NFL player shows up to press conference dressed in Yoda onesie

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Steve Smith is either A) 36 days late to Halloween or B) really stoked for ‘Rogue One‘ next week. 

The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver showed up to Wednesday’s press conference dressed as Yoda, everyone’s favorite Jedi Master.

Smith offered no explanation as to why he chose that particular attire, besides saying, “It’s been a while since I wore a onesie,” per ESPN‘s Jamison Hensley.

Steve Smith Sr. In Yoda costume as he addresses mediapic.twitter.com/k0pB8L1n8t

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Broadcaster Joe Buck peed in a trash can while calling a Brett Favre touchdown

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When you gotta go, you gotta go. 

In broadcaster Joe Buck’s case, this holds true even if you’re in the middle of announcing a football game, The perennial Fox play-by-play man joined Dave Dameshek’s NFL Network show this week and shared the crazy story of a Packers game in 1994, when Buck just couldn’t hold it any longer. 

The broadcast booth at Milwaukee County Stadium, as it turns out, is nowhere near the bathrooms. With only 30-second breaks in the action, Buck couldn’t make it there and back in time, so he pulled up a trash can instead. Read more…

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Football club seriously regrets posting a job opening on Twitter

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LONDON — If you post a job opportunity to Twitter, you’d best be very, very cautious with your listing.

Or, as Altrincham FC discovered, you risk being trolled mercilessly by your followers. 

The semi-professional club based out of the Manchester, UK area is evidently looking to fill a manager role. 

However, it appears that the organisation has found it necessary to specify that experience playing either the Football Manager or Championship Manager video games will not be sufficient. 

Please note, CV’s for the vacant manager role must not be based on FM or CM achievements.

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Football star rushes to comfort young fan battling cancer after Facebook post

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Here’s something that will warm the coldest of hearts.

Mahalia Murphy from Sydney, Australia, posted an urgent request on Facebook Tuesday for her terminally ill friend. And just like Batman, one of her friend’s saw the signal and responded instantly.

Kia Lettice, who has been fighting cancer, had “roughly four hours to live,” according to Murphy’s post. All Lettice wanted is for Australian rugby league player Greg Inglis or former player Beau Ryan to come and see her in order to “boost” her up. 

Within half an hour of the post, Ryan answered the call despite being 120 kilometres (74 miles) away. Read more…

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A tragic end for Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy winner and former college football star

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In the early ’90s, Rashaan Salaam was a college football superstar, combining grace and power to rumble for yard after yard after yard for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

On Monday night, Salaam was found dead at 42 years old in a park in Boulder, Colorado, less than two miles from the stadium where he became a legend. 

Salaam’s body was found at Eben G. Fine Park. Police told the Associated Press that foul play is not suspected in the former running back’s death. But Salaam’s mother, Khalada, told USA Today that police suspect her son committed suicide.  Read more…

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A tragic end for Rashaan Salaam, Heisman Trophy winner and former college football star

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In the early ’90s, Rashaan Salaam was a college football superstar, combining grace and power to rumble for yard after yard after yard for the Colorado Buffaloes. 

On Monday night, Salaam was found dead at 42 years old in a park in Boulder, Colorado, less than two miles from the stadium where he became a legend. 

Salaam’s body was found at Eben G. Fine Park. Police told the Associated Press that foul play is not suspected in the former running back’s death. But Salaam’s mother, Khalada, told USA Today that police suspect her son committed suicide.  Read more…

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Sheriff gets profane over why it took so long to arrest Joe McKnight’s alleged killer

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Ronald Gasser, the man suspected of killing former NFL and college football star Joe McKnight, was arrested on Monday and charged with manslaughter. 

After Gasser allegedly fired three shots in a road rage incident in New Orleans on Thursday, authorities released the 54-year-old without charges on Friday night, citing Louisiana’s “Stand Your Ground” law, which states that a person is justified in using deadly force in certain situations.

Gasser’s release led to protests from NAACP representatives and an outcry on social media, as people criticized the slow-moving justice system. At a press conference on Tuesday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand defended his department’s investigation and scolded those who doubted it.  Read more…

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Footballer scores world’s sneakiest penalty in truly stylish fashion

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LONDON — Penalty trick shots are not for the faint hearted.

If you can pull it off, you’ll look like a total badass. If you miss, you’ll be the laughing stock of the football pitch.

During a charity match between Swansea City’s All Stars and Briton Ferry Llansawel’s over 35s, former professional footballer Lee Trundle did not miss.

Here he is taking what may be the world’s sneakiest penalty.

They don’t come much cheekier than that, do they?

The match took place on the weekend, and the clip has been shared on Twitter thousands of times. Read more…

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The Panthers benched style icon Cam Newton because of this outfit

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If there was ever a way to get scolded for fashion choices, Cam Newton would surely figure out how. 

The Carolina Panthers quarterback — whose fancy post-game attire defines him as much as his MVP-calibre skills on the field — was benched for the first play of Carolina’s loss to Seattle on Sunday after violating the Panthers’ dress code. 

Newton didn’t wear a tie on the team flight into Seattle because — obviously — it didn’t go with his outfit. 

Speaking to the media in the offending outfit after the 40-7 loss, Newton said he hadn’t packed a collared shirt after being away from home for a week, and couldn’t rock a tie over his turtleneck. (He also said he couldn’t find a dress shirt to fit his frame on short notice, according to USA Today.)  Read more…

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The NFL is way overthinking this GIF thing

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The NFL is finally modifying its overbearing social media policy, but making things quite complicated in the process.

In a memo reportedly sent out to all 32 teams on Friday, the NFL announced it would amend the social media policy it instituted two months ago, which prevented teams from posting GIFs and videos during games. 

Teams are allowed to do so now, but this is still the NFL, so of course the change is accompanied by some very specific rules.

Previously, the league handed out $25,000 fines for posting unapproved video (including GIFs) during games. The new policy lets teams post video, but only of things like “fans, cheerleaders, mascots and touchdown dances,” according to a memo obtained by Yahoo! Finance. Read more…

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