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  • The Awful Story Of Rainbow Man Rock ‘n’ Rollen Stewart

    February 23 marks the 70th birthday of one of the biggest fans the world of sports has ever seen, Rollen Stewart, better known as Rainbow Man and Rock ‘n’ Rollen. Just in case the photo didn’t jog your memory, Stewart was often seen at sporting events, both at home in the US and abroad, wearing a rainbow afro wig and holding a a sign that read “John 3:16.” His wacky appearance transformed him from a spectator to a celebrity but there was a lot more going on with the seemingly happy-go-lucky superfan. 

  • Epic Ski Jumps In The 80s [Video and GIFs]

    Ski jumping is a pretty crazy sport. To someone who has never done it and most certainly never will, it seems to involve flying off a ramp, leaning forward, and praying you don’t die. This video from the 80s shows the horrible crashes that occur when your prayers aren’t answer. Even the jumpers who landed safely seem to have panic filled moments in the air, flailing about in one last attempt to not die. An Imgur user was also kind enough to create animated GIFs out of some of the best bits of the video.

  • Do the Winter Olympics Have a Future in a Warming World? [Link]

    Despite the harsh winter many of us are experiencing, average temperatures around the globe continue to climb, meaning the Winter Olympics are getting warmer and warmer. Average temperatures at games locations have increased by almost 15 degrees since the 1920s. The highs in Sochi have been in the low-60s, higher than any other Winter Olympic games. With the world continually growing warmer, will future Winter Olympics be plausible?

  • Minimalist MLB Stadiums

    UK-based artist Marcus Reed has created these minimalist representations of all 30 MLB stadiums exclusively for original sports artwork website RareInk. Reed’s minimalist works are know all over the world and have been featured in galleries and publications form London to Tokyo. The limited edition posters can be purchased from RareInk in various sizes and frame options, starting at $99.

  • Photo of the Day: Derek Jeter Before He Was A New York Yankee Icon

    Derek Jeter recently announced that he would be retiring following the 2014 season. Not only will Jeter spend his entire career with the Yankees but fascinatingly enough he was born in New Jersey and was a diehard Yankee fan growing up. We found this cool photo of a teenage Jeter when he was attending Kalamazoo Central High School where he was named the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the Year award, and USA Today’s High School Player of the Year.

  • The Alex Rodriguez to the Red Sox Deal That Never Happened [30 for 30 Shorts]

    In the winter of 2003 two cities went after the same man. On one side, New York. On the other, Boston. In the middle, the hired gun: Alex Rodriguez. “The Deal” details how the Red Sox first failed to land Alex Rodriguez in a trade that was vetoed by the MLBPA and then lost the superstar to the rival Yankees. And this was just weeks after Boston lost to New York in a devastating Game 7 walk-off homer in the ALCS.

  • Keith Olberman Sums Up Jeter’s Career and Retirement Perfectly (Video)

    Yesterday’s announcement of Derek Jeter’s retirement sent the sport world into a frenzy that we all knew was inevitable. In true Jeter form, he humbly wrote a long Facebook post thanking the fans, teammates and media for all they’ve done for him, but Keith Olberman summed up his clean slate career in true perfection. There is no back story about Derek, no skeletons in his closet, no drama pushed under the rug. Olberman gives personal experiences and stories from the press to prove his point that Jeter is exactly who you perceive him to be.

  • Insane Formula 1 POV Video

    French Formula 1 driver Simon Pagenaud strapped on a camera and went for a drive around California’s 2.3 mile Sonoma Raceway, allowing us to see what it’s like driving a  2.2-liter twin-turbo V6 Honda Indy car. I’ve got to say, it doesn’t look that hard. I have hours of practice on Gameboy’s F-1 Race (the game that came with the 4-player adapter), and I’m fairly certain I could drive that just fine without dying in a horribly violent wreck.

  • Free Solo Climb At 1500 Feet [Video]

    Last month, American rock climber Alex Honnold complete the first free solo ascent of Mexico’s El Sendero Luminoso. That’s 1500 feet up without rope, harnesses, or any other safety gear. This clip is just a preview of the full video which will soon be released on The North Face’s YouTube channel. I don’t know if I could watch a longer video without having a heart attack. It must have been especially difficult for Alex Honnold to make the climb considering his gigantic balls knocking into the wall.

  • Statistics Prove That Defense is More Important Than Offense in the NFL

    It happens at the beginning of every September; 32 NFL teams come out of the woodshed that is Training Camp—vying for a chance to play in the Super Bowl. But, when asking the question about what it takes to win the Super Bowl, even those who have won the Big Game are somewhat divided about what it takes. However, what is true is that 11 out of the past 15 first overall draft picks have been quarterbacks, the current NFL era is hailed as the “Golden Age of the Quarterback,” and the rules allow for passing stats that were previously only thought to be possible in the Madden NFL video game franchise. But, is a top-tier quarterback and a high-powered offense the most important element needed to hoist the Lombardi trophy? The numbers may be in contrast with the widely assumed winning formula, but we will attempt to make sense of all of the stats.

  • If NFL Teams Got A Corporate Logo Makeover [32 Photos]

    New York City-based graphic designer Ryan K Fishman has mixed NFL teams logos with famous brands, such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jet Blue, for his series entitled “LogoRemix.” Can you identify them all? If you’re stumped, find out the brand on the LogoRemix tumblr. Also check out more of Ryan K Fishman’s work on his portfolio page. Which is your favorite remixed team logo?

  • Norwegian Snowboarder Silje Norendal Heats Up Sochi [20 Photos]

    Norway’s Silje Norendal may not have placed in the ladies’ slopestyle at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, but she did win a place in our hearts. Silje received her first snowboard at the age of 4 and made her tournament debut in 2007 at the age of 14. She most recently won gold at the 2013 Winter X Games in Aspen. We look forward to seeing her compete again! Keep up with Silje Norendal on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Indian Luger Wipes Out Then Amazingly Recovers To Finish Run [LINK]

    Indian luge athlete Shiva Keshavan, whose insane training video showed him speeding down a busy highway, was both the unluckiest and luckiest Olympian Friday morning. During a training run, he flipped off his sled while going around a turn then managed to somehow flip back on it, all while speeding down the track at nearly 60 miles per hour. 

  • Heavy Metal NFL Logos [29 Photos]

    Iowa-based graphic designer Kimberly Breuer wanted to celebrate the end of football season the best way she knew how-by creating new logos for the teams. She went for a heavy metal look, and the results are simple and fun. Breuer re-imagined every team’s logo except for the Seattle Seahawks because, as she put it, “it’s not like they didn’t get enough attention already.” Be sure to check out more of Kimberly Breuer’s work on Behance and her blog, Socks Are For Your Feet.

  • A History of U.S. Olympic Uniforms [15 Photos]

    Throughout the years, the US Winter Olympic uniforms have been good, bad, and very, very ugly. We take a look at some of our favorites from all those categories with these photos. As you can see, we were quite fashionable in the 50s and 60s. The problems really started in 1980 when Levi Strauss designed our cowboy outfits. They must have been popular, though, for cowboy hats seemed to be a common motif throughout the 80s and 90s. People complained about the 2014 Ralph Lauren designed uniforms, but looking back at some of these other years, 2014 is not so bad after all. I mean, take a look at the fedoras the 1992 team is sporting. They look like extras from Dick Tracy.

  • 1984 Winter Olympics 30 Years Later [15 Photos]

    In 1984 the Winter Olympics were held in what was then Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. Less than a decade after the games ended, the region was engaged in the Bosnian War. Many of the facilities were either completely ravaged or neglected and fell in deep disrepair. Kosevo Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies were held, was renovated in 1998. Skenderija Hall was refurbished in 2006 and is now visited by 500,000 people each year. But not all of the Olympic venues were given new life. The bobsled and luge facilities at Mount Trebevic and the ski jump area at Mount Igmam remain abandoned and have become targets for graffiti artists over the years. Late last year, Reuters photographer Dado Ruvic visited Sarajevo’s abandoned Olympic venues and captured these haunting photos. 

  • Meet Russia’s Olympic Curling Team: Smokeshow Overload [36 Photos]

    The Winter Olympics are here, but are you still trying to figure out which sport is worth your attention? It’s time to consider curling. It may look like shuffleboard on ice, but you won’t find any Ft. Lauderdale retirees on the ice in Sochi. In fact, female curling teams are often loaded with beautiful women. This Olympics, the team to watch is Russia. Check out these pictures of Ekaterina Galkina, Anna Sidorova, and Alexandra Saitova and you’ll be sure to have a new favorite winter sport in curling.

  • Demolition of the Metrodome (20 Photos + Roof Blast Video)

    The Metrodome in Minneapolis was the only place to host the World Series, MLB All-Star Game, NCAA basketball’s Final Four, and a Super Bowl.Next year the Vikings will gear up to play at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium. Demolition is finally finished, while the rebuilding process is just beginning. Two days ago demolition on the roof structure was polished off with a bang. Here is teh video and 20 photos of the end of the Metrodome and the beginning of… The Metrodome.

  • The Complete 1,000+ Text History Between Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin Has Leaked

    Through a league source, The Big Lead has obtained the full transcript of over 1,000 text messages Incognito and Martin swapped between October 2012 and November 2013. The messages are what you’d expect from wealthy, young athletes: Incessant talk about partying, drinking, and chasing women. And there is plenty of bawdy back-and-forth banter that at times reads like a fraternity brother hazing a pledge. If Incognito was indeed tasked with ‘toughening up’ Martin – a question Dolphins coach Joe Philbin refused to answer in early November – did he cross a line? The text exchanges should offer some insight into the relationship between Incognito and Martin.

  • NFL Helmets In The Star Wars Universe [32 Photos]

    Mexico based art director and illustrator John Raya took the 32 teams in the NFL and mixed them up with characters from the Star Wars universe to come up with a football league from a galaxy far, far away. See more of his work on his behance portfolio. Also, the RSVLTS would like to congratulate the Toydaria Wattos on their win in the Galactic Bowl yesterday. The Hoth Tauntauns didn’t have a chance. 

  • RSVLTS Catches Up, Chats With Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro Jamaal Charles

    Recently, RSVLTS got a chance to communicate with Kansas City Chiefs Pro Bowl running back, Jamaal Charles at an event promoting the newest downloadable content for Call of Duty: Ghosts. Titled Onslaught, it is now available to purchase on Xbox Live. It will be ready for launch on the Playstation Network in a few weeks—wait patiently, Sony faithful! Charles seemed to enjoy the DLC, largely pointing toward the rampant chaos that only Call of Duty entails. Citing one map in particular, Charles said that he “loved Bayview”—the map that replicates the idyllic Santa Monica pier. A long time gamer, Charles’ other favorite titles are: Tomb Raider, NBA 2K, and Madden. When speaking of the lattermost game, Charles said that he would create himself in the game during his pre-NFL days. And, in the NCAA games, he would create himself and then get drafted into the NFL through the virtual world created by the game. During his rookie season, Charles said that he “put himself ahead of every player” in the game, regardless of their position or rating—something that most of the human population would do upon the realization of an NFL dream. However, gaming was not the only topic of more »

  • Past Meets Present: Nike Uniforms Bring Winning Traditions to the Court

    This February Nike will debut some retro style uniforms paying homage to winning traditions from schools past. The college basketball teams that will debut the Hyper Elite Dominance uniforms include Michigan State University, Ohio State University, Duke University, University of Kentucky, Syracuse University, University of Oregon and University of North Carolina. All seven uniforms honor each school’s winning tradition with special logos, scripts and colors mined from each program’s past.

  • 7 Facts And 3 GIFs: Hellooo Curling [Link]

    The Winter Olympics are almost here and curling, a sport that has been a part of the winter games since the beginning in 1924, is still widely unknown. The bevy of beauties on the 2010 women’s teams helped raise the profile a bit, but for the most part people were just watching to see hot women shout a lot. Let NPR teach you all about the game and learn that there’s more to it than just shuffleboard on ice.

  • Richard Sherman 30 for 30 Mockumentary Starring Frank Caliendo As Everyone

    Frank Caliendo, best known for his decade long stint on Fox NFL Sunday doing impersonations of NFL personalities (usually John Madden), is back in this ESPN 30 for 30 mockumentary about Richard Sherman. Watch Caliendo brilliantly take on Jon Gruden, Bill Belichick, Mike Ditka, and many others. He even goes back to his MadTV days with appearances from former presidents George W Bush and Bill Clinton.

  • 3 (Good) Reasons Why The Super Bowl Should Be Played On A Saturday

    The Super Bowl is unquestionably the pinnacle moment in America’s sports calendar. It is a spectacle of hard-hitting tackles and even harder-hitting capitalism, with multimillion-dollar, 30-second television commercials and host cities reaping hundreds of millions in tourism dollars. As such it has become more than just a sports holiday, but an American holiday. But like most great traditions, is there a way to make the Super Bowl better? Yes! ESPN’s Kenny Mayne and CafePress believe so. The National Football League should move the Super Bowl to Saturday. If the Super Bowl were played on Saturday, consider:

  • RSVLTS Exclusive First Look Inside The Bud Light Hotel

    This morning we were amongst the first people in New York City to check out the Bud Light Hotel docked at Pier 88 on the west side of Manhattan. On a side and somewhat related note, our RSVLTS team were the first pedestrians to crack open a few icy cold Bud Lights for indulgence at the Bud Light Hotel… at 9 am, what of it? A crowning achievement for the likes of all men’s lifestyle editorial. STUFF Magazine would be so proud. As far as the hotel itself goes, the behemoth Norwegian Cruise Line vessel is 1,062 feet long and dubbed the Norwegian Getaway, the second largest in the NCL fleet. The boat will hold around 3,000 weekend-residents checking in today, but will carry around 4,000 total. After check-in, guests enter the lobby of the hotel, which is fittingly skinned out in ‘Bud Light’ blue. Surprisingly the branding is not distasteful, considering they parked a ship the size of 5 1/2 football fields in the Hudson. The impressive branding job was done less than 24 hours before we arrived and took about 1,500 man hours of labor. Elegant artwork flows across the outer hull of the vessel done by South Florida’s David more »