You may or may not have noticed that I was out for the past week. Shame on you if you didn’t. But I will take that as a compliment that Del, Darryn and Dixon dominated while I was away to the point that you didn’t notice anything different about the site, which is the goal.
Anyway, I was out all last week taking my first real vacation since going full-time with the site in 2010. This was probably the first time I went longer than 36 hours without publishing a story on the site since about 2009.
After being tied to the site for so long, it was about time to go out of town, so I headed north of the border to Whistler for a week. I had a blast. The scenery was gorgeous, the activities were tremendous, and the trip was tons of fun.
While in a city where the Winter Olympics were once held, I was determined to go bobsledding. I mean how often do you have a chance to bobsleigh on an Olympic track? You better believe I was going to do that.
I headed over to the Whistler Sliding Centre on Friday morning and went for a spin down the track. The track opened in Dec. 2007 and was used for the bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. Keep in mind this track was so dangerous when it opened that Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili died during training after he flew off the track and hit a pole. The track was known then as the fastest and most dangerous in the world. But that wasn’t about to stop me.
I bodied up into the sleigh with my helmet strapped and went for the run. We started off at Turn 7 and went down the rest of the track, reaching a top speed of 88.8 kmh (nearly 55 mph). It was awesome and felt like going down a fast roller coaster, only on this ride my head bounced around like a pinball. Seriously, my head was killing me about halfway down from banging off the sides of the sled.
It was just me and the driver, Anna, in a four-person sleigh, and we completed the course in 58.58 seconds. That was three seconds slower than the previous group that had three people in the sleigh, though we did reach a higher top speed. I think she hit too many walls and slowed us down, because I was in top form.
Check out the board (and respect my sled’s name — Slidin’ Dirty):
One of the best gags in a long time came Thursday night when a nearly 7-foot tall blogger for Elite Daily went down to Barclays Center in Brooklyn and pretended to be an NBA draft pick. The fans surrounding the arena ate it all up, and so did plenty of people at the club scene later that night.
How dumb do those folks feel now?
Connor Toole, who is 6-foot-10, headed to Brooklyn for the NBA draft dressed up in a suit. Between his full beard, solid build and earrings, he easily looked like the next Kevin Love, so it’s easy to see how fans were duped. It was even better when Toole went out to the NYC clubs later that night to celebrate, all while wearing a Utah Jazz hat. Yup, he had people convinced he was a second-round selection by the Jazz. They totally bought it.
As the video shows, girls were just falling all over themselves for him, leading him to the dance floor, trading shots, giving out phone numbers, flashing breasts, and even making out.
Now you have a little taste of what it’s like to be a young stud in the league and probably have a little more empathy for guys like this.
Remember Andy Benoit? Yeah, he’s the SI writer who said on Twitter that women’s sports in general were not worth watching. Well Seth Meyers and Amy Poehler, formerly a tag team on “Saturday Night Live,” brought back their “Really!?!” bit on Meyers’ late-night show, and it was awesome. I lost it when Poehler talked about one-armed boob cover-ups being a sport.
Of course, I can’t show one “Really!?!” video without including another. The one below that Seth and Amy did when Mike Vick was busted for weed possession at the airport in Miami is probably their best ever. Enjoy:
Guillermo from “Jimmy Kimmel Live” took his annual pilgrimage to the NBA Finals and produced an excellent and amusing video for our entertainment.
He interviewed several players, most of whom were from the Cavaliers, but he also got some face time with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Unfortunately, the LeBron James interview did not happen the way we all would have liked. The highlight easily had to be when he busted out a level to try evening out Iman Shumpert’s hair. That was classic.
Lil Wayne went after a referee at a charity basketball game on Sunday and allegedly spit on the man, according to some reports, bringing new meaning to the concept of taking things too far.
Weezy was coaching his “Young Money” squad at the 4th annual St. Louis Celebrity Basketball Game, and his team was facing LooseCannon SLIM’s squad. TMZ says Weezy was upset with some of the calls and tried to confront a referee, which brought a halt to the game. Keep in mind that this was a charity event designed for anti-violence, according to TMZ.
Noober Goober Gaming created a mock Floyd Mayweather Jr. “Punch Out” video game clip that’s a spoof on the classic Mike Tyson’s “Punch-Out” Nintendo game, and it was hilarious.
The video clip mocks the way Mayweather makes opponents agree to his fight terms, how he cares more about getting the money from customers rather than satisfying them with a good product, and how he refuses to engage his opponent in the ring.
The clip mocks him for hugging his opponent, as he constantly did to Manny Pacquiao Saturday, and shows him not throwing any punches. It was far too accurate.
HBO’s “Real Sports” broke out an all-star cast of comics for its 20-year anniversary, and that included a special commentary provided by comedian Chris Rock.
Rock, who is one of the best comedians around and one of my personal favorites, talked about the lack of blacks in baseball. He developed that idea into an even bolder statement, saying baseball is not for blacks.
Though Rock is black and a New York Mets fan, he explains how baseball does not appeal to black fans, has far fewer black players than it used to, and why it is losing with America’s youth.
Among his points:
– it’s too slow
– the old fashioned code is a problem
– it’s too expensive
These are some criticisms that many have been making about the sport, and baseball is working to address them. They’ve cut down the time of games, they’ve replaced organ music with contemporary jams, and the stadiums have been modernized to appeal to young people.
There isn’t much new presented by Rock in terms of the criticisms of baseball, yet I stuck around for all seven minutes just because he’s so darn good as an entertainer. I also realize that I am the typical baseball fan and therefore not in a great position to understand its lack of widespread appeal; I’m white, over 30, and I grew up playing, watching and loving the sport because it was my dad’s favorite. Baseball is thriving within baseball circles, but it does sadden me that there aren’t more black players and fans.
With the University of Kentucky at the Final Four looking to win another national championship, who better to be in Indianapolis to cheer on the school than former Wildcats quarterback Jared Lorenzen?
Lorenzen spent Final Four Saturday hanging out with the Barstool Sports crew, competing against our buddy Big Cat in a series of events.
They engaged in a Burger King Chicken Fries eating competition:
They went up against each other for a jump ball, too. But the best part was when they got into the pool for some swimming. The Hefty Lefty’s pool entrance was sublime as he nailed a belly flop and nearly drained all the water in the process.
If you look closely enough, you can see the water already starting to cringe:
Actor Justin Bartha of “The Hangover” fame got just a little weird during an interview with MSG’s Jill Martin Sunday.
Martin interviewed Bartha for her “A New York Minute” segment and things immediately got a little cozy when Bartha put his arm around the reporter. After a question or two about Oscars and movies, Bartha turned the tables on Martin and began exposing her supposed crush on actor Bradley Cooper. Martin quickly became uncomfortable and kept trying to change the subject with no success, as Bartha continued to press her on the issue. He even suggested some sort of three-way date between them.
Mo’ne Davis became famous through her play at the Little League World Series, but the truth is her real future is basketball. Just look at her moves!
Davis, the star at Williamsport over the summer, participated in the celebrity game at NBA All-Star Weekend Friday and showed off her sweet moves with a sick spin on actor Kevin Hart.
Davis has said her goal is to earn a scholarship with the UConn women’s basketball team. She even got the school in trouble as a result! But with moves like that, we wouldn’t be surprised to see her playing D-I basketball in a handful of years.