Olympics Doping Scandal

The US wins Olympic gold in doping

By on August 17, 2016 at 4:29 PM.

The US wins Olympic gold in doping

All the focus is on Russia’s state-sponsored doping program at these Games, but as the Olympics has a long and storied history of athletic prowess, it also has a long and storied history of people getting juiced up to win. As this graphic shows, Team USA has been at the forefront of the Olympic underbelly since doping first became a thing.

Stat put together a visual history of Olympics and doping. They traced the first substance violation to 1968 and Swedish pentathlete Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall, who used alcohol to go faster.

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Netflix for sports DAZN

‘Netflix for sports’ is finally here, but there’s a catch

By on August 10, 2016 at 6:00 PM.

‘Netflix for sports’ is finally here, but there’s a catch

The only thing standing between most Netflix users and complete cord-cutting is live sports. Binging House of Cards is all good, but American culture is well rooted in the notion of football and a can of Bud Light (shudder). Even big players like Apple have tried (and failed!) to put together a streaming TV package that includes sports, but now one European startup appears to have pulled it off. Kinda.

DAZN is very much like Netflix, but for certain sports. For a flat fee of about $12 a month, users get access to on-demand and live-streaming soccer, NFL, NBA, ice hockey and rugby, to name a few. Sounds perfect! But, it’s technically only available to users in Germany, Austria and Switzerland right now.

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Hang Gliding Accident

Video: Mid-air hang gliding accident will have you on the edge of your seat

By on July 6, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

Video: Mid-air hang gliding accident will have you on the edge of your seat

As far as heart-pounding and harrowing video is concerned, the footage below of a hang gliding mishap at an extreme sports event in Norway may take the cake.

In late June, world championship hang glider Jon Gjerde was performing a few tricks for a crowd of on-lookers when his hang glider spontaneously broke mid-air. Amidst a number of “ohhhs” from the crowd, Gjerde — still attached to the hang glider — began to violently twist and turn as he steadily began falling back down to land.

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Lebron James Cavs

LeBron James used a Steve Jobs speech to motivate the Cavs before game 3

By on June 21, 2016 at 5:45 PM.

LeBron James used a Steve Jobs speech to motivate the Cavs before game 3

Well, LeBron James finally accomplished what he set out to do when he announced his triumphant return to the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014: he brought an NBA championship to Cleveland.

We can ignore innumerable questionable calls by the refs throughout the series — not to mention the peculiar suspension of Draymond Green for game 5 — because what the Cavaliers achieved over the weekend in coming back to win the title down 3-1 in the series was quite literally unprecedented.

Suffice it to say, I’m anything but a LeBron fan (the Cavs may not have even made it out of the first round in the Western Conference, in my opinion), but there’s no escaping the fact that James was the MVP on a team that not only dethroned the defending NBA champs, but a Warriors team that won a record-setting 73 games during the regular season.

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Drone Footage Of Base Jumping

Drone footage of BASE Jumpers in Norway is positively insane

By on May 30, 2016 at 5:41 PM.

Drone footage of BASE Jumpers in Norway is positively insane

The proliferation of drones equipped with video cameras has provided us with a growing repository of awe-inspiring, incredible and — let’s be honest — downright peculiar videos. From footage of an eagle attacking a drone mid-air to mesmerizing drone footage of the world’s highest waterfall, drones today are continuously feeding us awesome new video footage taken from angles that would have been impossible to capture otherwise

The most recent example of drones doing their thing comes to us from Kjerag, Norway where a group of BASE Jumpers recently employed a drone to capture footage of them as they jump off perilously high cliffs.

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Michael Jordan Crying Meme

The true story behind one of the Internet’s most famous memes

By on May 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM.

The true story behind one of the Internet’s most famous memes

While some Internet memes have a tendency to burst onto the scene like an exploding star before fizzling out just as quickly, the meme of Michael Jordan crying has taken the opposite route. What initially started out as a niche and rather obscure meme known only to hardcore sports fans has slowly but surely grown in popularity over the past few years, and especially over the last few months.

And because it’s often hard to pinpoint why or how certain memes sweep over the Internet like a tidal wave while others quickly fade into memory, 2 Point Lead over the weekend ventured to set the record straight. With assistance from ESPN’s Jay Williams, DJ Gallo of SportsPickle, and AP photographer Stephan Savoia — the man who took the now-ubiquitous photo, 2 Point Lead gives us a behind the scenes tour of how the original photo was taken and how it eventually grew into an Internet phenomenon.

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Snowboarding Video

Snowboarders take over an abandoned Ski Resort in awesome new video

By on May 9, 2016 at 11:45 PM.

Snowboarders take over an abandoned Ski Resort in awesome new video

An abandoned winter resort in Kanin, Slovenia was recently taken over by a number of Red Bull sponsored snowboarders, including Marko Grilc and Red Gerard. With the ski resort seemingly untouched for about four years, Grilc and his cohort of snowboarders were able to have their run of the place.

“It’s just so insane to even be up here,” one of the snowboarders says at the beginning of the video, “and then at the same time to have all these features that we can ride on that you would never get a chance to ride in an open resort.”

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Yankees Game Features Ninja Turtles

John Oliver’s plan to punk the New York Yankees is a hilarious success

By on April 5, 2016 at 7:05 PM.

John Oliver’s plan to punk the New York Yankees is a hilarious success

Since jumping to HBO after as a stint as a Daily Show correspondent, John Oliver has made quite the name for himself. Almost without fail, Oliver’s weekly rants on  Last Week Tonight – which are equal parts funny and equal parts informative – quickly go viral.

Most recently, Oliver directed his attention to a new ticket pricing policy employed by the New York  Yankees. Apparently, the Yankees new policy forces fans to purchase tickets via Ticketmaster and also prevents fans from printing up tickets at home. The goal? To help prevent consumers who purchase premium seats from reselling them at below market value.

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Skateboarding Trick

Crazy Video: Man rides the ‘world’s most dangerous skateboard’

By on March 7, 2016 at 3:45 PM.

Crazy Video: Man rides the ‘world’s most dangerous skateboard’

YouTube is littered with death-defying stunts and boneheaded experiments, but a recently uploaded video featuring a guy riding the ‘world’s most dangerous skateboard’ arguably sets an entirely new bar for stupidity, or perhaps bravery depending on your perspective.

Straight out of Los Angeles, Christopher Mann over the weekend decided to mod his skateboard into something straight out of medieval times. Along with a few of his friends, Mann hammered and drilled in upwards of 15 long nails into his skateboard. Not only that, he also affixed a buzzsaw to the bottom while also adding a tail devil to the back for a little spark action.

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NFL Football Thursday Night

As Apple bows out of NFL streaming negotiations, Facebook steps up

By on March 3, 2016 at 10:55 PM.

As Apple bows out of NFL streaming negotiations, Facebook steps up

Though Apple’s TV subscription plans are reportedly on the shelf for the time being, the company over the past few months has remained interested in exploring content that might be suitable for the company’s fourth-gen Apple TV. Not too long ago, for instance, there were a number of credible reports suggesting that Apple was planning to make a bid for the non-exclusive digital rights to stream Thursday night NFL games.

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Best Super Bowl Endings

10 most exciting Super Bowl endings of all-time

By on February 7, 2016 at 5:30 PM.

10 most exciting Super Bowl endings of all-time

In just about an hour, Super Bowl 50 will kick off as the Denver Broncos will attempt to pull off a major upset by defeating the rolling and seemingly unstoppable Carolina Panthers. While Cam Newton and the Panthers are heavy favorites, sources from within Denver over the past few days have indicated that Peyton Manning’s arm is stronger than it’s been in weeks, which if true, might provide us with a closer game than many analysts are anticipating. More →

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WingBoarding Wakeboarding Extreme Sport

WingBoarding is just like wakeboarding, but up in the clouds

By on January 14, 2016 at 6:25 PM.

WingBoarding is just like wakeboarding, but up in the clouds

Extreme thrill seekers will surely jump at the chance of trying WingBoards as soon as they become commercially available, as this particular type of recreational device will let humans fly up in the sky longer than anything else. WingBoarding is similar to wakeboarding, skateboarding, surfing or snowboarding… it just happens way up in the sky.

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Kelly Slater Man-Made Wave

Watch champion surfer Kelly Slater unveil the most powerful artificial wave ever created

By on December 21, 2015 at 3:20 PM.

Watch champion surfer Kelly Slater unveil the most powerful artificial wave ever created

If you’ve ever tried to surf, you know full well how exhilarating and challenging of an endeavor it can be. It may look easy enough on YouTube, but when you’re out there on the water, learning how to catch and ride even a small wave takes a whole lot of practice.

Unfortunately, practice doesn’t come easy if you’re not situated near an ocean. But a new and revolutionary invention from Kelly Slater, an 11-time world surfing champion, may soon change that. Recently, Slater, who is otherwise heralded as the Michael Jordan of surfing, unveiled a huge breakthrough in wave technology that was, quite literally, 10 years in the making.

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