March 2013 | Sharapova's Thigh

Yep, Pop-a-Shot style beer pong is apparently a thing now. And no, there is no beer drinking involved in the game, so you're just paying to toss a ping pong ball into a bunch of red cups. 

The arcade game is called "Beer Pong Master", and it was recently shown off at the Nightlife and Bar Convention in Las Vegas. 

FoodBeast.Com explains their experience playing the game, and how it all works:

The game worked super well, and was surprisingly a great deal of fun to play. It’s all very fluid — swipe a credit card or insert a coin, pick 1 – 4 players, and be on your way. Normal beer pong mechanics are in play here, but you have a set amount of time (our machine was registered at 60-second games) to sink as many balls in the still-lit cups as possible. All 10 cups begin completely lit at the start of the timer, and once your first ball connects to the rim of any cup, the clock begins winding down until you’ve sunk a ball in every cup and dimmed all the lights, or 60 seconds has passed, whichever comes first:

As for the game being without beer (and drinking beer is the whole reason we play beer pong, right?), the booth operator at the convention talked about ways bar owners and patrons could incorporate booze into the game, such as bars offering free booze for high scores in the game:

While there is no drinking directly tied to the game (the cups are empty), the booth operator was touting the many different ways patrons and bar owners could tie drinking benefits to the machine. Of those ways included setting particular in-game scores to beat and rewarding patrons with free pitchers of beer. Another way of drinking involved participants bringing a pint of beer to the game, and drinking beside their opponent — every made cup by your opponent is a 1-second chug of beer for themselves.

And here's a video showing off the Beer Pong Master in action:

I'm not sure how popular the Beer Pong Master will get, but FoodBeast says the game is "set to start distributing immediately", so don't be surprised to see it at a bar (especially, say, a Dave & Busters or Brunswick Zone) soon.

Thigh Five: Next Impulse Sports

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While 99% of basketball fans were watching the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, the Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns met for a game that was only watchable if, like me, you're a fan of Bill Walton and his commentary (he served as the Kings' color commentator for this game).

But, there was an awesome play in the game at least. Watch Kings guard Tyreke Evans make an insane 360 layup after splitting two Suns defenders at the top of the key:

Ridiculous. Also, no surprise at all that in a 20-second clip, we were still able to hear Bill talk about Einstein and da Vinci. 

As for the game, the Kings won 117-103, with DeMarcus Cousins going off for 34 points (12-16 FG, 9-9 FT) and 14 rebounds. The Suns have now lost five in a row, and are a Western Conference-worst 23-50.

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 This story is also just a nice excuse to post that baseball card.

Remember Tony Phillips?

He played 18 years in MLB, most recently (yet not recent at all) in 1999 for the Oakland A's, at the age of 40. He actually began his career with the A's in 1982 and played with them through 1989, before playing for the Detroit Tigers (1990-1994), California/Anaheim Angels (1995 and 1997), Chicago White Sox (1996-1997), Toronto Blue Jays (1998), New York Mets (1998).

Phillips had a very nice career, putting together a .266 batting average, .374 on-base percentage (particularly impressive over 18 seasons, and in an era where obp wasn't focused on nearly as much), .763 OPS, getting 2,203 hits, and hitting 160 home runs. He led the AL in walks twice (1993 and 1996), led the AL in runs in 1992, and had five .800+ OPS seasons.

Well, Phillips will turn 54 in a month, and is apparently going to try out for an Independent League team next week. No joke:

April 1 isn’t until Monday, and I assure you we are not fooling anybody. Revolution Baseball Operations Manager Andrew Ball has received confirmation that infielder Tony Phillips, who played in 18 Major League seasons between 1982 (!) and 1999 predominately with the A’s and Tigers will attend the open tryout on Friday, April 5 with hopes to earn a spot on the spring camp roster.
Source: BlogToBlogChamps

CBS Sports' Mike Axisa adds, "It's worth noting that Phillips actually played in an independent league in each of the last two seasons. He hit .231 in 16 games for the Edinburg (Texas) Roadrunners in 2012 and .269 in 24 games for the Yuma (Ariz.) Scorpions in 2011."

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Before Friday's episode of 'Around the Horn', ESPN will apparently show an absolutely awesome trailer paying tribute to HBO's fantastic series 'Game of Thrones', as the third season of the series begins Sunday.

Behold, 'Game of Horns':

Spectacular. According to the video's YouTube description, the video was produced by Chris Gavin, and the artwork and animation was done by Kirk Reid. Well done, guys.

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Here is your March 2013 FAIL compilation

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One of the best monthly time-wasters around comes through again. Cure your boredom, for nine minutes and change, by watching people embarrass the hell out of themselves:

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The Lehigh Valley IronPigs (triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) will feature a "Urinal Gaming System" for their home games at Coca-Cola Park in 2013. Yes, a urinal gaming system. 

Here's more, from MILB.Com:

Coca-Cola Park will be the first sports venue in the world to feature a brand new revolutionary "Urinal Gaming System", allowing fans to interact with the world's only truly hands-free urinal game controller, when the Lehigh Valley IronPigs open their 2013 season this April. The p-controlled video game systems will be featured within all men's restrooms at Coca-Cola Park and are exclusively presented by Lehigh Valley Health Network.

"These games are sure to make a huge splash," exclaimed IronPigs General Manager Kurt Landes. "Our fans are always looking for the next big thing and these 'X-Stream games' are another example of our commitment to providing an unparalleled entertainment experience in all aspects of Coca-Cola Park, including our restrooms."

When a user approaches the urinal, the video console flips into gaming mode, using patented technology that detects both his presence and stream. Algorithms then allow the user to engage with the screen by aiming in different directions to test their agility and knowledge. The games are 100% intuitive and custom-built to provide a unique user interface along with an easy and seamless experience. The Urinal Gaming System was created and developed by United Kingdom-based Captive Media. For more information on Captive Media, or to see a video of the p-controlled video games, visit

Upon completion (an average of over 55 seconds according to published research), users will receive their score and a code to enter. They can then view their position on the leader board or check the website to see how they stack up with the rest of that night's competition! High scores will be displayed in real-time across various videoboard displays within Coca-Cola Park.

 "Baseball fans know all about RBI, ERA and OBP," said Angelo Baccala, MD, of Lehigh Valley Urology Specialty Care and chief of Lehigh Valley Health Network's division of urology. "But when it comes to their own PSA, many men don't have a clue. We see this game as a fun and unique opportunity to remind men about the importance of prostate health."

Understanding what prostate-specific antigen (PSA) means is just a first step, Baccala said. He hopes the game will motivate more men to talk with their physician and, if appropriate, get screened. "Baseball, above all, is about team, and so is prostate health. Men should work together with their physician to devise a game plan that makes sense for them."

There are a number of games planned for the 2013 season, including alpine skiing, which allows users to speed their way through snowy mountains on a snowmobile while attempting to hit cartoon penguins (seriously). The games will rotate throughout the season to provide users with a unique experience.

Captive Media's technology was in development for four years prior to debuting in venues in the UK in 2012. Coca-Cola Park is their first Global and North American sports venue.
And here's a video showing how the incredible urinal gaming system works:

Thigh Five: NESN

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Oakland Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer pictured on the left (click for larger image)

The Oakland Raiders' Jared Veldheer  is working out this offseason. A lot.

The 6'8" left tackle was an athletic 321 pounds last season in the Raiders' zone-blocking scheme (it's crucial to have athletic offensive linemen in that scheme; the Houston Texans show it off better than anybody), but in 2013, the Raiders are moving to a power-blocking scheme that will require the offensive linemen to beef up a bit.

And Veldheer has certainly done just that. Veldheer's strength coach, Mark Ehnis, tweeted that Veldheer will be reporting to camp at 325 pounds. Apparently, that will be an all-muscle 325 pounds.

Oh, and you knew this photoshop work was coming:

 Thigh Five: Silver & Black Pride

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Boston Bruins assistant coach Geoff Ward decided he'd had enough of an ear piece he was wearing during the Bruins' game on Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and nonchalantly tossed it over his head.

Incredibly, the ear piece landed in a fan's beer:

Fantastic. Also fantastic- the guy looking up in the sky wondering where the heck the ear piece came from.

Thigh Five: Barstool Sports

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No. 8 seed North Carolina had a 30-21 lead on No. 1 seed Kansas in the first half of Sunday's NCAA Tournament action in Kansas City... and then it all fell apart in the second half.

Kansas would go on to win the game 70-58, to land themselves in the Sweet 16. And after one block in the final minutes from Jayhawks senior center Jeff Withey, the CBS cameras caught one Tar Heels fan not handling it so well.

Ginger tears:

Thigh Five: @BuzzfeedSports

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Ohio State's Aaron Craft made a three-pointer with under one second left in regulation on Sunday to give the Buckeyes a 78-75 victory over the Iowa State Cyclones in the second round (don't care what they try to tell ya) of the NCAA Tournament. Finally, a (well, almost) buzzer beater in this year's big dance.

Here's video of the shot:

There's plenty of debate as to whether or not the Buckeyes really deserved to win this game, as prior to Craft's shot, he took a charge that appeared to be a blocking foul and would've put Iowa State in tremendous position for the win. But, the Buckeyes got a big break and took advantage of it (as good teams do) with the game-winning shot.

The West Region has been absolutely bonkers. Ohio State, the region's No. 2 seed, would not have to face the region's No. 1 (Gonzaga), No. 3 (New Mexico), No. 4 (Kansas State), or No. 5 (Wisconsin) seeds the rest of the way, as they've all been eliminated already. The Buckeyes have a very tough game coming up in the Sweet 16 against the region's 6-seeded Arizona, though, as at times, the Wildcats look as good as anybody in the country. Arizona has wins over teams such as Florida and Miami (Florida) this season, and looked very impressive in the first two rounds of the tournament (albeit against No. 11 and No. 14 seeds).

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Florida Gulf Coast University... you may not have heard of them before the last few days - - especially in the basketball world- - and that would be very understandable. FGCU's only had a basketball program for two years, and they've only been NCAA Tournament-eligible for two years. But, they qualified for the tournament this season, after putting together a pretty impressive season that included a victory over Miami (Florida).

And on Friday night, the No. 15 seed FGCU shocked the world by knocking off No. 2 seed Georgetown 78-68. Really, FGCU dominated the game, and they also threw down a few spectacular dunks. The most spectacular of which, was without question an alley-oop dunk from Chase Fieler that was set up by a street ball-esque underhanded lob pass from teammate Brett Comer.

Here's video of the incredible play, via Rant Sports:

And here it is in GIF form, via Gifulmination:

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Indiana guard Victor Oladipo is arguably the best player in college basketball this season. Whatever the case, I think most can agree that he's the most exciting player in college basketball this season, because he regularly does amazing things like this:

A 360 dunk (that he made look easy) in the Big 10 Tournament... not bad. Oladipo (who also put up a double-double) and Indiana would go on to win that game vs Illinois, 80-64, and with the victory, move on to the tournament's semifinals to face Wisconsin. The Hoosiers have a great shot to lock up a No. 1 seed for the NCAA Tournament.

As for Illinois, at least they had yesterday's memorable victory, and will likely still be in the big dance.

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Illinois' Brandon Paul hit a stepback jumper at the buzzer to defeat Minnesota 51-49 in the first round of Big Ten Tournament play on Thursday at the United Center. And Gus Johnson was doing the play-by-play for the Big Ten Network.

Cue Gusgasm:

Gus and March Madness: A match made in heaven. Unfortunately, Gus can no longer call NCAA Tournament games, as he of course left CBS for Fox. :(.

Thigh Five: Awful Announcing

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Sunday at Staples Center, the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka supplied quite the nut shot to Los Angels Clippers star Blake Griffin with under two minutes to go in a showdown between two of the Western Conference's top teams.

In GIF form via HardwoodParoxysm.Com, watch Ibaka punch Griffin in the balls (click GIF for larger view):

After reviewing the play, the officials somehow let Ibaka stay in the game, but did hit him with a flagrant-1 foul. The whole "possession" turned into a whopping seven points for the Clippers, and they even took the lead with the last of those three points on a Jamal Crawford three-ball, after trailing by as many as 19 in the third quarter. However, the Thunder went on to win the game 108-104, with three of those points coming via an Ibaka and-one with 59 seconds to go.

A suspension or at least pricey fine should be in order for Ibaka, as that certainly looked intentional. And whatever the case, he's damn lucky the Thunder went on to win after all of the Clippers points that resulted from his cheap shot.

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