Unpleasant mascot introduced

Behold the personification of a ritalin pill and an anxiety attack. Sports Illustrated reports on Gritty, the Philadephia Flyers' new mascot.

Philadelphia Flyers fans were in for a bit of a shock today: the Pennsylvania hockey team unveiled their new official mascot to the public. His name is Gritty. He looks like a rejected Muppet creation, a Where the Wild Things Are misfit or a stuffed animal gone seriously, terrifyingly rogue. He’s a bright orange, furry creature of bizarre design.

This video clip shows Gritty's introduction to a group of children. The screams/cheers ratio is worthy of note. Read the rest

How a prisoner's amazing drawings of golf courses set him free

“Creating golf holes with pencils is how I pass the time. Maybe one day I'll get to play the game I've only imagined.”

A man who was serving 39 years to life in prison decided to started drawing golf courses. His art was really cool. One thing led to another, and his drawings made their way to Golf Digest, which then wrote about him, realized his conviction sounded dubious, investigated, and guess what.

Valentino Dixon is now free. Read the rest

Seattle can't afford to fund arts, housing or tourism, but it can find $135 million to repair the Mariners stadium

King County Council was ambushed by a series of surprise amendments to its meeting on Monday that resulted in $135,000,000 being diverted from hotel lodging tax funds earmarked for affordable housing, arts, and tourism boosting, to effect repairs to the Mariners stadium, despite the team being valued at nearly $1.5 billion. Read the rest

Classic sports video games, one per sport

Wide World of Sports Video Games picks just one classic video game to represent each sport and organizes them into a neat gallery. It's the work of Tim Szetela, with Jason Eppink and John Sharp.

Players compete in more than 8,000 different sports around the world, but many sports video games focus on baseball, basketball, football, and soccer. Wide World of Sports Video Games explores the range of sports that have been adapted to video games over their 60-year history, featuring 123 different sports from Aerobics to Zumba.

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Now, a smiley-faced basketball

I don't think I've been around a basketball in two decades, never mind played with one. (Who am I kidding? It's easily been three decades.) Yet, I can't help but dig this bright yellow Smiley basketball by Chinatown Market ($59). Dare I say that it put a smile on my face? (Yeah, I'd better not.)

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Watch this impressive motocross champ jump obstacles

Toni Bou is famous for making seemingly impossible jumps between rocks, stumps, and other obstacles. Check out this compilation of some of his best moves so far this year. Read the rest

Watch how these BASE jumpers created a giant swing stunt

This making-of documentary not only shows how much preparation goes into a YouTube-friendly high-octane stunt, but it's also an interesting explanation of why BASE jumper Sean Chuma goes to such great lengths. Read the rest

Wallace the mule just made an ass of all those fancy dressage horses

Dressage sensation Wallace the mule was rescued in Ireland, and his new owner quickly saw his potential as a dressage competitor. It took a lot of work to overturn his intial ban on competing, but now he's won the UK dressage championship. Read the rest

New documentary on elite athletes who went vegan

The Game Changers is a new documentary about the vegan movement within sports and physically demanding occupations. It's by Louie Psihoyos (director of The Cove) and executive produced by James Cameron. Read the rest

Watch wingsuiters fly through a cloud cave

This remarkable footage of wingsuit pilots hurtling through a cloud cave may leave you wondering how they got the shot. It's with a technique called overcapture, where 360 video is manipulated in postproduction to allow for panning and other effects. Read the rest

A curious whale visits this swimmer circumnavigating Britain

Ross Edgley is swimming all the way around Britain, which is being followed both above and below the ocean's surface. A large minke whale visited him the other day. Read the rest

Watch a guy cross a slackline as enormous waves crash below

This intense drone footage of a slackliner in Portugal starts off crazy and gets even crazier as massive waves knock him off balance. Read the rest

Watch this car-towed BMX rider catch some serious air

Max Roucheau barely avoids getting his tow line caught in his spokes as he barrels through a field and jumps over a residential street. Read the rest

Money Mark and Roger Federer's excellent tennis racket TV commercial

My bud Money Mark joined tennis champion Roger Federer in the Mojave Desert to record this fantastic commercial for a new Wilson racket. It's titled "Play Your Heart Out." Below, Mark explains the method behind the mad beats. The extended mix is available as a 7" vinyl record as part of a limited edition box set that includes the racket, photo book, and other accoutrements.

“Play your heart out” 45rpm instrumental....’Roger Federer meets Money Mark’—How I made this track. (For my nerdy music fans) First you hear Drumfire 808, then the classic MOOG filter then the Yamaha MR10 drum machine snare sound, Blofeld Waldorf kik drum and hi hats, then, you hear again, the tough Moog baseline that pairs with the vintage Crumar Orchestrator ‘string’ melody(same as I used with Atomic Bomb Band).....then throughout there is a Moog noise bed with one hand on the ladder filter cutoff frequency rotary knob simulating desert wind.....on the actual location I was rocking out w the Moog DFAM and Casio drum pad. @farmleague and @charliemcdowell made sure the sound system was in effect and beats rocking for the various takes. Music created a perfect vibe and tempo for a desert scene and for @rogerfederer be able to move to the rhythm.

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Watch how this chain-free bike operates

CeramicSpeed makes bikes that use a drive shaft instead of a chain. Shane Miller got a close look at Eurobike 2018. Read the rest

Watch how this gorgeous handmade cricket lure got made

From first sketches to first bass caught, watch Nate Marling create a fishing lure that looks and moves like a cricket. Read the rest

Minor league baseball team majorly screws up 'Millennial Night' promo

Like all minor league baseball teams, the Montgomery Biscuits, Double-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, has a robust promotional schedule. There's Harry Potter Night, Christmas in July, and Star Wars night just to name a few. But Saturday night's promotion isn't going over well with a certain demographic. Read the rest

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