By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 10:53 PM
The baseball world was struck with a massive blockbuster deal that really nobody saw coming. Josh Donaldson, who some believe to be one of the top 3rd basemen in the league , is now a Toronto Blue Jay as Alex Anthopoulos continues his on the fly rebuild of the Jays core. Brett Lawrie is on the way out, but some considered him to never live up to the hype. Here are some of the noteworthy reactions from twitter once the news struck.
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 8:35 PM
Friday night the Raptors continue their celebration of 20 years in the NBA by recognizing the contributions of former team member and now popular ESPN analyst, Jalen Rose.
Rose's time in Toronto may not be all that memorable for Raptors fans if you're purely looking at his performance on the court, but the 13 year veteran always provided a great deal of entertainment off the court with his charasima, something he continues to do today for Grantland. To mark the occasion we decided to look at a few of our favourite episodes of Grantland's "Story Time with Jalen Rose." Including one story involving Vince Carter body slamming Sam Mitchell.
One thing Raptors fans really should commend Rose for is the amount of love he shows to the city of Toronto, on both his ESPN broadcasts and on the popular podcast "Jalen and Jacoby." Here's another story from Jalen we love, with him talking about how he sometimes got a little carried away with beyond opulent jewellery purchases.
The Raptors look to continue their reign atop the NBA Friday night when they take on the Dallas Mavericks across the TSN network.
Can't get enough of the Raps? Well, Bell is bringing you closer to the NBA than ever before with an all-access 26 episode documentary series showcasing the journey of the Toronto Raptors and other Canadian NBA stars through the grueling season both on and off the court. Join the team at Open Gym
Tuesdays at 1:00 PM Eastern on TSN4.
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 8:35 PM
When Brazilian soccer phenom Neymar Jr was purchased last season by Barcelona, it was viewed as the Spanish club purchasing the heir-apparent to Lionel Messi's throne. Since the purchase the two have linked up to become one of the deadliest attacking duos in world soccer, but on Thursday Messi and Neymar faced off against one another in the name of a friendly game of keep-ups.
However, this no ordinary game of keep-ups. While attending an event organized by team sponsor Audi, the Barcelona duo played keep ups with a special ball that measured the amount of energy created by touches to the ball. More touches, more energy. The goal? Create more wattage than the other player in 60 seconds.
It looked like Neymar had Messi beat, but the Maestro turned in a remarkable last second comeback. Messi is arguably the current best soccer player on the planet, but when it comes to juggling Neymar certainly is the stronger of the two, so the result comes as a bit of a surprise. Check out the proof here.
As we said, Neymar's no slouch when it comes to keep-ups, but for now he's going to have to be the heir-apparent juggling champ at Barcelona as well.
(H/T: FC Barcelona YouTube
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 4:23 PM
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 4:18 PM
The UConn Huskies hockey team has moved into the XL Arena in Hartford as their new home rink. During their first game a couple weeks ago, the Huskies scored and a nostalgic magical moment occurred. The XL Arena used to be known as the Hartford Civic Centre, which was the home rink for the now defunct Hartford Whalers. So naturally, they play the legendary Brass Bonanza goal song the Whalers used to play and everyone is super pumped about it.
And for the original and much more audible version of the song that would put even the grinch in a good mood, here is Brass Bonanza.
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 27, 2014 5:37 PM
The cast of Horrible Bosses 2 featuring Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis, Charlie Day and Jennifer Aniston discusses team chemistry like the Boston Celtics Big 3, micro managing bosses like Jerry Jones and hockey players without teeth.
Cabbie hugging Jennifer Aniston
Jason Sudeikis is happy with his answer and about to wink at Cabbie
Jason Sudeikis winking at Cabbie.
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 3:00 PM
(Image courtesy of Fightland)
Oscar nominated actor Mickey Rourke returned to the boxing ring on Friday for the first time since September, 1994, and was triumphant over a man half his age in 29-year-old Elliot Seymour. The scheduled five-round match in Moscow only lasted two-rounds as Rourke was victorious by knockout. While the 62-year-old Rourke does have a history in boxing, and Seymour has struggled winning just one of his 10 matches, we're highly suspicious the fix was in on this fight.
The Hollywood tough guy who starred in The Wrestler has trained in boxing since the early 1990s -- this being his ninth professional bout. I guess we'll give him the win, but we don't exactly know how legitimate it was. Keep up the training, Mickey, and maybe schedule a fight against someone your own age!
By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Nov. 28, 2014 2:33 PM
In what is becoming one of our favourite parts of the week on BarDown, here's looking back on another hilarious week of Leafs Lunch, where the guys discuss Scooters Saloon, Christmas sweaters, Ferraro with a rat tale and much more.
And here’s another entertaining edition of Headlines, where the Leafs Lunch boys try to guess the news headlines for the Leafs coming out of the weekend.
By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Nov. 28, 2014 2:40 PM
The month of Movember, formerly known as November, is almost finished, and gentlemen across the country are pulling out their 'stache trimmers, and shaving away their scruff, to refine the 30 day masterpiece that sits upon their upper lip. Movember is the month men grow their moustache to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for prostate and testicular cancer.
While we use Movember as an excuse to experiment with different facial hair styles around the office, hockey players use the month as an early sampling of the beard they will later grow during the playoffs in April. Take a look at the best and worst hockey moustache's from players this Movember!
To begin, Los Angeles Kings' centre Jeff Carter has proven his ability to grow a playoff beard on countless occasions, so we're aware of his magnificent facial hair -- and this Movember was no exception.