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5 Fun Facts About Ryan Howard

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 28, 2013

Ryan Howard has proved himself to be one of the greats, not only in Philadelphia Phillies history, but in Major League Baseball history. He has earned a lot of fans over the years and a great deal is known about him. Here though are five fun facts about the great Ryan Howard.

A New Meaning To Practicing His Slide
As a junior high and high school student, Ryan Howard played the trombone in his school’s marching bands.

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You Say It’s Your Birthday! It’s My Birthday Too!
Ryan Howard was born on November 19, 1979. Other Major League Baseball players who share his November 19th birthday with him include Dickie Noles, Andy Sheets, Michael Saunders, Larry Haney, Stu Martin, Gary DiSarcina, Roy Campanella, Bobby Tolan, Everett Scott, and Bob Boone.

A Two Run Shot
The first home run Ryan Howard hit to start off his Major League Baseball career came in a September 11, 2004 Phillies win over the Mets. It came in the top of the 7th inning, was hit off of Bartolome Fortunato, and was a two run shot that also scored catcher Todd Pratt.

Who Was The First?
The first opposing pitcher Ryan Howard would accumulate 20 or more hits against during his career was Tim Hudson.

Ball Four!
The 2006 season saw Ryan Howard break the single season Phillies record for most times intentionally walked. He was intentionally walked 37 times that year. That broke the previous record of 26 that had been set just two years earlier by Jim Thome.

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The 2013 NBA Draft In Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on

The 2013 NBA Draft was held tonight and here is an animated GIF look at the top 5 selections.

1.  Anthony Bennett – UNLV – Cleveland Cavaliers

Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett – UNLV

2.  Victor Oladipo – Indiana – Orlando Magic

Victor Oladipo

Victor Oladipo – Indiana

3.  Otto Porter – Georgetown – Washington Wizards

Otto Porter

Otto Porter – Georgetown

4.  Cody Zeller – Indiana – Charlotte Bobcats

Cody Zeller

Cody Zeller – Indiana

5.  Alex Len – Maryland – Phoenix Suns

Alex Len

Alex Len – Maryland

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10 Great Boston Red Sox Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 26, 2013

1. Fred Lynn

Fred Lynn steals a home run!

Fred Lynn

Fred Lynn takes one away!

2.  Carlton Fisk

One of the most famous Red Sox scenes in history.

Carlton Fisk

Carlton Fisk coaxes one out!

3.  Roger Clemens

Roger Clemens hits Matt Nokes… Nokes throws it back at him.

Take that! Oh, yeah?

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4.  Curt Schilling

Yet another legendary play from the Red Sox past.

Curt Schilling

Curt Schilling makes the play!

5.  Carl Yastrzemski

The one and only Yaz!

Carl Yastrzemski

Carl Yastrzemski


6.  Champs!

What a celebration it was, right Pedro?


The Red Sox Celebrate!

7.  Roger Clemens

Talk about your young fireballer!

The Rocket

The Rocket is on fire!

8.  Manny Ramirez

Just Manny being Manny!

Manny Ramirez

Manny Takes ‘Em Deep

9.  Ted Williams

Look at that swing!

Ted Williams

Ted Williams shows off his swing.

10.  Jason Varitek

Jason Varitek takes on A-Rod!

Jason Varitek vs Alex Rodriguez

Bring it on!

Five Fun Facts About The 2012-13 Miami Heat NBA Championship Team

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 24, 2013

In honor of the Miami Heat winning a back to back NBA Championship, here is a look at five fun facts about this title winning team.

The Big 4?

Most of the attention on the Heat is deservedly placed on the Big 3: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh. Who joined them as one of the four players on the team to average in double figures over the course of the season? Ray Allen who averaged 10.9 points per game to go along with LeBron’s 26.8, Wade’s 21.2, and the 16.6 of Bosh.

Longtime Teammates

Two players on the 2012-13 Miami Heat roster were actually teammates in college too. Small forward Mike Miller and power forward Udonis Haslem spent the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons as members of Billy Donovan’s Florida Gators.

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The Oldest And The Youngest

Of the 18 players who suited up for the Heat over the course of the season, 13 were born during the 1980s and five during the 1970s. Those oldsters left over from the 70s included Ray Allen, Chris Anderson, Shane Battier, Juwan Howard, and Rashard Lewis. The oldest player on the Heat during the 2012-13 season was Juwan Howard. The youngest was Josh Harrellson.

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Move In A Bit

The only Heat player to miss every three point shot he took during the 2012-13 postseason was Rashard Lewis who was 0 for 4 from behind the line.

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Something Smells Foul!

Mario Chalmers led the Miami Heat in personal fouls with 196 during the 2012-13 regular season. This worked out to about 2.5 personal fouls per game for him. In the 2012-13 postseason, Chalmers again led the Heat in personal fouls with 70, bumping himself up to a 3.0 per game average.

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Matt Kemp Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 23, 2013

1.  Matt Kemp Keeps It Real With A Fan

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp makes the effort

2.  Matt Kemp Is Outstanding In The Field

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp makes it look easy

3.  Matt Kemp Clowin’ With Some Buddies

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp during some down time.

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4.  Matt Kemp Takes ‘Em Deep!

Matt Kemp

Matt Kemp Goes Deep

5.  Matt Kemp Douses Him

Matt Kemp

Always keep your eyes on Matt Kemp!

10 Great San Antonio Spurs Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 20, 2013

1.  Bruce Bowen

Bruce Bowen shuts down Kobe Bryant!

Bruce Bowen

Bring it, Kobe!

2.  Gregg Popovic

‘Pop’ shares his opinion.

Gregg Popovic

‘Pop’ Goes Off

3.  Dallas Chaparrals

Before moving to San Antonio, the Spurs played as the Dallas Chaparrals, complete with these snazzy red, white, and blue uniforms.

Dallas Chaparrals

Dallas Chaparrals

4.  David Robinson

David Robinson makes his presence known.

David Robinson

The Admiral slams it home.

5.  Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan puts one down from three point land!

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan for 3!

6.  Tony Parker

Some razzle dazzle in the lane from Tony Parker!

Tony Parker

Tony Parker drives, fake spins, and scores!

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7.  George Gervin

The Iceman finger rolls!

George Gervin

The Iceman!

8.  Manu Ginobili

The master passer shows off his stuff.

Manu Ginobili

Right… between… his legs!

9.  Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan Goes Undercover

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan plays hide and seek.


10.  Gregg Popovic

Classic Popovic.

Gregg Popovic

Gotta love news conferences!

10 Great Seattle Mariners Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 11, 2013

1.  Ken Griffey Jr.

Showing off the classic sweet swing of the one and only Ken Griffey Jr.

Ken Griffey Jr.!

Ken Griffey Jr.!

2.  Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro didn’t have a bad swing either for that matter.

Ichiro Suzuki

Ichiro Takes ‘Em Deep

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3.  Dan Wilson

How good was Dan Wilson on defense?  This good.

Dan Wilson

Dan Wilson Guns ‘Em Down!

4.  Mariners Celebration!

There really is nothing quite like this scene.

Mariners Dog Pile

Griffey at the bottom of the pile.

5.  Joey Cora

Here’s a sneaky little play be a very alert Joey Cora!

Joey Cora

Joey Cora tags out an unsuspecting Mike MacFarlane

6.  Randy Johnson

Who can forget that hilarious All-Star game at-bat of John Kruk against Randy Johnson?

Randy Johnson

Randy Johnson vs. John Kruk

7.  Bring It Home, Junior!

Another classic memorable scene from the Mariners’ past.

Ken Griffey Jr.

Bring it home, Junior!

8.  Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner goes above and beyond (and over) for the Mariners.

Jay Buhner

Jay Buhner

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9.  Griffey Junior… AND senior!

Watching Griffey and his Dad play together in the big leagues at the same time was something very special.

The Griffeys

Ken Griffey Jr. and Ken Griffey Sr.

10.  The Kingdome Implosion

The end of an era… welcomed by MANY!

Kingdome Implosion

The Kingdome Comes Down

5 Fun Facts About Tim Tebow

Filed under: 5 Fun Facts — by Mark on June 10, 2013
Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow


Tim Tebow was a dominant college quarterback who has gone on to have an intriguing NFL career. At times wanted by teams, coaches, teammates, and fans, while other times shunned or even laughed off. Whichever side you fall on, here are five fun facts about this truly great athlete.

The Tebow Rule

The 2011 NCAA football season started with a new rule that was dubbed by the media as the Tebow Rule. Tebow was gone from the college game by then but one part of his play had changed the game. The rule stated that players were banned from putting messages on the eye black paint that is popularly worn by many below the eyes. Tim Tebow had been known during college to write biblical verses on his eye black but players coming after him would not be allowed to do so.

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How Far?

At the NFL Scouting Combine in 2010, the football league’s workout for prospective rookies, Tim Tebow’s broad jump was measured in at nine feet seven inches in length.

Everyone Remembers Their First Time

Tim Tebow threw his first NFL touchdown pass on November 14, 2010 in a 49-29 win over the Chiefs. The play happened in the third quarter, went for three yards, and was caught by Spencer Larsen. This was Larsen’s first NFL touchdown too.

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Run, Run, Away

Tim Tebow had his first 100 yard rushing game in the NFL on November 6, 2011 in a 38-24 Broncos win over the Raiders. That game saw him carry the ball 13 times for 118 yards for a 9.08 yard per carry average.

If You Can’t Beat Him, Trade For Him

Before joining the New York Jets for the 2012 season, Tim Tebow had beaten the Jets in his only NFL start against them. That game had taken place on November 17, 2011 and saw Tebow complete 9 of 20 passes for 104 yards and also run the ball 8 times for 68 yards and a touchdown.  When the season was over the Jets acquired Tebow in a trade with the Broncos.

10 Great Miami Heat Animated GIFs

Filed under: Animated Gifs — by Mark on June 8, 2013

1.  The Birdman!

Chris Andersen shows off his moves in a fun little Miami Heat video… you can do the Harlem Shake!



2.  LeBron James

LeBron james gets up close and personal from the same video.


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3.  Shaq

Shaq saves the day on defense.


4.  Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway is very satisfied.


5.  LeBron James

LeBron James gets some more hardware.

6.  Shaquille O’Neal

Feeding the Big Guy!


7.  Dwyane Wade

The one and only Dwyane Wade!

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8.  Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway stares you down…


9.  Rony Seikaly

Old School Miami Heat!


10.  Dwyane Wade

Dwyane Wade finishing strong.


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Five Fun Facts About The San Antonio Spurs

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Tony Parker Makes An Amazing Shot

Tony Parker’s Amazing Shot

The San Antonio Spurs have been one of the more successful basketball teams over the past couple of decades. Along the way they have been involved in some great games and have featured some great players. Here are five fun facts about a team that opponents always have to worry about.

A Patriotic Beginning

The San Antonio Spurs actually started out as the Dallas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association. Their original team colors were red, white, and blue. The 2004 NBA Live video game featured the Chaparrals’ road uniform as a hidden jersey you could unlock.

13 Short!

The first player to play in 1,000 or more games in a Spurs uniform was Tim Duncan. Big man David Robinson played his entire Hall of Fame career in San Antonio and finished with a total of 987 games for the franchise, just 13 short of accomplishing it ahead of Duncan.

Check out:  The Ultimate Tim Duncan Fun Fact And Trivia Book

Making Their Presence Known

The 1975-76 season was the last for the American Basketball Association. In their last season in the ABA, the Spurs sent four players to the ABA All-Star Game: George Gervin, Larry Kenon, Billy Paultz, and James Silas.

Double That… And Then Some

The 1998-99 season saw Spurs star Sean Elliott become the first player in team history to make over 500 career three point shots. He would later be passed on the all time team list by Bruce Bowen but then Manu Ginobili would become the first Spurs player in history to make over 1,000 career three point shots for the team.

It Took Long Enough, Tony!

After more than 11 seasons in the NBA, Tony Parker of the Spurs finally had the first triple-double of his career in a win over the Rockets on December 10, 2012. In that game he scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists.

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