The film "42" was released yesterday in movie theaters across the U.S. It tells the story of Brooklyn Dodgers manager Branch Rickey and the legendary Jackie Robinson. Robinson, the first black baseball player in the MLB, began as a first baseman in April 1947. The Dodgers effectively ended racial segregation that had made black players play the sport on separate leagues. But it wasn’t easy, and "42" sheds light on the struggle Robinson faced, and the risk Rickey took in making him part of the team. In honor of not only the film, but Jackie Robinson himself, here are 10 facts about the beloved baseball star who changed sports forever.
Yay! I get to mention Beyonce in this week’s post because we’re talking about…
Jay-Z and Beyonce in Cuba
Jay and Bey simply cannot catch a break. The couple recently vacationed in Cuba to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. But they immediately came under fire from legislators (and the general public) who questioned how and why they were able to visit a country the U.S. restricts its citizens from traveling to. Rather than release a statement, Jay-Z released a new song, "Open Letter," to tackle criticisms. I wouldn’t have it any other way. (The video, above, features the clean version of the song, with the unedited version available on YouTube.) Everyone was talking about the song following its release — even White House representatives, who issued a formal response.
Sometimes, you wonder what is going through a person's mind at any given time. After seeing what happened in Arizona the other night, that's exactly what I wondering about the dude below:
First of all, I don't know if he is actually that girl's boyfriend, he could be her husband, sister, cousin or mortal enemy, all I know is that he is in for a world of shame and humiliation. Either she is going to leave and never talk to him again, or she will hold it over his head for the rest of his life. No win situation. Not to mention he has been featured on countless local and national news stations, blogs and all over social media as the "worst boyfriend ever". He better do everything he can to make it up to her, because he will struggle to get a date after this one.
This happened a few weeks ago and comes in a close second on the worst boyfriend scale. That dude just does not like to share his ice cream.
Big thank you to former NBA player turned analyst Chris Webber for breaking down the action, he sums everything up perfectly. She had the last laugh anyway, Blue Bell ice cream just recently gave her a year's supply of ice cream.
Which do you think is worse: letting your girlfriend get hit in the face with a baseball or selfishly not sharing your ice cream?
(Thanks to TheBloodyOwl for the GIF)
Over the past week, we have been counting down the days until spring will finally be here. As a sports enthusiast, spring is an amazing time of the year. During the 93 days of spring, the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments take place, the NBA and NHL playoffs will start and almost end, and the NFL will have its annual draft at Radio City Music Hall. But the top thing I am looking forward to this season, is the start of the 2013 Major League Baseball season on March 31.
Is there any sport more connected to spring then baseball? When Spring Training officially began in late February, everyone began to see the light at the end of the dark, cold, winter tunnel, and began eagerly awaiting the start of the baseball season. There is nothing quite like sitting at ballpark when the weather is warm enough that you can wear just a T-Shirt and shorts, but cool enough that you won't break a sweat sitting in the sun. Perfection.
As a Red Sox fan myself, there is not really the same excitement as in years past, but that doesn't matter. I love baseball. And if you are a die-hard fan like me, you always stick behind your team, for better or worse. Despite the less-than-stellar outlook for the Red Sox this year, I can't wait for all the baseball debates I will have this year. The most heated sports arguments always seem to be between baseball rivals. There is not a Yankees fan out there that I don't love arguing with (except my wife; we have agreed not to talk about it, specifically anything Derek Jeter related).
When the season starts, I can always count on tuning into a game every night for the next six months. There is nothing quite like it. I love all sports, but Major League Baseball has a much more sentimental value in my heart and that is why it's my favorite thing about the spring season.
What sports event or game that are you looking forward most in spring 2013?
This week: a unique Mad Men-inspired video, an embarrassing baseball error and the stir around Michelle Obama's nails.
Mad Men Rickroll
A comedian compiled dozens of one-word clips of "Mad Men" scenes to create a whole "music video" to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up." Enjoy. And don't say I didn't warn you.
Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention has caused quite a stir, but not just for political reasons. Apparently women everywhere are clamoring over the nail polish she wore during the speech, which turned out to be...well, read the article.
Awkward Rockies error
It's one of the easiest parts of the game: the catcher just has to throw the ball back to the pitcher after each pitch. But in this case, the pitcher missed the catch, allowing the Braves to score an unearned run and, ultimately, win the game.
Have a great weekend, everyone!