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Jennie Finch blew fastballs by Adrian Peterson (GIF)

Adrian Peterson is a tremendous competitor, but even NFL superstars have to be careful what they wish for sometimes. During Sunday’s All-Star Legends and Celebrity Softball Game, Peterson challenged softball star Jennie Finch to throw the whole slow-pitch softball thing out the window and bring the heat.

Finch threw Peterson three straight fastballs during his second at-bat of the game. His reaction was priceless:

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After whiffing on the first, AP got credit for fouling off the next two. It’s unclear if he actually made contact, as he later said “it’s possible” and Finch jokingly replied that he’s “full of it.”

“I said, ‘Don’t take it easy on me. I want you to come with a fastball,’” Peterson explained, via ESPN.com. “She said, ‘What else?’ I said, ‘Changeup.’ Initially, I thought she was going to continue to throw them underhand, but she saw I was serious.”

Peterson also said he probably hasn’t swung a bat in 15 years, and it showed. Finch is a master of her trade. We all know what Peterson can do on the gridiron, but he’s clearly no match for Jennie.

GIFs via The Big Lead and @cjzero

Jennie Finch threw a ‘Duck Dynasty’ party, likes Oklahoma in WCWS

Jennie FinchThe Women’s College World Series is entering the super regional stage, meaning there are only 16 schools remaining in the tournament. LBS had the chance to speak with former national champion Jennie Finch last week before the tournament began. Finch, a two-time gold medalist, is currently an Advisory Board member for the Capital One Cup, which awards a combined $400,000 in scholarships to the schools that win the competition.

I talked to Finch about this year’s tournament, whether softball will make it back into the Olympics, and about her personal life. Yes, Finch is living the country life and even threw a “Duck Dynasty” party recently. More on that later.

I asked Finch what she thought of No. 1 Oklahoma, which lost last year in the championship to Alabama.

“I expect to see them there at the end,” said Finch. “They have three of their players in the top-10 finalists for Player of the Year. It’s pretty amazing to have one person on that list, let alone three. It shows you the depth of talent of their program.”

Sooners Lauren Chamberlain and Keilani Ricketts were announced on Thursday as two of the three finalists. Michelle Gascoigne was their other player who was a top-10 finalist.

“They’re playing with a little chip on their shoulder having come up short last year,” Finch said of Oklahoma. “So they have the pitching and the incredible offense to go along with it.”

Finch believes there is a strong competitive balance in the sport, which is different from how things were in the past.

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Jennie Finch talks about what it takes to be an Olympic softball player

Softball may no longer be an Olympic sport, but Jennie Finch was a key member of the U.S. National Team during two of the four years it was part of the Summer Games. LBS spoke with Finch, a former gold medalist and University of Arizona star player, about what it takes to reach that level as a player. We also discussed softball’s efforts to regain Olympic status.

Finch was touring on behalf of the Capital One Cup (see the current NCAA standings), and we spoke last Friday as the Women’s College World Series was beginning. She mentioned Oklahoma, Cal, and Alabama as the teams from whom she was expecting the most. She was right on — Oklahoma and Alabama are meeting in a three-game championship series that begins on Monday night. Finch mentioned Oklahoma’s Keilani Ricketts, Alabama’s Jackie Traina, Cal’s Valerie Arioto, and Arizona State’s Katelyn Boyd as the players who have impressed her the most. It will come down to Ricketts and Traina for the national title.

So what does it take to reach that star level as a player?

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Celebrating the Top Females in Sports for Women’s History Month

March is National Women’s History Month and this got me thinking. We always hear about our superstar male athletes on a day-to-day basis but we rarely hear about the gals.  So today I want to salute all the beautiful, talented, and accomplished ladies (that means no Anna Kournikova, sorry guys) in the sports world.

Candace Parker: Not only is this girl gorgeous, but she can play basketball with the best of them. The L.A. Sparks’ superstar has been called the female Jordan and for good reason — she was the first women to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and she helped the University of Tennessee Lady Vols win back-to-back NCAA championships in 2007 and 2008. Parker is not only a great basketball player but she also has a squeaky clean image; she makes a great role model for future athletes.

Jennie Finch: This stunning 6’1″ beauty is a pitcher for the Chicago Bandits.  She has quite the list of accomplishments on her resume to prove her talent. Finch has two Olympic medals — gold (2004) and silver (2008) — and she’s a two-time world champion. Finch is also a two-time Pan American gold medalist and was named co-pitcher of the year in 2005. Sadly for the eager men out there, not only will Finch not be doing Playboy anytime soon, but she’s also hitched to Houston Astros pitcher Casey Daigle.

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Jennie Finch Won’t Be Getting Naked Anytime Too Soon

Jennie Finch is pretty busy these days pitching shutouts for Team USA in Beijing. Even though she’s been bringing the country lots of pride through her play on the field, it’s her looks off of it that brings the country all its joy. Unfortunately if you were hoping Finch were going to go the way of Ashley Harkleroad and Amanda Beard, it ain’t happening. In a recent interview, Jennie Finch was asked if she’d consider posing for Playboy. Despite giving elaborate answers on every other question, her response to that question was one word: no. That’s just too bad. Let’s see what we’re missing out on:

One of the other questions she gave a slightly more detailed answer, and that was in regards to her future career plans. She says she enjoys her commentary roles on ESPN and This Week in Baseball. She may enjoy her roles, but let’s just say it’s a good thing we don’t have to hear her continue to make mistakes as a fantasy baseball analyst. But if she is willing to reconsider her position on the whole posing naked thing, I’m all for it.

Jennie Finch Breaks Down Fantasy Baseball

Former Team USA and Arizona softball stud Jennie Finch was on ESPNEWS making her debut as a fantasy baseball analyst Tuesday. The uber-hottie picked a handful of players she expected to have bounce-back years. Her list included names such as Gary Sheffield, AJ Burnett, Mark Teixeira, and Randy Johnson.

Here was Jennie Finch's analysis on why Randy Johnson will improve in '07, and the name Casey is in reference to her husband, Diamondbacks pitcher Casey Daigle (with audio below):

"Casey's been hanging out with Randy, he's working harder than ever. He's going to have a great season next year. He's moving from the NL to the AL he'll get to face pitchers this year. I'm looking for a good strong year from Randy Johnson."

I'm sure it was just a silly error that happened in the moment, but it's still kinda funny. On the bright side, she's still hot, so all she needs to do now is practice.

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