September 4, 2013

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In Case You Missed It – August

By: Joe Williams

College football is underway, the NFL season begins this week, baseball’s playoff races are heating up and the PGA Tour playoffs are halfway over (I’m not even going to touch the craziness going on with AROD). It’s been a busy month is the sports world, with quite a few strange stories taking place. Here are a few stories that you may have missed.

Two Cubs fans were arrested for trying to steal ivy from Wrigley Field in August.

The PGA Tour took a page out of the NFL’s playbook (nothing fun allowed) and eliminated the traditional PGA Tour caddie races, a staple during tournaments at TPC Scottsdale and Colonial. Apparently running 150 yards “puts caddies at risk for injury.”

An Arizona Cardinals season-ticket holder handed a beer to his 15-year-old son to hold so he could take a picture. It didn’t take long for undercover stadium police to inform him that he had been serving alcohol to a minor and would be immediately escorted from the stadium and handed a citation for trespassing.

MLB pitcher Brian Wilson was not only offered, but also turned down, $1 million from a razor blade company to shave his insanely long and nasty beard.

During a game in San Francisco, the Pittsburgh Pirates ended up with a Chicago Cubs batting weight in the on-deck circle.

Mom knows best. At least Denard Span’s mom does. She texted her son to “swing at the first pitch” and Span proceeded to go 4-5 on the day with three hits (one was a home run) coming on the first pitch.

Cleveland Indian players Carlos Santana and Jason Kipnis were both asked to hit a home run by an 8-year-old boy from Ohio dealing with cerebral palsy. They both came through in the Indians 7-2 win over Minnesota.

A bench coach for the Chicago White Sox was ejected from a game against the Texas Rangers during the pre-game lineup card exchange.

A report from Forbes claims said that the Houston Astros…the 43-86 Houston Astros are the most profitable team in baseball history.

Robert Griffin III wore a T-shirt for his pregame warm-up that said “Operation Patience.” It was referring to the Redskins’ slowly bringing him back to game action off his ACL injury but the NFL didn’t approve and fined Griffin $10,000 for not adhering to the league’s uniform policies.

Tim Tebow was sent packing by the New England Patriots.

Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Fernando Rodney accidentally locked himself in the bathroom when he was supposed to be warming up for a possible relief appearance.

Milwaukee Bucks’ big man Larry Sanders got a new tattoo. The problem? The word “receive” is misspelled. Oops.

The Washington Redskins training camp facility received so much rain that the city of Richmond brought in a helicopter to blow-dry the field.

Minor league pitcher Nick Tropeano recorded a one-pitch strikeout after the batter argued the strike one call and refused to get back in the batter’s box. The ump then called strike two and then strike three.

Two men were arrested for attempting to steal the ivy at Wrigley Field.

Olga Puchkova was disqualified from the Citi Open after hitting a tennis ball in frustration. The ball inadvertently hit a linesmen and the rules say that requires a DQ.

Buffalo Bills quarterback Kevin Kolb hurt his knee after slipping on a rubber mat while walking between practice fields.

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher John Axford used Twitter to trade tickets for a Krispy Kreme bacon cheeseburger.

NBA player Metta World Peace released a rap song which is of course titled “Peace.”

Olympian Lolo Jones was surprised when drug testers showed up to get her sample in the middle of her birthday party.

LeBron James was selected for jury duty.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Claude Giroux required surgery after a golf club shattered in his hand.

The Philadelphia Flyers painted the ice and then invited fans down in an attempt to set a new world record for number of people watching paint dry…official attendance was 195.

Former NFL coach Bill Cowher appeared in his girlfriend’s new music video dressed in goth and even wore eyeliner.

Tiger Woods is having issues with his back that were caused by soft hotel beds.

A Houston Texans fan brought her own Port-O-Potty to the stadium for tailgating last weekend.

The Philadelphia Eagles security crew prepared for the season by practicing chasing down streakers.

April 15, 2013

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The Week In Sports

By: Anson Whaley

Adam Scott wins first Masters in dramatic fashion: Golf’s biggest event was front and center this weekend and there were plenty of theatrics. First, there was 14-year old Tianlang Guan taking the world by storm by not only making the cut, but finishing as the youngest low amateur in the history of the tournament. Then, there was Tiger-gate, when Tiger Woods took an illegal drop that caused many to question if he should remain in the event. Finally, Adam Scott walked away with his first ever Masters win after defeating Angel Cabrera in a playoff with a birdie on the second hole. Say what you will about golf, but there are few things in the world of sports that can compare to Sunday at the Masters.

How far can the Lakers go without Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant tears Achilles tendon – out for season: The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled all season with a star-studded lineup, but they may have been dealt a death blow last week. Star guard Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of this season. So how did the Lakers respond to losing their best player? By promptly beating what could be the best team in the Western Conference – the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles’ win on Sunday proved there is still life within the team. While the backcourt is in shambles (especially with Steve Nash who has missed several games), the frontcourt can still be one of the best in the league with center Dwight Howard and forwards Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, and Antawn Jamison. The Lakers may have a more difficult time keeping up with the younger Oklahoma City Thunder, but you’ve got to give them a fighting chance against the Spurs if they meet in the playoffs.

Louisville defeated Michigan for the NCAA championship: A week later and it seems like old news by now, but the Louisville Cardinals won their first title under Rick Pitino with an 82-76 win over the Michigan Wolverines last Monday. Pitino became the first coach to win NCAA championships with two different teams. The Cardinals went on a tear late in the season and became the trendy pick to win the title. Nearly as important as winning the championship was that they allowed folks like me to finish respectably in their bracket pools despite a plethora of other questionable picks.

Jeff Garcia to New York Jets – ditch Tim Tebow: Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia had some interesting comments about young quarterback Tim Tebow in a USA Today interview. Speaking about Tebow, Garcia said he just brings distraction and that having him on the Jets doesn’t add anything positive. He then went on to say that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez’ main competition will come from aging veteran David Garrard or little-used Greg McElroy. I won’t totally disagree with Garcia that Tebow is a major distraction, but I’m not so sure he still can’t contribute to the team if used effectively. I’m not of the opinion that he’s an ideal starting quarterback, but there are certain packages where he can be used infrequently and make plays with his legs. Is that more valuable than what Garrard or McElroy can add? Unless one of them unseats Sanchez or plays considerably as a backup, I’d say yes.

Wrigley Field to get updated look: The Chicago Cubs announced that historic Wrigley Field will get some upgrades as part of a $500 million renovation. That will include the Field’s first electronic video board. Typically I hate stuff like this, but sometimes upgrades are needed to remain competitive. And as long as there’s no plan to make sweeping changes to one of the most recognizable stadiums in baseball, it’s hard to complain too loudly.

March 31, 2011

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Back to the Ballpark

By: Lionel

It’s Opening Day today, and the folks here at Fathead couldn’t be more excited.  The office is loaded with jersey-wearing fans, we’ve got nine TVs blasting baseball, and even the nerds on the tech team, normally indifferent when it comes to sports, are showing some excitement.

To commemorate the start of the season, we put up a Comerica Park Fathead mural (we’re based in metro Detroit, so most of us are Tigers fans).  As a big baseball fan myself, I am of the opinion that these are the coolest Fatheads we’ve ever produced.  And I think it’s safe to say that I am not alone, as the stadium murals have been pretty good sellers since we introduced them about a month ago.

(This is me acting like I'm actually at Comerica Park. I'm hilarious.)

Which are America’s favorite parks?  If you judge based on our sales so far, you might be surprised at a few of them.

Top Selling Baseball Stadium Murals

1.  Fenway Park (Boston Red Sox)

2.  Citizen’s Bank Park (Philadelphia Phillies)

3.  Yankee Stadium (NY Yankees)

4.  Wrigley Field (Chicago Cubs)

5.  Target Field (Minnesota Twins)

6.  Busch Stadium (St. Louis Cardinals)

7.  AT&T Park (San Francisco Giants)

8.  Great American Ballpark (Cincinnati Reds)

9.  Citi Field (NY Mets)

10.  Comerica Park (Detroit Tigers)