Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders saw a few Stephen F. Austin defenders in his way Saturday, so he decided jumping over them would be his best move. Flanders literally leaped forward, was clipped, and ended up doing a front flip into the end zone. Watch this awesome video shared with us by SI Hot Clicks:
If a high school football player hits a 64-yard field goal that could have easily gone 70, is he destined for the NFL? I’m aware that accuracy is more important in the long run, but if I’m an NFL organization I’m taking a chance on Nevada’s Austin Pachecho at some point. Check out this kick, courtesy of Deadspin:
The longest kick in NFL history is 63 yards, and those guys are the most elite in the world. The kick was only the fourth longest in high school history, so again accuracy is obviously what separates NFL kickers from the rest. That being said, Pacheco made it look easy. There aren’t many people out there who can pull that off.
Ben Revere is developing a reputation as a center fielder who makes spectacular catches on a regular basis. Last week he burned former teammate Delmon Young with two sweet grabs in the same game. He went over his shoulder to rob Delmon in the first inning last Wednesday. That catch was nice, but it had nothing on this spectacular grab made against the Orioles Monday night. Check out the video:
You know it’s not Vladimir Guerrero’s season when he gets robbed on a catch like that. We’ve posted some pretty amazing plays here at LBS, and that’s up there with some of the best catches of the season. But when it comes to awesome baseball catches, nothing will top this sweet Spiderman grab. Nothing.
A triple play is a triple play. We have already seen a couple in the MLB this season and usually see about one or two each year. They are impressive and relatively rare, but if you’ve seen it once you’ve seen it a million times. Actually, never mind.
There are amazing plays and then there are amazing plays that begin with a baseball bouncing off your head. The latter happened during a minor league game in Omaha over the weekend and ended with a triple play. Check out the Logan Schafer triple play video, courtesy of Big League Stew:
Embarrassing? Yes, but impressive in its own right. Anyone can start a standard triple play. There aren’t many who can do it Logan Schafer style. In fact, there’s no way Logan Schafer could do it Logan Schafer style again.
Pulling of an amazing play is one thing. Executing a trick play is another. Both make for quality highlight reel material, but why not combine the two? Most people don’t have the skill to accomplish both tasks at most, but David Wright is not most people. Wright made an outstanding diving stop against the Padres on Wednesday. When he realized he probably would not have enough time to throw out the runner at first, he decided to pull one out of the old magic hat. Check out the David Wright trick play on Cameron Maybin video:
Nothing Maybin can really do there. I suppose you can call it a mental error, but sometimes the mind just can’t work that quickly. If you don’t believe me, just ask UNC’s lacrosse goalie or Cerezo goalie Jin-Hyeon Kim. Those two know a little something about being faked out of their shoes.
You know those halftime contests at hockey and basketball games where participants try to make a shot from midcourt? Yeah, well an 11-year-old boy actually made his shot from center ice last week during a charity hockey game at Shattuck St. Mary’s, Minnesota. KARE-TV has the story:
The kid sends a 3″ puck through a three-and-a-half inch wide slot from 89 feet away and he might not get to keep the prize. Can you believe that? Those insurance companies always find a way to get out of the prize. The kid won the contest. I don’t care if his brother’s name was called — give him the $50,000 prize!
But seriously, how awesome was that? The shot easily fits in with the amazing plays we’ve shown here at LBS. It probably was more impressive than this half-court shot a fan made at a Sacramento Kings game in Frebruary.
This is what I’m talking about. If more people thought outside the box like this guy I would definitely watch more soccer. This is the type of thing that requires a little thinking, some guts, and a lot of stealthiness. Frankly, I’m surprised it doesn’t happen more often. Check out this video of Yuzo Tashiro tricking the goalie and scoring a sneak attack goal, courtesy of Dirty Tackle:
The play happened during a J-League match between Kashima Antlers and Cerezo Osaka. Kashima was trailing 1-0 in the first half when Cerezo goalie Jin-Hyeon Kim put the ball down in front of him after coralling a free kick. Little did Kim know, Tashiro was casually strolling along behind him. Kashima went on to win the match 3-1 and teach Kim a lesson that he will never forget.