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Archive for December, 2007

Yearly Pwnage: Getting Owned in 2007

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Well, folks, it’s that time where we look back at some of the sports memories of year. Yes, the impending New Year is a great time for best of lists and the like. Because the sporting world is becoming so much more encompassing than when I was younger, there are an absolute plethora of plays to choose from. So instead of giving a comprehensive list with the claim of “Best ___ of the Year,” I thought I’d give you a collection of some great pwnage-style plays that helped make the 2007 sports year so enjoyable, most of which will be accompanied by the appropriate YouTube selection.

Without further adieu, here’s my collection of some pwnage that stood out during this past year.

Boise State Beats Oklahoma
What better way to get the New Year started than with a great college football bowl game that seems to prove some of these smaller schools can play with the big boys? Who can forget the incredible Statue of Liberty extra-point play that cemented the win for Boise State? Of course, it’s also hard to forget Chris Myers spoiling Ian Johnson’s proposal to his girlfriend, Chrissy Popadics by running his mouth beforehand. Nice going Myers. Here are the highlights of the great game, complete with the Statue of Liberty and that sick lateral that saved Boise’s bacon.

Lebron Destroys Detroit
Lebron Destroys DetroitDuring the NBA Playoffs, there is usually at least one performance that captivates the sports watching nation. David Stern’s spineless handling of Phoenix/San Antonio series notwithstanding, the game that stood out this past year was game 5 of the Detroit/Cleveland conference final match-up.

As many NBA fans understand, players make their fame in crunch time, and boy, did Lebron ever take that lesson to heart. In the fifth game of the series, Lebron decided to put his personal stamp on the playoffs by scoring 48 points and single-handedly leading his team over the Pistons.

To do so, King James scored Cleveland’s final 25 points… and 29 of its final 30. If that isn’t taking a game over, I don’t know what is. The crowning jewel of Lebron’s performance was one of the most ridiculous, in-traffic, one-handed dunks I’ve ever seen. As the above picture indicates, James was head-high when he threw the upcoming dunk down. Goodness. While Cleveland went on to lose in the NBA Finals to the San Antonio Spurs, Lebron did his best to let everyone know the path to the finals goes through Cleveland… at least for now.

Baron Davis Destroys Andre Kirilenko
Speaking of incredible playoff dunks, Baron Davis decided he’d add to the cavalcade by absolutely hammering one down over the AK-47 himself, Andre Kirilenko. Perhaps AK shouldn’t have rotated over…

Trevor Ariza: Dunk of the Year?
Sorry for all the dunk clips (they do make for some of the best Pwnage entries though), but I have to ask: Is Trevor Ariza’s dunk over Grant Hill during the recent Christmas Day Lakers/Suns match-up the best of year? If not, it’s going to be hard to outdo it, even with Lebron and Baron Davis’ offerings.

My goodness Trevor. Don’t hurt anybody up there. ;)

Phillies Triple-Play
Cole Hamels OK, for my MLB pick, I had to resort to someone who’s opinion I respect a lot more than my own when it comes to all things baseball: Sooze from Babes Love Baseball. While I’m certainly not a baseball hater, my knowledge and recall isn’t anything close to some of the other experts out there. Thanks to Sooze’s help, I think we have a great play for our Yearly Pwnage recap:

The Phillies triple-play against the Cincinnati Reds in April of 2007. The triple play was the first one of the 2007 MLB Season and the first one for the Phils since 1999. Unfortunately, I haven’t found an embeddable video of the play, but MLB.com does have a streaming version on the link I provided above.

Sigh, when will MLB and the NFL get over themselves in regards to YouTube and allowing embeds? Folks, it only helps make your product MORE POPULAR… but I digress.

15 Laterals
The bold says it all. Everyone remembers the game-ending play provided by Trinity University and all those insane laterals that eventually resulted in them getting into the end zone and the win column. Any words I offer can’t do this play any justice, so I’ll just zip it and let you enjoy the play.

Words fail me.

OK, before I make this post an even larger scroll monster, I’ll leave you with my pwnage/play of the year, courtesy of Stevie Johnson, the University of Kentucky football team and the UofL Cardinal defensive secondary. I’m guessing the Cardinal fans wanted Bobby Petrino back after this particular game was over.

I don’t remember much of what happened the rest of the evening after all that…

Unfortunately, one of my favorite plays of the year–Randy Moss’ elbow catch–doesn’t have a proper video detailing just how awesome it really was, so I’ll have to let KSK back me up on this. I haven’t seen an elbow make such a definitive play since Karl Malone used his to blast Isiah Thomas for abusing John Stockton in light of Thomas getting snubbed from the original Dream Team.

Anyway, I hope you all have a stupendous New Year’s Eve celebration and a successful 2008. Intentional Foul will be back next year, so don’t miss out on our shenanigans. Happy New Year, folks. Be safe.

Odell Thurman Disappoints

As a Bengals fan, it gives me an odd mix of pleasure and pain bringing this upcoming picture to you. I think what you are about to see sums up the Bengals last two seasons quite nicely. Oh well, perhaps Odell will actually, you know, see the field next season.

Hat-tip to Bryan Rigsby for the picture, taken at the Bengals/Ravens game earlier this season.

Odell Thurman

Because of Thurman’s transgressions, the number 51 is currently worn by Corey Mays. But I can assure you the gesture being made in the image is directed at Odell.

Spinvitational = Balls of Fury For Real

Balls Of Fury

Did the Balls of Fury movie open up the flood gates for the world of Professional Table Tennis? If the Killerspin’s Spinvitational Table Tennis Championship has anything to say about it, then yes. Yes it did. Coming to Chicago’s McCormick Place’s Grand Concourse, the Spinvitational is a table tennis tournament featuring a who’s who in the world of paddles and hollow, plastic/synthetic balls.

It should be noted Balls of Fury and Killerspin have a hand-in-hand relationship, with Killerspin being the official equipment provider. Killerspin also references the movie in the press release announcing the event… and like any smart marketing exec targeting the sports world should, they focus on the crown jewel of this particular event, Biba Golic (link goes to a Flash site, so you have to navigate to the Killerspin Krew selection), making sure to mention her appearing at Spinvitational.

Biba
Pic courtesy of Rolling Stone

If you are interested in attending, the first session starts tomorrow at 9:45am. I’ll leave you with a vid of Biba in action on the Best Damn Sports Show Period. She’s incredible at her sport… and her accent is incredible as well. Enjoy.

Driving Away From the Cotton Bowl?

Did do-everything Arkansas Razorback Darren McFadden jeopardize his Cotton Bowl eligibility by picking the wrong time to enjoy the comforts of a Cadillac Escalade? Well, if you listen to the buzz coming out of Little Rock, there’s certainly something going on worth paying attention to.

According to numerous reports (Arkansas news outlets and a number of sports blogs, starting with SPORTSbyBROOKS), the Arkansas running back and Heisman hopeful was seen driving around in Cadillac’s SUV and if it turns out to be a “gift,” there’s a good chance McFadden won’t be playing in the Cotton Bowl on January 1st, 2008; a possibility most Missouri fans are no doubt enjoying.

Of course, getting to the bottom of the story is going to be a long and winding road, something FanHouse pointed out quite well. Did Mike Conley (agent for NBA rookies, Mike Conley, Jr. and Greg Oden) buy the vehicle for McFadden while number 5 was present or is it his step-mother’s? These are the questions being asked and it doesn’t look like the situation will be any clearer by next Tuesday, meaning there’s still a chance McFadden will play.

Whatever the findings are, I’m not sure if Darren used his common sense in either accepting or borrowing such a attention-grabbing vehicle (especially when a player like McFadden steps out of it). Perhaps he should’ve listened to the tale of woe that is Reggie Bush’s senior year is becoming… either that, or kept on driving the Crown Vic until the season was officially over.

McFadden

As of now, The Hog Blogger has been silent on the issue. I’m definitely curious about what they have to say about this situation. Did McFadden jump in a time machine and go back to the 80s where college athletes were given everything on a silver platter or is this just a case of mistaken vehicle use?

Intentional Eye Candy: Hana Nitsche

Thanks to Alexandra Paressant (and WithLeather), most of the sporting world now knows about uber-hot model Hana Nitsche. In case you missed it, Alexandra is the one who, via X17online.com, said San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker was having an affair with her.

Well, as Dana Kennedy of the Huffington Post revealed, the whole story was a sham (You mean her video interview was a lie? But she was so convincing…). Furthermore, we learned Paressant was so misleading that she used images of a super model, claiming they were of her instead. With that revelation, sports bloggers now have a new female to covet:

Hana Nitsche.

Because of Paressant’s rouse, it’s hard to tell if that is indeed her in the pics returned from a simple GIS. However, an image search for “Hana Nitsche” returns something wonderful.

Anyway, congratulations are in order for Hana. You are the latest recipient of the Intentional Eye Candy award for 2007. Granted, your contribution to the sports world comes from a poorly-concocted hoax, but that shouldn’t stop the readers of the world from enjoying your beauty. In fact, your vicarious participation only adds to the appeal… at least for me.

Congratulations Hana, we appreciate your contributions to the wide world of sports… even if it wasn’t intended.

Hana Nitsche

Hana Nitsche

Bonus: a video compilation of Hana and her awesome self:

And We’re Back

Testing… testing. Is this thing on?

After a much-needed Christmas break, we are back and ready to jump right in. Quite a bit has happened since last Friday, which was covered masterfully around the sport blogosphere so I won’t bother you with regurgitation. Although, there was some news being made last night as well.

Taking a quick look around, the biggest story to come out had to do with the NFL caving in and showing the Saturday’s game between the Giants and the Patriots in a simulcast format. Instead of keeping the game on NFL Network–and therefore ensuring no one sees it–Roger Goodell and crew will allow the game to be broadcast on CBS and NBC as well. Saying the decision was in the best interests of NFL fans, the Commissioner may have salvaged some goodwill from the NFL Channel/cable company debacle.

Of course, everything may not be on the up-and-up. Reminding us of that little fact is Epic Carnival, who takes a look at some of the reasons the NFL caved. Personally, I’m voting for the Jared Lorenzen demand. Any circumstance that results in the Battleship throwing the football is a good enough for me.

Jared Lorenzen

In other news, there was an actual college football bowl game last night and from the looks of it, it was pretty damn entertaining… if lower-level bowl games that offer 99 total points and over 1000 yards in total offense–or an abject lack of anything remotely considered defense–is your sort of thing. Reinforcing the belief that there may be too many bowl games, Purdue beat Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl, 51-48. Purdue kicker Chris Summers hit a 40-yard field goal as time expired.

This also gives us a great excuse to show a picture of the Purdue cheerleaders:

Purdue

Bonus: I saw one of the best dunks of the NBA season last night when Philadelphia’s Louis Williams dunked all over Udonis Haslem and Dwayne Wade. The dunk was so nasty, it was voted the Haier Play of the Day at NBA.com. I certainly agree.

Anyway, it’s good to be back. We’ll be back later (in-house chores to be tended to) with a look at tonight’s Holiday Bowl, featuring the Texas Longhorns against the Arizona State Sun Devils… and her (found at Busted Coverage):

Sun Devils

Intentional Eye Candy: Sexy Santas

Well folks, this will probably be my last post until after Christmas and so I thought I’d leave with another festive edition to help you enjoy the Holiday weekend. I’m not even sure of these two models names but I do know they show up on a GIS for “Sexy Santa.” Anyway, like I said before, have a Merry Christmas and stay tuned, because we’ll be back on Thursday.

Take care and have a great Christmas and if you are traveling, be safe. See you next Thursday where we will take a closer look at some of the upcoming bowl games.

Sexy Santa

Sexy Santa

Spreading Christmas Cheer

It’s the weekend before Christmas and since we’ll be out until next Thursday, I figured a good way to kick-off the weekend would be to share some of my holiday spirit, with a great deal of help from YouTube. What follows are some vids that do a great job of expressing my Christmas wishes. Be on the lookout for stuff like Wham!, Run-DMC, South Park, and Michael Jordan (you know, because this is still a sports blog).

First off, one of my favorite Christmas songs, perhaps ever: Christmas in Hollis by Run-DMC.

Is Santa a discriminatory jerk? Well, if you spin something the right way, anyone can come out looking bad. ;)

After watching that, you should probably have some cheese to lighten the mood. Thanks George Michael!!!

OK, this next one is the very first South Park toon, titled “Jesus vs Frosty.” This little gem was created by Matt and Trey when they were still in college and if you haven’t seen it yet, it does a great job of demonstrating the potential of these four children from the small Colorado town. Who would’ve thought when people first saw this that these two would go on to become one of THE forces in modern television comedy? I bet their fellow classmates didn’t.

And finally, my gift to you. As you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of Michael Jordan. I grew up watching him and while Kobe and Lebron are great players, they lack that certain something Jordan brought to the game… at least, in my opinion. Here’s one of his awesome commercials, featuring the stylings of Mars Blackman, aka Spike Lee.

“Do you know, do you know, do you know?”

Here’s a recap of the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk competition, featuring Jordan and his main dunking rival, Dominique Williams. For those of us who can’t fly, there’s not much you can say here. Just sit back and enjoy the majestic athleticism…

Well guys and gals, this wraps up my Christmas greetings post. I hope you enjoyed the videos and I also hope you have an awesome Christmas Holiday. If you are out buying presents and would like to send some cheer my way, a brand-new 40-inch plasma TV is always nice. ;)