When Mike Pope tells you to pop your top and catch some footballs, you don't ask questions.

You also don't ask questions when he starts throwing ice water on your back. That's just Pope applying his arcane magic.

The Dallas Cowboys tight end coach works in mysterious ways, and he put on his latest clinic on Wednesday when he began sluicing the Dallas pass-catchers with cups of ice water.

Deadspin's Sean Newell spotted video of the drill, which takes place for important "football reasons."

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The Oregon Ducks just found a way to stay a step ahead of the rest of college football.

Everyone already knows about the Ducks' modern uniforms and innovative offense. Now, Oregon fans are being treated to something even crazier this year: a scratch-and-sniff ticket.

On the ticket to the team's game against Michigan State, the scratch-n-sniff part features a burger from Carl's Jr.

This scratch-and-sniff ticket definitely shows that the Ducks continue to think outside of the box and amaze us with their creativity.

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A recent trade has made for an awkward Oakland Athletics giveaway this weekend.

On Saturday, Aug. 2, the A's were planning on giving the first 10,000 fans through the gates a Yoenis Cespedes "La Potencia" T-shirt.

The giveaway was even being promoted on the front page of the team's website:

However, that might be a bit awkward considering Cespedes no longer plays for the A's.

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After Syfy struck gold with the cult classic Sharknado, more prominent actors jumped on board to join the cast of the science fiction epic's sequel about a shark-tornado hybrid. 

New York Mets fans are affected in the second installment of the series when a "sharknado" appears outside Citi Field, forcing the game to be postponed and the stadium to be evacuated. 

Expect to see more and more of these sequels until people stop talking about them. Then, expect a few more. 


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One of the toughest tasks a college football player faces is memorizing the playbook.

One of the perks of playing for a top program is that many teams load their playbooks onto iPads to be displayed in digital form. 

Oklahoma kicker Michael Hunnicutt shared a photo of his iPad, which features just a single play he must commit to memory this season: "Kick the ball through the uprights." On a per-play basis, this particular iPad is not very economical.

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Minor League Baseball has seen a bench-clearing brawl twice in the same inning recently, but that may now have been topped. 

In the 10th inning of the Ogden Raptors and Idaho Falls Chukars' showdown, designated hitter Justin Chigbogu struck out and Chukars catcher Pedro Gonzalez had some words for him as he headed toward the dugout. After both benches cleared, manager Jack McDowell (a 1993 AL Cy Young winner) started yelling at Chukars manager Omar Ramirez before reportedly throwing a punch.

Wait for the 0:49 mark for the real fight to break out. 

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It's not every day that you get to meet an American icon. Former President George W. Bush must have been honored when he got to rub shoulders with Derek Jeter.

Throughout the season, the retiring New York Yankees shortstop has received the Mariano Rivera treatment, as he's been showered with gifts at every road ballpark. What he hasn't done is shake hands with the 43rd president of the United States.

Before the Yankees took on the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night, Jeter was presented with a plaque by "Dubya" himself that commemorated Bush's first pitch before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series.

The Rangers just set the bar for the Jeter farewell tour.

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"Awwwww, that's expensive."

A woman at the San Francisco Giants-Pittsburgh Pirates game, who was clearly trying to stay out of the way, caught a home run in the stands from Pittsburgh's Jordy Mercer.

While this is normally something to boast about, the woman likely wasn't thrilled, because the ball landed directly in her beer. 

This $8 accident adds insult to injury, as the woman didn't even end up with the ball. At least she'll always have the memory and the beer-stained clothes.

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Johnston High School (Johnston, Iowa) shortstop Logan Ryan made a play that would make the Atlanta Braves' Andrelton Simmons proud.

In the bottom of the first inning of the Iowa Class 4A quarterfinals against Waukee High School, Ryan made a terrific play with his glove.

On a ball hit back up the middle, Ryan was not only able to get to the grounder, but he was also able to pull off a slick behind-the-back flip with his glove to get an out at second base. The Dragons were unable to turn the double play, but the fact that they were able to get even one out on the play is remarkable.

No. 8 Johnston was able to upset No. 1 Waukee, 8-3.

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No matter how many times you go to a baseball game, there's a chance you will see something that you have never seen before.

For example, you may see a base on balls get turned into a double play one day. 

In the sixth inning of Wednesday's Pittsburgh Pirates-San Francisco Giants game, we found out that it is indeed possible to record two outs even if the batter walks. Unfortunately for the Pirates, it came during a time in which they held a slim 5-4 lead.

With Travis Snider on second base and Gaby Sanchez on third, the Pirates' Chris Stewart drew a walk against the Giants' Jean Machi. That should've loaded the bases with one out and given Pittsburgh a chance to extend its lead. Things didn't go as planned.