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Love It Or Hate It: Live Sporting Events?
Welcome to the Funny Community game, Love It Or Hate It! This game is really similar to Monday's 'No Good or So Good' food game - except this one deals a lot more with non-food things. Every week, I highlight a different thing that a lot of people either really love or really hate and see how our community feels overall! Last week, I asked you how you felt about SELFIE STICKS. It was an EXTREMELY tight vote, but out of the 60 who gave your opinion, 33 of you said that they're actually kind of useful! Soooo... SELFIE STICKS WIN!!!! This week, I want to know: How do you feel about attending live sports games? Spectator sports have been around since the days of Ancient Greece, but the ones we know and love today came into being in the mid 19th century! The number of Americans that attend at least one live sporting event annually is easily in the tens of millions. However, the amount of them that find said sporting event COMPLETELY BORING is still widely unknown. How do YOU feel about spectator sports? Are they tons of fun or brutally boring? Debate, debate, debate! @Inaritricx @Taijiotter @wonyeop316 @AimeeH @XergaB20 @JustinaNguyen @Danse @RainaC3 @bnrenchilada @destiny1419 @arnelli @Luci546 @InPlainSight @Ash2424701 @GingerMJones @zwdodds @LenaBlackRose @misssukyi @TerraToyaSi @kneelb4zod @BrookeStam @RachelParker @JaxomB @ultraninja10 @reyestiny93 @MattK95 @MajahnNelson @petname83 @BluBear07 @melifluosmelodi @ZoilaObregon @GossamoKewen95 @TracyLynnn @TiffanyWallace @VixenViVi @DenieceSuit @ButterflyBlu @CelinaGonzalez @MaighdlinS @maddiemoozer @VeronicaArtino @iixel @TomHawthorne @DominiqueThomas @ElizabethT @RiggaFoster @AluSparklez @kvnguyen @chris98vamg @WiviDemol @animechild51 @2Distracted @cthulu @jazziejazz @JessicaChaney @shantalcamara @J1mbleJ4mz @Beeplzzz @carmaa10 @MayraYanez @Kamiamon @HeatherWright @MischiefK1ng @SeoInHan @ShonA @KennyMcCormick @MooshieBay @IMNII @Ikpoper @humairaa @merryjayne13 @zoemvillarreal @lilleonz @ChristinaOMalle @AllieGrabowski @baileykayleen @KarleyFrance @Ticasensei @EasternShell @musicundefined9 @peahyr @TerrecaRiley @MoisEsGaray @atmi @AlidaGarman @sanRico @orenshani7 @jannatd93 @ReadAnimateSwim @Astrohelix @dimplequeen @ChildofSparda13 @grapetoes2000 @sarahpjane @LittleHorn @justinasarmento @deilig @GalaxyTacoCat @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @Jason41 @kpopdeluxegirl @BlackDragon88 @Bobs @paularasnick @Animaniafreak @YumiMiyazaki @Patmanmeow @MarvelTrashcan @kawaiiporpoise @Xiuyeolhyun @MaggieHolm @xDaisyDaysx
The 5 Strangest Superstition in Sports!
Hello sports fans! It's Friday the 13th! Here are some of the strangest superstitions in sports! Michael Jordan Michael always wore his UNC shorts under his NBA shorts. Thus, he wore longer shorts than his fellow players at that time. In the end however, his fellow players followed suit after the legend. Serena Williams Serena Williams is known for not changing socks once during a tournament. It sucks to wear a pair of socks for more than a day...imagine how it would feel to wear the same socks for an entire tournament! I guess Serena doesn't mind it considering the number of tournaments she has won. Brian Ulracher Brian Ulracher ate two chocolate chip cookies before every game. Maybe that was the secret to his muscular body. I think it'd be fair to call him the "Cookie Monster". Caron Butler Caron Butler was known to be an avid fan of Mountain Dew. He loved the drink so much that he drank before and during every game. During his UNC days, he asked his wife to pick him a 2-L bottle of the green stuff, and drank half of it before the game, and the rest during half-time. In 2007, the Wizards and NBA banned him from drinking it during games so he eventually quit the whole thing in 2009. Moises Alou This one has to be the most f*cked up one out of all of them. Moises Alou used to pee on his own hands to harden them! Should we see that as commitment to the game of baseball or just some pretty weird ass shit? Oh and by the way, don't try to harden your hands by peeing on them ladies and gentlemen, because doctors have confirmed that peeing on your hand doesn't harden them. It actually softens them. @jeff4122 @ButterflyBlu @superiorsl @Starbell808 @DonnaMelton @InPlainSight @jokes @BEAUTYgirlARIEL @David19Flo23 @karencorchado @salahabdalla @Moose892 @BrookieyElba @SamuelRodriguez @ValerieAlissaPa @xitlalicordova1 @AndrewMaldonado @Jovi @Shippudenguy21 @AbdulrahmanSaad @trinityarcangel @thefeels @Link4TW @ChriSingularis @sanazsanaz @WilliamBrown @DannyMoses @ClaySharko @Ravenwing92 @FromBlue2U @TravisBeck @LemissaNicole @BossDominata @gatorchick96 @MatthewBoughton @MarcusJiles @BrandonMcNeil @MalikLawary @KyleBerke @manbungo2000 @DerekGumtow @havic @Straightshooter @PhilAnthony @Kirooken @yaakattackk @RodneyYoung @DreJones @JonathanKerns @bnzattoni @TravisManning @GalacticChakra @smothgreen @afxs @johnnolastname @ChristopherKenn @ChasePage @coreywriley91@MikeWolf @MrTenThirty @JasonNilsson @BrunoDutch @SherzTYC @krishntejanand @addri @ChrisStephens What was your favorite one from the list? Do you have any superstitions when it comes to sports?
Vingle Sports News and Analysis: 11 February 2016
What's up fellow sports vinglers, it's your commentator @KyleBerke aka K-Boss here! Starting today I will be coming out with daily cards for my new Vingle Sports News and Analysis (VSNA for short) series. I'll be discussing the sports results of the day for American football, hockey, basketball, baseball, football, and tennis along with their impact on playoff and draft position. Without further ado, here is the first of many daily VSNA cards! There were only two games in the NBA today as we finally enter the all star break. The under card saw the Milwaukee Bucks handle the Washington Wizards at home 99-92. Milwaukee is currently at the bottom of a scrum of eastern conference teams trying to crack the playoffs and has back to back wins after dropping five straight Ls. Washington is still 2.5 games ahead of Milwaukee but they've struggled to find any consistency lately. They remain in tenth place in the eastern conference. Meanwhile, the Thunder blew out the Pelicans to become the third team this year to reach 40 wins before the all star break. It was an emotionally charged win for the Thunder, after assistant coach Monty Williams wife Ingrid passed away in a car accident on Wednesday. Players and staff around the league have offered support and condolences to Williams and his family. The well-liked assistant coach has five kids, so send thoughts and prayers for him and his family in this tough time. It was a big night in hockey. The Dallas Stars exacted revenge on the Chicago Blackhawks, beating them 4-2. Patrick Eaves had a hat trick and Kari Lehtonen had 44 saves in the road win, while Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane scored for the Blackhawks in the loss. Kane now has 33 goals on the season, but was overtaken by Alexander Ovechkin in the season goal column. Ovechkin had a hat trick to push his total to 34 on the season as the Capitals beat the Wild 4-3. Washington has a big lead in the race for the President's Trophy, with 84 points. Chicago and Dallas lead the west with 75 and 74 points respectively. For the rest of the scores: the Islanders dismantled the LA Kings 5-2, the Flyers blew out the Sabres 5-1, Columbus beat Anaheim in a shootout 4-3, Colorado topped the Ottawa Senators 4-3, Boston cruised past Winnipeg 6-2, and the Oilers bested the Leafs 5-2. The Islanders are currently in third place I in the Metropolitan division, and are trying to put distance between them and the Penguins. LA still has a seven point lead over San Jose for control of the Pacific division. Boston is now tied with Detroit for second in the Atlantic, and bounces back from their crushing 9-2 loss at home to the Kings. In tennis, 1st and 2nd seeds Rafael Nadal and David Ferrer both cruised into the Argentina Open quarterfinals with straight set victories. Nadal is looking to erase his recent struggles and the frustration of his first round exit at the Aussie Open by successfully defending his title in Buenos Aires. Nadal hasn't won a title since August of last year and only won 3 in all of 2015, including the Argentina Open. That's all for today, folks! Let me know in the comments if you want to be tagged in future VSNA cards. Also let me know if you'd like me to include college sports in future cards. I don't really know how many of you are into college basketball, baseball, or hockey but I can definitely cover those if there is interest. Give me feedback so I can improve this series. Thank you and see you tomorrow!
[Follow-Up: Match Fixing in Tennis] Djokovic Was Offered $200K
Yesterday, my good friend @InPlainSight posted a card about allegations of match fixing in tennis. Authorities have claimed 16 players ranked in the Top 50 have taken part in match fixing over the last ten years. You can check out the card here ---> Tennis rocked by match fixing. Well, today, during a press conference at the Australia Open, the current world No. 1, Novak Djokovic opened up to address these allegations of match fixing in tennis. Djokovic claimed that in 2007, someone tried to offer him roughly $200,000 to lose a first-round match at a tournament in St. Petersburg, Russia. He also added that they did not approach him directly. Instead, he was approached through people working with him at that time. And Djokovic flat-out rejected the offer. On top of that, he did not even take part in that particular tournament. He went on to state that, "It made me feel terrible because I don't want to be anyhow linked to this kind of -- you know, somebody may call it an opportunity. For me, that's an act of unsportsmanship, a crime in sport honestly. I don't support it. I think there is no room for it in any sport, especially in tennis." I personally was really glad to see Djokovic step up and tell the whole world, that he is not linked to these allegations of match fixing. I believe the man's words and I'm glad to see that one of my favorite athletes did not take part in this unsportsman-like conduct. But, the fact that Djokovic was approached to fix matches probably means that other players have been approached as well. It just makes these allegations that there are players involved, more legitimate. I'm hoping that this case is solved immediately. Also, anyone involved in match-fixing should be immediately banned from the world of sports. It must not be tolerated.
Vingle Sports News and Analysis: 14 February 2016
Happy Valentine's Day, fellow Vinglers! Like any other Sunday without the NFL, today was pretty quiet in terms of sporting events. There were some exciting EPL matches and, like always, a slate of entertaining hockey games. Let's get to it! The Premier League only had three matches today, but they were certainly exciting. Arsenal got the action started by beating Leicester City 2-1 in the fifth minute of stoppage time with Danny Welbeck's deflection of a Mesut Ozil free-kick. It was Welbeck's first appearance for the Gunners in 10 months. The Foxes were down a man for the last 35 minutes of play after Danny Simpson was shown the red card. Despite the disadvantage, Leicester played strong the whole way through. Results matter more than heart though, and Arsenal's victory means this Premier League title race is wide open. Leicester remains two points ahead of Tottenham and Arsenal atop the table. Liverpool continued the fun with a 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa. The Reds converted 67% of their shots on goal while the Villans went 0 for 1. With only three wins through 26 matches, Aston Villa's relegation is assured. The once great club has played in the Premier League since it was founded in 1992. Tottenham cleaned things up by beating Man City 2-1 to keep pace with Arsenal. Harry Kane opened up the scoring with a successful penalty kick in the 53rd minute, and Christian Eriksen finished the job in the 83rd minute. The Spurs showed remarkable defensive presence as usual, and capitalized on any Man City errors. Vincent Kompany returned to the starting lineup for the first time in three months, but even he could not ignite the Man City attack. Danny Rose blocked a potential goal form Sergio Aguero midway through, and Aguero failed to find any other openings. Tottenham is in 2nd place and their dream of winning their first league title since 1961 is very real. It was business as usual in the NHL on Valentine's Day. The Sabres beat the reeling Avalanche 4-1 at home, and now have ten goals in the last two games after posting 8 across the previous four. The Sabres' number 2 overall pick Jack Eichel continues to impress, as he opened the scoring 2 minutes into the game. Buffalo has made great strides after the last several disappointing seasons, and finally looks like they are building some momentum. The Devils spoiled the Kings trip to the Garden State, shutting out the Pacific division leaders 1-0. David Schlemko fired off the only goal of the game on a power play midway through the first and Keith Kinkaid stopped all 28 LA shots to record his first career NHL shutout. The Devils and Kings are two of the best defensive teams in the league, and that showed in the box score. New Jersey has now won three straight and looks to continue that momentum when the Flyers come to town on Tuesday. Philadelphia won their last meeting 2-1 in OT on Saturday. The Red Wings topped the Bruins in a high scoring affair in Detroit 6-5, snapping a six game losing streak against their Original Six rival. Petr Mrazek finally notched his first win against the Bruins, despite allowing 5 goals on 22 shots. Tuuka Rask was pulled from the Bruins' net after letting in 5 goals on 24 shots, but Jonas Gustavsson failed to hold on. Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, and Darren Helm all scored twice for the Wings, who have now passed the Bruins for second place in the Atlantic division. St. Louis trumped Tampa Bay 2-1 on the road behind Brian Elliot's stout netminding and goals by Patrik Berglund and Robby Fabbri. Elliot recorded 37 saves, but his shutout bid was foiled by Nikita Kucherov with 52 seconds left. The Blues trail Chicago and Dallas by 3 points in the Central division. Finally, the New York Rangers beat the Flyers 3-1 at Madison Square Garden. Former Vezina winner Henrik Lundqvist stopped all 21 of 22 Flyers shots but failed to notch his 4th shutout of the season after he conceded a power play goal to Brayden Schenn with 10 seconds left. Derek Stepan scored twice and Derick Brassard added a goal and an assist in the victory, as the Rangers bounced back from Friday's OT loss to the Kings. Philly has now lost five of their last six, and is struggling to generate any consistency on offense or defense. A playoff berth seems extremely far-fetched at this point. The Rangers are still second in the Metropolitan, and it will be difficult to catch the leading Capitals. If they continue to play like they did tonight, they will definitely make another deep playoff run. In tennis, there were several tournament finals played today. Dominic Thiem topped Nicolas Almagro 7-6 3-6 7-6 to win the Argentina Open. Thiem defeated the defending champ Rafael Nadal in the semis and beat Almagro for the second time this year to capture his 4th career singles title. Over in Rotterdam, Martin Klizan rallied to beat Gael Monfils 6-7 6-3 6-1 to win the World Indoor Tennis Tournament. The Slovak won 6 of 7 of the break points he faced, preventing Monfils from gaining any traction. Klizan fended off 8 match points in the quarters and semis to get to the final, and didn't let his chance go to waste. In Memphis, Kei Nishikori beat American teenager Taylor Fritz to capture his fourth Memphis Open title in a row, tying Jimmy Connors for the most wins at the event. Nishikori is now the fourth active player, alongside Djokovic, Federer, and Nadal, to win an event four times. Fritz is the youngest American to reach an ATP Final since Michael Chang won Wembley in 1989 at age 17. The 18 year old will rank around 103 in the world now, a huge improvement from where he was at a year ago (937). Nishikori's experience proved the difference, and he ended up winning handily 6-4 6-4. We can expect great things from Fritz in the future. That's all for tonight folks! Let me know in the comments if you wish to be tagged in future VSNA cards. Smell ya later! @mchlyang @shannonl5 @EasternShell @DucktheFodgers