@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 5:50 PM
UFC newcomer Alex Nicholson will go head-to-head with Misha Cirkunov at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, but Nicholson is already making headlines after he proposed to his girlfriend during the weigh-in on Friday. It’s a good thing she said yes, because that would have been quite the embarrassing thing to have happen to you a day before your UFC debut.
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 4:16 PM
Professional athletes are probably pretty used to signing a bizarre assortment of items for fans, but every once and awhile an item comes along that's so weird that even the most seasoned of signers must stop and say "really?" Saturday, while attending the Kings' annual 'Tip-A-King' event in Los Angeles, forward Milan Lucic was pictured penning his autograph on a toaster. According to the Kings, it's a career milestone.
Getting your toaster signed? Yeah, it's a little peculiar. And yet it's still not even close to being the weirdest thing ever signed by a hockey player. (H/T: Reddit)
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 2:45 PM
Nobody ever said that Conor McGregor is lacking for confidence, and Friday night during the World MMA Awards ceremony, the UFC Superstar proved he's not afraid to trash talk anyone in the sport. After receiving the award for 'Fighter of the Year,' McGregor in typical McGregor fashion issued an incredibly candid acceptance speech via video, one in which he called out all of his fellow MMA colleagues, stating "I need to feed all you bums." The harsh burn comes just days after McGregor announced on Twitter that he had decided to induct himself into the UFC Hall of Fame.
I'm happy to announce that I have inducted myself into the UFC hall of fame.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 1, 2016
Details of event to follow.
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 2:19 PM
We're just over a day away until Super Bowl 50 kicks off in San Fransisco and we're happy to report that the team behind the NFL 'Bad Lip Reading' videos are back with another strong showing. Post-game interviews and on-field mic'd up segments can provide some pretty good soundbites, but none as good as these. "Nachoooos! And Jello shapes!" We'd be willing to bet that the players who aren't mic'd up probably deliver a few statements that are even more ridiculous than these throughout the course of a game. We're also a little surprised that 'the Dad' didn't make an appearance in this edition of BLR, as it's only a matter of time until the fad officially goes the way of the dodo.
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 1:00 PM
San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn't a man of many emotions, but when when a rookie attempts to flex on his team by taunting his bench, even he's going to have a laugh. Friday, the Spurs were putting in work on the Mavericks, leading by 20 points. That's when Mavericks rookie Salah Mejri decided to attempt to spice things up, taunting Popovich by staring him down. Pop and a nearby Tim Duncan took note, responding by literally laughing out loud.
Mejri did in fact inspire a result, as the Spurs went on to win by 26 points, laughing all way to the final whistle. (H/T: FTW USA Today)
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 12:17 PM
It's gotta be tough being a fan of hockey in the southernmost part of the Sunshine State. Not only do you have to continuously deal with circulating pictures of a half empty arena when attendance is down, but you also have to hear other hockey fans discuss why your team would be a better fit elsewhere. But the 2015-16 season has been a different story for the Florida Panthers. The team currently sits atop the Atlantic division with 67 points, trailing only the Capitals in the Eastern Conference. On top of that, the team is also managing to connect with the fans off the ice with one of the most fun/mysterious running gags currently in sports. When you put those two things together, it often leads to an increase in attendance. And that's just what's happened in Florida. With the team currently riding a five-game win streak, Miami Herald sportswriter George Richards took to Twitter to show just how much fans in Florida are loving their Panthers.
Last season the Panthers ranked dead last in average attendance, this year they've moved out of that spot thanks to an increase of over 3,000 fans per game. Now, while it's certainly a no brainer that a winning product will almost always increase attendance -- look no further than the LeBron James years in Miami -- it is nice to know that hockey fans who have been loyal to their team throughout the years in Florida now have an improved atmosphere for home games, and an entertaining team worth cheering for. Oh, and they have Jaromir Jagr on their team. That's enough to make any NHL fan envious. (H/T: Reddit)
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 11:25 AM
Basketball fans who've been complaining that defense in the NBA has gotten a little too soft over the years are going to absolutely love watching Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson's new WWE style defensive move. You know it as a good ol' fashion tag-team clothesline, Irving and Thompson just call it guarding the paint at all costs. Obviously a foul was called on the play. But the real question is when (why?) did Irving and Thompson think this up, and did they really think the refs weren't going to call a foul? It's only a matter of time until the tables come out. Protect the paint at all costs. (H/T: FTW USA Today)
@BarDown) Feb. 6, 2016 12:14 AM
The Indiana Pacers were trailing the Atlanta Hawks by 5 with just over a minute remaining in the game, so they needed just about any bounce they could get. After missing his first three-point shot, Paul George follows up with his own rebound and manages to get the ball back. With his team in desperate need of some points, he decided to just lob it up and hope for the best + one. Well, the basketball gods answered his prayer. Somehow George managed to sink that circus shot to cut the lead down even more, but it wasn’t enough as the Atlanta Hawks held on for a 102-96 victory. (H/T UPROXX)
@BarDown) Feb. 5, 2016 11:31 PM
Jimmy Butler has turned into quite the star for the Chicago Bulls, so you can bet that Bulls fans everywhere held their breath when Butler went down hard late in the first half of Friday night’s game.
Considering how hard he landed on his head and his back, it’s amazing he got right back up.