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Wings’ Smith squares up to Chara, who proceeds to have a laugh

- April 20th, 2014

A few seconds likely seemed like an eternity for an overmatched Red Wings defenceman Sunday afternoon.

With man-mountain Zdeno Chara hulking over him during Game 2, Detroit’s Brendan Smith briefly thought about dancing with Boston’s big body.

But after his first jab didn’t come close – and with his head coach apparently laughing on the bench – the 25-year-old stalled.

And stalled.

He then stalled a bit more as the Slovakian appeared to tell him to drop his gloves.

So, Smith did what any overmatched NHLer would do …

He told Chara to drop his stick.

Which, uh, he did.

That, however, bought Smith just enough time to allow a referee to come to his aid.

The whole sequence is pretty entertaining.

TALE OF THE TAPE

BRENDAN SMITH (DET)

  • HEIGHT: 6-foot-1
  • WEIGHT: 170 pounds
  • 2013-14 FIGHTS: 5

ZDENO CHARA (BOS)

  • HEIGHT: 6-foot-9
  • WEIGHT: 255 pounds
  • CAREER FIGHTS: 61

(Yeah, this wouldn’t have been pretty.)

***Fight stats from HockeyFights.com

St. Louis Blues fan bares breasts during Game 2

- April 20th, 2014

This St. Louis Blues-Chicago Blackhawks first-round matchup is quickly becoming the most salacious playoff series in NHL history.

No, seriously.

During Thursday’s Game 1, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville grabbed his crotch out of disgust, earning a hefty fine in the process.

During Game 2 on Saturday a St. Louis Blues fan bared all in front of an international TV audience.

Because, you know, what better place to take off your top than when you’re sitting along the glass?

***WARNING: VIDEO INCLUDES NUDITY SOME WILL FIND DISTURBING***

The above is reminiscent of a similar flashing incident that happened in Vancouver during the 2011 playoffs.

Back to the Blues-Blackhawks opening-round tie, what will Game 3 have in store?

Streakers? More scantily-clad fans? More “Coaches Gone Wild” incidents?

Give us your best guest in the comment section below.

Clippers’ Blake Griffin dumps water on fan after fouling out

- April 19th, 2014

Blake Griffin didn’t have a good day Saturday.

Not only did his Los Angeles Clippers lose Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series against the Golden State Warriors, but he fouled out in the fourth quarter. He did not react calmly.

While watching a replay of his final foul, Griffin, while holding a cup of water, showed his displeasure by throwing his hands in the air. The water ended up all over a Warriors fan standing behind him. Griffin finished the sequence by tossing the cup at the fan’s feet.

Was it an accident? It’s hard to tell. Either way, Griffin didn’t seem apologetic. Somebody also ended up giving the fan a towel to dry off.

For what it’s worth, Yahoo! Sports caught up with the fan afterward, who said he didn’t think it was intentional.

At least he got a couple of souvenirs.

@AVPreports

Drake disses Jay-Z during Raptors-Nets game

- April 19th, 2014


Looks like Drizzy won’t be sharing pound cake with Hova anytime soon.

Drake, ambassador for the Toronto Raptors, went on TSN during the 3rd quarter of the club’s Eastern Conference quarterfinal opener up against the Brookyln Nets — which Jay-Z formerly had a minority stake in — and threw some jabs toward the Brooklyn-born rapper.

“Jay-Z is somewhere eating a fondue plate,” Drake joked as he talked with Raptors broadcasters Matt Devlin and Jack Armstrong.

The remark stems from comments Drake made about Jay-Z’s high-end lifestyle to Rolling Stone in February.

“It’s like Hov can’t drop bars these days without at least four art references. I would love to collect at some point, but I think the whole rap/art world thing is getting kind of corny,” he said.

Hov responded by calling out Drake in a recent song saying, “Sorry Mrs. Drizzy for so much art/Silly me, rappin’ ’bout s— that I really bought/While these rappers rap about guns that they ain’t shot/And a bunch of other silly s— that they ain’t got.”

It would appear as though the two hip-hop artists won’t be coming together to make music again anytime soon, no matter who wins this series.

(H/T BarDown)


What it looks like to take a 90-mph pitch to the face

- April 19th, 2014
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(J. Meric/Getty Images/AFP)


Delino DeShields Jr.’s friends may not be able to recognize him for a while.

That’s because the 21-year-old Houston Astros prospect took a 90-mph fastball to the face during a double-A baseball game Friday night.

And this is what he now looks like.

***WARNING GRAPHIC IMAGE

DeShields Jr. was able to walk off the field by himself, but was taken to hospital to get evaluated further.

(H/T theScore)