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NHL 15 predicts who will win the Stanley Cup this season

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 1, 2014 11:26 AM
In what has become a yearly tradition, the fine people at EA Sports get many fans riled up and over-hyped with the release of their season predictions.

Canucks and Maple Leafs fans, rejoice! Your teams will make it to the playoffs...according to EA Sports NHL 15's simulation. As for who wins, we'll leave that up to the video to show you

For those that are unfamiliar with how the predictions work, EA Sports uses their latest game that's packed with well researched stats and analytics, and runs through an entire NHL season, revealing who the video gaming gods believe will emerge victorious at seasons end.

Our sincerest of apologies to Flames and Oilers fans, but just take solace in the fact that this sort of simulation isn't always all that accurate...sort of.

Mario Lemieux Corn Maze Outside Of Pittsburgh

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Oct. 1, 2014 10:11 AM

(photo via Iron Mills Farmstead)

If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a bead of sweat dripping down Mario Lemieux's jawline, you can have that chance. The Mario Lemieux Foundation teamed up with Iron Mills Farmstead to create a very large "Mario Lemieux corn maze." Guests will be charged a nominal fee to walk around the corn maze and all the money will go towards cancer research.

And here's the Derek Jeter corn maze that was made in New Jersey just over a month ago.

I mean, who doesn't love corn?

(H/T (For The Win)

Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul has some ideas to make the NHL playoffs more like baseball

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Oct. 1, 2014 12:30 AM
Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul took to Twitter during the Oakland Athletics versus Kansas City Royals game to question why the National Hockey League doesn't have a wild card. Lupul seems to enjoy the excitement of the single-game elimination.

Apparently, teammate Phil Kessel didn't warn Lupul of the backlash Leafs fans give players who say… well, anything on Twitter. Remember Kessel, HOCKEY is better than night fishing.

Lupul let fans know the team went paint balling earlier in the day on their Collingwood retreat... and things got a little out of control.

Eagles punter Donnie Jones gives a country rendition of Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back

By Danny Wright (@dannnywright) Sep. 30, 2014 11:57 PM
Philadelphia Eagles punter Donnie Jones and running back Darren Sproles played a game of 'Name That Tune' on Tuesday in the locker room. Jones pulled out his trusty air guitar and gave Sproles a country rendition of the Sir Mix-a-Lot's classic "Baby Got Back."

We apologize for spoiling the song for our readers, but still think it's worth a laugh. The footage comes courtesy of 6ABC sports reporter/anchor Jeff Skversky.

This needs to become a regular fixture in the Eagles locker room this season… but we get the feeling it only happened because they're playing the lowly St. Louis Rams this Sunday. Every team's entitled to a little fun during Rams preparation week!

(H/T Complex Sports)

Flyers Ice Girls are back

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 11:52 PM
Well, that didn't take long. It wasn't a few days ago that the famous Philadelphia fans made headlines by booing the new ice cleaning crew.

You can read about that here and you can watch it here.

More importantly, the hockey club heard the outcry and announced a change for their fans .

The ice girls are back in Philly and they are looking for a new crew. No doubt they will get a better response from the Flyers faithful.

In the meantime, here's some pics of the previous group of Flyers Ice Girls.

Courtesy - totalprosports.com

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Toronto Maple Leafs go paintballing

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 7:28 PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have used their first day in Collingwood to attend some meetings and shoot each other with paintballs. The team used the free time today to go paintballing at Wasaga Beach Paintball Adventure, in the name of “team-bonding.” Whether these methods of “bonding” do anything to help a team win or not is irrelevant. All that matters is that because of it, we got some great pictures here.

These are the pictures that have surfaced so far, but make sure to check here later for any new snapshots that will surely come available as the evening goes on.

This next one is Bozak and Gardiner by the way.

Fan has incredible goal-light set-up in his living room

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 4:08 PM
Now here's a fan who takes his hockey watching serious. So serious that he's installed one of the best in-home goal light systems you will ever see.

It's safe to say when Budweiser advertised their goal lights during the playoffs a year ago, everyone wanted to get their hands on one. That's why the Budweiser site crashed, and many people are still without one. This Coyotes/Leafs fan had the perfect solution. Make one that's even better.

Timothy Mumford, the builder of this incredible goal light, let others know the components that go into make his creation on his YouTube channel.

"I made this using a 4 ch RF wireless receiver, timer chip, audio card, 12vdc Relay, 5v Relay, and a 12v PSU."

Translation: Hire someone to build it for you.

(H/T: TEXT" target="_blank">Reddit)

Player tears ACL after homer, hops around bases on one leg

By BarDown Staff (@BarDown) Sep. 30, 2014 4:03 PM
Sean Smith of the York Revolution hit a clutch game-tying homer in Game 3 of the Atlantic League Professional Baseball playoffs against the Sugar Land Skeeters. Smith then tore his right ACL at some point between hitting the home run and getting to 1st base. In order for the run to count, however, Smith had to round the bases, even if he had to do it on one leg.

We couldn't help but be reminded of that teary eyed moment when this young softball player got injured after hitting a home run, only to have her opponents help her around the bases.

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