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Nardwuar meets Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Jul. 24, 2014 2:42 PM
Canadian celebrity interviewer and musician Nardwuar the Human Serviette had the opportunity to chat with the most talked about player in the CFL Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson before the Montreal Alouettes game in British Columbia. The two chatted extensively about Johnson getting urinated on by a lion, growing up in Liberty City, his love for McDonalds and jazz music, pornography, and why he can't hug referees anymore.

Women of Montreal, have your ChapStick ready… because Johnson's kissing people he doesn't even know!

The interview is a little awkward, but that's how Nardwuar operates.

Here's the hug Johnson spoke of after his first CFL touchdown:

And doot doola doot doo… doot doo!

Sumo wrestler from Prague holds his own

By Christian Marin (@xianmarin) Jul. 24, 2014 1:55 PM
When you think of sumo wrestling you automatically think of Japan. After all, it originated there and it's the only country where the sport is practiced professionally. Over the years the sport has welcomed wrestlers from different countries, but one wrestler stood out from the others.

Takanoyama Shuntaro is not your typical rikishi. For one, he hails from Prague, Czech Republic – he was the first person from Czech Republic to join the sport professionally in Japan. Also, he only weighs in at around 216 lbs, over 100 lbs less than the average sumo wrestler:

If there's one thing we were taught when we were younger it's to 'never judge a book by its cover.' Just because one fighter is bigger than the other it doesn't mean the bigger guy is always going to win. These guys proved that size doesn't always matter:

Best Of Adrian Peterson's Reddit AMA

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 24, 2014 1:48 PM
Former NFL MVP and Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, did a Reddit AMA today. In case you missed it, we have you covered with some of the best q & a's from the session.

drcorndog: If I get the first overall pick in my fantasy league this year, tell me why I should pick AP?

AP: Do you want to win?

Nimblenewt: Hey AD. What were your favorite TV shows as a kid?

AP: Good Times

FURKmaster: Thanks for doing this ama. Good luck with the rest of your career, I can't wait to see it all. My question is, of all the failed attempts to bring you down in your career so far, are there any that stick out in your mind?

AP: Shaun Rodgers...

Flyers7757: What was your backup plan if you didn't make the NFL?

AP: If you saw me swing the bat against Jennie Finch then clearly it was baseball

Post93: Hey Adrian thanks for doing this. How's the knee? Are you feeling 2500 this season?

AP: It is absolutely horrible...thanks for asking. Just joking...I feel great and the goal is to win a super bowl.....and if 2500 comes with it, then great..

ahmedammar: Hey Adrian. On an opposing defence, who talks the most trash?

AP: Most of the players do not talk trash to me

And in case you've forgotten, here's that time Cabbie just barely lost a race to Peterson... On little kids tricycles.

(photo via JoBlo.com)

#TBT looks at the Atlanta Flames

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire) Jul. 24, 2014 12:54 PM
In a part of our #TBT series here at BarDown, we are going to look at now defunct NHL hockey teams and we're going to take you down memory lane and give you a crash course on them. Today's post will feature the Atlanta Flames.

(Image via Sports Logo)

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LeBron's Letter In Morgan Freeman's Voice

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 24, 2014 10:45 AM

Comedian Frank Caliendo joined Mike and Mike on ESPN Radio this morning to give the sports world an excellent way to start your day. On the show, Caliendo thought it would be a good idea to read LeBron's Sports Illustrated letter, in his spot on Morgan Freeman voice. And boy was he right.

(For best results, just listen to the video while looking at the picture of Morgan Freeman above)


(photo via ComicVine)

Japan May Host The First Robot Olympics

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 24, 2014 9:55 AM
Japan will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympic games and their Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, says he wants the first ever robot olympics to go on alongside it. According to a report by the UK's Telegraph, Abe was quoted as saying:

"In 2020, I would like to gather all of the world’s robots and aim to hold an Olympics where they compete in technical skills. We want to make robots a major pillar of our economic growth strategy."

So, how close are robots to actually playing sports? Well this video of Barack Obama playing soccer with a robot will kind of freak you out.

Meanwhile in Korea, The Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organization have created an entire section of Fanbots, a robotic fan that you have access to while watching the game online or on your phone or tablet. Fans watching online or from their mobile device can leave comments throughout the game and the messages will appear on the Fanbots’ message board. It doesn’t end there, as you can even upload a selfie to the Fanbot to give it some personality and to show other fans in attendance that you intended on showing up and you’re there in spirit.

Check it out for yourself.

(Courtesy Elite Daily)

Who's that behind the plate, Enrico Pallazzo?

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 24, 2014 1:25 AM
There aren't really any words to describe how much fun Eddie the umpire is. He's an amateur baseball ump from New Jersey:

Personally, I love the way players walk off nonchalantly after striking-out while Eddie does his dance. If you don't understand the Enrico Pallazzo reference, you are not privy to the genius of Leslie Nielsen:

I know, brilliant. For a double dip of one of Canada's legendary entertainers, here's the other great part of the scene:

Never gets old...

(h/t WABC)

Timberwolves causing a stir on Twitter

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire ) Jul. 23, 2014 6:59 PM
The Minnesota Timberwolves are in the rumour mill on a daily basis with reports that All-Star forward Kevin Love is going to be dealt very soon. So, when the Timberwolves public relations Twitter feed made this announcement, people got really excited.

Cue speculation about a possible Kevin Love trade.

Reggie Wayne shows up to training camp in IndyCar

By Christian Marin (@xianmarin) Jul. 23, 2014 6:23 PM
Reggie Wayne is entering his 14th season with the Indianapolis Colts. One of the game's top receivers, the 35-year-old has been known to make grand entrances at training camp. Last year he arrived in a helicopter and figured out a way to top it this year:

That's Reggie Wayne getting a ride to training camp from IndyCar driver Ed Carpenter.

Now let's rewind back to 2006 when Wayne started making his grand entrances. Prior to the '06 season, the Cardinals signed Edgerrin James, a close friend and longtime teammate of Wayne's. That year, Wayne decided to show up to training camp in an Edgerrin James Cardinals jersey:

[Credit: Matt Kryger Indianapolis Star]

The following year he arrived in hunting gear:

[Credit: Indianapolis Star]

He took a year off but came back a little more creative in 2009 when he showed up in a garbage truck: