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Calvin College steals home for walk-off win (Video)

Calvin-College-walk-off-steal-homeCalvin College is a liberal arts school in Grand Rapids, Mich. that is made up of roughly 4,000 students and just over 300 faculty members. You have probably never heard of it, and neither had I before today. But walking off with a win by stealing home will always get you some quality publicity.

According to MLB Fan Cave, Calvin College’s Grant VanPutten was on third base in the bottom of the seventh (final) inning on Sunday when he decided to take a huge chance. VanPutten waited for Albion’s catcher to throw the ball back to the pitcher’s mound and took off for home. By the time the pitcher and catcher could figure out what had happened, VanPutten scored the game-winning run.

This isn’t the first time we have seen a player steal home, but I don’t remember us ever featuring a video of a walk-off steal of home plate. That takes some serious marbles.

Jameis Winston had a pretty awesome sports weekend

Jameis WinstonJameis Winston sure had a memorable weekend with Florida State athletics.

Winston, who won the Heisman Trophy last season and led the Seminoles to a national championship in football, is also a closer and outfielder with the ‘Noles baseball team. Over the weekend, he played both sports for the school.

Jameis was in Atlanta for the baseball team’s first game of their series with Georgia Tech Friday, then flew to Tallahassee to play in Florida State’s spring football game Saturday where he threw for 396 yards, and he flew back to Atlanta to be there for the baseball finale at Georgia Tech Sunday.

Winston closed out Sunday’s 5-4 win for his fifth save of the season. Though he’s only batting .133 this season (4-for-30), Winston has a 1.65 ERA having allowed just three runs in 16.1 innings.

Below is video of him talking about the the spring game.

Tip via David B.

Jameis Winston does joust, plays football in FSU-ND rain delay (Video)

Few things produce more fun in baseball than rain delays. Over the past few years, we’ve really seen the trend of teams providing rain delay entertainment explode. Teams will engage in dance-offs and other rehearsed skits that require a group effort. And Notre Dame and Florida State certainly excelled with their rain delay entertainment on Saturday night.

FSU Notre Dame joustCollege Baseball Daily shared this video with us that shows the two programs doing all sorts of fun stuff during their rain delay. You see them joust, play deer hunter, football, tennis, curling, bowling and much more. Of course it always helps when the Heisman Trophy winner gets in on the act. You can see Jameis Winston holding up one of his teammates for the joust and then he crashed the Notre Dame football game.

If I had to play judge, I’d say that his side lost in the joust.

Ole Miss 3B Austin Anderson hits walk-off home run on botched intentional walk pitch (Video)

You ever watch a team try to issue an intentional walk in baseball but think to yourself that the pitcher is still leaving the ball dangerously close to the plate? Yeah, well it finally backfired on someone.

Ole Miss third baseman Austin Anderson burned Auburn pitcher Jay Wade with a walk-off 3-run home run in the bottom of the 13th inning in Oxford Friday night on a pitch that was supposed to be off the plate for an intentional walk.

The Tigers had intentionally walked Anderson in his two previous at-bats and were trying to make it three in a row, but Wade left a pitch over the plate and Anderson crushed it over the right field fence. The senior infielder was 2-for-5 with 3 RBIs in the 8-5 win, and he surely delivered one of the most memorable moments of the college baseball season.

Oh, and the way he just posed and did the bat flip after was so money.

Austin Anderson

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Whistleblower says this 150-word paper got North Carolina athlete an A-

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For several years now, the University of North Carolina has been accused of going well beyond special treatment when it comes to educating student athletes. A report that was published in The News & Observer a little less than two years ago claimed UNC football players took phony classes that lacked instruction and involved forged signatures.

Many of the classes in question were from the African-American (AFAM) studies department. Former UNC employee Mary Willingham, who has researched the studies of student-athletes at UNC, spoke with ESPN recently and shared some of what she found. Her findings included the paper you see above, which was allegedly written by a student-athlete for a class that never met and required just one final paper.

“Athletes couldn’t write a paper,” Willingham said. “They couldn’t write a paragraph. They couldn’t write a sentence. Some of these students could read maybe at a second or third grade level. Really, for an adult, that’s considered illiterate.”

Here is the text from the paper that was written for a class called AFAM 41, courtesy of Sports Illustrated contributor Bryan Armen Graham:

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Jameis Winston separated by police during bench-clearing brawl (Video)

Florida FSU brawlA bench-clearing brawl between rivals Florida and Florida State in baseball on Tuesday night suddenly became a lot more interesting once everyone realized Jameis Winston was involved.

Winston had nothing to do with the brawl starting — it was incited when Florida infielder Zack Powers got in outfielder DJ Stewart’s face following a swinging bunt and collision up the first baseline — but Winston was among those who got involved.

As you can see in the photo below, the Heisman Trophy winner was separated by a policeman who stepped in:

Another must-watch item from the brawl is this video, which features a crazy female fan screaming for Winston to beat some behind during the fight:

Look, we only highlighted Winston here because he is famous compared to everyone else in the brawl, but that does not mean we’re blaming him for the fight; this is part of baseball, and he was doing just what teammates do in a situation like this.

Tennessee baseball cleans their field off like bosses (Video)

The Tennessee baseball team has an interesting pregame routine that would make any college coach in the country proud. Put it this way — you don’t ever have to tell these guys to put a little hustle into it.

Before home games begin, the Vols kick it into overdrive to get their team’s equipment off the field. They somehow manage to get their tarps and protective nettings off the field in roughly 30 seconds.

Tennessee-field-cleanup

“When the opponents look across they’ve got to be thinking, ‘Boy, look at the energy level,’” Vols head coach Dave Serrano said. “I’ve heard a couple of coaches on opposing teams say, ‘That’s the way the field should be cleaned off.’”

No wonder these guys are off to a 17-2 start and are ranked 21st in the nation. If they put half as much effort into the games as they do in warmups, they should have no problem contending for a national championship.

Video via For the Win