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Brian Gay’s caddie chases away alligator at RBC Heritage (Video)

Whatever caddie Kip Henley earns, golfer Brian Gay should double it. Gay’s ball on the par-5 15th hole was near the water at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, S.C., Thursday, and he had a tough time hitting his shot because of a slight nuisance in the way. Yup, an alligator was on the bank and Henley had to push it away using a rake.

Gay finished the round at five over par and tied for 105th. It’s no surprise he bogeyed 15 after his encounter with the reptile.

Brazilian soccer player bitten by police dog during discussion with linesmen (Video)

It’s a wacky world out there for Brazilian soccer players, and you can never be sure what you might face on the pitch. During a game between Caxias and Novo Hamburgo Saturday, one player was bitten by a dog on the pitch.

Caxias striker Vanderlei was bitten by a policeman’s German Shepard while he and his teammates swarmed the refs to dispute a call. They were contesting a disallowed goal that was overturned, one that marked the only score of the game. So not only did Vanderlei get bit, but his team also lost. At least Vanderlei was able to return after the game was delayed about 10 minutes.

If Vanderlei needs someone to lean on, he should speak with former Auburn DB Jerraud Powers who was bitten by a dog during the 2007 Iron Bowl. Maybe they could commiserate about rabies shots.

Thanks to Off the Bench for sharing the video

Charlie Manuel on the Squirrel: I’m a Pretty Good Shot

For the second day in a row at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, a squirrel got loose on the field. This time, it actually appeared to have disrupted play by scurrying in front of home plate just after Roy Oswalt had thrown a pitch. Oswalt complained to the umpire after the pitch, and seemed to suggest that either a) he was bothered by the squirrel or b) the umpire got distracted and forgot to call the pitch a strike. It wouldn’t matter because the squirrel ran into the stands and Oswalt proceeded to get Skip Schumaker to fly out.

Anyhow, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel, who also went out to protest the squirrel’s presence on the field, was asked about the stray rodent after the game. He busted out with some Southern humor.

“There’s not too much I can do about a squirrel running across the field. I don’t know what I can do about that. Of course, being from the South, and being a squirrel hunter, if I had a gun I might have done something. I’m a pretty good shot,” he joked.

At least, we think he was joking. If the eating habits of Takeo Spikes are any indication, he might be serious.

The Cleveland Indians Bullpen is No Match for a Swift Squirrel (Video)

Bullpens and squirrels, they go together like Cliff Lee and shutouts. Earlier this season we showed you a video of a squirrel hanging out in the Portland Sea Dogs bullpen. On Wednesday, another squirrel showed up at a stadium and caused somewhat of a disturbance. This one managed to escape the grasp of the Cleveland Indians:

This squirrel seemed considerably less nutty than the one that interrupted a WPS game last week, but at least that one had an excuse: it was chasing after Alex Morgan. This one was messing around with Chris Perez. I’d say the soccer squirrel takes the victory.

Thanks to Guyism for the video

Arkansas High School Senior Darrick Strzelecki Practices with Snake In Helmet

Anyone who has experience with high school football knows things can get pretty hectic during the summer months.  Between football camps, two-a-day practices, and sweltering heat, it can be tough to keep track of what is going on around you.  Gravette High School Senior Darrick Strzelecki likely understands that now more than he ever has.

When Strzelecki felt a strange feeling in his helmet during practice last week, he chalked it up to a tangled lock of hair or sweat piling up underneath his helmet.  When the team broke for a 15 minute rest, Strzelecki took his helmet off and saw what he initially thought was a rubber snake planted as a prank.  The 10-12 inch snake was not rubber.

“I kept hitting, and it just kept bothering me,” Strzelecki told the Benton County Daily Record via Off the Bench. “It looked like a rubber snake, and I thought somebody had pulled a practical joke on me. When I grabbed it by the tail, that’s when it jerked, and I dropped the helmet.”

Strzelecki said it freaked him out throughout the rest of practice and he felt like there was still something crawling inside his helmet.  That is no mindset to be in on a football field, so that sucks for him.  One thing’s for sure: that kid will probably never put a helmet on again without removing all the padding and making sure nothing is living inside of it.  Who can blame him?

Check out some other strange incidences involving animals and sports here.

Insane Squirrel Runs Onto Field at WPS Final (Video)

What can we say that would make you want to watch a clip from the WPS title game between the Western New York Flash and the Philadelphia Independence? Perhaps you don’t even know what the WPS is, but I assure you this animal is worth watching.  Check out the WPS squirrel video, courtesy of Dirty Tackle:

For those who are interested in the game, the Flash won in a penalty shootout.  As for the important part: What was up with that squirrel? Rabies?  I mean I’ve seen some dumb squirrels before that run right in front of cars, but at least that seems like an honest mistake.  When was the last time you saw a squirrel bugging out and spinning in circles?  Some squirrels just chill in the bullpen and others tweak out I guess.  Maybe the pressure of the championship match got to him.  It can happen to the best of us.

Portland Sea Dogs Have a Bullpen Pet Squirrel (Video)

Oftentimes when we talk about animals in sports we’re mentioning them in a negative light.  Whether it’s a kangaroo interrupting a round of golf or a water hazard full of deadly sharks, animals usually don’t bring joy to the sporting world.  That is not the case in Portland, Maine.  The Portland Sea Dogs, a minor league affiliate of the Red Sox, have adopted a squirrel as a member of their family.  More specifically, he or she is a sunflower-eating squirrel that hangs out in the bullpen and keeps relievers company.  Check out the Portland Sea Dogs squirrel video, courtesy of Off the Bench:

Over the years, bullpen boredom has led to some interesting antics.  These minor leaguers, however, have it made.  Rather than sit and watch the game waiting for their numbers to be called, the Sea Dog relievers get to eat sunflower seeds with a domesticated squirrel.  Winning.