PGA Pro Rory McIlroy Hits His Dad With Errant Shot at The Masters

Golfer hits Dad at Masters
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The Masters is the greatest golf tournament in the world and it has given us some great dad moments. Look no farther than the GOAT himself Tiger Woods, winning as an old man and emotionally embracing his kids after the victory. And this year, we ALREADY have another great dad moment, although it’s about as far from a Green Jacket as you can get.

Rory McIlroy, one of the best golfers out there, showed how difficult Augusta can be during a shot on the seventh hole Thursday. His errant shot went into the crowd and struck a fan.

And not just any fan, McIlroy hit his biggest fan, his dad.

The Golf Channel shared the clip, saying it was a “father/son moment that will not soon be forgotten; Rory McIlroy hitting his dad on the leg with a golf ball at The Masters.”

“I think he was OK. He didn’t limp away. He walked away pretty swiftly so that was alright,” McIlroy said after the round.

McIlroy has been struggling with his swing, and that’s one shot he will never live done. As soon as it happened, his caddy asked him about it. “That was your dad you hit?”

“Yeah!” McIlroy replied, almost too happy about it.

It was a rough outing, but his dad took it in stride, joking that he should get an autographed glove after the incident. McIlroy said the shot was perfect, it just went too far, and that hitting his dad actually ended up helping the position.

“I think he just needs to go and put some ice on — maybe I’ll autograph a bag of frozen peas for him,” he joked.

McIlroy is a former No.1, but the struggles with his swing continued as he finished the first round at 4-over-par.

Jeopardy Contestant Trolls Guest Host Aaron Rodgers With Brutal Answer

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It’s no secret how much Packers QB Aaron Rodgers loves Jeopardy. The Cal grad prides himself on his dominating performance on Celebrity Jeopardy years ago, and when the show started filling the late, legendary Alex Trebek shoes with guest hosts, it was no surprise that the Super Bowl-winning MVP would take a turn.

That doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be some surprises in store for him!

Rodgers isn’t taking over the gig permanently. Based on last season, the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback still has a lot of life left in his arm. He led Green Bay to the NFC Championship Game, where they lost to the ageless Tom Brady after a very questionable decision to go for a field goal when they clearly needed a TD instead.

The Packers lost that game and lost a shot at the Super Bowl. Rodgers has expressed his dissatisfaction with the play call, but has surely moved on and started preparing for next season. But not everyone is willing to forget.

Scott Shewfelt is clearly harboring a grudge. Shewfelt was a contestant on Jeopardy during one of Rodgers’ episodes, and when the two-day champion realized he had no shot at winning the game, he took the opportunity to needle the quarterback with a question about that fateful play call, writing: “Who wanted to kick that field goal?”

The QB clearly wasn’t expecting to get trolled while hosting his favorite game show, but to his credit, he took it in stride, responding with chagrin: “That is a great question. Should be correct!”

That dude may not have won three games in a row, but he did crush an MVP quarterback on national television, and that is pretty clutch.

As for Rodgers, despite getting shaded by contestants, he still wants a shot at becoming the full-time host of Jeopardy, telling The Ringer he thinks he can fit it into his NFL schedule.

“I don’t think I’d need to give up football to do it. They film 46 days a year. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay,” he said in an interview. “That gives me, eh—[pauses]—178 days to do Jeopardy! So I feel like I could fit 46 into that 178 and make it work. It would be a dream job for sure, and I’m not shy at all about saying I want the job. That’s how I went into it. I want an opportunity to be in the mix.”

Hopefully, if he does get that shot, he’ll get to call his own plays.

It’s about time they bring in LeVar Burton.

Son Defeats Dad on the Sidelines of NCAA Tournament Showdown

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A thrilling NCAA tournament is down to the championship game, and the Final Four gave us one legendary game and one Father v. Son showdown (between assistant coaches, but still).

If the Final Four isn’t dramatic enough, we had a Dad coaching against his son with a national championship berth on the line. Alvin Brooks is an assistant coach at Houston, and his son, Alvin Brooks III, is an assistant coach at Baylor. Houston is in its first Final Four since 1984, and faced Baylor, in their first Final Four in 70 years, for a spot in the title game. And it was son and Baylor who came out on top of Dad and Houston, as Baylor advanced to face Gonzaga in the national title game.

Still, the fact that both got to face each other in the Final Four was a special story. The son shared the cool family moment when he hugged his dad with pride after Baylor’s win to get them to the Final Four.

“I am coaching against my pops in the Final Four. Everyday I would say I can’t wait to see what God have in store. This is a big moment for our family!” he wrote.

The Brooks family did NOT take sides in Saturday’s game, as they had special shirts created that split down the middle, so they can support both.

And, for a coach’s son, Alvin said his dad never pushed him to the sport.

“It allowed me to grow and do what I love to do,” he told reporters. “I actually never wanted to be a coach, so he never really brought me around the gym as much because he wanted me to be a kid and enjoy it organically.”

There was a lot on the line Saturday for Dad and son, but no matter the outcome, the special moment can best be summed up by dad, who shared the video saying “ALL LOVE!”

Keyshawn Johnson Tweets About Loss of Daughter, Gets Support From Twitter Users

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The loss of a child is the most painful thing a parent can endure. Over the past few years, there has been a movement to broaden the conversation about things like miscarriage, to make the discussion of it more acceptable, to allow men into the conversation, and more.

Unfortunately, it’s not just during pregnancy that parents are forced to deal with the grief of a lost child. All human lives are fragile, and many parents are faced with the unimaginable well into a child’s life. Talking about that is just as difficult and painful.

Keyshawn Johnson recently shared the news that his daughter had passed away at the age of 25. The former NFLer and current ESPN broadcaster posted a series of tweets revealing his family’s loss, and praising Maia, his firstborn daughter, in the wake of her passing.

He shared a bit about where he and his wife Shikiri were at when Maia entered their lives…

And he thanked everyone for their support.

Johnson’s tweet was quickly met with plentiful responses offering their condolences from fellow athletes:

His alma mater offered support:


As did Johnson’s employer:

And some fans:

Including one who offered a sad explanation of how devastating the loss of a child is:

‘Unstoppable’ Middle-Schooler in Wheelchair Hits the Biggest Shot in March

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March means basketball, and we saw some incredible shots during the NCAA tournament. But the biggest bucket in March came from a middle-schooler in North Carolina, as a wheelchair-bound 7th-grader overcame her disability to score in the first game she’s ever been able to play in.

Makenzie Pendergrass was a toddler when doctors found a tumor on her back, and the ensuing surgery left her with nerve damage to her leg. But her wheelchair hasn’t kept her from the basketball court. Before this season started, she wrote a letter to hear coach about how she felt it was unfair that she went to all the practices, but would never be able to put on the jersey or get in a game because of her wheelchair. Her coach worked with her, and they were able to get her in a game. And, she did not throw away her shot, as the two points she scored brought everyone in the gym to their feet.

“I was happy I made that shot, I was just pushing hard,” she said. “I didn’t want to give up because I just feel like even if I get a minute or 30 seconds it still means something to me because I never got to play.”

Her mom said she wants to be treated like anyone else, and her coach said Makenzie’s work ethic inspires the entire team.

Her mom called Makenzie unstoppable.

“Even therapists say she’s so determined,” she said. “Anything you put in front of her, she’s going to surpass it.”

Nothing embodies that determination and grit better than playing basketball with a disability and making the absolute most of the shot she earned. And it’s the type of play that makes you remember all the good things sports can be, especially at the amateur level. It’s tough to see her score and not feel something.

“I just feel like I can do anything everyone else does,” she said. “Even though some people may say I can’t, I’m like OK, you want me to try it? I’m able to do anything you can.”

Watch Lebron Fight for His Son in the ‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Trailer

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The debate about who is the GOAT basketball player will never end. Some of us say Jordan, some of us say LeBron (someone out there probably even days Kobe). They’ll never play each other, so we’ll never know who would win.

But this summer, we’ll be able to add a new category to the competition: Best Space Jam Movie.

LeBron finally pulled the trigger on his first starring role in a movie, and it makes sense that it’s in a sequel to MJ’s 90s classic. In the original movie, Air Jordan had to team up with the Looney Tunes to save the world from aliens.

In the sequel, Bugs Bunny and friends are joined by other animated characters, like Iron Giant, to help LeBron win back his son. He has been kidnapped by Don Cheadle, who is some kind of artificial intelligence type overlord who for some reason wants to play basketball. Look, it’s part-cartoon, part live-action; it’s not gonna make a lot of sense. But LeBron does get animated!

Check out the first official trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy:

NFL Player Accidentally Leaks His New Contract During Wife’s Call of Duty Stream

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Over the years, Twitch has become a massive platform where you can watch some of your favorite streamers (like The Dad Gaming) play your favorite video games.  This past week though, it would seem that things have changed and it has now become a great platform for NFL contract leaks.

During a Call of Duty: Warzone match, Reddit user ‘ProbationOfficer2035‘ overheard an interesting conversation coming from one of their teammates.

“I was just playing warzone with randoms, ended up with a female teammate. She had her mic on and I could hear her husband talking in the background about a “deal”. The last thing I heard was that if no one else calls within the next 30 minutes he’s gonna sign a 3-year deal in order to facilitate the trade because he would love to be in Pittsburgh.”

Well, it turns out their teammate, who goes by the name ‘Oohtally‘ on Twitch, was Rashaad Coward’s wife.  Coward “was” offensive guard for the Chicago Bears, and that “deal” being discussed in the background was Coward’s now-confirmed move to the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Talk about being in the right place.

Apparently, Probation knew about Coward’s move to Pittsburgh a full two days before anyone else, but couldn’t figure out which player they had heard in the background. Now that the news is official, Oohtally addressed it during one of her Warzone streams, and Coward has been retweeting people making light of the leak.  Despite the mistake, it seems like they’re both being good sports about it.  Personally, I think the icing on the cake to this hilarious situation is that we now have breaking news being brought to us by people with usernames like “ProbationOfficer2035”.  What a time to be alive.

So, what did we all learn in the end?  Don’t talk about anything important, especially when your loved one is kicking butt while streaming Call of Duty.

While we’re on the subject, The Dad Gaming is hosting a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament on April 23rd.  If you’re interested in joining in on the fun and want to win some great prizes, sign up at The Dad Gaming.com!

After 44 Years, NFL Finally Adds 17th Game

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Against all odds, the NFL made it through the 2020/21 season largely unscathed. There were some hiccups, of course – remember that game when the Broncos almost ran out of QBs? – but aside from some strange scheduling changes, the league did a remarkable job keeping things running smoothly.

Now they’re getting cocky! After years of speculation, the owners finally agreed to add a 17th game to the schedule, starting this fall with the 2021/22 season.

After allowing for the possibility in last year’s collective bargaining agreement, the owners officially formalized the 17th game during a vote on Tuesday. Now, every team will play an extra game against a non-conference opponent, with the conferences alternating years between having 9 home games or 9 away games. This year, the AFC gets the 9th home game, next year, the NFC does.

ESPN has published the full list of games for each team, including the newly added non-conference game. This is the first time the NFL has changed the regular-season schedule in 44 years when they expanded it from 14 to 16 games.

The idea was floated back in 2011 – they actually discussed adding two games and expanding the season to 18 – but concerns around injury risk delayed any changes. Now, with data showing that preseason games have higher risk, as players get back into shape, the owners decided that eliminating a preseason game and adding a regular-season game made the change more palatable. As did the extra revenue, especially after a season in which fans weren’t allowed at most games.

We’re yet to see what impact the additional game has on players who already endure a grueling season, but fans will surely enjoy one more week during which they can root for their favorite teams, pray the spread gets covered, and whine about fantasy lineup blunders.

Creed III To Enter Ring With Michael B. Jordan Directing

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People always be complaining about intellectual property and the dearth of originality and adaptations and superhero movies and etc. etc., like we didn’t have countless unnecessary/incredible sequels and remakes in the 80s. Sylvester Stallone has made nearly a dozen Rocky and Rambo movies alone!

Anyway, at least two of those Rocky sequels are great, and at least one of those Rambo sequels features Sly camouflaging himself in mud in order to murder someone, so leave them alone!

Sly has stopped making Rocky movies, but the franchise hasn’t died, because Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan gave it new life with the fantastic Creed, and then it had its own inferior but fun sequel. And now Jordan is following in his on-screen mentor’s footsteps off-screen as well. He will be directing Creed III!

The movie will hit theaters around Thanksgiving next year. No word yet on whether Tommy “Machine” Gunn had a child he can fight on the street in keeping with the franchise’s redux of the Rocky series.

“Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right,” said Jordan in a statement. “Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment.”

Jordan, who will next be seen in the Tom Clancy adaptation Without Remorse, is great as Apollo’s son, and boxing movies really only need to be half-good to be a lot of fun, so hopefully, he shows enough chops in his directorial debut to make it worth our while. At any rate, it can’t be worse than Rocky V, which is one of the funniest movies ever made.

The Best NCAA Bracket in the Country Belongs To a 4th-Grader

Grant Anderson's NCAA Bracket
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There’s one consistent thing about NCAA basketball tournament pools; your bracket will be busted immediately. The only other thing you can count on every year, either a secretary or someone’s kid will win the office pool. There’s no way to explain the magic, but it’s a formula that recreates itself year after year. This is why it should come as no surprise that, in one of the craziest tournaments ever, it’s a 9-year-old boy who has the best bracket in the country.

The fourth-grader from Nevada has nailed so many correct picks, it almost seems like magic. The NCAA is tracking millions of brackets through multiple apps, and no one guessed the entire sweet 16. Grant Anderson, though, nailed 15 of the 16, and correctly guessed ALL 32 first-round games!!!!

Again, this is bonkers. We had a 15-seed upset a 2-seed, multiple high seeds completely choke in the first weekend, and even the defending national champs dethroned (by my Ohio Bobcats, no less). It’s been totally wild, even for an event that is ALWAYS wild. Gonzaga and Baylor have been the only sure things (outside of the Big 10 being a fraud for the most part).

The worst part for Grant is he doesn’t even get the requisite few hundred bucks an office pool would net him, as he’s just in a free family pool run by his aunt. But he does have some advice on how to win next year:

He’s got Baylor winning it all over Gonzaga, which is probably going to be the case. Even if it’s not, he told Good Morning America he feels good about making it this far, and, it cannot be stated enough, the kid is a bracket wizard, as he correctly picked 47 of the first 48 winners. This is IMPOSSIBLE, especially on a year like this, so he should probably open his own gambling hotline at this point.

And maybe the best advice you can get to win your bracket pool next year is to just Benjamin Buttons yourself because you have to be a child to win it all.

‘Don’t Bet on Me at the Masters,’ Says PGA Dad-To-Be Who Plans To Be at Birth

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PGA pro Jon Rahm has a simple message for fans as he prepares for the Masters: don’t bet on me. Wait, what? Yep, that’s the take-home from Rahm heading into the biggest tournament of the year, but there’s a pretty dang good reason for it; he’s about to become a dad.

His wife is due with their first child in mid-April, around the same time as the Masters, and the pro was unequivocal in what came first.

“If anybody’s thinking of betting on me on the Masters, maybe think about it twice because there’s a chance I have to just turn around and leave that week,” the Spaniard said.

The Masters is April 8-11, near the due date for their child. And he already said he will not hesitate to leave so he can be with her for the birth.

 

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“I’ve said it before, if I have to leave any event, I’ll leave,” he said. “Hopefully, it doesn’t come when I’m in the final and I just have to leave after nine holes, but it is what it is.

“Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, so that’s my head right now.”

 

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Boom. Being a father is much more important than any golf event would ever be, definitely the angle you love to see from a pro who can keep things in perspective. And it’s not like he’s just saying that because he has no chance. Rahm has finished in the top 10 at the Masters three times, including a fourth-place finish a few years back.

Every dad can appreciate the majesty of the greatest golf course in the world in Augusta, just as they can understand skipping that so they can be a caddy for the biggest event of all, becoming a dad.

Dad Mics up Skiing 2-Year-Old and Overhears Her Adorable Commentary

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Instilling confidence and perseverance in your kids is a challenge, one made even more difficult by the fact that it’s hard to tell how much they’re internalizing. Perseverance is especially important when it comes to learning new skills, which can be both exciting and potentially stressful for kids. Some may stick with it as they fail repeatedly, while others give up after a single misstep. While teaching his 2-year-old daughter to ski, father of three Erich Leidums used a brilliant strategy to figure out what was going through her head.

Leidums is an avid skier, and hitting the slopes with his family is quality time he values deeply. After successfully teaching his two boys to ski, Leidums wanted to make one small change to his instructional strategy when it came to his youngest.

“I once saw a hockey dad mic up his son at a hockey practice. It was that video that made me think about putting a microphone on our kids,” he told POPSUGAR. “We would often hear our boys babble and talk out loud as they learned to ski, and we loved hearing them do it. It took me a while to actually purchase a mic, learn how it works, and incorporate it into my filming workflow.”

After attaching a microphone to 2-Year-old Adia and filming her impressively navigating the snowy slopes, Leidums made an adorable discovery. Like many toddlers, Adia’s internal monologue was – well, not entirely internal. The thoughts that popped into her head as she skied downhill ranged from constructive to downright hilarious and this tech-savvy dad managed to capture it all.

“I’m making my lines!” The 2-year-old proudly says, nailing the lesson her dad taught her. “I love going over that root,” she marvels. “Oh, ice! Going over you ice, going around you ice.”

“Hi one-eyed monster,” Adia says happily, out of freaking nowhere. The toddler makes adorable sound effects as she zooms down the hill, fully embodying what it means to be a “little ripper.” She conquers obstacles and ski conditions that would be difficult for adults, and does so with enthusiasm and confidence.

 

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Erich Leidums’s Instagram page is filled with adorable videos of Adia, as well as clips of the rest of his family enjoying their time being active together. “Playing in the dirt, having the sun hit your face, and getting exercise all have physiological health benefits ranging from immune to mental health,” Leidums explained. “We want our kids to be healthy and active, and we feel playing outside is one of the best ways to achieve this.”

Minor League Hockey Team Rocks Awesome Infinity Gauntlet Gloves

Thanos' Infinity Gauntlet Hockey Gloves
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Minor league sports teams are infamous for special promotions, but few are as badass as what the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL have planned for their Marvel Superhero Night. The team is making a bold choice by playing dressed as one of the biggest villains of all time; Thanos.

Not only will the ice hockey team be flying around the rink looking like Thanos, but they will be rocking the illest (I was told this means cool now) Infinity Gauntlet hockey gloves ever created. It is the perfect movie costume/sports equipment crossover, and those gloves are straight-fire emojis.

The only thing that would make the gloves better is if you could get an automatic power play by snapping your fingers and thus removing two of your opponents. Hopefully, at least one Iceman will make that dad joke and snap the first time a Greenville player is sent to the penalty box.

It’s actually a really fun idea because you know the crowd will be FULL of little guys and gals donning their favorite Marvel Superhero outfits, so it’s cool to have an arena full of Avengers surrounding a rink of Thanoses.

And if you love these gloves as much as we do, you can actually buy them, as the team is auctioning off the game-worn gear to raise money.

You can feel near-invincible wearing hockey equipment and flying down the ice, and I can only imagine you’d feel that even more dressed as the Mad Titan and taking slap shots fueled by the Infinity Gauntlet.