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Parise donates ice time through Children's Hospital

By Daniel Bruno (@_brewknow) Oct. 23, 2014 11:18 AM
Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise donated ice time through Children's Hospital to allow for himself and some of his teammates to get on the ice with some kids. This was part of the ongoing webseries by the Minnesota Wild called "Becoming Wild", which is slowly becoming one of our favourite webseries' out there.

Watch as Parise and his teammates give the kids some tips, as well as have a full kids vs. Wild scrimmage at the end of the video!



If you haven't seen the "Becoming Wild" webisode of the 6-year old boy with a prosthetic leg who gets a locker room tour with Mikko Koivu, you can catch that HERE.

And this one's for all you diehard Wild fans as "Becoming Wild" gives you a behind-the-scenes look at a day in the life of Nino Niederreiter.




Nike Launches Cristiano Ronaldo's new cleats ahead of El Clasico

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 23, 2014 11:16 AM
Being arguably the top player in the world in the most popular sport on the globe invariably comes with a few sweet perks. One such perk is receiving your own line of signature products, something Nike did on Thursday for their soccer golden boy, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nike waited until the week of the famed El Clasico match (Real Madrid versus Barcelona) in La Liga, as they often do, to launch CR7's brand new shimmering signature line.





The cleat features a galaxy theme that CR7 fans will recognize from last season, with Nike using a new iteration of their "Nike Skin" technology to create the shimmer effect on the upper.



For those of you who are wondering why the cleat looks like it has a sock attached to it, Nike recently launched their new Mercurial Vapor line featuring what they call the "Dynamic Fit collar." The collar is supposed to give players a closer fit, sock like feel, helping to lock your foot in place. Who knows, maybe it was that sock like feel that allowed CR7 to net his 70th Champions League goal on Wednesday.



It's gotta be the shoes.

(H/T: Soccer Bible)

Buffalo is really into Connor McDavid already

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 11:20 PM
As we noted before, Connor McDavid has started the season on an unbelievable hot streak. The excitement in Buffalo is already ramping up for the young star, where the team looks destined to finish in last place and potentially win the McDavid sweepstakes. Earlier Wednesday night, Erie played Niagara at the First Niagara Centre, which will be potentially be the first of many games for McDavid in Buffalo.

With a crowd like this showing up to an OHL game in Buffalo, safe to say they're a little pumped.

(r/hockey)

Not only did the hockey fans of Buffalo get to see McDavid play, but they got to see him at his best notching a goal and 3 assists in the game, bringing his total to 34 points and 10 goals in only 10 games so far this season. Incredible!



But perhaps the best part of the night didn't register on the scorecard, but did get the fans on their feet. Here's the best non-goal you might ever see.



And if you still haven't seen it, you can watch Bob McKenzie's sitdown with the young star about the draft and everything hockey, HERE.

20 Questions with Dave Hodge

By Dave Hodge (@TSNDaveHodge) Oct. 21, 2014 10:13 AM
20 Questions Dave Hodge TSN
1) Does the NHL look good or bad for suspending LA's Slava Voynov following his arrest on domestic violence charges after not suspending Colorado's Semyon Varlamov last season? Varlamov played two days after his arrest and charges were eventually dropped. The NHL looks bad now if the same thing happens with Voynov, but not if he faces trial on felony charges. It is possible, and advisable, for a league to assess cases individually and treat them differently if it is certain they should be handled that way. If the NHL has suspended Voynov simply because of similar cases in the NFL, that is wrong. If the NHL has suspended Voynov because it feels he has conducted himself improperly or illegally, that is the league's right.

2) Now that Peyton Manning has broken Brett Favre's NFL record for touchdown passes, do they automatically rank 1-2 in that regard? Yes, they do, and if you need more proof, it took 302 games for Favre to set the record at 508, and it took Manning only 246 games to break it.

3) Will Manning's record, currently 510 TD tosses, be broken? First of all, Manning will be adding to it, so it's a moving target for someone like Drew Brees, who is next in line among active quarterbacks with 374. Brees is three years younger than Manning at the age of 35. If he plays three years longer, an average of 40 scoring passes per year would not be enough for Brees to catch Manning. Way off in the distance is Andrew Luck. At age 25, he's 445 behind Manning's 510 - that's an average of 30 per season for the next 15 years.

4) What will be remembered most about Manning's record-breaking 509th touchdown pass? Three things, I suggest. He did it in a 42-17 victory that added to the belief that Denver could return to the Super Bowl and win it this time; he did it against the San Francisco 49ers, one of the teams whose overtures he spurned to sign with Denver; and Demariyus Thomas caught it with some slick footwork at the end-zone sideline. Fitting that it was Thomas, because he has been Manning's favourite receiver in Denver, catching 28 TDs before the record-breaker.

5) Nothing was going to keep Manning out of the Monday-morning NFL headlines, but have you ever seen anything like the trickery used by the St. Louis Rams to score a punt-return touchdown against Seattle? Rams' coach Jeff Fisher is way ahead of the pack when he can have his return-team blockers run away from the flight of the ball and take the Seahawks' tacklers with them, leaving St. Louis' Stedman Bailey virtually by himself to catch the ball and run 90 yards down a wide-open sideline. A sleeper play, if you will, and it should never work again, because every team covering a punt should now have a traffic cop, someone who actually watches where the ball is going.


NHL 15 Online HUT Power Rankings

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 8:05 PM


Welcome to another edition of BarDown's weekly NHL 15 Online HUT Power Rankings! This week's pressing questions are whether tylerROCKS15 can be our #1 for the fifth week in a row, is it gendik's time to shine in the spotlight and who gets put on this week's up-and-comer watch. Enjoy!

(EA Sports)

1) tylerROCKS15 – (1) VeeTeam – 340-74-23

For the fifth straight week and our first five weeks of these rankings, tylerROCKS15 remains as the top dog in our power rankings. tylerROCKS15 has recently won 11 of his last 12 games and is showing no signs of slowing down. Will he ever give up the crown?

2) gendik - (4) Gendik - 279-15-7

This may very well be the last week that gendik is in our #2 spot in the power rankings. Not because he's going to drop, but because he's probably going to be number 1! Since last week's rankings, gendik has played 51 games. In that time HE HAS 51 WINS! Most titles and that kinda streak? Only one thing left to do...



3) DKZLATAN - (2) KXLButovo - 293-66-30

DKZLATAN makes his debut on the power rankings by coming out of nowhere and putting up 51 titles, which is third behind the first two guys in our power rankings. DKZLATAN is now on a 9 game winning streak and looking to get into that upper echelon of NHL 15 Online HUT on PS4.

4) Byfugelin69 - (17) Byfugelins - 237-21-5

Up-and-comer award goes to Byfugelin69 who much like DKZLATAN has stormed onto the season putting up a bunch of titles and a pretty solid record. Byfugelin69 is struggling lately with a few losses, but you could probably chalk that up to some inexperience playing against tougher competition. Look for Byfugelin69 to make his way up these rankings.

(EA Sports)

5) miviens - (21) Thelegend - 225-20-9

Miviens pretty much remained idle this week both in his record and in these rankings. Out of respect for his 17-game win streak, we're keeping him in the top-5 as he's done nothing to deserve getting removed from it. He'll need to put some more wins together to remain in our rankings next week.

(All statistics accurate as of 7:00 pm ET 22/10/14)


12-year-old Canadian girl catches a 600+ pound fish

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 7:05 PM
A 12-year-old girl named Jenna Gavin caught a ginormous fish off the coast of Nova Scotia setting a world record. Apparently, it took Jenna 2 hours to haul in the 616-pound bluefish tuna and had to do it all by herself for the record to stand. Most parents promise their kids ipad minis if they get good marks in school, but not the Gavin family! No, for the Gavin's catching 600+ pound tuna fish is the way to get your ipad mini and the adoration of your parents. Talk about high standards.



And here's Jenna talking about her big catch.



(H/T: For The Win)

Hoverboards are real, and their arrival may be near

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 6:08 PM
It's been 25 years since the release of Back to the Future part two, and during those two and a half decades people like Tony Hawk have toyed with our emotions, announcing that one of the most iconic props from the film had arrived for real. Of course, we're talking about the hoverboard.

Today, just a few months shy of 2015 (the year Marty goes "back" to the future for you non-fans) we're happy to tell you that the hoverboard is now a reality, and the company Hendo would like you to have one...for the price of $10,000.



The founders of Hendo have started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their project, setting a goal of $250,000, a total that they have already surpassed by a few thousand dollars. The top pledge of $10,000 nabs you one of the first ten Hendo hoverboards put into production, as well as the chance to recreate this iconic film scene with your pals.



Don't feel too bad, though. Considering early technology adopter usually find a few bugs that get worked out with later upgrades. A hoverboard seems like the wrong thing to be standing on when you realize you may need a hardware upgrade.

(H/T: Transworld Skateboarding)

Kobe hits 3 clutch shots in a row at the end of preseason game

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 3:54 PM
This is a line you're going to read a lot this season, "Kobe scores __ in a Lakers loss to the ______." Last night was no different, as Kobe scored 29 points in a Lakers loss to the Suns. But with the Lakers down by 2 and a minute and a half left in the game, Kobe hit 3 clutch jumpers in a row on the Suns P.J. Tucker, who is no slouch on defence at all!

Kobe's back... REJOICE!!!



And here's 14 minutes worth of clutch Kobe shots.



(H/T: The Big Lead)


Willis Reed fights the entire Lakers team

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 22, 2014 3:28 PM
The tale of Willis Reed fighting the entire Lakers team is a story that has been passed down for generations. As many folk tales that get continually passed on and retold countless times, the truth tends to stray away from the story the further the it gets away from the source. Well, this is not one of those cases, as Willis Reed actually fights the entire Lakers team and it's amazing!

The footage was unearthed by Michael Rapaport who is the director of a new ESPN 30 for 30 doc. "When the Garden Was Eden." So, without further ado, here is the incredible footage of Knicks star Willis Reed in a full-on rampage on the court, for which he got fined $50, with no suspension.



The below tweet sums up the whole situation quite nicely!



(H/T: For The Win)