News station restricted from showing NCAA basketball game clips uses office game footage instead

April 5, 2014 | No comments

The rights to broadcast highlights from NCAA March Madness basketball games are held by CBS until the day after the game. This leaves local stations not affiliated with CBS unable to show their viewers clips from the games they’re reporting on.

An ABC affiliate in Florida took this problem and had some fun with it, recreating the game’s best moments in their office and playing those clips as the sports anchor read the actual game highlights on the air…

Fan gives MLB player Matt Adams the finger after he pushed him for stealing a fly ball

April 4, 2014 | No comments

Things got a little heated during yesterday’s game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds, but it wasn’t between players on the field. Cardinals first baseman Matt Adams chased a foul ball into the stands, where he was in position to catch it. However, a Reds fan who had brought his best defensive game to the park reached out and caught the ball before Adams could.

Annoyed, Adams seemed to shove the fan with his glove. He later said he was off-balance and was trying to keep himself from tumbling further into the stands, but that didn’t stop the Reds fan from sending Adams back to first base with a one-finger salute…

Those baseball park proposals aren’t free… Here’s the cost to propose at every MLB stadium

April 3, 2014 | No comments

Anyone can buy tickets to a baseball game and propose to their significant other, but if you want to take it to the next level — a jumbotron appearance or perhaps a commemorative DVD — you’ll have to pay up.

Molly Fitzpatrick undertook the task of calling every Major League Baseball team to see what it would cost to put on a big proposal. From $38.50 to get a message on the board at PNC Park in Pittsburgh to $2,500 to have the proposal featured live on the video board at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, proposals can set a couple back about as much as the cost of the wedding rings.

If a big game proposal isn’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know that five ballparks don’t allow the romantic spectacle at all…

Baseball Stadium Proposal Cost

To see a more detailed summary on each baseball club’s offerings, check out Fitzpatrick’s post over at Swimmingly.

15-year-old Michael Phelps discusses getting his learner’s permit and hoping for a gold medal

April 1, 2014 | No comments

Just a few weeks into his first job as a sports producer in 2001, Redditor Stevethenewsguy had the chance to interview an unknown swimmer named Michael Phelps and his coach, Bob Bowman.

The most decorated Olympian in history was just 15 years old and still three years from the Athens Olympics that would put him on the map with six gold and two bronze medals. At this point in his life, Phelps was between working on getting his learner’s permit and setting a goal of winning a gold medal the way the rest of us would hope to finish a 10K…

Young world-class athlete talks about what it takes…

March 31, 2014 | No comments

Adam Gemili is normal 19-year-old college kid at The University of East London… Normal except that he’s world class sprinter who set a record time of 10.05 seconds in the 100m final at the 2012 World Junior Championships and has raced against Usain Bolt.

Here he is talking about what it takes to be an athlete of his caliber…

Map shows every U.S. county’s favorite baseball team

March 31, 2014 | No comments

Just in time for Opening Day, Facebook created a map showing baseball fan allegiance for each county in the United States, using Facebook likes to determine the most popular teams.

If you’re a fan of the Oakland A’s, New York Mets, or Toronto Blue Jays, you can stop looking now…unfortunately, your teams don’t carry a single county…

(Click the map for a larger version)

Smaller Baseball Map

(via The Atlantic)

Towering soccer player nails a goal from over halfway across the field

March 29, 2014 | No comments

At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Dutch midfielder Orlando Engelaar, who plays for the Melbourne Heart Football Club, is a dominant presence on the field. He reminded everyone of this recently when he saw that the opposing team’s goalkeeper had moved away from the net.

Seizing an opportunity that few other players would have been able to see, he went ahead and took a shot when he was still back on his own team’s end of the field…

NBA players wobble awkwardly as free throw shooter pump fakes his shot

March 29, 2014 | 1 comment

Jermaine O’Neal of the Golden State Warriors has a unique free throw shot in which he halts his delivery halfway through his shot before finally shooting the ball. While this video shows that his unique style is one he uses regularly, it still doesn’t fail to draw regular lane violations…

(via Wimp)

A UNC athlete wrote this 2nd-grade-level “final paper”… and got an A

March 28, 2014 | 5 comments

The college paper below is cited in an ESPN story on an academic scandal that has embroiled University of North Carolina athletics. This was a final paper that actually got an A- according to Mary Willingham, a former academic counselor for athletes at the university who blew the whistle on the academic scandal in the athletic department.

UNC Paper

If you’re having trouble reading the paper, here’s the transcript:

Final Paper

Rosa Parks: My Story

On the evening of December Rosa Parks decided that she was going to sit in the white people section on the bus in Montgomery, Alabama. During this time blacks had to give up there seats to whites when more whites got on the bus. Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat. Her and the bus driver began to talk and the conversation went like this. “Let me have those front seats” said the driver. She didn’t get up and told the driver that she was tired of giving her seat to white people. “ I’m going to have you arrested,” said the driver. “You may do that,” Rosa Parks responded. Two white policemen came in and Rosa Parks asked them “ why do you all push us around?” The police officer replied and said “ I don’t know, but the law is the law and you’re under arrest.

Willingham summed up the obvious, noting,

This is not even close to college work, yet this athlete was awarded an A-. …It’s kind of shocking, really, that a student at Carolina wouldn’t have a grasp of this basic — elementary school, first/second grade — reading skills.

But hey, their football, basketball, baseball, and soccer programs are all successful, so…go Tar Heels!