First thing's first, school and education almost always comes before sports, almost being the key word in that sentence. The MLB postseason is just getting underway and already we've seen some crazy events take place in terms of getting out of school to watch the ball game. There was that prof that moved a midterm for a Cubs fan and the Blue Jays even got in on the fun by providing sick notes for students so they wouldn't miss a minute of the action. If you are one of the unlucky ones and that sick note didn't work and you had to sit through class today during the game, we sincerely hope you took a page out of Marcus Stroman's book and watched the game during class, like this genius did. Brilliance, pure brilliance. We don't usually encourage this kind of activity, but come on the Jays are in the playoffs for the first time in 22 years. It would be a crime not to watch the game. (H/T: /r/torontobluejays)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 11:15 PM
Whether they like it or not, they probably should and do, the Toronto Raptors are synonymous with Drake. The Canadian music icon has featured Canada's only basketball team on a number of his tracks, he's been to a ton of games, and he's just as passionate as any fan out there when it comes to the Raptors. For all of his efforts, the least the Raps could do was give him his own "OVO" night, which fans seem to love, but it seems like that's not all they're giving him. On Thursday, Drake posted a picture of Toronto's wicked new alternate jersey on Instagram, prompting some, us, to believe that Drake and his OVO brand had a hand in designing the Raptors new alternate uniforms.
OVO's website also displayed some awesome images of the jersey which really show off the incredible design and detail.
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 10:18 PM
Game 1 of the ALDS didn't go exactly as planned for the Toronto Blue Jays in a lot more ways than one. For starters, they lost 5-3, but in the process they lost Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista during the game to injuries. In the fourth inning, Donaldson slid into second base and took a vicious knee to the head from Rougned Odor. Bautista would leave later with a tweaked right hamstring. Donaldson passed his concussion test and both players could very well play on Friday, but the fact that they left the game and didn't return upset banned MLB hit king Pete Rose, who was on commentary for FOX Sports 1 and had this to say:
"I just don't understand. Does everybody know what we're playing for now? I mean, you get a tweak and you have to leave the game? You get a knee on the head with a helmet on and you gotta leave the game to go take a test that you passed, I mean because you're a little light-headed? I got light-headed how many times in my career? I still went out there and played. I guess it's just different from when I played to when they're playing today, Frank (Thomas), I can't see you sliding into second there and leaving the game. I really can't. And this guy is the MVP. Rose is right in the sense that times have changed and it's definitely a lot different now then it was back then. With so much emphasis on concussions in sports though, what Rose fails to realize is that it probably wasn't Donaldson's choice to leave the game and regardless of whether it was or not, his toughness probably shouldn't be called into question considering he's put his body on the line more times than we can count this season. At the end of the day, Friday is another day and the Blue Jays are much happier knowing Donaldson passed his test and should be ready to go. (H/T: Sporting News)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 8:55 PM
We're used to seeing Kevin Pillar lend a helping hand to his pitchers and teammates on the diamond with all of his incredible highlight reel catches. Turns out, the potential AL Gold Glover is also pretty good at helping out when it comes to proposals too. Before the Blue Jays took on the Rangers in game one of the ALDS on Thursday, Pillar helped a fan propose to his girlfriend, and unlike the result of Toronto's first postseason game in 22 years, it was a happy ending. It's obvious why the Blue Jays have captivated this great city of Toronto. Aside from providing fans with a team they can finally be excited about and playoff baseball, they also have incredible human beings on their roster that fans adore. Now that the proposal, and game one jitters are out of the way, it's on to game two, and who knows what else Pillar, and Jays fans have in store for us. (H/T: /r/torontobluejays)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 7:50 PM
The defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks suffered from a Super Bowl hangover the first two weeks of the season, but two straight wins, and Kam Chancellor back on the field, have the in the thick of Super Bowl conversations once again. Something still doesn't feel right though. Maybe it's the fact that Marshawn Lynch has been quiet on the field for once. The five time Pro Bowl running back has 128 yards so far this season and has been dealing with an injury for the past few weeks, or so we've been told. On Thursday, a video of Lynch in detention surfaced courtesy of Xbox and while Beast Mode may not be dominating on the field, he's certainly destroying people in Madden off of it. Lynch may not come across as a pet guy, but the raccoon says it all, and along with skittles, and apparently wild animals, Beast Mode really loves video games. It's only a matter of time before Lynch starts putting up the video games like numbers we're so used to seeing. (H/T: ForTheWin)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 5:40 PM
For the few people who have ever taken part in some type of American ninja training, they surely know how difficult it must be, and we don't doubt that it is probably hard. But no matter how much someone tells us it's difficult, this man in a Tyrannosaurus Rex costume completing the training will have us forever believing it's easy. If a man in a dinosaur outfit can do it, it can't possibly be hard. We're not sure what we just watched, but it was actually really funny and entertaining. Maybe they should make new rules that say people training need to wear a ridiculous dinosaur costume while they train. Then we might start a ninja training regimen ourselves. (H/T FTW)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 5:36 PM
Usually, we’re used to EPoole88 blowing us away with some of his awesome NHL cartoon mascot artwork, but this time he’s changing it up just in time for baseball playoffs. As always, EPoole88 sets the playoff table with each matchup depicted with intimidating cartoon mascots. Enjoy!
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 4:44 PM
New England Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady is quite the Facebook personality, and since the Boston Bruins are starting their season on Thursday night, he decided he would wish them luck publicly on his profile page. Part of the reason Brady is so great on Facebook is because he (or his social media person) comes up with creative ways to comment on world situations. To wish the Bruins luck, Brady Photoshopped himself onto the Bruins bench, and is ready to high-five Brad Marchand in the picture after what we assume was a goal.
Of course, the picture comes from the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers where Brady couldn't find a teammate to high-five (it's happened plenty of times). (H/T FTW)
@BarDown) Oct. 8, 2015 4:41 PM
Now that the Tampa Bay Rays season is officially over, the players have some free time to try things they don’t normally get to do. Pitchers Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi joined the Tampa Bay Lightning as “practice squad” players to hit the ice and have a little fun with their fellow Tampa athletes. Both players show they aren’t the greatest hockey players out there, but still put on a decent enough performance. And there’s just something great about watching people who can’t really skate try to play hockey.
And hey, at least they had some pretty good teachers.