In the mid-90s when the Toronto basketball franchise was awarded a team in the NBA, they were trying to figure out an appropriate name to represent the city. Rather than go with a name that made sense like the Huskies or the Toronto Towers, they decided to go with a name that related to one of the biggest stories of the year, the Jurassic Park movie. And now that it seems imminent that Las Vegas will be eventually getting an NHL expansion team, it's time to start figuring out a name. Should they go with something that makes sense, like the Gamblers? Or should they pick something that has to do with one of the biggest stories of the year? edubdesigns thinks the latter of the two and decided to design uniforms, logos and memorabilia for the yet to be named, "Las Vegas Mumps". Home Uniform (edubdesigns) Road Uniform (edubdesigns) Alternate Uniform (edubdesigns) Memorabilia (edubdesigns) (Photos, designs and concept art courtesy edubdesigns)
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 4:24 PM
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 3:45 PM
Toronto Raptors big man Jonas Valanciunas took a break from his basketball career to learn the ropes at Purolator Shipping Centre in Toronto recently. The Raptors centre didn't necessarily go undercover, but played around with customers about being a new employee and not liking the basketball player whose uniform Purolator was raffling off. Valanciunas denying he plays for the Raptors and saying he "doesn't like that guy either," when customers don't want to enter his jersey raffle is great. Who knew JV was so witty? Great playing along, Valanciunas!
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 3:34 PM
CM Punk will be on tonight's Off The Record with Michael Landsberg, which airs at 5 pm et on TSN4 and TSN5. Punk joined the show to promote his new venture into the UFC and discuss a possible opponent for his upcoming fight. Things didn't go very smoothly, however, as Punk wasn't happy with Landsberg's line of questioning and things got a little heated. We'll have the full segment after it airs, so make sure to come back and check it out!
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 1:50 PM
The Jacksonville Jaguars are squaring off against the Tennessee Titans on Thursday Night Football for last place in the AFC South and the Jags’ mascot, Jaxson de Ville, is already preparing for his offseason by practicing his golf swing with NFL Network and CBS Sports journalist Rich Eisen. Eisen's Instagram account captured the two chipping golf balls onto the 50-yard line from the upper bleachers.
We understand Florida is a great place to go to retire and golf, but at EverBank Field on game day? We hope the grounds crew finds every ball hit onto the field or we could see a few rolled ankles during tonight's game. No matter what Jaxson de Ville does for the rest of the season, he will still seem like a calm, cool and collected guy compared to Indianapolis Colts' mascot Blue, who took a game of football with kids far too seriously. You're not these kids’ boy, Blue! And, while we're at it, here's the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ mascot stiff-arming kids back in 2009. We wouldn't be surprised if he got a tryout with an NFL team after this performance at running back. Keep it classy, football mascots. We love your crazy antics.
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 1:40 PM
Every week of the National Football League season SB Nation featured contributor Jon Bois releases a "Breaking Madden" post with videos, GIFs and photos from the Madden game that he uses as humorous commentary on what happened during the weekends slate of games. During last weeks Cleveland Browns game we watched Johnny Manziel scramble for his life for several seconds at a time, so this week Bois "Broke Madden" by allowing Manziel to scramble for an eternity. He created useless players on the Carolina Panthers defense that can't tackle, massive 99 percent lineman on the Browns to block, and scrambled Johnny Manziel around the field for as long as he possibly could. That idea put to a little music, and it became a cinematic masterpiece. Presenting to you, Johnny Football in scrambling quarterbacks heaven set to "Johnny Strikes Up The Band" by Warren Zevon. Apparently, lineman just stop blocking after a few minutes of scrambling in Madden. I guess 350 pound plus lineman would get tired of blocking in real life as well. You can check out Jon Bois entire post where he explains the intricacies of this weeks Breaking Madden HERE!
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 1:22 PM
On January 21, 2015, the "Shark Tank" will be a little more metal than usual, as Bay-area based band, Metallica, will be taking over. Just Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors celebrated Drake Night at the Air Canada Centre (They're now 2-0 on Drake Nights) to much success and it looks like the San Jose Sharks will be going with a similar theme. A portion of the sales for "Metallica Night" will be going towards the Sierra Club. (blabbermouth.net) And yes, we here at BarDown decided to call it "Shark-tallica" night. You like? The San Francisco Giants also held a Metallica night this past summer and it was pretty awesome. But nowhere near as awesome as their Sportscenter commercial. The bloopers from the commercial were pretty great as well. (Information courtesy Blabber Mouth)
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 12:51 PM
We've seen many peculiar coaching techniques in hockey over the years, but creating a new sport altogether by collaborating hockey and badminton and using it as a footwork drill is something we've never heard of before. That is exactly what the Leksands IF hockey team that plays in the Swedish Hockey League are doing. Assistant coach Gereon Dahlgren came up with the footwork exercise, and watching Joel Kallstrom and Hampus Sirugo play makes the drill look a lot of fun. We remember how much fun playing badminton in high school gym class was, but we would have much rather been on skates during the game! The ice adds an entire new element of fun to badminton! This is a pretty cool drill, coach Dahlgren. We might even try it out ourselves.
@_brewknow) Dec. 17, 2014 11:56 AM
Jordin Tootoo is both the first Inuk player, as well as the first player to grow up in Nunavut to play in the NHL, an honour he is extremely proud of. Tootoo's journey to the NHL wasn't all that easy, however, as he had to deal with plenty of different struggles throughout his life to get where he is today. Tootoo has used his new book All The Way as a method of healing through writing, as he describes some of his biggest struggles. Now, Tootoo is a leader and role model for kids of Inuit descent and young hockey players growing up in Northern Canada. We sat down to discuss the importance of that, going viral by making a kid's day and much more. Daniel Bruno: A lot of young hockey players in Northern Canada nowadays look up to you as a role model and favourite NHL player. Growing up, did you have an NHL guy you looked up to or was it tough b/c there wasn't a player or team from the area? Jordin Tootoo: Well yeah, you know obviously growing up in the arctic we only had so many channels on TV, so Hockey Night In Canada was a big thing. But growing up, I really got to watch my father play a lot of hockey and anytime I got to watch Hockey Night In Canada it was Wendel Clark of the Maple Leafs that I admired a lot. DB: So, you got to play in the World Juniors in 2003 and now they're just around the corner for a new batch of young players. What was your favourite off ice memory of playing in that tournament? JT: I think it was just the fans! Playing in your home country was an unbelievable experience, especially in Halifax. The fans were just unbelievable and the following that we had, obviously any time that you get to represent your country it's a pretty amazing feeling. DB: Now again it's being held in Canada, so what piece of advice can you offer to these young players, who obviously going to have a lot of pressure on them to perform well. JT: Yeah, there definitely is a lot of pressure, but at the same time, you gotta try and live in the moment. You know, take it shift by shift, there's gonna be a lot of ups and downs throughout the game in tournaments like this. It's really like playing playoff hockey, you can't dwell on mistakes, you just gotta keep moving forward.
@BarDown) Dec. 18, 2014 12:06 AM
There's bad nights and then there's nights like the one Binghamton Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond had Wednesday evening. 36 seconds into the first period of the game between the Senators and the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Hammond found himself skating back to the bench, replaced after allowing three goals on three shots. Well, if you're going to have a lousy night, it might as well be a historically lousy night. The Phantoms' 21 second scoring frenzy broke the AHL record for the quickest to three goals in league history. Oddly enough, even with the quick start to the game, the Phantoms ended up winning the game by a two goal margin, defeating the Senators 5-3 in the end. We'd have to imagine that if Senators head coach, Luke Richardson, was allowed to show his true feelings when the third goal went in that it would look something like this... Maybe with even more lightning... (H/T: LV Phantoms