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Team USA confused by New Zealand's Haka dance

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Sep. 2, 2014 3:25 PM
New Zealand's Haka dance is a well revered cultural sporting ritual, and one that most opposing nations have come to expect to see when they face off against the Kiwis in international sporting competitions.

It seems no one gave Team USA the memo, though, as Tuesday when they witnessed their New Zealand opponents partake in the dance, every player on the court appeared to be in an utter state of confusion.





The highlight has to be James Harden's perplexed look, staring at the New Zealand team as if they were a coach that just told him he was expected to play defense. While they may have looked intimidated, evidently it was purely on the surface, as team USA cruised to a 98-71 victory over New Zealand at the FIBA World Cup.

Introducing: Hyper-lapse videos in sports

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Sep. 2, 2014 2:38 PM
Instagram has made a new app that allows for users to create time-lapse videos using nothing but their iPhones. If you're unaware, a time-lapse video basically takes frames at lower speeds to make it look like time is speeding up. Pretty cool concept that is now in everyone's hands and being used to create some awesome sports videos.

Here's Jay Harrison and the Carolina Hurricanes going through drills.



This is Jeff Gordon flying around the Martinsville track.



Venus Williams at the US Open.



The Michigan band.



And here's just a cool one. Leaving Miami.




NBA Live releases stunning new visuals trailer

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Sep. 2, 2014 2:38 PM
It's been quite some time since EA Sports has hit pay dirt with their NBA franchise. But after years of overhauling the entire control scheme and re-tweaking their IGNITE engine, the sports gaming giant looks due to make a comeback in the world of basketball.

Earlier today, EA Sports released the new visuals trailer for NBA LIVE 15, highlighting the games improved graphics and physics engine. How's EA Basketball looking for 2015? Well, have a look for yourself in this new promo.



So, how's Damian Lillard feeling about being the Live 15 cover athlete after seeing this new trailer? You'd have to imagine probably something like this.




Shawn Thornton Wears Panthers Gear At Bruins' Practice

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Sep. 2, 2014 1:28 PM
This morning in Wilmington, Mass., the Bruins held their annual Captains' practice. Strange thing happened at this practice, however, as former Bruins enforcer Shawn Thornton showed up wearing Panthers colours. Thornton, who signed with the Panthers this summer, was still in the Boston area and figured he'd show up and get a little work in before heading south for training camp.





Here are some of the other Bruins who were at the practice.




Fantasy football season at ESPN and TSN

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Sep. 2, 2014 1:00 PM
Fantasy football season is just around the corner. Most people's teams have been registered, drafts completed, rosters finalized, and that's no different at the offices of ESPN, as well as here at TSN. Well, maybe a little bit different.

The tale of the tape is a little different between the two networks. ESPN is doing the fantasy game a little bit different this season. Rather than have their anchors and analysts conduct drafts selecting NFL players, they chose to have the athletes, mascots and cheerleaders try their hand at fantasy game revolving around on-air talent.



While our friends down in Bristol decided to do things a little differently, we here at TSN conducted a more traditionally styled draft. Although, the only thing traditional about it is the format. The commissioner, however, has been employing some rather unorthodox rules on the league owners.



One thing has been made quite clear through these first two fantasy football promos. Dutchy and Kate Beirness are still quite the competitors when they leave the SportsCentre desk.


The Summer Of Geno: Singing in a nightclub with Ovechkin

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Sep. 2, 2014 12:35 PM
The Summer of Geno is officially winding down to a close and has concluded in a beautiful climax. The epic grand finale of his amazing summer features Geno and his buddy Alex Ovechkin singing at a smoky nightclub in Russia. Whether it’s been swimming with whale sharks, hanging with Rafael Nadal or having epic birthday celebrations, Geno has had a summer to remember.

Here are the final days of The Summer of Geno.









It’s been a lot of fun, Geno, but it’s time to head back to work.




Marshawn Lynch works Skittles into his training regimen

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Sep. 2, 2014 12:30 PM
It's a well-known fact that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a massive fan of Skittles. It's not just his pre-game and post-game snack; it fuels his energy, allowing him to engage his Beast Mode.

Fans have been bringing bags upon bags of Skittles to games, showering Lynch with all of the colours of the rainbow. But if this new Skittles promo is any indication, Beast Mode won't need the scattered showers. It looks like he's been hooked up with a lifetime supply.



It's now clear why Lynch held out of training camp for so long -- in hopes of negotiating his contract. With that many skittles at his disposal, Beast Mode may prove to be unstoppable this season.


Incredible karate kick

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 2, 2014 10:41 AM
It’s September, so we are looking forward to sharing some amazing NFL, NHL and NBA action with you soon.

While we wait, we will continue to find other sources of amazing athleticism from this past summer, including this incredible Karate kick. What this guy does in the air has only been seen in video games previously. Take a look:



That video inspired us to find other martial artists trying “video game” moves and we came across this as well. It’s titled ‘Real Life Street Fighter Ryu Tornado Kick’ and it’s pretty much spot on.



These videos may have you yearning to play Street Fighter yourself. Don’t try the moves in real life, though. Stick to the video game.




TSN Then & Now: TSN founder Gordon Craig

By Kyla Craig Sep. 2, 2014 10:12 AM
In 1984, my grandfather Gordon Craig changed the Canadian television landscape when he launched TSN as Canada's first 24-hour sports network.

I've just completed a summer-long internship with TSN Communications. Not only has this opportunity allowed me to carry on the Craig name here at TSN, but it has also given me some perspective on how influential my grandfather's work was in transforming the way we watch sports, and the impact that TSN has made on the Canadian TV industry as a whole.

Although TSN hit the air in 1984 as a concept, the work I did this summer illustrates the multi-faced entity the network has become. While things have changed so much since Gordon Craig's time at the network, TSN celebrated a similar milestone just last week: the launch of the new suite of five national feeds, another new beginning which will mark the next evolution of TSN.

With that in mind, I thought my grandfather would offer an interesting perspective on the challenges he faced in getting TSN on the air in the first place.

So I sat down for this interview with TSN's founding president Gordon Craig, where we discussed exactly what it takes to launch a new TV network, how TSN's original logo came to be, and his proudest moment in building Canada's Sports Leader.