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It’s no secret that the Super Bowl serves as the holy grail of sporting events, with national demand driving ticket prices into the stratosphere in the weeks leading up to the game. Now StubHub, the largest ticket-reselling platform for concert and sports events, is allowing customers to get a whole new perspective on their purchase before dropping down thousands, if not tens of thousands, of dollars on their purchase. 

Soon, StubHub’s iPhone app will incorporate augmented reality technology to provide customers a dynamic 3D view of the stadium and their seats’ location before buying. 

Images such as this one improve on the typically two-dimensional bird’s-eye views that most venues and brokerage companies provide. 

Considering the vast majority of Super Bowl fans are out-of-towners — though that could change with a Vikings win Jan. 21, making this the first Super Bowl with a true “home team” — the AR offerings will also include renderings of the cityscape, showing the stadium’s proximity to complementary services such as parking garages, public transportation lines, as well as affiliated Super Bowl events. 

Should the Vikings make the big game with a win over the Eagles, ticket prices are expected to reach record-high levels, as locals will save on travel and lodging, instead of deploying that money to the ticket itself, raising prices. Such was the case just two weeks ago as the University Georgia fans ponied up big bucks to watch their team play in the National Championship game...

For the second time in two years, the Charlotte Checkers of the AHL took to their home ice with not a single fan in the stands. The team, which averages 6,000 fans per game, told all ticket holders that they wouldn’t be admitted to the game on Wednesday, Jan. 17, under any circumstances.

The reason? 

The local forecast called for 2-4 inches of snow in the hours leading up to the game. Such scant snowfall is hardly cause for concern in areas used to dealing with snowfall, but in Charlotte, it was expected to cause dangerous conditions on the road. Not wanting to compel their fans to take to the roads for something as inessential as a hockey game, the team told fans “Thanks, but no thanks” when it came to attending tonight’s game. 

The team, which was squaring off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, did offer fans a brief look inside the haunting and surreal empty arena. Not ones to pass up a good hashtag opportunity, the team slapped #BehindClosedDoors on the Twitter clip. 

Unseasonably cold and icy weather caused the Checkers to play before a completely empty house two years ago on January 22, 2016. On that occasion, the team had even sent home its officials, so any person who happened to remain in the arena at game time, seemed to take on a role. 

“We sent everybody home,” Checkers COO Tera Black said to Deadspin. “So our immediate staff — all of our executives — ran the game. We had the...

“Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it” — Mark Twain

Last month, U.S. Olympic gold-medalist Lindsey Vonn took a page out of Twain’s book when discussing her upcoming trip to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Winter Olympics. “I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony,” she told CNN. “I want to represent our country well. I don’t think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that.”

Vonn then made it abundantly clear that she is not skiing for President Trump. “Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president,” Vonn told CNN’s “Alpine Edge.” Vonn also joined the growing ranks of American athletes who’ve said they would decline a trip to the Trump White House. “I have to win to be invited,” she said, before correcting herself. “No, actually I think every U.S. team member is invited, so no, I won’t go.”

While many people praised Vonn for standing up against Trump, she also received some vulgar comments from his supporters. She was also labeled “un-patriotic” by Fox News personlities Tomi Lahren and Ainsley Earhardt.

Mike Pence, the current vice president and one of the country’s most notoriously anti-LGBTQ politicians, is scheduled to lead the U.S. Olympic delegation at the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

It’s a decision that’s not sitting well — to say the least — with Adam Rippon, the first openly gay man to qualify for the U.S. Winter Olympics team. Rippon made the team on Jan. 7.

In an interview with USA Today, Rippon said, “You mean Mike Pence, the same Mike Pence that funded gay conversion therapy? I’m not buying it.”

Yes, that Mike Pence. Conversation therapy, or “pray away the gay” therapy, is a much-derided practice based that has been banned in nine states and condemned by both the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association. The assertion that Pence supports it stems from his 2000 run for a seat in the House of Representatives in which his official position was: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.” He also advocated stripping funding from organizations that “celebrate and encourage the types of behaviors that facilitate the spreading of the HIV virus.”

In that same campaign document, Pence also came out against marriage equality, stating, “Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on...

Argentine football squad Sportivo Dock Sud may be in country’s fourth division, but it’s pretty clear from their practice methods that the team has no intention of staying there. Or, at the very least, their goalkeeper coach has designs on improving the squad. 

There’s nothing wrong with a little ambition among members of a team, but this coach takes training to intense and bizarre new frontiers that would look more appropriate in a Tough Mudder or “American Ninja Warrior” course than at a soccer practice. 

Flaming fences, train-jumping, and diving headlong into mud are just another day’s work for any keeper who wishes to remain with the club. 

A Latin-American sports network recently compiled a clip of the gauntlet through which all Sportivo Dock Sud goalies must pass. It really is something else: 

I can’t speak to the efficacy of these methods, but, considering the team doesn’t appear to have an official website, this video is the team’s debut to a global audience, so… that’s something at least. 

The de-evolution of Kid Rock from being the first white dude with a high-top fade, to a Confederate flag-waver, is hardly a topic for serious music historians. But, the man has made quite a leap from playing Detroit hip-hop clubs to Trump-loving country star.

Here’s Kid in the early ‘90s.

Here’s Kid now.

Over the past decade, Kid Rock has grown to represent the negative side of country music. Besides waving Confederate flags, he has made anti-transgender comments from the stage. “Things shouldn’t be this complicated,” he told a crowd in September, “And no, you don’t get to choose because whatever you have between your legs should determine the bathroom that you use.” He has also routinely told his audiences to “fuck Colin Kaepernick.”

Kid Rock also released a line of pro-Trump T-shirts that labeled red states as “America” and blue states as “Dumbfuckistan.”

Having all of this information at its disposal, the National Hockey League decided that Kid Rock should perform during halftime at...

Sports have the magical power of bringing people together across party lines, borders, and socioeconomic barriers. Throughout history, the neutral setting of an athletic field has helped change people’s hearts, as well as the course of history. 

In 1995, President Nelson Mandela embraced South Africa’s national rugby team, Springbok, ahead of the World Cup, helping to heal post-Apartheid racial divisions. 

During the World Table Tennis Championships in 1971, the Chinese team invited the United States’ squad to play in Beijing. The U.S. team became the first Americans to visit China since 1949, setting the scene for President Richard Nixon’s historic arrival in 1972. 

Adolf Hitler saw the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany, as a showcase for Aryan superiority, but African-American sprinter Jesse Owens proved Hitler’s racial theories wrong by winning four gold medals.

Sports once again has the chance to be a catalyst for historical change at the Winter Olympics next month in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Leaders from North Korea and South Korea came together on Jan. 16, to agree to march together in the opening ceremony under a unification flag. The decision comes as both nations have reignited diplomatic talks after years of broken communications. 

In addition to marching together beneath the same flag, both countries have agreed to create a women’s hockey team comprised of players...

On January 15, 2018, Vice President Mike Pence paid tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. on his birthday by laying a wreath at the slain civil rights leader’s memorial in Washington, DC.

“To honor him,” Pence wrote on Twitter, “let’s rededicate ourselves to the cause Dr. King selflessly advanced, that all men are created equal.”

Twitter was quick to point out that when Pence was faced with nonviolent protests by black athletes at an NFL game last year, he walked out.

The protests were started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who sat in silence during the national anthem during a preseason game in 2016.

Soon, athletes in the NFL and across the country would join him in kneeling for the national anthem to protest racial inequality — a stance that would undoubtedly have the blessing of Dr. King.

Kaepernick has not only put his career on the line for his protests, but he’s also reached deep into his own pockets to help the cause.

Back in 2016, Kaepernick...

Rudy Gobert has lived his adult life as a foreigner in the United States, playing for the Utah Jazz since joining the league from France in 2013. It’s unlikely that President Trump had France or any other western European countries in mind when he made his now-infamous comments about immigrants from “shithole” countries, but that didn’t stop Gobert from speaking up as an immigrant himself. 

When right-wing spokesperson and media personality Tomi Lahren doubled down on Trump’s remarks with the below tweet which transcended insensitivity right into ignorance, Gobert was quick to speak up from his personal experience as an ex-pat in the U.S. 

Rather than return a message that clearly came from a place of hate and intolerance, Gobert shut down Tomi’s line of thinking with questions about hope and dreams. In a scathing mic drop, he finished off his tweet that essentially destroys Lahren’s entire raison d’être. 

Gobert’s own NBA dreams were realized, but it’s clear from his response to Lahren and Trump’s remarks that this doesn’t mean he’s willfully ignorant of the plight that millions of others face in pursuing their dreams in the United States. 

The Spiti Valley Road in the Himalaya mountains is a harrowing passage under the best of circumstances. So when a landslide renders much of the interior (the mountain side) of the road unrideable, the thoroughfare, which somehow manages automobile traffic in some stretches, is rendered barely wide enough for even a two-wheeled vehicle to pass. 

Though many stretches of the road are outfitted with concrete barricades to prevent cars from plummeting off the edge of the cliff, little can be done to shield drivers from the regular and deadly landslide debris that not only strikes cars as it falls, but also serves as obstacles on the already narrow passage. 

When faced with a fallen rock on a road like this, a three-point (or even eight-point) turn isn’t going to get you headed in the other direction, so a driver’s options are to remove the obstruction, or to double back… in reverse. 

The element of danger may dissuade most drivers from charting their course via the Spiti Valley Road, but the harrowing journey attracts thrill seekers looking for an adventure

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For years, Vikings fans knew that their city would be hosting the 2018 Super Bowl. But on Sunday, Jan. 14, a wildly unlikely turn of events took their team one step closer to actually appearing in the game for the first time in 41 years

Moments after quarterback Case Keenum connected with Stefon Diggs for a last-ditch effort that led to a Vikings win over the Saints, fans were exultant over their team’s 29-24 win, and a chance at making club history in the coming weeks. 

Thanks to Twitter, fans were able to share their comically exuberant reactions in real time, offering a gallery of videos and messages that show just how jubilant regular folks can get when their city’s team lifts them up. 

But before we get to the madness, let’s revisit the play in question that blew the roof off every Vikings household, and no doubt sent Saints fans into a brief spell of catatonic shock. 

In fact, the reactions were so visceral that, in at least one instance, medical technology had to tell them to calm down and take a breath. 

The last-second heroics of the Vikings left some more casual fans observing — mouth agape, no doubt — as their more invested roommates ran senseless laps around the apartment like an excited puppy learning it was time for a walk. 

When an entire family of Vikings fans was watching, they each fed off each...

In 2017, the NHL decided not to give its players a break to participate in the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The decision came after the NHL and the International Olympic Committee couldn’t agree on how the NHL would be compensated for the costs incurred by the break. Previously, the IOC paid for insurance, travel, and accommodations for players, but it refused to do so for 2018.

While the talent pool in the Olympics will be diminished by the NHL’s decision, Canadians — and hockey fans everywhere — should all root for Polish-Canadian winger Wojtek Wolski. 16 months ago, while playing in the Kontinental Hockey League, Wolski was injured on the ice in a gruesome accident. He slammed into the boards headfirst, resulting in a broken neck and a concussion.

Wolski miraculously returned to the KHL this season, playing for the Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Kunlun Red Star, scoring nine goals and 33 points in 40 games. His great performance on the ice earned him a place on Canada’s Olympic team — a miraculous feat for a man who’d been injured so seriously.

It’s a terrible thing to rear-end another motorist. It’s even worse if they’re driving a very expensive car. But there are few things worse than rear-ending someone in an expensive car who’s the starting running back for your local NFL team — and they’re facing the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game in five short days.

If you’re the unidentified woman in Jacksonville, Florida, who drove her SUV into Leonard Fournette’s 2017 Mercedes-Benz Maybach on Jan. 16, you know how this feels.

The good news is that Fournette was able to walk away from the incident on Interstate 295 near the Dames Point Bridge. He was also in good spirits after the wreck and took photos with those who were on the scene to help. 

Fournette also took the time to sign the shattered bumper from his $200,000 Mercedes-Benz Maybach and give it to a first-responder as a gift.

A popular hypothetical question at teenage slumber parties and on boring first dates goes something like this: “If you had only one day left to live, what would you do?”

Avid golfer Mark Gardner got to live out this scenario on Friday, Jan. 12, when an emergency text saying a missile was headed toward Hawaii was sent to residents of the Aloha State.

Before realizing the alert was a false alarm, Gardner sent a farewell message to his friends and family, which his daughter later posted on her Twitter page. “If you’re watching this video, that means I didn’t make it,” he said. But after that grim statement, Gardner, like any other avid golfer, got to the really important stuff. “I just parred the last hole and I hit the shiz-nick out of my ball. I love y’all, but I’m playing golf, and that’s the last thing I’m gonna do.”

Gardner’s video is going viral because he didn’t panic or run for shelter while under the threat of nuclear annihilation. Instead, Gardner decides to go on doing what he loves and letting the chips (on the course or...

In November 2017, Vermont became the first state in the country to approve ultimate Frisbee as a high school varsity sport. The sport, invented by a group of New Jersey high school students in the 1960s and played by tossing a disc down the field to score a goal, is known for its hippie-esque rules, including a lack of referees (players rely on self-officiating) and its mixed gender teams. Diehard fans love it as a sport that bucks the usual sport conventions.

But while Vermont will honor ultimate Frisbee’s no-refs rule, officials have decided to veer from the mixed-gender norm and will exclusively offer separate boys and girls teams. For many fans of the sport, the decision is a betrayal of ultimate Frisbee tradition. Creating gender-exclusive teams is an equity issue for women and nonbinary players that will affect the opportunities and exposure women and nonbinary players have at an important and precedent-setting level in the sport.

Since its inception in 1968, ultimate Frisbee has steamrolled in popularity. According to USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport in the U.S., 7 million adults and youth play ultimate Frisbee in more than 80 countries across the world. Some pro and championship games and highlights are even televised on ESPN — the sort of standard that demonstrates legitimacy for a sport — and in 2015, the World Flying Disc Federation was recognized by the International Olympic Committee, making the sport eligible for future Olympic...

President Donald Trump has a long history of pandering to racists to gain political power. He won notoriety in right-wing circles after peddling his racist birther crusade against President Barack Obama; launched his campaign for president with a speech calling Mexicans “rapists” and, most recently, referred to Haiti and Africa as “shitholes.”

While Trump’s overt racism is shocking, dangerous, and embarrassing, the fact that he suffers virtually no political fallout from the Republican Party for his actions is almost just as disgusting. History will not be kind to those who stood by silently while Trump emboldened racists not only in America but around the world.

On Monday, Jan. 15, the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers spoke out against Trump in a pre-game interview:

“The state of racism will never die, but what we cannot do is allow it to conquer us as people. The guy in control has given people and racism, and negative racism, an opportunity to be out and outspoken without fear. And that’s the fearful thing for us because it’s with you, and it's around every day, but he’s allowed people to come out and just feel confident about doing negative things. Like I said, we can’t allow that to stop us from continuing to be together and preach the right word of livin’ and lovin’ and laughin’ and things of that nature. Because would we want to live anywhere else? I don’t think so. We love this place.”

James was...

It’s one thing to get schooled during a pickup game. Sure, you’re humiliated, and you let your team down, but on the bright side there’s usually a very limited audience to register your athletic embarrassment. 

One of the subjects of this now-viral video wasn’t quite so lucky, and it was all captured on camera, then posted to social media where the clip has now garnered 2.41 million views as of this morning. 

Oh, and the party responsible for this public basketball shaming was a police officer. In full uniform. 

It’s a safe bet that this nameless defender won’t be living down this event for quite some time. Almost as entertaining as the matchup itself are the unbridled screams of the observers as they watch their buddy get schooled not just by any athlete, but a cop. The video, initially posted by @Lizleeeee, was quick to amass clever takes on what Twitter users just saw. 

This one might be the best: 

I’m not sure if anyone was protected here, but it’s clear one poor soul got served. 

The Philadelphia 76ers and Boston Celtics recently played a game in London to increase the league’s presence in across the Atlantic, and in endearing themselves to the crowd, the 76ers laid a wicked prank on one unwitting fan in attendance. 

Calling up a random fan to attempt a distant shot for a cash prize is common practice in basketball arenas across the U.S., but the 76ers added a twist to make this instance a lot more memorable for both the volunteer and the fans in attendance. 

In front of a sold-out crowd at London’s O2 Arena, the team pulled actor and comedian Jack Whitehall out of the crowd for a chance to sink a 3-pointer … blindfolded.

For reference, the distance from the 3-point line to the hoop is about 23.75 feet. Not exactly a gimme, but certainly makeable, even blindfolded — albeit with luck on one’s side. 

Whitehall heaved the ball towards the hoop, and seconds later, the crowd went absolutely wild. When the blindfold came off, a disbelieving and exuberant Whitehall was quickly pointed to the video screen to watch the replay. 

Sure enough, his jubilation quickly subsided as he saw his blindfolded self fling the ball well short of the hoop, resulting in an unremarkable airball. 

Oh well. Chances are, the league didn’t get a fan in Jack Whitehall that night, but they may have gotten hundreds of others, judging by the laughter of the crowd when the unsuspecting volunteer realized he had been duped on a very, very large stage. 

Living legend Serena Williams will not be defending her Australian Open title this month. Although she originally intended to play just five months after the arrival of her first child, Alexis Olympia, Williams endured near-fatal complications after giving birth that slowed her recovery.

In September, Williams gave birth to her daughter via emergency C-section after the baby’s heart rate dropped to a dangerously low level. The surgery went perfectly, and Williams was over the moon with her new addition. “That was an amazing feeling,” Serena told Vogue. “And then everything went bad.”

The next day, while resting in bed, Williams felt short of breath and immediately knew what the problem was: embolisms. In 2003, after a slip on broken glass at a restaurant in Munich, Germany, Williams developed several life-threatening blood clots in her leg. Since then, Williams has been on a strict regimen of blood thinners, but she stopped taking them due to the C-section.  

Williams immediately hopped out of bed and told a nurse that she needed an IV of blood thinners and a CT scan right away. Unsure whether Williams was having a negative reaction to her pain medication or a serious problem, her doctor did an ultrasound on her legs and found nothing. Her doctor then ordered a CT scan and found several small blood clots in her lungs. “I was like, listen to Dr. Williams,” she told Vogue.

The intense coughing caused by the embolisms in her...

After Trump’s curious attempt at singing along with the national anthem prior to the College Football National Championship game, there was little doubt that the folks behind the viral ‘Bad Lip Reading’ videos would quickly be on the case. 

Just days later, they’ve delivered. 

As in so many other instances, Trump’s weird behavior here seems to transcend satire into some sort of an alternate reality with far lower standards for the nation’s commander in chief. We can laugh about it or cry about it, and this video helps make that choice a bit less difficult. 

At least with all that mumbling and ad-libbing he didn’t say anything racist. If Trump would take a cue from the video and stick to more innocuous gibberish about baby birds and sugar packets, we might all feel a little better about how things are going in this administration. 

While this sort of takedown is Bad Lip Reading’s bread and butter, those folks aren’t the only ones trying to get to the bottom of what exactly was coming out of Trump’s mouth during the performance. 

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