Max Thompson

  • Homer History: David Eckstein defies the odds again

    Max Thompson at Big League Stew 2 mths ago

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    In our Homer History series, writers re-tell the stories of memorable home runs from their perspective. In this installment, Yahoo Sports editor Max Thompson remembers one of the many improbable moments of David Eckstein's career.

    We’re going to remember David Eckstein for many things: Ridiculous on-deck routines, that crazy throwing motion, the huge bat, his size (of course), and as a trivia question tied to a federal investigation that had nothing to do with him in the first place. And perhaps that's appropriate, as Eckstein’s career was an endless barrage of underdog motivational maxims that found their way into your baseball-watching life whether you loved him, hated him, or were apathetic to his unlikely rise to baseball stardom. Stardom may not even be the right word, but whatever label you attach to Eckstein’s career, improbable is always appropriate. 

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    At least he couched it with a “there’s a pretty good chance.”

  • Mad Dash: Minnesota still using dramatic chipmunk to distract opponents

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    Some memes burn like bright stars and then fade out quickly, never to be heard from again. (Harlem Shake, anyone?) But some live on in their own enduring, peculiar ways, and that's why we were so happy when we watched the TCU-Minnesota game last night. You see, Minnesota continues to use the dramatic chipmunk to distract opposing kickers, aningenious move two years ago, and one we still think is just as great today. We could watch that video on loop for hours and never get tired of it. It unfortunately didn't do enough to derail the Horned Frogs, as they beat the Golden Gophers 23-17, but we'll always think it's worth the effort by Minnesota.

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  • Mad Dash: Oregon State assistant drinks 16-18 Diet Cokes per da

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    Most of us can admit to having a bad habit or two, which makes it easy to understand when other people have a problem like drinking too much coffee, or biting their nails, or stashing chocolate in their desk drawers. But Oregon State assistant football coach Dave Baldwin may have us all beat. Baldwin revealed in a profile in the Oregonian that he drinks 16-18 Diet Cokes per day, or about the same amount he can fit in his office mini fridge. 

    Baldwin will gulp back 16-18 cans of Diet Coke per day, sometimes even awaking in the middle of the night to grab a refreshing swig.

    "Every man has a vice, and if he doesn't, then he's lying to you," Baldwin said. "And this is my vice."

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  • Mad Dash: Rousey says yes to Marine Corps Ball invitation

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    Jarrod Haschert needed a date for the upcoming Marine Corps Ball, and decided to go big by asking his dream date, Ronda Rousey, in a Twitter video that's been viewed over 4 million times. It was a bold move, but it sounds like Rousey is game. She told TMZ:

    "I would go for sure. Do I call him? Or do I set up a time and place like 'Never Been Kissed'and wait until the clock runs out and be like 'I'm here!'"

    She did warn Haschert that he's got to be a gentleman, but if he's anywhere near as charming as he was in the video, we don't think that's going to be a problem.

    The Kansas City Chiefs have an obsession that's got nothing to do with football. Tamba Hali filmed six teammates playing an intense game of Mario Kart in the Kansas City locker room, and told other teams not to copy them. Sorry, Tamba, but Mario Kart is a universal language we all speak. Now what's the password for those locker room races?

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  • Mad Dash: Derek Holland has Jobu doll to go with 'Wild Thing' hairdo

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    If you caught Derek Holland's start for the Rangers on Sunday against the Orioles, you probably noticed his new haircut, a fantastic ode to Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn from the baseball movie classic "Major League." But if you think Holland's dedication stops at his locks, think again. A fan sent him a Jobu doll, so now he's got the hair and the mascot to team up for the proper mojo for a playoff stretch run. Holland further went with the movie theme by photoshopping his and his teammates' faces onto a still from the movie on Instagram. If the Rangers pull off a run like the Indians did in the movie, we'll know it started with the hair and the Jobu doll.

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  • Mad Dash: James Franklin makes bet with LLWS player

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    The Lewisberry, Penn., Little League team may not have won the World Series, but their brush with fame created some pretty cool moments over the weekend, and our favorite may have been from a camp visit with the Penn State football team. While there, Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin bet second baseman Braden Kolmansberger 30 push ups for his team or 30 up-downs for the Little Leaguers over Kolmansberger being able to hit a 35-yard field goal, no small task for a 13-year old. What happened next was awesome, as Kolmansberger went full-out on his kick, smashing the ball through the uprights with plenty of room to spare. That kick and the team's run to the championship game were more than enough proof that the players are cooler under pressure than most of us will ever be.

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  • Mad Dash: Canadian league infielder makes incredible catch after tripping

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    It takes clips like these to remember just how impressively skilled baseball players are, even if they're not playing in the big leagues. James Boddicker, an infielder for the Canadian independent Winnipeg Goldeyes, runs back to track a pop fly and stumbles at the wrong time. But then, he finds a way to twist back the opposite direction and snag the ball with his bare hand. Put most major league infielders in that position, and they'd tell you it's a tall order. The concentration and ability necessary to pull that off is absolutely worthy of our top story in the Mad Dash today.

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  • Mad Dash: NFL fanbases' favorite musical acts revealed

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    If you had to guess what music most fans of your favorite team like, would you know the answer? What about rival teams' fans? Thanks to our friends at For The Win, we were alerted to the fact that StubHub attempted to pair up fanbases with musical artists, based on which events they bought the most tickets to attend. The answers in some cases weren't all that surprising, but some were true head scratchers. We weren't at all surprised by Houston Texans fans loving Kenny Chesney or Detroit Lions fans throwing down for Kid Rock. On the other hand, who knew Philadelphia Eagles fans love Maroon 5, or Jacksonville Jaguars fans were all about Elton John? And why does everyone (the Rams, Vikings and Colts) love Ed Sheeran so much? That's not a criticism, we're really just curious. The full list is pretty fascinating if you have the time. 

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  • Mad Dash: Young OSU fan worried about Michigan heart surgery

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry is one that contains a multitude of stories, but the latest may be the most heartwarming one you'll ever encounter. Ivan Applin is a 10-year old Ohio State fan who lives in Toledo, but needed to have an operation to have holes in his heart fixed at t he  Congenital Heart Center  at University of Michigan’s C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital. When he sat down to discuss the procedure with his doctor, Applin was concerned about his heart, but maybe not in the way you'd expect. 

    “He asked if the Michigan doctors were going to make his heart love University of Michigan instead of Ohio State,” his mother Jennifer laughs.

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  • Mad Dash: Texas goalkeeper scores from 90 yards away

    Max Thompson at NBC on Yahoo Sports 8 mths ago

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    In the team's second match of the burgeoning season, Texas Longhorns goalkeeper Abby Smith made a save against the Miami Hurricanes and then looked to boot the ball down the field. The bad news is her kick didn't find a teammate when it came down. The good news is it took one big bounce and slipped over the head of the opposing goalkeeper to give the Longhorns a 1-0 lead that they'd never relinquish. The 90-yard strike was Smith's third career goal at Texas, and we can't think of a better way to kick off a senior season than by scoring a game-winner and recording a shutout in the same match.

    Perhaps no athlete in any sport shares the connection that Dale Earnhardt Jr. does with fans. So when one showed up with the last IROC racing suit Earnhardt Sr. wore, the younger Earnhardt was blown away. Then he tried the suit on and took a few picutres. We think his face says it all.

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