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Jan 31, 2013

Rob Gronkowski pays kid $100 for lemonade at Super Bowl (Photo)


On Thursday, New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski showed his charitable side Thursday during his visit to New Orleans for the Super Bowl week festivities when he paid a kid $100 for some lemonade without asking for any change back.

The kid gave Gronk as many cups as lemonade as he could fit on a single tray, but the positive vibe that Gronk gave this kid with his generosity is priceless.

Rob Gronkowski pays kid 100 bucks for lemonade

Photo via CBSSports. H/T LBS.

Chris Bosh's three-point flop draws foul on Reggie Evans (Video)


Miami Heat center Chris Bosh drew a foul call on Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans with a flop on a three-point shot in the third quarter of Wednesday night's game at the Barclays Center.

Bosh threw his head back and shot the ball about 30 feet up in the air as he pretended he was hit by Evans, who may have grazed Bosh after the shot was taken. However, the refs called the foul on Evans anyway. Let's hope the NBA reviews this and Bosh gets a warning, because this was pretty bad.

It hardly made a difference in the end, as the Heat blew out the Nets 105-85.

Samsung Super Bowl ad teaser features Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd (Video)


Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd star in Samsung Super Bowl ad teaser
Samsung Mobile USA has released a teaser featuring Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd for their commercial that will air during Super Bowl XLVII this coming Sunday.

In the ad, Rogen and Rudd try to pitch their ideas for "The Next Big Thing" from Samsung, but quickly realize there are certain limitations in what they can say because of NFL trademark issues.



Video via SamsungMobileUSA. H/T Cosby.

Michael Phelps hangs out with Phoenix Suns dancers (Photo)


U.S. Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps hung out with the Phoenix Suns dancers at the US Airways Center after Wednesday night's 92-86 Suns victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Phelps was in town to take part in the Annexus Pro-Am day at the Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament, where he was paired with Bubba Watson. After the Suns win, this was a great way for both Phelps and the Suns dancers to wrap up the night.

Michael Phelps with Phoenix Suns dancers

Photo via @SunsDancers. H/T Busted.

Robin Williams plays football coach in new Snickers commercial (Video)


Robin Williams plays football coach in Snickers commercial
Robin Williams applies his brand of humor to a new Snickers commercial where he plays a football coach who's become a little loopy from being hungry. When Williams starts asking his team to make balloon animals and tea cozies, the players know he's lost it. Fortunately, Snickers comes to the rescue.

Bobcat Goldthwait makes a brief cameo at the end as a hungry cheerleader.



Video via SnickersBrand.

Derek Morris attacks Ryan Whitney during Oilers' OT victory celebration (Video)


Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Derek Morris attacked Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney as he celebrated teammate Nail Yakupov's game-winning overtime goal in Wednesday night's 2-1 Oilers victory.

Whitney got the assist on Yakupov's power play goal at 3:52 into overtime, but Morris thought the puck deflected off Whitney's glove, which would have been a hand pass negating the goal. (The video replay here appears to be inconclusive). After Morris argued the Coyotes' case in vain with the referee, Whitney bumped Morris and appeared to taunt him by saying something inappropriate, leading Morris to attack him. (We won't repeat it, but lip readers should be able to see what Whitney said at the 1:35 mark at the video.)

Morris was given a roughing minor penalty, which seems pointless since the game was already over. We'll have to see if any further discipline by the NHL is given to Morris, who ends up looking like a sore loser.



H/T Puck Daddy.

Ricky Rubio dishes between the legs to Andrei Kirilenko (Video)


Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio dished a beautiful bounce pass between his legs to teammate Andrei Kirilenko for a fast break basket during the first quarter of Wednesday night's game at the Staples Center against the L.A. Clippers.

Unfortunately, Rubio's 9 points and 4 assists weren't enough to lead the Timberwolves to victory, as the Clippers won 96-90.



Video via NBA.

Jan 30, 2013

Western Illinois mascot takes out cheerleader (Video)


Western Illinois Leathernecks mascot Rocky accidentally took out a cheerleader recently when he wandered into her path while she was doing backflips on the court during a practice session.

We can only surmise that the person inside the Rocky costume did not see the cheerleader coming. Fortunately both of them were OK, except for the humiliation of enduring the embarrassment from the video footage going viral.



H/T Sports Grid.

Little kid runs onto court during Baylor vs Oklahoma basketball game (Video)


Little kid runs onto court during Baylor vs Oklahoma basketball game
Wednesday night's NCAA basketball game in Waco, Texas between Baylor and Oklahoma was briefly interrupted in the second half when a little kid ran onto the court.

Granted that the kid was only about five, but rules are rules and they should apply to everyone, so this should be an automatic ejection from the arena, shouldn't it?

Fortunately, the kid was removed from the court before he could get hurt. Where were this kid's parents? More importantly, where was arena security?



H/T Sports Crackle Pop.

Super Bowl Media Day revelation: Dennis Pitta is moderately ticklish (Video)


Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta was asked this burning question at Super Bowl XLVII Media Day: "On a scale from 1 to 10, how ticklish are you?"

Pitta's response: "I'm probably a 5 or 6, you know, moderately ticklish". Pitta deserves credit for answering the question with a straight face.

Ravens receiver Anquan Boldin's reponse to the same question: "Not ticklish at all." In case you were wondering, which you know you were. Wait, you weren't? Neither were we.



Video via ESPN. H/T Awful Announcing.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock pays off bet with Ray Lewis dance (Video)


Denver Mayor Michael Hancock agreed to film a video of himself doing the Ray Lewis dance to pay off a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake after the Ravens beat the Broncos in the AFC playoffs.

After allegedly hurting himself while practicing the move, Mayor Hancock finally delivered on his promise. This video showing Hancock doing the Ray Lewis dance while Nelly's "Hot in Here" plays in the background.



Video via MayorMichaelBHancock. H/T Cosby.

Mavericks caught playing with six men on court (Video)


Mavericks play with six men
The Dallas Mavericks were called for a technical foul right before halftime of Tuesday night's game against the Portland Trail Blazers for playing with six men on the court at the same time instead of five.

To top things off, the Blazers came back from a 21-point deficit to beat the Mavs 106-104 on a game ending buzzer-beater, so not a good night for the Mavericks.



H/T TNLP.

Dwight Howard blows slam dunk against Hornets (Video)


Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard blew an easy dunk in the third quarter of Tuesday night's NBA game at the Staples Center against the Portland Trail Blazers.

Kobe Bryant dished what would have been the perfect assist to Howard near the basket, but Howard's two-handed slam dunk attempt bounced off the back of the rim.

Howard made up for it in the end, however, as he led the Lakers to a 111-106 victory over the Hornets with 24 points, 4 rebounds, 5 steals and 4 blocks.



H/T OTB.

Jan 29, 2013

Ray Lewis flees Disney 'crime scenes' in 2001 SNL animated sketch (Video)


Last Saturday, Saturday Night Live parodied Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis during their Weekend Update segment, making light of his ultra-emotional state as he approaches the final game of his career this coming Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII. However, it should be noted that this was not the first time that SNL has parodied Ray Lewis, as SNL also did so in animated form after the Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV.

Back in January 2001, Lewis won the Super Bowl XXXV MVP, but was not given the postgame Disney World commercial spot traditionally given to MVPs of the big game due to his conviction for obstruction of justice relating to a homicide at a party in Atlanta the year before. The commercial appearance, and the trip to the amusement park that goes along with it, was awarded to Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer instead.

Two weeks later, SNL featured a TV Funhouse animated sketch featuring Disney's "apology" to Lewis over the slight:
"Disney now acknowledges Trent Dilfer sucks, and wishes to make amends to Ray Lewis with this exciting new home video...It's an all-star cast of Disney favorites and the Super Bowl MVP in Ray of Light."
The unauthorized, R-rated "Ray of Light" video/DVD featured a cartoon version of Lewis inserted into some classic Disney movie scenes, with some dark humor linked to the alleged involvement in the Atlanta homicide. Lewis was shown fleeing some of the Disney movie "crime scenes" in a limousine, such as the Bambi scene where Bambi's mother gets shot and the Beauty and the Beast scene where Beast gets stabbed. Lewis also denies his involvement in Simba's death during a scene from The Lion King, and even sings about it.

With Ray Lewis returning to the Super Bowl, this seemed like the perfect time to resurrect this classic sketch. If this synopsis of the sketch sounded funny to you, then you'll definitely enjoy watching this one.

WARNING:
Some NSFW language is implied, although it is censored.



DISCLAIMER: The Disney "Ray of Light" video/DVD is not real and does not exist. Disney also has never made any statement, real or implied, that Trent Dilfer sucks.

Kyle O'Quinn hits Andray Blatche in face with basketball (Video)


Kyle O'Quinn throws basketball in Andray Blatche's face
Brooklyn Nets forward Andray Blatche was hit directly in the face by a ball thrown by Orlando Magic forward Kyle O'Quinn from close range during the fourth quarter of Monday night's NBA game in the Barclays Center.

As O'Quinn was near the sideline with his momentum was carrying him out of bounds, he threw the ball at Blatche in an attempt to save Magic possession. O'Quinn was successful, as the ball bounced off Blatche's face out of bounds. Amazingly, Blatche shrugged it off like nothing happened.

The Nets won the game handily over the Magic 97-77.



H/T Sports Grid.

Jan 28, 2013

The autotuning of the Katie Couric / Manti Te'o interview is stupendous (Video)


The Manti Te'o interview with Katie Couric has now been autotuned by the Gregory Brothers, and it is stupendous.

It starts out a bit slow, but the rap by Manti's father Brian steals the show.



H/T Buzzfeed.

Hockey coach mimics blind man to mock referees (Video)


Chris Clark, assistant coach of the WAHL's Wenatchee Wild, was ejected from Saturday's game against the Kenai River Brown Bears for gross misconduct when he came out onto the ice pretending to be a blind man to express his opinion of the game's officiating.

With the Wild down 2-1 and under seven minutes left in the third period, the officials gave the Brown Bears seven minutes of power play time. Clark, who was already dressed in a suit and bowtie, put on a pair of sunglasses and walked out onto the ice using a hockey stick as an imitation walking stick to deliver a "sight-impaired impression" that the crowd enjoyed. Not surprisingly, the officials did not find it funny.

While this protest was a bit immature, and most definitely inappropriate, at least Clark expressed his opinion without yelling, screaming, or throwing things. There's something to be said for that.



DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone mockery of the handicapped.

H/T Puck Daddy.

Jan 27, 2013

Paul Pierce hears news of Rajon Rondo's torn ACL during postgame interview (Video)


Pierce gets news about Rondo's torn ACL
Boston Celtics forward Paul Pierce probably wished he had more time to enjoy Sunday's double-overtime victory over the Miami Heat. Unfortunately, ESPN reporter Doris Burke broke the bad news to Pierce in a postgame interview that teammate Rajon Rondo has a torn ACL and is done for the year.

Rondo was already sitting out for Sunday's game against the Heat, but the news about his ACL was not made public before the game. Apparently the news was not even revealed to Rondo's teammates, who would not hear the news until after the game was over, leading to the unusual moment between Burke and Pierce.

The loss of Rondo overshadows a hard-fought win by the Celtics over their conference rivals, and will certainly be a major hurdle for the Celtics to overcome for the rest of the season.



H/T Cosby.

Algerian soccer player slaps linesman after disallowed goal (Video)


An Algerian soccer player crossed the line when he slapped a linesman in the face after a tying goal was disallowed during Saturday's match between USM Alger and MC Oran.

With Alger up 1-0, visiting MC Oran thought they had scored the tying goal on an injury time free kick, but the linesman made a controversial offside call which disallowed the goal.

Oran players surrounded the linesman to angrily protest the decision, but one of the subs completely lost it and slapped him. The linesman stayed calm, but did push back one of the Oran players to give himself some personal space. Fortunately coaches and security were able to separate them to keep things from getting further out of control, and hopefully the player will receive the appropriate discipline.



DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior.

H/T 101gg.

Brad Stuart lays out Gabriel Landeskog with crushing hit (Video)


Brad Stuart crushes Gabriel Landeskog
San Jose Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart laid out Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog with a bone-crushing hit during the first period of Saturday's NHL game at the HP Pavilion.

The hit set off a critical sequence in the game, as Avs defenseman Ryan O'Byrne retaliated by instigating a fight with Stuart. As a result, O'Bryne was assessed 19 penalty minutes, leading to a Sharks power play. Within the next 1:47, Sharks center Patrick Marleau scored the first two goals on the game to lead the way to a 4-0 Sharks victory.

Stuart did not receive a penalty for the hit (although he did receive 5 minutes for fighting with O'Byrne). However, because Stuart's elbow appeared to make contact with Landeskog's head, the play may be reviewed by the NHL.

Landeskog left the ice and headed to the dressing room, but did return to the game in the second period.



Video via HockeyVideoHD. H/T Puck Daddy.

Jan 26, 2013

Cal-Poly b-ball player gets 'shoe print tattoo' after teammate steps on his face (Photo)


Cal-Poly Mustangs junior guard Jamal Johnson had his face accidentally stepped on by teammate Reese Morgan as they were both chasing a loose ball during Friday's basketball practice. Johnson was not seriously injured, but the bottom of Morgan's sneaker managed to leave an imprint on the right side of Johnson's face.

The imprint may only last a couple of days, but to make sure the image lasts forever, Cal-Poly coach Joe Callero posted a picture of Johnson's face on Twitter, even joking about Johnson's temporary "shoe print tattoo".

Cal-Poly guard Jamal Johnson has imprint of teammate's shoe after Reese Morgan stepped on him

Photo via @CoachCallero. H/T Dagger.

Jan 25, 2013

Adrian Peterson signs fan's orange peanut (Photo)


Last week, BadLipReading's take on the NFL went viral, with one of the highlights being Adrian Peterson's excitement over being offered an orange peanut.

This week, AP is in Hawaii for the 2013 Pro Bowl, and during an autograph session, a fan brought an inflatable orange peanut for Peterson to sign.

AP had no problem signing the peanut, and although we can't verify that he's seen the video, he seemed to get a kick out of the peanut.


Photo via Star Tribune. H/T Randball.

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LeBron tackles Heat fan who hits $75K half-court hook shot (Video)


A Miami Heat fan won $75,000 during the break in between the third and fourth quarters of Friday night's game at American Airlines Arena by sinking an incredibly lucky half-court hook shot.

The unbelievable shot excited the crowd, and LeBron James loved the shot so much that he ran out to half court and tackled him to the ground with a giant hug.

The fan didn't seem to mind the takedown at all and, as one broadcaster put it, he "probably enjoyed the hug from LeBron more than the money".

UPDATED: The fan has been identified as Michael Drysch, a 50-year-old computer technician, who was flown in from Illinois after being selected from a drawing for a chance to win the prize from the LeBron James Family Foundation. No wonder LeBron was so excited. (H/T ESPN).



Video via NBA.

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Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith stops shot with his face (Video)


Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith stopped a shot with his face, and saved a goal, during the second period of Tuesday night's NHL game against the St. Louis Blues.

Keith did not take a direct hit in the face, but rather a shot from Blues forward Alex Steen that deflected off the skate of his teammate Marcus Kruger and hit him in the chin. Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was out of position, so Steen had an open net, but Keith was able to use his chin to hold the puck against his upper chest long enough for the referee lost sight of the puck and blew the whistle.

It was a key play as the Blackhawks won the game 3-2.



Video via NHLVideo.

Jan 24, 2013

Vancouver's Green Men fail to impress Teemu Selanne (Video)


Vancover's Green Men Mess With Teemu Selanne
Now that the NHL lockout is over, the Green Men are back and better than ever as they attended the Vancouver Canucks season opener at the Rogers Centre last Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

In the third period, Force and Sully got to mess with Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne as he was sent to the penalty box for two minutes for tripping. With the NHL is now enforcing a rule that the Green Men will not be allowed to touch the glass, Sully used his chair for his handstand, but Selanne was not impressed.



Video via Canucks.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard gets red card for kicking at time-wasting ball boy (Video)


Eden Hazard kicks at ball boy
Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was sent off in the 80th minute of Wednesday's second leg of their Capital One semifinal for trying to kick the ball from underneath a Swansea ball boy who was laying on top of it in order to waste time.

With Swansea was leading 2-0 on aggregate, Hazard attempted to retrieve a ball that went out of bounds, but a Swansea ball boy fell on top of the ball in a deliberate attempt to stall for time. After trying to pull the ball free, Hazard quickly became frustrated and attempted to kick the ball out from underneath the ball boy, who finally rolled off of it. Although it would appear that Hazard kicked the ball without kicking the boy, the ball boy continued to lay on the ground as if he was kicked in the ribs. Hazard was eventually given a straight red card for his action.

This is a clear case of "two wrongs don't make a right". Clearly this was poor sportsmanship on the ball boy's part, but Hazard shouldn't have kicked at the ball boy, because video of this incident does not make him look good. In hindsight, Hazard should have looked for some help from the referee, although it's hard to keep your cool in the heat of the moment.

The match ended in a 0-0 draw, allowing Swansea to advance to the final against Bradford City. After the match, Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez reported that the ball boy and Hazard met face to face and apologized to each other.
'The ballboy has been in the dressing room talking with Hazard,' he said. 'They apologised to each other, they know they were wrong and that's it. He was wasting time, Hazard was frustrated and wanted to get the ball back quickly. They both made a mistake and we cannot say too much. Both were wrong and we cannot change things.'



H/T Dirty Tackle.

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Jan 23, 2013

Chris Bosh videobombs LeBron James after overtime win over Raptors (Photos)


Chris Bosh videobombs LeBron James
Miami Heat center Chris Bosh was back to his old ways as he videobombed teammate LeBron James during a live postgame interview after the team's 123-116 overtime win over the Toronto Raptors Wednesday night.

Chris Bosh videobombs LeBron James
LeBron recorded his 34th career triple double with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. LeBron was wrapping up his interview when Bosh quietly snuck up behind him to get his face into camera view. Bosh then pretended to pick his nose before being caught by LeBron.

(UPDATE:  Video now available below.).





Photos via @SedanoShow. Video via @zee_dizzy.

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Kings fans record Bieber parody to keep team in Sacramento (Video)


Bubblegum Bandits
Sacramento Kings fans are naturally disappointed after hearing the news that the team is being sold to a group of investors that will move the team to Seattle.

To express their feelings, the Bubblegum Bandits borrow the melody from Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" to convince the team to stay in Sacramento. The result is "Hey Kings, Stay Kings", and aside from the video spending too much time in the bathroom, the song isn't bad.



Video via BubbleGumBandits. H/T TNLP.

Caron Butler's powerful block knocks over referee (Video)


Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler delivered a shot block that hit a referee in the face and knocked him over during Tuesday night's game at the Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

It happened in the second quarter as Butler came from behind to block a shot by Thunder forward Serge Ibaka. Referee Derek Richardson, who was standing on the baseline, was hit in the face and knocked to the ground.

Fortunately Richardson was OK, and he correctly ruled the ball out of bounds with the Thunder retaining possession before quickly getting back to his feet. The Thunder defeated the Clippers 109-97.



H/T Cosby.

Serena Williams destroys racket during upset loss (Video)


A frustrated Serena Williams smashed her racket during the third set of her quarterfinal Australian Open tennis match, where she suffered an upset loss to 19-year-old fellow American Sloane Stephens.

It happened as she went down 2-1 in the third set after returning a serve long. Williams smashed her racket on the ground twice, then threw it into the bench in disgust. Williams lost the final set 6-4.



H/T BI.

Jan 22, 2013

Mike Miller and Chris 'Birdman' Anderson perform 'Ice Ice Baby' (Video)


Earlier today, we brought you LeBron James and Dwyane Wade serenading a lucky lady at Shane Battier's annual South Beach Battioke charity event to raise money for The Battier Take Charge Foundation.

However, the performance of the night has to go to their Miami Heat teammates Mike Miller and Chris "Birdman" Anderson, who gave their take on the Vanilla Ice classic "Ice Ice Baby".



Video via HotHotHoops.  H/T TNLP.

Referee slips and trips Zenit soccer player during friendly (Video)


During a friendly Champions Super Cup soccer match between FC Zenit St. Petersburg (Russia) and FC Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine), referee Bader Abdullah slipped and accidentally tripped one of Zenit's players.

In the end, Shakhtar won the match 3-1, but that result is likely to be overshadowed by Abdullah's accidental tackle.

On the one hand, it must have been a pretty awkward moment for Abdullah. On the other hand, that was a pretty solid takedown.



H/T GiveMeFootball.

Paul MacLean lookalike ejected from seat behind Senators bench (Video)


Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean was so focused on the game that he may have had no idea that a lookalike fan was sitting in the front row seat right behind the Senators bench.

Paul MacLean lookalike sits behind Senators bench

SportsNet cameras perfectly captured MacLean with an impersonator sitting right behind him, and viewers and broadcasters got a good chuckle out of it. However, apparently a Senators team executive (or NHL executive) did not find this funny. We can't confirm that the MacLean lookalike was kicked out of the arena, but video did show arena security removing the MacLean lookalike from his front row seat.



H/T Sports Grid, NESN.

LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sing karaoke for charity (Video)


LeBron and Dwyane Wade sing karaoke serenade
On Monday, NBA superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade sang karaoke at Miami Heat teammate Shane Battier's annual South Beach Battioke charity event.

After LeBron sang a verse of Michael Jackson's "Rock With You", he was joined by D-Wade as they picked a lucky woman from the audience and serenaded her with Shai's "If I Ever Fall In Love".

Proceeds from the event went to The Battier Take Charge Foundation, which awards scholarships "to at-risk students who have proven themselves to be deserving young leaders". We will always support athletes raising money for charity, so we applaud LeBron, D-Wade, Battier and their Heat teammates and coaches for stepping up to help the cause.



H/T Cosby.

Jan 21, 2013

Young Bruins fan finds something gross in his food (Video)


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A young Boston Bruins fan found something gross in his food just before the start of the second period of Monday's game at the TD Garden against the Winnipeg Jets.

No word as to what the boy was eating or what he found in his food, but his expression was absolutely priceless.



H/T Puck Daddy.

Tom Brady tackled by official during AFC Championship game (GIF)


A lot of attention was given to Patriots QB Tom Brady's cheap shot on Ravens safety Ed Reed during Sunday's AFC Championship game.  However, not a lot of attention was paid to Brady got tackled by an official just a couple of minutes earlier.

During the final second quarter drive, with the Patriots on the 38-yard line, a scramble by Brady was stopped when he ran squarely into the official's back.  Brady went down after only a 2-yard gain and Ray Lewis was given credit for the tackle.


GIF via CorkGaines. H/T BI.

Related: Did Tom Brady deliberately kick Ed Reed? (GIF)

Novak Djokovic nearly hits ballboy in the head at Australian Open (Video)


Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic nearly hit a ballboy in the side of the head with a return of a serve from Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's fourth round Australian Open match.

It appears that the ballboy at the side of the net was able to turn his head at the last second and the ball deflected off the bill on the side of his cap. We're guessing that the ballboy wasn't hit, as he was able to continue his duties completely unphased. Had the ballboy been hit, he probably would have required some medical attention.

Djokovic survived a marathon fifth set to win the match and advance to the Australian Open quarterfinals.



H/T Busted Racquet.

Wild center Zenon Konopka tweets pic of his 30 stitches...and his pet bunny (Photo)


Minnesota Wild center Zenon Konopka suffered a gash on the bridge of his nose from a high stick he took during Saturday's season opener against the Colorado Avalanche. However, despite getting 30 stitches, Konopka was determined to return for the following night's game, as proven by this picture he tweeted showing himself with the gash on his nose.

More noteworthy for us, however, is the pet bunny Konopka was holding in the picture. Who says that hockey players don't have a sensitive side?

Konopka did play in Sunday night's 1-0 win over the Dallas Stars, although he only saw about 7 minutes of ice time.


H/T Sportress.


George Stephanopoulos misidentifies Bill Russell as Morgan Freeman (Video)


Boston Celtics legend and NBA Hall of Famer Bill Russell attended President Barack Obama's inauguration Monday, and Russell was captured in the crowd by ABC during live coverage of the ceremonies. Unfortunately, Russell was misidentified by ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulus, who thought he was actor Morgan Freeman.

Stephanopoulus did quickly correct himself, but not before his goof was witnessed by live television viewers. To his defense, Stephanopoulus does not pretend to be a sports expert, unlike Boston mayor Tom Menino.



H/T SCP.

'Harbaugh Sister' wonders which brother Joanie Crean will root for in Super Bowl (Video)


Members of the Harbaugh family will be getting plenty of media attention over the next couple of weeks, with brothers John and Jim coaching on opposite sides of the field as the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

One of those family members is John and Jim's younger sister, Joanie, who happens to be married to Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball coach Tom Crean.

Using that knowledge and wondering which brother Joanie might be rooting for in the big game, Ryan Parker wrote a song in her honor. Borrowing the melody from the Train hit "Hey Soul Sister", here's Ryan Parker with "Harbaugh Sister".



Video via ryanparkersongscom. H/T Off the Bench.

Coyotes goalie Mike Smith smashes his stick against goalpost (Video)


Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith smashed his stick against the goalpost after giving up a sixth goal during Sunday's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

In the third period after the Coyotes had just scored two goals 50 seconds apart to reduce the Blackhawks lead to 5-4 at 5:28 into the third period. However, 22 seconds later, Blackhawks center scored the final goal of the game, leading to Smith's meltdown and putting the game out of reach.

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


Terrell Suggs tells Patriots to 'Have fun at the Pro Bowl' after Ravens win (Video)


Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs told the New England Patriots to "Have fun at the Pro Bowl" on his way back to the Ravens locker room after his team's 28-13 victory in the AFC Championship game.

Suggs proudly shouted "Shut 'em out in the second half", then repeated his wishes for the Pats to have fun in Hawaii.  Suggs finished off by calling the Pats "arrogant" with a strategically placed curse word that we won't repeat.  (It comes at the end of the video, but is censored out).



Video via WEEI.

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Russell Westbrook denies halfcourt shots by Denver Nuggets mascot (Video)


Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook blocked two halfcourt shots from Rocky, the Denver Nuggets mascot, during a timeout in the fourth quarter of Sunday night's NBA game at the Pepsi Center.

Nuggets fans had reason to boo Westbrook after that, especially since they would have received a free queso from burrito chain Qdoba if either of Rocky's halfcourt shots went in.

In the end, however, the Nuggets got their revenge with a 121-118 overtime victory.



H/T BDL USA Today.

Jan 20, 2013

Did Tom Brady deliberately kick Ed Reed? (GIF)


Patriots quarterback Tom Brady stuck his foot out and kicked Ravens safety Ed Reed as he was sliding to the ground in the final minute of the first half of Sunday's AFC Championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. The question is, was it an accident, or was it a cheap shot?

In our opinion, it looked a bit dirty to us. Reminds us of the Dwyane Wade cheap shot in the NBA a few weeks back, although something tells us Brady won't be suspended for this one.

UPDATE 1/23/12: Brady was fined $10,000 for his dirty slide.


GIF via BigLeadSports.

Congo goalkeeper celebrates goal with butt shuffle (Video)


Congo goalie butt shuffle
Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba celebrated one of his team's goals against Ghana in Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations soccer match by shuffling his butt across the ground. Congo earned a surprise 2-2 draw against Ghana.



H/T Dirty Tackle.

Julio Jones takes out security guard (Video)


Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones accidentally took out a security guard during the first quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Jones was heading towards the sideline to catch a deep pass from quarterback Matt Ryan. Jones was unable to make the catch in bounds, and then he took out the security guard's legs from behind, causing him to fall right on his back.

Hope that security guard gets a little bonus in his next paycheck for taking one for the team today.

Julio Jones takes out security guard on sideline

H/T Cosby.

Did Manti Te'o's girlfriend attend the Dallas Stars season opener? (Photo)


The Dallas Stars used the jumbotron at the American Airlines Center to take a shot at Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o during the third period of Saturday's NHL game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

The jumbotron displayed an empty seat with the caption "Manti Teo's girlfriend:  Welcome to the game!"  Totally unnessary, but totally hilarious.

Manti Te'o's girlfriend attends Dallas Stars season opener
H/T Cosby.

AHL bench-clearing brawl breaks out on "Pink in the Rink" night (Video)


A huge bench-clearing brawl broke out Saturday night in an AHL minor league hockey matchup between the Grand Rapids Griffins at Rockford IceHogs Saturday. This may be the biggest brawl in hockey history featuring pink jerseys, as the hometown IceHogs were wearing them on "Pink in the Rink" night to raise money for breast cancer research.

The huge brawl between the Griffins (affiliate of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings) and the IceHogs (affiliate of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks) resulted in 13 game misconducts and 230 penalty minutes. In the end, the Griffins won 11-6.



H/T Puck Daddy.

Houston Chronicle sportswriter John McClain sleeps through live radio interview (Video)


Houston Chronicle sportswriter John McClain was caught sleeping through his live regularly scheduled radio interview with Nashville's 104.5 The Zone earlier this week.

McClain could be clearly heard snoring at the 0:25 and 3:19 mark, and although he completely threw the NFL discussion off the rails, it lead to endless entertainment for the hosts and listeners alike.

To his credit, McClain poked fun of himself on Twitter, saying "This is some of the best radio I've ever done."



H/T AA.

Jan 19, 2013

Patrick Kane checked by NHL linesman Derek Amell (Video)


Chicago Blackhawks right winger Patrick Kane was accidentally knocked over by NHL linesman Derek Amell during Saturday's season opener against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center.

If Amell can deliver checks like that, somebody should give him a tryout.



H/T @djm448.

Soccer fan throws snowball at Aston Villa's Joe Bennett (Video)


Fan throws snowball at Aston Villa's Joe Bennett
During Saturday soccer action from the UK, ESPN cameras captured a fan in the stands throwing a snowball at Aston Villa's Joe Bennett during their Midlands derby match against West Brom.

Fortunately the fan missed Bennett, and we hope that security threw the fan out of the stadium.

In the end, the match between West Brom and Aston Villa finished in a 2-2 draw.



DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior.

H/T 101gg.

Terrell Suggs attempts to sing Celine Dion (Video)


Baltimore Ravens linebacker (and Ball So Hard University alumnus) Terrell "Sizzle" Suggs attempted to sing Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" before a team practice earlier this week.

Ravens fans will be rooting for Suggs to have a "Titanic" performance against the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship game.



Video via BaltimoreMediaBlog. H/T SCP.

Boston mayor butchers Vince Wilfork's name while wearing his jersey (Video)


Boston mayor Tom Menino has been known to mispronounce and mixup the names of local pro sports athletes during public interviews. However, Menino may have topped himself this week as he mispronounced the name of New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork while he was wearing Wilfork's jersey.

Menino was having an interview with New England Cable News over a bet that he had with the Baltimore mayor over Sunday's Patriots-Ravens playoff game when he referred to Wilfork as "Wilcock". You have to wonder why Menino's handlers would put a Wilfork jersey on him if he didn't know Wilfork well enough to know how to pronounce his name.

Menino also butchered the "Gronk" nickname of injured tight end Rob Gronkowski by calling him "Gonk".



Video via CSNNE.com. H/T OTB.

Related: Boston mayor mistakenly refers to Garnett and Rondo as "K.J" and "Hondo" (Video)

Russell Westbrook sings along with Ke$ha's 'Die Young' (Video)


Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook was caught by cameras singing along to the Ke$ha hit song "Die Young" during pregame warmups before Friday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks.

Westbrook played in his 352nd consecutive game last night, the longest active streak in the NBA, and scored 31 points to go along with Kevin Durant's 52 points and help beat the Mavs in overtime 117-114.

As long as Westbrook plays well, we're sure the Thunder will let him sing anything he wants.



H/T Cosby.

Jan 18, 2013

Radek Stepanek tries distracting Novak Djokovic with his rear end (Video)


Radek Stepanek throws Novak Djokovic a bum shot at Australian Open
Czech Republic tennis pro Radek Stepanek tried to distract No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic from throwing a forehand slam by turning his back and sticking out his rear end during Friday's third round Australian Open match.

It happened in the second set as Stepanek approached the net and hit a poor volley to Djokovic. As Stepanek had no chance of stopping a forehand slam by Djokovic, he used the unorthodox strategy to try to get Djokovic to whiff.

It didn't work, as Djokovic still made the shot and ended up winning the match in straight sets. However, Stepanek did make the match more interesting and gave the fans their money's worth.



Video via AustralianOpenTV. H/T Busted Racquet.

Funny or Die presents Manti Te'o eHarmony ad spoof (Video)


Manti Te'o spoof eHarmony ad by Funny or Die
Funny or Die is presenting their take on the Manti Te'o girlfriend hoax with a spoof eHarmony ad featuring a parody of the Notre Dame linebacker and his relationship with his "girlfriend" Lennay Kekua.

Video via Funny or Die.

Reporter refers to Colin Kaepernick as 'Copernicus' (Video)


An unidentified reporter referred to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as "Copernicus" while asking a question to Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Nolan during a press conference Friday.

Technically, the reporter's goof may have been simply adding "us" to the end of Kaepernick and coming up with Copernicus. However, you would think an NFL reporter that was going to ask a question about the opposing team's quarterback would at least learn how to pronounce his name. Good thing he doesn't cover the Niners.



H/T AA.

Henrik Lundqvist translates for Muppets' Swedish Chef in ESPN ad (Video)


Henrik Lundqvist in ESPN commercial with Muppets Swedish Chef
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stars in the latest ESPN "This is SportsCenter" commercial. In the ad, Lundqvist is the only person on the Bristol campus that can understand the recently hired "world renowned" chef in the cafeteria.
That's because that chef happens to be the Swedish Chef from the Muppets, and Lundqvist is from Sweden.

Lundqvist also made a surprise appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon last week, but now that the NHL lockout is over, he can finally get back to hockey.



Video via ESPN. H/T Sportress.

Related: Henrik Lundqvist rocks out with guitar on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon'

Could this be PSY's next US single? (Video)


Now that the "Gangnam Style" craze is fading in the US, some people are wondering whether we will ever hear from PSY again. However, there is some buzz about a song that he released in South Korea back in 2010 that has enough potential to become PSY's next US single and prove that he is no one-hit wonder.

PSY's single "Right Now" has a cool dance beat, and also has a cool dance step in the middle of the song, but without relying on a special dance step, this song has the potential to be bigger than "Gangnam Style". The "Right Now" video does feature some of the quirky silliness that made the "Gangnam Style" video so huge, such as PSY wearing a fake muscle chest.

Watch the video and listen to PSY's "Right Now" to judge for yourself (the actual song starts at the 0:42 mark). We don't think you will be disappointed.



H/T Buzzfeed.

NBC commercial claims Penguins eliminated Flyers in last year's playoffs (Video)


An NBC commercial promoting the NHL season opener between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers got its facts mixed up by claiming that the Penguins defeated the Flyers in last year's playoffs. The ad sells the game with this:
Sid "The Kid" (Crosby) and the Penguins face off with rival Philly...and Claude Giroux and the Flyers have their sights set on revenge from last season's playoff loss to Pitt.
The Flyers probably aren't thinking about revenge, given the fact that they eliminated the Penguins 4-2 in the first round of the 2012 NHL playoffs. Looks like NBC needs to step up their game.



H/T Puck Daddy.

Ricky Rubio blows layup against Clippers (Video)


Ricky Rubio misses layup against Clippers

Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio had an embarrassing moment in the second quarter of Thursday night's game against the LA Clippers when he missed a wide-open layup on a fast break.

Rubio's layup attempt was really bad, as it didn't even hit the rim. TNT's Inside the NBA studio crew got a few good laughs at his expense.

The shot summed up Rubio's night, as he only scored 4 points on 2-9 shooting as the Timberwolves lost to the Clippers 90-77.



H/T Sportress.

Soccer player in Greece uses shoe as phone to celebrate goal (Video)


In a Greek Cup soccer match, Veria striker Carlos Costly celebrated his first goal against Skoda Xanthi by leaning against the goal post, kicking off his shoe and using it as a phone.

We normally don't condone excessive goal celebrations, but this one was certainly original. Have to wonder who Costly was pretending to talk to, though...

Costly scored both goals for Veria in a 2-1 victory.



H/T 101gg.

Serena Williams hits herself in face with racket (Video)


Serena Williams hits herself in face with racket
Tennis star Serena Williams hit herself in the face with her racket on a forehand return, giving herself a bloody lip, during her second round Australian Open match Thursday.

Fortunately, it didn't impact her play as Williams still easily beat her opponent, Spain's Garbine Muguruza, in straight sets to advance to the next round.



H/T Sports Grid.

Baltimore police department rallies behind Ravens (Video)


Baltimore police department rallies behind Ravens
The Baltimore police department put together a video to show support for the Ravens as they head to New England to face the Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship playoff game. In addition to the cops having some important messages for the Patriots, we watch them imitate the Ray Lewis pregame dance.

The video features special messages to the police department from Ravens stars Ray Rice and Ray Lewis.



Video via BPDMediaUnit. H/T SCP.

Jan 17, 2013

St. Mary's beats BYU as Matthew Dellavedova hits long range buzzer-beater (Video)


In a Wednesday night West Coast Conference NCAA basketball matchup, St. Mary's Gaels guard Matthew Dellavedova hit a long-range three-pointer at the buzzer to beat the BYU Cougars 70-69.

BYU thought they had the game won when they hit a jumper with two seconds left in the game to give them a 69-67 lead, but it wasn't enough.



Video via ESPN.

Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid gets dropped by minor leaguer (Video)


Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid dropped by minor leaguer Bobby Robins
Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid dropped by AHL minor leaguer Bobby Robins of the Providence Bruins during a scrimmage between the teams Tuesday night.

According to Puck Daddy, Robins was involved in 29 fights last season. If the NHL's Bruins need an extra goon on their squad, they know where to look.



H/T Puck Daddy.

Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy team up in Nike golf ad (Video)


The latest Nike golf commercial featuring Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy has gone viral with nearly 4 million views as of this writing. In the ad, Woods and McIlroy play a game of "Can you top that?" at the driving range by sinking outrageous long range shots into all sorts of cups.

The ad is appropriately called "No Cup is Safe".

Some may find it noteworthy that Woods and McIlroy were never actually together for the filming of this commercial.



Video via NikeGolf. H/T BI.

Iranian soccer teammates get red cards for fighting each other (Video)


Iranian soccer teammates get red cards for fighting each other
A fight broke about between two unidentified players on the same team in Iran as their side was preparing to take a free kick, and as a result, the referee gave red cards to both of them. No indication what the fight was about.

Sadly, we've seen this happen before in the UK when two teammates got into a spat over who should take a penalty kick. However, this case in Iran seems to be the first time we've seen players get red cards for fighting their own teammates.

DISCLAIMER: Holdout Sports does not condone this type of behavior.



Video via IranFootballMagazine. H/T Dirty Tackle.

Related: Soccer Teammates Fight Each Other Over Who Should Take Penalty Kick (Video)

Jan 16, 2013

Terrence Ross throws down putback reverse dunk (Video)


Terence Ross throws down putback reverse dunk
Toronto Raptors guard Terrence Ross had a nice one-handed putback reverse dunk during the final minutes of Tuesday night's 113-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center.

Ross' dunk came off a missed 17-foot shot by teammate John Lucas, and even the Nets fans seemed to be impressed.



Video via NBA.

BadLipReading 'tackles' the NFL, and it is fantastic (Video)


In the past, BadLipReading has taken on movies, pop stars and political subjects, but in their latest video, they venture into the world of sports as they "tackle" the NFL.

It is absolutely hilarious, and we hope that it is just the beginning of more sports-themed bad lip readings to come. Between the NBA, MLB and NHL, just think of the wonderful possibilities.



H/T Cosby.

Polish tennis player Jerzy Janowicz has meltdown at Australian Open (Video)


Jerzy Janowicz meltdown during Australian Open tennis match
Polish tennis pro Jerzy Janowicz had a meltdown during a first set tiebreaker in Wednesday's second round Australian Open match against India's Somdev Devvarman.

As Janowicz was leading the tiebreaker 9-8, Devvarman seemed to hit a forehand return wide, which would have won the set for Janowicz. Instead, the judge called the ball in, evening the score at 9-9. No Hawkeye review was available.

Needless to say, Janowicz did not like the call. After letting out a few screams, Janowicz pleaded his case to the judge, but to no avail.

Janowicz went on to lose the first set tiebreaker 12-10 and also lost the second set 6-3 to Devvarman. However, Janowicz turned things around and came all the way back to win three straight sets 6-1, 6-0 and 7-5 to close out the match and advance to the third round.



H/T LBS.

Jan 15, 2013

Clemson's Devin Booker slams alley-oop from inbounds pass (Video)


Clemson's Devin Booker slams alley-oop from inbounds pass

Clemson Tigers forward/center Devin Booker finished an alley-oop from an inbounds pass with a slam dunk during Tuesday night's ACC college basketball game against Wake Forest.

Booker finished with 12 points and 8 rebounds, and Clemson rolled over Wake Forest 60-44.



Video via ESPN.