- The Turnstile3 days ago
March is upon us, which means the Madness is about to kick into full swing. And what better way to get in the mood for tourney season than to fill out completely arbitrary brackets?
First up is the cutest breed of puppy, because … puppies.
We've finally got our inaugural puppy bracket winner. The Yellow Labrador ran away with the title, garnering 68 percent of the vote to finish with 1,561 votes to the Beagle's 743.
Our next Totally Random Tournament will post on Monday and it will be 'Best sports movies'. Thanks for voting!
For those keeping score at home, the first round saw both blowouts and close matchups. Polling was as follows: Yellow Lab 438, Pomeranian 99; Husky 432, Great Dane 138; English Bulldog 329, French Bulldog 131; Pekingese 334, Dachshund 201; Beagle 398, Mastiff 272; Corgi 572, Weimaraner 485; Boston Terrier 230, Shar pei 226; Basset Hound 289, Chow Chow 287.
The second round went as follows: Corgi 3,296, Pekingese 1,113; Yellow Lab 2,666, Boston Terrier 838; Husky 2,150, English Bulldog 1,571; Beagle 1,861, Basset Hound 1,648.
The third round went as follows: Yellow Lab 1,833, Husky 1,482; Beagle 1,942, Corgi 1,686.
- The Turnstile8 days ago
Let's face it: the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue is a thrill for a lot of readers, but it's the Holy Grail indeed for younger ones. Now, by "younger" we'd usually mean "males age 12-15 sneaking a look at their dad's issue before he got home from work." But Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter has found a considerably younger lad with a similar reaction:
It's reminiscent of this other baby from a few weeks back, who was absolutely blown away by the flight of Superman:
Man! These kids have so much to look forward to. Or maybe not ... maybe they've already peaked before they've gotten out of diapers.
- The Turnstile14 days ago
Look. We're going to say this up front: this is insane. We'd tell you not to try this at home, but 1. you probably don't have a 200-foot reservoir drain at your home, and 2. if you had even half a thought of doing this, our admonition isn't going to slow you down.
Behold, crazy guy with a GoPro on a slack line over a 200-foot-deep hole:
[Via SB Nation]
Sweet heaven. In just the last couple weeks, we've gotten two of the most terrifying videos of all time, after the Russian kids climbing the world's second-highest building:
You are now free to curl up under your desk in a fetal position and keep a firm grip on the ground.
- The Turnstile1 mth ago
September 18, 2013. Somewhere outside Durant, Oklahoma. Jamie Reidy was 13 days into his quest to see a game a day, every day, across the entire United States, and all of a sudden he realized there was no game anywhere nearby. Nothing but open space in every direction. How could this be possible? How could there be no sporting events — college, high school, Little League — going on anywhere in Oklahoma on a Wednesday night? Was this quest doomed to failure before it had even gotten off the ground?
It began, as most brilliantly insane ideas do, over too many beers with friends.
Reidy, a Notre Dame grad-turned-writer, was in South Florida for the 2013 National Championship game to see his alma mater play Alabama. Somewhere along the way, Reidy and his friends began discussing the sports “bucket list”: the Super Bowl, the Masters, the Kentucky Derby, and so on. Everyone agreed it was a noble aim for a lifetime of sports fandom.
Then Reidy raised prophetic question. How many days in a row could one guy actually see a live sporting event?
- The Turnstile1 mth ago
On May 10, 1983, Nancy L. Argentino was rushed from an Allentown, Pa., hotel room to a nearby hospital having sustained a severe, and eventually mortal, head injury. The 23-year-old Argentino was the girlfriend of famed wrestler Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, who was with her when she sustained the injury. Police initially fingered Snuka as a "person of interest" in Argentino's death, but no charges were ever filed and the case went cold on June 1, 1983.
Now, almost 31 years later, a Lehigh County grand jury will investigate whether Argentino's death should be classified as a homicide, according to The Morning Call.
Last June, The Morning Call reported that Lehigh County district attorney Jim Martin was taking a new look at the cold case. On Tuesday, Martin announced that he will indeed turn the case over to a grand jury.
- Jay Hart at The Turnstile1 mth ago
Let's start by acknowledging this is team handball, and I readily admit I know diddly about team handball. But you don't have to know anything about team handball to appreciate this:
Uhhh, yeah, that dude just did this:
The goal via Mikkel Hansen of Denmark came in the Danes' 33-29 victory over Austria in the European Men's Championship.
While not a perfect visual analogy, the ball spin is reminiscent of vintage Dr. J.
Ohh, Julius, you were so, so smooth.
- Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile1 mth ago
Never say never in the world of sports entertainment.
Following a strained relationship with Vince McMahon and the WWE that dates back to 1996, The Ultimate Warrior has buried the hatchet and will be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame prior to WrestleMania 30 this April in New Orleans.
“The Ultimate Warrior was the most intense, colorful, competitive and outspoken Superstar in sports entertainment history, and his contributions to WWE were extraordinary,” said WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon in a statement. “We are thrilled to induct The Ultimate Warrior into the WWE Hall of Fame.”
- Marcus Vanderberg at The Turnstile2 mths ago
LAS VEGAS — Look out, UFC Fight Pass. The WWE is ready to Rock Bottom the digital network competition.
The sports entertainment company was on hand at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to announce the details of the highly anticipated WWE Network, a 24/7 streaming and video on demand service. Starting Feb. 24, WWE fans will have access to all 12 live pay-per-views (including WrestleMania 30 in April), new original programming and an extensive collection of old WWE, WCW and ECW programming.
The best part?
The service will only cost $9.99 a month (though WWE is requiring a six-month commitment), the same price as UFC's new digital venture, Fight Pass, which was announced prior to UFC 168 last month.
- Jay Busbee at Yahoo! Sports Blogs2 mths ago
Meet Jake Schellenschlager. He's 14 years old. And he can deadlift more than two times his body weight.
A profile in The Washington Post spotlights Schellenschlagerand the challenges inherent in his chosen sport. He's one of thousands of young powerlifters across the United States who are able to lift enormous weights far heavier than their own frame. (Powerlifters are not the same thing as bodybuilders, who focus more on appearance than on lifting for its own sake.)
Schellenschlager weighs only about 119 pounds, but can deadlift 300. He's been lifting for the past two years under a coach's supervision. The Post notes that children can begin competing in powerlifting competitions at 14, but that some children begin lifting at age 8 for fun.
- Jay Busbee at The Turnstile2 mths ago
Why do we watch sports? Sometimes, when our team has fallen apart and our favorite players have come up short, it's a tough, even impossible question to answer. But sometimes, when everything comes together perfectly and a lifetime's work pays off, we remember. In a year filled with tragedy and controversy, we've taken a few moments to celebrate all that was good and uplifting in sports. From Fenway Park to Augusta National, from Centre Court at Wimbledon to Jordan-Hare Stadium in Alabama, these are the most powerful images and events from the year just past. Enjoy as you remember why you watch.
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