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James Duthie stars alongside T.J. Miller in the Goon sequel!

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 8, 2015 12:55 AM


There's a good reason we all love Goon. It's an authentic representation of nearly everything hockey fans love about the game. So how might the second installment in the Goon franchise ramp the hockey authenticity up a notch? Why, by teaming up with one of Canada's most beloved hockey broadcasters, of course.

Tuesday, TSN's own James Duthie took to Twitter to share an image of himself standing beside one of the stars of the upcoming film, T.J. Miller. The photo was taken on the set of the film, which just so happens to be the actual TSN studio set. Take a look at Duthie's new broadcast partner!



The film's director and co-writer Jay Baruchel was also on hand for the taping of the scene, displaying his signature quirkiness. Duthie joins a long list of exciting castings, including Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son, Wyatt Russell.

While you may know that Goon's main character, Doug Glatt, was based on real-life enforcer Doug Smith, you might not know that the Halifax Highlanders tender, Marco Belchior, is in fact a legitimate hockey star. Not only is Belchior a star on the ice, he's also know around the world of hockey for teaching other goalies to take their game to the next level, just like how he did a few weeks ago with Montreal Canadiens tender, Carey Price.



Hurry up and arrive, 2016! With Duthie on board, our anticipation for this film has reached a whole new level.

Throwback Sharks hockey cards for Shark Week

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 11:18 PM


The fellas over at Puck Junk are fired up for Shark week and are expressing that enthusiasm through some awesome old San Jose Sharks hockey cards they dug up. The vintage cards are pretty awesome and will bring back some memories from the early days in the franchises history.

Their tribute to Shark Week goes hand-in-hand with our Top-5 San Jose Sharks of all-time, which was our own personal tribute to Shark Week on Discovery.

Here are some of the old cards they dug up, starting with the awesome mask of former-Sharks goaltender, Bryan Hayward.





And this one of Marty McSorley and S.J. Sharkie is pretty legendary.



And the last one we'll show you is this frightening, yet awesome, hockey card of Todd Ewen.



If you want to see more of the cards they dug up or want more details on the ones we've shown you, check out their full post on Puck Junk.

Find out who the Top-5 San Jose Sharks of all-time are in honour of Shark Week.

Does Joel Quenneville have a twin at Wimbledon?

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 10:24 PM


Joel Quenneville is one of the most recognizable coaches in hockey. The 3-time Stanley Cup champion coach has gotten his fair share of airtime over the Blackhawks dominant run of 3 Cups in 6 years, so chances are you could pick him out of a line in a second.

That is of course unless he's standing in a line with 59-year old pro tennis player Mansour Bahrami, who happens to look exactly like him! So, if you were watching a doubles match at Wimbledon recently and was like, "Wow, cool way for Coach Q to pass time in the offseason." Just know that you weren't the only one to make that mistake.



And a little fun fact about Bahrami, he's by far one of the most entertaining tennis player's of all-time. Check out this highlight reel and try your best to look away. Some absolutely awesome and hilarious stuff in here.


This twitter account has some GREAT NHL photoshops, especially for Oilers fans

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 9:16 PM


Close followers of BarDown will notice how much we love a good photoshop job. No matter the sport, no matter how obscure the reference, chances are if you make a good photoshop, we'll find it. That's no different here when we stumbled on this amazing twitter account that features some hilarious photoshops, including a couple legendary Oilers ones.

The account is @Isuckatpicking and we've become big fans of his work, which you are about to as well. We'll start with this new take on a classic picture.



Sorry for this next one Flames fans...




THIS is the best internet reaction to the Phil Kessel trade

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 8:25 PM


When Toronto Maple Leafs star winger Phil Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, the internet exploded with some pretty hilarious reactions to the trade. We thought the best of them had come and gone, but then on Tuesday evening, we were graced with perhaps the best one we've seen yet.

The original GIF was created by Hockey Night In PGH, but then BarDown artist Robert Allen Zimmerman got his hands on it and added the proper music.



And just for comparison and to relive all the hilarious reactions to the trade, here are some of our favourites once again.









And just quickly because it's such a memorable Saturday Night Live moment.


Board does hit back! Falls on kid after dunk

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 5:50 PM


If the legendary martial arts icon Bruce Lee knew what boards were doing nowadays, he'd be spinning in his grave. Lee famously said in the movie enter the dragon that "Boards don't hit back". Well, boards have made some serious evolutionary advances in the last few decades because this board wasn't having it from the young man who threw a vicious dunk down.



Bet the rim didn't like that King Kong style chest thump at the end. But this isn’t the only time a basketball net has gotten the better of someone, as we can all remember the greatness that was this guy getting stuck in a net.



(H/T For The Win)

KHL coach and ex-NHL goon Andrei Nazarov knocked out his team's doctor and could be charged

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 5:41 PM


Former NHL tough guy Andrei Nazarov's last game in the league was in 2005, but his last fight was on Tuesday. Nazarov, now coach of SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, allegedly punched team doctor Yegor Kozlov in the head. According to Sports Illustrated, Kozlov's in the hospital and may have a traumatic brain injury.

The fight between the two men reportedly started as an argument before Nazarov threw any punches. It's undetermined if Kozlov will be pressing charges.

This isn't the first time Nazarov has been involved in a fight as a coach. In 2011, he even fought a fan with a stick, in which he was only suspended for two games!



Nazarov, a twelve year NHL veteran who played for seven different teams and was drafted tenth overall in 1992 by San Jose, played in 571 career games and racked up a staggering 1,409 penalty minutes. He was also credited with 131 fighting majors.

(H/T: Sports Illustrated)

Coors Light Games: Belly & back flops make for a much better type of diving event

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 4:28 PM
 

In a traditional diving event, competitors are judged on the amount of rotations they complete, how smoothly they do them and for how cleanly they enter the water when they land. But why not twist those rules and create a diving event that any average joe could compete in?

Instead of looking for a low splash factor, why not reward the biggest splash? While we’re at it, we feel that the sports idiom “no pain, no gain” should apply to diving as well, so why not judge the sound that a contestants belly or back makes when it slaps the water? If you’ve never seen what a perfect belly flop looks like, this video taken by a patriotic American on Independence day is a pretty good example.



Now, as much as we appreciate a good belly flop, we do feel that back flops should be rated higher due to the extra degree of pain involved. This clip we posted last week is one hundred percent the best back flop we have ever seen.



As we said, perfection personified. For even more coverage of SummerCentre, visit here.


This guy tied 120 balloons to his lawn chair and flying over the city of Calgary, and he got arrested for it

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 7, 2015 4:13 PM


We have never, ever, ever seen anything like this before, except for in the movies, specifically the movie, 'Up.' A man named Daniel Boria decided that the best way to advertise for his company 'All Clean Natural' was to, instead of making a commercial or putting an ad in the local paper, fly over the city of Calgary in a lawn chair with 120 large colourful balloons tied to it and skydive into the Calgary Stampede.

(NSFW: Explicit language)