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  • RSVLTS Investigates: Where Is Jeffery Maier Today?

    One of the pivotal moments of Derek Jeter’s long career happened in his rookie season, way back in 1996. Jeffrey Maier, a 12-year-old from New Jersey, made one of the most important fan plays in baseball history when he deflected a batted ball in-play into the Yankee Stadium stands during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series. His action altered the course of Game 1, as the resulting home run allowed the Yankees to tie the score. They would go on to win the game and that series, four games to one. Jeffrey Maier changed everything for the 1996 Yankees. If Derek Jeter, a rookie in 1996, popped out instead of hitting the home run who knows how their World Series run, and his swagger filled career, would have changed. So where is Jeff today? We investigate. Our search began on Google where we learned that Jeffrey was a pretty solid college baseball player at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He was a first-team all-NESCAC selection, played briefly for the Pittsfield Dukes in the New England Collegiate Baseball League in the summer of 2005 and in 2006, he became Wesleyan’s career hits leader. This is where the trail goes dry. With some more »

  • Downhill Skating At 65 MPH? Nope! [Video]

    James Kelly is no stranger to downhill skating, preferring the hills of the Western Sierras to any formal racecourse. With years of practice, he has mastered skating at ludicrous speed while still maintaining control. That’s why he teamed up with Arbor Skateboards to create the James Kelly Pro Model. The long wide board can be fitted with multiple wheelbase options depending on your needs while the subtle rocker and concave will keep you locked in at even the most extreme speeds. It all looks like great fun until somebody crashes, which Kelly does around the 2 minute mark. If seeing that wipeout didn’t convince you that skating at 65 mph should not be attempted by mortals, then check out Arbor Collective. And maybe invest in some leather.

  • And the Most Hated Team of This Year’s MLB Playoffs is…? (Hint: Not the Yankees)

    According to a recent study conducted by the Wall Street Journal there’s a new king that sits on the thrown of most hated baseball team in this years playoffs. With the Yankees missing the playoffs over the last two seasons fans have turned their torches and pitchforks a bit west. For the second straight year the WSJ has conjured up a metric to gauge Major League Baseball’s Hateability Index, ranking this year’s 10 playoff teams in order of general loathsomeness. The rankings are based on how many points teams racked up in 10 contempt-worthy categories, such as drug suspensions, ridiculous beards and winning too much. (As with driver’s licenses, points are bad here.) Last year the Los Angeles Dodges took the cake with their over dramatic season, bloated contracts, annoying fans and Yasiel Puig, but have redeemed themselves this year with a more tame season and the feel good story of having super-nice guy, Clayton Kershaw arguably have the best pitching season of all time. This year the St. Louis Cardinals dethroned the Dodgers, possibly because of their recent success in showing up in October. No one likes a winner. The Journal notes, “The NL Central champs scored a 12.7 on more »

  • Should The Word ‘Redskins’ Be Banned from Broadcast TV? [Poll]

    There are plenty of sports teams with less overtly offensive names, if not more offensive traditions, that are flying under the radar as the Redskins take all the public scrutiny for their absurd team name. 80,000 people in Kansas City simultaneously doing the Chop and Chant (oooooh oooooh OH OH Oh ooooooooh ooooh oooooooooh). Several sports teams across America beating oversized war drums. It’s all kind of insane when you think about it. But where can we find a solution when billions of dollars and decades of tradition and well tuned branding are on the line? It looks like the government might end up making the decision for the NFL as Variety reports: FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said that the agency is considering a petition to issue sanctions against broadcast stations that use the term “Redskins” when referring to Washington D.C.’s professional football team. In comments to reporters, Wheeler said that the FCC “will be looking at that petition, we will be dealing with that issue on the merits and we’ll be responding accordingly.” But he personally believes that the term is “offensive and derogatory,” according to an interview he gave earlier this month to Broadcasting & Cable. The idea of punishing stations for more »

  • 27 Hunter Pence Signs We Hope to See This Postseason

    In mid August the internet went bonkers for Hunter Pence signs. After Mets fans paved the way for the greatest internet sports meme since Smokin’ Jay Cutler, the rest of MLB fandom took over. Even Pence himself got in on the action with a parody video of him actually doing what the most famous of signs said. We’ve collected the best ones from the internet in hopes that some Pirates fans will make our dreams come true for the postseason. Follow the Hunter Pence Signs phenomena on twitter.   .

  • Derek Jeter: Behind The Scenes Photos Reveal His Life Off The Field

    Derek Jeter just ended his career at Yankee Stadium in the most epic way imaginable. Jeter has a new book coming out titled Jeter Unfiltered which is a powerful collection of never-before-published images taken over the course of Derek’s final season. For the first time ever, fans will have unprecedented access to “The Captain,” as the famously private baseball legend takes us behind the scenes—inside his home, the stadium, the gym, at his Turn 2 Foundation events, fortieth birthday party, and more—as he looks back with candor and gratitude on his baseball career. The result is an intimate portrait bursting with personality, professionalism, and pride. Also featuring more than 100 thrilling archival shots, Jeter Unfiltered is the definitive and only book looking back on his career authorized by the Yankees shortstop. This is Jeter as you have never seen him before—unguarded, unapologetic…unfiltered. Jeter Unfiltered is available October 28th and below you can take a look at a collection of photos from the book.

  • Watch This Live Feed of Derek Jeter Hashtags For The Captain’s Last Home Game

    Tonight marks the last time Derek Jeter will put on pinstripes, the last time he’ll play a ballgame in Yankee Stadium and the last time he’ll take the field in front of his hometown fans. With social media already going off the charts, we figured we’d do all the work for you by showing a live feed of Derek Jeter inspired hashtags. #DerekJeter #Jeter #Re2pect #YankeeStadium #thecaptain

  • Dan Patrick and Sports Jeopardy is the Game Show You Deserve

    The idea is brilliant, Dan Patrick, the host with the most, asking Jeopardy style questions to the nerdiest sports nerds in the world. Crackle, the cannel that brought us “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” is now about to hit another home run with their newest endeavor. But the kicker was bringing on Bar Rescue’s John Taffer asking a celebrity question about bar food was the minute I knew they had a hit on their hands.

  • A Definitive Ranking of 25 Derek Jeter Commercials

    Sure, Derek Jeter is a fine player and it’s sad that he’s retiring form the Yankees, but baseball wasn’t the only place where Jeter left his mark. Since becoming a superstar athlete, he’s also had a long career starring in TV commercials. While others are focusing on Jeter’s defining moment on the field, New York Magazine has take on the tough job of ranking his commercials. And I guarantee there will be more than a few that you forgot about but you’ll be happy to see again.

  • The Good, The Bad and The Ugly of United States Presidents Playing Football [17 HQ Photos]

    President Barack Obama throws a football on the field at Soldier Field following the NATO working dinner in Chicago, Illinois, May 20, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) President Bill Clinton is hit in the face with the football while breaking up a pass play during a touch football game on Dec. 31, 1993, in the beach at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Hilton Head Island, S.C. (AP Photo/Doug Gilmore) President Bush throws a football as he stands with Cleveland Browns quarterback Jeff Garcia, right, during an impromptu stop at the team’s training camp in Berea, Ohio, Saturday, July 31, 2004. President Bush is making a campaign Bush tour through Ohio Saturday and will finish the day in Pittsburgh before returning to Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Dwight Eisenhower is shown kicking a football during a practice session at West Point in 1912. (AP Photo/The Eisenhower Library) Abilene, Kansas high school football team of 1910 on which Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower played while a post-graduate student in preparation for West Point. Left to right, top row: Ralph Lucier, Frank Madden, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Earl Briney, “Six” McDonald, Howard Funk. Second row: Orin Snyder, coach Raymond Sare, Ames Rogers, G.N. more »

  • 12 Examples Of Athlete’s Injuring Themselves That’ll Make You Want To Facepalm

    The Detroit Lions will be without starting middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch for the rest of the season because of a celebration gone awry. Face it: sports are tough on the ole corpus. Whether an athlete is getting run into by mammoth linebackers, throwing ninety mile per hour pitches in great succession, or some other muscular-straining function, it is clear that—with every play—they are constantly putting their bodies in perilous situations. But, there is a dark side to injuries—embarrassing blunders that ended with an athlete severely strained. The happenings chronicled on this list are all sportsmen who blundered, over-celebrated, or just plain bad-lucked their way onto the disabled list.

  • 7 Inspiring Quotes This High School Athlete Can Teach NFL Players

    This Friday, Apollos Hester and the East View (Texas) Patriots, battled a vigorous high school football match up and came out on top 42-41 over Vandegrift, but that’s not what all the buzz around this game is about. Hester’s TWC News Austin interview was a post-game speech the country can get behind. As you’ve probably already seen, Hester emotion carried him through one of the most inspiring and provoking speeches we’ve ever seen from an athlete let alone a high school student. Apollos positivity and outlook on success proves he’s wise beyond his years and maybe some professional athletes can even learn a thing or two from his words. We’re sure if Hester is playing football in Texas, he’s already quite the athlete, but if he doesn’t make it past high school athletics, Hester has a promising future as a motivational speaker. We’ve extracted Apollos Hester’s best quotes from his, now infamous speech to get your pumped for Monday. We know you need it.

  • What’s In a Name? Breaking down the NFC teams and their Mascots

    Ever wonder where professional sports teams got their nickname or mascot from. While some names and mascots might seem like an arbitrary choice, most have a deeper meaning with an interesting story behind it. Probably not the Phillies’ Philly Fanatic, though. We’ve broken down each NFC team and the derivative of their name and mascot in our new series; “What’s in a name?” NFC East Dallas Cowboys – They’ve been the Cowboys from the start, but the real question is how did they become “America’s team”? Last I checked our capital was in Washington D.C. not Texas. Can someone explain? New York Giants – “Big Blue” or “The Gmen” as we may know them was originally incorporated as the New York National Football Company but later changed to the New York Football Giants in 1937. They began play in 1925 and were referred to as the Football Giants in order to decipher from the then New York Giants (now SF Giants) baseball team. There is something about football giants that just sounds way better than giants. Washington Redskins- in the beginning the Redskins were named the Braves and were from Boston not Washington, from Boston to Washington? Explain that change. more »

  • You Will Cry Watching this Derek Jeter Gatorade Tribute Commercial and That’s an Order

    Gatorade is hopping on the Derek Jeter appreciation wagon and rightfully so. After the Jordan tribute as well as following Derek’s last journey across the country, being flowered with gifts from every team in the MLB, it’s finally beginning to settle in that the Captain’s reign is coming to an end. Gatorade decided to let Derek have some fun walking through the Bronx on his way to Yankee Stadium, while taping him interacting with fans headed to the stadium all set to the tone of Frank Sinatra’s “I did it my way. You may cry now. Jeter is scheduled to play his final home game next Thursday in the Bronx, where the goose bumps will be tenfold. The finale of his legendary career will come Sunday, Sept. 28, against the Red Sox at Boston’s Fenway Park.

  • Ed Hochuli’s Workout Program Revealed

    Fact: Ed Hochuli is everyone’s favorite NFL referee. Let’s be honest, the guy can probably bench more weight than 50% of the players on the field. A little background on Hochuli: he is 6’1″, 215-pounds, was a linebacker at UTEP from 1969 to ’72, he is a partner in a Phoenix law firm that specializes in civil litigation and he has run 12 marathons. “You look at him and it looks like he needs to be on our side of the ball, or on defense,” said quarterback Donovan McNabb to SI.com. “He stands on the sidelines looking like one of the linebackers.” Ed Hochuli spoke to SI.com and revealed his four day a week workout plan, follow it below to get in the best shape of your life. MONDAY Chest Barbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps at 225 pounds or “pyramid” sets of 12 reps (185 pounds); 10 (205); eight (215); six (225); 12 (185) • Ten sets of 10 at 205 pounds Dumbbell flat bench • Three sets of 10 reps, at 90 pounds each arm, or five sets of 12 (80 pounds); 10 (85); eight (90); six (95); 12 (75). “Then I’ll do a burnout set [to failure] of incline flies” (35-pound more »

  • NFL Owners May Be Overvaluing Goodell [Link]

    Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, has been under fire recently for his handling of the Ray Rice scandal. However, Goodell still finds supporters in the league because of the financial success the NFL has seen under his direction. But does Goodell deserve the credit for making the NFL the number one professional sports league in the nation? Statistics genius Nate Silver takes a close look at the numbers and what he finds doesn’t look good for Goodell.

  • 16 HQ Photos From The Early Days Of Mountain Biking

    Retro bikes? Quirky facial hair? Vintage clothing? Overly warm photos with vignetting? Sounds like all the makings of a hipster Instagram account. But these photos are the real deal. They were taken by Wende Cragg, who would get together with her other adventurous cyclists in the 70s and ride down California’s mountain trails during the early days of what would become the sport of mountain biking. At the time, bike manufacturers didn’t build specialized bikes for downhill, mountainous terrain. It was common for ones hub brake to burn up all the grease on these downhill voyages and seize up, requiring one to repack the bearings. Because of this, these races became known as “Repacks” and their popularity led to modern mountain biking as we know it today. More of these great photos can be found at Biking History and for a more in-depth look at Wende Cragg and her fellow California repackers, check out Collectors Weekly.

  • Nike Soccer Partner With ILOVEDUST Design Studio To Reveal Beautiful 2014/15 Club Kits [25 Photos]

    Creative house ILOVEDUST partnered up with Nike for their newest campaign to reveal soccer kits for teams around the world for the 2014/15 season. They revealed beautiful designs incorporating, players, fans, icons and nicknames surrounding historical and cultural references associated with each club, first with Barcelona and Manchester United, Nike’s most popular sponsored clubs, then tackled 25 other teams. They then blended highly detailed illustrations with a hand drawn aesthetic surrounded by the jersey reveal. Included are Manchester City, Barcelona, PSG, Inter Milan, Celtic, AS Roma, AS Monaco, Manchester United, Athletico Madrid, Juventus, Hertha Berlin & Frankfurt.

  • Sean Payton 100 Devon Still Jerseys to Support His Daughter’s Cancer Treatment

    In  the midst of a very dark and dramatic NFL season, New Orleans Saints coach, Sean Payton did showed an enormous sign of humanity, buying 100 Devon Still Jerseys. If you don’t know the backstory behind Devon Still, he fought his way on to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, then 53-man roster. Still made the tough decision after he becoming aware health insurance for him and his family would be cut off, if he walked away from the league to take care of his ailing  four-year-old daughter who fighting  a Stage 4 pediatric cancer disease. The Bengals not only kept Still on the Practice squad, but went one step further by putting him on the full roster. The Bengals organization decided to not only sell Devon Still Jerseys on their website, but promised all proceeds would be donated to with the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and other pediatric cancer research efforts. Jeff Berding, the Bengals director of sales and public affairs, said Still’s jersey sold more in its first 24 hours than any other Bengals jersey had in a single day. This is where Sean Payton selflessly stepped in an ordered 100 Devon Still Jerseys. At around $100 per jersey, Payton donated close to $10,000 more »

  • Katie Nolan May Have Just Catapulted Women in Sports Television To the Next Level

    We’ve been following Katie Nolan ever since her days at Guysim delivering daily Speed Rounds to our desktops. She’s clever, funny and has a charismatic approach to her diction that ultimately took her all the way to FOX Sports 1 on Crowd Goes Wild and her online daily video, No FIlter. Nolan has gained quite a bit of acclaim for her work online with FOX, but her most recent post, “Why boycotting the NFL because of Ray Rice is not the answer” will surely sky rocket her to the next level. In her element with her signature mug, Nolan exposes her fear and vulnerability telling a story when she was once given the opportunity to ask Roger Goodell a question last month at a FOX Sports symposium. Nolan stayed quiet, never asking him a question dear to her about his decision to give Ray Rice a two-game suspension, limiting his desire to open up the NFL market to the wider audience he’s always speaking of, hypothetically shutting the door in the face of every female fan in doing so. “Fear crept in. I started thinking, well, the commissioner is here as a guest of Fox, and if offend him in more »

  • Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup

    This past week the Cleveland Browns gave a valiant effort, but fell short to the mighty Pittsburgh Steelers in the first week of the NFL season. Animator Markus Magnusson was comissioned by Neil Jamieson over at ESPN to create GIFs on the topic of ”Why Johnny Football should be thrilled he’s a backup”. Based on the first game for the Browns we can think of quite a few reasons, but it’s better you just take a look at the game recap based on the Magnusson’s take on the game.  

  • Nike x Teague Designed a Plane Built for Pro Athletes

    With professional sports teams spending billions of dollars in acquired contracts, home and practice training facilities it’s no surprise that a custom plane built specifically for athletes took this long to be executed. Teague, a interior plane design firm sought out help to the largest sports equipment company in the world to assist in layout and aesthetics to create what promises to be the standard in professional sports in the near future. The plane’s design is built to focus on four categories athletes lack when traveling on a standard air liner, Recovery, Circulation, Sleep and Thinking. Professional athletes are becoming bigger and taller, standard seats and air liners make it uncomfortable to travel, inducing cramps and strains in some cases. What Teague and Nike are doing is creating an “away” facility for their team to focus for the next game, while being comfortable and even more. Recovery: equalizing the negative effects of air travel on the mind and body, and bringing the training room to 40,000 feet through in-flight biometrics and analysis to accelerate injury diagnosis and treatment. Circulation: fostering natural mobility and building in equipment that ensures optimal circulation and promotes healing. Sleep: designing ideal sleeping conditions for individuals more »

  • Maryland’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Uniform Scream ‘Merica

    For the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore, which inspired Francis Scott Key to write his poem “Defence of Fort McHenry” which later became “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the United States national anthem, the University of Maryland will be wearing the most ‘MERICA uniforms you’ve ever seen in college football. Picture Chuck Norris on a giant bald eagle, wearing an American Flag bandana, blasting Hulk Hogan’s entrance music, “I am a Real American” from the heavens. These uniforms are more American than that. The logo on the helmet and pant features the outline of Forg McHenry and an image of the famous flag that flew through the night of the Battle, which inspired our national anthem. Additionally, team captains will don red belts as American military captains did during the Battle.

  • This Mountain Bike POV Video Will Kill Your Appetite

    Trying to shed a few pounds you put on over summer vacation? Just watch this insanely fast-paced POV video from Hafjell World Championship 2014 in Norway. 21-year-old Welsh downhill mountain bicyclist Manon Carpenter strapped on a GoPro so we could tag along on the nauseatingly bumpy ride. Carpenter’s win at the championship came just weeks after being named World Cup winner after winning 3 of the 7 races at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Good for her, but I feel sore all over just watching this video.

  • Facebook Releases NFL Fandom throughout the U.S.

    The legions of fans around the country have spoken and with that Facebook released the ultimate map of NFL fandom across the U.S. The map was based on people who like those teams and their location in the country. The Denver Broncos definitely take up the most land on the map with most of the midwest leaning toward Peyton and Denver. Los Angeles still keeps it’s loyalty to the raiders and the most interesting visual is actually a lack there of, with the New York Jets the only team in the league without a loyal fan base in the country.

  • Jimmy Fallon’s 2014 NFL Superlatives

    The 2014 NFL season kicked off last night with the Seahawks running wild all over the packers. at the end of ever season they give out awards like MVP but Jimmy Fallon also gives out awards at the beginning of the season, sort of like the High School yearbook’s most likely to success, class clown and others. These are his NFL superlatives for the 2014 NFL season.

  • The Top 10 2013-14 NFL GIFS Paired with Our Reactions

    The NFL season is back and we’re smiling ear to ear. The tailgating, the apathy toward eating healthy, the gambling, the fantasy; it’s all back baby. and to show our excitement we’d like to share our emotions in gif form, because showing emotions in real life is un-American. Unless your Kanye. We’ve paired some of the best plays from the 2013-14 season with appropriate reactions, just for you. Here are the top 10.

  • Melissa Bolona: The Complete NFL Collection [180 Photos]

    Back in September of 2013 we had an incredible photoshoot with Beach Bunny’s Melissa Bolona modeling gear from all 32 NFL teams. The photos dominated the web and were featured on basically every sports site on the internet. We even had a launch party over looking the world’s most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. Here are some pics from the Party photobooth  and event photos. As we approach the 2014 NFL season, and by judging from the interest people had in the original photoshoot, we’ve decided to release all the photos from the shoot. Above you can see photos from all 32 teams ranked by their 2014 preseason power ranking according to NFL.com. And below, over 150 outtake photos and behind-the-scenes photos.

  • These NFL Superlatives Will Make The Internet Explode in 2014

    Preseason NFL predictions are about as common as beer koozies and flip flops at this time of year, but rather than guessing who will win the Super Bowl and which players will take home MVP honors, we’ve decided to do things just a bit differently. Don’t get me wrong: I love reading the serious predictions, and I’ll be posting mine right here soon enough, but we’re going to get things started on a bit of a lighter note.

 
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