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  • 57 MLB Stars Making More In 2013 Than The Entire Houston Astros Roster Combined

    With a dismal .338 winning percentage the Houston Astros are, by far, the worst team in Major League Baseball this year. With that in mind credit must be given to Astros owner Jim Crane who, according to a report from Forbes Magazine, is on pace to make an estimated $99 million in operating income this season – more than any team in baseball’s history. That is nearly as much as the estimated operating income of the previous six World Series championship teams — combined. How is this possible? The Astros started the 2013 season with a payroll of $26 million but have since cut that number to an astonishing $13 million. The team has only one player pulling in more than $1 million this year (Erik Bedard $1.15M). Couple that with soaring TV revenues and you have a very profitable business. Fifty-seven major leaguers make more individually than the $13,000,000 the Astros’ current 25-man active payroll makes collectively. The New York Yankees alone pay nine players more than the Astros payroll. And leave it to Jason Bay, who is not even on a team and earns more than the all of the Astros thanks to an old contract with the more »

  • Houston Texans Have The Second Best Tailgate In The NFL

    Tailgating. The right of passage for sports fans in America. On any given Sunday in the Fall, parking lots in NFL cities swell with thousands of grill masters cooking up a wide variety of specialty foods. From porterhouse steaks, meticulously marinated in a secret passed down recipe to full pig roasts (we’re looking at you Oakland) the food choices are endless. Having the proper tools could be the difference between a Gatorade shower and a tailgate shunning. When it comes to grilling there is Coleman’s NXT Grill and there is everything else. This compact beast fits 18 burgers at one time, 20,000 BTUs for cooking intensity, and folds like a Transformer allowing it to fit in your trunk with ease. Did we mention the no-spill grease cup that prevents grease stains while you’re hauling it? Anyone who’s ever tried to lug a greasy travel grill home knows the crime scene, you could open up your trunk to.

  • Tori Hunter Steals Home From 2nd on a 2 Out, 3rd Strike Passed Ball

    Tori “Willie Mayes Hayes” Hunter might have lost a step or two, but he has the experience and game awareness to make a critical heads up decision that only years of playing will teach. Two outs down as Prince Fielder had a 2-2 count against him in the bottom of the 7th inning and it looked as though Caleb Thielbar was going to get his team out of a bind. Thielbar took out Fielder on a nasty up and in 93 MPH fastball that just got by Ryan Doumitt, Fielder took notice and like all baseball players are taught in little league, run it out on a past ball. Thats where Tori Hunter’s baseball instincts take over. Hunter was savvy enough to recognize Thielbar asleep at the mound and took an extra base, putting another notch on the Tigers belt. Your browser does not support iframes.

  • Ranking Derek Jeter’s 9 Ex-Girlfriends By His Performance On The Field

    With speculation that he finally put a ring on it, people have been ranking the hotness of Derek Jeter’s ex’s like there is no tomorrow. We didn’t want to beat a dead horse, but we also wanted to jump on the J train, so instead of going the standard hotness route we decided to crunch all the numbers and figure out which girlfriend was actually best for Derek Jeter, statistically. Because how can you actually tell me that Jessica Alba or Adriana Lima are any hotter than Minka Kelly or Laura Dudda? 

  • The Roots and Fallon Help Derek Jeter with Some New At Bat Music

    The New York Yankees Captain hasn’t had many opportunities to step up to the plate this year, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have the best possible walk out music. Jeter mentioned he’s respect and love for Bob Shepard, the Yankees late stadium announcer, so before every at bat, Jeter requested to have a recording of Mr. Shepard introduce him. This year he chose to use Eminem’s ‘Square Dance’ as his walk out music, but Jimmy and the Roots have a few ideas of their own.

  • The Awesome World of Minor League Theme Nights

    Minor League sports teams have always been synonymous with daring uniforms, a marketing gimmick to bring in fans and in some cases get some press out of it. We’ve seen everything from jersey tuxedos, worn by a team after a wedding ceremony on a mound, to a pancho patterned jersey with a pig in a sombrero on its chest for Mexican night at the hockey rink. With college and premiere pro teams taking more risks with flashy jerseys, the minor league teams, known for their outlandish theme night kits have to push the envelope a bit. Here are some of the best, worst, laughable, awful, questionably WTF jerseys worn by minor league sports teams.

  • What is the Most Dangerous Sport? (Infographic)

    Every activity comes with a certain risk of danger, but isn’t that part of the fun? Last March in college basketball’s most acclaimed tournament, Louisville player, Kevin Ware, broke his leg so bad, the bone was exposed. The injury to put it simply, was a fluke, no contact or foul play caused the incident, but it will live on as one of the worst injuries to be caught on film. Take a look at this infographic including the most dangerous sports in the world based on sheer volume of injuries sustained and the top ten worst sports injuries through history. Note: This does not indicate how severe the injury, which is most likely why basketball trumps sports like football and hockey, two of the toughest contact sports around.

  • 16 Professional Athletes In Film: The Good, The Bad, and The Cringingly Reprehensible

    Athletes love the spotlight—something that is given by the fact that they compete whilst being spectated by millions. Given the aforementioned fact, it seems obvious that many athletes would try and garner more publicity via Hollywood’s legendary silver screen. And—as one would have guessed—many athletes have done so. This list will be going over some notable films that athletes have appeared in—the good, the bad, and the cringingly reprehensible. Before beginning, it must be noted that this list only covers films. So, such TV series as “The Rifleman” starring Major League Baseball pitcher Chuck Connors will be excluded.

  • A-Rod Gets the Much Deserved/Anticipated Taiwanese Animation Treatment

    With all the hilariously shameful news surrounding Alex Rodriguez’s downward spiraling career, it’s no surprise Next Media Animation created this parody of the soap opera that is A-Rod being chased around town by a laughably accurate rendering of Bud Selig. It will put a smile on your face knowing that you never have to see this moron grab his crotch with a constant bewildered look on his face, while at the plate.

  • The Longest Professional Sports Careers

    The average playing career for an NFL players is 3.5 years, the average MLB career is 5.6 years, the average NBA career is 4.8 years, and the average NHL career is 5.5 years. Playing in one of the major four American sports takes a toll on a person’s body that is nearly unfathomable. The aforementioned being established, it is truly an incredible feat when an athlete exceeds the career length average of their respective league. The praiseworthy nature of such a feat is heightened when athletes break their sport’s average career length by a sizable amount. Hence, it is the intent of this article to explore the athletes whose Herculean fortitude has seen them experience generation-bridging careers. But first, those worthy of an honorable mention will be listed. A Pair of NHL Legends: Considered the greatest hockey player to ever play the sport, Gretzky’s career lasted from 1978-1999. And, one of his most notable teammates makes the final list. But, Gretzky is unfortunately trumped by other NHL greats for the primary portion of the list. Moreover, Martin Brodeur—the greatest goalie in hockey history—misses the list by the mere span of a year. But, the fact that he hasn’t retired clearly more »

  • MLB Stadiums in Panorama [38 HQ Photos]

    Last summer we went on a Baseball Bucket List tour with Windows Phone and throughout the trip we snapped some nifty panorama photos of baseball stadiums all across America. The pictures came out incredibly well and with baseball season getting back into swing we’ve decided to pull together some of the best shots for you to enjoy. These picture make great Facebook Timeline pictures. If you’re interested in making one of the photos below your timeline just simply crop to  851X315 pixels and upload.

  • Insiders Look At The 2013 MLB Home Run Derby and All-Star Game

    Last night was a memorable All-Star Game to say the least. The night began with Matt Harvey, the 24 year old, Connecticut native and NY Mets budding superstar having a scoreless two-inning outing to kick off the game on his home turf. After a couple runs knocked in by the AL, the NL was left without the jumpstart they were in desperate need of, acquiring just 3 hits all night. The AL ended up the winner, securing home field advantage for the World Series, but the real hero of the night was Mariano Rivera, who pitched a hitless 8th inning and receiving the MVP award for the night. Rivera made his final All-Star appearance, announcing earlier in the year he would be retiring at the seasons end. “That’s why I’m here,” said Rivera, after his first hold in 11 years, coming after 4 straight years of saves in an ASG. “That’s what I love to do.” Oh, and Prince Fielder hit a triple.

  • Top 10 Matchups of Athletes Returning to a Former Team

    Ask any professional athlete; there is always some level of animosity when facing a former team. A sportsman’s competitive nature always forces them to compete, but situations where players face teams for which they previously played are especially amplified with intensity. The following matchups are examples of highly publicized first matchups between a notable player and his former team. Mostly, players on this list managed to perform to a reasonably high level of performance. However, some managed to make it on the list due to the sheer highly publicized nature of the bitter reunion. Hence, not all players on this list managed to perform highly in their first matchup against their former team. Furthermore, there is one instance where the player’s new team was trumped by their former team. However, all of the following reunion matchups were highly publicized at the time of their happening. The list is as follows: 10. Jeremy Lin Returns to New York There was a time when Jeremy Lin dominated sports headlines—the birth of the national sensation known as “Linsanity”. During his hot streak with the New York Knicks, Lin was reputed as a breakout superstar that was performing feats of seemingly divine magnitude. ESPN more »

  • NFL Arrests Per Team Since 2000 (graph)

    The NFL is no stranger to Johnny Law, producing forty mugshots from players in the off season of 2013. I’ll say that again, FORTY players. With the Hernandez fiasco putting a spotlight on players acting a fool, we did our due diligence using U-T San Diego’s NFL Arrest Database, to find that number jumped from 27 in the off season last year, and there are still  nearly two months left to wreak havoc. Maybe it’s a lenient penalty system in place with a slap on the wrist fine for these guys that has them acting like over privileged children without repercussions. You’ve seen the documentaries, read the stats on what the concept on money means to these athletes. Or maybe it’s becoming more mainstream in the locker room, making it part of the culture to get pinched. Whatever the case arrests in the NFL are definitely on the rise.   This interactive graph shows every arrest and charge since 2000. Visit the page and roll over for more details on players.  

  • The All-Movie Baseball Team Line Up

    Baseball movies. We love’em. You love’em. They molded our up bringings. Whether they were comedies about a young kid getting the chance of a life time or seasoned vetren dealing with the reprecussions of an aging athlete, we learned a lot from these movies and some of their names have grown to become more house hold than contemporary players in the majors today. We’ve devised a line up of the cream of the crop baseball players in movies in preparation for the ASG at Citifield.

  • Carlos Gomez Makes 9th Inning, 2 out, Game Saving Grab

    Carlos Gomez made the game saving catch of the season last night. 2 outs, man on first, bottom of the 9th. Joey Votto has a 2-2 count worked against him and hits an absolute bomb straight back past center field. Votto even ripped a page out of Griffey’s technical swing book, dropping the bat as if he knew he’d just won the game for his team. Not if Carlos Gomez had anything to say about it, with more than enough time to get to the wall and time the descent of the ball, Gomez sprung up and snagged what would be a text book walk off home run. Votto started complaining about something, but there’s nothing to complain about here, folks. Francisco Rodriguez records his 303rd save, and Gomez who’s in a NL MVP race, also leading the MLB in WAR just earned himself another notch. Take you hat off, slow clap, kneel before your computer, and repeat these words; “We’re not worthy, we’re not worthy.” Your browser does not support iframes.

  • The 10 Most Bizarre Trades In Sports History

    Trades are often some of the most rumored and speculated occurrences in all of professional sports. People’s minds are often littered with images of what the discussed player would look like in a different team’s uniform. But, some trades in sports history are something of an oddity. Whether a player is traded for himself, an inanimate object, a seemingly oversized bounty, or in the presence of sheer spite, all of the completed trades on this list stand out in athletic history as thoroughly bizarre.

  • 10 Record Breaking Major League Baseball Contracts

    Baseball players are among the highest paid professional athletes—salaries that allow the leagues’ brightest stars to earn astronomical sums of money. Currently, the league’s highest paid player is Alex Rodriguez, who will make $29.5 million before the conclusion of the 2013 Major League Season. But, according to the folks at baseball almanac, Rodriguez’s current contract—while mammoth—is not unprecedented. And, while Rodriguez is the highest paid player in the history of the Big Leagues, there were other players that predate Rodriguez who—for their time—made unthinkable amounts of money. The players on this list are all players who became some of the most affluent players in sports history due to their teams demand for their talents. Before beginning, a reminder is needed to re-establish the fact that this is an article that contracts record-breaking contracts—it is not an article chronicling the largest contracts in Major League Baseball history.

  • CC Sabathia Discusses His Greatest Career Achievements And More…

    For more than a decade New York Yankees star CC Sabathia has been one of the top pitchers in Major League Baseball. Fun fact, when he came into the league in 2001 he was the youngest player in baseball. Only 20 years-old! His career resume is impressive. World Series Champ, 6X All-Star, Cy Young winner, nearly 200 wins, 2300 Ks, and all this before his 33rd birthday. Baseball-reference.com, arguably the top spot for baseball stats on the web, says that CC is a “likely Hall of Famer” so with that in mind Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports talked with him about his career, potential Hall of Fame candidacy and much more. The Boys In The Hall celebrated by SUBWAY® has been talking to plenty of MLB stars including Evan Longoria, Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, David Price and more so when you’re done watching CC head over to the The Boys In The Hall page for more videos.

 
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