Each week there are countless sporting videos, photos, GIFs, memes, highlights and lowlights that make you laugh and cry; it can be difficult to catch them all. My job is to bring you some of the more entertaining, past and present, sporting moments that I’ve stumbled across in the last week.
Cristiano Ronald Wins Ballon d’Or
In the football world, 2013 has been officially declared the year of Cristiano Ronaldo, as he claims his second FIFA Ballon d’Or award since 2008. The 28-year-old freak beat out Lionel Messi and Franck Ribery; Ronaldo couldn’t be more deserving. In 2013 the Portuguese and Real Madrid star scored 69 goals in 59 matches, which is an average of 1.17 goals a game (38 league goals, 9 more than any other player in Europe’s top 5), 15 Champions League goals (most ever in a calendar year), and 10 goals in 9 outing for his country (4 goals in World Cup playoff vs. Sweden). Our journalists in Europe (Seb Greenwood) wrote a great piece earlier this week: And The Winner Is…Ronaldo.
- 69 goals
- 14 headed goals
- 37 right foot goals
- 6 freekick goals
- 1.17 goals a game
- 18 left foot goals
- 17 assists
- 8 hat-tricks
THAT’S FREAKING INSANE!
Teahupo’o Wipeouts: Best Of 2013
Everybody loves a wipeout, especially heavy ones at the most dangerous break on the planet. Teahupo’s is a village on the south-west coast of Tahiti. The iconic surf spot serves up a nasty wave when it wants to; heaviest going around actually.
Mike Brown vs. Aaron Volpatti – Enthusiastic Punch-Up
Yeah, ok, we are used to seeing NHL players going toe-to-toe – but not like this. No doubt one of the more spirited fights you’ll ever see on the ice. It was obvious that Mike Brown (San Jose Sharks) and Aaron Volpatti (Washington Capitals) had arranged to drop gloves after a faceoff in the first period. Both players landed hefty blows in an encounter that resembled a scene from Mortal Kombat; funnily enough the Verizon Center started playing the Mortal Kombat theme song as the two began throwing-down.
Craig Simmons – Fast Century in T20
As the Big Bash League continues to successful capitalised on Australia victory in the Ashes, players like Craig Simmons are doing all the right things to entice new fans. Simmons smashed the fast century in BBL history when the Perth Scorchers defeated the Adelaide Strikers by 5 runs at the WACA just last night. Simmons smashed 102 runs off 39 balls, which included 8 fours and 8 sixes; the previous record was held by Luke Wright (44 balls). Last nights sell out crowd of 19,495 is another indication that the BBL is growing in popularity. According to Jesse Hogan, a sports writer for The Age, the average crowd attendance of a Big Bash League match is 19,649. That currently sits second in Australia’s sporting charts; AFL is first (32,163), then the A-League (18,148,) followed by Super Rugby (15,700) and Rugby League (17,990). The BBL is doing something right, other sports might have to start taking note.
Dancing Fan – Out Of Breath
On Thursday the New Orleans Pelicans hosted the Houston Rocket, and one fan was so stoked to get on the big screen that he showed off with some unusual dance moves – which was followed by a Dwight Howard miss at the free-throw line, nothing unusual about that.
There is also nothing unusual about James Harden crossing up someone (Austin Rivers) before stepping back and draining a clutch bucket.
Extreme Sports Compilation
The title really says it all.
Pipeline Winter 2013
This was posted by Eric Sterman on Vimeo about two weeks ago, but I only just came across it. This famous surf spot is another iconic location on the World Championship Tour. Sterman, an aerial photographer, bagged this epic footage over the winter using a GoPro.
It wouldn’t be a proper scoop without an appearance from Philip Rivers. Here Rivers gets furious when his center doesn’t snap the ball.
Then later Rivers freaks out again and Broncos’ defender Robert Ayers mocks the quarterback.
French Domestic Rugby
An epic mix of the best and worst fights in the French domestic rugby competition.