Matt Grassie

  • Mad Dash: J.J. Watt's bruised thigh will blow your mind

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

    We always hear that NFL players play through pain, but aside from the occasional bloody nose there aren't often effective visuals of the physical trauma they suffer on the field. That is until J.J. Watt took to Twitter to show the American public the gargantuan bruise that he sustained in the first of half of the Texans' September meeting with the Bills. The injury clearly didn't affect the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who recorded five tackles and an 80-yard interception return for a touchdown in that game.

    Speaking of NFL players on social media, the Bills' Ron Brooks is doing it correctly. The cornerback delivered this lovely trick shot at his local bowling alley on Thursday and the team account tweeted out the video. Just look at that. Backwards and between the legs for a perfect strike. It seems like Brooks might have missed his calling as a long snapper.

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  • Mad Dash: Two Dozen Nebraska baseball players get stuck on elevator

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

    The University of Nebraska baseball team gave a whole new meaning to the phrase "squeeze play" on Wednesday. While in Minneapolis for the Big Ten Tournament, 24 Cornhuskers were trapped in an elevator together. Senior catcher Tanner Lubach captured the scene on his phone, and the circumstances look as cramped as they sound. No official word yet, but we suspect that packing two dozen hulking ballplayers onto a single elevator might have had something to do with it getting stuck in the first place.

    Peyton Manning ran into his own out-of-town issues Wednesday. After the filming of David Letterman's final Late Show in New York, the five-time MVP stopped for a photo with a NYPD officer and the resulting Twitter caption was very emblematic of the Big Apple.

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    The Yahoo Sports Mad Dash is a roundup of the morning's trending stories from across the sports landscape. Check it out every day to see what's buzzing.

  • Mad Dash: Colbert roasts Wake Forest athletics in commencement speech

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

    It's an easy time to crack wise about the Wake Forest athletic department. During the 2014-15 campaign, the Demon Deacons football team combined with the men's and women's basketball programs to win just 29 games. Stephen Colbert, who spoke at the university's commencement ceremony Tuesday, went right for the low-hanging fruit.

    "While Wake has been a trailblazer this has been a school that respects tradition," Colbert said. "Traditions like ‘rolling the quad’ with toilet paper after big wins. And this is actually an eco-friendly tradition, because looking at this season’s win-loss record, you guys saved a lot of paper.”

    Despite the dig, it took only a well-timed "Duke sucks!" to get the crowd back on his side.

    Unlike Wake Forest sports, Shawn Oakman is no joke. The Baylor defensive end was recently featured in an Instagram video executing a 40-inch box jump while holding 70-pound dumbbells in each hand. Add his freakish strength and explosiveness to his giant 6-foot-9-inch frame and you've got one unique NFL prospect.

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  • Mad Dash: Barack Obama gets Twitter, subtly trolls Cubs

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

    White Sox fanship knows no love for the Cubs, and despite Barack Obama's current role as the country's foremost man of the people, he doesn't either. The President, who famously prefers the baseball franchise on the South Side of the Windy City, joined Twitter on Monday and proceeded to follow every team in Chicago - except for one. Judging by his outfit at the 2009 All-Star Game, we'd be awfully surprised if the omission was an accident.

    Here's a piece of information that would have probably been best left omitted. D uring a Q&A session at the Facebook offices in New York, Carmelo Anthony revealed that his biggest fear is cats. He didn't say "big cats" with the implication that he was talking about lions and tigers. Just cats. The mental image of the 6 foot 8 inch, 240-pound NBA star jumping onto a chair to avoid a domestic kitten is about as good as comedy gets.

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  • Mad Dash: Penn State lineman tackles tree straight out of ground

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 3 mths ago

    Someone needs to tell Anthony Zettel there are easier ways to landscape. Jordan Dudas, a teammate of Zettel's at Penn State, posted a video on Instagram of the senior defensive lineman legitimately tackling a tree out of the ground. It is a form tackle which should come as no surprise after Zettel's sparkling 2014 season. The 6-foot-4, 278-pound defensive tackle totaled eight sacks last year en route to a first team All-Big Ten selection, but this is by far the most impressive tackle Zettel has ever logged .

    Finally, Cam Newton was spotted at the Preakness on Saturday carrying a woman across the muddy track at Pimlico. This wasn't a total surprise, since Newton has used his arms and legs to carry the Panthers to the playoffs in each of the last two seasons. What takes this act of chivalry to the next level though? The fact that Newton was willing to put those white pants at risk.

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  • Golf game lacking? Let Arnold Palmer help you out with his favorite tip

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 5 mths ago

    Golfers are always dying to give you their favorite tip. Keep your head down. Follow through. Make sure you get the club back on plane after your hands' transition from backswing to downswing. The truth is most of these gems are coming from people who can't keep the ball in the fairway themselves.

    So if your looking for a swing thought from a guy who actually knows what he's talking about - like, say, a World Golf Hall of Famer who won 95 professional events including seven majors and is hosting a PGA Tour event this week in Florida - pay attention to the clip above.

    Arnold Palmer, in a segment shot for the Golf Channel a couple years ago, gives his favorite tip for maintaining a good pace in your swing as only he can. Of course, the King then proceeds to knock one close to the pin as he puts theory into practice.

  • Mathletics: Crazy statistical connections between sports and pi

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 5 mths ago

    Saturday, March 14, 2015 marks the only time this century that the date (3/14/15) matches the first five digits of pi (3.1415), and at two separate points in the day, 9:26.53 both a.m. and p.m., the time will carry out the first 10 digits (3.141592653) of everyone's favorite mathematical constant.

    Pi, of course, is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter and is a cornerstone of the incomprehensibly complex worlds of trigonometry and geometry. It might be more notable, however, as an irrational number without a permanent repeating decimal representation. In lay terms, the numbers in pi never end. It's digits are infinite. For more fun pi facts click here. Thus ends the math portion of our post.

    In celebration of Pi Day, we poured over the record books to find some additional, slightly freakier pi-related sports facts:

    1. Reggie Smith is the only player to ever hit exactly 314 home runs in his major-league career. Of this total number, 50 came while he played for the Cardinals ... in St. Louis ... a city with an area code of 314.

  • WATCH: Coach interrupts opposition press conference for good reason

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 6 mths ago

    Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon was feeling good after his team's 59-53 win over Wisconsin on Tuesday night at XFINITY Center. He had taken the podium and was rattling off praise for his players, namely Dez Wells and his 26 points. 

    That's when Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan nonchalantly walked into the press conference and took over the podium. He had a good reason, he said. You can't really blame him.

    It was all good fun, though. No hard feelings. Turgeon eventually came back and cracked his own joke when his press conference started in full a short while later.

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  • WATCH: Tim Tebow crushes 343-yard drive in Golf Channel simulator

    Matt Grassie at NBC on Yahoo Sports 6 mths ago

    Tim Tebow's NFL career might have already come and gone, but another athletic venture could just be beginning for the former quarterback. In a segment on Golf Channel's Morning Drive, Tebow hit some drives into the studio's simulator. On his first swing, the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner busted a 343-yard drive right down the middle, leaving hosts Gary Williams, Charlie Rymer and Paige McKenzie in awe.

    "The thing that's interesting is he's hitting it this good, folks, this is a regular-shafted driver," said Rymer, a former Tour pro, during the segment. "It's not even close to the right driver for him."

    The astounding demonstration of length should come as no surprise. First of all, Tebow is enormous. Second of all, he's done it before. Back in 2011, the then-starter for the Denver Broncos drove the green on a 339-yard par-4 during the Honda Classic Pro-Am to the delight of playing partner Jack Nicklaus.

    [Photos: Tim Tebow - Life after the NFL]