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VIDEO: How To Catch A Foul Ball While Holding A Kid

There’s a right way to do things, and a wrong way to do things. That goes for everything in life: cooking, working out, driving a car, and even catching a foul ball with a kid in your arms. 

I wouldn’t bring this up without sharing examples, so here we go…

THE RIGHT WAY 

 

It’s always risky to attempt to catch a foul ball while holding a baby, but that’s the way it should be done if you’re going to try. I’m still really impressed that the guy made a one-handed grab on a liner. I question if I could have nabbed that with a glove and two hands.

THE WRONG WAY

Why did the dad pick up his daughter in the first place? I thought she was supposed to catch the ball when it was tossed?! On top of dropping the daughter…he dropped the ball as well. What an idiot! This is an epic fail and it was all caught on tape (and plastered all over the internet).

I hope you learned something from this. :)

Let me know what you think! Leave a comment below, get in touch with me on Twitter and Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

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Random Ramblings

I know you’re all very disappointed that I haven’t blogged in a week (sense the sarcasm), but now I’m back. I don’t have a real focus today, so I hope you can keep up with my random ramblings:

1)  The NBA Finals start tonight. I’m not much of an NBA fan (it’s not real basketball if you ask me), but I feel like I should acknowledge that it’s going on. I would have never guessed the Dallas Mavericks would be playing for the crown this season (my guy Tony Tucker didn’t think so either). On the other hand, the Miami Heat were a given for the finals the instant LeBron James declared that he was taking his talents to South Beach. With that said, I can’t get myself to root for the Heat. I can’t stand teams that pay for championships (especially the New York Yankees). I also have a problem with three of the best players in the NBA teaming up in free agency to win a crown. Miami will likely win it all…and I’ll hate the NBA more than I already do.

2)  The Stanley Cup Finals start tomorrow. Unlike most of the world, I’m much more interested in the NHL than the NBA. I can’t wait to see the Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins play for Lord Stanley’s Cup. In my NHL preview, I pegged the Canucks to play for the title (against the Pittsburgh Penguins), so I’m not surprised they’re in. I also had Boston winning the Northeast Division, but I had them losing before the Eastern Conference Finals. I’m a little surprised the Bruins are playing for the championship, but I’m not stunned. I think it’s going to be an awesome series. Don’t be surprised if it comes down to goaltending (Tim Thomas v. Roberto Luongo). In the end, I think Vancouver wins the Stanley Cup in six games (but that’s probably because of my West Coast bias).

3)  I love college football, but I hate that it’s tainted. It’s just like Major League Baseball: I loved the Mark McGwire v. Sammy Sosa home run race, but now I wish it never happened because of steroids. Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel got what he deserved (he resigned from his post yesterday). I’m glad he quit. He exploited his players (or let them exploit themselves) to win national championships. How could you ever feel right winning a title knowing that you did it the wrong way (that question is directed at John Calipari as well)? There will always be cheating in college football (I’ll continue to turn my head the other direction), but it’s nice to see the system can still weed out the worst of the worst like Tressel. The big question is…who’s next? I’m sure we’ll find out soon.

That’s it for today! I’d love to hear what you think about the NBA Finals, the Stanley Cup Finals, and cheating in college football. Leave a comment below, connect with me on Twitter and Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com.

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Video: Trick Soccer Play Leads To Goal

Coaches and players will go to any length to win a championship. I don’t blame them. The it-doesn’t-matter-if-you-win-or-lose philosophy is stupid to me. I never stepped foot on the field (or ice) not caring about the outcome…I wanted to win!

With that said, I wanted to win within the rules. I’m not a cheater, and I don’t respect cheaters. Where’s the fun in winning if you don’t do it the right right way? I loved Mark McGwire as a kid, but I didn’t care for him after I found out he used steroids (even though it should have been clear back then). McGwire crushed the single-season home run record by cheating. I wonder if he’s proud of that now? He shouldn’t be.

There are plenty of sketchy ways to win without breaking the rules in life. Take counting cards for example: you can legally make a bunch of money at a blackjack table, but it’s not a fair way to win. It’s more of a scam than anything.

There’s often a thin line between cheating and staying within the rules in sports as well. Take this high school soccer trick play for example: 

The team didn’t break any rules to score that goal, but having two players collide (where the opposition thinks they can be injured) is a HUGE stretch. It’s like breaking the speed limit when you know there aren’t any cops around. You won’t get in trouble, but is it really the right thing to do?

I’d love to know what you think about this. Leave a comment below, connect with me on Twitter and Facebook, or email me at tim@timlewissports.com. I think there’s a solid argument to both sides of the issue.

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The World’s Most Powerful Sports Celebrities

If you want to rule the world…become a musician. If you want to rule the sports world…become Tiger Woods (good luck with that). That’s according to the Celebrity 100 list recently released by Forbes.

NOTE: This is the second article by Forbes I’ve referenced in eight days (the other is Albert Pujols: Baseball’s Most Underpaid Player), so they’re pumping out some quality content right now.

For only the third time in the last seven years, Oprah Winfrey doesn’t lead “The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities” list. Instead…brace yourself for this…it’s Lady Gaga. According to the Forbes article, she reeled in $90 million last year, but it’s her following that put her over the top. Gaga (or do you need to keep the “Lady” attatched?) has more than 32 million Facebook fans and 10 million Twitter followers. Thanks to her presence online, there were more than one million digital downloads of her new hit “Born This Way” in just five days! Who says social media is a joke?

Of the Top 10 people/groups listed, seven of them come from the world of music (Justin Bieber (3), U2 (4), Elton John (5), Taylor Swift (7), Bon Jovi (8), and Simon Cowell (9).

Despite slumping on the PGA Tour, Tiger Woods is one of two athletes to crack the Top 10. He comes in at No. 6, making him the top athlete on the list. The Forbes article says Woods still reels in around $75 million a year. He earns $3 million alone for making one overseas appearance. That’s outrageous!

The other athlete to make the Top 10 is Miami Heat star LeBron James. He snuck in at No. 10. James brought in $48 million last year (ranked 29th in the Top 100), but it’s his television presence (ranked 2nd) that pushes him into the celebrity elite.

Other athletes on the Celebrity 100 list include: Kobe Bryant (14), Roger Federer (25), David Beckham (T-35), Phil Mickelson (T-35), Cristiano Ronaldo (43), Rafael Nadal (46), Alex Rodriguez (49), Tom Brady (55), Dwayne Wade (57), Dwight Howard (59), Lionel Messi (62), Derek Jeter (69), Peyton Manning (72), Maria Sharapova (80), Serena Williams (84), Venus Williams (86), and Danica Patrick (96).

I’d be happy to be any of those people. It’s not that I hate who I am…I’d just like to roll up in a blanket of million dollar bills (they exist in my mind) every night when I go to bed. It’s too bad my athletic ability (or lack thereof) never took me very far. I guess that’s why I talk sports now, instead of playing them. Maybe I should invest in some singing lessons (if there’s such a thing)?

Let me know what you think of the Celebrity 100 list. Am I completely out of the loop, or is Lady Gaga really that cool? Leave a comment below, email me at tim@timlewissports.com, or connect with me on Facebook and Twitter. I always love to hear from you!

Christmas Music In May???

It’s May 18th…nearly five months after Christmas…35 days away from the official start of summer…and I’m still whistling a holiday song.

If you ask anyone who knows me, I easily get music stuck in my head. I’ve had “Killing Me Softly With His Song” by the Fugees consitently in my brain for at least two years (if not three). Why is that song on repeat in my mind? I honestly have NO idea!

If it’s not Lauren Hill blowing through my lips, it’s this Christmas tune:

I love Christmas music (I start listening to it earlier every year), but this is outrageous. It needs to stop! Instead of slapping me in the face when I start to whistle, many of my co-workers join me at this point. They’re only making the problem worse. Sometimes they even start whistling it first, and then I kick right into melody. 

Holiday tunes, much like Christmas lights, should be banned by February (at the latest).

I hope I didn’t just get “Sleigh Ride” stuck in your head (even though it’s a hard tune to ignore…trust me). If I hear anyone whistling that song today, I’ll know they read my blog (because no one else in their right-mind is still singing Christmas music in May, but me). The last thing we need is more holiday cheer this late in the year.

The only way I can solve this problem is if I get another catchy tune stuck in my head. I’m begging you to throw some options my way. Leave a comment below, email me at tim@timlewissports.com, or connect with me on Twitter and Facebook. I need help!

Merry Christmas! I mean…have an awesome day!