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 interesting, past and present, moments in sport that I’ve stumbled across in the last week. Enjoy.
Julian Wilson – Massive, Massive, Massive, 10 point Alley-Oop
Event 9 of the 2013 ASP World Championship tour in Portugal came to a conclusion last night: Rip Curl Pro, Subertubos. Wednesday the competition (Wed night our time) ran rounds 2 and 3 in some heavy, four-six foot waves. Undeniably, the highlight of the day came in round 3 as 24-year old Queenslander, Julian Wilson, took on American veteran Damien Hobgood (34). Wilson raced down the line and hit the section perfectly, pulling off arguably the largest alley-oop in competition history – it was also the first and only 10-point ride of the event. Mick Fanning’s chances of securing his third ASP title in six years skyrocketed when 11-time champion Kelly Slater was knocked out in the second round (16-year old Australian, Jacob Wilcox beat Kelly in round 1). If Mick reached the semi-finals he would have solidify his 2013 triumph; he just missed out reaching the quarterfinals. Throughout Kelly’s 23-years on tour he has downright controlled and progressed surfing. So much so, that there’s only been one surfer who has genuinely rattled Kelly during his reign; the late Andy Irons who was ASP Champion in 2002, 2003 & 2004. Since Slaters injection in 1990, only two surfers have managed to win multiple titles; Andy Irons 3 and Mick Fanning 2 (seven other surfers have just 1). If Mick goes all the way, this inspiring feat could catapult him into surfing Mount Rushmore.
John Tavares Pull Out His Own Tooth
For years American sporting fans have quarreled over which heavyweight sport in the US is the toughest. Surely it’s the NHL. This roughhouse competition has a grueling 82-game regular season schedule, with the possibility of 28 more puck drops – if a side makes it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. Hockey’s is so brutal and incredibly fast that players on average can only spend 30 seconds up to 1:30 minute on the ice.
Philip Rivers – This Is Awesome
You’ve got to love San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. This is such an awesome reaction to his team kicking a field goal. If I was a Chargers supporter, I’d be stoked to see this.
Raul Jimenez – Late Bicycle Kick
Throughout the weekend of World Cup Qualifiers, Mexico’s Raul Jimenez produced this stunning goal in the 86th minute against Panama. Jimenez’s skill kept Mexico’s 2014 World Cup dreams afloat – if they drew or lost their hopes of qualifying were done.
Australian Cricket Team – High Five Problems
In the past six months, Australian Cricket has been in the media for all the wrong reasons. Punching English players, Twitter rants (well, that was all David Warner), the sacking of our head coach, losing the Ashes we cherished so deeply – you name it. Now this.
Eric Striker – Hit Of The Day
Oklahoma linebacker Eric Striker got through on a blitz and put a gigantic hit on the Texas quarterback Case McCoy. Holy tacos batman!
Steve Bartman – Foul Ball
Oh Steve. Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve, Steve. October 14th marked the 10th anniversary of the well-known Steve Bartman foul ball. In 2003 the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins were in the eighth innings of Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, in Chicago. With a 3-2 series lead, the Cubs were five outs away from their first World Series since 1945. A foul ball was hit (if a foul ball is caught the batter is out), and Cubs outfielder Moises Alou went up for the catch – enter Steve Bartman. Bartman (a diehard Chicago follower), lent over the railing deflecting the ball. This left Alou and all the other Chicago supporters fuming. The Cubs went on to lose the game and the series. This was a life changing experience for Steve Bartman and the Cubs. He was escorted from his seat by police and security, and was dressed in disguise to get him home safely. His seat became an icon of the stadium, so much so that they perform “Steve Bartman Seat Tours” when the stadium is free. There were Steve Bartman puns on every talk show in America. The ball was seen as the ultimate omen of bad luck and in 2004 Harry Caray’s Restaurant simmered it down into a red spaghetti sauce and local Cubs fans ate the ball. That night, 10 years ago, the Cubs made a few significant errors. On any given night the team would have received the brunt of the blame. Sadly for Bartman, a large portion of Chicago still holds him responsible for that loss. If you haven’t seen ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 document on it called, ‘Catching Hell’, do yourself a favour – I highly recommend watching it. Bartman did what every MLB fan does when a ball comes their way – you can see other fans trying to get the ball too! Steve has still never conducted an interview since interfering with the foul ball.
Mike Green from the Washington capitals missed a check and ended up going head first into his bench.
A golf ball is driven at about 230-245 km/h; this is the outcome of a golf ball colliding with a steel plate at 245km/h. The clip is slowed right down to 70,000 frames a second.
David Ortiz – Game-Typing Grand Slam
I wrote about this in my recent article, ‘Our, Personal Athlete Power Ratings: DCE’. During Game 2 of the American League Championship Series (ALCS) David Ortiz (a.k.a. Big Papi) and the Boston Red Sox were down 5-1 before Papi nailed this game-tying grand slam in the bottom of the eighth innings. For anyone who doesn’t know, a grand slam is when a player hits a home run while the bases are loaded. For those that are unaware, the Boston Red Sox are in a 7-game series with the Detroit Tigers; whoever can notch up four wins advances to the World Series. Papi created history with this swing – it was the first game-tying grand slam in the postseason to come in the eighth inning or later. This is a badass play. Why? The Red Sox were already down 1-0 in the series and with Game 3 in Detroit, it would have been very challenging to go there trailing 2-0. If you don’t like this, you don’t like sport. What a stud.
(How awesome is the Boston cop’s celebration!)
Tom Brady Being Tom Brady
In one of the season’s most entertaining hit-outs, Tom Brady waited until there was 5 second left to throw a touchdown pass to Kenbrell Thompkins, to conquer the undefeated New Orleans Saints. Brady and the Patriots are 5-1 thus far, but not many expected them to be doing so well. Brady’s top 5 wide receivers from 2012 aren’t with the team or are injured. Wes Welker (now a Denver Bronco), Danny Woodhead (now with the Chargers), Brandon Llody (released in March), Aaron Hernandez (in jail on murder chargers), and Rob Gronkowski (still recovering from injuries). These five guys accounted for 84 percent of the team’s receptions yards last season. Brady is still dominating even though he’s had to create new team chemistry and learn the ins and outs of his fresh, inexperienced receivers. The Patriots are doing what the Patriots always do, finding a way to win.
Amazing Backheel Assist
Joao Moutinho produced this excellent assist to Nani as Portugal defeated Luxembourg 2-0 in a World Cup Qualifier.
Troy Polamalu: Big Hits & LeSean McCoy Fumble
Ok, so the NFL might have a legitimate case as the toughest sport in America.
Yep, the NBA is coming!!! This is just a preseason game. “Ahh Crap” is what every non-Miami Heat fan is thinking.