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11-year-old Boy Nate Smith Makes $50,000 Shot at Halftime of Charity Hockey Game

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.

via Fark, also seen at Puck Daddy

Yuzo Tashiro Tricks Goalie and Pulls Off Sneak Attack Goal (Video)

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.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia Hits a Broken Bat Home Run (Video)

It’s not very often that we come across a broken bat home run in the baseball world.  Something has to give when a wooden bat breaks, and one would think it would be power.  Hitting a ball out of the park and shattering your bat must take an incredible amount of strength, which is why it is shocking to see it happen twice in a one-month span.  If Mark McGwire or Sammy Sosa cranked a broken bat homer we wouldn’t be fazed, but for this Rockies’ minor leaguer and Jarrod Saltalamacchia to do it within a month of each other is pretty impressive.  Check out the Jarrod Saltalamacchia broken bat home run video, which was passed along to us by Jose3030:

That’s a short porch in right at Fenway, but that takes nothing away from the feat.  Considering most of Salty’s bat landed beyond the first base bag, that’s a great display of power.  The further we get into the season, the more promise and pop the Red Sox catcher is showing.

Maryland Lacrosse Pulls Off Hidden Ball Trick (Video)

Lacrosse is certainly not the most popular sport in America and we’re very much aware of that. However, when amazing plays happen we have no choice but to give the lax bros a little respect.  Since the hidden ball trick is one of the most difficult but respected stunts to pull off in the sporting world, we thought we’d give Grant Catalino and Brian Farrell of the Maryland lacrosse team the credit they deserve for executing it.  Check out the Maryland lacrosse hidden ball trick video, courtesy of LacrossePlayground.com. Watch out for some NSFW language at the end of the clip.

Are we sure they didn’t use two balls to pull that off?  That’s definitely one of those videos you have to watch multiple times to even figure out what happened.  For that we salute you, oh mighty lax brodies.

Video: Incredible Slide by Caleb Walker Helps Tupelo Win High School Game

Last year we thought this Willie Mays Hayes-like slide for Fordham University was the most incredible play at home we had seen. That one now has competition. Check out this spectacular slide into home by Tupelo Golden Wave high school baseball player Caleb Walker during a game last week:

That was simply spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. The run helped Tupelo tie the game and they went on to win it 7-2.

We have a section here at LBS for amazing plays, so we’d like to know where you think it ranks. Here’s the list. Also, which slide was better, that one, or this one. Tough call bro.

Video: Jordan Crawford Goes Between the Legs to Andray Blatche

With the way things have been going for him, it’s important for someone to make Andray Blatche feel special these days. After all, it has to hurt when your own team misspells your last name on your jersey in the middle of the season.  That’s why Blatche has teammates like Jordan Crawford who can do special things with the basketball.  Check out this video of Jordan Crawford going between the legs to Andray Blatche:

That’s what you call a complete basketball play.  The block, the spin move, the break, and the no-look, between-the-legs dish.  It can’t get much better than that.

Emeka Okafor Crazy Buzzer-Beater Forces Overtime (Video)

We start you off on this fine Friday with one of the best shots you will see all year in the NBA.  With the Jazz leading the Hornets on Thursday night, 105-103, and 1.3 seconds remaining in the game, one would think any type of play to tie the score with an entire court to go is mathematically impossible.  Not if your name is Emeka Okafor.  The Hornets center hit a ridiculous off-balance shot from just inside the three point line after a full court heave to send the game to overtime.  Check out the Emeka Okafor buzzer-beater video:

Naturally, New Orleans would go on to win the game in overtime.