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Yadier Molina leaves crackers at home plate for brother

- July 24th, 2014

If this isn’t a fine example of brotherly love, I don’t know what is.

In between innings on Wednesday, injured St. Louis Cardinal Yadier Molina planted two packages of cheese crackers at home plate for his brother, Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jose Molina.

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Yadier, who is on the disabled list with thumb issues, convinced St. Louis’ third base coach to drop the goodies off before Jose was back on the field.

We’re not sure the exact meaning of this gesture. But, does it really matter? The Molinas clearly look out for each other.

Both seem to possess a good sense of humour, too. After all, upon noticing the crackers, a wide-grinning Jose slid the packages into his back pants pocket and continued on with his catching duties.

OK, on three, everybody say,”Awwwwwwww!” for this precious bro moment.

(Side note: Yadier sure dug deep to get that wax out of his ear, eh?)

Predators’ Rich Clune talks penis pics, hot player wives, and more in excellent Q&A

- July 23rd, 2014

In today’s NHL, where each player is media trained almost exclusively in cliches, it’s rare to come across an unplugged interview.

Nashville Predator Rich Clune’s recent Q&A with nofilterblog.com, however, is certainly an exception.

Rich Clune

Rich Clune fights Mike Brown. (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images/AFP)

Among the highlights in this doozy is Clune’s insight into the “hottest wife in the NHL” (hint: she’s a country music singer) and an intriguing anecdote about Clune and James Neal butt-dialing a veteran player whom they insulted via voicemail by accident.

Below are a few candid answers from Clune, a 27-year-old enforcer who had seven points and 166 penalty minutes in 58 games for Nashville last season.

(To read the entire transcript, click here.)

[WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE]

Who is your favorite person to fight in the league?

I’d love to get my hands on that little fuckin’ Roussel on Dallas again. I don’t hate him, he’s just got that face you want to punch. I probably have that too though. 

In your opinion: the #1 texting DON’T?

If someone hasn’t responded to your text, don’t call them out on it. There’s a reason they haven’t replied: A) The person hasn’t read it yet B) They’ve read it and maybe need time to think about an answer C) They don’t want to fucking talk to you, so let it go. It’s just such a turnoff when someone harasses you saying “why aren’t you answering me?”  You can see the insanity coming out of a person that way. Oh also, if you’re a dude: don’t send dick pics. And don’t ask a girl to send a naked picture, just take what comes your way. It’s a lot classier if you let things happen organically.

Best song to workout to? Best song to, um, “make love” to?

This is how weird I am: right before I’m about to do a serious leg workout and I know it’s going to be grueling and I’m kind of afraid to do it, I’ll listen to Lana Del Rey on the car ride there. It’s sad, mellow, slow and it just fuckin’ makes me ready to go.

["What's making love?"]

“Wicked Games” & “Kiss Land” – The Weeknd

What’s your favorite of all your tattoos?

Thankfully, I don’t have a Canadian maple leaf with two hockey sticks going through it. That’s the hockey tramp stamp. That’s the most common tattoo in Junior Hockey and Pro Hockey. My favorite of mine is the one on my left rib. It’s a quote from a Hunter Thompson book: “Too weird to live, too rare to die.”

Korean baseball team is filling its stadium with robot fans

- July 23rd, 2014


It’s come to this.

The Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization have created fan robots called ‘Fanbots’ to cheer on their team alongside their human fans.

And it’s one part brilliant and one part creepy as hell.

The club designed the fan robots for all the hardcores who can’t make the game but still want to show their support.

People can send photos of their faces, and messages to an application, which then uploads their face onto the robot and streams the messages on massive LED screens for everyone in the stadium to see.

Yes, this is a little odd, but I think it’s a great way to engage social media savvy fans who connect best with their club online.

Do I think this would fly in North America? No.

People would be beyond weirded-out sitting near a robot with some dude’s face on it, holding up a screen with “Go Jays Go” on it.

But it’s always cool to see leagues around the world experimenting with how fans can interact with their team.

Just don’t tell me real fans do the wave, especially when it’s the robots getting the wave going.

(Thanks to For The Win for unearthing this gem.)

Patrick Kane dominates in Buffalo beer league action

- July 22nd, 2014


Patrick Kane is back in Buffalo for the summer, and thank goodness he’s staying out of trouble this time.

The Chicago Blackhawks star forward showed up to a men’s league in Buffalo on Monday night, helping the Amer North Piranhas win 13-5 over Essex St. Pub.

Kane picked up five goals and five assists, which is kind of low beer league numbers for the 25-year-old.

The more startling numbers were that of Vinny Scarsella, a forward for the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL.

Vinny put seven goals and two assists against Essex St.’s goalie, Willie Stewart.

So despite Kane recently signing matching eight-year, $84-million contract extensions with teammate Jonathan Toews, we should be giving more love to Scarsella, the true young superstar of the Buffalo beer league.

But, mainly, Scarsella deserves more love because of the killer name.

Vinny Scarsella. Don’t mess with that guy.

(H/T to BarDown)

Dad makes nonchalant one handed catch while holding son

- July 21st, 2014

This guy won’t be winning any Father of the Year awards anytime soon.

He will, however, be top of highlight shows come end of the season for top plays of the year.

​A man at the Miami Marlins game on Sunday afternoon made a nice one-handed grab while holding his son.

Adeiny Hechavarria hit a stinger into foul territory where many fans utilized the 5 D’s of dodge ball until the ball came to the father holding his son, who calmly snagged it out of the air.

Take a look:

Unlike other dad-son catches in the past, this guy didn’t put his son in any danger.

In fact, it didn’t look like his son realized what was going on, meaning minimal trauma was done.

The Miami Marlins beat the San Fransisco Giants 3-2, with this guy topping most dads everywhere.