Cheerleading is typically a woman's domain. And they are pretty damn great at it. But one man, Sacha Heppell, attempted to change all this by becoming the first male cheerleader in Denver Broncos' history. According to ProFootballTalk.com the Denver Broncos cheerleading department states anyone, female or male, can try out for the squad. Despite his best cheerful efforts, Heppell did not make the cut.
This is not Sacha Heppell, but it is a man, his dreams and a great attitude.
If it's up to the producers of the upcoming indie movie about Salvador Dali, The Surrealist, MLB all-star Alex Rodriguez will be discarding his uniform in exchange for a beautiful dress. A-Rod has been approached to play a "stunning, leggy drag queen" as Dali's "factotum social secretary," Potassa.
During the RBC Heritage golf tournament last week, an alligator gave a new meaning to the phrase 'stay away from the hazard.' Just off the green on the par-5, 15th hole, Brian Gay was preparing his next shot when the gator decided to sunbathe near his ball. Gay's caddie Kip Henley poked at the gator with a sand-trap rake until it scurried off into the pond.
Maybe it's just a reason for me to 'research' the Lingerie Football League, but there is sad news to report. The beautiful, busty, hard-hitting athletes of the LFL will be sitting out the 2012 season to expand the sport worldwide and re-focus it as a warm-weather game. Plans are to strap on the garters once again in April 2013.
John Calipari and his Kentucky Wildcats basketball team won the 2012 National Championship. The team and coach Calipari are receiving well-deserved congratulatory handshakes and accolades. Unfortunately, the kind folks of Pikeville, Ky. granted Calipari a plaque with a couple spelling errors.
Can you spot them?
Rube Goldberg was an innovative man who enjoyed the challenge of completing the simplest of tasks in as many mechanical-steps as possible. Purdue University, known for making cool, useful stuff, is now also known for making cool, not-at-all useful stuff. Purdue was control center to this year's Rube Goldberg Machine contest and showcased a complicated balloon-inflating and popping apparatus developed by The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers. A 14-person team spent more than 5000 hours and over six months designing and building the intricate 300-step machine. Unfortunately, these brilliant Boilermakers did not win the contest. A group from St. Olaf college took home first place with a 191-step, end-of-the-world-themed machine.
Parker loves to be pampered with treats and enjoys a nice lap-nap. He prefers a home with no kitties, but is house- and crate-trained. This pup loves lots of blankets to curl up in and enjoys a nice game of of tug-of-war with a rope toy.
According to Kyle, a feline friend at Humane Society for Hamilton County, Zac is "one of the friendliest cats we currently have... He's a friendly fat cat. I suppose his weight is a big reason why not enough customers look at him, but honestly, fat cats rock."
HSHC is having an adoption special for all senior pets for the month of April: Animals 5-9 years old are a $25 adoption fee, and 10+ years are $15 (as opposed to the normal $55-$75 range). So Zac can be adopted for only $25! His sister, Zoey Lou, just passed away - won't you welcome Zac into your home and heart and make him a little less lonely?
The Masters tournament is the first golf major of the year and features arguably the most beautiful scenery in sports. The prestigious course in Augusta, Ga. is home to the coveted green jacket, which the winner proudly dons.
Tickets to the event are extremely hard to come by, and once you have them, you protect them - a lesson Seattle resident Russ Berkman found out the up-chuck kinda way. Berkman's Swiss Mountain Dog ate four tickets his master had for a practice round at the 2012 Masters. After a little research, Berkman learned that feeding the pooch hydrogen peroxide was a safe way to make the pooch puke up the tickets.
One of England's most historic racing events, The Boat Race (clever name, eh?) was interrupted by a wetsuit-wearing protestor, colliding crews and a collapsed Oxford bow man. Trenton Oldfield, the protestor, jumped in the middle of the River Thames as Cambridge and Oxford were digging their oars rigorously through the water. He narrowly escaped being struck by an oar and was quickly arrested. Once the race resumed, the two crews collided which caused the loss of an oar for Oxford. To top it off, Oxford bow man Dr. Alexander Woods suddenly collapsed. All said, an unusual ménage a trois of events which led to the Oxford crew's appeal of the race.
A high school basketball all-star game began in a very unusual way. After winning the opening tip-off, the white team lined up in the familiar football formation, but on the unfamiliar hard court.
Bobby Petrino, head football coach of the Arkansas Razorbacks, recently crashed his motorcycle but failed to reveal he had a female companion--who was not his wife--riding with him.
Long story short: Dwight Howard is a superstar in the NBA. He allegedly requested his head coach Stan Van Gundy to be fired. This interview is being called one of the strangest moments ever in sports, as evidenced by Van Gundy's nervous Diet Pepsi sipping.
Harvey is housetrained, loves kids (but not kitties) and is up for adoption at reTails. This 4-year-old is neutered and up to date on all his immunizations.
Last week, NUVO introduced a weekly Timesuck "awww" post cleverly entitled "Woof Wednesday." Now, "Meow Monday" will highlight a weekly cat for you feline fans.
This 7-month old kitten is a cute blend of salt-and-pepper fur and is ready to be adopted from the Humane Society of Indianapolisby a wonderful family. Pepper has a brother named Salt who is also up for adoption, and they are the best of friends.
Amare Stoudamire has a bulging disk in his back that will keep him off the court for the rest of the season. Easy for me to say (type). Not so easy for a few broadcasters, who proclaimed Stoudamire has a "bulging dic#."
University of Kentucky and University of Louisville are vicious college basketball rivals. They don't mess around. Not even while on dialysis. One UK fan and one L'ville fan got into fisticuffs while hooked up to dialysis machines.
The teams met in the Final Four this past weekend, with UK victorious. Then for some reason the victors' fans decided to destroy stuff:
This is his unusual post from Craigslist:
"I am a UK fan wanting to go to the Final Four in N'Oleans. I have put up my wife as collateral. She can make you speak 5 languages you never knew you could speak. I am not feeling my best so I have to use my sexy mama to get me to the game. She is completely game, is a litte (sic) picky, but if you make her howl at the moon while making her speak portugese (sic) or something I don't get out of her then by all means.....have at it and let me see my UK Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes it is bad to do this, but it (sic) the Kentucky faithful dammit. Look out for the Bluegrass State and hook this pimp up okay?"
Bernard Tomic is a professional tennis player. His coach - and father - was really bothering him during a recent match. The younger Tomic requested the chair umpire remove the elder Tomic from the arena.
Tomic was heard in an exchange with the chair umpire: "He's annoying - I know he's my father - but he's annoying me. I want him to leave, but how's that possible?"
The good stuff starts at 1:40.
ESPN had some fun with one of their TV stars this April Fool's Day.
According to his adoption profile, "Clyde is a nice, playful puppy who loves to give kisses. He is very gentle and has good manners for such a young puppy." He sounds like a great way to kick off a new weekly Timesuck feature we're creatively (or not) calling "Woof Wednesday."
Mary Allen Hardison wouldn't be out-done by her 75-year-old paragliding son. The 101-year-old courageous great-great grandmother set a Guinness World Record by becoming the oldest woman to tandem paraglide when she took flight in Salt Lake City. "Just because you are old doesn't mean you have to sit on your duff all day," Hardison told Reuters.
Will Ferrell was hilarious when he tackled the PA duties at a Bulls-Hornets game. Samuel L. Jackson took on the challenge recently at the Clippers-Hornets game. Jackson isn't quite as funny as Ferrell, but he does bring out a little Jules Winnfield. And that's classic.
Brittney Griner is a 6'8 Baylor
basketball beast. Griner became the second women's college basketball
player ever to dunk during the NCAA Tournament. Her first dunk shows her power,
the second her pure athleticism.
This guy is Baylor's biggest fan.
Lingerie League Football Commissioner Mitchell Mortaza suffered a concussion. Mortaza's injury was the result of one skimpily-clad league hopeful knocking him on his back and slamming the back of his head on the green turf. There are worse ways.
10-year-old talks herself into her first ever ski jump...and it is adorable. What fear are you going to conquer today?
This time: Is Jarno Smeets' flying machine a torture or freedom device?
In case you've been living under a rock, let us fill you in: The unthinkable happened...Peyton Manning signed with another NFL team. Our beloved QB went from the beautiful white-and-blue Colts to the unfamiliar orange-and-blue Broncos. As Indianapolis mourns, take solace in knowing he is not the only superstar to don a new uniform and break fans' hearts.
5. Michael Jordan. The greatest-ever retired, returned and unfortunately played for the Washington Wizards.
4. Joe Namath. "Broadway Joe" was king of New York City. "Joe Willie" ended his career with the Los Angeles Rams.
3. Albert Pujols: The St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series last year. Then Pujols left the Cardinals for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - and $254 million.
2. Brett Favre: Sure, he was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. But he became an icon in Green Bay. Favre left his loyal "cheese heads" for the bright lights of New York, then for the rival Minnesota Vikings.
1. Babe Ruth: Arguably the greatest baseball player ever, "the Sultan of Swat" won four World Series Titles with the New York Yankees. But he fizzled out with the Boston Braves.