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Superhero Hockey: Batman

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 2:47 PM

Superhero stories are more popular than ever at the movies and on television these days.

Batman in particular is one of the most well-liked subjects on both screens. From the upcoming Batman Vs Superman movie to Fox's new drama 'Gotham' which focuses on the early days Dark Knight lore.

The legend of caped crusader does not end there. He actually has had many ties to the hockey world as well.

That's why in our first edition of "Super Hero Hockey" we are featuring Bruce Wayne's alter ego.

(Via designyoutrust.com)

In The Comics

We start with this excellent comic cover from a 1951 Swedish version of the Superman series. Despite being a comic about the Man Of Steel it's an early crossover and features Batman Vs Robin playing hockey. As you can see The Dark Knight is decisively winning 16-2 over his young crime fighting partner. Also of note is Superman's poor performance on the ice, it's not often you see one of the greatest Superhero's of all-time looking broken and defeated. Perhaps skating is next to Kryptonite as another Achilles heel for Kal El.

TSN's Jermain Franklin details the Elimimian trash-talk incident

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 3:12 PM
In what was quite possibly the funniest CFL interview of all time before a single question was even posed, B.C. Lions' player Solomon Elimimian and TSN's own Jermain Franklin exchanged comedically calm salutations moments after the linebacker was involved in a heated trash talking bout.

With the video blowing up in popularity and being featured on sites all over the internet, we decided to go ahead and ask Franklin for a first person blow-by-blow of the event that went down this weekend.

"There I was getting the countdown from our truck director and just as I was about to ask the questions that I had prepared Solomon Elimimian and Fred Bennett get into it. It was like an audible was called and I was stuck in the middle of an argument that I had nothing to do with. The funny thing is, having the privilege to report on the CFL sidelines, I get to see and hear a lot these 'smack talk' confrontations on the field so I didn't think much of the incident itself. I thought I played it cool. But, seeing my face in the video, clearly I wasn't sure how the situation was going to play out and the Elimimian's transition back into interview mode with "Whassup!" is priceless."

- Jermain Franklin

TBS recreates 'boom goes the dynamite' newscast with Pedro Martinez & Cal Ripken Jr.

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 12:53 PM
It was a lesson for the ages for young aspiring sports broadcasters, and the shot heard around the world, or as we all know it, "boom goes the dynamite."

The now infamous viral video has been given a breath of fresh air with the assistance of TBS and 5 Major League Baseball players, including Pedro Martinez, Cal Ripkin Jr. and Gary Sheffield. Watch as these players, turned broadcasters attempt to forget all of their sportscasting skills in this awesome TBS post-season promo.

For those who are unfamiliar with the original video, shame on you. But don't worry we got you. Here's the classic viral video coming at you like a "beeding bullet."

This May Be A Joke to You, but Swayze Waters Is Serious About Goats

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Sep. 30, 2014 12:38 PM
Toronto Argonauts kicker/punter Swayze Waters and long snapper Jake Reinhart took a day off football to visit River's Edge Goat Dairy in Arthur, Ontario. Argos fans know Waters loves football, but maybe they're less aware of his passion for diary goats. Waters straps on his Goat-Pro Camera to help viewers get a more personal point of view perspective of his goat adventures. It's go time… or as Waters says, it's goat time!

A lot of people refer to Swayze Waters as the GOAT – greatest of all time (at punting). Is it a coincidence he loves goats so much?

'Tetris' Movie Officially In The Works

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 12:37 PM

(Tetris Company)

To quote Bruce Arthur, "We're officially out of movie ideas." But before we start judging, let's give it a chance at least. Speakeasy is reporting that Threshold Entertainment has struck a deal with the Tetris Company to make a live-action movie, which would be based on one of the oldest video games ever.


Threshold's CEO Larry Kasanoff is best known for adapting the "Mortal Kombat" games into the movies, which did pretty well in the box office. Threshold entertainment has also worked in large digital productions with Marvel, Lego and "Star Wars." Kasanoff had this to say about the upcoming movie,

"It's a very big, epic sci-fi movie," Threshold's CEO Larry Kasanoff tells Speakeasy exclusively. "This isn't a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We're not giving feet to the geometric shapes."

Special thanks to Bruce Arthur for bringing this to our attention.

And here's a clip from that old Mortal Kombat movie you loved.

(All information and quotes via Speakeasy)

Auburn T-shirt Gatling gun is incredible

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 11:26 AM
Step #576 towards robots taking over human jobs and staying true to the plot of I, Robot has officially been completed by the promotional giveaways crew at Auburn University.

At most sporting events free t-shirts are traditionally thrown out by hand, or launched by a small canon if you're lucky. At Auburn they're fired out of a Gatling gun.

At a firing rate of about a shirt per second, the Gatling gun may be the most efficient stadium promotions worker of all time. Would you like to see the gun work in slo-mo? Why are we even asking, the answer is clearly yes.

You've gotta believe we're only a short time away from seeing a follow up video to this titled "fan gets owned by a t-shirt Gatling gun."

(H/T: CBS Sports)

Bryz Watch: Selfies With Fans

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 11:22 AM
Ilya Bryzgalov was on backup duty last night, so safe to say he had some downtime during the game. During the 3rd period of the Wild-Penguins pre-season game, Bryz thought he'd have some fun with the fans by posing for some selfies. The whole scenario is best described by the Wild equipment manager, Tony DaCosta, who was standing next to him the entire game,

"What's he think he's a model?" He joked. "Then he starts waving them all down! Then he throws his [toque] on the ice when Pommer gets his hat trick. That's our last one!" - Quote from the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Add this to the list of reasons why Bryz is our favourite goalie in the NHL.

Wiggins Dunks after Dark in Minnesota

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 10:30 AM
The Timberwolves opened up their training camp with an early morning "Dunks After Dark" event which showcased Canadian Andrew Wiggins to fans.

L.A. Kings ice crew calendar shoot bloopers

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 9:27 AM
Recently the Los Angeles Kings Ice Crew went out on their calendar shoot, but rather than just share the actual photos and interviews, the team created a blooper reel of the event, and some of the slips are actually pretty funny. See if you can catch the not so subtle Anchorman reference.

While entertaining, this blooper reel still ranks a far second place to not just one of the funniest sports blooper reels, but possibly one of the greatest videos on the internet.

If that was the first you've ever heard of Bill Dance, you're welcome.