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Nas narrates new ESPN U.S. Open promo that'll get you fired up

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 28, 2015 12:57 PM

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The U.S. Open is the last major of the year for tennis players, and it takes place this upcoming Monday in Queens, New York. Canadians Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, and Genie Bouchard are all going to be there and ready to battle.

ESPN has got us all sorts of fired up after dropping this incredible promo for next week. Nas, who moved to Queens as a young kid, gave an incredible voiceover in the ad for the biggest, baddest major: The US Open.



What we want to see this year is somebody top this incredible shot from 2009 by Roger Federer in a match against Novak Djokovic.


Who ya gonna call? Cam Talbot's new Oilers Ghostbusters mask!

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 28, 2015 12:51 PM


Goaltender Cam Talbot was dealt from from the New York Rangers to the Edmonton Oilers this offseason, and the trade was exciting news for Oilers fans (maybe not as exciting as their first-overall draft pick) due to goalie struggles the team has had in recent seasons. Friday morning on Twitter, the Oilers had an exciting tweet for the the people of Edmonton and Oilers fans everywhere, showing Talbot with his glow-in-the-dark Ghostbusters themed mask he will be wearing when he represents the City of Champions.



Here's an awesome video of what the mask looks like in the dark, set to the Ghostbusters legendary theme song.

A ghostly sneekpeak from Cam and me :) ...Who do you gonna call? ?????? #goalbuster #camtalbot @ctalbot33 @edmontonoilers @nhl #daveartthecradleofcreativity #nhl #daveart #daveartglow @davidofdaveartPosted by DAVEART.com on Sunday, July 19, 2015


(H/T @EdmontonOilers)

Florida Panthers fans can't contain themselves when the camera is on... Not even a little bit

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 28, 2015 11:40 AM


This video is 100% old, but we just came across it today on /r/hockey and had to share it with all of you. The streamable GIF features various clips from the same Fox Sports Panthers broadcast, where pretty much every single fan at this Florida Panthers game performs their best videobomb.

From funny faces, to selfies, to the row boat (classic), these Panthers fans hilariously can’t contain themselves when the lights and camera are on.




Pro golfers epic reaction after failed escape from water hazard

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 28, 2015 11:37 AM

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After watching golf on tv most people think that golf looks simple and easy. When you step on the course more often than not you find yourself looking and playing nothing like the pros.

Well, we have a video of a pro experiencing the type of luck most amateurs experience out on the links. Web.com Tour player Peter Malnati, attempted a shot out of the water hazard during the first round of the WinCo Foods Portland Open. Things didn’t work out as well as Malnati planned.



Malnati’s reaction and what he said after were perfect. “Are you kidding me? All that, for that?” Now covered in mud, he went on to make a quadruple-bogey 7 on the hole and finished with a 75, which left him 13 shots off the lead.

If you want to see what its like to actually pull of a shot like this, check out Bill Haas during the final round of the 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola.


One-on-one with comedian Adam Carolla

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Aug. 28, 2015 11:36 AM


Adam Carolla is a comedian, actor, TV host and radio personality who gained celebrity prominence when he co-hosted ‘Loveline’ from 1996-06, and ‘The Man Show’ from 1999-00 with longtime friend Jimmy Kimmel. Carolla now hosts ‘The Adam Carolla Show’ podcast, which is the most downloaded podcast of all-time as distinguished by Guinness World Records. His body of work includes Crank Yankers, The Adam Carolla project, Speed TV, also appearing on Dancing with the Stars and The Celebrity Apprentice, as well as being a New York Times Best Seller, amongst other notable accomplishments. The comedian stopped in at TSN to chat about the making of his racing documentary, ‘Winning: The Racing Life of Paul Newman,’ which chronicles the 35-year car-racing career the actor was not as prominently involved in.

Danny Wright: You've dealt with a lot of characters in the sports world, who's your favourite person in sports?

Adam Carolla: Oh man, my favourite person in sports… I don’t, I don’t know his name, but he is a minor league catcher from the mid-80s who went out to a ball game, he brought a potato with him out on to the diamond, and when there was a guy on third, after the pitcher threw the ball, instead of throwing the ball to the third baseman, he threw a potato at the third baseman, but he intentionally threw it way over his head, and the guy thought it was the baseball and the runner came trotting in, and he tagged him with the real ball, because it was a potato that he threw. He got suspended for it, but that guy, that guy has been my hero since I was 21 years old.

DW: Haha, I think Dave Bresnahan was his name.

AC: I don’t know, there’s probably only been one minor league baseball player who has thrown a potato over a third baseman’s head... so that’s probably it.



DW: So, if he is your favourite, then who is your least favourite person in sports?


Our favourite Blue Jays fan artwork and photoshops

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 26, 2015 2:24 PM
Robert Allen Zimmerman
It's August, the sun is out and the Toronto Blue Jays are singing to the tune of "we're in first place in the American League East division." Life is pretty great for baseball fans in Canada at the moment.

Tremendous performances in the sporting world often inspire fans to get to the drawing board and create fantastic pieces of artwork to express their enthusiasm towards an athlete or a team -- something Blue Jays fans have done in spades since the squad's meteoric rise to first place in the past month. The performances from Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista, David Price and others have undoubtedly been out of this world, so it's only fitting that they have some artwork to represent their superhero like efforts.

We scoured the internet, looking for some of the best Blue Jays fan artwork created during the stretch run, and what we stumbled upon did not disappoint. Take a look at some of our favourite pieces, including a few of our own from world-renowned digital artist, BarDown's own, Robert Allen Zimmerman.




Drew Brees is a huge nerd and Marshawn sneaks in late in new Xbox ad

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 28, 2015 12:25 AM


While watching your favourite athletes perform on the field, some of us often wonder what kind of students they were back in their younger days. Well, Xbox wondered the same thing and decided to reimagine today’s NFL stars, as if they were back in college.

The ad takes place in an NFL Gameday type college classroom featuring the super eager nerd, Drew Brees, the cool guy Clay Matthews and the intelligent Richard Sherman. Oh, and how could we forget the last-second appearance from Marshawn Lynch, who hilariously sneaks in right at the end of class.




Derek Jeter does Q and A with fans and concludes with coolest troll move only he could pull off

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 27, 2015 11:30 PM

(Players’ Tribune)

Founder of the highly successful Players’ Tribune and New York Yankees legend, Derek Jeter, has been pretty quiet since taking his last at-bat in the majors. But to help launch the Tribune Mailbag, Jeter thought he’d lead off with a fan Q & A of his own to get the ball rolling for everyone else, which obviously led to some great moments and great answers.

Here’s some of our favourite moments, but you can check out the full piece HERE. We’ve also decided to lead off with his hilarious troll job and left the hyperlink he answered with, as to not spoil the surprise for you. Enjoy!

It’s interesting that you managed to stay mostly private throughout your career even as social media became more popular. I like that it connects athletes with fans, but there’s also a bunch of cases where it’s gone bad. Overall, has the rise of social media been a good thing for athletes? –Alex, Chicago

It’s definitely complicated. I haven’t been active on social media, but I actually just got a Twitter. Check it out.


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Great job by Jeter! Here’s some more from the piece…

2Pac or Biggie? -J.T., San Diego, CA

Biggie. Come on. I’m still New York.


Thursday Night Football Soundtracks: The Castor Troys

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Aug. 27, 2015 10:24 PM


Thursday nights will never be the same. This year, Thursday Night Football on TSN has been turned up a couple notches, and what better way to celebrate Canada's football league than to feature some of the best indie bands this nation has to offer.

Each week on Thursday Night Football a new musical act will showcase their talents during the CFL on TSN broadcast. This week, Hamilton’s The Castor Troys serve up their song “High Stakes” to be the theme for tonight’s Thursday Night Football game between the Montreal Alouettes and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.



Formed in 2009, The Castor Troys mix hard-hitting lyrics and stories, driving guitars and a never-say-die attitude. They write fiery and infectious songs. Obstacles be damned, the group has persevered through cancer, hard times and other unforeseen band challenges, including the tragic loss of their original bassist, Pete Nunn.

Named after the brilliant, flamboyant villain in John Woo's classic Face/Off, The Castor Troys mirror this combination of elegance, intelligence, power and intensity. The sound is relentless, yet comes from careful crafting. The Castor Troys play for keeps.