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.
For a couple of days, Maddie Santotuosso got the chance to feel like a pro hockey player thanks in part to Boston Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask.
In partnership with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Rask gave the nine-year-old, a Bruins fan who is battling a rare tissue cancer, the surprise of a lifetime when he joined her at a Boston sporting goods store to help her shop for brand new goalie equipment last month.
As you can see in the video below, the look of shock and wonder on Maddie’s face is priceless.
But that’s not where the good deeds ended.
Rask invited Santotuosso to a Bruins practice where she got the chance to not only meet the players but participate as well.
Then Rask added a cherry on top.
Before she hit the ice against the B’s in her new gear, Rask commissioned his goalie mask artist, Ron Slater, to make one for Santotuosso that mimics his own.
The differences being the name around the chin of the youngster’s mask says “MADDIE” instead of “RASK” and on the back a message that says “KICK SARCOMA,” the form of cancer she is battling.
Santotuosso wore the gear and the mask while facing shots from Bruins players during a March 26 practice.
Tuukka Rask is a pretty cool guy.
(h/t The Hockey News)
Montreal Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher took a puck to the throat on a shot by teammate Alexei Emelin during Game 1 of their first-round NHL playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.
Gallagher left the game but returned shortly afterward.
Hockey players are tough.
(h/t SB Nation)
Brent Musberger has company when it comes to creepy sports broadcaster moments.
Keith Hernandez, who calls New York Mets games for SNY, was caught ogling a female fan live on air during Tuesday night’s game between the Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.
A camera captured a woman finishing off a large hot dog and a man eating one of Chase Field’s new 18-inch corn dogs — with a knife and fork — which led to the following exchange.
“I wasn’t talking about the hot dog,” sounds like a catchphrase.
If that wasn’t painful enough, the broadcast cut back to the pair and Hernandez continued.
“She looks fit. She must be a runner.”
It was a bit less, uh, charming than Brent Musberger drooling over Katherine Webb during last year’s college football championship game between Alabama and Notre Dame.
(h/t Awful Announcing)
It happens at every game in every arena. Ticket holders leave their assigned seats to go sit in a better spot.
Sometimes it leads to awkward situations.
After a young Detroit Red Wings fan thought he won a brand new Xbox One in a prize giveaway at Joe Louis Arena, he had it taken away because he was in the wrong seat.
That’s when fans sitting beside him and the team did everything they could to make things right.
Clearly thinking the boy had been wronged, the franchise gave the boy and his family an experience money can’t buy.
Good on ya, Red Wings and fans.
(h/t The Hockey News)