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An artists depiction of the Winter Classic at Nationals Park

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 7:30 PM
The National Hockey League has released a drawing of what Nationals Park will look like once jam-packed with Washington Capitals fans for the Winter Classic being played on New Year's Day. The Capitals will face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks in the game, pitting Alexander Ovechkin against Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in what should be a great game.



In case you haven't seen the jerseys the teams will be wearing during the game... check them out!

Washington Capitals:



Chicago Blackhawks:




St. Louis Blues spoof Home Alone

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 6:54 PM
It seems like every team is doing Holiday-themed videos these days and you can add the St. Louis Blues to that list as well. Earlier today, the Leafs went with a simpler approach to the Holiday videos, but the Blues went more intricate like some other teams.



Sorry Blues, but this is nowhere near as good as the Penguins spoofing National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.




We really like this artist and he really likes the Raptors

By BarDown Dec. 22, 2014 4:45 PM
We recently came across the work of artist Corbin Portillo who's work and designs we think are really awesome. Corbin not only has a love for art, but a love of the Toronto Raptors and you can see that with some of these wicked designs you can check out below.

All of these are courtesy Corbin's Instagram, so be sure to give him a follow!

Never forget. VC x TO Quick illustration By Blkoutln

A photo posted by ???????????C?O?R?B?S (@blkoutln) on




Best GIFs of Toews' All-Star campaign video

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Dec. 22, 2014 3:42 PM
By now, you've all seen the absolutely amazing All-Star campaign video made by the Chicago Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews called "Exercise Your Right to Vote". The video takes the form of an 80s exercise commercial and is pretty great from beginning to end. But this video didn't just help Toews' All-Star vote numbers, it also provided the world with some unreal GIFs that we will be able to use for the rest of the hockey year and beyond.






Maple Leafs give fans early Christmas gift

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 3:13 PM
Things aren't quite as cheery in Leafs nation as they were at around this time last week with the team currently on a three game losing skid. But don't think for a second that that means the team isn't in high spirits this holiday season.

Monday, the Maple Leafs provided fans across Leafs nation with a small Christmas gift, one that they'll all thoroughly enjoy...albeit with the volume down low.



It really is a shame the Leafs weren't wearing those beautiful sweaters from their Holiday party...

The #Leafs are in the Christmas spirit!

A photo posted by Toronto MapleLeafs (@torontomapleleafs) on




The Broad Street Bullies of high school hockey

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 2:46 PM
We're not exactly sure where this fight took place, it could be Trenton, Ontario or Trenton, Michigan, but what we do know is that this high school game got pretty out of control. The guy filming had already gotten kicked out of this game along with 3 other kids for fighting and he knew something was about to go down.

A line brawl ensues with a couple really good scuffles, including this ref who gets just as aggressive as the players. You can't really see if the ref takes a couple to the face, but you can only assume based on his reaction.



In other high school fight news, here's another line brawl that happened between rival teams Lawrence HS and Central Catholic HS.



And here's another further and longer video of that same fight.




The Melbourne Mustangs introduce the northern hemisphere to beach hockey

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 12:44 PM
Christmas is celebrated all around the globe, which means that while some people get to celebrate the holiday in its most traditional sense, snow filled and chilly, others have to deal with the dread of warm weather, palm trees and beautiful sandy beaches.

People of the north, before you decide to take up arms with the world's tiniest violins, check out this Christmas greetings card from down under, showcasing the Melbourne Mustangs' warm weather take on how to spend time during the holidays in the southern hemisphere, including our new favourite game -- sand hockey.



You don't become champions of the Australian hockey league without dabbling in some beach hockey. Something tells us that players in the AIHL don't really mind participating in dry land training exercises.

Every aspect of the game just seems so peaceful when played under the sun. Yes, even the fighting.



(H/T: Melbourne Mustangs)

Reporter interviews the greatest group of guys who just purchased Jordans

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 12:28 PM


McKenzie Kuehnlein was in Toledo for a local news broadcast covering the highly anticipated release of the Jordan 11's. People lined up over night to get a pair of the shoes and once they came out the other side with the shoes, McKenzie was looking for people willing to give an interview in the middle of the night. This is when she ran into this amazing crew of guys, which made for one GREAT interview.

There are too many memorable moments to mention, so all we can say is just watch it, enjoy it and then watch it again.



So, who's your favourite character? The shoe licking leader, the tall guy with the nose bandage or the smaller guy wearing shades in the middle of the night?

Everyone's talking about the new Jordan's including Lou Williams who put up this pretty funny picture on Instagram last night.

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A photo posted by Lou Williams (@louwillville) on



(H/T Barstool Sports)

Marshawn Lynch would like to "thank you for asking"

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 22, 2014 11:39 AM
Another weekend, another repetitious Marshawn Lynch interview. It seems as if Lynch doesn't really mind having to cough up some coin to pay off media conduct related fines if it means he gets to address every question from reporters with the same answer.

Sunday evening after the Seahawks' key 35-6 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, Lynch sat down for a reporter scrum, this time deciding to take a friendlier approach to not really answering questions from the media.



Now, you can definitely understand where Lynch is coming from with his. When you get asked the same questions over and over just slightly rephrased, you can imagine it would get tiring to answer, especially right after a game.

Sometimes the only thing you wanna do after a hard earned win is hit up the nearest 7-11, grab some Doritoes, kick back and relax for the evening.



Great snack selection, although, there's a distinct lack of Skittles in this picture...