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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Articles tagged: animals in sports

Skateboarder Ryan Vitale taken out by deer while racing downhill (Video)

I do believe they have outdoor folks wear helmet cameras precisely to capture moments like these.

Ryan Vitale was competing in the Buffalo Bill Downhill skateboarding race in Golden, Colorado, on Saturday and flying downhill at 45 mph when he was unexpectedly taken out by a deer that came out of nowhere to crash into him.

According to Pete Thomas of GrindTV, Vitale was heading into a 180-degree turn called “The Gooch” when Bambi’s cousin emerged and ran into the skateboarder. Both somehow were unharmed.

“I didn’t know it was coming at me. It just all happened really fast,” Vitale told 7NEWS reporter Jaclyn Allen.

Vitale is a 17-year-old high school junior from Salt Lake City. Who figured this is how he’d end up famous?

Easily our best outdoor person taken out by wildlife since this video.

Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter: Seagull crapped on my hat before I got the win

Prior to entering the game in the 16th inning Tuesday night in Seattle (or very early Wednesday morning), Orioles reliever Tommy Hunter received a sign from above. Whether that sign meant something positive or negative was on the horizon remained to be seen, but either way he was going to need a new hat.

A seagull above Safeco Field took a crap right on Hunter’s head.

“I was minding my own business, not doing anything. I thought it was (reliever Luis) Ayala throwing stuff at me,” Hunter explained after the game according to the Baltimore Sun. “You know, he usually does. So I didn’t know what it was. I just thought someone threw a piece of gum and hit me. It wasn’t a piece of gum, man. Everybody just started dying laughing.  Then everybody said it was good luck. Then we won.”

Hunter picked up the win when the Orioles finally were able to put an end to the five-hour and 44-minute marathon. He was happy to help the team win, but from the sound of it Hunter was pissed about the hat.

“I was getting ready to go warm up and it went (plop) and I looked at it and everyone started laughing,” he said. “I had bird (droppings) on my head. It’s my favorite hat. It sucks. It’s terrible.”

If he could have borrowed a teammates hat, Hunter said he would have. Unfortunately that wasn’t an option since he has a rather large head.

“I have 7 5/8’s. I got a huge dome. A large landing zone, I guess. I don’t know. That was wild. I’ve never been (dropped) on before.”

People laugh, but we know a group of Denver Broncos fans who would agree with Hunter that it’s no laughing matter.

Broncos fans say pigeon poop is ruining their experience at the game

There are a number of things fans expect to have to deal with when purchasing a ticket to an NFL game. Traffic, weather, high concession prices and parking are just a few. Getting crapped on by a pigeon is a bit more out of the ordinary, but Broncos fans sitting in section 306 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High say it is something they have been dealing with.

“There were some people messing around behind me and someone grabbed my shirt,” season ticket holder Allison Harden said according to The Coloradoan. “I found out a pigeon had pooped on the back of my shirt.”

Allison and her husband, Jeff, say they saw several other people hit with the stink before and during the game. She says people sitting in the $250 seats had to use towels to cover their heads and were turning their popcorn bags into covers for their drinks. The Hardens reported the problem to stadium employees and were told it has been going on for years.

“There’s actually a plastic owl,” Jeff Harden said. “I’m sure they set that up there at one point to deter the pigeons. It’s obviously not working. It’s a health issue. There’s people with drinks. There’s open food containers.”

General Manager of Stadium Management Company Andy Gorchov released a statement saying the safety and comfort of fans is the No. 1 priority of the stadium’s maintenance team but noted that outdoor stadiums sometimes have issues with birds. If it has been going on for years and is as bad as the fans say it is, something definitely has to be done.

If you thought having a game delayed by bees or possible being exposed to rabies was a problem, try sitting through four quarters of a football game wondering if and when a bird is going to take a dump on your head.

H/T Game On!

Report: Ravens fans possibly exposed to rabies during preseason game

Fans who attended the August 17 preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions have been urged to contact their local health department following a potential rabies scare at M&T Bank Stadium. During the game, a bat reportedly landed on a person in the stands. The bat was not captured and therefore can not be tested for rabies.

Bats commonly carry rabies and officials said in a press release that rabies can change animal behavior, making typically friendly, domesticated animals more aggressive and wild animals more friendly. Since bats are usually afraid of people, it is somewhat alarming that one may have landed on a fan. The Maryland health department urges people to avoid touching any bat that should enter their home and to try to capture it and not let it go until animal control has tested it, unless you are sure no animal or person in your household came into contact with the bat.

We have seen several incidences of animals in sports over the years like a this furry creature delaying a baseball game or a golfer getting attacked by a reptile, but possible exposure to rabies has to be among the strangest occurrences. Hopefully no fans who attended the game were affected.

Alligator eats a huge snake at the PGA Championship (Video)

Who ever said golf can’t be dangerous? Just because it isn’t a contact sport doesn’t mean there aren’t risks involved. No, we are not talking about a golf ball cranking an innocent fan in the head as he cheers for his favorite golfer. That stuff is plenty dangerous, but it doesn’t send a chill up your spine quite in the same way that an alligator devouring a huge snake can.

If the players at the PGA Championship in South Carolina were considering going near the water in search of their ball prior to the first round, they probably aren’t any more. Sometimes all it takes is the food chain at work to discourage thoughts like that. As that elderly gentleman who was dragged by an alligator could tell you, it’s never really worth it.

H/T Deadspin

Squirrel delays Rockies-Dodgers game (Video)

There was a brief delay during the sixth inning of the Rockies-Dodgers game at Coors Field on Friday when a squirrel made a repeat appearance and ran around for about a minute. The squirrel first went for Dodgers starter Chris Capuano before hanging out at the feet of third base coach Rich Dauer. It eventually exited the field through the Dodgers’ dugout, allowing Jordan Pacheco to resume his at-bat.

We’re guessing the Rockies, which won 13-3, weren’t bothered by the critter. At least this delay was much better than what happened last time.

Bees delay Rockies-Diamondbacks game (Video)

The Rockies-Diamondbacks game was delayed a few minutes on Thursday because of a swarm of bees that invaded Coors Field. The bees invaded a camera bay next to the Rockies dugout in the top of the 5th inning. The swarm was so massive that the cameramen left their positions, but no players had to be cleared off the field. Once the bees were contained, umpires determined play could continue.

An inning later a beekeeper arrived and sucked all the insects into a cool device where they could be transported to a hive. Hey, it’s a much easier problem to deal with at a stadium than fire ants, that’s for sure.

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