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For the love of Skittles, Marshawn Lynch finally broke his silence

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 10:22 PM
Marshawn Lynch pretty much hasn't spoken to the media for the entire season. From "Thanks for asking" to "I'm thankful" and more, Marshawn has refused to give the media anything to work with, other than a now hilarious collection of viral videos. Now, for the love of Skittles, Marshawn answers a series of random questions from the press, much like if he'd want to hang out with a talking rainbow.

Pressing questions indeed.



Here's a quick look back on some of Marshawn's finest press moments this this year.







(H/T For The Win)

You thought Weber's 108mph slapshot was fast? Watch what 114mph looks like

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 8:38 PM
On Saturday night, Shea Weber blasted a 108.5 mph slapshot to win the 2015 NHL Hardest Shot competition and made every penalty killer in the Western conference shake in his boots. This was still shy of Chara, who reached 108.8 mph on the gun three years ago. But both of these guys didn't even come close to the KHL's Alex Ryazantsev, who a couple of years ago, cranked it up to 114 mph!!

Don't be confused by the 183 mark in the video, remember that the entire world uses the metric system except for the United States, so this is in km/h and it translates to 114 mph.



Ryazantsev was sitting there on Saturday night watching like...



But Ryazantsev isn't the only KHLer who can shoot it harder than Chara and Weber, here's another guy who reached 110 mph.



Perhaps the fact that the players shoot substantially closer to the net as opposed to the NHL competition, which has them shooting from further back. Either this explains the velocity disparity or KHLers are just straight up better at clappers.

Dad beats up guys who shot fireworks at him and his son on a public skating rink

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 7:36 PM
If there was a hockey-themed version of Taken, this would be it. Here, we have a group of "peace disturbers" looking to amuse themselves at other people's expense at a public skating rink, somewhere in Russia. These "peace disturbers" thought shooting fireworks at a father and his son skating would be a good idea, little did they know this father was not to be messed with.

The father immediately picks up his kid, skates him over to presumably the rest of the family and then starts one punching these guys to the ground. Granted, they were on ice without skates, it still looks like he was juts throwing bomb after bomb. Once there were too many, the dad skates around them and makes them look foolish, as they fall all over the place on the slippery surface.

(Warning: This video is NSFW)



Don't know why, but this dad reminds us of Liam Neeson.



(H/T Live Leak)

Frank Caliendo talks Deflategate as Barkley, Freeman & more

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 7:26 PM
A Frank Caliendo appearence has become a staple in every major sports story over the last few months and Deflategate is no exception. Caliendo stopped by radio row today during Super Bowl week to show us what Charles Barkley, Jon Gruden and Morgan Freeman have to say about another Patriots cheating scandal.



Here are some of our other favourite Caliendo moments from the last few months.





And maybe the best one...



(H/T For The Win)

Seattle Mammoths NHL concept jerseys

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 5:10 PM
Last week, we showed you some awesome NHL expansion team jersey concepts for the Quebec Nordiques, Seattle Kraken, Halifax Highlanders and Ontario Beavers. Now we’ve got another concept here for a Seattle team that took it a different direction. This one, done by Xamboni, rebrands the Seattle team as the Seattle Mammoths, with a brown and beige theme. Check it out.



And for comparison, here’s the Seattle Kraken jersey concept we showed you last week, designed by Sparky Chewbarky.



(H/T /r/hockey)

Sweet backhand goal from the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 4:52 PM
A few days ago, we showed you some great videos of the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships happening in Minnesota. From a tournament we’re sure featured many more pretty awesome plays, here’s a guy pulling a no-look backhand goal from near centre ice in the semifinal. All this does is make you really want to go play pond hockey.



And here are some additional beautiful shots from the tournament.




How to score using your visor: Second Edition

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 4:24 PM
Ask any true fan of Sportscentre what his favourite catchphrase is and you're likely to hear, "Now, that's using your head" amongst the most popular responses. It's tacky, overused and played out...and that's why we all love it.

In this must-see moment, Calgary Canucks player, Chase McMurphy, turned a potentially scary incident into an accidental highlight-reel play, deflecting a failed clearance attempt into the Camrose Kodiaks' net with his visor.



Only after recovering from the initial shock of finding out that there's a team in Calgary that named and dressed themselves after one of the Flames’ bitter Pacific Division rivals, did we truly take in the sheer amazingness of the play. A similar incident occurred in the Finnish Elite League just recently with the only difference being that the player in that case was not quite as ecstatic as McMurphy about the whole thing.



Now, say it with us… "Now, that's using your head!"

(H/T: @rykerleer_12)

MLB unveils new baseballs with cool Vine

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 3:34 PM
Now that the Bud Selig era in baseball is over, it’s time to put all of those baseballs into the vintage collection and get a new signature on there. The MLB decided to unveil their new ball signed by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred Jr. with a pretty cool Vine symbolizing the end of one era and the beginning of a new one.



And here’s a quick recap on how the Bud Selig baseballs were treated during his tenure…




Rex Ryan hates pizza crust-wasters

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jan. 26, 2015 3:29 PM
For some, the best part of the lead-up to Super Bowl weekend isn't the in-depth game analysis, media day interviews or hearing 17 experts talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a slightly deflated football (please, let's bury that one.) No, it's all about the high-budgeted commercials for them.

When Rex Ryan was introduced as head coach of the Buffalo Bills, he was welcomed to the city with his own personalized pizza. In a move that seems to be purely coincidental, Ryan stars in a new ad for Pizza Hut, where he calls out crust-wasters, a particularly annoying, wasteful slice of the population. Wasting crust? Ryan's gonna throw the challenge flag at you, no matter who you are.



Poor Tony Romo. Even on Super Bowl Sunday, he won't be able to avoid his day being ruined by some sort of officiating issue.

(H/T: FTW USA Today)