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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Articles tagged: Amazing plays

Kam Chancellor hurdles line to block field goal (Video)

Kam Chancellor nearly pulled off an awesome field goal block just before halftime in the Seahawks-Panthers playoff game on Saturday.

Chancellor knew the Panthers’ snap count and timed it perfectly to hurdle the center and affect the field goal. Graham Gano’s first 35-yard attempt was good but waved off because of a false start penalty. The kick was moved back five yards and on the next attempt, Chancellor did the same thing. This time he caused Gano to hook the kick wide left, but he was penalized for running into the kicker. On the third attempt, the Panthers varied the snap count so Chancellor did not try his hurdle. Gano made the final attempt to make the score 14-10.

We wonder if Chancellor stole the move from Daren Bates, who did the same thing against the Giants late in the season.

Kam Chancellor

Trevor Booker somehow made this shot (Video)

No amount of time on the shot clock is too little for Trevor Booker.

The Utah Jazz big man made a shot behind his back on Friday despite only having 0.2 seconds to work with. He took a bounce pass and tossed it behind his head kind of like a volleyball bump, and it went in the basket!

Despite Booker’s miracle shot, the Jazz still lost to the Thunder 99-94. Booker had eight points, nine rebounds, and that great shot.

Trevor Booker shot

Javess Blue makes incredible one-handed TD catch (Video)

Kentucky wide receiver Javess Blue on Saturday hauled in what could be the best touchdown catch of the year. The senior, who went into the game with four touchdowns on the season, hauled in two scores against Louisiana-Monroe. The first was an 83-yard catch and run. The second defied physics.

Blue was somehow able to snag the ball with one hand and turn his body to secure it. He also managed to stay in bounds and maintain control through the catch with just one arm, despite coming down pretty hard.

Javess-Blue-one-handed-TD

We have seen some amazing catches through the first half of the college football season, but Blue’s may very well be the best of the bunch.

H/T Saturday Down South

Jordan Westerkamp makes amazing behind-the-back catch (Video)

Jordan-Westerkamp-catchThe 2014 college football season is merely a few days old, and already we have a strong candidate for catch of the year. We feel confident in saying that the behind-the-back catch Nebraska wide receiver Jordan Westerkamp made on Saturday may not be topped in the next four or five months.

A Florida Atlantic cornerback tipped a pass that was intended for Westerkamp and nearly intercepted it, but the sophomore receiver still managed to make the play. The catch would have been mind-boggling if it happened in the open field. The fact that Westerkamp was able to secure the ball and keep his feet in practically defies physics.

Here’s another angle:

We saw some amazing plays throughout the course of last season, but Westerkamp’s catch probably tops them all. You just watched SportsCenter’s top play of the week.

GIFs via SB Nation, Anthony Slater

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.

Creighton’s Devin Brooks had pass of the year off backboard (GIF)

Devin-Brooks-assistCreighton junior guard Devin Brooks brought us one of the highlights of the night from the college basketball world on Thursday, and he couldn’t do it again if he tried. That’s not to take anything away from Brooks’ skill set, but passes off the backboard to teammates standing behind the 3-point line don’t happen all that often.

With Creighton leading 60-50 midway through the second half, Brooks fired the ball toward the basket for what may have been a horrendous attempt at an alley-oop. It somehow deflected off the side of the backboard and directly into teammate Austin Chatman’s hands, who drained a three from the corner.

Brooks threw the ball so hard that it almost looked intentional, but there’s just no possible way. Hey, as long as it worked out.

H/T SB Nation

HS player Marvey’o Otey makes insane behind-the-back shot while saving ball (Video)

Marveyo-Otey-amazing-shotA high school basketball player from William Byrd High School in Virginia recently made one of the best and most improbable plays you will ever see in your life. Marvey’o Otey chased down an errant pass from a teammate and somehow saved it from going out of bounds. And when I say saved it, I mean Otey saved it by tossing it directly into the hoop.

Otey caught up to the ball and flung it behind his back before his momentum took him through the gymnasium doors and out of the gym. I don’t know if he was intentionally throwing the ball at the hoop or not, but it doesn’t matter.

You want to outdo Otey? Pull off the same shot, only have it be a game-winning buzzer-beater. That’s the only way you’re going to top it.

Video via The Big Lead

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