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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • The 6 Greatest Athletes In The History Of The Internet

    The world is always exposed to televised athletes doing acts of pure physical amazement. But, what often goes unseen are the athletes who take their talents to an entirely different stage—the Internet. In this case, many world-class athletes go unseen—largely due to the notion that the best athletes can be seen on television. Well, RSVLTS is here to pull the veil of obscurity off of many stunning athletes whose renown is limited to the Internet. 6. Working Out in the Park This video has been circulating the Internet for some time. And, it has been doing so for obvious reasons; the guy in it is a veritable freak of nature—a man with the ability to completely control his body. 5. Havard Rugland—Obviously Much was made about “Kickalicious”—the Norwegian kicker who had a brief stint with the Detroit Lions. Well, the video that started it all was quite a spectacle of pedal prowess. 4. Orlando Duque Cliff Diving is a sport that doesn’t receive a lot of attention. But, when it is viewed, then the true dazzling nature of the sport is revealed. Currently one of the brightest stars in the sports, Orlando Duque shows off his amazing body control a more »

  • Top 21 Undrafted Football Players Who Crushed It In the Pros

    The NFL Draft is undoubtedly the highest-touted amateur selection event in all of the four major American sports; the stars align in New York City and the brightest stars of the NCAA prepare to take a step into fortune, fame, and media over-exposure. But, the history of the draft isn’t a kind one. Hence, not every college standout is promised NFL glory. Likewise, not all collegiate afterthoughts are guaranteed the same fate when playing under the big, American-colored, tri-lettered shield. As such, there is seldom a more celebratory event in the NFL than a previously unknown athlete emerging from obscurity and into the heralded pigskin pantheon. Recently, RSVLTS got to sit down with one of such athlete at the Xbox One Loft in New York City. Victor Cruz, undrafted out of Umass, discussed on his lifelong gaming hobby, Xbox One’s  ”Playoff Face Off,” and his humble origins.  While led us to produce this list of the all-time greatest undrafted NFL legends:

  • RSVLTS Predicts the Playoffs: The Divisional Round

    Well, the table for the 2014 NFL Playoffs has already been set. Upon which, the appetizing course—otherwise known as “Wild Card Weekend”—has already been feasted. But, before we take another look into ole RSVLTS Crystal Ball—a mythical sightseeing orb of dubious success—let’s recap the predictions thus far. For the NFC, RSVLTS predicted that the following teams would receive playoff berth. To the right of our predictions were the actual standings: NFC Division Winners Our prediction: 1. Seattle Seahawks   Actual standing: 1. Seattle Seahawks Our prediction: 2. Carolina Panthers Actual standing: 2. Carolina Panthers Our prediction: 3. Philadelphia Eagles Actual standing: 3. Philadelphia Eagles Our prediction: 4. Chicago Bears Actual standing: 4. Green Bay Packers NFL Wild Card Our prediction: 5. New Orleans Saints Actual standing:  5. San Francisco 49ers Our prediction: 6. San Francisco 49ers Actual standing:  6. New Orleans Saints  With one mistake with the Division Winners and the inversion of the Wild Cards, RSVLTS’ predictions were better than some but worse than what actually came to pass. Now, for the AFC. AFC Division Winners Our prediction: 1. Denver Broncos Actual standing:  1. Denver Broncos Our prediction: 2. New England Patriots Actual standing:  2. New England Patriots Our prediction: 3. Cincinnati Bengals Actual standing:  3.  Cincinnati Bengals Our prediction: 4. Indianapolis Colts Actual standing:  4. Indianapolis Colts Wild Card Our prediction: 5. more »

  • 14 Awe-Inspiring Athletic Performances of 2013

    Athletically, 2013 was a three hundred and sixty five day span of time that was collectively awe-inspiring. From the resurgent Boston baseballers to Peyton Manning making a late-career case of superiority in his more than a decade-long rivalry with Tom Brady, there were plenty of moments that made fans—with their mouths agape—go, “HOW IN GOD’S NAME DID HE DO THAT?!”

  • RSVLTS Predicts the 2014 NFL Playoffs, Part I

    Well NFL fans, it’s December; meaning that the Cowboys’ previously promising season has taken an ill-fated turn for the unfortunate. In addition—and on a note typically less spoken of in correlation with the aforementioned team—December means that the “playoffs?!” are on the horizon. And, in true gentlemanly fashion, RSVLTS is here with our cultured facial hair and eyewear to help assist every NFL fan in interpreting what the future holds for all the league’s playoff hopefuls. With that in mind, sights are set on East Rutherford and the lights in its overlooking metropolis are beginning to illuminate as the Super Bowl looms ever closer. Who’s going to be in the big matchup? Well, don’t get ahead of yourself; who makes it into the tournament must be covered first.

  • 10 Examples of Brief Sports Superstardom

    Athletics—and those who partake in such events in a professional manner—are often thought of in two repelling polarities, either existing as a veritable earthbound deity or residing in the muck of sporting shame. However, what is often forgotten amongst the overdone stories of greatness and its polar opposite are the tales of those who were stars for a brief amount of time—the guy who, for a month, was better than the best player of the time. For these athletes, they stood as the momentary pinnacle of their respective sport—only to be cast to the wayside after one short year, month, or day. What are some prime examples of brief stardom in sports, you ask? Well, this top 10 begins now, RSVLTS responds.

  • 15 People Who Had 15 Minutes of Fame in 2013

    “Fifteen minutes of fame” is a Warholian quote that expresses everyone’s shot at brief stardom—whether that state of being widely known is fame or infamy is something that is entirely unknown in 2013. With the Internet growing to unprecedented levels, it has given plenty of people opportunities to engage in hooligan-like antics in order for people to take notice. And, in the latest installment of Yearbook13, RSVLTS has taken the time to salute the top fifteen people who have etched their own little chapter into the books of Internet lore.

  • The 11 Most Captivating Games of the 2013 Sports Year

    A multi-billion dollar industry, the world of mass spectator sports is truly an integral part of American society—inspiring fans to rabidly cheer, disapprovingly jeer, and become collectively energized. What fuels this phenomenon are the games that become etched into the lore of their respective sport; when the mental torment of watching a team struggle through a difficult season culminates in a fatigue-awash victory. The best games of 2013 fit such a criteria. And, with so many team-wide moments that prove to viewers the value of hard work, RSVLTS has gathered a Top 11 list to give 2013 a Norse Funeral-like send off.

  • 10 Athletes Who Blew Our Minds in 2013

    It’s clear that—in sports—there’s a need to point out the best individual players despite the overwhelming message that a team’s collective effort trumps everything (points to Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Seahawks) But, with the Most Valuable Player Awards being among the most coveted pieces of recognition in athletics, RSVLTS is here to count down the Top 10 Most Valuable Athletes of 2013. And, while it may not compete with the opinion of the Associated Press, it still is a part of the Yearbook13 event—where there is a chronicling of all the most notable, memorable, and otherwise monumental aspects of the fleeting year.

  • 10 Sports Stories That Shocked the World In 2013

    Given the high-profile nature of professional athletes, there will be breaking stories that leave the entirety of the sports world stunned—headlines that are the chronicling of a fallen star, unexpected retirements, harrowing allegations, or unthinkable tragedy. In a more solemn part of the Yearbook13 event, RSVLTS has chronicled the Top 10 Sports Stories that shook the world of athletics to its core during the past year.

  • 10 Athletes You Need To Know In 2014

    The world of athletics can be likened to a grand cycle—one where, as old players retire, new generations emerge to occupy the open void. Whether still in college or emerging as standout professionals, upstart athletes are the players that get sports’ fan base energized; eager to watch the latest young sensation. And, as a part of the RSVLTS Yearbook13 event; we have gathered a list of all the latest—as Dick Vitale phrases it—“Diaper Dandies” that look ready to electrify the sports world in 2014.

  • Top 10 Most Touching Sports Moments of 2013

    Sports have functionally become the mechanism that unites communities—providing those facing adversity with a brief amount of respite. In 2013, this was proven with moments that gave purpose to an otherwise questionable necessity of spectator sports. As a part of the Yearbook13 event, RSVLTS has compiled a list of the moments in 2013 athletics that transcend stats—giving athletics an intangible relevance in American society.

  • The 10 Biggest Blockbuster Sports Deals of 2013

    With each passing year, there is one thing that is guaranteed in sports; massive amounts of money will be spent. Whether on a team-seeking superstar, who can bring a franchise’s championship aspirations to fruition or by a wealthy entrepreneur taking new ownership of a club, money is required to make either of the aforementioned transactions. In 2013, there were many instances of massive spending for the sake of bolstering the already considerable fanbase of spectator sports. What were the most notable, you ask? Well, look no further than Yearbook13, responds RSVLTS.

  • The 11 Best NFL Draft Classes of All-Time

    The NFL Draft is certainly an exciting time in the offseason during America’s most popular sport—a time when unfortunate teams seek their franchise savior and a time when playoff teams seek their final piece that will hurdle them through the championship threshold. But, even the best scouts in the country state that the NFL Draft is far from being a perfect science. If that were the case, the San Diego Chargers would have never selected Ryan Leaf in 1998 when Charles Woodson and Randy Moss were both still available. Moreover, the Raiders would not have selected JaMarcus Russell when… well, the best wide receiver, the best running back, the best cornerback, and the best linebacker in today’s NFL were available. 11. 2007 NFL Draft Notable Players: Calvin “Megatron” Johnson, Darrelle Revis, Adrian Peterson, Joe Thomas, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Joe Staley, Marshal Yanda In a few decades, this draft class has the potential to hurdle 11 spots to number one. Unfortunately, time travel is not available with contemporary technology. The list of current NFL superstars from this class really makes the 2007 Raiders front office seem incompetent. 10. 2011 NFL Draft Notable Players: Cam Newton, Von Miller, A.J Green, Patrick more »

  • 10 Sports Fans Who Became Famous

    Fandom in American Sports is one of this country’s most celebrated cultural aspects. Often, fans go to games and–amidst a crowd of fellow game goers– go home unnoticed. However, there are rare occasions when fans become just as famous–if not more so– than the players on the field. Sometimes iconic, sometimes loved, and sometimes vilified; RSVLTS has compiled a list for some of the most notable famous fans.

  • The 10 Most Eccentric, Rambunctious, Or Otherwise Insane Athletes

    Insanity reigns in all of sports. Truly, there can be a case made that athletes have the potential to be the pinnacle of mental lunacy– a fact that comes with the very nature of their occupation, which is destroying their bodies for the entertainment of spectators. Luckily, RSVLTS is here to compile a list of the craziest athletes to ever step on a field, a half pipe, or the Grand Canyon. In this article, “crazy” can have several different definitions– ranging from a term of endearment to an outright declaration of  mass-fearfulness.

  • Ranking the 32 NFL Team According To Their All-Time Winning Percentage (With HQ Cheerleader Pictures)

    The NFL is a league of constant competition– a veritable athletic battleground where no mercy is inflicted upon the team that performed in an inferior fashion. But, what teams have been the most successful at defeating their opponents throughout the chronicled decades of the NFL? Well, RSVLTS is here to help answer that question. Courtesy of FOX Sports, this list was compiled of each team’s record– brought together in ascending order based on winning percentage. For teams that had the same winning percentage, the club with the greater amount of wins was given the favorable position. But, before beginning; the team with the most wins of all time is the Chicago Bears– a team with over 600 wins, which is a distinguished number that only two other teams can claim to exceed. Those two aforementioned teams are the New York Giants and the Green Bay Packers. Inversely, only one team in NFL history has tallied losses to the point of sexcentenary excessiveness– the Arizona Cardinals, who have 680 less than desirable matchup conclusions. Also, the Cardinals have the second most ties of all time– behind only the Bears, who have 42. But, to learn the winningest team based on percentage, more »

  • The 12 Greatest Feuds In American Sports History

    Feuds: the players start them and the media perpetuates them. But, with the inherently competitive nature of sports, it seems that people thrive off of a good dramatic conflict. Feuds pervade sports and have given pundits, reporters, and other media members a good storyline to boost the ratings of an upcoming matchup. But, what are some of the best feuds in sporting history? Well, RSVLTS is here to chronicle some of the best, most intense, and most comical feuds in sporting history. Before beginning, it must be stated that this list will only cover the four major team sports in America– a criteria that disqualifies the likes of Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. But, without further ado, the best sporting feuds:

  • The 11 Worst Uniform Decisions Made By Sports Franchises

    In sports, tradition is always regarded as important. Teams are always looking to tread into new territory while still acknowledging their origins. But, some origins are—well—prettier than others. Hence, some of the more gruesome throwback uniforms are as follows:

  • 10 Examples Of Athlete’s Injuring Themselves

    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 eleven happenings chronicled on this list are all sportsmen who blundered, over-celebrated, or just plain bad-lucked their way onto the disabled list.

  • 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.

  • 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 »

  • 10 NFL Players Caught On Camera Doing Freakishly Athletic Things In The Gym

    Professional athletes are generally known to be absolute pinnacle of beastliness. Throughout successive games, those who play in professional sporting events always redefine the general populace’s notions about the human body’s physical limitations. The performance of such athletes always begs the question: what kinds of pick-things-up-and-put-them-down freakishness do footballers engage in when they’re not dazzling thousands of spectators? This will generally be a compilation of professional athletes lighting up their exercise facilities, or showing off in their locker room. Either way, it is not recommended that the layman engage in such rigorous exercises.

  • The Future Sports Video Gaming

    Sports games have come a long way since its primordial era that featured such classic titles as “Tecmo Bowl”. Hence, players no longer exclusively play as Bo Jackson, and the birds eye view has long since been nixed. With the current era of consoles coming to its conclusion, there is a mass speculation among gaming fans about the upcoming developments that are expected to accompany an exciting new chapter in video gaming. The news has thus far been as such: the upcoming era of sports gaming is certain to bring fresh technological innovation and a renewed sense of inter- company competition.

  • 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 »

  • Why The #$@% Is This Sports News? The NFL Edition.

    Victor Cruz signed a long-term deal, Aaron Hernandez is in legal trouble, and Ray Lewis capped the 2012 NFL Season with one final “squirrel dance” with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Such stories have kept football fans following the popular American sport in spite of an otherwise uneventful offseason. And, due to the less frenetic spewing of headlines, those who cover the NFL are forced to air some stories that would otherwise not be mentioned.

  • LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Which Basketball Player Is the Greatest?

    The division between generations in America’s most popular court sport is becoming progressively more apparent; Michael Jordan last played in the NBA ten years ago, and a new generation of athletes now dominate the NBA’s landscape. While there are a few players like Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan who still carry the torch from yester era, it is clear that LeBron James now dominates the game. This is something that is undeniable, regardless of whether you view James as a heroic icon or an anathema. But, the purpose of this article is not to antagonize the already massive legions of LeBron haters and LeBron admirers. Instead, this article is meant to discuss one question: who is the better basketball player, LeBron or Jordan? There will be two aspects discussed: championships and athletic ability. Both of which will be assessed equally. Ultimately, the better player will be crowned. Hence, it will finally put an end to an elongated debate between the legions of basketball fans. First of all, the subject of championships needs to be assessed. Jordan won his first title with the Chicago Bulls in 1991—he was 28 years old during the first of many Windy City triumphs. In contrast, more »

  • The Encyclopedia of Obnoxious Sports Fans

    To state the obvious, spectator sports are excessively popular in America. Namely, the sports of Baseball, Football, Basketball, and Hockey are collectively referred to as America’s four major sports. Sporting teams can unite a city, and establish a common brotherhood within the residents of a community. However, there are some sports patrons who take their fandom to extremist levels—detracting from the enjoyment of others. This will be an article that discusses the sporting world’s most annoying types of fans—not the teams or the cities with the most obnoxious fans. There’s always one occupant of the stands that drives the common spectator insane, and this article is meant to establish the most grating trends in sport spectating.

  • 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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