Posted on: July 6, 2011 10:50 am

VIDEO: Darlington Nagbe's goal wins the week

Posted by Will Brinson

I'm not the first person to post this video of Darlington Nagbe, a midfielder with the MLS' Portland Timbers and former No. 2-overall pick from the University of Akron.

But that doesn't mean it's still not amazing -- Nagbe collects a clear from Sporting KC goalkeeper Jimmy Neilson, juggles the ball twice and fires an absolute strike into the back left 90 of the goal.

It's good enough of a goal that it doesn't really matter that his team lost the match.

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Posted on: July 4, 2011 1:03 pm
Edited on: July 6, 2011 10:57 am

Joey Chestnut rolls to fifth hot dog eating title

Posted by Will Brinson

Another slew of contenders showed up at Coney Island on the Fourth of July Monday, looking to win the 96 Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest. But none were a match for Joey Chestnut, who ate 62 hot dogs en route to winning his fifth straight contest.

"Winning tastes pretty good. I feel great," a sweaty Chesnut said following his title defense. "It was hot out here but that didn't really affect me."

Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti finished second with 55 hot dogs eaten in the 10-minute span. (Although with his decision to dip his hot dogs in some sort of red drink, he definitely won whatever award might be given for "grosses looking eater.")

Chestnut's 62 hot dogs was far and away the most out of the competitors -- only Bertoletti was even within 10 of Chestnut's winning number.

And things weren't really even that close -- Chestnut pulled away at about the 20-hot dog mark and never really looked back.

Monday also marked the first-ever women's contest: Sonya Thomas -- aka the "Black Widow" -- ate 40 dogs to crush Juliet Lee, the runner-up who ate 29.5 hot dogs.

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Posted on: June 28, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 9:58 pm

North Korean players struck by lightning, lose

Posted by Ryan Wilson

The United States Women's National Team opened its 2011 World Cup with a 2-0 victory over North Korea. That in itself is newsworthy, but sometimes its what happens before or after a match that turns out to be the real story. And according to North Korean coach Kim Kwang Min, that appears to be the case here. During the post-match presser Kim blamed his team's performance on … several players being struck by lightning earlier this month.

Guardian sportswriter John Ashdown tweets that Kim claimed the incident took place during a training match on June 8. As for what this means for the rest of the tournament, Kim said (through a translator) "They will play with high spirits and strong will, a strong will you cannot expect from human kind."

The official FIFA translation identified the "goalkeeper, four defenders and some midfielders" as those who were injured. Which explains … well, a lot. "The strength of our players not sufficient so our strategy could not be implemented," Kim said.

Kim's statements haven't yet been verified by FIFA but Ashdown tweets: "Obv can't say whether Kim was making it up or not, but makes sense in a way. Fitness levels not right because of disruption to preparation."

Generally speaking, fitness levels are the least of your worries if you've been exposed to a billion volts and 200 amperes of current.

Posted on: June 28, 2011 12:18 pm

Stay at Home Dad vs. the PE Teacher (VIDEO)

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Are you ever annoyed by the political correctness of today’s daily gym class? Dodgeball is out, because it’s too dangerous or too mean or too something. Hell, much of the time, there isn’t a gym class to complain about at all, because schools are getting rid of them.

This kind of stuff seems to really annoy Stay at Home Dad.

And he shows you why in the video below when he has a meeting with his kid’s P.E. teacher because the kid is being too aggressive with the other students (“That’s awesome,” the SAHD said.).

Check out the video below, as the SAHD tries to figure out why the P.E. teacher* has such a problem with his son who happens to hit people in the face with his right hand (“His left hand is for s***,” the SAHD says matter-of-factly).

*You might know him better as Mike Yanagita from Fargo.

Plus, if you love Smear the Queer references, this video is for you.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: June 28, 2011 10:37 am

Argentine futbol fans can riot with best of 'em

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

In case you were wondering how the Argentine fans would react if River Plate, the most successful franchise in Argentina’s club soccer history, was relegated to a lower-level league, we have our answer.

Hint: it does not go over well.

According to The Independent newspaper, 25 police officers had to be hospitalized after fans rioted following the team’s first relegation in its 110-year history.

From the story:

Police deployed water canons in an attempt to cool things off but with 60,000 disgruntled supporters spilling onto the streets they found themselves overmatched.

Fans demonstrated their displeasure by throwing punches, kicks, iron bars, dustbins, bicycles and anything else close by at the police. Other sections of supporters took out their anger on local businesses and residents as they looted shops and torched cars.

When order was eventually restored it was more by coincidence than design that there had been no fatalities. One police officer was airlifted from the scene with a head wound to join his colleagues in hospital while 40 fans suffered injuries and 50 arrests were made.

A few years back, my wife and I attended a match at River Plate’s stadium in Buenos Aires to watch a World Cup qualifier between Argentina and Paraguay. It was an intense fan experience. The Paraguayan fans were kept sheltered from the Argentines – almost herded into their own sections like cattle, behind tall fences – and police officers kept them from leaving after the match until Argentina’s supporters had left the stadium.

There were no riots that day, but there were moments during the match (a draw between the two squads) when you could feel that somehow it could be possible.

It’s unfortunate the other day that it actually happened.

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Posted on: June 27, 2011 11:59 am

VIDEO: Four-foot shark spins over surfer

Posted by Will Brinson

Jacob Langston, a photographer for the Orlando Sentinel, headed out to New Smyrna Beach in Florida to do some video shots for a couple of surfers.

And, as you'll see below, he got a little more than he bargained for, as he actually caught a four-foot spinner shark flying over top of one surfer's head.

As someone who counts scuba diving as a recreational activity, I've seen my fair share of sharks in the ocean. This does not make me any less scared of them.

Or any less likely to pee my pants in the event that a four-foot shark went spinning over my head while I was surfing. Via The Big Lead.

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Posted on: June 25, 2011 1:20 pm

Nick Charles, 64, succumbs to bladder cancer

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Nick Charles, the first sports anchor at CNN and a wonderful boxing announcer, died today from bladder cancer. His wife, Cory, told CNN that Charles died while looking over his landscape in Santa Fe, N.M.

He was 64 years old, and he had known for months that his condition would be fatal. But he was courageous in the face of death, and stories about the video diaries he was preparing for his 5-year-old daughter were uplifting and heartbreaking at the same time (he had told his daughter that he would be going to heaven to prepare a place for her so they can spend together forever).

From an April 2011 Time story on Charles:

The CNN video excerpts a series of messages that Charles has taped for his daughter, so that she'll have something to remember him by as she grows up. In one, he wishes her a happy seventh birthday as his wife of 13 years, Cory, holds the camera.

"My little girl needs a good daddy more than anything right now," he told CNN. "This is a gift from God where I need to build these memories for her, so that I'm not a blur."

Charles said his wife is "as strong as they come" and that she and Giovanna have such a strong foundation and bond with each other that he is "totally at ease" that they will continue to thrive without him.

For now, Charles is coping, fighting through the fear. "My story is to never give up on life," he said.

A fond farewell to one hell of a talent.

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Category: General
Tags: Nick Charles
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:49 pm

Enberg discusses Wimbledon's 'bloody blue balls'

Posted by Will Brinson

In what will likely become one of the funnier announcing moments from 2011's Wimbledon coverage, Dick Enberg, working Venus Williams' latest match -- a three-set victory over 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm -- told a story about an old-school Englander who was lamenting what would happen if you mixed yellow tennis balls and green grass stains.

The result? "Bloody blue balls," Enberg pointed out to partner Chris Evert (via The Big Lead).

Yes, her response -- "Okay ... I'll leave that one alone" -- is even funnier than the story.

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