What a week for sports balls. Never before have the inflated orbs that make these games go been thrust into the limelight so. We speak, of course, about " DeflateGate ," the New England Patriots' pre- Super Bowl scandal that turned the entire web into a classroom of giggling 12-year-olds. It's not just the NFL, though — everyone's got balls. We sniffed around a bit, talking to all the major pro sports leagues in America, to get the lowdown on their balls. See also: Balls to the wall: The Tom Brady press conference supercut In the NFL , home and visiting teams must supply 12 official game balls for use on offense. Those balls must be available for referees to inspect 135 minutes before kickoff. The home team, meanwhile, must have 12 more backup balls just in case; the visiting team can, but isn't required to, supply 12 backups as well. All balls must be inflated to between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square inch (PSI). An additional six brand-new balls, "sealed in a … [Read more...] about How many balls does each major sport require per game?
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Marshawn Lynch, the crotch-grabbing , interview-hating star running back for the Seattle Seahawks, had a simple message for reporters at the NFL 's annual pre- Super Bowl XLIX media day circus: He's just there so he won't get fined. Lynch answered every question on Tuesday afternoon the same way: "I'm just here so I won't get fined." The NFL had previously threatened — you guessed it — massive fines for Lynch if he refused to talk to media before the game, as he did before much of last year's Super Bowl . See also: The NFL just can't let go of Marshawn Lynch's crotch The full, unedited interview is embedded atop this post, but this Vine pretty much sums it up: Lynch, a Cal Bear and Oakland Technical High School alum, employed a similar strategy at a previous media session this year. After one game, he answered all questions with a simple " yeah ." After another, he answered all questions with variations of the phrase, "I appreciate you asking." Perhaps he … [Read more...] about Marshawn Lynch trolls NFL again with 7 words
Scoring. Passing. Defense. Rebounding. Mid-game selfies with excited young fans. LeBron James really can do it all. See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago During a timeout mid-way through the third quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' preseason game against the Atlanta Hawks at Xavier University on Wednesday night, James sat himself on the scorer's table while waiting for referees to resume the action. Several young fans then "streamed down the aisle to slap hands with James," according to Cleveland.com . Then James grabbed one of their phones. Then this happened: Autographs are so 20th century. The #LeBronSelfie pic.twitter.com/W0ivwUHwLQ — Patrick Dillon (@pdillon24) October 8, 2015 That is my dad takin a picture of Lebron takin a selfie(-: pic.twitter.com/q84ljdUaAT — Kay (@kbuggywags) October 8, 2015 In all seriousness, though, what a moment for those kids. And what a beautiful gesture by the best player in the NBA … [Read more...] about LeBron James just took a selfie with young fans in the middle of an NBA game
Father Time is undefeated, and nothing can make you feel quite as aged as watching the sports idols of your youth fall unceremoniously back to Earth. Now, without further ado, here is 38-year-old Vince Carter — who was, not all that long ago, the NBA's most majestic high flier — bricking a fast-break dunk. See also: Flashback to '95: Reliving the NBA of 20 seasons ago The play comes from Tuesday night's NBA preseason game between Carter's Memphis Grizzlies and the Houston Rockets. Here it is in Vine form: As the Romanian philosopher Emile Cioran once said, "Since all life is futility, then the decision to exist must be the most irrational of all." BONUS: 25 of YouTube's Funniest Sports Fails 1. Golf Cart Fail This runaway vehicle wreaked minor on-field havoc following a high school football championship in Texas last December. But a heroic bystander hopped aboard and put on the brakes. No casualties occurred, and the clip immediately became Internet … [Read more...] about Here is Vince Carter bricking a dunk. In other news, you are old.
UPDATED: Jan. 22, 2015, 10:15 a.m. ET Deflate-gate. Ballghazi. The Deflatriots. Whatever cheeky nickname you know it by, the mysterious scandal of the New England Patriots' deflated balls in their 45-7 AFC Championship Game win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday has dominated the Super Bowl XLIX conversation so far. See also: The 16 ballsiest reactions to #DeflateGate For casual fans who only really follow the NFL come Super Bowl time, however, the fact that 11 of 12 balls the Patriots used Sunday were reportedly significantly under-inflated likely raises many questions and causes confusion. Here are the key points, explained: What exactly are the Patriots accused of and how did this all come to light? Colts linebacker D'Qwell Jackson intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during Sunday's game, then reportedly gave the ball to a member of the Colts' equipment staff, who noticed that it was not fully inflated and reported that to Colts coach Chuck Pagano. … [Read more...] about The Patriots’ deflated balls: Sizing up a Super Bowl scandal