This Week in Annoying: The Worst in Sports Right Now
This sports guff was rather difficult for some unfortunate souls this week.
Welcome back to another edition of things that weren't so great this week. I will be your host curmudgeon, screaming at you kids to get off my Internet lawn.
We have horrible swings, hilarious celebrations and utter failure to talk about. Now, of course, this is hardly an exhaustive list, so feel free to plunk anything that may have ground your gears in the section below.
With that, let's delve into the unsavory side of sports. As you will soon see, these things are so bad they are actually quite good.
In the second inning of Tuesday's game between the San Francisco Giants and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pablo Sandoval was tasked with swinging during a hit-and-run.
From what it looks like, Sandoval forgot until the very last second, swinging later than we have ever seen a batter swing.
We assume Sandoval was employing a bit of gamesmanship in trying to hinder any throw. In any case, it garners one of the ugliest swings of the season.
And boom goes the bungee cord.
Next Impulse Sports' Paul Sacca spotted this video of a kid getting in some training and subsequently finding out that things can always get worse.
It's bad enough to get out on the field by yourself, working until your legs feel like jelly. It's another to get an instant tattoo in the shape of a bungee cord.
Gwynn Will Need Google Maps to Get to This Ball
Tony Gwynn Jr. had, um, some difficulty on a pop fly recently.
For the Win's Ted Berg spotted this play featuring a stumbling and bumbling outfielder trying to locate the ball. After some confusion, Gwynn finally tracks the baseball, but, as you will see, that is only the start of his problems.
Hooray for baseball bloopers.
We Aren't Even Mad
This soccer celebration is cocky, absurd and, well, pretty darn brilliant.
Deadspin's Barry Petchesky breaks it down: "FK Trakai's Dzimtry Koub scored an 86th minute equalizer in yesterday's Lithuanian A Lyga match against Zalgiris Vilnius, and immediately sprinted into the stands to give himself some polite applause."
This is so over the top that it wraps back around and instantly becomes the only sensible way to celebrate.
What Is Wrong with You?
By the way, that is the appropriate question to ask when your husband runs you over with an ATV.
The Big Lead's Stephen Douglas spotted this video of a husband trying out his ATV's versatility through some mud. Things go quickly awry, and the vehicle runs down the woman recording the whole ordeal.
We assume she is fine because the video is uploaded and she can't stop wondering what is wrong with this guy. Let us know if she finds out.
The Washington Redskins sent a cease-and-desist letter to former player LaVar Arrington, asking him to refrain from referring to himself as a "Redskins great."
The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg has the report, starting off with a reminder that Arrington was once named as one if the "80 Greatest Redskins of All-Time" in 2012.
But being named a Redskins great is different than marketing yourself as a Redskins great, and so the team recently sent Arrington a cease-and-desist letter about a flier for his football tackling camps that refers to him as a “Redskins great” and includes a photo of him in a Redskins uniform.
A Redskins spokesman declined to comment. Arrington, in an interview with Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan, said he respected the legal implications and that he hadn’t prepared the flier himself, but joked that using the Redskins name and colors would not have helped camp attendance much.
As Arrington offered on Twitter and in interviews, the Redskins should have far more important things to worry about than monitoring fliers that market their former players.
Stay classy, Washington.