MLB Player Uses Baby Shark as Walk-Up Song + More

Baby Shark MLB Batting Intro
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What started as a harmless, catchy kids tune quickly morphed into something much darker, corrupting the minds of toddlers and young children everywhere. “Baby Shark” is no longer content with billions of Youtube plays, and is now ruthlessly invading the sports world after Texas Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus used it as his walkup song. He said it was his toddler son’s favorite song, but what might have been a cute early season story could stick around longer, as he smashed a home run and added two other hits in the season-opener. It could’ve come and gone in the sports world if he had a forgettable day, but there is no stopping Baby Shark. He had a great game and threatened the song is here to stay. But we all knew that in our hearts. It is only a matter of time before it replaces the national anthem before games. Do not fight it any longer, simply bow down to our new baby shark overlords.

 

UCF lost to Duke in the second round in a very Duke way. Every single bounce went the Blue Devils way at the end, to the point that it was bizarre even for Duke. It’s one thing when you have a demonstrably crooked ref who clearly has the fix in for you, but this was just missed shots that should’ve been easy and giving up freakish offensive rebounds on missed free-throws. Now, as a big fan of Zion and as someone who picked Duke in his bracket (we are the worst people), I was fine with it. But the video from the UCF locker room is really tough to watch.



As hard as that game was to watch for a UCF fan, imagine being head coach Johnny Dawkins. The former Duke star had to watch his son, who played amazing, miss a late game-winning shot. My heart breaks for my daughter if she misses a PK in soccer, in a league where they don’t keep score and the kids care a thousand times more about the postgame snack than anything that happens in the game. I can’t imagine what it would be like to see your son leading the team you’re coaching in one of the biggest upsets of the year, only to see it crumbling away in the final seconds.

And I think that’s part of what makes the NCAA tournament so great. It’s an incredible roller coaster of emotions. You see an end-of-the-rotation guy get hot and hit a bunch of 3s. You see a future NBA player choke in the limelight and watch another have the game of his life in the next. And most importantly, you see that these guys care. Too often in professional sports, the fans care much more about the wins and losses than the players. If a team gets bounced from the playoffs, those millionaires are surely disappointed, and it might ruin their week before they are back to the grindstone working towards the next year or their next team. For some fans though, they live and die by those wins and losses. There is not the same disconnect at the college level, especially in a game with the immediacy of basketball, where the teams are smaller and the fans (and TV cameras) are right on top of them. You can see how much emotion they have, how much they care, and that makes you feel more invested as a fan.

If you need more evidence that college sports are great, some kids are now getting scholarships for e-sports. I wish I had been born a decade or two later, so I could have fully committed to the video game life. Now there is a clear career path for gamers, and that rules. And I get to be one of those ancient old-timers who can still talk about ‘the good old days’ playing EA Sports College Football.

 

Star Wars Footage Exclusively Shown at D23 Hints at Darkness for Rey

Star Wars Rise of Skywalker Poster
(Disney)

When you’re a Jedi, the temptation of the dark side is always there. Every single Star Wars movie (at least in the heretofore 8 films of the Skywalker cycle) deals with the conflict between the darkness and the light, and we’ve seen several characters both struggle to resist the dark side and fall prey to it.

The new trilogy has been no different, as we’ve seen Kylo Ren turn to the dark side after feeling betrayed by Luke, and then fully embracing it by killing his own father to cement his loyalty to the Sith. He’s the bad guy this time around, that much is clear.

Or is it?

The Last Jedi seemed to flirt with the idea that Rey might succumb to evil, but by the end, with Luke’s help, she seemed to dismiss any allegiance to Kylo Ren and the First Order and stick with the Rebellion. But new footage from Disney’s D23 fan expo may complicate that idea.

Fans in attendance at D23 got to see the cast take the stage to discuss the new movie (December 20th) and unveil Rise of Skywalker’s poster – featuring the Emperor’s sinister visage.

Then they watched a sizzle reel with footage of a thrilling lightsaber battle between Rey and Kylo Ren.

EW described the footage:

Images include a duel between Rey and Kylo Ren amid a stormy sea (transposed into a space backdrop on the poster). There’s a massive fleet of Star Destroyers. There’s a new shot of Darth Vader’s helmet. There’s Finn (John Boyega) and a new character named Jannah (Naomi Ackie) together in a cockpit. C-3PO with red eyes. A new glimpse of Leia (the late Carrie Fisher). A gang of heroes approaching a bustling desert city. But the shot that truly stunned the crowd was a scene with Rey in a hooded black robe revealing an unfolding red double-sided lightsaber (Darth Rey?!).

It’s that last bit that has the internet buzzing. Will Rey turn? Fans are skeptical.



But some can see it happening:


The actress herself is even teasing the possibility:

Rumor has it the footage from D23 will be online as early as Monday (fingers crossed), so we’ll be able to judge and speculate, for ourselves. But regardless of Rey’s fate, the cast is hyped for the final film of the Skywalker saga. Just take it from C-3PO himself:

“It’s hard for me to understand the story is ending,” Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) told the Expo crowd. “But what an ending. You’ll love it.”

The Skinny on the Breaking Bad Movie: Title, Teaser Trailer & More

Breaking Bad: El Camino
(YouTube/Netflix)

Ever since the news broke that a Breaking Bad movie was on in development, we’ve been here filling in the details as they emerged. From the initial logline and vague synopsis to casting information and cryptic tweets, we’ve been sharing it all.

Just a few days ago, Bob Odenkirk revealed that the movie had wrapped, and what once seemed a pipe dream was confirmed to be in the pipeline. And now we have the premiere date, the title, and first footage. YEAH BITCH!

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, hits Netflix on October 11th (and will be aired on AMC at an unspecified later date), and is newly described this way:

“In the wake of his dramatic escape from captivity, Jesse must come to terms with his past in order to forge some kind of future.”

Written and directed by series creator Vince Gilligan, and starring Aaron Paul, who was thrilled to be back in Jesse Pinkman’s shoes, even if he didn’t realize it at first.

“It’s a chapter of ‘Breaking Bad’ that I didn’t realize that I wanted,” Paul told the New York Times. “And now that I have it, I’m so happy that it’s there.”

He assumed the character was finished after the series ended. “It was a hard, emotional thing for all of us,” Paul said. “And when the finale happened, we all got together and hugged it out and said I love you. And that was it.”

And then he received a call from Vince Gilligan about revisiting Jesse in a movie. He was skeptical, and then he read the script.

“I couldn’t speak for a good 30, 60 seconds,” he said. “I was just lost in my thoughts. As the guy who played the guy, I was so happy that Vince wanted to take me on this journey.”

And now we all have our first glimpse of it. It isn’t much, but it is Skinny Pete, discussing Jesse’s plight during the final season of the show, as the cops press him for information on his friend’s whereabouts.

Like us, Skinny Pete doesn’t know where Jesse is, but this October we’ll all find out.

Father Figures: Standing in the Gap

“My best friend for almost twenty years was a man called Komani. He was a Zambian, and I met him when I started visiting Zambia as a Christian pastor in 1996.

He too was a pastor, and of all the things we had in common, the things I loved about him most were his unique sense of humour and his devotion to his family. He told me proudly of his four daughters in our first conversation.

Over the years, as my family moved to Zambia, we got to know him and his wife Prisca so much better. Through extreme trials, when everything about who we were and what we were doing was under threat, he was doggedly loyal and stood in our defence, even when it cost him.

Seven years ago, at the age of 44, he suffered a devastating stroke that robbed him of his speech, and a year later he died.

Prisca and his young girls were heartbroken. We knew that whatever we could do, we should, to stand with them as he stood with us. And whenever it has been possible for us to stand in the gap for them as they have pursued their education and their dreams, we have done so.

Saturday (24th August) was my proudest day, as his eldest daughter Taona asked me to give her away at her wedding. A bittersweet moment knowing how he would have loved to do it himself, but what an honour to do it for him.”

– Nick Lugg

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Check out the previous editions of Father Figures here.

‘Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020’ Is Going Full Retro

Mario & Sonic At The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
(Nintendo)

For over a decade, Nintendo and Sega have collaborated to bring us the ultimate video game mashup between their flagship characters in Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games, but things are getting a bit interesting in preparation for the next year’s summer games.

Mario, Sonic, and all of their pals will be returning for Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Tokyo Games 2020, and this time they’re getting the retro treatment for ten “Classic Events” that use 2D sprites and environments.

This new game mode throws all of the mainstay characters back to the 1964 Olympics (also held in Tokyo) where they will rock their classic 8- and 16-bit looks in various events. Team Mario will include Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Bowser from 1985’s Super Mario Bros. while Sonic’s squad of Sonic, Tails, Knuckles and Doctor Eggman will by styled after 1992’s Sonic the Hedgehog 2.

The graphical differences are not very subtle, but gamers from the ’80s and ’90s will probably be too busy dripping in all the nostalgia to care.

Plus, the minigames actually look pretty fun and engaging, requiring quick button presses and combinations in order to come out on top. For example, the long jump event pauses as the player reaches the sandpit, prompting the player to quickly select the angle of the jump. A diving event requires the player to perform increasingly difficult button combinations—hit the wrong button and all you’ll achieve is a dramatic belly flop.

Ready to jump back in time with your favorite video game characters as you remember them? Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Tokyo Games 2020 for the Nintendo Switch hits store shelves November 5th, 2019.

Aaron Rodgers Wants Cheaper Beer to Make Fans Louder

Aaron Rodgers Beer Chug Fail
(Twitter/ESPNNFL)

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wants what every football fan wants: cheaper beer prices. Rodgers, answering a reporter’s question about the ridiculous foghorn the Packers experimented with, said he’s in favor of anything that will make fans as loud as possible and that slashing beer prices is a good idea.

Yes, it’s obviously a pretty great idea to cut beer prices at sporting events. Spending more than $8 for a Bud Light is something that only happens at professional sporting events. You will be hard-pressed to find too many enemies of cheaper beer.

That being said, football attendance has been dropping steadily over the past few years, and that’s not just because the game is so much easier to watch on TV. Obscenely drunk and utterly hopeless fans have also done more than their part to tarnish the game day experience. I can’t remember the last time I went to an NFL game and didn’t see someone in my section who made me immediately think “this guy’s a problem.”

And that’s a problem that isn’t going away with cheaper beer prices. Ultimately, I think this entire campaign is a way for Rodgers to get people to forget about the fact that he’s by far the worse quarterback when it comes to chugging a beer.

Cheap beer does help the on-field product: At least that was the case for the minor league soccer team in Phoenix. Some of their most highly-attended games are for their $1 beer promotions. And, over the four years they’ve been doing it, it is working. The team has put together an incredible unbeaten streak during $1 nights, going an impressive 13-0-0.


While everyone loves $1 beer, I don’t know that anyone loves it as much as this kid loves his foul ball he snagged. Watching the video, it takes all of a 0.5 seconds for this kid to fall completely in love with the piece of rubber wrapped in rawhide.


UFC fighter Conor McGregor has been making news in recent weeks as a video was released showing him punching an old man in an Irish pub. McGregor has come out and said he was fully in the wrong for attacking the decades-older man. If you haven’t seen the video, it is not a good look for Conor. His form is terrible and the old man barely looks fazed. Not the image you want to project as one of the best fighters on the planet.

Mike Tyson, on the other hand, seems pretty chill when it comes to ex-fighters. And it’s probably due to the $40,000 of weed he said he smokes every month. Which…is a lot of weed. But, definitely the right kind of press to get if you were opening a marijuana-themed resort. We should encourage a lot more fighters to go this route. You end up with a podcast instead of aggressively punching the elderly in bars.

The Little League World Series had a lot of cool moments. We’ve covered some of them, including the first female player in the tournament in 5 years. This coach speaking to his team after a loss is definitely near the top, as it’s one of those goosebumpy sports movie-esque speeches.

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New Zealand House Speaker Feeds Member’s Newborn During Debate

Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard Feeding Baby
(Trevor Mallard/Twitter)

Even though many folks now get some form of leave when welcoming a new addition, the few weeks of paternity leave are often not quite long enough when it comes to bonding with your newborn.

So when MP Tāmati Coffey brought his son Tūtānekai to New Zealand’s House of Commons this past Wednesday, most of his fellow members were more than understanding. However, Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard took a more hands-on approach, taking over babysitting duties during a floor debate. From soothing and holding the young boy to feeding him a bottle, the Speaker did it all while presiding over a heated discussion between his fellow Parliament members.

A video surfaced showing the Speaker holding tiny Tūtānekai while two other members went back and forth, debating over policy.

Mallard, a father of three himself, posted a photo along with a message of congratulations to the new dad on his Twitter account. The tweet has been shared thousands of times this week, netting over 11,000 likes so far.


Fellow members also shared well wishes to the Coffey family, including MPs Gareth Hughes and Golriz Ghahraman:



Although bringing your newborn to work isn’t as common here in the states, Coffey is hardly the first New Zealand politician to make headlines for such an act. Last September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern brought her newborn to the United Nations in New York for her first speech to the general assembly.

While business goes on, and governments govern, welcoming a new baby into the world has a way of making most everyone stop and smile — as it should.

Coworkers Donate PTO to Dad After Baby Comes Six Weeks Early

David Printz with Duke
(Facebook/Love What Matters)

No matter how much time you spend planning the birth of your child, life often has a way of throwing a few curveballs. So when David and Alli Printz of Michigan welcomed their son Duke six weeks early, all of their planning and preparation was dashed in an instant.

Due to Alli having high blood pressure, doctors made the decision to induce over a month before her scheduled due date, a complication that left David with a dilemma. His family needed him by their side, but having no vacation time banked, David was set to do so without a paycheck. He called his employer and shared the news.

His boss hung up and immediately reached out to David’s fellow employees to see if they could all find a way to help. Their plan was to pool together their PTO and gift it to their coworker. Each of his fellow employees pitched in, granting David plenty of time to be there for Duke as well as his wife Alli and their older daughter.

It’s an amazing gesture that David says he’ll never forget. He shared details and photos in a recent Facebook post.

“It goes to show when someone is in need people will do the right thing, that’s humanity at its finest. I believe when people do the right thing out of the kindness of their hearts, they deserve to be acknowledged for it, so here I am shouting from the rooftop how eternally grateful I am to work with such selfless people. The world needs to know what was done for my family and I, we are beyond blessed.”

Despite his early arrival, baby Duke spent just two weeks in the hospital, and is now at home with his whole family and is doing well. David’s coworkers and friends, happy to play a small but powerful part in Duke’s story.

Whether it’s about new beginnings or the promise of the future, there’s something about welcoming a new baby into the world that oftentimes brings out the very best in us all.

Live-Action ‘Lady And The Tramp’ Movie Stars Former Shelter Dog

Shelter Dog Monte is the Tramp
(YouTube/Walt Disney Studios)

Life can be ruff for a dog who ends up in an animal shelter. Fortunately, adoption agencies and organizations give these orphaned pets a second chance at a happy life. However, one lucky pup has pawsitively hit the jackpot with his new forever home.

Adopted by a family from California last year, Monte, a 2-year-old terrier mix, will now be strutting his stuff on the big (small) screen in Disney’s new live-action remake of Lady And The Tramp — set to premier on November 12.

The tail of Monte and the rest of him for that matter has been profiled by outlets around the world thanks to news of his humble beginnings. Halo Animal Rescue, who sheltered Monte before he was adopted, shared a photo of their former furry friend in a Twitter post touting his newfound fame.


“He was adopted from us in April of 2018, and we knew that the people that were meeting with him were considering him to be a Hollywood star, but we didn’t know for what, because it was top secret,” HALO President Heather Allen told the Arizona Republic. “We knew he had the potential to become a Hollywood dog.”

Now Monte, along with his cocker spaniel co-star, Rose, are stealing hearts along with spaghetti in the newly released trailer that debuted this week.

Justin Theroux from HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ voices Monte’s Tramp, with Lady getting her voice courtesy ‘WestWorld’ actress, Tessa Thompson.

While reactions have been mixed when it comes to Disney’s live-action reboots, the media giant doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. With the launch of their new streaming service, Disney+, the studio has said they’ll release dozens of new films and remakes over the next few years. Whether you’re a diehard fan of the originals or just looking for something new to entertain your kids, chances are you’ll soon have no shortage of familiar films at your fingertips.

Start budgeting for another $12.99/month. Disney+, along with Lady And The Tramp, hits streaming devices November 12th.