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Power boat does full back flip captured on GoPro

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 21, 2014 12:06 AM
Real question: Have you ever watched a video involving a high speed boat that didn't flip in the end? No? Us either. But, something we haven't seen is the whole event through the lens of a GoPro cam. It's pretty much as eery as you would imagine.



Now, why would anyone agree to take a power boat like this out for a ride on the water knowing full well it would turn into a glide through the sky? We have no clue...could you help us out with this one, Captain Steve?




Russell Westbrook lets kids know just how hard training is in funny Foot Locker spot

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 9:02 PM
At this point you're all probably well familiar with the brand of humor associated with the ads released by sports retailer Foot Locker, but they may have just topped themselves with this one.

In this commercial spot starring OKC point guard Russell Westbrook, the NBA All-Star takes a young aspiring basketball player through his intense training sessions in an attempt to show that that it's not all glitz and glamour -- well, sort of.



This spot already had us chuckling with the shots in the "dramatically lit gym", but the surprise Spike Lee cameo with the director reprising his role as Mars? Perfection.

Unfortunately, not all holiday commercials are created equal. Let this particular commercial below serve as a reminder that some script ideas are better left on the cutting room floor.



(H/T: FTW USA Today)

High Schooler makes amazing one-handed grab

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 7:39 PM
It's been a few weeks since Odell Beckham Jr's unforgettable one-handed grab and the dust around it has finally settled. There's no denying the fact that Beckham's catch will be crowned catch of the year, if not play of the year, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy other wickedly awesome one handed grabs.

Enter Tren’Davian Dickson, a high school football player from Texas who just pulled off a catch worth mentioning in the same breath as Beckham's (that's the new benchmark and you know it).



Well Mr. Dickinson, truthfully we can't give you a 'catch of the year' nod, as the poles have clearly closed on that vote. But the award we can give you is a close second -- our seal of approval.



**walks off stage**

(H/T: FTW USA Today)

Player in Argentinian basketball league sucker punches opponent in the face

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 4:41 PM
The play on a basketball court is usually already physical enough that it doesn't need the addition of turn around sucker punches it's a contact sport. Apparently one player in the Liga Nacional de Básquet (Argentina) didn't get that memo.

During a game between Regatas and San Martin, two players jockeyed for position under the rim until one of them took exception to the contact he was receiving, retaliating with a surprise right hook.



This particular incident reminded us of another unsportsmanlike play that took place a number of years ago during a basketball game involving another Argentinian team.



Scary stuff and certainly something you never wish to see on a basketball court.

(H/T: Live Leak)

Masai Ujiri sings with bus full of Raptors fans headed to Detroit

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 4:35 PM
Seemingly overnight the Toronto Raptors have become one of the most talked about and beloved professional sports franchises in the country.

Apart from playing some attractive basket ball that has them sitting atop the Eastern Conference, the Raptors have earned the respect of fans nationwide through their off-court charisma and genuinely warm interactions with fans. Consider this video taken aboard a tour bus full of Raptors fans headed to Detroit reason #286 to love this team.



Is there currently a general manager more loved than Masai Ujiri in any of the big four sports? If so, we can't think of them. In case you're still looking for another reason to join the Raptors movement, check out James Johnson's insane dunk from Friday night that could only be topped by his post-game comments on said dunk.





The Raptors went on to win 110-100 versus the Pistons, meaning the strut continues...


If they weren't NHLers

By Danny Wright (@dannywright) Dec. 20, 2014 2:26 PM
Have you ever wondered what your favourite National Hockey League stars would be doing if they weren't playing hockey? Would they want to play another sport because of their natural athletic ability, or would they be aiming for the corner office at the most prestigious law firm on Wall Street? The question has come up in interviews before, so we searched around the web to see what NHL players had answered they would want to be if they weren't playing professional hockey, then made it a little easier for you to picture them in that field of work.

Sidney Crosby - Firefighter

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is well known for saying he would probably be a firefighter if he weren't in the NHL. He was amazed by a trip he took to the fire hall as a youngster and decided right then and there that if he couldn't play hockey, he would want to be a firefighter. Sid the Kid is already a Canadian hero for his play on the ice, so why not add "saved a helpless damsel in distress from a burning building" to his list of heroics.





Matt Duchene - Country Music Singer

Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene is a huge country music fan, and even plays a little guitar himself. The goal medal winner has said he would enjoy perusing a career in music, which we're sure his dog Paisley (yes, named after country musician Brad Paisley) would love. Duchene may want to start working on his Southern drawl for his post-playing career!




Man City reporters do awful job trying to gift wrap Joe Hart's car

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 1:42 PM
Not every prank turns out the way its schemed up, some remain a good idea in theory and nothing more. While attempting to gift wrap Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart's new car, a few CityTV (MCFC channel) hosts found out the exact amount of fun that England's wet weather sucks out of the holiday season.



It's a good thing that Hart had just received quite a large gift before arriving at his car, having signed a new contract with the club, because that wrap job covered less area than United's defense and looked as visually appealing as the top half of City's team sheet without Sergio Aguero.

It's clear the prank was done in the name of good fun, but the last thing you'd wanna do in the rain is take gift wrap off your car as a grown man in Santa pajamas tries to explain his amateurish wrapping job. Hart hasn't had to keep his cool on camera for as long as this since the time comedian Kevin Hart scored a penalty on him.



You can pretty much guarantee Kevin Hart won't forget to mention that goal if the two ever cross paths again.


Christmas carolers invade Arsenal's training grounds

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 12:56 PM
With Christmas just around the corner team holiday videos just keep pouring in. English soccer giant, Arsenal, are the latest team to take a shot at creating their own video greeting cards for fans, imagining a world where Christmas carolers could show up anywhere, at any minute .

Out of all of the major European soccer leagues the English Premier League is the only one to not take a break during the holiday season, so in a way this video is very fitting of how Christmas will be in England for the pros.

If you're a player in the EPL you better enjoy the holiday festivities wherever you can, because on Boxing Day you'll be enjoying it on the field.

(H/T: Bleacher Report UK)

The stick work in this trick video is absolutely insane

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Dec. 20, 2014 12:13 PM
Zac Bell has made quite a name for himself in the online hockey community, consistency releasing video after video packed with his signature artisan-like stick work. If you're unfamiliar or not up to date with Bell's skill videos, consider this your chance to catch up on the development of one of the internet's finest young talents.



Just like his instagram name suggests, Bell's mind set is "always hockey." Keep your eye out for this skilled lad, we think you'll be seeing a whole lot more of Bell's impressive hands in the near future.

(H/T: How To Hockey)