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MSR’s Random Sports Vids, Vol. 9

Behold! It’s the long-awaited return edition of …

RANDOM SPORTS VIDS!

“Yeah, yeah, yeah …”

It’s been awhile since I tried one of these, so why don’t we just ease into this slowly, shall we?

Alright, then, here we go:


Now, when I said “ease into this slowly,” this is DEFINITELY NOT what I had in mind:

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That was former three-time All-Star first baseman Sean Casey, beaning fellow MLB Network host Lauren Shehadi in the head. You know, if the video wasn’t clear enough for you.

But, seriously, though. Let’s break this down.

I mean, things are going well when we first see Casey and Shehadi working on the former’s softball swing.

Kaboom.

Kaboom.

Great mechanics, Sean. Doesn’t look like you lost your magic with the ol’ lumber.

Then, this happens:

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KA-THUNK.

Good job, buddy.

To be fair, it was a bit of a freak accident by the 12-year journeyman. It wasn’t like he meant to hit her – that kind of stuff happens a lot in baseball, right? In any case, it was a whiffle ball, so she wasn’t seriously injured or anything.

But, then, in an effort to make amends, Casey does this peculiar maneuver:

“Me Tarzan! Me Take You Back To Tree!”

Umm … alright. Way to make it up to her.

Again, to be fair, I’m sure he was shocked, and maybe picking her up – quite literally, in this case – was an effort to make her laugh?

All jokes aside, I’m sure Shehadi will one day take revenge on Casey, with a swing like this:

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Once upon a time, Manny Pacquiao took an embarrassing loss against Floyd Mayweather.

After the fight, boxing analyst and sports media personality Max Kellerman interviewed the Filipino icon after the match. What ensued was a bit of a media fustercluck, in the shape of Pacquiao making the “embarrassing” claim that he thought that he won, and Kellerman essentially insinuating he was insane for believing so.

“You thought you WON? Why, because you punched him more and dictated more action? Pish-tosh, silly Filipino man.”

Overnight – at least, in the eyes of many Pacquiao supporters, and the media in Manny’s native Philippines – Kellerman was viewed as a newly-christened villain in the Mayweather-Pacquiao fiasco. The latter called him “rude” in his post-fight interview, and the moment was liable to spiral out of control.

However, the following week, it was discovered that PacMan actually injured his rotator cuff in the weeks leading up to the big fight. Not only did the masses (who were NOT in the Philippines) turn on him, they came after him with a vengeance – part of it stemming from the thought that Pacquiao, knowing that he was injured, only fought for the money.

Enter an unlikely defender to refute such a claim:

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It’s an argument that I thought was perfectly valid. But, at the time immediately after reports of his injury came to light, no one really was willing to listen to it. Now that cooler heads have prevailed, maybe it makes a little more sense. Because it really comes down to this (at least, in my eyes):

1) Pacquiao fights on, even with a messed up shoulder – and, if he had asked earlier for the painkilling shot, maybe he would have gotten it, and maybe we get a different result than what we got on May 2;

2) Pacquiao shuts down the fight due to his injury.

And what happens then? We have to wait at least a year before we see the fight – something boxing fans might have thrown their hands up at, and said, “Nope.” Or – even worse – Mayweather uses Pacquiao’s injury as an excuse to back out of the fight, and never steps in the ring with him, depriving us of what many have been waiting for since 2009. But this time, it wouldn’t have been on Mayweather – they would have blamed Pacquiao and his untimely injury. And trust me – Mayweather’s camp would have found a way to turn it on Pacquiao for depriving the world of this ridiculously expensive superfight.

In the end, we got what we got. But, in a bit of a silver lining, Kellerman got back in the good graces of Pacquiao supporters. How much of a silver lining that actually is – I’ll leave that up to you.


Did anyone happen to see the final round of the Player’s at TPC Sawgrass on Sunday?

I did – and I, along with much of the golf media, believe it was one of the greatest finishes to a tournament in recent memory.

So, let’s set the stage. American Rickie Fowler – a guy not really known for coming through in the big stage – makes an epic charge on Sunday, using a flurry of birdies (scoring birdie or better on five of the final six holes, including an Eagle on the 16th) to take a two-stroke lead headed into the clubhouse. Hoping it’s enough, he’s forced to wait as the two of the final pairings finish up, within striking distance to overtake Fowler’s score of 12-under at the 11th hour.

Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner had their chances to end the tournament in regulation, but, alas, they only managed to tie Fowler, forcing a three-man playoff on the course’s final three holes.

It pretty much came to a head at the golf course’s most infamous hole – the 17th. Also known as “The Island Green”, the Par 3 hole is located 137 yards from the tee, on a peninsula 78 feet long. Pitching onto the green is almost akin to a trick shot – hit it too hard or too soft, or don’t account for wind and other weather conditions, and you’re liable to fall into the water surrounding it.

It took the three-hole playoff, plus the additional sudden-death playoff at the 17th, to decide a winner. Fowler, who had played the Island Green superbly throughout the tournament, hit this shot to essentially help seal his victory:

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He managed to play the hole to about that range almost every time he came upon it – that’s a total of 6 times throughout the tournament. He birdied the hole 5 out of 6 times, as a result. To give you a better perspective of how he played the hole (at least in the final round), here’s a GIF:

Flawless.

Flawless.

It’s almost insane, that kind of pinpoint accuracy under pressure.

Well, ends up that Fowler finishes off his fifth birdie at the 17th to runner-up Kisner’s par, and the rest, as the say, is history.

To which he celebrated with his smoking hot girlfriend, Alexis Randock.

To which he celebrated with his smoking hot girlfriend, Alexis Randock.

Good on ya, Rickie.


It’s certainly been an interesting series between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls.

Hell, just take these two heart-pounding moments:

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Doesn’t that just pump you up for the rest of the series (which might actually end tomorrow night)?

When juxtaposed next to each other, it sort of accentuates how impressive both shots actually were – especially considering they were done in consecutive games. You have Derrick’s game-winner at the buzzer – this from a guy who continues to amaze after a recent history battling debilitating injury …

“Boom.”

… Then you have LeBron’s game-winner, scored in the very next game – that from a guy who constantly gets dogged for not being able to hit the big shot when it counted, despite all the evidence that that’s simply not true

“Boom, yourself.”

And you have what is shaping up to be a series of historic proportions.

See you in Game 6.

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