It really doesn't get more exciting than this. Just dudes being dudes out there, rallying that shuttlecock like their lives depend on it. Tremendous effort on both ends.
Imagine being the black team and putting all that effort just to lose the point. How do you rebound from something like that? Short answer, you don't.
Side note: badminton is the premier gym class/lawn sport. There's no debate. You get the opportunity to showcase your athletic ability that has ever so slightly been deteriorating, while sometimes having the opportunity to smash the birdie into someones face. It's a win win. Yes, I was that kid who stayed late at gym class to play (and beat) the gym teachers. Shove it, Joe Corley.
GoPro has teamed up with some of the biggest stars in hockey, and it looks like they've mastered the art of mounting one on and throwing different skills tests their way that are probably simple to them, but look mind blowing to us.
Enter Philadelphia Flyers Center Claude Giroux. In Ep. 8 of the series, which includes Tomas Tatar and Evgeni Malkin, Giroux shows off his stick skills to avoid hundreds of pucks slung his way.
Philadelphia Eagles' Long Snapper Is Still Insane at Magic (Video)
He may have a new career on his hands.
It's getting to the point where I'm genuinely worried that my beloved Philadelphia Eagles won't have a long-snapper for this season. Jon Dorenbos is just THAT good at magic. After his audition for America's Got Talent went swimmingly (to say the least), he showed up to the next round, and to be honest I really didn't know what else he had in him, but I never ever doubt one of my Eagles.
Boy, would I have been wrong to doubt him. Jon showed up confident as ever, and straight up blew the minds of every single person in the room and at home, and most importantly, the judges. Check out Ne-Yo's reaction in the video!
You have two hands for a reason and yet, so few capitalize on the fact while playing baseball. Aubrey McCarty is one of the few.
The rising junior, who is set to attend Florida A&M this fall, has received national attention not for his play at first base, although it did garner the San Francisco Giants' attention in the 2013 MLB draft, but because he is ambidextrous on the mound. Yes, the two-way player not only switch hits, but he is also a switch-pitcher.
At a young age, rodeo was the first sport he took up. His father, Frankie, was on the rodeo circuit for over 20 years, so he wanted his son to do the same. The younger McCarty, a natural lefty, learned his rodeo skills right-handed because he said righties have an advantage with it. And because he learned one sport from his father as a righty, he learned all of them that way. Everything away from the playing surface, however, he does lefty.
McCarthy also took up baseball shortly after rodeo and while he started off as an infielder, he started pitching when he was 10 because his team needed arms and one year later, he started throwing with his left arm.
"I just wanted to see what I could do with that because it's my natural side and I already had my unnatural side mastered," he said. "So I thought I might as well give it a shot, play around with it a little."
"I didn't think it would turn out to be what it is now," he added. "But I kept doing it through rec league, high school and then college. It's definitely gotten me the recognition that I've gotten so far."
Shortly after he started throwing with his left hand (and hitting from the left side), fate took over.
While reading Sports Illustrated, he saw a switch-pitcher named Pat Venditte, who was at Creighton at the time (and is currently with the Toronto Blue Jays Triple-A affiliate, the Buffalo Bisons). Seeing Venditte inspired confidence in McCarty, knowing it would be possible to master both sides if he put the work in.
Still playing youth baseball, McCarty's progress as a lefty was sped up when he hurt his right arm. He wanted to keep playing through the injury, but he could only throw from the left side, his less developed side.
At Colquitt County High School, McCarty gained notice from Division One programs as a two-way player and the Giants selected him in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB draft. But they could not shake his commitment to Vanderbilt, nor did they try.
"It was kind of just a send off to college," he said of the late round selection. "They said, 'we'll follow you and see what you do.'"
At Vanderbilt, McCarty did not see much time as a freshman and it did not appear as though he would impact the team much as a sophomore either. In response, he transferred to Gordon State, a junior college in Georgia.
"It was nice to get that opportunity to get back onto the field," he said. "It was a lot of fun."
This past spring, McCarty shined against junior college competition as he hit .392 with 10 home runs and an 1.146 OPS in 58 games. On the mound, however, he was not so strong. He went 3-7 with a 5.40 ERA in 15 appearances (14 starts). McCarty admitted he prefers relieving games which makes sense because Venditte is also a reliever.
While the same mechanically, McCarty admits his right arm is stronger than his left. He is said to top out at 92 mph as a righty and 84 mph from the left side. But he said he throws upper 80's as a righty and lower 80's as a lefty.
From each side, his pitches are the same (fastball, changeup, slider). But given the difference in strength and coordination, he plays the field righty.
His old college recruiting video gives the best look at how he does it.
This summer, McCarty is playing for the Keene Swamp Bats of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, the same summer team he played for in 2014. Listed as a pitcher/first baseman, he has made just two appearances on the mound. While he struggled in his first outing, he hurled two scoreless innings in his second chance. And at the plate, he has collected nine hits in 31 at-bats (.290 batting average).
Headed into Florida A&M this fall, McCarty, who is generally considered a better hitter than he is pitcher, said he will have the opportunity to earn playing time in the field (at first base and at both corner outfield spots) and on the mound.
"I want to try to hit for as long as I can," he said. "But if pitching works out, I wouldn't mind that either. So it's good to have that opportunity again."
Albeit tough to master, McCarty said he thinks switch-pitching is worth trying for young players.
"For anybody out there who wants to do it, you've just got to go out there, keep working and do it as much as you can," he said. "You can always do whatever you set your mind to."
Just because a lot of people believe something, it doesn't mean it's true.
There used to be people who thought the world was flat, Greek/Roman mythology was real and the Friends spinoff, Joey, would be just as successful as the original show. There's also a lot of people out there who don't think cheerleading is a sport. Well, they're wrong too.
It's easy to see why some might think it's not. They see cheerleaders on the sidelines at other sporting events and think: that's it. No. Those girls (and occasional guys) oft compete on their own in their own competitions. And it's lit.
They do backflips. They do front flips. They do several handstands in a row. They lift each other up. They act in unison. And they compete against other cheer squads in hopes of outperforming one another.
Think about that while looking at the Oxford Dictionary definition of a sport: "An activity involving physical exertion and skill in which an individual or team competes against another or others for entertainment."
There is plenty of physical exertion. There's skill involved, definitely a lot of flexibility. There's a team. Not to speak for everyone, but many people find cheerleading entertaining to watch.
That's a fair definition of a sport. It defines all the major sports. But some sports that are generally accepted, like golf, could come into question. How many people over the age of 50 could do a full cheer routine? Even if there is one, how many people would want to see that? Not me. Sounds gross. There goes the entertainment value.
There's probably a lot of people out there who would never cheerlead but think it looks easy. Look closely. It's hard. There's also a lot of kids at schools who sign up for classes they think look easy and fail because it wasn't what they were expecting.
Wait, so does this mean NFL cheerleading is a sport? No, that's a glorified pom squad. Holding pom-poms doesn't make them competitive cheerleaders in the same way wearing boxing gloves doesn't mean you can knock out Tyson Fury. Sorry.