mount Union player after hitting her in the face, but the rebound took out a spectator who was heading out of the gym.
Someone give that Holy Trinity player a volleyball scholarship.
H/T Off the Bench.
Nov 7, 2012
Wednesday's Champions League soccer match between Manchester United and Sporting Braga was delayed for 12 minutes in the second half when the lights went out in the stadium.
The outage occurred during the 57th minute with Braga holding a 1-0 lead. Ironically, Man U was able to regroup during the temporary blackout and rally for three goals to win the match 3-1.
Video via. H/T 101gg.
Now here's something strange: As of this writing, conducting a Google search on Florida Panthers right winger George Parros features a photo of Snoop Lion (a.k.a. Snoop Dogg) wearing a fake mustache.
Want the proof? Here's the proof:
H/T Puck Daddy.
Sacramento Kings point guard Isaiah Thomas proudly proclaims "I'm a Pizza Guy!" in a new commercial for the California pizza chain Pizza Guys.
And why not? Those endorsement deals won't be around forever, and a guy's gotta get paid while he can.
Nov 6, 2012
Women's college soccer player hits opponent in face, twice, on consecutive throw-in attempts (Video)
During a Division III women's college soccer playoff match between Amherst and Colby, Amherst defender Emily Little was given a yellow card for nailing Colby midfielder Maddie Tight in the face twice during consecutive throw-in attempts.
If it happened once, that could have been a fluke, but what are the odds of Little hitting Tight in the face twice in a row by accident? Extremely slim. We think it's safe to say this was a deliberate act and the yellow card was deserved.
Video via. H/T LAF.
Nov 5, 2012
Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Donald Sloan became one of the first NBA players to officially receive a warning from the league based on a review of his actions during Friday night's game against the Chicago Bulls.
It happened with just under six minutes left in the fourth quarter as Bulls center Nazr Mohammed bumped Sloan into Kirk Hinrich. Sloan threw up his arms and did a 360 spin before tumbling to the ground to complete his fantastic flop.
Also given a warning was Minnesota Timberwolves guard J.J. Barea.
Video via Bustasports.
Nov 4, 2012
New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony accidentally caused a fan to spill his beer while bumping into him after chasing a loose ball into the stands during Sunday's NBA game at MSG against the Philadelphia 76ers.
It happened in the first quarter after Carmelo made a big block on Sixers guard Nick Young during a fast break and tried to chase down the loose ball. Melo made a great effort to save it by tossing the ball behind him while leaping over the Sixers bench into the stands. Unfortunately, not only was Melo not able to save the loose ball, but he fell sideways and bumped into a fan in the second row, causing the fan to lose his beer.
Carmelo led the Knicks with 27 points and 5 rebounds, and the Knicks defeated the Sixers 100-84. No word yet if the fan was reimbursed for the spilled beer.
Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith celebrated his 19-yard touchdown in the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the Washington Redskins with some major hip shaking.
It was Smith's first touchdown of the season.
Nov 3, 2012
Michigan State Spartans defensive back Johnny Adams tried to draw a penalty against Nebraska Cornhuskers wide receiver Kenny Bell after they tussled a bit after the whistle during Saturday's college football game at East Lansing. Although the flop by Adams failed to draw the penalty, it did manage to draw attention to Adams for the overacting.
Video via ESPN. H/T Dr. Saturday.
In soccer action Saturday from France, Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic was given a straight red card for a flying kick to the chest of St. Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier.
St. Etienne upset PSG 2-1.
Video via. H/T Dirty Tackle.
In Friday night high school football action from Texas, Sharyland High's Sean Landez returned a missed field goal by Edinburg North High from the back of the end zone all the way for a 109 yard touchdown.
It happened in the first quarter as Edinburg North missed a 44-yard field goal. Landez caught the ball in the back of the end zone and had to walk a tightrope to keep his toes in bounds, then ran up the sideline an followed his blockers all the way to the other end zone for the incredible 109-yard touchdown. Amazingly, Landez also returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown earlier in the first quarter.
Sharyland routed Edinburg North 48-7.
Video via Version2Media. H/T LAF.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Blake had a verbal confrontation with a fan in the front row of the Staples Center during Friday night's NBA game against their cross-town rival Los Angeles Clippers.
It happened as Blake fouled out of the game with 29.2 seconds left. You have to wonder what the fan allegedly said or did to get under Blake's skin. However, regardless of any fan's actions, Blake is a professional and has to take the higher ground.
The Clippers won the game 105-95, handing the Lakers their third straight loss to open the season.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban recently offered to give $1 million to any charity Donald Trump chooses if Trump agrees to shave his head.
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This was in response to Trump's offer last month to donate $5 million to the charity of President Barack Obama's choosing if the President released his college transcripts and passport records, an offer that Cuban called "one of the dumbest things ever".
Video via MyFOXdfw.com. H/T Sports Grid.
U.S. Olympic athlete (and former LSU track star) Lolo Jones was the guest celebrity during Saturday's episode of ESPN College GameDay, live on location at the LSU campus at Baton Rouge.
earlier this year claimed he could beat Olympic gold medalist Usain bolt in a race. Jones made a bold statement by saying "Denard Robinson, you couldn't beat me in a race, let alone Usain Bolt, but I'll give you and your team the win today."
And, of course, Jones picked her alma mater, LSU, to defeat top-ranked Alabama.
Video via BLS.
The Kalamazoo Wings, the ECHL minor league hockey affiliate of the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, recently made a music video where they lip synched and danced to the classic Wham! hit "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
We don't know why, but we hope they got a bonus for doing this.
Video via GoKWingsGo. H/T Puck Daddy.
The New York Knicks lined up at center court at Madison Square Garden before Friday night's game against the Miami Heat, which was the first NBA game held in New York City since the Hurricane Sandy tragedy. Carmelo Anthony addressed the crowd to thank the fans that came to the game to show their support for the Knicks and acknowledged the lives and families impacted by the tragedy.
Carmelo led all scorers in the game with 30 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Knicks to a 104-84 victory over the Heat.
Video via Business Insider.
Nov 2, 2012
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Eric Maynor drained a 66-foot buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter during Thursday night's NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs.
The long distance three-point shot by Maynor tied the game at 66 apiece. However, the Spurs got a buzzer beater of their own from guard Tony Parker at the end of regulation to win the game 86-84.
Related: Tim Duncan throws down poster dunk over Serge Ibaka (Video).