Kissing Away The Family Creation

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John A. Hillerich IV, great-grandson of Bud Hillerich, the man who brought baseball to Hillerich & Bradsby, announced that the family company  just sold the intellectual property rights to their Louisville Slugger brand for $70 million to Amer Sports, the Finnish parent company of sporting goods giant Wilson.

“I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision.”

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Almost 26 years after accepting a lifetime ban from Major League Baseball for betting on the team he managed to win, Pete Rose submitted a request to new commissioner Rob Manfred to be reinstated to baseball.

The One-Of-A-Kind Glove of a Switch-Pitcher

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A right-handed pitcher when convenient, a lefty when necessary, 29-year-old Pat Venditte is hoping to make the A’s roster this spring.

Winner-Take-All Limbo Contests and More!

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Physical skill-based gambling is coming to Atlantic City, which means shooting free throws for money can now be a legitimate career outside the NBA.

The Most Collectible Baseball Card of 2015

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50 Cent’s Topps First Pitch card

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102 years old and still golfing

Meet Ida Pieracci, San Jose Country Club course record holder with eleven holes-in-one.

JIMMY SNUKA – “SUPERFLY”

A short film about the 71-year old former WWF star who’s still got it after all these years. Directed by Anthony Blasko.

3-Point King of the Cul-De-Sac

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Mark McNairy laces up ‘Team Americana’ with his new adidas shoe collaboration, the MCN AMERICANA 84-Lab

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The One True Danger of Being A Ball Boy

Nut shots.

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A Bad Lip Reading of the 2015 season of the NFL will save your day.

Deflating the Patriots’ Balls

LOL.

“I think with just a little studying, I could be a tremendous offensive coordinator… and defensive coordinator”

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Larry David makes his pitch to Howard Stern to become a member of the New York Jets coaching staff. He adds “When I was a kid and we used to play football in the parking lot, I would design very good plays.”

Printables

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Eddie Huang’s Hoop Dreams by Jiayang Fan

Jiayang Fan plays basketball with the chef whose memoir, “Fresh Off The Boat,” has been adapted into a new sitcom on ABC.

“The Michael Jordan of Little People”

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At 4ft 5in tall, Jahmani Swanson is the king of the court in dwarf basketball.

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Printables

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The Legend of Panther Girl by Jeff Maysh

Wrestler Ann Casey’s life is the stuff of pulp dreams. She escaped poverty, broke cultural barriers, kissed Elvis, was shot by drug dealers, and came back to win The Belt.

Illustration by Benjamin Marra

Need to Get One of These, Somehow Improve the Algorithm, Then Get That Back to the Future 2 Money

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Microsoft Cortana is 135-73 in picking NFL games this year.

Straight Down the Chute

An interview with skier Cody Townsend about the “Most insane ski line EVER.”

 

Where is this spot?

The location of this line is a semi-secret. It’s in Alaska somewhere is the closest answer I can give. Which really doesn’t narrow it down very much because Alaska has more mountainous terrain than anywhere else in the world.
 
How did you find it?

I found that line by pure chance. I had been explicitly looking for a chute like this for more than 5 years. This one just happened to pop up at the right time.
 
Was that your first time skiing it?

That was my first time skiing it. Didn’t want to do that one twice!
 
How fast do you think you were going?

I was an alpine Downhill racer until I was 20 years old and have been clocked at more than 93mph in a race course. While this chute wasn’t as fast as that, it was the closest I’ve been to it since I ski raced. I’d guestimate I was going about 70+ mph at the bottom.
 
What’s going on in your head before a line like that?

The main thing going on in my head before it was that it was completely doable and I visualized skiing it in my head 100 times before dropping in. By that point, you can’t even imagine yourself falling or making a mistake. So to be honest, while I did have some butterflies in my stomach, I wasn’t that scared. It was actually once I got into the chute that I got more scared and realized how fast I was going, how long the chute was and how narrow the bottom truly was.  That’s why I was so damn fired up when I finally got out of that thing in one piece.
 

Plants, Sports Cards, and Portraits

Jonas Wood’s new exhibition of work at David Kordansky Gallery in LA is MAJOR.

Ballin’ Through the Movies

87 BOUNCES, a short film by HOTU

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