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On this date in NHL playoff history

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 24, 2014 12:46 AM
The date was April 24th, 1993 and the goal is known as much for the call as it is for the play.

It was scored by Brad May at 4:48 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 6-5 playoff win over the Boston Bruins and a four-game sweep in the Adams Division semi-finals.

Courtesy of NHL.com

But it's the famous "May Day" call by the legendary Rick Jeanneret for which it is fondly remembered.

That was not the only big goal scored that night, though. TSN's own Ray Ferraro also scored a huge goal, at 5:40 of double OT, for his second straight overtime-winner.

Courtesy of 5BoroSports.com

That goal gave the New York Islanders a 4-3 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 4 of the Patrick Division semi-finals in Long Island. It was the Islanders' third-straight OT win.

You can watch the goal here (3:45 into the video):

Jordin Tootoo makes young fan's day

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 23, 2014 8:59 PM
Kids are always the most excited, energetic fans in the crowd. While they have no trouble keeping their volume at a steady 10, only one thing has the ability to crank them to 11 - game-used memorabilia.

Do you own a sports franchise that fails to bring the noise? Well, here's your solution: have the players hand out game used sticks to every kid in the crowd. Don't believe that will do the trick? Let Jordin Tootoo show you how it's done.

While skating off the ice, Grand Rapids Griffins forward Tootoo handed his stick off to a young fan sitting in the crowd. Judging by the boys excitement, we're guessing he loved the souvenir.

We also could't help but notice that something about receiving cool items sends kids into fit of maniacal laughter. Remember "Blastoise Boy?"

T-Mac ready to go with Sugar Land Skeeters

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire ) Apr. 23, 2014 6:45 PM
The Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball have a great team name, but now, they have a former great NBA player. The team has inked former Toronto Raptors guard Tracy McGrady today to be on its 2014 roster.

Frankly T-Mac sounds pumped.

“It’s an honour to be a part of this club for the 2014 season,” said McGrady. “To be a part of the team means everything to me and it’s a dream come true. I look forward to coming to the ballpark not only to play the game but to be in the clubhouse building camaraderie with these guys. I am excited to start the journey we’re going to take this season.”

The Skeeters plan to use the right-hander as a pitcher, although it’s unclear what exact role the 6-foot-8 McGrady will have.

Sugar Land is a pretty fun team to follow. Not only do they have McGrady but they also have Roger Clemens’ son Koby, and an array of former big leaguers including Rusty Ryal, Delwyn Young, and former Toronto Blue Jays Ryan Langerhans and David Pauley.

The Skeeters begin their season tomorrow against the Lancaster Barnstormers (these names are amazing).

Rugby players can dive too

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 23, 2014 6:22 PM
Most attribute diving in the sports world to soccer or, to a lower degree, basketball. But, definitely not rugby, right?

Well Simaika Mikaele of the Samoa Sevens rugby team may change your mind.

Thanks to Independent.ie for the video.

Wrigley Field turns 100

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire ) Apr. 23, 2014 5:55 PM
Wrigley Field turned 100 years old today, so they invited a lot of Chicago Cubs greats to celebrate with the team: Ernie Banks, Billie Williams, Andre Dawson, and Feguson Jenkins. Notably absent was Cubs all-time home run leader Sammy Sosa, which seems like a huge snub and quite the large oversight.

Despite Sosa’s PED history, you can’t deny that Sosa provided some of the greatest moments in Cubs history. If the Cubs won’t celebrate Sosa, than we will, check out his career highlights and marvel at one of the great power hitters in MLB history.

In classic Cubs form, the team blew a 5-2 lead thanks to a Starlin Castro error in the ninth inning and lost the game 7-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Never change.

Was there really a ghost at a Bolivian soccer match?

By Duncan Clair (@DuncanClair) Apr. 23, 2014 2:43 PM
Something happened in the stands at a Bolivian soccer match.

From the hairpin, here's the video.

So that's definitely a ghost right? Look at those people, no one reacts even slightly to this blob/shadow moving super fast through the bleachers. Look at it!!!

I'm all for logical explanations and everything, but that's a ghost.

Place your bets

By Liam McGuire (@LiamRMcGuire), BarDown Apr. 23, 2014 2:26 PM
Finally, a bet between the mayors (albeit a pretty lame one).

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams have made a wager on the outcome of the Toronto Raptors/Brooklyn Nets series. What does the winner receive? Well traditionally, a wager of a six-pack of beer or a promise to don the opposing team's jersey turns out to be the cost, but this time the winner receives a CD of the losing city's favorite local artist. It's kind of a shame, because should the Raptors lose, it would have been fun/hilarious to see the mayor rocking the slim sleeved Nets jersey that was introduced this season.

According the Toronto Sun, Ford said he would probably send Adams a CD by Drake or by Our Lady Peace frontman Raine Maida, which actually makes a ton of sense. Perhaps, the Raptors' Global Ambassador could sign the CD to sweeten the deal.

For The Win from USA Today has more.

Montreal pride, in Ottawa

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 23, 2014 2:16 PM
Ever the passionate hockey fan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper took to Twitter on Wednesday to congratulate the Montreal Canadiens on their first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tuukka Rask almost attacked by flying octopus

By Duncan Clair (@DuncanClair) Apr. 23, 2014 1:31 PM
So, Red Wing fans threw an octopus onto the ice before the start of game three in Detroit's series versus the Bruins. That's nothing new though. They've been doing that for decades.

What is new is that Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was nearly hit with the flying cephalopod.

The gif from Redditor yetanotherx shows just how close Rask came to being hit just as the anthem ended.

Rask didn't seem too phased by the octopus hitting the ice, and went on to shut out the Wings. What might have happened if he got hit?

I don't know about you, but if I got hit with a flying octopus i would freak the hell out, and probably scream like a five-year-old.