Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Check out these pop culture inspired hockey jerseys

Dave Delisle of Geeky Jerseys has made a bunch of custom made hockey jerseys, based on movies, TV shows, comic books and video games. Several of the jerseys are available to purchase at the Geeky Jerseys online store.

The “Link 2.0” Legend of Zelda sweater looks pretty damn sharp, especially with the leather lacing look on the sleeves. Go check out the full breakdown at Geeky Jerseys.

If these were unlockable in NHL 14, the game would instantly become a must buy.

(Hat tip to Laughing Squid for the heads up.)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Video: Highlights of Nate Robinson's 23-point 4th quarter and crazy runner in the first OT

The Bulls came from behind to defeat the Nets in triple overtime Saturday, fueled by a Nate Robinson surge in the 4th quarter. Robinson scored 23 of his 34 points in the final period of regulation and said during the postgame media session that he felt like he was in a game of NBA Jam where the ball and rim were on fire.

While the 23-point 4th was pretty impressive, Robinson wasn't done there. He nailed a wild, off-glass runner at the end of the first overtime period to extend the game.

Video: Jon Jones realizes his toe is disturbingly broken during post-fight interview

Jon Jones defeated Chael Sonnen - as pretty much everyone expected - in the first round of the main event at UFC 159, retaining his Light Heavyweight Championship. After the official announcement from Bruce Buffer, Jones realized his toe was broken as Joe Rogan tried to grab the usual post-fight interview. By broken, I mean disturbingly disfigured and bloody.

This video cuts out the part where the camera pans down to show the nasty injury and the crowd's subsequent reaction, but if you really want to see that nastiness, searching for "Jon Jones toe" should take care of it.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Pretty much everyone thinks Jon Jones is beating Chael Sonnen at UFC 159

Jon Jones defends his UFC Light Heavyweight championship tomorrow night against Chael Sonnen, the man who “WWE’d” his way into a title match when there were plenty of more worthy challengers. The fight is so lopsided on paper that it’s been a tough gig just finding people willing to pick Sonnen to capture the belt.

All eight writers in this Bloody Elbow prediction piece are picking Jones to retain, with Dallas Winston’s entire explanation reading, “Hi. Jon Jones by TKO Round 1-2.” SI.com analysts Loretta Hunt, Jeff Wagenheim and Jon Wertheim are also all picking Jones.

Jesse Holland of MMAmania, James Lynch and Jordan Cieciwa of TSN, and pretty much everyone else not named Chael Sonnen are also predicting a Jones victory.

But this is what we’ve all expected since it was announced that Sonnen had talked his way into a fight with one of UFC’s biggest stars. There were few who thought Chael deserved the fight and title shot then, and there are seemingly even fewer who believe he deserves it now, especially after a lackluster buildup.

Obviously, the fighters fight and the contests aren’t decided on paper for a reason. Upsets do happen. It just seems really unlikely that we get an upset in Newark on Saturday.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Video: Taj Gibson dunked all over Kris Humphries

Taj Gibson laid down this thunderous dunk on Kris Humphries during Thursday's Nets-Bulls playoff game.

That was probably still less embarrassing for Humphries than the whole Kim Kardashian staged marriage.

(Video via The Brooklyn Game)

Video: A three-legged alligator crossed the fairway at the Zurich Classic

During the first round of the PGA Tour Zurich Classic, a three-legged alligator made an appearance on the course.

Two good humorous quotes from the broadcasters in the video:

• "That's a real hazard right there."
• "This is all about the slow play rule now. This is to get the guys to play a little bit faster. Just put an alligator behind them."

Lest we forget the new Jaguars uniforms

While we're on the topic of new uniforms, it wouldn't be right to leave out the Jacksonville Jaguars, who made their new look official yesterday. These have Nike's fingerprints on them a little more than the Vikings or Dolphins new uniforms do, especially with the two-tone helmet.

While the redesign is different than the NFL typically sees, it's not too overboard. I personally like it.

For more photos of the new design, visit Nike.com.

Vikings make new uniforms official

Speaking of new uniforms, Nike also made the Minnesota Vikings' new uniforms official tonight, with Adrian Peterson modeling the new gear on Nike's website.

The new version is sort of a throwback, with less side piping and a new number design, along with horizontal stripes on the sleeves. It's more of a refresh than a new look, but it has a classic feel and looks great.

Check out the rest of the photos here.

Nike officially unveils new Dolphins uniforms

After online leaks this week, Nike has officially revealed the new Miami Dolphins uniforms. The above photo features new Dolphin Mike Wallace modeling the all-white version of Miami's new duds.

The redesigned logo is meant to be a little more intimidating than the old cartoonish dolphin and the colors seemed to be toned down a bit. All in all, it's a nice refresh for an organization in need of it.

Check out Nike.com for more photos.

Madden 25 trailer highlights open field running game

EA Sports has released the first trailer for Madden 25 following the game's cover reveal. It shows the open field running improvements the game has boasted.

Barry Sanders wins Madden 25 cover vote

After a March Madness-style tournament in which fans voted to decide the winners, Barry Sanders defeated Adrian Peterson in the Madden 25 cover vote finale. The choice was revealed last night during a drawn out special by - who else? - ESPN. The cover itself (via the SportsNation Twitter feed) looks a bit grainy but I'm thinking EA Sports wanted it that way to emphasize the nostalgia of a 25th Anniversary game.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Jermichael Finley will donate to One Fund Boston for each TD and dropped pass this season

In a kind hearted gesture, Packers TE Jermichael Finley tweeted today that he will donate $500 to One Fund Boston this season for each pass he drops and each touchdown he records.

Donating for dropped passes is an interesting twist but one that, as Finley mentions, will allow the people that root against him to be even happier when he drops a pass.

No matter how they go about it, it's always nice to see athletes donating to worthy causes, especially athletes who have no tie to the situation other than being fellow Americans.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tiger Woods 14 adds new features, improvements to already great series

It's always a challenge for yearly sports titles to create new interest and sell a new game that's basically the same thing as last year with some slight tweaks. Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14's newest feature allows you to "step into the past" and replay some of golf's greatest moments, complete with equipment from that specific era. The presentation reflects those periods too. It's definitely a welcomed addition for those looking for something other than career and tournament modes.

Other new features include the ability to play all four majors, online advancements that allow Country Clubs of up to 100 members, and the ability to play night golf.

EA Sports certainly added a fair share of improvements but the question still remains whether these are enough to make people who bought Tiger 13 make a new purchase a year later. With last year's game including the Masters, we could already play Augusta, the most desired of the previously unavailable courses.

The gameplay itself picks up where Tiger Woods 13 left off, enhancing what was already great. There are times, though, where it feels like the computer AI has its way with you, making your shot land where it wants instead of where it should.

No matter how frustrating instances like that can be, Tiger Woods 14 is still an addicting game that makes you look forward to that next potential birdie or great shot.

Sort of like real golf.

Lookalikes: NFL Network's Andrew Siciliano and Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner

NFL Network's excellent anchor Andrew Siciliano and Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner bear a striking resemblance to one another, especially when they're both photographed in black and white.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Book Review: Nailed! The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra

Nailed: The Improbable Rise and Spectacular Fall of Lenny Dykstra tells the story of the former Mets and Phillies outfielder, who transitioned from a successful baseball career into a car wash kingpin and stock market "idiot savant." Then, after mostly his own doing, it all came crashing down, eventually landing Dykstra in jail.

The book is written by Christopher Frankie, a former employee of Dykstra's, who certainly is able to provide an inside look into the goings on behind the scenes. Frankie shares tales of Dykstra trying to steal his son's signing bonus, his poor handling of money and not paying employees, and Dykstra being accused of sexual assault and charged with felonies for grand theft auto, and cocaine and ecstacy possession.

While it could easily seem like Frankie simply has an axe to grind with Dykstra, the book gives us a well-balanced glimpse into what Dykstra was really like, leaving it up to us to decide that Dykstra was a very strange individual.

Nailed! is an interesting read, though it's a bit dark and disturbing at times, through no fault of Frankie's. It provides an interesting peek into excess and the lengths some former stars will go to maintain that level of living. The story is relatable whether you're a baseball fan or not, and at 288 pages it is a fairly quick read considering all the stories told.