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Shea Weber’s slapshot is so hard he broke the boards

- August 21st, 2014

It appears Shea Weber’s shot is in mid-season form.

Seth Jones tweeted the following pair of photos Thursday to show the power of his Nashville Predators teammate’s howitzer.

It’s akin to what Al MacInnis, one of the hardest shooters in NHL history, did one night in pre-game warmups.

So, uh, good luck to anybody who wants to block Weber’s shot.

Also remember he’s the guy who did this at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Now I’ve seen everything … Don Cherry completed the Ice Bucket Challenge

- August 21st, 2014

I promised myself I wouldn’t post anymore of these.

Then I was nominated to do the Ice Bucket Challenge myself (later today) and Don Cherry posted this video of himself wearing a flower-printed suit in his front yard.

Talk about answering the bell.

As is custom, Cherry promised to donate to ALS research and also nominated three of his best buds to get wet.

Sportsnet’s Bob McCown, Hockey Night’s Glenn Healy and sportscaster Brian Williams are up next.

Oh, and in case you missed it yesterday, here are five SI Swimsuit models completing the Ice Bucket Challenge.

I personally found the five lovely ladies more entertaining.

Fantasy league loser’s hilarious, humiliating punishment

- August 20th, 2014

This is how you punish the guy who finishes last in your fantasy league.

It’s funny. It’s humiliating. It lasts exactly one year.

According to Deadspin, the fellow below, Hank Ster, posed for photographs and was superimposed onto famous near-nude scenes, including some from sports history, after finishing at the bottom of his fantasy league. The pictures were used to compile a calendar.

Enjoy.

(h/t Deadspin)

Is it time for Grouper Week? Watch this fish devour a shark

- August 20th, 2014

Shark Week just wrapped on Discovery Channel.

It’s time for Grouper Week.

Check out video of a grouper munching on a 4-foot shark a few fishermen recently reeled in.

We can’t be sure about the size, but groupers have been known to approach 10 feet in length and more than 700 pounds.

These things look prehistoric, with spikes lining their backs.

Next time I’m riding waves, I’ll take my chances with the sharks.

Mo’Ne Davis featured on SI cover, is a major badass

- August 19th, 2014

Last week, we introduced you to Taney Dragons starting pitcher Mo’Ne Davis, who tossed a complete game shutout to punch her team’s ticket to the Little League World Series. She allowed just three hits in the 8-0 win.

Since then, the 13-year-old’s profile has gone up. Way up.

Davis followed up by outdoing herself on the big stage. On Friday, she became the first female pitcher in LLWS history to toss a complete game shutout. Armed with a 70-mph fastball, she gave up just two hits, threw eight strikeouts and issued zero walks as she led her Philadelphia-based squad to a 4-0 victory.

After the game, Davis described her pitching to ESPN: “I throw my curve ball like Clayton Kershaw and my fastball like Mo’Ne Davis.”

Badass quote.

She also challenged Kershaw, who is her pitching idol, to a head-t0-head contest. The Los Angeles Dodgers ace accepted.

He’s hardly the first major leaguer to notice Davis. Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout gave her a shoutout on Twitter and Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz also offered praise.

Her star power has transcended baseball. Athletes and celebrities outside of the baseball world have taken notice.

Some people have even thrown around the possibility of Davis achieving her goal of becoming the first female player in Major League Baseball.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. What’s clear right now is that Davis has become an icon for teenage ball players (girls and boys), a status that was solidified Tuesday when Sports Illustrated announced she would grace the cover of its next issue.

The best part about baseball’s fascination with Davis is that it has to do with her powerful arm and smooth delivery. The fact she’s female is secondary.

Her team put together a late rally to win Sunday night. She’s likely to get the start Wednesday.

Here’s hoping for another lights-out performance.