Category Archives: YouTube Clip of the Day

Ridiculous Video: Surfer Garrett McNamara Sets Record By Riding 78-Foot Wave

Next time you’re thinking about a nice little beach vacation, you might want to rule out Nazaré, Portugal as a possible destination.

Last November at that very location, a surfer named Garrett McNamara (who has been described as “legendary” several times) rode what was unofficially called the largest wave ever surfed. Last week that claim was substantiated, and McNamara now holds the Guinness World Record after riding the wave that was measured at 78 feet by the Totally Tubular Big Wave Surfing Division at Guinness. Continue reading

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Flashback Friday: Scottie Pippen Schools A Bunch Of 1950s White Dudes

One of my favorite pastimes is looking through old sports clips on YouTube. They give us a sense of what the cultural values were at the time when they were produced and show us the ever-changing landscape of pop culture.

But more importantly, they’re all extremely high on the unintentional comedy scale. So on Fridays I’m going to try to take us back to revisit some vintage clips of our favorite athletes. If nothing else, it will help you get to the weekend with a smile on your face. Continue reading

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Outlawing Baseball’s Third-To-First Move Makes No Sense

My wife is Canadian, and had probably watched a grand total of three hours of baseball in her entire life by the time I met her. I, on the other hand, had probably averaged three hours of baseball per day since I was eight years old. Needless to say, the first time we watched a baseball game together I had some serious explaining to do.

She prides herself in being a quick learner, able to pick up foreign concepts swiftly and effectively—and my baseball tutorial was no exception. She figured out things like the infield fly rule, the dropped third strike, and the check-swing appeal with significant aplomb. Continue reading

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Chris Davis And The Greatest Out-Of-Position Performances Of All Time

Yesterday afternoon I was treated to one of the greatest endings to a baseball game I have ever seen. No, it wasn’t the playoffs. No, there wasn’t a dramatic walk-off homerun. No, it didn’t involve Bryce Harper. What made the Baltimore Orioles’ 9-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox yesterday so special is that by the end of it, the 17th inning, the two pitchers of record were both position players.

What made it even more special is that the Orioles first baseman Chris Davis not only picked up the win—the first for an American League position player since 1968—but he was also downright filthy. When a position player is called upon to pitch, you generally expect to see him throwing fastballs in the low 80s, maybe mixing in a slow curve or a bad slider just to mix things up. Continue reading

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Video: Andrew Bynum Just Now Realizes Defense Is Important

What a weekend for NBA fans! In just two days we saw Kevin Durant bounce in a game-winner, reigning MVP Derrick Rose suffer a season-ending injury, Rajan Rondo chest-bump a referee (not the good kind of chest-bump), and the Los Angeles Clippers execute one of the most extreme comebacks in playoff history. Oh, and let’s not forget the Dwight Howard-less Orlando Magic stealing Game One from the Indiana Pacers on the road.

Not to be lost in the shuffle was the Lakers’ Andrew Bynum’s performance in the series opener against the Denver Nuggets. Bynum dominated the paint while putting together the first Lakers playoff triple double since legendary point guard Smush Parker Magic Johnson did it in 1991. Of course, the most impressive part of Bynum’s triple-dip was that he set a Lakers franchise record and tied an NBA record with 10 blocked shots. Continue reading

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