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D-backs fan runs onto field, takes selfie with Gerardo Parra

- July 19th, 2014

The bar for running onto the field of play has been raised. The trio of sisters who last year halted the College World Series and tooks selfies while being tackled by security personnel have been one-upped.

A ballsy Arizona Diamondbacks fan paused for a split second to take a photo with outfielder Gerardo Parra during Friday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.

Check out Deadspin for the video.

With any luck we’ll find out soon whether or not he got the shot.

(h/t Deadspin)

* GIF via @bubbaprog (Timothy Burke)

American shootout hero T.J. Oshie four-putts from six feet

- July 18th, 2014

Don’t quit your day job, T.J. Oshie.

The hockey shootout specialist can knock ‘em dead on the ice, but had trouble Friday sinking a putt from about six feet away at the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament.

Bit of bad luck for the St. Louis Blues forward. Maybe he needs to play against Russia. At the Olympics. With a hockey stick.

Why didn’t you just go home, ball?!

Bad language warning.

(h/t @cjzero)

Tyler Seguin back on Twitter, lets a guy tee off on his junk

- July 17th, 2014

Dallas Stars centre Tyler Seguin, you might recall, got into a bit of trouble about a year ago on Twitter. He ended up shutting down his account after several untoward tweets, some of which he said were a result of his friends pulling pranks.

Well, he’s back. Seguin used his first comeback tweet to promote The Fourth Period’s Charity Golf Classic, which he hosted Thursday.

He also posted this hair-raising video to Instagram later that night.

“Didn’t think this would be happening at my first golf tourney. Thank god he was a pro,” the caption reads.

Thank god indeed, because that jockstrap wouldn’t have helped much.

It only tickled.

(h/t Puck Daddy)

Canucks prospect Dane Fox is adorably scared of birds

- July 17th, 2014

Dane Fox recently went on an excursion with his fellow Vancouver Canucks prospects at development camp and it’s clear he does NOT like being within pecking distance of birds.

Maybe he had a bad experience as a kid. When I was a five years old I had my hand bitten while feeding a donkey at a petting zoo in a mall. Why was there a petting zoo inside of a shopping centre? I don’t know, but I learned never to cup your hand while feeding animals. Or trust donkeys.

But enough about my scarring childhood experiences. Here’s the Erie Otters forward freaking out while trying to take a selfie with an eagle.

(h/t TheScore)

Ex-NHL ref shares story about Eric Lindros being a huge jerk

- July 17th, 2014

Former NHL player and referee Paul Stewart published a column Wednesday over at the Huffington Post that included a few anecdotes about how he would temper escalating situations on the ice.

Stewart often tried to lighten the mood with a joke. Most of the time it would work. Even a hot-head like Theo Fleury had a sense of humour.

But the one player whom Stewart never built a rapport with was Eric Lindros.

Stewart explained why his first conversation with the rookie Philadelphia Flyers centre was also his last.

I was working an afternoon Philadelphia-New Jersey game at the Spectrum; the back end of a home-and-home. The Devils won the previous game, 6-4, in a game refereed by Mark Faucette. The game got chippy late in the third period, with about 40 penalty minutes being handed out in the final five minutes, including roughing penalties to Lindros and Scott Stevens in the waning seconds of the game.

The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

“Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?” I asked.

The response: “(Bleep) you. Just drop the (bleeping) puck already.”

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

“Stewy, you’re not going to like this,” Evers said. “I don’t have them.”

“What do you mean you don’t have them?” I asked.

“Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.”

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.

One year, much later in his career when he was with the Rangers, I ended up getting him on eight minor penalties that season. I caught some heat for it from John Davidson on the Rangers’ broadcasts, but the truth of the matter was this: I did NOT go out of my way to “invent” penalties on Lindros — or any player — but I wasn’t going to give that guy a break on anything borderline that I might have let slide with a player who had gained acceptability with me.

I guess, uh, don’t rip a referee’s charity posters, kids.

Check out the rest of Stewart’s column if you want to read stories about Fleury and Chris Gratton.