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Redskins kicker Zach Hocker given horrendous haircut as part of rookie hazing

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No matter the sport, being a rookie is tough. As if the growing pains of stepping up to the professional level on the field aren’t rough enough, you have the rookie hazing away from it.

Whether it’s paying for dinner, running out on the court alone, or having to dress like Gumby, having to go through something generally unpleasant is part of your first season in the league.

For Washington Redskins rookie kicker Zach Hocker, a pretty horrendous haircut is part of his introduction into the NFL. The seventh round draft pick from the University of Arkansas posted the above photo to his Twitter account on Wednesday with a caption that is shared by many during year one:

“No one ever said your rookie season would be easy…”

Hocker is definitely right about that, and this photo will always serve as a reminder.

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H/T Complex

Tampa television station takes shot at Detroit after David Price trade to Tigers

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseThe flurry of activity on Thursday is what Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is all about.

Familiar names to baseball fans like Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Allen Craig, Austin Jackson, and Martin Prado were all swapped and will be suiting up for new teams shortly.

Perhaps the biggest name moved was David Price, who was sent to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade.

With Price leaving town, Tampa Bay television station FOX 13 decided to send farewell wishes to the former American League Cy Young Award winner. Unfortunately, the station did so by taking a shot at the city of Detroit via its Twitter account.

Not surprisingly, the tweet was deleted as responses poured in.

To defend Detroit, FOX 2 fired this response, mocking the Rays’ home attendance.

So much for all of the action on trade deadline day being between teams.

Anthony Rizzo mocked by teammates for swinging at pitches that hit him with funny T-shirt

Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is enjoying quite the season in his fourth year in the big leagues.

After a disappointing 2013, the 24-year-old has rebounded to hit .284 with a National League-leading 25 home runs so far this season. Rizzo was also the winner of the NL’s Final Vote to claim a spot on his first All-Star team earlier in the month.

Those who follow the Cubs have no doubt seen Anthony Rizzo swing at a pitch that actually ended up hitting him at some point this season, like in the above video. Well, it’s become a frequent enough occurrence that his teammates are having a little fun with it.

As MLB.com’s Carrie Muskat shows, T-shirts have been made with the friendly reminder to “Hit the ball before it hits you.”

Honestly, that’s great.

With a bright future ahead of him, Anthony Rizzo will be known for a lot more than swinging at pitches that hit him when his career is done. For now, these T-shirts will serve as a reminder that it’s an unconventional part of his game for the time being.

H/T Eye On Baseball

Playbook loaded onto iPad for Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt is exactly what you would expect

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We’ve seen an increase in NFL teams opting to distribute playbooks to players on tablet computers recently and the trend can be seen in college football as well. The Oklahoma Sooners are among the schools utilizing Apple’s iPad.

As the new season nears, members of Oklahoma’s football program have received their playbooks loaded onto Apple’s popular device. With a kicker’s job pretty self explanatory, you probably wouldn’t expect senior Michael Hunnicutt to see much when he logged into take a look at his.

And you would be right.

Hunnicutt posted the above photo to his Twitter account on Wednesday which showed the very simple phrase “Kick the ball through the uprights.”

That about sums it up.

Hunnicutt hasn’t had much trouble kicking the ball through the uprights during his first three seasons as a Sooner. In 2013, he converted 24 of 27 field goal attempts and was an All-Big 12 Second Team selection.

H/T Big Lead

Melky Cabrera’s home run broke windshield of truck parked behind Green Monster

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The Toronto Blue Jays put on quite the offensive display on Monday in Fenway Park against the Boston Red Sox.

By the end of the sixth inning, the Blue Jays had amassed 13 hits and 13 runs, including a nine-run outburst in the top of the sixth.

Among the Blue Jays who had a good day at the plate was left fielder Melky Cabrera, who hit two home runs. His first, of the two-run variety, came off of Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz in the first inning. Cabrera followed that up with the above pictured three-run shot for an encore in the sixth inning off of Felix Doubront.

As you can see, Cabrera’s second homer cleared the seats above the Green Monster. What we didn’t know, initially, was where it landed. As ESPN later showed, and the always reliable CJ Fogler captured, the baseball’s landing spot was a windshield.

Park behind the Green Monster at your own risk when Melky Cabrera is in town.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s mother thinks he’s great at driving sh-t cars

Dale-Earnhardt-Jr-Facial-Hair-BetJeff Gordon crossed the finish line first on Sunday for his fifth Brickyard 400 win. Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished ninth.

Obviously, Earnhardt would have liked to finished higher, but it wasn’t meant to be.

During times like this it’s always good to receive encouragement from mom, who almost always knows the right thing to say.

After the race, Earnhardt had a conversation with his mother and he was kind enough to tweet a portion of it for us to see.

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Nothing like mom calling it like she sees it.

Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s 14 top-10 finishes this season have him tied with Jeff Gordon for most on the Sprint Cup circuit. Earnhardt’s nine top-5 finishes also put him at the top of the list, tied with Brad Keselowski. Dale Jr. is currently second in points with 693 after 20 starts so it’s safe to say he’s having a pretty good year thus far, in good or bad cars, depending on who you believe.

Mario Balotelli posed for selfie with two guys who ran onto pitch during match

mario-balotelli-ac-milanThere’s always the uncertainty of what’s about to happen when fans run out onto the field at sporting events. They know what their intentions are, but security and players don’t so it’s a nervous time until the intruders are apprehended.

On Sunday, during a friendly match between AC Milan and Manchester City, two Milan fans made their way onto the pitch at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and headed straight toward Milan’s Mario Balotelli.

There was no need to be alarmed however, the two guys just wanted selfies with the Italian star. And because he’s Mario Balotelli, the member of Italy’s squad at this summer’s World Cup obliged.

AC Milan lost by a final score of 5-1, not that the pitch invaders got to see the match in its entirety because they were taken away by security. They did, however, secure a pretty memorable selfie that will live on forever thanks to the internet, so the day was a success, I suppose.

H/T FOX Soccer