Dec 31, 2012
Charlotte Bobcats forward Hakim Warrick threw down a monster slam dunk and posterized Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli during Monday night's NBA game at the United Center.
Warrick got the pass from guard Ramon Sessions at the three point line and got a running start before throwing it down and drawing the foul on Belinelli.
Warrick finished the game with 8 points and 6 rebounds to help the Bobcats defeat the Bulls 91-81 and break an 18-game losing streak.
Video via NBA.
An unidentified Washington Redskins fan told his family that he would tackle the Christmas tree if the Redskins made the playoffs.
After the Redskins defeated the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night to win the NFC East division, that fan followed through with his mission, to our delight.
Binghamton Senators left winger Corey Cowick hugged a referee after scoring a goal against the Rochester Americans during Saturday minor league hockey action in the AHL.
It didn't appear to be intentional on Cowick's part, as referee Terry Koharski just happened to be the first man he saw after he scored. Of course, it never hurts to be nice to the officials.
H/T Puck Daddy.
No word yet if the referee found what he was looking for.
H/T Beer Mug Sports.
Based on the video, Alamodome security was apparently nowhere to be found. We would hope that this fan was caught before he left the stadium so that his actions do not encourage other fans to follow his lead. Unfortunately, we may never know the outcome. Fortunately, the fan was wearing clothes.
DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior, regardless of how harmless it may be.
Dec 30, 2012
During a Saudi Premier League soccer match, Al Ittihad midfielder Modeste M’bami got a little grabby with the rear end of Al Nassr's Khaled Al-Zaylai.
M'bami got himself a handful of Al-Zaylai's left cheek with a move that makes you wonder what he was thinking when he did it. No foul was called on M'bami, so it may be only a matter of time before he tries it again.
Al-Zaylai deserves much credit for showing restraint and simply walking away from M'bami and getting back to the game.
Related: LA Galaxy's Robbie Keane grabs Jake Livermore's rear end (Video)
Arizona Cardinals rookie right guard Senio Kelemete made an impression in his first NFL game by making a 10 yard reception and a first down on a crazy play during the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the San Francisco 49ers.
The pass from Cardinals quarterback Brian Hoyer was intended for receiver Andre Roberts, but was deflected straight up in the air by Niners cornerback Carlos Rogers. As Niners lineman Isaac Sopoaga appeared to be in position for the interception, Kelemete grabbed the ball away from him and charged forward like a fullback for the first down.
Kelemete was given credit for 7 YAC (yards after the catch) on his first career reception. With skills like that, the Cardinals may want to consider moving Kelemete to tight end, or fullback. Their offense certainly couldn't get any worse.
Video via NFL.com. H/T Shutdown Corner.
The halftime show at the Lucas Oil Stadium during Sunday's Indianapolis Colts game featured three monkeys riding dogs while herding goats. Seriously.
To top it off, the monkeys were wearing tiny Colts jerseys. How cute.
The idea may have been inspired by one of last year's Denver Broncos halftime shows, but the Colts took things up a notch with more monkeys and dogs and by adding the goats. Watch the video here and you can be the judge as to whether the fans got their money's worth.
Video via NFL.com. H/T Shutdown Corner.
Related: The Denver Broncos Had a Monkey Riding a Dog For Halftime Entertainment (Video)
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster made a nice gesture after scoring a third quarter touchdown in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Foster ran to the "#Chuckstrong" banner behind the end zone and gave it two taps to salute Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who returned to the sidelines for the first time since taking leave in September to receive chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. Classy move by Foster.
Foster led the Texans with 96 yards rushing and one touchdown, but it wasn't enough as the Colts won the game 28-16.
GIF via H/T SportsGrid.
Related: Ray Lewis and Arian Foster Swap Jerseys After Ravens Beat Texans (Video)
Philadelphia Eagles kicker Alex Henery made one of the more awful field goal attempts of this NFL season during Sunday's season finale against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
To say that Henery's 28-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter was no good would not do justice to describe just how horrendous the kick was, as it was shanked wide left by at least 20 feet.
GIF via Tim Burke. H/T Business Insider.
Dec 29, 2012
6'0" Sacramento Kings guard Aaron Brooks made a big time block of 6'8" New York Knicks forward Chris Copeland during the second quarter of Friday night's game at the Sleep Train Arena.
The hustling play by Brooks may have made all the difference in the game as the Kings defeated the Knicks 106-105.
Video via kingsflix. H/T Bob's Blitz.
The Cleveland Cavaliers held a "Wild Thing Wig Night" promotion at Quicken Loans Arena for Friday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks as a tribute to center Anderson Varejao. The first 10,000 fans received a wig modeled after Varejao's curly hair, complete with a yellow Cavs headband.
The fans seemed to enjoy wearing the wigs, and even guard Daniel Gibson put one on during pregame warmups. Unfortunately, Varejao himself could not play in the game due to a bruised right knee. Talk about bad timing.
Varejao wore a suit as he watched from the bench while the Cavs lost to the Hawks 102-94.
Video via NBA.
Dec 28, 2012
Illinois high school makes half-court inbounds play for game-winning buzzer-beater look easy (Video)
In Illinois high school basketball on Thursday, Mantoon High defeated Rantoul High with a game winning shot at the buzzer off a half-court inbounds pass with .7 seconds on the clock.
With the game tied at 54, Mantoon's Jared Pilson threw the inbounds pass from half court to the perfect spot near the basket, and Ryan Hutchinson caught it and put the shot up in one motion for the game winner. An unbelievable play, but Mantoon made it look really easy.
Canada forward Anthony Camara was ejected for his bone-crushing hit of Slovakia defenseman Patrik Luza during Friday's game against Slovakia at the world junior ice hockey championships in Russia.
Luza had to be carried off the ice in a stretcher and was taken to the hospital for precautionary reasons. Camara was given a 5-minute major penalty for charging as well as the game misconduct penalty.
The Slovaks scored on the ensuing power play to take a 3-1 lead, but Camara's hit seemed to rally the Canadians, who roared back with five consecutive goals to win the game 6-3.
Video via HockeyVideoHD. H/T LAF.
Cliff, who wears a mustache and glasses, was separated at birth from Chris and became a State Farm agent. However, according to the ad, both were "born to assist".
Video via StateFarm.
Dec 27, 2012
Recently retired Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones used a stepladder while putting together a driveway basketball hoop. Jones was able to put the hoop together properly, except for one small detail:
What's wrong with this pic folks? Never said I was the sharpest tool in the shed. D--- ladder!!! Lol twitter.com/RealCJ10/statu…— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) December 27, 2012
No word yet as to how Jones will solve this one.
Photo via @RealCJ10.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson lost his gum while screaming at a linesman during the second half of Wednesday's 4-3 victory over Newcastle.
Ferguson was venting at linesman Jake Collin about an offsides penalty that he called on Newcastle that was overruled by head referee Mike Dean, allowing an own goal by Man U defenseman Jonny Evans to stand in the first half of the game.
Not only did Ferguson continue with his rant unphased, but more importantly, Ferguson did not pick up the gum and put it back in his mouth, unlike a certain American college basketball coach.
Related: Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean eats gum after it falls on the court (Video)
It happened in the fourth quarter after Wade dribbled the ball across halfcourt and Sessions went to guard him. Wade drew the personal foul on Sessions, then nonchalantly threw up his left leg and kicked Sessions right in the nuts. It happened right in front of the referee, and yet Wade received no punishment for the dirty play. Hopefully the NBA will fine Wade for this classless move.
Wade led all scorers with 29 points to help lead the Heat to a 105-92 victory.
UPDATE: The NBA announced on Dec. 27th that Wade has been suspended 1 game without pay.
Dec 26, 2012
Orlando Magic forward Moe Harkless posterized New Orleans Hornets center Robin Lopez during Wednesday night's NBA game at the Amway Center.
The powerful dunk by the 19-year-old rookie in the second quarter finished off a Magic fast break and brought the hometown Magic fans to their feet. It was the only basket of the game by Harkless.
However, Lopez got his revenge by scoring 29 points to lead all scorers and help the Hornets to a 97-94 win over the Magic.
Video via NBA.
Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz, who used to play for Trabzonspor, was struck in the head by a foreign object (possibly a water bottle) and dropped to the ground. As Trabzonspor defender Giray Kacar went to check on him, a smoke bomb went off near Yilmaz's rear end.
Both players were treated for their injuries and fortunately were able to return to the match, which ended in a scoreless draw.
DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior from anyone.
H/T Dirty Tackle.
Wayans started out by making a series of funny faces behind Crystal, and then later stepped it up by clapping his feet right behind Crystal's head. Funny stuff.
Video via HeatPosterized.
During a break in the action at the United Center during the Chicago Bulls-Houston Rockets game on Christmas Day, the Bulls' Dunk Trampoline Team, known as the "Elevators", put on their high-flying act while wearing Santa Claus costumes. Unfortunately, one of the Santas had a slight miscalculation with his dunk and ended up smashing his face on the rim.
Ironically, the incident summed up how the game would go for the hometown Bulls, as the Rockets blew them out in a 120-97 victory.
Video via NBAShowtimeHD. H/T Beer Mug Sports.
Dec 25, 2012
Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol sealed the team's Christmas Day victory over the New York Knicks at the Staples Center by driving down the lane and throwing down a powerful two-handed slam dunk.
Gasol's dunk gave the Lakers a 5-point lead with 11.6 seconds left and wrapped up a 100-94 victory. Gasol finished with 13 points and 8 rebounds in the game.
Video via NBA.
Related: Kobe Bryant scores with reverse layup against Knicks (Video)
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant scored with a nice reverse layup during the first quarter during their Christmas Day game at the Staples Center against the New York Knicks.
Video via NBA.
We especially appreciate Nikola Pecovic sharing his favorite holiday meal: Meat. Because meat is good.
Merry Christmas to all our Holdout Sports readers. To get you into the holiday spirit, The Basketball Jones presents "A Very NBA Christmas".
TBJ brings you a compilation of classic holiday tunes with an NBA twist, such as "David Stern is Coming to Town", "Feliz Calderon", "God Rest ye Cleveland Cavaliers", and much, much more.
WARNING: NSFW language. Not for the kids...especially the ones in this video.
Video via TheScoreTV. H/T TNLP.
Dec 24, 2012
A female Kansas City Chiefs fan brought a sign to Sunday's game at Arrowhead Stadium with her "Christmas list" of possible improvements for her favorite team.
Unfortunately, this Chiefs fan forgot to use spellcheck, or at least have a friend proofread her sign, as she embarrassingly failed to spell Christmas correctly. However, the sign seems to perfectly sum up the Chiefs' misfortunes this season.
Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen breaks out his Tom Cruise impersonation in a new MLB Fan Cave video entitled "The History of Cruise". It just so happens that the latest Cruise movie, Jack Reacher, opened this weekend and was filmed in Pittsburgh.
In the video, McCutchen does his best to reenact some of the classic scenes from Cruise's movies, including Risky Business, Jerry McGuire, A Few Good Men, Top Gun. Although his scenes may not be Oscar-worthy, McCutchen clearly had fun doing them.
Video via MLB Fan Cave.
Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher was caught vomiting on the sideline by FOX television cameras during a break in the action in the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Talk about bad timing to air Fletcher vomiting on live TV, but to make matters worse, FOX happened to be displaying the caption "Happy Holidays" at the time. Sure, nothing gets people into the holiday spirit like a professional football player throwing up.
To Fletcher's credit, he fought through the pain and led the Redskins defense with 12 tackles (10 solo) during Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Eagles, putting the Redskins in position to win the NFC East division next week.
H/T Sports Grid.
Dec 23, 2012
U.S. women's soccer star (and Olympic gold medalist) Alex Morgan has been taking some well-deserved vacation time in Hawaii, and on Friday she was seen paddle boarding on the beach in a bikini.
In a Utah high school basketball game Thursday night, fans of Davis High School (Kaysville, UT) stormed the court after Abel Porter drained an improbable half-court buzzer beater to give the Darts the victory over the Olympus High School Titans (East Holladay, UT).
With the game tied at 46 in the final seconds, Olympus had the ball and tried to set up their offense for an open shot. However, Braden Koelliker stole the ball in the final seconds and passed it to Porter, who threw the half court shot up just in time.
Watch the entire sequence here, courtesy of KSL5 Sports.
Video via KSL5Sports. H/T Off the Bench.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin proudly displayed his holiday spirit by posting a photo of himself on Twitter wearing a green jumpsuit.
Surely Martin can work out a deal withCCR brand, who seems extremely happy with the free publicity.
Photo via @DougMartin22. H/T OTB.
Related: DeAngelo Williams wears Garfield pajamas (Photo)
players sing holiday songs.
Here, for your viewing pleasure, are Benny and the Elevators performing "Carol of the Bulls":
Video via ChicagoBullsOfficial. H/T SCP.
Related: Denver Nuggets sing classic holiday songs...poorly (Video)
Atlanta Hawks guard Louis Williams posterized Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich by throwing down a slam dunk over him, and getting the foul, during Saturday night's NBA game at the Philips Arena.
It happened in the second quarter on a fast break after Josh Smith made a block on defense and Williams grabbed the rebound. Williams passed to Smith at midcourt, who dished it back to Williams for the powerful slam that brought the Hawks bench, and the fans, to their feet.
Williams finished with 16 points, and the Hawks defeated the Bulls 92-75.
Video via NBA.
Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash looked like his old self as he made his return to the court for Saturday's NBA game against the Golden State Warriors.
It was Nash's first game back since being injured in the second game of the season. Nash scored 12 points and had 9 assists, including some nice alley-oop passes to teammates Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant.
More importantly for Nash and the Lakers, however, they earned a tough overtime win over the Warriors with a 118-115 victory.
Video via NBA.
Related: Steve Nash gets beer from fans while driving down freeway (Video)
Dec 22, 2012
A jump shot by Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah got stuck on the rim during the first quarter of Saturday night's NBA game against the Atlanta Hawks.
The play became an omen of things to come for Noah and the Bulls as they were blown out of the Philips Arena, losing to the Hawks 92-75.
Jimmy Fallon enacts 'Who's on First: The Sequel', with help from Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld (Video)
"Who's on First" by Bud Abbott and Lou Costello may possibly be one of the funniest comedy sketches of all time.
On Thursday, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon enacted "Who's on First?: The Sequel". With Fallon playing the role of Abbott and announcer Steve Higgins playing the role of Costello, they got some additional help from comedy legends Billy Crystal and Jerry Seinfeld.
Video via Hulu.com. H/T OTB.
Bledsoe contributed with 6 points in the 97-85 Clippers victory.
Video via ClipperNation. H/T Cosby.
Toronto Raptors center Amir Johnson just got a new haircut which features the team's logo, the raptor claw, prominently displayed in red on the back of his head.
It's safe to say Johnson doesn't plan on playing for another team anytime soon.
Photo via Amir Johnson's Instagram. H/T BDL.
In keeping with the spirit of the season, the Italian football club AC Milan created a video featuring some of their players stars attempting to sing the Wham! holiday classic "Last Christmas". In hindsight, maybe that wasn't such a good idea.
Video via MilanChannel. H/T 101gg.
Dec 21, 2012
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler was a guest on Thursday night's episode of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Chandler was challenged by Fallon to a free throw contest, but instead of using a basketball, the shootout featured several holiday themed objects, including a fruitcake, ornaments, and a stocking stuffed with coal.
Not only did Chandler win the contest, but he got Fallon to campaign for viewers to vote for him as an NBA All-Star, so a good night for him.
Video via LateNightWithJimmyFallon. H/T BDL.
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin travels back in time again in a new commercial for the 2013 Kia Optima. In the ad, Griffin visits his younger self in 1999 and challenges his choice of video game at an arcade.
Nothing wrong with Griffin making some extra cash, because he's gotta make his money while he can.
Video via KiaMotorsAmerica. H/T TNLP.
Zach Hodskins, a 6'2" guard from Milton (GA) High School (Georgia), is excelling at basketball despite being born with just one hand. This highlight video shows Hodskins passing and shooting as well as the best two-handed opponents can.
Video via scoutsfocus. H/T OTB.
Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins had a serious question to ask his Twitter followers yesterday:
I have a serious question for y'all and I need an answer. If a turtle loses its shell is it naked or homeless?— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) December 20, 2012
Because haven't we all wondered about this at one point or another?
However, if Perkins is really looking for the definitive answer to this question, he should track down this kid:
For New York Jets fans, the 2012 season has been extremely painful to watch. They might want to consider watching this video, however, which features many of this seasons lowlights together in one long blooper reel, including, of course, the legendary "buttfumble". To make it more enjoyable, however, the video features Benny Hill music.
Then again, maybe Jets fans won't want to watch this, but Jets haters will enjoy it.
Video via. H/T Sports Grid.
Two Nuggets defenders were in position under the basket, but they both seemed to get out of the way as Lillard approached the hoop, allowing him to score easily.
Lillard finished with 12 points and 10 assists to help the Blazers to a 101-93 win over the Nuggets.
Video via NBA.
To get fans in the mood for Christmas Day basketball, the NBA has teamed up with ESPN to create a commercial featuring Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, James Harden and Jason Kidd singing "Jingle Bells", featuring customized basketball-themed lyrics.
It's good to see Harden get into the holiday spirit, as he missed out on singing "I Have a Little Dreidel" with his Rockets teammates.
Video via NBA.
Related: Rockets attempt to sing 'I Have a Little Dreidel' (Video)
Dec 20, 2012
The Denver Nuggets are wishing their fans Happy Holidays with a video promoting the players singing, or at least attempting to sing, a compilation of classic holiday songs in their "Holiday Jam".
Noteworthy performances include JaVale McGee with "The Christmas Song", Kosta Kafous with "Here Comes Santa Claus" and Timofey Mozgov singing "It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas". However, despite what the video says, this collection is not likely to be found in stores, so you can enjoy it here...for better or worse.
Video via NuggetsTV. H/T Sports Grid.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook crashed into some fans and spilled some drinks as he leaped into the stands while trying to save the ball during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Atlanta Hawks.
Westbrook leaped into the front row and was almost able to save it, but his feet landed on a front row seat before he was able to toss the ball back onto the court.
Westbrook proceeded to tumble backwards into the second row. Westbrook was OK, but some fans spilled their drinks as he crashed into them, not only on themselves but also on the court surface. This sent the arena cleaning crew into action which caused a brief delay in the game. Harry the Hawk came over to greet the front row fans, who were good sports about everything.
Although Westbrook failed to save the ball on this play, he did score 27 points and dished out 11 assists to help lead the Thunder to a 100-92 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Video via NBA.
The Dallas Mavericks have released a new holiday-themed video in which "Santa Dirk" Nowitzki comes to town and gives "presents" to his Mavs teammates.
The reactions by Nowitzki's teammates to the gag gifts that he gives out, which include Angry Birds boxers, a rotary phone, and a Shake Weight, are priceless.
Video via DallasMavericks.
Related: Mavericks sing 'Sleigh Ride'...if you can call it that (Video)
Dec 19, 2012
Denver Nuggets guard Andre Miller served up the perfect alley-oop to teammate Danilo Gallinari, who jumped way up to make the catch and the slam dunk, during the third quarter of Tuesday night's game at the Pepsi Center.
Gallinari led the team with 28 points and also grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the Nuggets to a 112-106 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
Video via NBA.
Dec 18, 2012
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin caught an alley-oop pass off the backboard from teammate Matt Barnes and finished it with a monster one-handed slam dunk during Monday night's NBA game against the Detroit Pistons. The play perfectly demonstrated why the Clippers deserve their "Lob City" nickname.
Griffin had 15 points to lead the Clippers to an 88-76 victory.
Video via. H/T Cosby.
Related: Blake Griffin tosses alley-oop to DeAndre Jordan for slam against Pistons (Video)
Dec 17, 2012
Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin is known for his slam dunks, but in the first quarter of Monday night's NBA game against the Detroit Pistons, Griffin threw the alley-oop pass to teammate DeAndre Jordan, who finished the play with a slam dunk.
They don't call the Clippers "Lob City" for nothing.
Video via. H/T OTB.
Houston Rockets point guard Jeremy Lin was cheered by New York Knicks fans in the pregame introductions at Madison Square Garden as he returned to face his former team for the first time.
In his MSG return, Lin scored 22 points and had 8 assists to help the Rockets to a 109-96 victory over the Knicks. The Rockets are now 2-0 against the Knicks this season.
Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson honored the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy during Monday night's NFL game against the New York Jets by having the names of the Newtown victims written on his shoes.
The shoes carried Johnson right through the middle of the Jets defense in the second quarter for a 94-yard touchdown.
Photo via BuzzfeedSports. H/T Cosby.
Carolina Panthers linebacker Greg Hardy found some fans to celebrate with in the front row at Qualcomm Stadium after they defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-7. The Panthers fans gathered in the front row and were pushing up against the metal guardrail to reach out and get high fives from Hardy. Unfortunately one section of the guardrail gave way, sending some fans spilling out onto the field.
Fortunately the front row fans were only a foot or two above field level, but no word yet if there were any injuries.
H/T Business Insider.
St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola spiked a football into a man's face, and appeared to break the man's glasses, after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Amendola may want to plan his touchdown celebrations better in the future. Not only does he owe this man a new pair of glasses, but the Rams were down 33-7 at the time, so it seemed ill-advised. In the end, the Vikings defeated the Rams 36-22.
It could have been worse. At least Amendola didn't throw the ball directly at the man's face.
Video via. H/T OTB.
Related: Michael Boley Scores Touchdown, Throws Football In Cameraman Assistant's Face
Dec 16, 2012
Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Adam Hayward and Bucs linebacker coach Bryan Cox got into a shoving match on the sideline during the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the New Orleans Saints.
The Bucs are clearly frustrated after losing three straight games, and given that they are losing 31-0 in the third quarter to the Saints as of this writing, it will likely soon be four straight.
H/T Business Insider.
Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson ran through several Washington Redskins defenders during a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter of Sunday's NFL game at Cleveland Browns Stadium.
Watch Richardson get stuffed at the 1-yard line by three Redskins defenders, yet still kept his feet moving and powered through to the end zone.
As of this writing, Richardson has only 28 yards, but two touchdowns, as the Browns lead 13-10 as the game approaches halftime.
Denver Broncos running back Knowshon Moreno displayed his athleticism by hurdling right over Baltimore Ravens safety (and future NFL Hall of Famer) Ed Reed during Sunday's NFL game at M&T Bank Stadium.
As of this writing, Moreno has 13 rushes for 74 yards, including that impressive run.
H/T Big Lead.
New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz will be honoring one of the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy, 6-year-old Jack Pinto, during Sunday's NFL game against the Atlanta Falcons.
In addition to paying tribute to the school with the letters "S.H.E.S." handwritten on the back of his helmet along with the entire Giants team, Cruz will have special messages written on his gloves and shoes featuring Jack Pinto's name.
Cruz's gloves will have the message "Jack Pinto" and "This one is 4 U!". His shoes will have the messages "Jack Pinto 'My Hero'" and "R.I.P. Jack Pinto".
Cruz reached out to the Pinto family to offer his condolences, as Jack was a Giants fan and a fan of Cruz. The Pinto family is considering burying Jack in a Victor Cruz jersey.
On a personal note, we offer our heartfelt condolences to all the victims and families affected by the tragedy.
H/T Shutdown Corner.
Chicago Bulls 5-foot-9 guard Nate Robinson had an impressive sequence in the first quarter of Saturday's NBA game at the United Center against the Brooklyn Nets.
After making a jump shot on the offensive end, Robinson hustled down the floor on defense just in time to make a giant leap and make the block on a layup attempt by Nets guard Marshon Brooks.
The Bulls won the game 83-82, so it can be said that Robinson's block made the difference in the game.
Video via NBA.
Dec 15, 2012
On Saturday, the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl is being played between Toledo and Utah State. We weren't exactly looking forward to this matchup...until we saw the commercial before the game today.
After watching the potatoes with helmets on lining up for the kickoff (similar to the Bud Bowls in the 90s), we were completely pumped.
Video via IdahoPotatoVideos.
In honor of Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel winning the Heisman Trophy last week, the local College Station pizza joint Hungry Howie's Pizza Aggieland is now offering a special pie with a likeness of the trophy on top made out of pepperoni.
Since Manziel is only a freshman, Hungry Howie's could be selling a lot of those pies.
H/T Off The Bench.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant paid a subtle, yet fitting tribute to the victims and families impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy by writing "Newtown CT" on his shoe for Friday night's NBA game against the Sacramento Kings.
Durant scored 31 points in the game to lead all scorers and help the Thunder to a 113-101 victory.
Photo via okcthunder Instagram. H/T LBS.
Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale shared a long hug with Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett after Friday night's NBA matchup at the Toyota Center, where the Rockets defeated the Celtics 101-99.
The ties between McHale and Garnett go back to 1995 as McHale drafted Garnett for the Minnesota Timberwolves. McHale then later orchestrated the famous trade that sent Garnett to the Celtics in 2007.
Video via G4NBANews. H/T Sports Grid.
Denver Nuggets forward JaVale McGee blocked a jump shot from Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph by simply grabbing it out of the air and catching it during the fourth quarter of Friday night's NBA game at the Pepsi Center.
The play by McGee started a Nuggets fast break which was finished by a Ty Lawson layup. McGee finished with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in the 99-94 Nuggets victory.
Video via NBA.
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari threw an underhand alley-oop pass to himself off the backboard and finished the play with a slam dunk during the fourth quarter of Friday night's NBA game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Gallinari finished the game with 14 points to help the Nuggets to a 99-94 victory in front of their home fans at the Pepsi Center.
Video via NBA.
Dec 14, 2012
New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony had the fans at Madison Square Garden chanting "MVP" as he scored 22 of the team's 41 points in the first quarter of Thursday night's 116-107 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Carmelo was red-hot, making 8 of his 9 first quarter shots, including three 3-pointers in the first three minutes of the game. The NBA was nice enough to put together a video to show you all of them:
Carmelo unfortunately had to leave the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle, but finished the game with 30 points to lead the Knicks in scoring.
Video via NBA. H/T BDL.
Tennis pros Roger Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro played a football-tennis doubles match against Argentinian soccer legends Esteban Cambiasso and Gabriel Batistuta to entertain some journalists in Buenos Aires during his "Gilette Federer Tour" of South America.
As the game relied on kicking the ball over a miniature net, the football stars had an advantage, but Federer and Del Potro displayed some decent skills with their feet.
Video via. H/T 101gg.
The Houston Rockets are honoring the holidays by putting together this video of the players attempting to sing "I Have a Little Dreidel".
Most of the team took part, but James Harden was notably absent.
Related: Mavericks sing "Sleigh Ride"...if you can call it that (Video)
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green demonstrated his juggling skills during the NFL Network postgame show after Thursday nights' 34-13 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Green had absolutely no problem with juggling three oranges, and although he was rusty with juggling four objects, he successfully managed to add the tangerine to the mix for a second or two. Good thing the NFL Network studio crew had that fruit nearby to take advantage of the opportunity.
Green had 6 catches for 57 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's Bengals victory.
San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan threw down a big time one-handed dunk over Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum in the first quarter of Thursday night's NBA game in the Rose Garden.
Duncan had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks for the game, but it wasn't enough as the Blazers beat the Spurs 98-90.
Video via. H/T OTB.
Dec 13, 2012
The Dallas Mavericks wished their fans Happy Holidays with their latest video which features members of the team singing the classic "Sleigh Ride". At least, they attempted to sing it.
Dirk Nowitzki, Dominique Jones, Dahntay Jones, Elton Brand and O.J. Mayo all took part, as well as head coach Rick Carlisle. Watching the players attempt to sing the "giddy-up" lyric is worth a few laughs.
The song's fast pace was too much for Kaman, who was no longer in a festive mood when he was done filming his segment.
Video via DallasMavericks.
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Brooklyn Nets forward Kris Humphries was in the middle of taking a foul shot during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's NBA game against the Toronto Raptors when it was blocked, which is strange enough. What makes it even stranger, however, is that the shot was blocked by a referee.
Referee Courtney Kirkland came in to prevent the foul shot by Humphries in order to allow a late substitution by the Raptors. Aside from the fact that we've never seen a referee block a shot before, we have to wonder - why didn't Kirkland simply use his whistle in this situation?
In the end, the Nets beat the Raptors 94-88.
Video via. H/T LAF.
Dec 12, 2012
New York Knicks point guard made the worst attempt shot of the season, and possibly the worst in NBA history, during the fourth quarter of Tuesday night's game at the Barclays Center against the Brooklyn Nets.
Felton had an open look and took the shot, but to say it was a little off would be an understatement, as it went straight up in the air about 20 feet.
The shot summed up Felton's night, as he only scored 8 points on 3-for-12 shooting, but the Knicks won 100-97.
Video via. H/T TBJ.
Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni got angry with a reporter during a postgame press conference after the team's 100-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, even going so far as to say "You're starting to p*** me off."
D'Antoni did not appreciate a question being asked by L.A. Times columnist T.J. Simers that seemed to imply that D'Antoni wasn't covering defense during the Lakers shootaround before the game, especially since Simers was not at the shootaround to observe firsthand.
Dec 11, 2012
Gonzaga walk-on basketball player Rem Bakamus may not be getting any playing time, but he certainly made the most of his TV time during Saturday's game against Illinois where he was seen on the bench rocking out on the air guitar.
Unfortunately, Bakamus' celebration may have been a bit premature, as Illinois defeated Gonzaga 85-74.
Toronto Raptors forward Amir Johnson was ejected for trying to take the ball from referee David Jones during the third quarter of Monday night's NBA game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
It happened after Blazers center J.J. Hickson took the first of his two free throws. Johnson apparently has a habit of handing the ball to the referee in this situation, but when Jones grabbed the ball first, Hickson got into a tug of war with Jones and lost his head.
To make matters worse, Johnson punctuated his ejection by throwing his mouthpiece at Jones, hitting him in the back, before being escorted from the floor. That will likely earn him a fine and possible suspension.
Johnson finished his day with only 4 points and 4 rebounds, and the Raptors were blown out by the Blazers 92-74.
ESPN MNF analyst Steve Young referred to the NFL as the NBA during postgame comments made on SportsCenter after Monday night's game between the New England Patriots and Houston Texans.
The Patriots blew out the Texans 42-14, but Young discussed how it wouldn't be impossible for the Texans to win a rematch against the Patriots in the playoffs.
"...this is the NBA, where the regular season is kind of all over the place, and somebody gets in the tournament and gets hot, and that's how they win the Super Bowl."
Although Young's comment is accurate, he needs to get his sports leagues straight.
Dec 10, 2012
A kid named Christian is soon to become a star after video of him dancing along with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers cheerleaders and their mascot, Captain Fear, during Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles has gone viral.
We're curious to know what this kid's story is. We know this much: the boy's name is Christian, and he has earned the nickname "Little Fear". However, this opportunity didn't just come out of nowhere, unlike Christian's newfound Internet fame. Does he have a connection to one of the Bucs players, or the front office? Inquiring minds would like to know.
H/T Business Insider.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook displayed his impressive athleticism with a clean block of a dunk attempt by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert during the fourth quarter of Sunday's NBA game at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The block is more impressive given that Russell stands only 6-foot-3, nearly a foot shorter than Hibbert, who stands 7-foot-2.
Video via Yahoo! Sports. H/T BDL.
New York Giants rookie running back David Wilson celebrated a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter of Sunday's NFL game against the New Orleans Saints with a flawless backflip.
Wilson was just getting started, as he had 227 total return yards for the game, including the kickoff returned for a touchdown, plus 100 yards rushing and two rushing touchdowns, in the 52-27 Giants victory.
Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jason Avant had an absolutely incredible one-handed catch during the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game at Raymond James Stadium against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The pass from quarterback Nick Foles appeared to be overthrown but Avant managed to leap up and haul it in with his right end while landing in bounds for a 20-yard reception.
Avant led all Eagles receivers with 7 catches for 133 yards in the Eagles' 23-21 win over the Bucs.
Buffalo Bills fans weren't expecting tight end Lee Smith to leap into the stands after he caught a touchdown pass in the third quarter of Sunday's game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. As a result, the fans didn't catch Smith, as he was expecting them to do, and Smith fell backwards into the stands in an embarrassing touchdown celebration fail.
Bills fans need to get with the program.
Former NBA player Tracy McGrady elbowed an opposing player in the chest during a recent game in the Chinese Basketball Association when the player taunted him by wagging a finger in his face after making a basket.
The elbow by McGrady knocked the opposing player to the ground, and McGrady was immediately called for a foul. However, the message was loud and clear: Don't taunt McGrady.
Video via. H/T TNLP.
Dec 9, 2012
Appalachian State center Brian Okam attempted what can honestly be described as the worst looking free throw attempt ever by any NCAA college basketball player during Saturday's 70-64 loss to Western Carolina.
It has to be seen to be believed, as Okam's foul shot, and we're not even sure we can even call it that, went straight up in the air and didn't even make it halfway to the basket.
Video via WCU62TV. H/T Business Insider.
San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore must have known that his team would beat the Miami Dolphins in Sunday's NFL game, as evidenced by the shirt he wore after the game featuring a Dolphins logo turned upside down to make it look like it was dead.
Obviously Gore was confident enough to put his own money down and have that shirt made ahead of time. Gore then went out and ran for 63 yards and scored a touchdown to help the Niners to a 27-13 win over the Dolphins.
Photo via Sacramento Bee reporter Matt Barrows. H/T Shutdown Corner.
Dec 8, 2012
In a recent soccer match from Turkey, Elazigspor coach Yilmaz Vural had two embarrassing mishaps within seconds as he tried to get the ball back onto the pitch.
As the ball went out of bounds, Vural tried to catch the ball in the air, but it went through his hands and hit him right in the head. Then, after tracking it down, Vural tripped and fell to the ground while trying to pick it up. Talk about a tough day at the office.
The entire Houston Texans team received varsity-style letterman jackets Friday, just in time for their trip to New England for Monday night's game against the Patriots.
We had our doubts as to why an NFL team would want such jackets, until we saw the photo of linebacker Connor Barwin and defensive end Antonio Smith wearing them. We must say: they do look awesome.
H/T LBS and HoustonTexans.com.
NHL legend and Los Angeles Kings executive Luc Robitaille was a guest star on Friday night's episode of the extremely popular children's animated cartoon "Phineas and Ferb".
Robitaille played himself in a special hockey-themed episode where he serves as guest referee during a futuristic hockey game between two teams put together by Phineas and Ferb along with their group of friends.
It's a fun episode that kids and hockey fans will enjoy. Too bad there's no NHL action to allow fans to watch some real hockey.
The episode should be available on Disney Channel via reruns all month long.
Photo via Disney Channel. Video via NHL Network.
Dec 7, 2012
NBA veteran Juwan Howard, a free agent since winning an NBA championship ring with the Miami Heat last summer, is selling his condo in Chicago's Trump Tower for $3.295 million.
The condo has 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms and includes features such as 10 foot ceilings, dark Brazilian hardwood floors, a glassed wine room, and three fireplaces, not to mention fantastic views of the city of Chicago.
Chicago's Trump Tower also happens to be the home of Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose.
Check out some photos below, then go to Estately for more photos and full details.
The New York Knicks celebrated down the stretch of Thursday night's 112-92 rout of the Miami Heat by using the championship belt move, a.k.a. the "discount double-check", made famous by Aaron Rodgers.
Steve Novak has been known to use the move after making key 3-point shots, and he did it last night after making one with 4:52 left in the fourth quarter that gave the Knicks a 19-point lead, their largest of the game at that point.
After Novak make a two-pointer less than a minute later, Rasheed Wallace used the discount double-check while watching from the bench.
TNT analyst Marv Albert was all too eager to make the discount double-check reference, given that the primary sponsor for TNT's Knicks-Heat telecast was State Farm Insurance. How convenient.
The Knicks have plenty to celebrate right now as they have the best record in the Eastern Conference at 14-4, including two 20-point wins over the Heat.
H/T Business Insider.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was at a loss to express his feelings as he watched his team get blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center on Wednesday night, as evidenced by this camera shot taken during the final minute of the game.
GIF via Reddit. H/T Sports Grid.
Dec 6, 2012
The Los Angeles Clippers had plenty of highlights during their dominating 112-90 win over the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday night, from Blake Griffin's dunks to Eric Bledsoe's reverse alley-oop.
One of the lowlights, however, was Lamar Odom's embarrassing miss of a layup attempt that was so far off the mark that it almost went over the backboard.
Turkish Airlines have just released their new commercial featuring soccer superstar Lionel Messi and NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. In the entertaining ad entitled "Legends on Board", Messi and Bryant compete for the attention of a young boy who sneaks into the first class cabin by demonstrating more than just their athletic skills.
H/T Dirty Tackle.
Nevada Senator Harry Reid spent some time on the Senate floor Thursday comparing the Republican party to the New York Jets. Seriously.
As Senator Reid was speaking about the current state of federal budget negotiations when he brought up the Jets, comparing their quarterback situation with the lack of a clear leader in the GOP.
"Coach [Rex] Ryan, he's got a problem. He has three quarterbacks: [Mark] Sanchez, he's got Tim Tebow, he's got a guy named [Greg] McElroy. He can't decide who their quarterback is going to be. That's the same problem Republicans are having. Romney's gone, but he's still in the background...Who is their quarterback, Mr. President?"We don't think this is a fair comparison, as we don't ever recall Mitt Romney running into someone else's behind.
H/T Shutdown Corner.
Boston Bruins winger Shawn Thornton was a special guest during Wednesday night's Boston Pops Orchestra performance as he was called on stage to narrate during the arrangement of "Twas the Night Before Christmas".
Video via GoingFiveHole. H/T Puck Daddy.
Philadelphia 76ers center Andrew Bynum has yet to play a game for the team, but he was seen playing pop-a-shot at a local Dave & Buster's Wednesday night, apparently trying to keep his skills sharp. Here's the proof, courtesy of @Lackey13:
Here is another photo (via @Chanitaaa):
The Charlotte Bobcats invited legendary boxing ring announcer Michael Buffer to make his trademark introduction before Wednesday night's game at the Time Warner Cable Arena against the New York Knicks.
Buffer tailored his intro to "the millions watching across the Carolinas" as he proudly announced "Let's get ready to rumble!"
Video via NBAHighlightsClips. H/T TNLP.
Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert appeared a little embarrassed when he found some blood on his jersey near his belly button during the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers. However, the situation became more awkward, and a bit comical, as Hibbert pulled his shorts way up high to cover up the stain.
Not sure what Hibbert was so embarrassed about. If anything, it shows toughness, and the kids will think it's cool.
Hibbert scored 10 points and had 7 rebounds in the 99-92 Pacers victory.
Video via. H/T Sports Grid.