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Wrestlers pay their respects to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 9:29 PM

Friday, the sports world was hit with very sad news, as WWE Legend and hall-of-fame wrestler "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died of cardiac arrest at the age of 61. Born Roderick Toombs, the Saskatoon native went from making his professional wrestling debut in Canada at the age of 15, to becoming one of the all-time greatest heel characters in WWE history.

Piper, a 34-time champion across his wrestling career, quickly became a pop culture icon with his charismatic, quick witted approach on the mic, playing the role of the villain and entering the ring playing his signature Scottish bagpipes. The news was met with great sadness, with many wrestlers from the past and present expressing their condolences, honouring the WWE Legend with touching tribute messages.

Jerry Seinfeld made a Festivus joke when welcoming Cespedes to the Mets

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 7:54 PM

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld has written a few jokes in his lifetime, but this may be the first MLB trade deadline joke that he's made to our recollection. Friday, the New York Mets acquired power hitting outfielder Yoenis Cespedes from the Detroit Tigers, prompting Seinfeld to take part in a little comedic word play on twitter.

In case you don't own a television or have somehow missed 20 years worth of Seinfeld reruns -- Jerry was of course making reference to the Seinfeld episode where George's father created a new holiday called "Festivus."

We're happy to see that Mr. Seinfeld was able to shine a ray of positive light on the Mets trade deadline, because things got a little cloudy after Wednesday's fiasco...

What does Ben Revere bring to the Blue Jays? Incredible defence highlighted by these unbelievable catches

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 6:29 PM

Of all the trades Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos managed to make before Friday's deadline, his most underrated deal was undoubtedly bringing in outfielder Ben Revere. The former Phillie is hitting .298 this season and joins an already stacked Jays lineup chomping at the bit to demolish even more baseballs than they already have this season.

Revere's presence will be much larger and more impactful in left field though, a position that's been a revolving door since the spring for Toronto. Now the Blue Birds finally have a reliable everyday left fielder who can not only hit, but make out of this world catches and save runs. Here's a taste of what Revere's bringing to the Six starting with this unbelievable catch where he displays what it truly means to lay out for a ball.

That's one of the greatest catches you'll ever see. It took a fuller than full extension to catch that ball and instead of just basking in the glory of what he'd just done, Revere had the presence of mind to get the ball in for the double play.

Spider man like. No baseball is ever out of reach when Revere's roaming. Curtis Granderson found that out the hard way in April.

Now, take what you've seen and add Kevin Pillar and Jose Bautista, who have similar human highlight reel ability, to the outfield and what do you get?

You get a happy R.A. Dickey, along with the rest of the Blue Jays pitching staff and fanbase. Revere took to Twitter after the trade to let the fanbase know just how he excited he is to be joining the Blue Jays.

Friday Night Lights coach Eric Taylor wants you to turn off your cell phone before the movie

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 4:56 PM

The day Friday Night Lights went off the air was a sad day for fans of the television show, mostly for the fact they couldn't spend time with coach Eric Taylor anymore, who was wonderfully portrayed by actor Kyle Chandler. Well, the coach is back in local movie theatres reminding audiences to quit text messaging and talking during the movies. So if you've missed coach Taylor's pre-game and halftime speeches, this will quench your Friday Night Lights thirst.

So if this guy's sitting behind you talking, texting and kicking your seat at the movies...

... hopefully coach Taylor can put him in his place.


Best of Bob McKenzie answering non-hockey questions on Twitter

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 3:22 PM

Chances are, you haven’t heard much from legendary TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie since the NHL Free Agent Frenzy came and went. McKenzie has been taking a well-deserved vacation from working the phones and getting inside info on your favourite teams before anyone else by going on a twitter hiatus. But on July 31st, 2015, he returned the platform where his over one million followers hang on his every tweet.

Being a man of the people, McKenzie decided to take some time and answer random questions from his followers, with only one rule… No hockey questions! Here’s a collection of some of the best answers he gave and gives you a chance to learn more about Bob and see that he’s more than just hockey all the time. Enjoy!

Guy turns empty office into amazing dunk highlight video

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 2:33 PM

Big shout out to YouTube user Jake H. for making the best of a situation and not hanging his head. Jake’s workplace has been facing some major layoffs, including himself, who was given 3 weeks notice. So, what Jake decided to do with those last 3 weeks was bring in a kiddie basketball net and turn the office into a dunkfest.

Overlay some great ball music (any song from Space Jam = great ball music) with some great dunks on a small net and you’ve got yourself all the makings of a viral video.

The adventures of David Price and Astro

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 2:13 PM
When trades take place in sports athletes are faced with the task of uprooting their entire lives in the city they reside, and immediately moving to wherever they're traded. They leave friends behind, and commonly move their family to the new city they'll be playing baseball in.

Pitcher David Price was traded from the Detroit Tigers to the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday, and he has to worry about moving one of his best pals with him, his dog Astro. And Astro has a lot of packing to do!

Even Jose Bautista is looking forward to meeting Astro.

With the world famous dog on his way to Toronto, we decided to chronicle our favourite pictures with the real-life Calvin and Hobbes of the baseball world.

(Image courtesy of CBS Detroit)

(Image courtesy of tampabay.com)

JJ Watt proves once again he's the most dominant athlete in the world by crushing home-runs at Astros BP

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 31, 2015 1:19 PM

J.J. Watt is one of the most dominant defensive player in the NFL thanks to an ever growing arsenal of ways to reek havoc on an opposing offence. He's the monkey wrench that ruins teams plan on Sunday's. So how do you go about stopping Watt?

Maybe try and make him uncomfortable, throw something at him he hasn't seen before. Only problem is, it doesn't matter what you throw at him, the man will still crush it. Take these baseballs at Astros batting practice on Thursday for example. We've seen the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year dominate on the gridiron, but we've never seen him hit a baseball before...

David Price is a Blue Jay and the internet exploded

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Jul. 30, 2015 3:37 PM
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Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos has continued his dominance of the MLB Trade Deadline headlines with the acquisition of the 2012 Cy Young winner David Price from the Detroit Tigers just days after acquiring star SS Troy Tulowitzki from the Colorado Rockies. Anthopoulos has officially done his part as he’s bringing in an absolutely stud pitcher to help with the Blue Jays historic offence, so now it’s up to the players to push them towards October and end the longest active playoff drought in North American sports.

The buzz on social media was hot all morning with the rumours running wild that Price was on the move and when the news came down that his landing spot would be Toronto, media members, players and fans alike pretty much lost their digital minds. Here’s all the internet reaction you need to see, including from the Blue Jays players, who are pumped to say the least.