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This heartwarming animated short film about Novak Djokovic's life is a must see

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 10:59 PM

Tennis star Novak Djokovic can be described as the greatest athlete to ever be produced in Serbia, which is why he is held so highly in his home country. A Serbian filmmaker by the name of Zuzanna Szyszak recently put together an animated short film called 'Ajde!' about the life of the reigning Wimbledon champion. In case you're wondering, "Ajde' translates to "come on" in the English language, a phrase one can often hear Djokovic yelling on the court.

The short is the inspirational tale of a young, Serbian tennis hopefully, watching his hero Pete Sampras on television, and hoping to someday lift the Wimbledon trophy just he watched Sampras do. The story comes full circle when we see young tennis fans watching Djokovic lifting the trophy above his head with pride.

Djokovic didn't have the easiest upbringing, and the short film is particularly powerful when it delves into the bombing of his hometown, forcing his family into a bunker for protection.

Some brilliant work from a filmmaker we would like to see more animated sports stories from in the future.

From animation, to real life... perhaps Djokovic will repeat at Wimbledon and make his home country even prouder.


Jose Fernandez gives fan a haircut who vowed to not cut hair until his return from Tommy John

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 8:29 PM

Have you ever grew out your hair and beard while your National Hockey League team was on a playoff run? Well, Miami Marlins fan Andres Salgado made a similar call, only he vowed to grow his hair out until Jose Fernandez returned from his Tommy John surgery. As you may be aware, Tommy John surgery takes just a little bit longer than an NHL teams playoff run, which resulted in Salgado growing his hair and beard for 13 months.

When it was finally time for him to get his haircut, there was no better barber of choice than Fernandez himself, whose arm is clearly now good enough to chop off the mop.

The guys hair and beard would have been the most epic playoff beard of all-time... maybe even rivaling Brent Burns. What do you think?

And of course, Miami Marlins guy showed up for the ceremonial cut, because that guy's everywhere!

(H/T SB Nation)

Shaq almost falls over after whiffing twice on his tee shot at the Greenbrier Classic Pro Am

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 5:35 PM

If there's one thing we've learned about Shaquille O'Neal, it's that his life is a microcosm of his very own segment, "Shaqtin' A Fool." His latest episode of shenanigans came on the links at the Greenbrier Pro Am. For his opening tee shot at the tournament, the Big Diesel took a big swing missing very badly, losing his balance and almost falling over.

Cabbie Presents: Milos Raonic

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 5:05 PM

In this edition of Cabbie Presents, Milos Raonic makes his debut on the show from Wimbledon. Raonic discusses ways to improve his mental tenacity by recording positive affirmations on a Walkman and allows us to peer into his mind, hearing the voices in his head via sock puppets "Los Angeles" and "El Diablo".

We're glad these two had such a fun time:

Young football player does the Ray Lewis dance to perfection

By BarDown Staff Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 3:40 PM

When Ray Lewis retired in 2013, the NFL lost his one of a kind spine chilling entrance, but it still lives on in the sport of football thanks to young players like this kid. At the Anthony Becht Football Camp, a young man named Logan, who's favourite player is Ray Lewis, did his dance and it was absolutely amazing.

Logan's version of this classic entrance is right up there with some of the best impersonations of all time, including Terrell Owens "mocking" the dance after scoring a TD against the Ravens.

TO's is the most famous impersonation, but our favourite is Jacoby Jones version in Lewis' final game, Superbowl 47, after returning the opening kickoff of the second half 108 yards for a TD.

Often imitated, but never, ever duplicated.

(H/T: Bleacher Report)

Happy Canada Day from the world of sports

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 4:30 PM

Good old Canada Day. A day where Canadians never shy away from being proud and patriotic of the wonderful country they live in. Whether you're spending the day with friends, family or just following the Free Agent Frenzy like a maniac, we hope you are having a wonderful July 1st. There has been lots of activity from the sports world today as many athletes, organizations, and managers across North America showed their respect for Canada through social media, and we've compiled some of the highlights:

This fisherman swims for his life after falling out of his boat trying to catch a shark

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 3:02 PM
As the the old saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try try again." This idiom is applicable to almost every situation in life, the key word being almost. Nobody would have faulted this fisherman for calling it a day after falling out of his boat attempting to catch a shark, then swimming for his life to safety, but this fisherman got right back out there and actually caught the shark. If at first you don't succeed right?

Imagine the fear he must have felt the moment he fell out of his boat. It gives us chills just thinking about it.

(H/T: Bro Bible)

DeMarre Carroll announces Raptors signing with #WeTheNorth Instagram post

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 1:57 PM

(Kevin Cox / Getty Images)

While NBA rules prevent any deals from being signed until July 9th, the Toronto Raptors have already lined up a huge deal. The Raptors will sign former Atlanta Hawks small forward DeMarre Carroll to a reported four-year worth $60 million. Carroll looks to be excited to join the #WeTheNorth squad this upcoming season, as he took to Instagram and Twitter this morning to announce his decision. The soon to be Raptor and his family, were joined by GM Masai Ujiri and head coach Dwane Casey in the post announcing the move.

#WeTheNorth I will be playing for Toronto Raptors next year!!!! I'm Blessed for this Opportunity! #WeTheNorth

A photo posted by DeMarre Carroll (@demarrecarroll1) on

Here is a quick preview of the impact DeMarre Carroll can have for the Raptors next season.

Some of the most memorable renditions of O Canada

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 1, 2015 1:31 PM
It doesn't matter where you are in the world, when you hear the Canadian national anthem playing, it makes you feel right at home. Wednesday, July the 1st, Canada turns 148 years old strong and we can't think of a better way to celebrate the occasion than to share some of the most memorable renditions of the national anthem.

There's a long list to choose from when it comes to this subject, that's why we decided to go with clips you may not have seen before. Although, a couple of these just had to make the list, regardless of how many times you've watched them. Some of these clips will make you get up on a chair and sing, a few of them will make you raise your eyebrow, while the last one will absolutely warm your heart.

The “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop”