The pitcher and Star Wars nerd shares his favorite present
Self-proclaimed Star Wars nerd and knuckleball pitching sensation R.A. Dickey tweeted out a picture of his favorite Christmas present yesterday. The picture (as seen below) included the tweet: "Maybe my favorite gift all year. Thank you Lucas Film."
The 41-35 win over Ole Miss earlier this season was a huge victory for LSU. The game was a crazy back and forth affair, so it was no surprise Les Miles was quite animated after the game.
In other words...it's vintage Les Miles.
Finding Scissors on the Field
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During a 48-34 shootout at North Carolina, Virginia Tech wide receiver Dyrell Roberts' discovered something odd on the field. Turns out, it was a pair of scissors.
Ball State's Crazy Tip Drill Interception
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The MAC is a conference known for its offensive fireworks, but Ball State used a little creativity on defense to beat Western Michigan this season. With Western Michigan ready to punch in a score to take a lead, the Cardinals tipped a pass intended for a receiver in the endzone. One tip is usually enough for a pass to be intercepted or caught, but this time, the ball was tipped twice and picked off. Another element to the play was another Ball State defender ripping the ball from a defensive lineman in an attempt to take it back for a score.
Georgia Southern DB Suffers Nasty Finger Injury
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Georgia Southern defensive back Valdon Cooper had a rough day. Not only was he supposed to matchup against Georgia's receivers, Cooper suffered a nasty finger injury - and the picture isn't pretty. Needless to say, fingers aren't supposed to bend like this:
Tuberville Rips Headset Off Assistant
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Texas Tech was heavily favored and expected to easily handle Kansas this season. However, the Jayhawks hung around and gave the Red Raiders all they could handle. The frustration clearly showed on the Texas Tech sideline in the third quarter, as coach Tommy Tuberville ripped the headset off of graduate assistant Kevin Oliver after the Red Raiders got a penalty on fourth down. The five-yard setback prevented Texas Tech from going for it on fourth down.
After the game, Tuberville commented he was trying to grab the coach's shirt since he needed to get off the field. Really? Not sure that explanation really adds up for Tuberville.
Utah's Crazy Fake Field Goal
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Utah came up short in its matchup against Arizona this season, losing 34-24. However, the Utes left it all on the field, as they used a creative trick play to score an early touchdown. The Utes lined up for an easy field goal early in the second quarter. But the holder pitched it between his legs to kicker Coleman Petersen, who ran it in for the touchdown.
Penn State Coach Drops F-Bomb
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Considering what transpired at Penn State since last season, it was no surprise Penn State coach Bill O'Brien was quite excited after an overtime win over Wisconsin.
And O'Brien was so excited, it appears he dropped an f-bomb right at the beginning of the interview. Isn't live television awesome?
Stafford Curses at Nebraska Coach Bo Pelini
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Nebraska coach Bo Pelini isn't afraid to get vocal on the sidelines, but the tables were turned on him during his win over Penn State. After a sluggish performance in the first half, Pelini and safety Daimion Stafford got into a heated exchange on the sideline. It's clear from the video Stafford was not happy with Pelini and appeared to drop a couple of f-bombs in the process. It's not clear what the two were discussing, but let's just say neither party was giving an inch in the heated discussion.
Michigan State's Johnny Adams Super Flops
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The Michigan State-Nebraska matchup was a huge contest to establish the pecking order in the Big Ten. The Cornhuskers - with a little help from a generous pass interference call - pulled out a 28-24 victory against the Spartans. While the refs may have helped Nebraska with a generous call for the game-winning touchdown, Michigan State's Johnny Adams attempted to get a little help from the officials late in the first half. Adams was battling with receiver Kenny Bell and had an epic flop to try and draw a 15-yard penalty. The refs didn't fall for Adams' flop, but we sure enjoyed it.
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This year's West Virginia-Texas Tech matchup was supposed to be a great game. However, the Red Raiders scored an easy 49-14 win. Although the game had a few highlights, one of the best moments was when a streaker jumped onto the field in the second half. Although the streaker managed to make his way around the field, he was quickly nabbed before he removed all of his clothing.
The best part of this video? Watching the police in cowboy hats trying to catch and tackle the streaker.
Jump Pass Time
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During Cincinnati's match-up with Syracuse this year, there was one crazy trick play that highlighted the game. On 4th and 2, Cincinnati running back George Winn offered up a sweet jump pass to Travis Kelce, who ran it in for a TD.
Manziel Recovers Own Fumble and Throws TD
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Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel led the Aggies to a huge road win over Alabama this season. Not only did the Heisman Trophy winner play a perfect game, he provided one of Week 11's highlight-worthy moments. On third-and-goal, Manziel stepped up in the pocket to run, yet was hit and lost the ball. However, the redshirt freshman calmly collected the loose ball in the air and tossed a touchdown strike to Ryan Swope.
Trick Play FAIL
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During Virginia's game against NCSU this year, the Cavaliers tried to get tricky. With flawless precision Virginia set up a brilliant trick play. That is, until UVA QB Philip Sims drops the wide open pass from RB Perry Jones. It's painful to watch.
Lee Corso Calls A Kid A Midget
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OK, so this one isn't weird, but we had to include it. During ESPN's College GameDay, Lee Corso jokingly yells at some kid for his game picks. Enjoy.
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Following Michigan State's win over Easter Michigan, Coach Mark Dantonio was in no mood to talk. He offers up a post-game press conference we like to call "Next Question!" It gets good around the 1:30-minute mark.
Utah State running back Robert Turbin had the same reaction I had when I saw this: "Wait, WTF is that?!"
This is just a bowl…filled with raw potatoes. Let's show some initiative. Next year, change the name to the Famous Idaho BAKED Potato Bowl. That way the winning team can slather the trophy in butter and sour cream and eat it for a post-game celebration.
Famous Idaho Potato: Utah State beat Toledo, 41-15 (Dec. 15). And yes, I imagine at this very moment Turbin is still staring at the potatoes with a bewildered look on his face.
Fiesta Bowl Trophy
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Apparently no one at the Fiesta Bowl has ever heard of the phrase, "Less is more." It's like someone made a trophy, then someone else stuck another trophy on top of it. And then someone else walked in the room and said, "Hey, you know what? We should put another trophy on top of all this other shit."
In all, this monstrosity measures 46-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds. It features marble, diamonds, silver, 19kt (yellow, green, pink and white) gold and is internally LED lit with illumination through the landscape, dome, Fiesta Bowl logo and the diamonds. Holy crap!
Fiesta Bowl: Oregon (11-1) vs. Kansas State (11-1) – Jan. 3 at 8:30 p.m. ET
Alamo Bowl Trophy
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Where have I seen this before? Oh, that's right. I have these same faux granite countertops in my kitchen.
Alamo Bowl: Texas (8-4) vs. Oregon State (9-3) – Dec. 29 at 6:45 p.m. ET
Independence Bowl Trophy
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If you remove the name plates and put a candle in the vase, this is exactly what my grandmother's side table looks like in her living room. Exactly.
Independence Bowl: Ohio (8-4) vs. Louisiana-Monroe (8-4) – Dec. 28 at 2 p.m. ET
Gator Bowl Trophy
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I got it! Let's glue three coat hangers together, stick a football on top and then paint the whole thing a shiny metallic color.
Gator Bowl: Northwestern (9-3) vs. Mississippi State (8-4) – Jan. 1 at 12 p.m. ET
Hawaii Bowl Trophy
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It's a football. With a pineapple top. See what they did there.
Hawaii Bowl: SMU (6-6) vs. Fresno State (9-3) – Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET
Little Caesars Bowl Trophy
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Unless you're holding this bowl game at Superman's Fortress of Solitude, there's no need for crystals. No need.
Little Caesars: W. Kentucky (7-5) vs. Central Michigan (6-6) - Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET
Military Bowl Trophy
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I made something exactly like this in 7th grade wood shop. I got C-.
Military Bowl: Bowling Green (8-4) vs. San Jose State (10-2) - Dec. 27 at 3 p.m. ET
New Mexico Bowl Trophy
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I swear I saw one of these at a yard sale for $1. I offered the lady a nickel, and she gladly took it.
New Mexico Bowl: Nevada (7-5) vs. Arizona (7-5) – Dec. 15 at 1 p.m. ET
New Orleans Bowl Trophy
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What sort of hybrid trophy train wreck is this? It looks like someone took a trophy, sawed it in half, and then stuck an aquarium in the middle.
New Orleans: Louisiana-Lafayette (8-4) vs. East Carolina (8-4) – Dec. 22 at 12 p.m. ET
LSU coach Les Miles can't eat chicken at the Chick-fil-A Bowl because of a previous endorsement.
The 35-ring circus of bowl season is full of sideshows, freak shows, split stats and split personalities. And the biggest and best bowls have the most exciting high-wire acts, thanks to their award winners, NFL prospects, high-priced coaches, rabid fan bases and big dog endorsement deals. Here’s a look at 15 weird and wild facts, stats and trends from the best bowls this postseason.
Although Nebraska had a horrible showing in the Big Ten Championship, quarterback Taylor Martinez had one of the most ridiculously awesome touchdown dashes in recent memory.
Wisconsin was able to bring a rusher that was virtually untouched by Nebraska's offensive line, which forced Martinez to retreat back to the eight-yard line. From there, it was a series of moves and then nothing but pure speed to give Martinez the 76-yard touchdown run.
RUN: Andre Parker Goes the Wrong Way
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Kent State linebacker Andre Parker made the news for all of the wrong reasons this season. In a game Kent State had clear control of, Parker picked up a muffed punt in the first half and returned it the wrong way. It was the first week of the season, so mistakes happen. However, it's hard to understand why Parker never realized he was headed the wrong way.
The ball was technically dead after Parker touched it, but the referees did not blow the whistle, which allowed one of the strangest plays of the season. An underrated part of the video is Parker appears to get up after the run and talk trash to the Towson defenders. Needless to say, this is a play Parker would probably like to forget.
HIT: Nebraska WR Destroys Defender
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Nebraska didn't have many highlights from their loss to Wisconsin, but there were a few noteable plays for the Cornhuskers.
In addition to Taylor Martinez's ridiculous touchdown run, receiver Kenny Bell destroyed Wisconsin defensive back Devin Smith on a third-quarter pass, which was called back due to a penalty. However, the block on Smith might be one of the most vicious hits in college football this season.
CATCH: A Bouncing Interception for VT
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Bad officiating was a problem in the ACC this year, and it appears the refs missed another call in Week 12.
Virginia Tech defensive back Kyle Fuller deflected a poorly thrown pass by Boston College quarterback Chase Rettig and appeared to bounce it off his hands just before it hit the ground. Linebacker Alonzo Tweedy caught the deflection for the interception.
However, the refs did not give the interception to Virginia Tech, which took away a prime opportunity around midfield for its offense.
RUN: Dri Archer Escapes BGSU's D
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Kent State running back Dri Archer was one of the nation's top all-purpose players this season. Archer has showcased his speed and ridiculous moves all season but might have had his best performance against Bowling Green.
With the game tied at 17 early in the fourth quarter, Archer took a handoff and darted to the left side and appeared to be tackled around midfield. However, Archer bounced out of the pile and cut it back to the opposite side of the field. After the midfield escape, Archer dodged a few defenders and scored to give Kent State a 24-17 lead.
RUN: TCU Receiver Hurdles Defender
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TCU came up short in its upset bid against Kansas State, but the Horned Frogs didn't go away without a fight.
Receiver Brandon Carter attempted to give his team some momentum at the end of the first half, taking a kickoff from the goal-line to around the 40-yard line.
While the return was solid, the biggest highlight has to be Carter's ridiculous hurdle over kicker Anthony Cantele just before he was shoved out of bounds.
RUN: Le'Veon Bell Hurdles Indiana Player
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Michigan State had to work a little harder than expected to beat Indiana. The Spartans needed a huge second half comeback to knock off the Hoosiers, which included a big game from running back Le'Veon Bell.
Bell provided one of the game's best highlights, hurdling an Indiana defender in the fourth quarter to move Michigan State a little closer to the goal line.
The junior was one of the Big Ten's top performers this season and has provided plenty of highlight moments by jumping over players against Indiana, Boise State and Notre Dame.
HIT: Aaron Murray Gets Rocked
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The SEC Championship matchup between Alabama and Georgia might have been the best played game in 2012. The Bulldogs had a chance to win late, but the Crimson Tide defense held on the final drive to clinch a spot in the national title.
And considering this game matched two of the best defenses in the nation, it was no surprise there were plenty of hard hits. At the end of the first half, Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tossed an interception and was leveled by Alabama defensive lineman Quinton Dial. Considering how important protecting the quarterback is, it's a surprise there wasn't a penalty called on Alabama.
HIT: Illinois' Coach Gets Clobbered
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2012 was an awful season for Illinois. New coach Tim Beckman had a disastrous debut, with the Fighting Illini failing to win a Big Ten game in 2012.
And the bad year only got worse as Beckman was clobbered by an official during the first half. Beckman apparently didn't see the official coming his way and was knocked down just as the play was coming in his direction. Beckman quickly scooted out of the way but it was another bad moment for his first season at Illinois.
CATCH: J.D. Woods' One-Hander
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The 70-63 shootout between West Virginia and Baylor was one of college football's most exciting games from Week 5. Although there were plenty of highlights during the game, Woods' one-handed grab in the fourth quarter might be the best play from the matchup.
RUN: Daren Bates' Stiff Arm
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Auburn didn't have much to cheer about this season. Their victory over New Mexico State was one of the few highlights from this year, as Auburn claimed a 42-7 victory. The Tigers' defense had a few big plays, including linebacker Daren Bates' 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The runback was impressive but check out the stiff arm Bates puts on New Mexico State's defender around the 20-yard line.
CATCH: Kenny Stills' Crazy Grab
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The annual matchup between Oklahoma and Oklahoma State is simply titled Bedlam. It's a rivalry that always produces plenty of highlight-reel plays and crazy moments each year.
This season, Oklahoma rallied from an early deficit to score an overtime win, largely due to the performance of quarterback Landry Jones. The senior was steady in the second half to give his team a chance to win, which included a ridiculous touchdown toss to receiver Kenny Stills. With a blitz coming in his face, Jones fired a pass to Stills, but an Oklahoma State defender nearly pulled off the interception. However, Stills tipped it back to himself and gained control of the pass just before hitting the out of bounds mark.
CATCH: Jarvis Landry's One-Handed Snag
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The highlight of LSU's victory over Arkansas wasn't a late defensive stand, but instead came from receiver Jarvis Landry in the first half.
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw a pass just behind Landry, but the sophomore made a good adjustment on the ball and reeled in the ridiculous one-handed grab.
CATCH: Stefon Diggs Pulls It In
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Lost in the struggles of Maryland's offense and quarterback injuries this season was the play of receiver Stefon Diggs. The true freshman was a dynamic playmaker and could be a first-team All-ACC selection by the end of 2013.
Diggs showcased his talent with a ridiculous one-handed catch against Florida State. He knew a big hit was coming from the Florida State defender, yet hung on for the reception.
HIT: Alabama's Cheap Shot
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In what looks to be an awesome wrestling move, Alabama player LaMichael Fanning picks up the Missouri running back and slams him down hard on the ground. The bone-jarring tackle was a cheap shot, considering it was late in the game and both teams were running out the clock.
RUN: Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas 75-yard return
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BONUS VIDEO: During the Oregon's blowout of Colorado this year, Oregon's De'Anthony Thomas had one of the season's most amazing punt returns. Watch as the quick-footed Thomas makes the Colorado players look like the Keystone Cops.
RUN: Cal’s Brendan Bigelow’s TD
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BONUS VIDEO: When Cal met up with Ohio State this season, Brendan Bigelow showed that defenders shouldn't assume he's going down. Watch as Bigelow breaks tackles and nearly goes down on his way to an 81-yard sprint to the endzone.
This might be less of a campaign and more of an ad, but the original Air Jordan Nike commercial was brilliant. The campaign was simple, direct and to the point — which was that Nike’s new shoe centered around Jordan was going to change the game. And the NBA added to its mystic by banning the footwear roughly one month after it was released.
9. Adidas: Fast Don't Lie
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I may be the only one who loves this campaign, but anytime Ken Jeong is on screen, I am paying attention. One of the hilarious stars of "The Hangover" stars in Adidas Fast Don’t Lie campaign adorned in glamourous clothing, jewelry and, of course, shoes. He sings with Dwight Howard and tries to hoop with Derrick Rose. What makes him fast? “He’s freaky. Freaky like my lady pyramid!” Hilarious.
8. Nike: Mars Blackmon
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Spike Lee created the character Mars Blackmon in his 1986 film "She’s Gotta Have It" (played by himself). As Michael Jordan rose to prominence in the late '80s and early '90s, Nike made Mars Blackmon a lead pitchman for Air Jordans. “It’s gotta be the shoes, right Money?”
7. Converse: Larry "Grandmama" Johnson
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Few things are TV gold. Animals doing people things, bad dancing or singing and old people doing crazy things are a few. Well, Converse capitalized on Larry Johnson’s famous nickname by dressing him up as an old lady and allowing him to dominate on the basketball court.
6. Nike: Most Valuable Puppets
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In a spin off of Lil Penny, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant saw their likenesses portrayed by trouble-making and often hilarious puppets. The two M.V. Puppets play a friendly game of one-on-one, LeBron goes nuts with some chalk or Kobe teaches LeBron about his unstoppable-ness. They also babysit the neighbor Lil Dez. “Hey, Lebron, you got over 20 triple-doubles, can I have one?” With more than a dozen hilarious puppets commercials, the MVPs lands on the top ten easily. And if it weren’t for Lil Penny being first, this campaign might be higher.
5. ESPN: NBA Roadtrip RV
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Much like College Gameday or This is Sportscenter campaigns, this is more of an internal market device than true ad campaign. But brilliant writing, big names stars and a road trip motif took the creativity of the Sportscenter campaign to specifically promote the NBA coverage on the four-letter network. The most recent of which (shown here) is one of the funniest.
4. Nike: Lil' Penny
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“You guys remind me of my closet. I got one Penny and a bunch of loafers.” Chris Rock was brilliant as the voice of Lil’ Penny, a puppet lookalike of NIKE hoops star Penny Hardaway. In the locker room before games, on the couch with his boys, floating in the pool, dreaming about Tyra Banks or hosting his celebrity golf tournament (The Lil’ Penny Classic) with Michael Jordan are just a few situations L.P. finds himself.
3. Gatorade: Be Like Mike
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Right after the Bulls and Michael Jordan won the 1991 NBA title, Gatorade launched an ad campaign with one of the most famous taglines in ad history. “Be Like Mike” became household and playground lingo instantly and has lasted well after the specific campaign expired.
2. McDonald's: H.O.R.S.E.
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Larry Bird is standing on an empty court in an empty gym dribbling a basketball when Michael Jordan walks in with a bag of McDonald’s. The two super stars then proceed to play horse — in dozens of ads and locations — for the Big Mac. The campaign debuted in 1993 and the original was remade in 2010.
1. Nike: Freestyle Hoops
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One the coolest concepts in sports advertising history, the artistic, creative, street-savvy campaign featured upbeat music mixed with trick ball-handling skills and big name hoops stars. This collection of dance-basketball-hip-hop ads is one of the best all-around ideas Nike has ever had. How many kids on the playground tried bouncing a ball into their shirt and around their backs after this video? (I know I did.)
Here are some golf-inspired names sure to get giggles on Draft Day.
Fantasy golf season is almost here, meaning that it's time to dust off the dumb, dirty and/or tasteless puns and come up with a team name. Here’s our list for 2013, in no particular order of awesomeness.