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Sumo Wrestlers squished into a plane

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 31, 2014 6:05 PM
Hey, wanna see 29 sumo wrestlers packed into a plane and bus? Me too. I would try to explain what's going on here, but the only context I can provide you is that these 29 men are from the same stable (training group) and are flying to a hitorivc sumo region in Tokyo. Clearly, I don't know much about sumo wrestling so let's just admire the beauty of these guys being shuttled around.

Find your seats gentlemen!

This is them getting their tickets, pre-flight:

Here they are exiting the plane:

And now onto the bus:

Looks like a party to me.

(h/t rocketnews24.com)

Kobe Is In China, Going 1-on-1 With Random Kids

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 31, 2014 4:10 PM
Kobe Bryant is currently in China promoting his new shoe and running a youth basketball camp. According to Next Impulse Sports (http://nextimpulsesports.com/2014/07/31/kobe-bryant-china-schooling-kids/), Kobe is allowing some of these kids to go 1-on-1 with the great one; and in true Kobe form, he's not taking it easy on them.

And here's more footage of Kobe schooling kids in Shanghai.

In other professional basketball players schooling kids news, here's Orlando rookie Aaron Gordon, breaking this little girls ankles.

Cowboys Coach Throws Ice Water On Players

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 31, 2014 2:58 PM
Cowboys tight end coach, Mike Pope, has a very unorthodox method when trying to get his players ready for game action. Pope gets his players to do their catching drills shirtless, in order for him to splash ice cold water on them when they're about to make the catch.

As brought to our attention by Bleacher Report, Pope believes this will help his TE's focus better in games and allow them to bring in the catches without worrying about the footsteps. See for yourself.

Kickers get no respect...

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 31, 2014 12:57 PM
The Oklahoma Sooners gave out iPads instead of playbooks this year. They also sent a message to their kicker, Michael Hunnicutt:

No matter what, kickers will never seem to get the respect they deserve in football. I mean he looks like a nice enough guy:

(Photo courtesy soonerssports.com)

Maybe we need to revisit exactly what kickers can do for a their team:

Sebastian Janikowski

Central Valley kicker Austin Rehkow to tie the game with 2 seconds left (they would win in extra time).

Most, if not all things Adam Vinatieri.

But, if you're more into the trick shot thing, here's some Kickalicious for you:

Toews In Labrador City For #JumpstartRedBall Campaign

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 31, 2014 12:37 PM
Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and Canadian hockey hero, Jonathan Toews, is in Labrador City, NL today and will spend the day with the community. Toews is in Labrador City to celebrate the success of the Jumpstart Red Ball campaign, an annual month long fundraising initiative that helps get kids across Canada get off the sidelines and into the game.

During the month of May, Canadian Tire stores across the country had a friendly competition to collect the most Jumpstart Red Ball donations per transaction. The Canadian Tire in Labrador City, was the winning store of the Red Ball campaign contest with a $2 Red Ball donation made for every five out of ten customer transactions.

Take a look at some of the fun moments that are happening throughout the day.

Ballet is taking respect in Under Armour's stunning new ad

By Colin Peterson (@ColinPeterson11) Jul. 31, 2014 9:42 AM
There are many things are considered sports which involve way less athleticism than professional dancing, and yet for some reason it has never earned the respect it deserves. It seems that Under Armour is looking to change that. Here's their awesome new ad featuring Misty Copeland an american ballet star, and recent judge on the popular "So You Think You Can Dance." Here's the video:

Those ridiculous calves come from more hours in the gym and studio than most professional athletes even come close to putting in. More incredible is Copeland's story as a ballet prodigy who overcame an exceptionally late start, an ugly custody battle, a non typical body-type, and racial pressures. You can read about it here.

In the meantime here's another amazing video of her doing what she does best:

(h/t for the win)

Insane roof jump captured on a GoPro

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Jul. 30, 2014 7:52 PM
The internet is a wonderfully weird place. Where else could you find a clip of someone willing to jump off one roof to slide down another?

That sort of stunt is usually reserved for action films and performed with wires. But make no mistake; this GoPro was pulled off with neither of those things in mind.

Every jaw-dropping stunt deserves a second link, so check this GIF that illustrates just how insane this jump really is.

Although the video is incredibly impressive looking, the obligatory question remains: real or fake?

BarDown goes 1-on-1 with Steven Stamkos

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 30, 2014 4:16 PM
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Steven Stamkos is one of the most dynamic goal scorers of this generation and could go down as one of the best ever when it's all set and done. At the young age of 24, Stamkos has already had 50 and 60 goal seasons, made all-star teams and won the "Rocket" Richard trophy, but now he's focused his sights on lifting the Cup. Here's my sitdown with Tampa Bay Lightning Captain, Steven Stamkos.

(image / Kim Klement-USA TODAY)

Which sports jersey as a kid did you wear way too much?

Oh that's a tough one. We used to go to a bunch of Buffalo Bills games as a kid. I had a Eric Moulds jersey that I wore all the time. Funny story actually, me and a couple buddies went to the Canadian Open when it was in Markham, I think it was 2002. We were 12 years old and all wore NFL jerseys... We stuck out like sore thumbs.

(photo / Associated Press)

What was your first real job?

First legit job was at St. Lawrence market, I worked at upper cut meats. My dad worked there early on in his 20s, the same owner was there when I was 14, he got me a job there. So every Saturday morning I'd go down there and work a 12 hour shift, get to take home some free meat.

Jeremy Lin and his friends produce a comedy sketch

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 30, 2014 5:37 PM
Jeremy Lin went Hollywood with his trade to the Lakers and apparently, his friends want him to get accustomed to living in the film industry hub of the world.

Lin is human and, like some humans, he doesn't take too kindly to mean tweets. So, Lin's friends did what any other good group of pals would do. Write, produce, and act in a high-budget comedy sketch to cheer the Lakers point guard up.

While funny, this video doesn't even come close to Lin's "You've Changed, Bro" video, in which it shows Jeremy trying to balance life as a celebrity and life as a bro to his friends. The sketch includes cameo by Steve Nash and James Harden.

With the addition of Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, Kobe Bryant is definitely going to have the opportunity to look at the Lakers roster and say, "You've changed, bro."