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. Enjoy.
Xavier Henry – POSTERIZES JEFF WITHEY
The 22-year-old Belgium product threw down this epic dunk when the Lakers hosted the Pelicans a few days back. Xavier has kept Laker fans on the edge of their seats in all ten games so far this season; a feat Dwight Howard didn’t managed to accomplish even once throughout the 2012-2013 NBA campaign. If you look up the definition of a ‘locker room virus’, there’s a picture of Dwight Howard. And yes, he is complaining in the photo.
Eddie Aikau – Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau
Eddie is a surfing legend from Kahului, Hawaii; he died on March 17 1978. At the age of 31 Eddie participated in a 30-day, 4,000km journey between the Hawaiian and Tahitian islands. 19km off shore their canoe started taking on water, so Eddie took off his life jacket and began paddling to the closest island on his surfboard. The crew was recused shortly after, however Eddie was never seen again. The 8th Quiksilver In Memory of Eddie Aikau is this year. It’s an invite only event that’s held at Waimea Bay over one-day, and requires waves that measure over 20 feet. The organisers have released the list of invited surfers with the holding period from December 1, 2013 to February 28, 2014. The most recent contest was in December 2009 when twenty eight big-wave surfers took to the water to tackle some 30 to 50 (15 meters) foot waves. The competition consists of two rounds and surfers are not allowed jet ski assistance.
What a week it has been for the Celtic Jeff Green. Throughout the week Boston travelled to Miami, then two nights later they played Orlando. Both nights Green managed to feature on NBA’s top 10 a combined total of three times in those two days. First off the Celtics had the dreaded task of playing against the defending champion Miami Heat. That didn’t seem to worry Green; even if Miami shot 57.7% from the floor. Jeff had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists. To go with that, Green was 5/8 from beyond the arc, had a heavy dunk on Shane Battier, and pulled off an impossible game-winning shot over LeBron James.
Then against the Magic Jeff posted 16 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist; plus this gem.
Billy Slater – Security Footage
Recently Kangaroos fullback Billy Slater was arrested in Manchester for an altercation in a bar. He was released shortly after on the ground of self-defense.
A.J. Green – Hail Mary
During the dying seconds of the clash between Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens, quarterback Andy Dalton threw a crazy 51-yard Hail Mary that somehow landed in A.J. Green’s hands after taking two deflections. This TD tied the game up and sent it to overtime; it also finished off a 17-0 run by the Bengals.
Unfortunately for Cincinnati fans, the Ravens kicker Justin Tucker nailed a 46-yard field goal to win in overtime.
Steve Blake – The White Mamba
A few days back the Lakers traveled to Houston to play Dwight Howard and the Rockets. Dwight Howard is the guy that Steve ‘The White Mamba’ Blake shoots over for the win. The relevance of this is that Dwight Howard was a Laker last season. Everyone who follows the NBA knows about Dwight’s highly publicised departure. These fans would also agree that Howard is nothing but an insecure, locker room virus that has exceptionally high opinions of himself. It’s ironic because whenever an offensive sequence doesn’t go to plan, or a defensive assignment is blow, Dwight is the first one to crucify the persons at fault – Who are you going to blame for this late rotation here Dwight? What about how he went 5/16 at the free throw line? Those 11 missed FT’s allowed the Lakers to get within striking distance late in the game.
What about how Kobe put his balls in your face Dwight?
FIFA Puskas Award 2013 – Goal Nominees
Some of these are insane!
Adrian Alvarstein – Greatest Hockey Celebratory Ever?
The Arctic Eagle’s had reason to celebrate after they destroyed the Viking Hockey 8-3; so a Norwegian player named Adrian Alvarstein went to work.
Adrian Peterson – Unit
Every running back in the entire world should take note of this GIF. Last week during Minnesota’s game against the Washington Redskins, AP showed us why he is, without a doubt, the best damn running back in football. One example was on a 2nd and 13; Peterson found a tiny hole, ran through five defenders, and picked up the first down. What a stud.
Alain Riou – Worst Wipeout Nominee, Teahupoo
Steven Stamkos – Broken Tibia
Earlier this week the Tampa Bay Lightning played the Boston Bruins. Steven was following the play when he collided with the goal post; he immediately knew something was wrong. X-Rays confirmed a break in the tibia and he received surgery hours later. Currently the Lightning are first in the Eastern Conference, and Stamoks actually leads the League in goals and points. Unfortunate timing for the 23-year-old; particularly as the Winter Olympics are just around the corner. Steven didn’t made the Canadian Olympic side in 2010, but surely had earned a spot in the 2014 team after his stellar start to the NHL season – now he battles the clock in hopes of being fit to help Canada defend their title in February.
Jerry Kill – Victory Dance
Another victory dance on the scoop, this one comes from the coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers, Jerry Kill. Jerry went into his sides locker room and showed his excitement after their 24-10 win over Penn State – Jerry killed it (couldn’t resist).
Jeremy Fry – Celtic Fan Dances To Bon Jovi
All this dancing reminded me of Jeremy Fry – a Celtic fan that goes nuts after he hears ‘Bon Jovi, Living on a Prayer’, and realises he’s on the big screen.
Golden Tate – One Handed TD
Golden Tate has appeared on the scoop as dickhead of the week, this time he’s netted a spot with a one-handed beauty! For anyone unaware, to be called a touchdown the player must have control of the ball and each foot needs to touch a blade of grass; in bounds obviously. With that in mind, the level of difficulty on this catch is through the roof.
Suniland Sundevils – Pull Off Status Of Liberty
Trick plays are awesome, but they rarely feature in peewee games. Check out the fake pass from the quarterback!
One of my favourite NBA players – the man who guarantees you a double-double every night was forced to speak to the media after the Timberwolves close 109-107 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. On the last play of the game the Timberwolves were down by 2; with 6 seconds left they managed to have three shots to tie up the game; thanks to two offensive rebounds.
“You were able to box out there on that last sequence at least twice, getting two offensive rebounds”,
Love’s response: “That wasn’t a question”.
Did you know the NBA is back on? Just in case you didn’t.
DAMN STRAIGHT IT IS, AND IT’S GLORIOUS!!!