• The Inside Story of Baseball’s Grand World Tour of 1914 [Link]

    The 2014 Major League Baseball season opened over the weekend with a two-game series between the Dodgers and the Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia. This wasn’t the first time baseball went international, though. Beginning in October of 1913, the New York Giants and Chicago White Sox embarked on a five month world tour, beginning in Japan and ending in England with many stops in between.

  • Creative Illustrations of James Harden’s Beard

      In an experiment to sharpen creativity, artist Filip Peraić created ‘James Harden Illustrated’ a series of creative renditions focusing on James Harden’s iconic beard and side profile. The series was made to enlighten and enhance the creative process invoking viewers to see a simple profile of an iconic athlete in a completely new light. Peraić also has some fun with the series illustration Harden as a Greek philosopher in one piece and replaces his beard with a whale in another.

  • How to Win $1 Billion on NCAA Basketball: A Mathematician’s Tips [Link]

    As everyone knows, Warren Buffet has offered $1 billion to anyone who can come up with a perfect March Madness bracket. With the odds at 9.2 quintillion to 1, this may seem like an impossible feat, but when you consider that the top 20 brackets will each receive $100,000, it’s probably worth a shot. Mathematician Dr. Tim Chartier has been teaching March Madness bracketology for years and several of his Davidson College students have scored in the 96th percentile or higher on ESPN’s bracket challenge. Learn all about his method then fill out your bracket and sit back and wait for all the money to come rolling in.

  • Motorcycle POV From Isle Of Man TT Race Feels Like A Videogame [Video]

    This incredible video shows you just what the racers see at the Isle of Man TT Race. Hop on Michael Dunlop’s bike as he races at speeds over 120 mph trying to catch John McGuinness and Cameron Donald. Smack a speedometer on the screen and you’d swear it was a videogame, especially when they take those crazy turns. The best part of the video is that their is no lame EDM track playing, just the sweet sound of the bikes.

  • 36 Funny Fantasy Baseball Team Names For 2014

    Fantasy baseball is the king of all fantasy games. A good manager needs at least a dose of sabermetrics, a good sense of value and six-months-plus commitment to his roster to compete for the big money. A relationship/marriage-threatening effort like that deserves a solid team name.

  • NASCAR Vs Formula 1 [Infographic]

    Although we all know that NASCAR versus Formula 1 debate was settled by that thought-provoking Will Ferell documentary “Talladega Nights,” there are some interesting facts presented in this infographic. Obviously, since this comes from Formula 1 sponsor Red Bull, the info aims to show the superiority of the sport through technology, money, and crazy steering wheels, but the fact that NASCAR, a sport limited to just the United States, is a viable competitor is pretty impressive. Plus, that Jean Girard character was a real jackass. U-S-A! U-S-A!

  • Your First Look At The Home Of The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo

    Tokyo will be the home of the 2020 Summer Olympics and they are actively looking for venues to hold the historic games. The likely home of the opening ceremony is the newly announced “National Stadium of Japan” by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid. Upon completion it will accommodate 80,000 people and will have game changing features like adjustable seating sections to allow for spectators to get even closer to the action and roof retractability for added air ventilation. They recently released a video to show what the building will look like inside and out.

  • RedBull Uses 3D Modeling to Show Every Piece of a Formula 1 Car

    A new clip from Red Bull sees Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel explain the 2014 Formula One regulations — which are arguably the most complex the sport has ever seen. At the start, thousands of car parts simultaneously assemble around Dan to form the RB10. As Dan races to catch up Seb in his RB9, the World Champion’s car becomes transparent while travelling at full speed. The film then presents a visual sequence that shows the 2014 regulation changes taking shape and coming to life, as Seb’s car transforms from an RB9 into an RB10. As well as providing information on the new technical changes for 2014, the clip also presents a unique view of the technology at work inside this year’s Formula One cars.

  • Felix Baumgartner to Compete in Nürburgring 24 Hour Race

    Felix Baumgartner will race at the famous Nürburgring 24 Hour race in June in the Eifel mountains of Germany equipped behind the wheel of an Audi R8 LMS. Baumgartner made history in 2012 by completing the highest ever free fall as part of the Red Bull’s Stratos project, jumping from a balloon at a height of 127,852 ft. and falling to Earth at speeds of up to 843 mph. Baumgartner has earned his stripes behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza already and a Volkswagen Scirocco race at Hockenheim, but now seeks high speed glory over a twenty four hour time period. Teaming up with Audi Sport, Felix will race one of an R8 LMS cars at Nürburgring, a fearsome 25-kilometer mixture of the Grand Prix circuit and the infamous Nordschleife circuit, nicknamed ‘The Green Hell.’ “I regard this as one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced. But I’ve got a perfect surrounding, there is a great atmosphere and I am feeling welcome in the Audi race experience team. But I am starting from scratch, as this sport is new to me.” Said Baumgartner. Way to jump right into it Felix.

  • New York City’s New MLS Team is Leaving the Final Logo Decision Up to Fans

    New York City Football Club will be the newest addition the the MLS, partnering with two of the biggest sports teams, the New York Yankees and Manchester City aim to create a new breed of fan in the metro area. NYCFC will be gearing up for the 2015 season and in it’s initial preparation will be asking supporters to choose between two badges. In addition #myNYCFC has launched a new activation allowing supporters to create their own badge that will be part of a larger mosaic of the final crest. Go to myNYCFC to cast your vote.

  • Bringing Skateboarding To Afghanistan [15 Photos]

    For the past five years, Skateistan has been dedicated to bringing skateboarding to war-torn Afghanistan. The charity opened their first skatepark in Kabul in 2009 after Australian research Oliver Percovich noticed a crowd of young Afghanis entranced with his skateboarding. Over 400 children in Kabul now visit the skatepark weekly, and with interest growing, Skateistan decided to grow with it. The second facility, pictured below, was opened last year in Mazar-e-Sharif. The new compound, when completed, will feature a skatepark, educaiton center, and sports hall. In addition to the recreational aspect, Skateistan also employs Afghanis as instructors and crew members, offering a new source of revenue in places where gainful employment can be scarce. There have been some issues along the way with culture clashes, but Skateistan has no intention of being scared off. It’s honorable to see people making so much good of a tough situation. Keep up with the charity’s future plans and see what you can do to help at Skateistan. 

  • 30 Stunning 2014 MLB Spring Training Photos

    the 2014 MLB season is mearly upon us and over the course of this past offseason, a handful of trades, free agent signings and announcements have been made. Robinson Cano left his pinstripes for Seattle. Prince Fielder has taken his talents to the lone star state and Derek Jeter announced his retirement. But all that news is overshadowed by that spring time air feeling that baseball is back. Here are 30 spring training photos to get you back in the baseball swing of things. Chris Sale Hideki Matsui Guest Instructing Tanaka and C.C. Sabitha waiting for their turn in line Jason Giambi Russel Wilson in Texas Rangers gear Derek Jeter with Joe Namath Joe Namath Yu Darvish Russell Wilson Taking BP Russell Wilson taking field practice. Daisuke Matsuzaka Kevin Mattison Troy Tulowitzski Prince Fielder sporting a new Texas uniform Adam Eaton and Prince Fielder got close Derek Jeter Carlos Correa Jonathan Singleton reacts to a strike call Scott Feldman asks batter “Is this what you want? You want this? Well You can’t have it” The artist formerly known as Angel Pagan Johnny Gomes fields a tricky fly ball Submarine pitcher Shunsuke Watanabe Robinson Cano outside of his pinstripes

  • A Century of Ballparks (Infographic)

    Part of a continuing exploration of information design using baseball as a core theme, this poster, by Lou Spirito, illustrates the current 30 MLB ballparks to scale. Each field is shown in a common green hue while surrounded by a color from the respective home team’s primary palette. Ballparks are arranged in ascending order by date opened. I00 years separates the first and last.

  • This Putt-Putt Video Will Hit You Right In The Feels

    Did you know that there is a Professional Putter’s Association devoted to putt-putt golf? And they’ve been sponsoring tournaments for 50 years? And in all that time there have only been 3 perfect rounds with a score of 18? This is the story of IT manager Rick Baird and his perfect game. But it’s also an eye-opening video that presents what may seem like a silly, childish sport as a skillful game that few have mastered. And the masters of it seem like really nice dudes.

  • Brian Wilson’s First Spring Training Pitch was a Glorious Knuckleball

    In cool, but unsurprising news, eccentric Dodgers pitcher, Brian Wilson threw knuckleball for his first pitch this past Tuesday. Wilson has been practicing the pitch throughout training, but until Yesterday kept it in his back pocket. One can only wonder if this will be added to the arsenal or is he just taking it for a spring time stroll? We hope the former.

  • The 10 Drunkest Moments In Sports History

    Our boys at RESQWATER, the anti-hangover drink hooked us up with a case of product, and that got us thinking about all the times sports fans across the globe could have put the stuff to good use. Here are our top 10 drunkest moments in sports fan history starting with number one, which we just happened to be at in person.

  • These 16 Sports Teams Have Hidden Easter Eggs In Their Logos

    Sports teams have always been known for their clever logos, dating back to the early 1900s professional sporting clubs we’re recognized around the country for their unique branding. The prefect way to distinguish an otherwise unrecognizable team from a fan sitting in the stands, but sometimes there are more to sports logos than the eye can see. Here are 16 teams with hidden easter eggs in their logos.

  • U.S. Reveals 2014 World Cup Home Kit

    The classic jersey is white with gray horizontal pinstripes across the body and sleeves, a reference to the USA’s historic tradition of using stripes. The jersey has a white polo collar featuring red trim, a nod of respect to this iconic piece of American fashion and sportswear. Inside the back of the neck a blue pennant tab features the original thirteen stars of the American Flag, representing the most evocative symbol of American national pride. The back of the jersey includes a unique and specially designed font for the names and numbers, which is modern, angular and directly influenced by U.S. sports teams.

  • New Era 1934 Heritage Collection

    New Era is ringing in spring training in serious style this year. Introducing the 1934 Heritage Collection, a 19TWENTY cap from the original on-field Diamond Collection, vintage style fitted cap. The vintage caps are crafted from 100% melton wool with a leather sweatband on the inside, paying homage to the original uniform fabrics from the major leagues 90 years ago all deigned in Buffalo, NY home of the New Era headquarters. New Era Heritage Collection

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers Unveil New 2014 Uniforms

    The Tampa Bay Bucs in collaboration with Nike revealed the team’s new NFL Elite 51 Uniforms for the ’14 season. Can’t help, but think of an arena football uniform. The new uniform features a refreshed color scheme honoring the franchise’s past and present, while confidently positioning the team for the future. In collaboration with the Buccaneers and the NFL, Nike designers incorporated many of the unique historical aspects of the Tampa Bay area by showcasing the city’s roots, vibrant culture and spirited fan base. “Today marks the culmination of more than two years of research and planning to bring the Tampa Bay Buccaneers into a new and exciting era of our history,” said Buccaneers co-chairman Edward Glazer. “We worked closely with our partners at Nike to design a uniform that would set the standard for both design and functionality. The result is a sleek, modern design that honors our championship past while also establishing a new, bolder identity moving forward.”

  • Yankees Spring Training 1961 [16 Photos]

    Spring training is here again, so we thought we’d share the best spring training photo shoot with you. In 1961, LIFE gave Yankee shortstop Tony Kubek a camera and assigned him the task of capturing his teammates during spring training. His teammates at the time included the legends Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, and Roger Maris. The amazing and fun photos were never published in the magazine. Thankfully, LIFE gave them new life (ha!) on their website a couple years ago. 

  • Keith Olbermann Reveals That Jason Collins Is Not The First Openly Gay Player In Major Sports

    Keith Olbermann pays tribute to the first openly gay player in one of the four major sports. And it’s not Jason Collins. Glenn Burke was the first openly gay athlete in one of America’s four major sports, breaking the barrier over 30 years before Jason Collins and yet the history books don’t remember the name Glenn Burke. Watch the fascinating story described by Olbermann and wait for the interesting twist at the end.

  • Blood On The Tracks: Insane Board Track Racing Of The Early 1900s [27 Photos]

    Board track racing, one of the most popular sports of the early 20th century, was also one of the most violent sports ever attempted. With the introduction of the 1.75 horsepower Indian in 1901 followed by Harley Davidson in 1903, it’s only natural that folks wanted to race each other. Large oval tracks comprised of wooden planks were built for the sole purpose of racing and to make things interesting, turns were often banked at over 45 or even 50 degrees, allowing for incredible speed. Crowds flocked to the races to see brave (or stupid) motorcyclists zip around at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour while wearing little more than a leather helmet and goggles. Oh yeah, and they had no brakes, so fatal crashes were quite common, with many of the big names in the sport dying on the track. Onlookers weren’t too safe, either, with an accident in Atlantic City in 1912 that claimed the lives of 4 spectators and injured 10 others. Amazingly enough, it wasn’t the fact that racers and fans were constantly being killed that led to the end of the sport, but rather the Great Depression made it impossible to keep up with the more »

  • 10 Greatest Moments of Derek Jeter’s Incredible Career

    Truly, there are few pinstripe clad baseball players that trump Derek Jeter. Entering the Big Leagues when Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio was the toast of the music world, Jeter quickly saw an elevation to equal—and much longer lasting—fame. Now, in 2014—nineteen years removed from his MLB debut—Jeter has decided to hit the ole dusty trail come this fall. Yankee fans will be awash in nostalgia when the Captain’s final season comes to pass. As such, we decided to countdown the best moments from Jeter’s career.

  • 50th Anniversary Of Cassius Clay Vs Sonny Liston [16 Photos]

    On February 25, 1964, in a well publicized bout in Miami, Muhammad Ali, then known as Cassius Clay, faced Sonny Liston for the first time. Ali’s record at the time was 19-0 and it was the first title match for the 22-year-old. Although he was an Olympic gold medalist, the odds favored Sonny Liston 7 to 1. After 7 rounds, however, Liston was counted out and Ali became the heavyweight champion. Bookmakers would have been smart to listen to Ali the night before the bout, when he released this incredible poem: Clay comes out to meet Liston and Liston starts to retreat, If Liston goes back an inch farther he’ll end up in a ringside seat. Clay swings with a left, Clay swings with a right, Just look at young Cassius carry the fight. Liston keeps backing but there’s not enough room, It’s a matter of time until Clay lowers the boom. Then Clay lands with a right, what a beautiful swing, And the punch raised the bear clear out of the ring. Liston still rising and the ref wears a frown, But he can’t start counting until Sonny comes down. Now Liston disappears from view, the crowd is getting more »

  • 5 Different Perspectives of the Metrodome’s Demolition Implosion

    Yesterday the former home of the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Timberwolves and U of Minnesota football was finally put to rest. The Twins and Wolves would eventually move on to greener pastures, but the Vikings were stuck with the stadium until last year, when the ceiling of the dome literally collapsed due to weight from a snowstorm. Luckily the dome wasn’t in use at the time. Since the incident, new plans were approved for a brand new facility the Vikings can call home, putting to rest the stadium TIME Magazine pegged dead last in a 2012 NFL stadium ranking. On Sunday morning a series of controlled explosions finally put the aged stadium down. Using demo explosions were originally out of the question, but last week crews decided it would be the best option, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The “Dome” was the only stadium to host the World Series, MLB All-Star Game, NCAA basketball’s Final Four, and a Super Bowl.

  • 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.

 

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