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Adorable Bruins fan has this fist bump thing down pat

- November 5th, 2014

This little guy must be the most focused fist bumper in the city of Boston.

As Bruin players exited the ice surface following Wednesday’s pre-game warmup, a young fan in the first row stuck out his tiny hand for props.

Forward Gregory Campbell, the first of many players to meet his knuckles, apparently bumped a tad too hard as the fan tried to shake the sting out of his hand for a few seconds.

Did this minor upper-body injury stop his seemingly obsessive bumping habit? Nope.

Watch the video below to see for yourself. (You’ve been warned, though — this dude is cute.)

(Thanks to theScore for bringing this delightful clip to our attention.)

Drake University student sinks basket at buzzer to win a new truck

- November 5th, 2014

A layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a half-court shot in 30 seconds.

Think you can do it?

Alex Tillinghast, a student attending Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, was up to the task, especially since a new Ford F-150 truck was on the line as part of the school’s “Bulldog Madness” basketball preseason kick-off event.

Dressed in khakis, Tillinghast certainly didn’t appear to have any exceptional basketball skills — the freshman needed three tries to sink a layup.

He picked up momentum at the free-throw line, but threw up bricks in his multiple three-point attempts.

After making the three-pointer, Tillinghast raced to the half-court line with two seconds left and heaved a prayer towards the basket.

Enjoy the truck, kid.

(H/T to For The Win)

Cancer-stricken child finally gets chance to see poppa play

- November 4th, 2014

Stumbled across a nice little tear-jerker of a story out of Cincinnati.

You may already know the Cincinnati Bengals are donating a bit of cash to fight pediatric cancer every time they sell a replica jersey of defensive tackle Devon Still. The Bengals will donate $1.25 million from the sale of Still’s No. 75 jersey in a cheque presentation during Thursday’s game against the Cleveland Browns.

The charity campaign came about when the Bengals learned that Still’s four-year-old daughter, Leah, is battling cancer. She had a tumour removed on Sept. 25 and is facing radiation treatment but, all in all, is reportedly doing well.

Guess she got tired of being the patient and switched roles

(Instagram photo from man_of_still75)

 

 

Well enough, it turns out, to see her daddy play — live and in person, for the first time in her short life.  And believe me, daddy is pretty pumped about it.

“I can’t wait until she shows up here Wednesday and can go to her first game here,” Still told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “The crowd will go crazy. They’ve been supporting her this whole time with her being all the way in Philadelphia, and I know her being in Cincinnati, them having a chance to see her, is going to get the crowd kind of hyped up.

“I’ll be able to touch her, I’ll be able to hug her, which is totally different from being able to FaceTime her.

“It’s going to be added motivation just knowing my daughter is watching me. I want her to be able to hear how the crowd cheers that loud whenever I make a tackle, so I’m going to go out there and do whatever I can to put a smile on her face. It’s a fast week and I don’t want to get caught up in too much emotion with my daughter, (but) it will probably be the most special game I’m ever going to play because I know my daughter is going to be here to watch me play. All the money that’s been raised for the cancer research is because of her strength and because she’s fighting this disease. So it’s definitely going to be an emotional game for me.”

Leah Still will reportedly spend most of the game watching her proud poppa perform from the safety of teammate Domata Peko’s private box.

Leah Still’s story has drawn the attention of other pro sports teams since it came to light earlier this year.

The New York Yankees’ ticket sale team wore Devon Still jerseys to show support while the Houston Texans sent Leah a package of merchandise from the movie ‘Frozen.’ The New England Patriots and New Orleans Saints also got in on the act.

With any luck, Leah Still will be able to beat the odds and live a long, healthy life. But for now, having the chance to see her father in action will have to suffice as her dream come true.

MUST-SEE: Tarasenko scores incredible one-handed goal

- November 3rd, 2014

A bouncing puck cannot stop the Tarasenko Train.

Against the defending Eastern Conference champion New York Rangers on Monday, Vlad Tarasenko took advantage of four flat-footed skaters and an out-of-position netminder to score a beautiful goal on the power play.

Tarasenko, who is enjoying a fine breakout season with the St. Louis Blues, flew through the neutral zone after receiving a pass from defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk.

Then, at the Rangers’ blue line, he split two defenders (and avoided a sprawling body) before careening in on goalie Cam Talbot.

Deep in his net, Talbot was at Tarasenko’s mercy. The 22-year-old Russian chose a one-handed backhand move — popularized by Peter Forsberg, of course — to slip the puck past the New York goal line.

All of this on the Madison Square Garden ice surface which, as you’ll see below, can sometimes cause the puck to bounce along at high speeds.

(Thanks to @myregularface for the GIFs)

AHL goalie David Leggio stops breakaway in the cheapest fashion possible

- November 3rd, 2014

A minor league goaltender pulled off a beer league move on Sunday to deny what should have been a 2-on-0 breakaway.

Bridgeport Sound Tigers goalie David Leggio took matters into his own hands with a pair of Springfield Falcon skaters approaching his goal unopposed midway through the second period of their AHL game.

The career minor-leaguer obviously didn’t like his chances.

In response, he went beyond defending his team’s net.

He removed it.

Completely.

To burn the Falcons a bit more, Leggio stoned Dana Tyrell’s ensuing penalty shot.

Justice was served, however.

Springfield came back to win the game 4-3 despite Leggio’s attempts to make a mockery of the game.