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One of the most creative sports proposals you'll ever see

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 29, 2015 1:35 PM

Often times when you’re at a sports event, you’ll see some guy proposing to his girlfriend in some fun creative way on the big screen, but not often do you see the proposal happen with two of the athletes. In this instance, we have two competitors playing some one on one basketball which at first seems pretty standard. But then out of nowhere it seems like tragedy strikes, which results in a completely unexpected and very creative way to propose to your girl.

HUGE kudos to this guy.

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The evolution of the Lightning's intros, from 1992 to 2015

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 29, 2015 1:19 PM

The evolution of National Hockey League game introductions has gone from standard to spectacle over the last 20 or so years, and 23 years ago was when the Tampa Bay Lightning were established in the league. Introductions have gone from simply player names, to full out on-ice projections appearing in high definition for all to see. Just 20 years of technology can do a massive difference to a sports pre-game.

With the Lightning preparing for their Game 7 Friday against the New York Rangers, we've decided to take a look back at their introduction from the inaugural season and compare it to today's pre-game.



We've got your summer 2015 TV show... HBO's 'Ballers' starring The Rock

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 29, 2015 12:39 PM

It’s well documented that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is one of the busiest men in Hollywood. Whether he’s starring in movies, making TV appearances, coming back for a wrestling match every now and then or straight up just constantly working out, The Rock is always up to something. And now, The Rock is about to star in the new HBO show, Ballers, which follows the life of a former pro football player turned sports agent.

Safe to say we’ll be keeping a close eye on this show when it starts up on June 21st, but once you watch this trailer, you’ll be all in on it as well.

(Warning: This video is NSFW due to mature themes)

If they had Quenneville's moustache...

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 28, 2015 7:13 PM
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The only thing as comparably great as the incredible hockey being played throughout the Western Conference Finals series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks is Coach Q’s ‘stache. And to bring back our old “If They Were…” series with a bang, we’re depicting the Blackhawks players if they had coach Joel Quenneville’s moustache! It’s no doubt that coach Q is certified beauty and his ‘stache is just as much a part of his persona as his attitude. I mean, take a look at this thing, it’s majestic!

But before we get into the players with the Q ‘stache, we have to look first at the evolution of Joel Quenneville’s duster from birth to current day fluff…. (As you can see, we could only find one picture of Quenneville without a ‘stache)

That thing has barely aged a day! But now onto the players, some of which who have been struggling with their own playoff beards, rocking the classic Q duster. As you can see, the Blackhawks would be the most intimidating team in the NHL if they all rocked the ‘stache that their coach wears so proudly. And gotta love the fans getting in on the action as well!

If you were looking at these ‘staches and thinking, “Wow, I need to get me one of those.” Then don’t you worry because we’ve got you covered on that front as well with this amazing “How To Mustache Yourself Like Joel Quenneville” infographic.

So, if the Blackhawks win game 7 on Saturday night, we better see all you ‘Hawks fans rocking Q dusters for the Cup finals!

Drake gets a shout out from the Scripps National Spelling Bee

By Bardown (@Bardown) May. 29, 2015 12:01 AM

Time and time again we've shown you examples of moments where Drake can really say he's made it as a rapper. But here we find ourselves again, reitierating the point with yet another fantastic example, this time coming from the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Did the organizers of the Spelling Bee do it knowing that it would attract attention, most likely. Still, it may be safe to chalk this up as "real recognize real." It's pretty clear that the Scripps National Spelling Bee would like to be one of your "woes," Drake.

Guess we'll see if Drizzy sticks to his "no new friends" policy.

(H/T: FTW USA Today)

The Simpsons predicted the arrest of FIFA officials over a year ago

By Bardown (@Bardown) May. 28, 2015 11:27 PM

The Simpsons has shown in the past that they're pretty good at predicting the future, like when they predicted that these would become a reality.

But the show and its writers have really outdone themselves this time, as it appears that they accurately predicted that FIFA executives would be put under arrest by U.S. authorities, something that occurred on Wednesday this week. Check out this clip from the episode “You Don’t Have to Live Like a Referee,” which aired just over a year ago in March of 2014.

While the prediction wasn't one hundred percent accurate as only one official was arrested compared to multiple, it still was a close call.

FIFA spoke out after the arrests, stating that there would be no revote for the World Cup in 2018 and 2022.

(H/T: Uproxx)

Cap Friendly is yet another wicked site for your NHL salary questions

By Bardown (@bardown) May. 28, 2015 10:32 PM
Since the untimely passing of CapGeek founder Matthew Wuest, the hockey community has been searching for a new website to provide the same level of detailed numerical data regarding NHL salaries.

It hasn't been an easy task considering just how comprehensive Wuest's website was -- a truly monumental achievement. There have been a number of websites that have attempted to fill the void, including NHLnumbers, General Fanager, now a third site has entered the fold, and we must say it is quite impressive. It's called Cap Friendly.

The website includes detailed and up to date breakdowns of each and every NHL franchise's player payroll, including their cap salary, actual salary, performance bonus, contract clause and signing bonus.

Hockey stat junkies rejoice, it seems as if there are now a number of suitable websites to stand beside Wuest's CapGeek.

To experience Cap Friendly for yourself, you can visit the site here.

A brief history of the evolution of Anaheim's jersey designs

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 28, 2015 9:11 PM
Whenever jerseys are debated and discussed, it seems as if only sweaters from the Original Six teams are deemed as "classics." Of course, the Original Six jerseys are classics -- no one's arguing against that. But there are plenty of designs outside those traditional classics that deserve their due.

With the Ducks and Blackhawks series being as even as it is, we decided to look at an area where they are most certainly polar opposites. While the Blackhawks have essentially had the same design since the team was originally founded in 1926, the Ducks have had a number of different jerseys since their expansion into the league in 1993, ones that have really tugged at the heart strings of hockey fans. Here's a look into the historical timeline of the Ducks jersey designs, including their transition from purple and teal to orange and gold.

1993-97 - The Mighty Ducks are born

(Image credit: Rare Vintage Wear)

#TBT - 1995

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Djokovic makes incredibly odd mistake, gifts a point to his opponent

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) May. 28, 2015 7:52 PM

When you've won as many points as Novak Djokovic has in his professional career, you can be forgiven for getting anxious and not wanting to wait for a point to officially end.

At least, that's what Djoker will probably be telling himself after making this comedic error on Thursday at the French Open.

While Gilles Muller was probably very appreciative of Djokovic's kind gift, the Serbian tennis star was probably wishing he could ask for it back.>

(H/T: FTW USA Today)