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Posted at 06:13 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Tour de France spectator brings his bear to watch the race

Race leader Astana team rider Vincenzo Nibali of Italy pushes away a spectator as he cycles to win the 145.5km 18th stage of the Tour de France. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Many of those who come out to watch the Tour de France are known to be a bit strange. There’s usually a guy who thinks running alongside the cyclists with lit flares is a good idea. Then there’s the half-naked dudes with their country’s pride scrolled out in magic marker across their chests. This year we also saw the addition of a serenading violinist along the road. But has there ever been a bear?

There has now.

Tour de France officials spotted this furry guy on Stage 18, which traveled through the Pyrenees mountains between France and Spain. But don’t be fooled. While real, the bear may not actually be alive. Some are claiming it was a stuffed sidekick of another spectator.

Taxidermy or not, either way it’s weird, but luckily it didn’t seem to catch the attention of the cyclists, who didn’t veer off the road screaming. Astana team leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy ended up winning the stage and practically securing his spot as this year’s winner. Of course, with three stages left, one never knows what may happen. Someone may bring out a hippopotamus or something…

By Marissa Payne  |  06:13 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:31 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen makes 100-year-old woman’s dream come true

National League All-Star Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates. (Elsa/Getty Images)

When he’s not making wishes come true for adorable children, Pittsburgh Pirates slugger Andrew McCutchen is spreading joy among baseball-loving centenarians.

It all started in June when McCutchen found the announcement of Regen T. Green’s 100th birthday in a local paper. According to Pittsburgh’s local CBS affiliate, it said Green “loves the Pittsburgh Pirates, especially Andrew McCutchen, casinos and spending time with loved ones.”

While McCutchen couldn’t take her to the blackjack tables, he did answer with a video and an invite to a game.

And guess what? She did! Green may not have thrown the first pitch like 105-year-old Agnes McKee, but she did get to meet her sports idol who was spotted giving Green a T-Shirt that read, “The Gene Green is 100,” CBS reports.

By Marissa Payne  |  05:31 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 07/24/2014

The line to buy Minnesota Vikings single-game tickets looks pretty depressing

Minnesota Vikings Coach Mike Zimmer talks with defensive end Scott Crichton during the team’s minicamp in Eden Prairie, Minn. (Ann Heisenfelt/AP)

In football markets where tickets are harder to score than a World Cup goal against Germany, the idea that only one individual would be in line the morning when tickets went on sale seems unfathomable. Sadly, though, that was the situation in Minneapolis on Tuesday when fans were invited to line up for to purchase their single-game tickets.

His name was Anthony Williams, Minnesota’s CBS affiliate reports. “I probably could have slept in a little while later and still been first in line,” Williams told CBS with a laugh.

He had the day off from work and showed up at the deary fifth-floor office where the ticket headquarters is located at 5:40 a.m. By 8:40 a.m., just 20 minutes before the ticket office opened, just 13 people stood in line, the Star Tribune reports.

But the short line doesn’t necessarily correlate with a shrinking Vikings fan base. Williams guesses that perhaps people simply couldn’t find the office, which moved from the Metrodome to a nondescript building a block away from where the team’s new stadium is being built.

“I think people can’t find it,” Williams told the Star Tribune, adding another excuse too: “And they just announced that they’re going on sale today, yesterday. That was probably a big factor.”

Another factor might be the stadium the purple-and-gold will be playing in this year. With the Metrodome gone and the new glassed-in bird-endangering stadium not set to open until 2016, the Vikings will kick off home games in the University of Minnesota’s outdoor TCF Bank Stadium.

(H/t: Deadspin)

By Marissa Payne  |  05:09 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Here’s why it’s not fun to play video games with LeBron James

(Kin Cheung/AP)

Love him or hate him, LeBron James is a talented guy. Not only does the Cleveland Cavalier know his way around a basketball court, but it turns out the star’s thumbs are pretty hip to a video game controller, as well. That’s thanks to James’ “eidetic memory,” a skill that gives him the ability to call up images, sounds or objects from memory without having to rely on pesky mnemonics or other learning devices. ESPN calls it “crazy, crazy freakish recall.”

While James can use this schedule remember plays from games, perhaps more impressively, it also likely allowed him memorize all the moves from Shaquille O’Neal’s fairly lousy video game from the 90s “Shaq Fu.” James’ childhood friend Brandon Weems tells ESPN:

“When we were growing up we used to play this fighting game on the Sega Genesis called Shaq Fu. LeBron was the only one who had memorized all the moves and so he’d win every time. We all thought he definitely was cheating.”

It turns out James is still no fun to play video games with today. Weems continues:

“When you play Madden with him now you have to be careful which teams you take, because he will know what your game plans were in the past when you’ve played with him and he’ll pick the opposing team knowing what plays you want to run. You better save your favorite play, too, because he’ll remember what you ran before in situations and be ready for it. Your only hope is to save it until the end and try to surprise him with it.”

So how much does James love video games? Enough to get this birthday cake for this 9-year-old son last year.

(H/t: Polygon)

By Marissa Payne  |  03:56 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 07/24/2014

Ex-WCW wrestler Sting makes first official WWE appearance alongside Hulk Hogan and Daniel Bryan

Today’s Sting still resembles his late-’90s action figure. (Richard Drew/AP)

When the WWE revealed earlier this month that Sting would be a playable character for those who pre-order the WWE 2K15 video game, speculation exploded about what this would mean for the former WCW wrestler. Would the most famous wrestler never to have been a WWE superstar finally, finally sign a WWE contract and get in the ring?

Whether the 55-year-old will see in-ring action is still undecided, but today it became a bit more clear that at least Sting’s new role with the WWE was more than just a one-time stint in a video game ad.

Sting appeared alongside WWE stars Hulk Hogan, Daniel Bryan and Paul Heyman in a surprise promotional appearance at ComicCon in San Diego today.

The foursome appeared on alongside WWE commentatory Michael Cole on a Mattel panel about action figures.

Hopefully Sting enjoys being in the spotlight again because many fans would love to see more.

By Marissa Payne  |  03:53 PM ET, 07/24/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)


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