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Alex Balcerski is the owner of RideThePine.com and a former radio talk show host for CBS Radio. His work has been featured on SportsIllustrated.com, Fox Sports, MSN, and the Los Angeles Times.

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tuukka rask octopus

Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was almost hit by an Octopus during the National Anthem prior to Game 3 of the first round of the 2014 NHL Eastern Conference playoffs.

It was the second octopus thrown on the ice by the Detroit Red Wings fans but came so close that it caused Rask to flinch.

I could only imagine how pissed I would be if I was drilled in the face by an octopus.

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New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey tweeted out a photo of himself giving the middle finger prior to having Tommy John surgery six months ago. The Mets asked Harvey to delete picture.  He did…but he also deleted his account.

Plus, Darren Rovell is in trouble for making fun of a large Chicago Bulls fan and Xander Bogaerts tweets a girl in a thong.


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Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick is a big professional wrestling fan.  He showed just how much by dressing up as the Ultimate Warrior, who passed away last week.  Reddick wore the famous arm tassels, a mask with the Ultimate Warrior’s face paint, and a Ultimate Warrior logo shirt.

Unfortunately, the video is pretty uneventful except for Reddick sprinting from the bullpen in homage to Warrior’s entrance to the ring.  This video could’ve been amazing if Reddick started yelling and speaking nonsense like the Ultimate Warrior use to do in his interviews.

If you’re going to do it, you gotta go all the way.

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If there is one moment that sums up why the Golden State Warriors will defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in the opening round of the 2014 NBA Playoff, it’s right here when Blake Griffin “inadvertently” threw water on a Warrios fan behind him.

Griffin was frustrated all game as he was constantly in foul trouble and eventually fouled out in the final seconds of their 109-105 loss.  While watching the video monitor of his final foul, he threw his hands in the air, which resulted in a full cup of water being thrown on the few Warrior fans behind their bench.

Griffin said it was an accident. Bullshit.

But the fact that he let a few Warrior fans get in his head, shows that he doesn’t have what it mentally takes to win in the playoffs.

Blake Griffin water throw

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Chicago Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville grabbed his crotch in frustration during a Game 1 loss against the St. Louis Blues in the opening round of the 2014 NHL Playoffs.

We take Quenneville’s crotch grab to the telestrator on this brand new episode of Ride The Pine.

By the way, Quenneville was fined $25k by the league for the gesture but he gave us a GIF that keeps on giving.

Joel Quenneville deez nuts

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Xander Bogaerts Butt Tweet

Last night, the Boston Red Sox won a marathon 14-inning, 5 hour game against the Chicago White Sox. It seems that Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts was blowing off some steam on Twitter after the game, when the photo above was sent out to his followers around 2:30pm EST.

The photo was tweeted with just the letter “L.”

Bogaerts promptly deleted his Twitter account, which is going to hurt his “my account was hacked” defense.

If we had to guess, this girl sent him this picture in a Direct Message and when he went to reply, he retweeted instead.  Step-up your Twitter game, Xander.

Here is another screenshot of the tweet.

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Rajon Rondo Boston Strong shoes

Tonight marks the end of 2013-14 season for the Boston Celtics and point guard Rajon Rondo will be wearing these special sneakers to honor the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing.

According to Celtics sideline reporter Abby Chin, the shoes will be donated to the “One Fund”


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Former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was spotted at a Texas Rangers baseball game with a brand new girlfriend, now identified as model Kyndal Kyaire.

We break down the photo to show the difference between celebrities and the rest of us.

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Drake Kentucky

…and those who jumped on the bandwagon.

The University of Connecticut became one of the most surprising NCAA Men’s Basketball champions after their 60-54 victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. The 7th-seeded Huskies returned to tournament play this year after serving a one-year ban for multiple academic violations.

Drake jumped on the wrong bandwagon during the Final Four.

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Undertaker 21-1 at Wrestlemania 30

Last night at Wrestlemania 30, Brock Lesnar defeated The Undertaker in one of the most shocking losses in sports entertainment history. Lesnar snapped Undertaker’s 21-0 Wrestlemania winning streak which has been a prominent WWE storyline over the past 15 years.

The moment that Lesnar won the match, shock and stunned silence fell on the Superdome crowd in New Orleans.

Here are some of the best crowd reactions from Wrestlemania 30.

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Who needs enemies when you have friends like Dwight Howard? The seven-foot Houston Rockets center posted the picture above on his Instagram feed on April Fools Day, which painted in some hair on Lebron James’s receding hairline.

If I was Lebron James, I would photoshop the Larry O’brien trophy in Dwight Howard’s hands and say April Fools back.

Lebron, feel free to use this as retaliation.

Dwight Howard April Fools trophy

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Former 1979 AL MVP and current Angels hitting coach Don Baylor suffered a fractured right femur while catching the first ceremonial first pitch of the season.

Former Angels great Vladimir Guerrero threw the ball towards dirt which caused Baylor’s leg to twist in a gruesome manner. It took a few seconds, and assistance, for Baylor to get back to his feet.  He tried to take a step on his right leg but his body buckled and it was clear that something was seriously wrong.

The bizarre breaking of his leg was influenced by a type of cancer, called Multiple Myeloma, that Baylor was diagnosed with 11 years ago. Multiple Myeloma creates soften spots in your bones and makes one susceptible to breaks.

Fucking cancer.

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Over the weekend, the Arizona Wildcats suffered a loss to Wisconsin in the the Elite Eight of the 2014 NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament.  Arizona students took to the streets after the upset loss to the Badgers, which caused the local riot to show up in an effort to disperse the gathering.

Out of this confrontation between students and police, a star was born.  His name is Alex Davidson, now known as The Terminator of Tucson.  Davidson was captured on video being repeatedly shot with pepper balls, withoutflinching.  In fact, he walked towards police.

I don’t know how this guy didn’t react but judging by the welts he displayed on Twitter after, it had to hurt.

Here is the original video that went viral.

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NFL teams are taking their game day experience to the next level this season by offering fans the ability to have cheerleaders com to your seats for a meet and greet during the game.

The dream is coming true.
You’re telling me that I can watch a football game live.
Order a girl to come to my seats
And not have to worry about getting food poisoning from a shady Salisbury steak buffet, next to the glitter station by the champagne room?
Sounds like heaven.
Can I bury my face in their pom-poms?

It is reasons like this the NFL will not implode in 10 years like Mark Cuban predicts.
In fact, lets look at what baseball has done to improve the fan experience next year.
The Chicago White Sox are going to offer a 3 pound, $17 ice cream sundae
The Diamondbacks are offering a $25 18-inch stuffed corn dog.
The Rangers are offering a giant piece of bacon on a stick for $7.
Sidenote: If you constantly profess your love of bacon, you’re really annoying.  Hey, what do you want for breakfast. I love bacon, I’ll have bacon-wrapped bacon on bacon bread with bacon flavored-coffee. Look, I can’t help it that bacon is the most awesome food ever.
Can you shut up?

Hey baseball, how about instead of coming up with enormous food options you find a way to not make your beers the same price as a 12 pack of Natty-Lights.