Something special happened at the Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. on Monday night.
No, it wasn’t the fact that the hometown Michigan Wolverines demolished lowly Wayne State 86-43.
No, they weren’t giving away free fridge magnet schedules for the upcoming Yellow and Blue basketball season.
It was something much smaller.
The moment may have looked insignificant with a quick glance at the score sheet, because it was just a simple free throw in a meaningless game but it was one of those ‘you had to be there’ kind of situations.
With 1:41 remaining in the game, Michigan freshman Austin Hatch entered the game.
The 19-year-old is the survivor of two separate plane crashes, the first claimed the lives of his mother and two siblings eight years ago, the second left Hatch in a coma and killed his father the pilot and stepmother.
You can’t put into words the response Hatch receives from the Wolverines faithful once he gets subbed onto the court, and after he makes his basket.
Not many people expected Hatch to be suiting up for play basketball ever again; his story continues to inspire the whole sport’s community.
If you were on the fence about who to cheer for this upcoming NCAA basketball season, I think you just found a team.
Somewhere Don Cherry is sitting in an elegant chair, reclined and yelling “THAT’S HOW YA DO IT!” at his TV after watching Seth Griffith score a monster of a goal.
Griffith, the 21-year-old forward from Wallaceburg, Ont., learned how to play the game at the “Ontario Academy of Fine Hockey Arts”, or more commonly known as the junior hockey institution that is the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League.
Grapes’ boy delivers a jaw-dropping backwards, between the legs goal that shouldn’t be overshadowed by the fact that he threw his body in front of a shot in the build up.
This goal encapsulates everything that you would want in a highlight reel hockey goal:
-Some real manly grit to block the shot
-Muscle as Griffith battles through New Jersey Devils defencemen Marek Zidlicky and captain Bryce Salvador to get to the puck
-Creativity as he gets turned around and fires that baby between his skates, backwards.
Go on Griffith, go on.
The Bieber curse has now made its way to Steel City.
It seems the whirling dervish that is Justin Bieber and his entourage has now brought the sports curse that plagued the Spanish national soccer team, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Miami Heat, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here’s what happened:
The Pittsburgh Steelers hold a pre-game Bible study for any players interested in growing their faith while building a stronger sense of community within the team. A lot of NFL, CFL and MLB teams do it, and it’s a cool way for the guys to build each other up. But it’s also any ultra-personal time that players use to open up to each other and reflect on God’s Word.
Now somehow, whether by divine right, or by invite only, Justin Bieber weaseled his way into the Steelers’ Bible study in New York Saturday night before their game against the New York Jets.
SIDENOTE: Can you imagine the gongshow if Timmy Tebow was still playing for the Jets, and showed up to this B-study? America would have imploded.
The Steelers lost to the traveling circus that is the New York Jets, 20-13 on Sunday, meaning that Justin will never be allowed back to a Steelers’ bible study. But look at how happy the players were that he showed up!
Maybe the club thought it was their own moral obligation to try and salvage Bieber before he was too far gone.
What kind of voodoo witchcraft did you use on the Steelers’ Justin?! When will your reign of terror on popular and successful sports franchises end?
The famed Green Men are heading for greener pastures.
Known for their hijinks beside the visitors’ penalty box at Vancouver Canucks’ home games, the two men, known as Force (Adam Forsyth) and Sully (Ryan Sullivan), dress up in green spandex suits and try their best to torment opposing players in the sin bin.
In a YouTube video released Friday, they announced this will be their last season.
“After five years of being idiots in spandex, we want to be idiots in skin,” says one of the men.
But don’t worry, they said they plan on making this year their best.
Check out below for a list of some of their best antics…
P.K. Subban gets an introduction to the Green Men
Milan Lucic has words with the Green Men
Green Men pin the tail on Taylor Hall
Green Men do the Harlem Shake
Green Men vs the Toronto Maple Leafs
Green Men make Mike Cammalleri laugh with Jarome Iginla sign
The Green Men vs the LA Kings
It’s a given that booze and firearms probably aren’t a good mix, right?
But cricket — the sport, not the insect — and pyrotechnics? Who knew that could be a dangerous combo?
Well, apparently Cricket Australia had no clue it wasn’t a great idea to combine their sport with open flames. But, after nearly killing off one of their star players Friday night, the governing body for cricket Down Under is re-thinking the idea of using flamethrowers at matches.
Aussie captain Aaron Flinch was nearly cooked when he went to retrieve a ball that had gone out of bounds during a Twenty20 match against South Africa. He ventured near one of said flamethrowers and, whoosh, was nearly flambeed.
(Just as a side note, did you happen to catch the Aussie team’s sponsor? Yep, it was KFC. Ironic, no? Kinda made me giggle, too, but only because Mr. Finch wasn’t harmed in any way.)
So, apparently, the incident has cause Cricket Australia to cancel the use of open flames at matches “until such time as we’re satisfied that there won’t be a repeat incident,” the organization’s Mike McKenna told AFP. Finch was also issued an apology for nearly being cooked.
But the incident begs the question: Who thought flamethrowers next to a sports field — and they are incredibly close — was a good idea in the first place? And who has their finger on the big-flames-now button?