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T.J. Oshie treats young Make-A-Wish fan to an unforgettable experience

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 28, 2015 2:26 AM


When it comes to being a fan of the St. Louis Blues, 14-year-old Chris Hendrickson is as passionate of a supporter as there comes. So when Hendrickson was granted the opportunity to ask for anything he'd like by the Make-A-Wish foundation, he made sure it involved meeting his favourite player, T.J. Oshie.

Oshie and the Blues organization were more than happy to make Hendrickson's dream come true, treating the young boy to the ultimate fan experience.



Hendrickson who is a native of North Dakota, first got to see Oshie play while the current Blues forward was playing in the NCAA for the state's biggest university, UND and the 14-year-old has been a fan ever since. A fact that's unlikely to ever change after an incredible experience like that.

T.J. Oshie...great shootout specialist, even better human being.

(H/T: Reddit)

"The Beast" from the Sandlot exists and he hates intruders

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 28, 2015 12:39 AM
With the Sandlot releasing in 1993, you've had more than 20 years to watch the film, so excuse this spoiler..."the Beast" that captured the ball with Babe Ruth's autograph on it turned out to be a regular sized dog. I know, it was a little disappointing. But don't fret, there is in fact a dog out there that does live up to the monstrous nickname.



Little bit of advice, if your ball does end up going over the fence and into the yard that this "dog" is patrolling, just take Squigmann Palidores' word for it...that ball is gone forever.



(H/T: WSHH)

#FlashbackFriday: Backyard karate master decimates flaming wood blocks while playing guitar solo

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 10:55 PM


(please use attached image) In what might quite possibly be the greatest America's Got Talent audition tape of all time, this karate master decided to take chopping wood blocks to the extreme, setting them ablaze while breaking through them with the same hand he was using to play an electric guitar.

Is that really any harder than just breaking the blocks while not playing a guitar. Probably not. Is it amazing and worth watching? Rhetorical question. Commence with the block chopping.



The video dates back to 2011, but it's hard to tell, because a man that's so forward thinking as to come up with the idea of karate chopping flaming wood while playing guitar is clearly on a mental level only reached by revolutionaries.

You know who else kept it one hundred? This comedian from the X-Factor who paid a healthy sum to study the fine art of making people laugh, to great effect, of course.



Our opinion on the performance? "Worst!"



(H/T: Bro Bible)

ECHL team will wear these Dr. Seuss themed jerseys that even Sam would love

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 9:28 PM


We truly cannot express the amount of joy that creative minor league jerseys give us. Sure, regular, classic uniforms are great, but there's just something wonderful about getting to see a team take on an entirely new persona through donning a custom-themed jersey.

The Rapid City Rush of the ECHL are the latest team to dive into the realm of themed jerseys and they've dug into classic children's literature, picking out Dr. Seuss inspired sweaters. I don't care if your name's Sam -- these jerseys are just as wicked as green eggs and ham.



The theme was not just chosen at random, as Saturday night when the Rush wear these Cat in a Hat covered jerseys they'll also be encouraging fans to donate books as part of a charity drive.

These sweaters are undeniably sweet, but when judging between Dr. Seuss and these Star Wars jerseys that the Missouri Mavericks wore last year, it's pretty tough to decide who had the best themed shirt.



Oh the places we'd go with either one of these jerseys on our back!

(H/T: FTW USA Today)

Steph Curry shows the Toronto crowd his insane ball handles

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 9:24 PM


The Golden State Warriors were back in Toronto Friday night for a second game versus the Raptors, which means that fans at the Air Canada Centre get to see possible MVP candidate Stephen Curry's skills in person.

Our own @_brewknow was there before tip-off, capturing players from both teams warming up, that's when he spotted Curry showing off his absurd And 1 mixtape worthy ball handling abilities at one end of the court.



Drake may have labeled the Golden State point guard as just Steph Curry with the shot, but we'll make a little revision to the verse and add in the fact that he's also an ambidextrous ball handling magician.

As mentioned in our Flashback Friday Post earlier today, Steph spent part of his childhood growing up in Toronto due to his father Dell Curry playing for the Raptors. On Friday evening student's from Steph's old school, Queensway Christian College, came to the game for a little meet in greet with the Warriors guard pre-game.



Steph may be part Torontonian, but don't expect the MVP candidate to get too many cheers from Raptors fans once the game begins, not with how the last game between the two teams went.


Goalie tries to score empty netter, but gets denied by heroic diving player

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 4:42 PM


In one of the last games of the season in the KHL, a game between Medvescak and Dinamo (Riga), former Oiler and current Dinamo goalie Jeff Deslauriers goes for gold with a shot attempt from his own crease. And just when he saw the puck heading perfectly for the open net, Medvescak defenceman Mark Flood superman dives in front of the puck to save the goal.



And in vine form.





(H/T /r/hockey)

WWE Seth Rollins visits The Daily Show to challenge Jon Stewart at RAW

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 4:35 PM


After WWE superstar Seth Rollins cut a promo involving Jon Stewart, The Daily Show host called out the wrestler via personal video message. We predicted a match at Wrestlemania, but it appears it may happen earlier than we expected.

Rollins interrupted a segment on Stewart's show on Thursday night and challenged him to a match on Monday Night RAW. Would Stewart dare accept the future of the WWE's challenge?



So there you have it! Jon Stewart has the guts to show up, but will he have the guts to take on Rollins? I guess we'll find out this Monday.

(H/T Sports Illustrated)

The most epic tug-of-war at Pitt spring practice

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Feb. 27, 2015 4:27 PM


The University of Pittsburgh Panthers have a new head coach this upcoming season, Pat Narduzzi, who has been taking to social media regularly to help promote his team in the proper manner and heighten recruiting for the football team. His most recent post is a video of two freshman, running back Quadree Ollison and defensive lineman Rori Blair, in an epic tug-of-war battle at spring practice. The entire team gets into it, while the two taking part in the drill give everything in them to win the competition.



Team building drills are a great way to impact team morale in a positive way, and this is the most intense form of team building we've ever seen.



(H/T Bleacher Report)

If they were Musicians

By Brendan Sheridan (@CapitalsHill) Feb. 26, 2015 1:05 PM
We’re getting wild this week and going with our second “If They Were” edition in as many days. It seems as though athletes always want to be rockstars and rockstars athletes, so we decided to switch some roles around and reimagine these NHL players, as if they were esteemed musicians.

From sophisticated solo artists to teen heartthrob boy bands, BarDown artist Brendan Sheridan did his best to put each player in their most likely (or most funny) place in the music industry.