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The Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame voting for 2016 is now open!

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 30, 2016 1:06 AM

Who should be enshrined into the Fictitious Athlete Hall of Fame for the class of 2016? If our readers know anything, it's how to properly induct the greatest television and movie athletes, contributors and veterans who do not belong in the "real world," into a very real, and prestigious grouping of robust fictional company. So have your vote!

The criteria for qualification is pretty simple; the athletic character must appear in a movie or television show and be purely fictitious, meaning the character has to be imaginary or having been fabricated in the real world (so films about real athletic figures are out of the question), and the character must appear on movie after the year 1970 (the FAHOF set 1970 as the year that changed the way we perceive the world a sports in film). We're sure they will move the date back eventually, but dealing with more modern day characters first is the Hall of Fame's objective. Simple enough? Alright, now let's get to the fun stuff!

The 2016 class is the third official class of inductees, so be sure to check which fictitious athletes are already in the HOF before complaining they're not on the ballot.

Have your say at www.notinhalloffame.com where voting for the 2016 Fictitious Athletes Hall of Fame is taking place.

Do Steph Curry and his wife have a secret Instagram account where they post Snapchat videos?

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 30, 2016 12:09 AM

While searching through Instagram on Friday night we came across a woman named Gina Jamaica 2007, and thought we recognized her and her husband from somewhere, but were having trouble placing just how we knew them. Did we go to high school with Gina? Was Gina's husband in the pickup basketball league we played in last year? How do we know this lovely Jamaican couple?

Wait a second! That's not Gina Jamaica and her Jamaican husband at all, it's Ayesha and Steph Curry using a Snapchat filter and putting on fake Jamaican accidents.

We were beginning to miss Curry on the court, but if this is how he's been spending his time on the injured reserve we might actually be more entertained by these posts than his basketball play. Check the posts out!

Erroll a gwan like one poppy show. Ash tag TUNES ??????

A video posted by Gina (@ginajamaica2007) on

Manziel doesn't understand peoples concern, takes jab at TV personality

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 11:17 PM

Former Cleveland Browns' quarterback Johnny Manziel was once a top prospect in the NFL, and just two years later finds himself jobless, and seems to be struggling with his everyday life. Obviously, friends, family and even outsiders are worried about Manziel, but the former NFL quarterback doesn't seem to worried about his lifestyle. In fact, Manziel seems to think he hasn't changed any of his habits at all. He's simply always been this way.

At least Manziel acknowledges he has made some mistakes and wishes he could do things differently. It's pretty clear to most people the young quarterback needs help, including this reporter/ television personality who took a picture of Manziel at what appears to be a bar.

Manziel understandably had some strong words for the reporter/ TV personality who was sneaking images of him.


OverDrive: Best of the Week

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 10:05 PM

Relive the best moments from Hayes, Noodles and the O-Dog in the latest installment of the OverDrive: Best of the Week!

Drake performs during halftime at Jurassic Park

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 9:42 PM

Prior to Game 6 in the Toronto Raptors versus Indiana Pacers series, we spotted Drake high above Jurassic Park to enjoy the game. Well, it turns out Drake wasn't only there to enjoy, but he was also preparing to come down, see some fans, and give a live performance during halftime.

We caught a few great moments, and also looked around the Internet to see what other Raptors' fans saw of the live Drake performance.

WARNING: some of the videos are NSFW.

Drake watches Raptors vs. Pacers Game 6 from high above Jurassic Park

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 8:46 PM

On the same day Drake dropped 'Views' on the world, the hip-hop artist found his way down to Jurassic Park to take in the wildest atmosphere the city of Toronto currently has going. The Global Ambassador of the team is no stranger to Raptors games, commonly sitting courtside in his season seats beside the Raptors bench. Drake found a new way to experience a game, from high above the park looking down at the craziness that takes place every home and away playoff game outside the Air Canada Centre.

@champagnepapi watching the game above Jurassic Park! #VIEWS

A video posted by TSN (@tsn_official) on

Chrome extension converts every mention of Red Wings new stadium on every Web Site to 'Pizzarena'

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 8:09 PM

While many sports fans understand most, if not all, stadiums need corporate sponsorship in their namesake these days, others continued to be upset when traditional arena names are converted to include sponsors. The Detroit Red Wings faithful are the most recent grouping to have to deal with the above. With a brand new arena, a sponsor had to claim the Red Wings arena as their own... which is why we now have the Little Caesars Arena. As expected, fans were not pleased with the name.

One Red Wings' fan, or we at least assume the culprit to be a Wings' fan, has taken it upon his or herself to jump on Chrome Extension and convert every mention on every Web Site of the new arena to 'Pizzarena.' The reasoning? 'Pizzarena' just seems to roll off the tongue.

This is absolutely amazing, and the name change needs to become official as soon as possible. You're on the clock, NHL.

A big shout out to @adhi5000 for making this hilarity happen.

Pizzarena Forever.

(H/T r/hockey)

Yasiel Puig digs up old tweet of Jared Goff ripping him, uses it as an LA welcome

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 6:51 PM

Los Angeles Dodgers' Yasiel Puig is known as a bit of a character around the MLB, and when Los Angeles got an NFL team, the outfielder got a whole new team to cheer for and make comments on.

Other than beginning the franchise, the Los Angeles Rams hadn't really made any huge moves until trading up for the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft. On Thursday night, it was finally their time to shine making the first pick in the draft. As projected, Cal quarterback Jared Goff was picked by the Rams, and he will look to be the golden boy gunslinger for the team going forward.

We don't know how he knew Goff had talked smack about him way back in 2013, but Puig saw the Rams drafted the Cal quarterback, went back into his Twitter archives, and pulled up a diss directed at Puig.

Here's the original tweet:

And here's Puig's clever welcome:

Goff grew up in the San Francisco area and has always been a Giants' fan, which explains the original tweet, but we'll have to wait and see if he trades in his allegiance now that he's a Ram.


Toronto sports teams' Game 5's have been insane this past year

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Apr. 29, 2016 5:11 PM
(Images courtesy of Getty)

October 14th, 2015, is a day that will live in Toronto sports fans' minds for all of eternity. It was the night the Toronto Blue Jays were taking on the Texas Rangers in Game 5 of the American League Division Series, and a controversial, not to mention 53-minute long, 7th inning would change Blue Jays' franchise history forever.

The game was already being played under protest, after the Rangers' were awarded the go-ahead run in debatable fashion. When Jays' catcher Russell Martin's toss back to the mound hit off Shin-Soo Choo's bat, Rougned Odor ran from third to home even though the umpire ruled the play dead. It was then determined a live ball, because Choo was not interfering with the throw, and therefore the run would count. Blue Jays' fans were livid, tossing beer cans onto the field in a protest of their own.

When all hope seemed to be lost, the Rangers would help out the Jays' with three consecutive errors, allowing right fielder Jose Bautista to come to bat. The slugger would knock a three-run home run into another dimension, allowing fans to go absolutely bonkers. The defining moment of the game was when Bautista emphatically flipped his bat in celebration, which will be remembered fondly by Jays' fans forever.

This past Tuesday, April 26th, 2016, the Toronto Raptors were just down the road from the Blue Jays at the ACC, taking on the Indiana Pacers in another playoff Game 5. While the game wasn't an elimination game, the stakes were equally as high, fighting for the lead in a tight series. Down 90-77 going into the fourth quarter, the Raptors orchestrated a magical comeback, outscoring the Pacers 25-9 in the quarter to emerge victorious in the contest.

The symbolic comparative to Bautista's bat flip would be when rookie shooting guard Norman Powell stole the ball and finished the play off with a powerful superman slam.