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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?

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."

If Bills go to Toronto, America is going to war with Canada

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Jul. 30, 2014 2:22 PM
Actor Daniel Radcliffe was on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night and talked about spending time in Toronto, and having difficulty entering the United States afterwards. Radcliffe explains eventually getting into Buffalo, New York, and having a conversation with a woman from the city about the Buffalo Bills possibly leaving for Toronto.

The Americans might want to start preparing for this war against Canada then, because one of the three bidders on the Bills franchise was none other than Toronto based group comprised of rocker Jon Bon Jovi, MLSE chairman Larry Tanenbaum and the Rogers family.

The Bills faithful have been extremely vocal in their dislike for this group, highlighted by these "Bon Jovi Free Zone" t-shirts and signs...

Scott Hartnell takes over the Blue Jackets Twitter account

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Jul. 30, 2014 1:52 PM
Earlier today, Blue Jackets forward Scott Hartnell took over the Columbus Blue Jackets twitter account to allow fans to ask him some questions. Hartnell was just traded from Philadelphia to Columbus in late June, so this was a way for the Blue Jackets faithful to get to know their new winger. Take a look at some of the most notable moments from Hartnell's Q & A with the fans.

Chad Johnson wants to be a back-up NHL goalie?

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Jul. 30, 2014 1:09 PM
If you follow Alouettes' receiver Chad Johnson on Twitter or on Instagram, then you're probably well aware of his late night social media antics. Ochocinco shares everything from pictures of his shoe collection, to his exploits from playing FIFA 14 online, and as of last night, revealing his secret second job.

Yes, that's correct. If you didn't already know, Chad Johnson now represents the New York Islanders as their back up goalie. Don't believe us? Well, let's see what the Islanders have to see about this newly made arrangement.

And there you have it, Chad Johnson has fully acclimated himself to life in Canada. Playing in the CFL by day, and moonlighting as an NHL backup goalie. Now obviously #85 isn't really going to be putting on the pads for the Islanders, but the the Alouette's receiver does seem to be taking to life in Canada quite well. Need another point to cement it? His love of Canadian money should clear any doubts in your mind.

Looks like you may have enough in that picture to cover a few of those parking tickets, Chad.

The best cornerback in the NFL debate continues

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Jul. 30, 2014 12:45 PM
The eternal question in today's National Football League has become 'who is the best cornerback?' Which player can be left on an island and consistently handle the leagues top wide receivers? Every corner is proclaiming himself the best, and often using faulty logic in doing so.

When Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson announced his $70 million deal with $48 million guaranteed on Tuesday night, which is more than Seattle Seahawks Richard Sherman received, you knew the jousting between the leagues top defensive backs would continue. But who knew the conversation would take to twitter?

The always-animated Sherman began by retweeting this:

And the above retweet coaxed Peterson into posting this great one-liner:

Of course, Sherman replied with a picture of his 2014 Super Bowl ring:

With the number of twitter wars Sherman gets into, I'm sure we haven't seen the last of the Seahawks cornerback.

The Cardinals and Seahawks play for the first time on November 23rd, so be prepare for a whole lot of elite cornerback debate that weekend.

Who do you think is the best cornerback in the NFL?

The worst way to lose a poker hand ever

By Daniel Zakrzewski (@TWDGFC) Jul. 30, 2014 11:50 AM
When you're playing in a poker game in which the buy in is the cool sum of $1,000,000, there really is no peaceful way of being eliminated, but there definitely is a painfully brutal way of going bust, and professional player Connor Drinan just experienced it last night during a WSOP event.

During last night's WSOP Big One for One Drop event, Drinan and fellow player Cary Katz were both dealt pocket aces. Katz, knowing he held the highest pair possible since he had the ace of spades, warned Drinan to back off after some back and forth pre-flop re-raises, saying "save your money kid, you can't win every hand." As you can tell by the title of this post, Drinan neglected to take Katz's advice. Watch the 'bad beat' unfold.

No matter your skill level, the game of poker will always include an element of luck, and if you're Connor Drinan, you just witnessed lady luck at her worst. His reaction to losing $1,000,000 in a single hand? Pretty priceless.

(H/T - FTW USA Today)

Vin Scully returns for 66th season

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Jul. 30, 2014 11:36 AM
There was a big announcement on the Dodgers video board in the middle of the second inning of Tuesday night's Braves vs. Dodgers game in Los Angeles. Pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu, outfielder Yasiel Puig and utility infielder Justin Turner helped break the news.

There you have it! Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be returning for a 66th season of covering Dodgers baseball in 2015. The announcement came on the same night the first 40,000 fans received a Vin Scully 65th Anniversary Talking Microphone.

The fans proceeded to give Scully a standing ovation.

Scully's 65 years of broadcasting Dodgers baseball games marks the longest tenure in his field. The American sports icon has called 25 World Series, 12 All-Star Games and three perfect games.

Here are some of the great Vin Scully moments:

We at BarDown look forward to another great season of Scully calls!

Star Wars/Baseball logo combinations - Part Three

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire) Jul. 30, 2014 10:34 AM
We've shown the cool work that our good friend Mark-Avery Kenny has done before, so we'll continue to do so. Check out the third and final part of the Star Wars X MLB series that mashes up your favourite Star Wars characters with your favourite baseball teams.

Check out the Oakland A's/Yoda crossover:

Look at the Detroit Tigers/Jabba the Hutt combination:

Here's the least lovable character in the franchise Jar Jar Binks mixed with the Cleveland Indians:

Here's the rest of Part Three of the series:

Don't forget to check out Part One or Part Two.