Articles By Rob Doster

All taxonomy terms: Billy Horschel, Golf
Path: /golf/billy-horschel-tip-balance-power
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Reigning FedExCup champion Billy Horschel has worked his way onto the short list of players to watch in the 2015 major championships. He’s also a viable candidate to do something no one else has done — successfully defend the FedExCup. In the pages of , Horschel shares the tee-to-green points of emphasis that he and respected instructor Todd Anderson have focused on during his ascension to the top 15 in the World Golf Ranking.

 

Balance of Power

by Billy Horschel

 

To get the most out of your golf swing and feel the most powerful with it, you want to make sure you're balanced in your setup. You don't want to be too much on your left foot, because then when you turn, you turn around on your left side. With a driver, you want to feel like there's more weight on your right side — maybe 60-40, or 65-35. That allows you to feel like you're loading power into your right hip. From there, I try to feel like my left hip moves towards the target, while my upper half and my left shoulder stay closed.

 

With amateurs, when they get up to the top, the left shoulder and left hip move forward at the same time. To create power, you want to create a coil, or some resistance — more of a rubber band effect, where you stretch the rubber band even more in your left lat.

So when I get up to the top, I want my left hip to go toward the target while my left shoulder stays back behind the golf ball. From there, the left hip unwinds, and the upper body follows. The club feels more like a whip, following behind everything else.

 

Todd Anderson's Keys

• Load into your right hip on the backswing (above) to create coil between your upper body and lower body, keeping the right elbow in front of the chest on the backswing

 

• Unwind from the ground up and release the energy into the ball

 

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 14:31
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 18:

 

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• Strange times at the 'Cuse: .

 

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• The Madness has begun: . Also, the . Too bad they won't be around long.

 

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• In case you're interested,

 

• The Spurs allowed a Larry Bird-style performance from some guy named Alexey Shved in a loss to the Knicks,

 

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• DeAndre Jordan fulfilled a fantasy that many of us harbor: .

 

• Watch Kevin Nealon describe his pranking at the hands of the Manning brothers.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 11:20
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 17: 

 

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• Possible game-changer: . His fellow NFLers were .

 

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• Colin Kaepernick showed off his uncommon athleticism.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 17, 2015 - 11:03
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 16: 

 

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• Scenes of March Madness: .

 

• In case you're still working on your bracket, .

 

• And, if you're lazy or haven't watched any hoops this year, .

 

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. I notice that they didn't ask me.

 

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. So he teed up the ref.

 

. Can't handle prosperity, I guess.

 

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• After kissing Ashley Judd, Dick Vitale went on an epic rant about Murray State's exclusion from the tourney.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 16, 2015 - 10:51
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 13:

 

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after Louisville's loss.

 

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. Good doggie.

 

• John Wall blocked two shots on one play.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 13, 2015 - 12:25
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 12:

 

• In honor of the fast-approaching baseball season, .

 

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• I was unaware of the existence of this footage: .

 

• Just when you lose hope for humanity, , and things don't seem so bad.

 

. As are . What an offseason.

 

• This is cool: .

 

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• This slo-mo Vine of a lady getting hit in the face by a ball has a can't-look-away car-crash quality to it.

 

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Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 11:24
All taxonomy terms: Zach Johnson, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-20-zach-johnson
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

 

No. 20:

 

Born: Feb. 24, 1976, Cedar Rapids, Iowa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 11 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $3,353,417 (19th) World Ranking: 26

 

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Johnson has won 11 times on tour, with four of those wins coming in Texas, three in Georgia, and two in Hawaii. It is clear that under the right conditions and on the right courses, he is formidable. The right conditions are when the fairways are fast and hard to hit, such as on the typical winding bermuda layouts common to the South, which allow him to make up for his lack of length and take advantage of his laser straight drives. One would think his game would serve him well in the U.S. Open, but those firm fast greens have never been receptive to his low ball flight. But if it rains at Chambers Bay this year and gets windy the way it did at Augusta National when he won in 2007 with a record high score, he would be tough to beat, as he will be at Whistling Straits for the PGA Championship where he finished third in 2010.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 39
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - T40
British Open - T47
PGA Championship - T69

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2007)
U.S. Open - T30 (2011)
British Open - T6 (2013)
PGA Championship - T3 (2010)
Top-10 Finishes: 6
Top-25 Finishes: 10
Missed Cuts: 15

 

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. .

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Post date: Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 09:59
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 11:

 

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, but at least he's looking sharp while doing so. 

 

. And once again, . They're revealing.

 

• Will Ferrell is turning Cactus League into his own personal fantasy camp. .

 

. Apologies to LeBron, but Arnie's still the King.

 

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. Get out your checkbook, John.

 

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. I'm pretty sure I couldn't do that.

 

• Here's Loui Eriksson's amazing goal set to "Louie, Louie."

 

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 11:09
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 10:

 

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• Speaking of the happy couple, .

 

 

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. I think I qualify.

 

. For his part, .

 

• Interesting question:

 

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. Hansel is so hot right now.

 

• The real Michael Bolton makes an appearance at Initech.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 11:46
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 6: 

 

. Not that there's a huge pool.

 

. Jim Boeheim, asleep at the switch when it comes to compliance.

 

• Today's big NFL news: . But who will be throwing to him?

 

• More NFL news: .

 

• Baby daddies aside, .

 

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. Trust me.

 

• For your snow-bound enjoyment: .

 

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• This blindfolded dunk failed to go as intended.

 

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Post date: Friday, March 6, 2015 - 12:29
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 4:

 

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. Apparently he's the first player in history to chase the money.

 

, cheap shots included. 

 

. But will it help them in the long run?

 

. Boy, time flies.

 

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. Of course, the trade is all just part of

 

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• Otto Porter forgot to play defense at an inopportune moment.

 

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Post date: Wednesday, March 4, 2015 - 12:16
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 3: 

 

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. My Titans could use 15-20 of these. Heck, how about 53?

 

 

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• Gluttons rejoice: .

 

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. And he was.

 

• Hassan Whiteside and Alex Len exchanged pleasantries last night.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - 12:37
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for March 2:

 

shows that drivers take a back seat to no one in the hot significant others department.

 

• MVP candidates getting testy: .

 

.  Coach K will not be pleased.

 

• It's March, meaning it's a good time to let .

 

. I can personally vouch for No. 2.

 

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. Trust me, you have time. Just don't blink.

 

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• Shades of Shaq: NIU center Pete Rakocevic destroyed a goal yesterday.

 

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Post date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 11:29
All taxonomy terms: Marc Leishman, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-28-marc-leishman
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 28:

Born: Oct. 24, 1983, Warrnambool, Victoria, Australia | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 0 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,558,657 (32nd) World Ranking: 52

Brandel Chamblee's Take

In 2009, Leishman became the first Australian in the history of the PGA Tour to win Rookie of the Year honors. And though he has won only once on Tour through 2014, when asked who they think will break through with a major win soon, many of the caddies point to this talented Aussie. In 2013, he finished fourth at The Masters, and last year he finished fifth at the Open Championship in addition to finishing in the top 10 in the last two WGC events. His upright swing gives him a powerful high ball flight and a heavy hit that sets up perfectly for the tucked pins on hard greens that one faces at the majors as well as many other events along the way.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 14
Wins: 0

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - DNP
British Open - T5
PGA Championship - T46

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T4 (2013)
U.S. Open - T51 (2011)
British Open - T5 (2014)
PGA Championship - T12 (2013)
Top-10 Finishes: 2
Top-25 Finishes: 3
Missed Cuts: 6

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. .

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Post date: Monday, March 2, 2015 - 10:36
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 27:

 

. Oh, and Will Smith's apparently in it, too.

 

. Nature is terrifying.

 

• Yesterday was dominated by . Oh, and . The Internet is a weird place. 

 

• Of course, .

 

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• Borrowing a page from his idol Seve's playbook, .

 

 

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. And Gruden loves everybody.

 

. His name is George, and he lives with his parents. This is the second contest he's won.

 

• Here's the offending Kevin Stallings comment, which ESPN's cameras helpfully picked up.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 27, 2015 - 11:43
All taxonomy terms: Louis Oosthuizen, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-29-louis-oosthuizen
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 29:

Born: Oct. 19, 1982, Mossel Bay, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (7 on European Tour)  | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $946,134 (101st) World Ranking: 44

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Oosthuizen is hard to put on this list, because the Tour’s ranges are littered with players whose veins are coursing with ambition, and sometimes one wonders if Louis has a pulse at all. And yet, one can not deny his obscene talent. Players, caddies and all who have a chance to witness his game in full flight are agog at what he can do with a ball, as we all were in watching him win the Open Championship by seven shots in 2010 with a driving exhibition that had longtime observers struggling for comparisons. His up-and-down game seems to rise with his interest, and with that being the case he ended 2014 on a high note. I would love to see him play with great intensity for an entire season, and if he did, he could easily do this year what Martin Kaymer did last year.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 25
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - 25
U.S. Open - T40
British Open - T36
PGA Championship - T15

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 2 (2012)
U.S. Open - T9 (2011)
British Open - 1 (2010)
PGA Championship - T15 (2014)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 7
Missed Cuts: 12

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. .

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Post date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 17:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 26:

 

• Big news day for Ronda Rousey: ; she so she can afford Pacquiao-Mayweather tickets; and .

 

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• Sad: . The booger sugar's bad news. 

 

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• Picture this: .

 

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. That's not a misprint.

 

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• On top of everything else, . Or at least bad at math.

 

• Zach Randolph launched a halftime buzzer beater from beyond halfcourt.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 14:44
All taxonomy terms: Charl Schwartzel, Golf
Path: /golf/top-30-golfers-2015-majors-no-30-charl-schwartzel
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They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2015 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the ’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 30:

Born: Aug. 31, 1984, Johannesburg, South Africa | Career PGA Tour Wins: 1 (9 on European Tour)  | 2014 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2014 Earnings (PGA Tour): $1,997,482 (44th) World Ranking: 29

Brandel Chamblee's Take

Schwartzel has been ranked as high as sixth in the world and has won events overseas by 12, 11 and six shots, and in 2011 he won The Masters by birdieing the final four holes, which was an unprecedented accomplishment in the 75-year history of that tournament. With one of the most beautiful swings in the game, it is a wonder that he doesn’t win more often, The Masters being his lone PGA Tour victory, especially given that his Sunday scoring average was the lowest on tour for 2014. Looking closer though, it is clear that he plays his best golf, more often than not, when all chance of winning is gone; only one time on the PGA Tour in the last two years has he bettered his position on the final day of an event when he was in the top ten after 54 holes. His fourth-round 78 at the 2013 US Open, when he was just one off the pace starting the day, is a prime example. At 30 years old he has plenty of time to add to his already enviable record, but to do so he needs play like the man who stole The Masters from so many potential winners four years ago.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 32
Wins: 1

2014 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - T7
PGA Championship - T15

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - 1 (2011)
U.S. Open - T9 (2011)
British Open - T7 (2014)
PGA Championship - T12 (2011)
Top-10 Finishes: 3
Top-25 Finishes: 13
Missed Cuts: 11

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the . Be sure to follow him  on Twitter.

 

Athlon's 2015 Golf annual provides in-depth previews of this year's four majors, including the top 30 players to watch this season. One of these elite players, Billy Horschel, also takes you tee to green with full-swing instruction and short game essentials. .

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Post date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 16:14
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 25:

 

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Post date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:38
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 24:

 

• Charlotte McKinney will be on Dancing with the Stars, providing an excuse to link to .

 

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. Yeah, that's what was missing - a slightly different-colored helmet.

 

and got sad as he watched his teammates living life without him.

 

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, who was contemplating suicide a few years ago due to chronic pain.

 

. I could not agree more strongly with No. 1.

 

• Trickle-down tanking: to gain more favorable bracket position.

 

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. Or, basically his only quote.

 

• Another sign that the end is nigh: .

 

• Watch a very good doggie contribute the cowbell to Don't Fear the Reaper.

 

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Post date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 10:59
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 23:

 

. That's how relentless they are.

 

, leading everyone to say, "Richard Jefferson's still in the league?"

 

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, like who's hotter, Bradley Cooper or Adam Levine. And . The actually came from Athlon buddy @MarkEnnis.

 

. That's somehow perfect.

 

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. It's weirder than it sounds.

 

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• Watch Oregon's Dillon Brooks dunk on a passel of Utes.

 

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Post date: Monday, February 23, 2015 - 11:16
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 20:

 

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• For some reason, .  Maybe because talking about it brings attention to Jack's amazing majors record.

 

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• Speaking of the Combine, for some reason reminds me of Costanza demonstrating the special training shoes to the guys at Foot Locker.

 

• In the process of responding (poorly) to Charles Barkley's dis, . Stop digging, Pete.

 

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, for those who care or are in a pool of some sort.

 

 

• Watch Bill Belichick use his finger to sop up gravy of some sort.

 

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Post date: Friday, February 20, 2015 - 12:32
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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 19: 

 

• Marginally safe for work: .

 

. If it was the Mets, they weren't all that used.

 

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. The best part: Picturing him prancing around in front of the judges.

 

• Watch the Ginger Hammer run the 40-yard dash in the NFL office.

 

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Post date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 - 10:43
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Sometimes athletes have to make their own luck. Or at least that’s what these guys think they’re doing.

 

On this Friday the 13th — a day when we’re all on the lookout for black cats in our paths or broken mirrors — let’s celebrate the athletes who think a bit, um, differently.

 

We thought that it was appropriate to find the 13 most superstitious people in sports, with their seriously strange quirks, habits and talismans, and present them here:

 

Turk WendellMen's Fitness magazine once named pitcher Turk Wendell, whose 11-year major league career (1993-2004) included stops with the Cubs, Mets, Phillies and Rockies, the most superstitious athlete of all time. Wendell wore a necklace made from teeth and bones of animals he had hunted. He would leap over the chalk lines and draw crosses in the dirt on the pitcher's mound. He insisted that his contract figures end with his jersey number of 99. Wendell would eat four pieces of licorice during games he pitched, but don't worry about his dental health — he would also brush his teeth in the dugout between innings.
 
Hall of Fame third baseman Wade Boggs didn't compile a .328 career batting average and accumulate 3,010 hits by accident. The superstitious athlete ate chicken every day before a game; took batting practice at 5:17; ran sprints at 7:17; and wrote the word "Chai" (Hebrew for "life") in the dirt before his plate appearances. Speaking of his love of chicken, Boggs' Twitter account is .
 
They take their curses seriously in the U.K. The Birmingham City football club labored under a gypsy curse that came about due to the stadium's location atop the site of a Romany cemetery. Football club manager Barry Fry, who led the Birmingham City team from 1993 to 1996, took the advice of a clairvoyant to break the curse: He peed in all four corners of the St. Andrew's pitch. So did it work? "Well, we started to win and I thought it had," Fry said in an interview. "Then they sacked me, so probably not."
 
Slugger Jason Giambi (A's, Yankees, Rockies, Indians) addressed a hitting slump with his choice of undergarments. His personal slump-buster was a fancy piece of butt floss — a gold thong. If that’s not disturbing enough, try this: Teammates would ask to borrow it when they encountered slumps of their own.
 
How obsessed was power-hitting outfielder Larry Walker (Expos, Rockies, Cardinals) with the number 3? He set his alarm clock for 33 minutes past the hour, took batting practice in groups of three swings and was married on November 3 at 3:33 P.M. He bought 33 tickets in section 333 of Olympic Stadium to give to under-privileged kids during his time in Montreal. On one of his contracts, he asked for $3,333,333.33. Appropriately enough, Walker's career stats include plenty of threes: His career batting average was .313, and he hit 383 career homers.

 

Michael Jordan's superstition inspired an NBA fashion trend. Jordan insisted on wearing his North Carolina Tar Heels shorts under his Bulls uniform, and to cover up his old college basketball trunks, he started wearing longer shorts. Naturally, the rest of the NBA followed suit.

Mercurial NBA guard Jason Terry (Hawks, Mavs, Celtics, Nets) has the habit of sleeping in the shorts of the team he is playing the next day.
 
Beloved Phillies legend and Hall of Famer Richie Ashburn, who played in Philadelphia from 1948 to 1959 before ending his career with the Mets, slept with a lot of old bats in his day. Literally. In order to keep track of a bat that was treating him particularly well, Ashburn would take the bat to bed with him. 
 
Chicago Black Hawks legend Stan Mikita, who led the NHL in scoring four times during a remarkable career that spanned four different decades (1958-80), also led the league in Most Unusual Superstition: Mikita would flick a lit cigarette over his left shoulder before taking the ice for a game.
 

Goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who played for the Philadelphia Flyers from 1981 to 1986, would drink a Swedish beer called Pripps during each intermission, with two ice cubes — no more, no fewer.
 
There must be something about goalies. Patrick Roy, whose career included stints with Montreal (1984-95) and Colorado (1996-2003), is considered by many the greatest goaltender in NHL history. He might also be the strangest, since he befriended the posts. That's right — Roy would touch and talk to the net posts, thanking them if a shot went awry or clanged off of one of them. Roy would also step over the red and blue lines on the ice, and he would avoid reporters on game day.
 
For the Celtics of the 1960s, Bill Russell's puke became a good-luck totem. According to Sports Illustrated: "If he threw up before a big game, the Celtics were sure everything would be all right. If he didn't, then Boston's coach, Red Auerbach, would tell Russell to go back to the toilet and order him to throw up." Russ must've done an awful lot of puking, considering that he led the Celtics to 11 championships in his 13-year career.
 
Rafael Nadal, who has won 13 Grand Slam singles titles, is a candidate for Greatest Tennis Player of All Time. He's also the GOAT when it comes to superstitious eccentricities, which he refers to as his "routines." His assortment of quirks is a category unto itself.

• Nadal has rituals involving his water bottles. He brings two bottles to each match, with one slightly warmer than the other, and sips from both during the match. The label of both has to be facing the court.

• During his recent run to the U.S. Open crown, Nadal ate the same meal at the same restaurant every night. The New York Post reported that Nadal consumed Chilean sea bass, fried rice and noodles at a Manhattan Chinese restaurant every evening when he wasn't playing a night match.

• Before every point, Nadal makes sure that his socks are pulled up at the same height. Prior to a match, he'll spend 30 seconds or more pulling his socks up and down.

• Nadal never steps on the lines before or after any point. He also crosses the lines right foot first.

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This is your daily links roundup of our favorite sports and entertainment posts on the web for Feb. 13:

 

includes shots of Caroline Wozniacki. What were you thinking, Rory?

 

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• Is Charles Barkley's shtick tired?

 

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, from yodeling to jousting.

 

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Let's hope not.

 

• In honor of All-Star Weekend, . He actually did a lot of clanging, but everybody remembers the raised finger at the end.

 

• The end of regulation between North Dakota State and Denver was crazy.

 

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