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Top 10 Weird Sports News Weekend Recap: Hockey Fight, Running Beauties, Towel Injuries
The weekend of March 9-10, 2012 had more than a few strange moments in sports that were well worth re-chronicling. Altogether, you can use these 10 weird quotes, videos, and news stories to help you feel normal by comparison.
1. Awkward Magic moment at SXSW
This weekend, many news reports about the SXSW festival included references to Nelson George's documentary, "The Announcement." This takes us back to 1991 when Los Angeles Lakers player Magic Johnson had to get on national television and tell the world he was HIV positive.
In those times, it was considered a disease that dramatically shortened your life. All of those awkward and weird moments are compiled with footage leading up to that day on November 7. This movie will premiere on ESPN on March 11 and is likely to be re-run.
2. Odd Zimbabwe sexy sportsmen opinion piece
Honorable mention this week goes out to an article from allAfrica.com that spouts such quotes as, "You look around you and find a very small woman with a man that looks as big as Mount Kilimanjaro. She is just fulfilling her fantasies." The blog piece was written by Grace Mutandwa and is titled, Zimbabwe: Inside Track - Enjoying the Game or Is It the Sportsmen?
Mutandwa also writes, "While our men are salivating at the pretty cheerleaders at every touch down, goal scored or six hit, we are busy having naughty thoughts of our own—and they involve the sportsmen."
3. Weird hockey pile up fighting
In case you missed it, there was a weird hockey fight this weekend. During a line change, too many players were on the ice when a fight broke out between players from the Philadelphia Flyers and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Trying to stop Dion Phaneuf, Scott Hartnell, and Claude Giroux from punching each other only made the fight look much worse. When the aggression appeared to be over, Wayne Simmonds started punching Joey Crab in the middle of the rink and pulling his jersey over his head.
4. Why Minnesota boys hockey is weird
TwinCities.com ran an article this weekend discussing the out of place boy's hockey team in the state of Minnesota. In interviewing Hermantown's coach, Bruce Plante, the small town hockey player said that he was aware that his Class AA team should not be playing Class A rivals.
However, his reasoning is not so weird. Plante says, "It's not a level playing field. We have 600 kids in our school. Even if we could draw every kid in northern Minnesota, that'd be like out of 100,000 people."
After talking about how big cities like Minneapolis had a bigger population to choose from compared to Hermantown, Plante concludes with his theory that his team has the right to play Class A rivals as Class AA team by saying, "They can get players from everywhere, anywhere. All our kids are hometown kids."
5. Money Legs has 2016 Olympics beauty power track goals
We think about women being rough and tumble in the world of sports, but some upcoming athletes want to change that image to include more focus on beauty. In England, track and field experts agree that Jodie Williams' good looks are due to her Olympic quality running skill. About mixing her talent with female grace, Williams says her heroine is American sprinter Allyson Felix.
Williams AKA 'Money Legs' talks about how she drew inspiration from Felix by saying, "She is so elegant and brings a real feminine side to the track which I think is really important as women in sport tend to get a bit of a bad press and a lot of girls don't want to get involved because it's associated with getting all muscley. But when you see someone like Allyson looking so elegant and feminine on the track, I think it's great."
6. Weird homophobic comment gets apology
Across the country, plenty of athletes are putting a nail in the coffin of homophobia by supporting the It Gets Better Campaign to give courage to LGBT youth. Unfortunately, Mark Cuban owner of the Dallas Mavericks still has not gotten the memo. Blogs this weekend were quick to run footage of the ESPN show where Cuban makes a vague homophobic remark. Afterward, Cuban responded with an apology.
7. Weird football breakup anniversary
Another honorable mention goes out to the sleuths at McCollum's Column. In the article titled, "Some things weird - and fishy - about these 'Citations'" McCollum points out a strange coincidence. Mainly, "Peyton Manning was released by the Indianapolis Colts 11 years to the day that the Dallas Cowboys released Troy Aikman."
8. Telling quote about weirdness
We can say what we want about Reese Havens of the New York Mets, but we cannot say he does not understand the heart and soul of what it means to be invested in the game. In a recent NYTimes.com interviews, Havens says, "When you're going from wherever you live to the field for rehab, back and forth, back and forth, you can kind of get in this weird routine, where you're kind of just there, you know, instead of it meaning something."
A whole lot of rehab over a shampoo towel
Concluding our weird sports weekend round up are weird two injuries. LarryBrownSports.com cited that there seems to be a lot of "mystical" medical mysteries happening to MLB players lately. In particular, they are talking about David Robertson of the New York Yankees. In the incident, Robertson told the NY Post that he injured his foot as he was walking down a flight of stairs with empty boxes.
Adding to this mysticism is a neck towel injury that repeatedly occurs with David Price. According to this Tampa Bay Rays player, "It's happened to me two times before, the towel kind of catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward and I just felt it a little bit in the back of my neck."
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