Morning Link Dump - 04/21/10
Obligatory Sports Babe
Guess whose birthday it was this week? (Fail if you said Hitler, though technically I think you’d be right). No, it’s Maria Sharapova—and that’s more than enough reason for us to ogle her here, isn’t it? (Fail if you said No.)
“Nobody could deny that Wesley Sneijder is a superb footballer. Small in stature and not, by today's standards, especially pacy, Sneijder more than makes up for his shortcomings with a rare vision and awareness of his team-mates' movements,” explains a profile from Soccernet’s Svend Frandsen. However, “his incredibly quick rise to stardom has undoubtedly had a profound effect on the chip he seems to have developed on his shoulder over the years. An arrogance that occasionally puts him right in the centre of controversy is evident, such as when he was sent off for sarcastically applauding referee Gianluca Rocchi for booking Lucio after an apparent dive in a derby against Milan on January 24.”
“It is the biggest fear of general managers and fans everywhere, the team's ace pitcher goes down with an arm injury, likely due to his mechanics breaking down as he tires,” writes the Slanch Report, setting up a post on a fascinating project. “Three engineering students at Northeastern University hope to make that scenario a thing of the past with their Capstone Design Project: a data-logging shirt that registers and charts the movement of the pitcher's arm.”
Mexico’s “Pre-Hispanic Games”
“This is kind of an old story, but then so is the sport of pelota purepecha, which is an ancient form of field hockey played with a ball soaked in fuel oil and set ablaze,” writes Out of Bounds, which… wait, what??? “That is so totally awesome that I'm kind of at a loss for words, so suffice it to say that it's one of 150 ‘pre-Hispanic’ games that Mexico is trying to bring back from the brink of extinction.”
NFL schedules were being leaked yesterday, or something, and according to Pro Football Talk, one of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ late October Sunday night games will go head-to-head with a World Series game.
From The Sporting Blog we have an awesome recreation by the folks at the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim of the recent Opening Day bathroom sex incident at US Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox.
Deadspin founder Will Leitch, now with New York Magazine, delves into why defence is the last frontier in baseball’s statistical revolution.
Now That’s How You Park A Trike
Short clip, but an awesome one here from Buzz Feed of a girl sticking the landing on her 180 trike parallel park job. Gold!