What’s your favorite grappling submission move? Is it the armbar? The triangle lock? The rear-naked choke?
There are plenty to chose from. Personally, I’d have to go with the classic “fart to the face,” which was recently executed to perfection during a match at the NAGA Grappling Championships in Las Vegas.
You can watch the “fart to the face” and the subsequent puke in the video below. And keep this in mind the next time you consider signing up for the grappling class at your local gym.
Earlier today, during the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa, Judge Thokozile Masipa determined that the testimony of pathologist Gert Saayman (who preformed the autopsy) was not fit to be broadcast live on television due to the graphic nature of it’s contents and the belief that their unveiling to the public would compromise the dignity of deceased model Reeva Steenkamp and her family.
But while we were unable to sit though the pathologist’s testimony and listen to the grueling details of Steenkamp’s death, Pistorius wasn’t so lucky. He had to sit there and relive the horrifying incident, all while crying hysterically and puking into a bucket.
I’m not sure if that makes him seem more guilty, or less guilty.
Here’s a recap of Day 6 in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial:
The Los Angeles Kings’ Jordan Nolan was hit with nothing more than a double-minor for roughing after cold-cocking the Oilers’ Jesse Joensuu late in the second period of last night’s game between these two Pacific Division foes. It seemed like an incredibly lenient call at the time, and it was. But now it looks like there could be more punishment to come from this sucker punch, as the NHL is scheduled to have a disciplinary hearing with Nolan at some point today.
Will the Kings’ forward earn a suspension for his cheap-shot? Watch below and judge for yourself:
During soccer matches, we often witness players taking dives before begging the officials to penalize the other team. What we rarely see is a player take a dive before begging the official not to penalize the other team, but that’s exactly what unfolded during Saturday’s Bundesliga match between Nurnberg and Werder Bremen, as Bremen’s Aaron Hart earned a penalty shot after going down in the box, but confessed shortly after that he had gone down on his own accord.
That confession may have lost him the opportunity at converting on a penalty kick, but it did earn Hart the respect of the officials and the Nurnberg players.
You can watch the incredible act of sportsmanship unfold in the video below:
It was on this day in 1941 that the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that all of their players would start wearing batting helmets permanently in the upcoming season. It was not long after that many other teams would adopt this safety precaution as well.
General Manager Larry MacPhail was the man behind this innovation; he also introduced night games, plane travel between games, and the baseball players pension plan. The previous year a couple of MacPhail’s players were seriously injured by taking pitches to the head. As a result, Larry went to George Bennett, professor of orthopedic surgery at John Hopkins School of Medicine, and the two devised a protective helmet for players.
Nowadays, batting helmets are mandatory for all hitters. First and third base coaches are also required to wear the protective helmets. In an incident in 2007 minor league coach Mike Coolbaugh was killed by a foul ball to the head, which prompted the new rule.
Rod Woodson, NFL – Born March 10th 1965 (age 49) in Fort Wayne, Indiana
Mike Timlin, MLB – Born March 10th 1966 (age 48) in Midland, Texas
Samuel Eto’o, Soccer – Born March 10th 1981 (age 33) in Nkon, Cameroon
On Wednesday, Joakim Noah recorded his second triple-double in three games (10 points, 11 rebounds, 11 assists) to help his Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons at The Palace by a score of 105-94. It was a tough home loss for a Detroit team that currently sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, just three games back of the Atlanta Hawks for the final playoff spot.
But while these two teams may not play again until April 11th, it didn’t take the Pistons long to get some redemption thanks to the ninja-like skills of their mascot Hooper.
You can watch him scare the living daylights out of Noah as he makes his way to the locker room in the GIF below:
Last night, fans at the Staples Center were first-hand witnesses of the biggest beatdown in Los Angeles Lakers history, as the Clippers steamrolled the Kobe-less Lakers by a franchise record 48 points.
We could sit here and tell you about how the Clippers shot 55.3% from the field, compared to the Lakers’39.5%. We could point out how the Clippers out-rebounded the Lakers 16-4 on the offensive glass, and 64-33 in total. Or we could mention that the Clippers outscored the Lakers 62-40 in the paint.
But rather than summing up the game with all of those numbers, we’ll simply give you this Blake Griffin dunk, which tells you all you need to know about the Clippers’ 142-94 victory over the Lakers:
It was on this day in 1982 that the NCAA Tournament Selection, also known as Selection Sunday, was first broadcast on live television. Since then, a live broadcast of the event, which takes place the weekend before the tournament begins, has been used to inform each school of whether they have made it into the tournament, and where they will be seeded.
Both CBS and ESPN televise the selection process, however, CBS owns the official rights to cover the selection of the men’s tournament field as they broadcast the vast majority of the games. What will happen, as a result, is CBS will announce each bracket first, followed by ESPN only seconds later.
This year’s Selection Sunday is slated to take place on March 17. Much is yet to be decided as most of the conferences still await the completion of their own tournaments to find out who will earn each of the 31 automatic bids. Once that is figured out, it will be interesting to see who the recipients of the remaining 37 at-large bids are, and how those teams are ranked. Only time will tell.
Here is a look at the Michigan Wolverines being selected as the 10th seed in the 2009 tournament.
Franco Harris, NFL – Born March 7, 1950 (age 64) in Fort Dix, New Jersey
Lynn Swann, NFL – Born March 7, 1952 (age 62) in Alcoa, Tennessee
Joe Carter, MLB – Born March 7, 1960 (age 54) in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
During an intense Mountain West Conference battle between Nevada and Boise State, the Wolf Pack’s Deonte Burton came up big with 25 points. Eight of them came in the second overtime period of Nevada’s 83-81 double overtime victory, but it’s the two that he scored less than three minutes into the second half that has everyone talking today.
Check it out:
And the foul!
That was so good, we have to show it to you again—this time with some additional angles and interesting commentary:
“That one’s on your family”? Did he really just go there?
In addition to his 25 points, Burton also chipped in eight assists, six rebounds, and a block, all while playing the entire 50 minutes without a rest. Sadly, the Wolf Pack are an unimpressive 14-16 on the season and 9-8 in the Mountain West. So we probably won’t be seeing Burton throw down any of his emphatic dunks during the NCAA Tournament.
When you take your eyes off the play while in attendance at a hockey game, you not only risk the possibility of missing a great goal or an amazing save, but you also run the risk of taking an errant puck to the face.
One fan found that lesson out the hard way during last night’s game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, as a deflected pass in the neutral zone during the second period caught him square in the face, resulting in a sore jaw and the need for some medical attention.
What’s the cutoff age when pitch invasions turn from cute and acceptable, to wrong and punishable?
Whatever that age barrier may be, this young pitch invader from yesterday’s friendly between South Africa and Brazil in Johannesburg still falls on the “cute and acceptable” side of it. At least that’s the impression we got from Neymar and his Brazilian teammates, as they saved the young child from the grasp of security before taking pictures with him and hoisting him in the air.
You can watch the video in all its adorableness below:
It was on this day in 1964 that Elijah Muhammad announced Cassius Clay would be renamed, “Muhammad Ali.” Clay’s adoption of this name symbolized his acceptance and new identity as a member of the Nation of Islam.
Clay revealed that he was a member of the Nation of Islam after claiming the championship from Sonny Liston in 1964. At the time, Clay was given the name Cassius X because it was believed that his surname was nothing more than a symbol of his ancestors’ enslavement. On Friday, March 6, 1964, Clay was taken on a guided tour of the UN building by Malcolm X. Later that night, the prophet Elijah Muhammad announced in a recorded statement over the phone (which was to be played over the radio) that Clay would be renamed Muhammad Ali. Muhammad was interpreted as “one who is worthy of praise,” while Ali represented “the fourth rightly guided caliph.”
Many sports writers refused to accept Ali’s new name, including boxing announcer Don Dunphy and most British reporters. One reporter who did adopt his new name was Howard Cosell. Today, most people refer to the former champ as Muhammad Ali.
Here is a clip of Muhammad Ali talking about his beliefs and the Islamic religion.
Erik Bedard, MLB – Born on March 6, 1978 (age 36) in Navan, Ontario
Marcus Thames, MLB - Born on March 6, 1977 (age 37) in Louisville, Mississippi
Shaquille O’Neal, NBA - Born on March 6, 1972 (age 42) in Newark, New Jersey
In recent years, TSN’s annual TradeCentre broadcast on the day of the NHL trade deadline has produced some of the most boring moments in television, but this year was different.
In addition to some big names being on the move, like Martin St. Louis, Marian Gaborik, and Ryan Callahan, the folks working for ESPN’s Canadian brother also added some spice of their own to the 2014 edition of TradeCentre.
First, there was the talented Lester McLean playing the drums and singing songs with lyrics inspired by deals that were in the process of being made. In this instance, that deal in question involved St. Louis going to the Rangers for Callahan:
That blockbuster deal would eventually be confirmed, with the Lightning also receiving a couple of draft picks from the Rangers.
Then, just as the final details of the Tuomo Ruutu for Andrei Loktionov trade were coming in, the TradeCentre crew attempted to one-up Ellen Degeneres with their own selfie.
Unfortunately, the TradeCentre selfie would fall short of Ellen’s record, earning a measly 26,921 retweets compared to her 3,273,085 (as of 5:26 pm ET on March 5th). But you can’t blame them for trying (and succeeding) at making this year’s edition of TradeCentre at least somewhat watchable.