December 4, 2013

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In Case You Missed It – November

By: Joe Williams

How about that finish in the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn? Pretty crazy right. We’ve all heard about that by now. And that game between the Patriots and Broncos was pretty good too. They are just two of the big sports stories we’ve seen in the last few weeks, but there are a lot more that are just as strange but don’t get as much attention. Here’s a few that I like.

One of the fastest sprinters in history, Usain Bolt, recently revealed that he ate around 1,000 chicken nuggets from McDonalds during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing while he was winning gold medals in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4×100 meter relay events.

Speaking of Olympians, swimmer Ryan Lochte was injured by a teenage girl. She was an excited fan and ran at him and when he caught her, they both went down and he hit his knee on a curb and wound up with a torn MCL and sprained ACL.

Ryan Lochte

We found out in November that Ryan Lochte had been injured when he was run into by a teenage fan.

A cross country runner in Kentucky opted not to run in the regional championships because she was assigned the number 666 for the bib she was to wear on her chest. She requested to change numbers for religious purposes and the request was denied by race officials.

A man was arrested for using a taser on his wife because of a bet between the two regarding the outcome of a Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. The couple had agreed that the loser of the bet would be tasered by the winner and after the Bears pulled out the win, the man used the stun gun on his wife’s butt twice and once on her thigh. She called the cops and he went to jail.

Kansas State attempted to lure students to attend the women’s basketball season opener by giving away five slices of bacon to any student that presented a valid ID.

A freshman player on the Georgetown women’s basketball team tried to stop an opponents shot in a game against Richmond by throwing her shoe at the ball while it was in flight.

The NCAA took away a year of eligibility from a cross country runner at BYU because he “competed” in a recreational costume race.

Toronto Blue Jays‘ slugger Jose Bautista received a letter from a young fan who tried to recruit him to the Texas Rangers and even recommended the contract Bautista would be worth to the new team.

Corey “Thunder” Law of the Harlem Globetrotters set a new world record for the longest basketball shot by making a bomb from just over 109 feet away.

An assistant football coach in Tennessee was arrested and charged for vandalizing his own school. He committed the crime in an attempt to frame the opponent in his teams rivalry game with the hopes that it would inspire his team to win the game. They lost 35-17.

A coyote stole the show when it joined in the Arizona cross country state championship race. It disappeared back into the brush after making a short appearance at the front of the pack.

Jacksonville defender Jason Babin came away from a tackle with a handful of Arizona running back Andre Ellington’s dreadlocks.

Michigan State got some help from the crowd in avoiding an upset loss against Columbia. The Spartans led by just two points with about three minutes to play when the student section helped out the defense by mistiming its shot clock countdown on two consecutive Columbia possessions. The Lions didn’t attempt a shot either time and turned the ball back to Michigan St. who ended up winning 62-53.

Just over a year after Jack Taylor of Grinnell College set the single-game collegiate scoring record with 138 points, Taylor was at it again, scoring 109 points in a 173-123 win over Crossroads College.

J.R. Smith of the New York Knicks received $60 in the mail from a fan as part of a “NBA 2K13″ bet.

A Wisconsic couple named their newborn after Aaron Rodgers after the baby was born with the same injury (broken left collarbone) that the Packers quarterback is currently healing from.

David Murphy’s free agent signing with the Cleveland Indians was leaked by his young daughter at her daycare.

The PBA started using blue dye to show viewers the oil on the lanes in an effort to help fans better understand the challenges facing the pros.

North Carolina whipped Old Dominion so bad (80-20) that both teams agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to end the misery.

A golfer from Wales made a hole-in-one to get into contention in the World Cup of Golf and then played himself out of contention on the very next hole by carding an 11.

The Chicago Cubs, a team that is known for having a loyal fan base despite not winning a World Series in more than a century, has asked one of their biggest fans, an 11-year-old girl no less, to stop getting so excited at the games.

The Georgia Southern Eagles were paid $550K to play at Florida and entered the game as a four touchdown underdog. They beat the Gators 26-20 without even completing one pass in the entire game.

Rudy Gay has banned stat sheets from the Toronto Raptors‘ locker room.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are trying to distract kickers with a dramatic gopher video when the kickers are facing the giant video board.

Jason Kidd was fined $50,000 for intentionally spilling his drink on the court when he didn’t have any timeouts left an needed to stop the game to set up a final play against the Lakers.

July 24, 2012

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2012 Olympic Preview

By: Joe Williams

It’s hard to believe four years have passed since we saw Michael Phelps win eight gold medals and 16-year-old Shawn Johnson became America’s sweetheart. We are just a couple days away from the Olympic opening ceremonies in London. In the next few weeks, we will watch events we haven’t seen in four years and very few of the competitors will be names that we recognize. But it doesn’t matter. We will watch anyway. Here’s what I’ll be watching:

Can anybody beat Michael Phelps?

He won eight gold medals in ’08 and will compete in seven events this time around. It’s a safe bet he will get the three medals he needs to become the most decorated Olympian of all time. The real question is how many of them will be gold and will rival and fellow American Ryan Lochte be able to beat him?

Ryan Lochte will be a main focus at the Olympic Games in London.

Fastest man on the planet

The men’s 100 meters is always one of the most talked about events. Usain Bolt won the 100 and 200 meters in ’08 and holds the world record in both events. But another Jamaican (Yohan Blake) beat him in both races at the Olympic trials. Nobody has won both races in back-to-back Olympic games.

Women’s all-around

Nastia Liukin is not on Team USA to defend her title. Now we have Jordyn Wieber (the reigning world champ) and Gabby Douglas (winner at the U.S. Trials) that will look for a third straight all-around gold for Team USA. The U.S. team should also contend for the gold medal.

The Dream Team?

Kobe Bryant claimed that the 2012 squad could beat the original ’92 Dream Team. No way. But they won’t have to do that to win gold. Will they be able to defend the gold medal Team USA won in ’08 after losing several top players to injury? Oh and the women should continue to dominate. They have won 33 straight games and the last four gold medals.

Women’s soccer

Hope Solo and company will be aiming for a fourth gold medal in five Olympics for Team USA. They lost in last year’s World Cup Final against Japan in penalty kicks. Hopefully we get to see a rematch for the gold medal. And hopefully that leads to more appearances for Alex Morgan in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue.

Blade Runner

South Africa’s Oscar Pistorius (nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the carbon-fiber prosthetics that he runs on) will be the first amputee ever to compete in an Olympic track and field event (the 400 meters and the 4X400 relay).

Others:

- Missy Franklin could be the first American woman to win seven medals at one Olympic games…and she’s just 17.

- Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh will try to capture a third straight gold medal in beach volleyball.

- Lolo Jones seeks redemption after a stumble in ’08 cost the gold medal.

- Men’s tennis dropped down to this part of the list when Rafael Nadal dropped out, but we could still get a Djokovic-Federer showdown and don’t forget about Andy Murray playing in front of his own nation.

July 11, 2012

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Gearing Up for the 2012 London Olympics

By: Matt Bowen

It’s that time again; the 2012 London Olympics are set to begin on July 27. The special event will showcase the globes finest athletes of all varieties. There’s something about the Olympics that is simply captivating. It’s as if the world pauses for two weeks to focus on unity while witnessing the fastest, strongest and most graceful human beings this planet has to offer.

The world can’t wait to see Usain Bolt display his lightning quickness on the track for Jamaica, Spain look like gods on the soccer pitch, and Ryan Lochte carve through water like he has a fin for the United States.

All eyes will be on Ryan Lochte during the 2012 Olympics.

Speaking of the United States, they are once again the favorites to take home the gold medal in men’s basketball, but it won’t be a walk in the park for Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Durant because the rest of the world has caught up to the US when it comes to hoops.

There are NBA stars scattered throughout the world now and that will be evident in the London Olympics. Tony Parker will represent France while his San Antonio Spurs teammate Manu Ginobili represents Argentina, who won the gold medal in 2004.  Another country rich with NBA caliber talent is Spain, whose starting lineup is highlighted by Marc and Pau Gasol. Spain’s starting five have all played in the NBA.  This year the competition will be better than ever and the gold medal is not a given for any team in the tournament.

The aura surrounding the summer Olympics is always mystical. Fans from every corner of the globe crowd around their nearest media device to soak up the action in amazement. People continuously get the feeling that they may see something they will never see again when they watch the Olympics. Whether it’s a sport that they have never watched or an athlete they may otherwise never knew existed, fans never want the games to end.

Cheers to the Olympics! Enjoy.