Archive for January 19th, 2009

19
Jan
09

Before There Was Madden, There Was Madden

Long before John Madden started printing money with the Madden video game football series, he endorsed another video game series way back in 1983, the eternally popular Wizard of Wor for the Atari 2600. I simply cannot believe this game hasn’t been updated so I can play on my Xbox yet!

[Kotaku]

19
Jan
09

Nomar Scores for Charity

Everything comes in twos today it seems…

Despite being the greatest female soccer player of all time, Mia Hamm wasn’t able to eke out a victory over her husband’s team at the second annual Celebrity Soccer Challenge at the Home Depot Center on Saturday. Nomar Garciaparra, or Mr. Hamm, led his team, Nomar United to an 8-7 victory over FC Hamm, erasing the embarrassing stigma from losing last year 13-12.

“I was just glad to get that game-winning score, because I didn’t want to have to hear it for another year,” said Garciaparra, he followed up immediately by tearing his hamstring while scratching an itch.

The event, which raised nearly $200,000 for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the Mia Hamm Foundation as well as encouraging hundreds of fans in attendance to sign up for the National Marrow Donor Registry.

Among the “stars” in attendance were actor C. Thomas Howell (star of the greatest beach volleyball movie, Side out), actors Josh Hutcherson and Mark Consuelos, Donald Faison of ABC’s “Scrubs,” Jimmy Jean-Louis of NBC’s “Heroes,” Angus Jones of CBS’s “Two and a Half Men,” Josh Henderson of the CW’s “90210,” Weezer frontman Rivers Cuomo and skateboarders Tony Hawk and Ryan Sheckler. A real powerhouse of stars. Faison endeared himself to the crowd when, after accidentally scoring on his own goal earlier in the game, made up for it by scoring a proper goal later in the match.

Fortunately, the crowd was able to see some real soccer players too, including Brandi Chastain, Kristine Lilly, Joy Fawcett, Tisha Hoch and Abby Wambach. Other current and former male soccer players who participated included Cobi Jones, Chris Seitz, Matt Reis, Brian Dunseth and Alexi Lalas.

[MLS.com]

19
Jan
09

Braylon Edwards Can’t Hold the Ball

At Curtis Granderson’s celebrity hoops game over the weekend, the fleet Tigers center fielder served as referee for the various celebs in attendance. Granderson had some fun with the role, no more than when the Cleveland Browns’ all-pro dropsies receiver Braylon Edwards went up for an acrobatic, wide-open breakaway dunk and lost control of the ball. “Somebody must have fouled you,” Granderson called out after blowing his whistle after the play, noting that no one was in the vicinity whatsoever. Of course, Edwards is well-versed in being unable to hold onto the ball, as he just finished one of the great seasons in drops from a wide receiver.

The game was ultimately tied up by a pair of Kid Rock free throws, as most true sporting events are, and then a dunk contest between Edwards and Jameer Nelson, an And1 baller where Nelson emerged as the victor.

[MLB.com]

19
Jan
09

Leave My Brother ALONE!

Because college sports weren’t unruly enough, here is another fun clip of a fan taking exception to something going on in the game. You see, Providence’s Jeff Xavier drives to the hoop and takes a clean elbow to the face, cutting him around the eye. Painful sure, but not a dirty play. But then, while Providence takes its free throws, a fan walks ONTO the court and starts jawing with the refs. Fun enough, it turns out this isn’t just a rando fan, it’s Xavier’s brother Jonathan who clearly follows the “nobody-beats-up-my-brother-but-me” life mantra. Ultimately, Jonathan was taken off the court and arrested for disorderly conduct.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG3WPOD8vU0]

[The March to Madness]

19
Jan
09

2009: The Year Fans Strike Back

College fans care passionately about their teams. But being that most college fans are also teenagers they don’t think things through too much, throw in the fun that is drinking before a sporting event and you get this fun clip. Chas MacFarland is a center on the Wake Forest basketball team, and while going to save a ball from going out of bounds he fell into a Clemson student, who apparently took umbrage at that. Instead of letting MacFarland up, the unnamed student instead tries to body-slam MacFarland back down to the ground. Because I’m sure the six jaeger-bombs you had before the game give you more strength than a 7′ 235 lb center. Seems like a good call to me!




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