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  • The Michael Pineda Guide to Pine Tar

    New York Yankees Starter Michael Pineda was ejected in the second inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Boston Red Sox for having a blotch of pine tar on his neck. This was the second time in two weeks Pineda had a run-in for using the “illegal” substance. Pine Tar, although illegal for pitchers to use in the rule books, is used quite frequently, but with great precaution and discretion. It’s an unwritten rule that batters and pitchers alike play with it, but because of it’s frequent use, both teams usually keep quiet about it. What Michael Pineda did, however, was a shockingly blatant method and the Red Sox capitalized on it. It looks as though Pineda has been having some trouble using pine tar in a discrete manor, so we thought we’d help him out for future outings on the mound. You see Michael, you’re using it all wrong. A blatant slap of tar on your neck is going to be noticeable as will a discoloration on the bottom brim of your cap, but what umps and opposing teams will never see coming is a complete image change. Some facial hair or even mascara will take you the full 9 next time you more »

  • Every Stanley Cup Celebration Since 1949 in 3 Minutes

    Play anything sports related to that Gladiator soundtrack and you can’t help but feel feelings. Play the Gladiator soundtrack to every Stanley Cup celebration since 1949 and try not to hip-check every petey pencil pusher you see in the hallway for the next week. Watching this really gives you an appreciation for the great dynasties that dominated the league through the years From the Canadians of the ’50s to the Islanders and Oilers of the ’80s, here’s a full reel of Stanley Cup celebrations. #becauseitsthecup

  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Wrigley Field [Link]

    The first game at Wrigley Field, originally called Weeghman Park, took place 100 years ago on April 23, 1914. But it wasn’t Cubs who took to the field that day. They played at the West Side Grounds back then. The stadium was actually built for the Chicago Federals, later called the Whales, of the short-lived Federal League. Learn more about early Wrigley Field history for the centennial at Parade.

  • These Insane Speed Riding Stunts Will Wake You Up [Video]

    For those who don’t know, speed flying is an air sport where you fly a small fabric wing down a steep slope. Strong winds can keep you flying the whole way down. Strap some skis to your feet, and now you’re speed riding. Valentin Delluc is a master of the sport, as illustrated by this video. He even grinds the chairlift cable! Check out more of of Valentin Delluc’s insanity on Facebook.

  • Power Ranking The 2014 NBA Playoffs with Leanna Decker [16 Photos]

    Back in January we teamed up with Leanna Decker, one of the internet’s rapidly rising stars, for an NBA themed shoot featured in the second issue of RSVLTS Magazine. The behind-the-scenes photos took the internet by storm and judging by the popularity (and the fact that the 2014 NBA Playoffs are here) we thought this would be the perfect time to showcase the playoff picture in the best way possible.

  • Minimalist Fifa World Cup Flat Design Shields

    Brazilian designer Leandro Urban decided to minimalize each one of the World Cup qualifying teams logos with a flat layered treatment. Leandro took each logo and extracted the details and intricacies from every crest. Then added shadows giving the perception of layering. The results are a beautiful flat design shield that is sure to catch the eye of minimalists worldwide. 

  • Yanks Turned An Around the Horn Triple Play Against the Rays

    The New York Yankees turned the first triple play of the season against the Rays yesterday. In the past 5 seasons the Yanks have executed three total triple-plays all while CC Sabathia was on the mound. Before that the Yankees hadn’t had a triple-play since 1968, but the thing that makes this one a little more magical is that it was a perfectly executed around the horn 3 up and down 5-4-3 triple play in the second inning with the Rays’ Sean Rodriguez at bat. Your browser does not support iframes.

  • NHL’s Good Friday Massacre Turns 30 [Video]

    On Easter weekend 1984, the Quebec Nordiques and Montreal Canadiens faced off in the second round of the NHL playoffs. Fights between the regional rivals continuously broke out for the first two periods before leading to a bench-clearing brawl at the end of the second period. When the teams returned for the third period, another fight broke out before play could even begin. Players who should have been ejected from the previous fight were still on the ice because referee Bruce Hood was late in announcing penalties. His handling, or rather mishandling, of the situation led to his retirement after the playoffs that year. In total, 10 players were ejected and 252 penalty minutes were incurred. Worst of all for the Nordiques, the Canadiens, who were down before the brawls, ended up scoring all 5 of their goals in the third period, winning 5-3.

  • Jabari Parker: “Why I made the difficult choice to leave Duke for the NBA”

    In an exclusive sit down with Sports Illustrated’s Jeff Benedict Duke’s freshman forward Jabari Parker reveals his decision whether to stay in school or declare for the NBA draft and it may not be the decision Blue Devils fans want to hear. In his 1,285 word op-ed piece Parker weigh the good and the bad, talks about his love for Duke and Coach K but ultimately the following four lines sums up his decision.

  • College Football Players Should Be Making $178K Per Year

    The findings of a study conducted by the National College Players Association and Drexel University found that college football players playing between 2011 and 2015 should make around $178,000 per year if universities and the NCAA decide to release the stranglehold they have on the game and the players’ ability to not risk their entire careers working for nothing.

  • Damian Lillard Talks Legends with “No Rings” in Newest Foot Locker Spot

    Damian Lillard is is ready for the playoffs. He’s after a championship and wants to make sure he doesn’t end up like one of those legends who never won a ring. Even though Lillard is only in his second season in the league, he’s still as hungry as the rest. The Foot Locker commercial stars Lillard talking smack on ringless sports legends Barry Sanders, LaDainian Tomlinson, Chris Webber and Karl Malone. Malone isn’t angry, he’s just disappointed.

  • NBA Logos Of The Pokemon Universe

    What would your favorite NBA team look like in the Pokemon universe? These logos popped up on Imgur this morning and we haven’t been able to track down a source yet, but whoever made them did a pretty good job. Some are obvious, such as the Team Rocket/Houston Rockets mashup. The most inspired has to be the Orlando Magikarps. Not only does Magikarp sound similar to Magic, the team looks like a bunch of fish out of water hopelessly flailing up and down the court (it’s okay, I lived in Orlando for ten years and rooted for those perennial losers). If you have any info on the source, let us know so we can give the artist some attention.

  • Rebranding The NBA [30 Photos]

    Canada-based graphic artist Dead Dilly re-imagined all 30 NBA teams, plus a few extras, in his “Rebrand the NBA 2.o” series. Instead of just a logo or color change, Dead Dilly imagined a world where big-name corporations designed uniforms  for the teams. Honestly, some of them aren’t so bad. The Paramount Warriors jersey is so good, it might make me not constantly forget that the Golden State Warriors exist. And the Sega Sonics jersey makes me wish the Sonics still existed, although Sega is probably not in the position to sponsor an NBA team these days. For more of Dead Dilly’s work, check out Instagram and Behance.

  • NYPD/FDNY Charity Hockey Game Included a Bench Clearing Brawl

    The NYPD and FDNY annual charity hockey game was tied at 3 goals a piece on Sunday when a bench clearing brawl broke out on the ice. It’s a well known rivalry between the two squads with a lot of bad blood, but a bench clearing brawl is a rare scene. A cop in the stands told the NY Post “he’s been coming to this NYPD-FDNY game for 20 years and had never seen a bench-clearing, cop-firefighter brawl before.” The NYPD eventually won 8-5.

  • We’re Giving Away 12 MLB Rookie Cards in Honor of Opening Week

    To commemorate the return of the baseball season kicking off this week, we’re partnering up with Brigandi Coins and Collectibles to give away this legendary set of rookie cards in premium, plastic ‘screw-down’ display holders. One lucky winner will receive 12 rookie cards of some of the game’s greats. The contest giveaway will last the 2 weeks starting today and the winner will be announced on April 16th. If you don’t want to wait for your name to be picked, you can head over to Gilt tomorrow or Rue La La on April 8th to check out their Brigandi Baseball memorabilia sale. The cards in the giveaway are: Derek Jeter, Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Yasiel Puig, Robinson Cano, Frank Thomas (2014 HOF), Tom Glavine (2014 HOF), Greg Maddux (2014 HOF), Chipper Jone, Andrew McCutchen and Craig Biggio.

  • How Milwaukee Brewers’ Hank the Dog Became The Happiest Mascot In Baseball [52 HQ Photos]

    Meet Hank the Dog. Just one month ago he was a stray, in bad shape, wandering around the Brewers’ spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz. looking for food. He was discovered by team management, taken in and adopted by the players and fans alike. Fast forward to opening day in Milwaukee on March 31st and Hank received one of the loudest standing ovations in Miller Park history. Not only that but it was announced that he would be honored with a his own Bobblehead night on September 21st with proceeds going to the “Hank Fund,” created by the Milwaukee Humane Society for the care of stray animals. We’ve heard the barking: Here’s your BobbleHank! Announcing @WiscHumane Day! #BallparkPup http://t.co/cbikcyWjbz pic.twitter.com/sORS7kALjB — Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 27, 2014 It is a whirl wind story that not only saved a stray pooch but has also raised countless amounts of money and awareness for the ASPCA.

  • 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster

    During the upcoming 2014 season, Major League Baseball teams will collectively travel over one million miles to complete a regular season schedule of 2,430 games over 182 days. These gnarly prints show the travel itinerary for each team is unique — influenced by geography, divisional requirements, and the whims of a computer generated scheduling system. 2014 MLB Travel Routes & Calendar Poster 24″ x 18″ $28  

  • U.S. Soccer National Team Unveils 2014 World Cup Away Kits

    Nike and U.S. Soccer unveiled an interesting away kit for the 2014 World Cup set for this summer in Brazil. The kits consist of three bands representing the colors of the American flag. The base color of the jersey and the cuff of the sleeves feature a prominent red. The upper torso and top sleeves include a bold blue tone, and a white chest band extends over the middle of both sleeves. “The USA has a profound and passionate pride in their nation,” said Martin Lotti, Global Creative Director for Nike Soccer. “We wanted to create a design that reflects this in a daring and colorful fashion to give them an even more imposing appearance on the pitch.” Nike with the help of some notable American athletes had their own little photoshoot to give them a chance to support their American pride, included are football players Andrew Luck and Ndamukong Suh; skateboarders Eric Koston and Sean Malto; track and field gold medalist Allyson Felix; and former U.S. National Team member Alexi Lalas.

  • Local Gainesville News Reenacts Game Highlights To Get Around NCAA Rules [Video]

    The local news team at Gainesville, Florida’s WCJB TV-20 wanted to show highlights from the Florida/Dayton Elite Eight game, but due to NCAA regulations, they were not allowed to air the footage. Not being able to contain their excitement over their team’s win, station employees made their own highlight reel by reenacting the game in the office. Oddly enough, this video may now be the highlight of the season.

  • The Absurd Invention Of The Baseball Catcher Suit

    In the early days of baseball, clever inventors were constantly patenting changes to bats, balls, and mitts to make for a more consistent and exciting game, but not every innovation was met with acceptance. The most notable ignored invention in baseball history must be James E. Bennett’s “Base Ball Catcher” patented in 1904. Apparently finding the act of catching a baseball entirely too dangerous, Bennett created a suit for the catcher to wear that would do all the work for him, except for throwing the ball. The entirely-too complicated device featured an open-wireframe body portion reinforced by slotted walls of wood. Adjustable shoulder and hip braces keep the contraption firmly attached to the catcher. A cushion behind the cage kept the impact of the ball from injuring the player (hopefully) and the bottom of the cage contained an opening for easy retrieval. There is also a safety cage that guards the face (hopefully). It’s a shame the idea never caught on, just for the entertainment aspect, but with pitches capable of exceeding 100 mph, just sitting there waiting for the ball to speed into your chest seems like a frightening proposition.

  • 19 Shocking Facts About Detroit’s Bankruptcy While Miguel Cabrera Laughs All The Way To The Bank

    Over the weekend Miguel Cabrera became the richest athlete in the history of American sports, ironically in a city that is so broke that 40% of its streetlights are not functioning. In 2013 Detroit filed for Chapter 9 bankruptcy, with long-term debt estimated between $18 billion and $20 billion, and yet the team could afford to give it’s star player a contract worth $292 million guaranteed. Sure, theoretically, if Miggy helps the Tigers go deep into the playoffs it could help jumpstart the economy but let’s just take a look at the current state of Detroit and consider what could be improved upon with nearly $300 million. 

  • Andrew McCutchen and Pirates from Seton Hall, ECU and Tampa Bay Plunder SportsCenter

    In the newest addition of “This is SportsCenter” John Anderson’s morning breakfast meeting doesn’t go as planned when pirates barge in and plunder everything in the room. Andrew McCutchen leads a group of scallywags from Seton Hall, East Carolina and Tampa Bay to invade the conference and take everything including Anderson’s pie chart and especially the lox.

  • Mike Tyson Fights Are Even Better With Street Fighter Sound FX [Video]

    For all of us who grew up playing the Street Fighter videogames in America, we knew the boxer character as Balrog. However, in the original Japanaese version of the game he was known as M. Bison because he was modeled after Mike Tyson. To avoid a lawsuit, the game developers did some name swaps and we ended up with M. Bison as the red-suited dictator played by Gomez Addams in the terrible Van Damme Street Fighter movie. But this was all 20 years ago and nobody is going to sue anymore, so it’s time for Mike Tyson to embrace M. Bison, which he did when he retweeted this video of his fights with sound effects from the videogame.

  • Miguel Cabrera Inks The Largest Contact In Baseball History

    Overnight the Detroit Tigers made a huge commitment to two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera, locking him down on a new 10-year contract that will pay him $292 million. Not only that but the club has an option for an 11th and 12th season which would ballon the contract to over $352 million. FOX Sports reports:

  • Swaggy P Celebrates A Three That Doesn’t Go In [GIF]

    Nick “Swaggy P” Young celebrates everything: fresh haircuts, new kicks, wins, Kobe Bryant death stares, Iggy Azalea’s lipstick preferences—you name it says Bleacher Report, so it’s no surprise that he celebrated this deep three pointer before it went in leaving us with the following hilarious GIF.

  • Your State’s Highest-Paid Employee Is Probably A Coach [Infographic]

    According to this infographic there is a good chance that your state’s highest paid employee is a coach. You might be asking, “so are my hard-earned tax dollars paying these coaches?” The answer is probably not according to Deadspin. The bulk of this coaching money—especially at the big football schools—is paid out of the revenue that the teams generate.

  • World Cup Posters 1930-2014 Reimagined

    New York-based designer James Campbell Taylor is a fan of the World Cup, but not always of the official posters for the event. Eschewing the overly corporate designs of contemporary posters, Taylor instead reimagined each of the 20 posters, opting to capture not only the feel of each event, but also the design aesthetic of the time period. The posters illustrate how much design has changed over 84 years while also showcasing Taylor’s knowledge and grasp of the art form. For more of his incredible work, check out Pennarello Graphic Design.

  • David Beckham Unveils Plans for Miami MLS Stadium

    In addition to bringing a Major League Soccer franchise to Miami, David Beckham recently unveiled his plans to construct a 25,000-seat stadium for the team. Located on Miami’s man-made Dodge Island, the plan calls for the open-air arena, a surrounding plaza offering dining, shopping, and entertainment options, and the rehabilitation of a drawbridge offering access to and from downtown Miami. The arena, which would be the league’s third largest, would be entirely privately-funded, which is great news for Miami and Dade County taxpayers. The location is currently home to Royal Caribbean Cruises, who is concerned about traffic the arena would bring. Beckham’s group insists the night-time schedule of the MLS should have no conflict with the mostly daytime business of the cruise industry. With parking also a concern, the group plans not to schedule home games on the same night as the Miami Heat, who play nearby. If the Dodge Island plan falls through, Beckham does have three backup options around the city. Whatever they do, they better get moving, because the new team is scheduled to begin playing in 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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