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Eugenie Bouchard (sort of) accepts dude’s invitation to prom

- August 26th, 2014

This guy had a shot to ask out Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard, and he didn’t let it go to waste.

A video was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday by a user named David Wu.

OK, so that was a bit of a sarcastic “Yes” but a kid can dream, right?

It looks like the video might have been recorded earlier this month. A search on Twitter for Wu brings up this pic posted Aug. 4, during the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Bouchard had a match Tuesday at the U.S. Open but is wearing a practice outfit in the clip.

Either way, it’s a neat insight into how Bouchard treats her fans. Pretty well, I’d say.

So here’s to you, David. Good luck.

Rams’ Michael Sam is waiting to take a shower, reports ESPN

- August 26th, 2014

​Michael Sam is waiting to see if he will make the St. Louis Rams’ first round of cuts on Tuesday.

There has been a lot of speculation about how Sam and his sexual orientation will fit in with a testosterone-driven roster.

Josina Anderson of ESPN gave some insight as to what is currently occurring in the locker room between Sam and his teammates, including when Sam chooses to shower:

I’m not sure if Josina’s report on Sam’s shower habits were necessary, but…

It does sound like Sam is not completely ignoring the facts of the situation — that he is the first openly gay active player in NFL history and is conscious of the potential for teammates who may feel uncomfortable around him.

The St.Louis Rams’ DE Chris Long and teammate of Michael Sam, had a short and sweet message for ESPN:

 

(h/t The Washington Post)

Predators’ Rich Clune calls out Twitter critic over ‘rehab’ comment, makes him squirm on phone

- August 26th, 2014

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Nashville Predators forward Richard Clune has been open and honest about his battle with alcoholism, detailed in this feature by ESPN in March 2013 and an update on his battle by Yahoo!’s Puck Daddy last month.

As an NHL player who also uses social media, Clune is often a target of online critics who chirp him. One comment in particular went over the line, and Clune decided to do something about it.

Here’s the backstory: last week, a Twitter “war” erupted when Clune and friend, former NHLer Sean Avery, mocked retired boxer Riddick Bowe’s weight. Bowe, if you didn’t know already, is a hockey fan. All three were all in on the joke, but one boxing fan responded to Clune with this nasty chirp: “You’ll be back in rehab in no time, loser.”

Clune did some digging and found the man’s phone number on a business card he posted to his timeline on Twitter. He phoned him up and called him a coward for making that comment, akin to hoping a person who won their battle with cancer is struck by the disease a second time.

The man apologizes to Clune for making the comment and says he will cheer for him this season. After asking if he still plays for the Predators, Clune responds with a bit of levity.

“No. 16 in your program, No. 1 in your heart.”

(H/T SI.com)

Blues’ Ryan Reaves doesn’t like the look of his NHL 14 model

- August 26th, 2014

St. Louis Blues enforcer Ryan Reaves has a message for EA Sports: Don’t take that tone with me!

The 27-year-old from Winnipeg noticed something was off about his player model in the NHL 14 video game Monday.

For you see, this is Ryan Reaves on the ice …

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… and this is Ryan Reaves in the game. The screenshot was taken by our very own Matt Day.

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See the difference?

For a company that tries to make its sports simulations as realistic as possible, it seems by all appearances somebody didn’t bother to look at a photo of Reaves and just rolled with the fact he’s a black player.

EA Sports. It’s in the game. Or not.

At least it resulted in this pleasant exchange with Blues goalie Brian Elliott and ex-teammate Chris Stewart.

Tightest curls in the league. Do they have a stat for that?

(h/t SB Nation)

Christine Stanley drops Katie Anita Runyan with flying roundhouse

- August 25th, 2014

Katie Anita Runyan needs to fire her coach.

I mean, first things first: Keep your hands up, girl.

Runyan was dropped in under three seconds by Christine Stanley’s flying roundhouse at Xplode Fight Series: Tidal Wave over the weekend.

It was a bit scary, to be honest.

Runyan fell to the mat, her legs twitching as she attempted to figure out what planet she’s on.

We’re thinking Runyan should stick to her day job.

(H/T THE BIG LEAD)