The Week: Most Recent Sports recent posts.en-usMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Sports from THE WEEKMon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -04007 adorable animals that interrupted sporting events [Updated]<img src="" /></P><p><strong>1. The marten who wouldn't go quietly</strong><br />Just as FC Thun and FC Zurich were starting their Swiss Super League soccer game on Sunday, a wild marten &mdash; a small, ferret-like animal &mdash; ran onto the field, brazenly bobbing and weaving through the players, managing to evade capture, and finding refuge in the stands. But it wanted more, and soon after play resumed, the stubborn little star zipped across the field once again. Zurich defender Loris Benito made an impressive jump and tackle, grabbing the marten with both bare hands, but was bitten on the finger. (See the photo above.) The animal almost...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:00:00 -0400The weirdest injuries in baseball history<img src="" /></P><p>Who among us hasn't strained a neck muscle by leaping eagerly from a Camaro while in pursuit of tasty sandwiches?</p><p>That's the freak injury that sidelined Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Joel Peralta earlier this week. The good news for Peralta is that he's not expected to miss much time and the sandwiches were, reportedly, quite tasty.</p><p>Peralta is hardly the only major leaguer to suffer a dumbfounding, non-baseball-related injury. In fact, the game's history is littered with players who injured themselves in the weirdest, most unbelievable ways.</p><p>Counting Peralta, there have already been at least four such...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 15 Feb 2013 15:53:00 -0500Oscar Pistorius: Did the 'Blade Runner' kill his girlfriend?<img src="" /></P><p>Before Thursday, the most controversial thing about Oscar Pistorius, the double-leg-amputee Olympic runner, was whether his prosthetic blade legs gave him an unfair advantage over other runners. Now, police in his native South Africa are charging the 26-year-old "Blade Runner" with murder in the shooting death of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp, in his home in an upscale gated community outside of Pretoria, the capital. Pretoria police haven't released the name of the victim or the suspect, following South African law, but Steenkamp's agent, Sarita Tomlinson, confirmed that the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Thu, 14 Feb 2013 07:40:00 -0500Why are the Olympics dumping wrestling?<img src="" /></P><p>In a surprise move, the International Olympic Committee has reportedly voted to drop wrestling from the 2020 Olympics. The ancient sport, which has been part of the modern version of the Games since their debut in 1896, was deemed unworthy of inclusion in the 25 "core sports" that comprise the Olympic program.</p><p>The IOC made the decision after several rounds of secret balloting at the organization's headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Other contenders for elimination included the modern pentathlon, taekwondo, and field hockey. IOC members used 39 criteria, "including television ratings, ticket...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Tue, 12 Feb 2013 10:49:00 -0500Who's favored to win the Super Bowl in 2014?<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>The Ravens are still celebrating their Super Bowl XLVII win. The champagne is still cold. The parade hasn't even begun.&nbsp;Looking ahead is premature. But it's not prohibited, and it's fun. Besides, what else are we going to do until next season? Here are the five teams that are the biggest threats at this point to win Super Bowl XLVIII: No Broncos, Falcons, Giants, Redskins, or Texans on this list, which undoubtedly will disturb some of you. So read on:</p><p><strong>1. San Francisco 49ers<br /></strong>If you keep coming close, you can find a way to finally break through. Ask the Ravens. They made the playoffs the past...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Clifton BrownTue, 05 Feb 2013 14:25:00 -0500Football as ballet: 11 surprisingly graceful images from the Super Bowl<img src="" /></P><p>Go beyond the bone-crunching tackles and you'll see that football is actually one of America's most elegant sports. In brightly colored, body-baring costumes, exceptionally sure-footed athletes almost resemble dancers as they soar over opponents, reeling in spiraling balls with outstretched arms and seemingly magnetic fingertips, touching down on the sidelines only to implausibly drag their toes across the turf before the rest of their body falls out of bounds. Behold, the hidden ballet of Super Bowl XLVII.</p><p ><br /><strong>Grand Allegro:</strong> Cary Williams of the Baltimore Ravens and Ted Ginn of the San Francisco...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 14:05:00 -0500Next year's Super Bowl might not have a halftime show<img src="" /></P><p>We hope you liked Beyonce's Super Bowl halftime performance, because it could be the last one for a couple years. Next year's big game will be played in New Jersey's open-air MetLife stadium, where the temperature is currently a frigid 27 degrees. And with next year's Super Bowl likely to be similarly cold,&nbsp;NFL officials reportedly aren't sure how to plan for the halftime show, as freezing temperatures could make the already-daunting task of quickly setting up and tearing down a massive stage even more difficult.</p><p>"It's not only the acts and the singers but [also] the crews that have to put...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jessica-hullinger" ><span class="byline">Jessica Hullinger</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:22:00 -0500WATCH: The 10 best and 5 worst Super Bowl commercials<img src="" /></P><p>If you weren't watching last night's Super Bowl for the game or for Beyonce's halftime show, you were probably watching for the commercials &mdash; and unfortunately, you were probably disappointed. Though there were a few standouts, even this year's very best ads fell short of greatness, with no creative triumphs on par with 2011's Darth Vader Volkswagon spot. What was the best and worst of this year's unspectacular crop? The 10 best &mdash; and 5 worst &mdash; Super Bowl commercials:</p><p><strong><span >THE BEST</span></strong></p><p><strong>1. Got Milk?: "Milk Mustache"<br /></strong>The night's funniest commercial belonged to the "Got Milk?" campaign,...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 12:15:00 -0500Why the Monday after the Super Bowl should be a national holiday<img src="" /></P><p>An estimated 111 million Americans&nbsp;watched the Super Bowl in 2012, the seventh year in a row in which more people watched the big game than the previous one. And in all likelihood, more than 111 million people watched the Baltimore Ravens outlast the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night, which means that, at the very least, tens of millions of people (tens of millions!) woke up Monday morning with an affliction that this writer would attempt to describe were he not suffering from it himself. Kingsley Amis expertly captured&nbsp;this self-induced malaise in his comic novel <em>Lucky Jim</em>:</p><p >Consciousness...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 11:50:00 -0500The Super Bowl power outage: 5 conspiracy theories<img src="" /></P><p>If anyone knows what caused the blackout that plummeted New Orleans' Superdome, and Super Bowl XLVII, into near-darkness Sunday night, they aren't being very forthcoming. Entergy Services, the local utility, and SMG, the company that manages the Superdome, jointly blamed the power failure on a mysterious "abnormality in the system" that essentially tripped a giant circuit-breaker, adding that both companies "will continue to investigate the root cause of the abnormality."</p><p>However, what is pretty clear is that before the blackout, the Baltimore Ravens were cruising to a blowout victory, and after...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:32:00 -0500Relive Super Bowl 47 in 70 tweets<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p>Super Bowl XLVII "ended another lifetime after it began," clocking in at "a whopping 4 hours and 14 minutes," says <em>The Associated Press</em>' Tim Dahlberg. And it was "the strangest Super Bowl you will ever see." The showdown between quaterbacks Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens and Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers &mdash; and their respective coaches, brothers John and Jim Harbaugh &mdash; was also the most Twittered game in Super Bowl history, with 24.1 million tweets about the game and halftime show, including 231,500 tweets per minute when the lights went out for an extended blackout...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Mon, 04 Feb 2013 06:30:00 -0500Why parents should let their kids play dangerous sports<img src="" /></P><p>"Are you not entertained? Are you NOT entertained? Is this not why you are are here?"</p><p>So shouts Russell Crowe's character Maximus in the most powerful scene of Ridley Scott's award-winning film <em>Gladiator</em>, after Maximus vanquishes his opponent with such aggressiveness that it leaves the crowd in stunned silence. Maximus' point &mdash; that the crowd was there for the violence and the danger &mdash; remains as true as ever. But today, our collective fascination with bigger, faster, stronger, higher, more aggressive, more dangerous, and more powerful athletic enterprises has very real costs for the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jeb-golinkin" ><span class="byline">Jeb Golinkin</span></a>Sat, 02 Feb 2013 09:10:00 -0500The eerie similarities between Colin Kaepernick and Tom Brady<img src="" /></P><p>A franchise quarterback, taken with the first overall pick in the NFL draft, goes down with an injury. An unheralded second-year QB takes his place. The original starter recovers from injury, but by that time, he's lost his job to the young gun, who miraculously leads his team to the Super Bowl while the healthy veteran sits on the sidelines.</p><p>That's the story of San Francisco 49ers&nbsp;phenom Colin Kaepernick's surprising season. It's also the 2001 story of a once-unheard-of sixth-round-pick named Tom Brady.</p><p>Stylistically, Brady and Kaepernick couldn't be more different. The New England QB is...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Fri, 01 Feb 2013 10:35:00 -0500WATCH: Super Bowl ads, from the best cameos to the most sexist spots<img src="" /></P><p ><iframe width="660" height="397" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p><p >&nbsp;</p><p ><strong>More from&nbsp;<em>Now This News</em></strong></p><p >*&nbsp;WATCH: <em>New York Times</em> hacked by Chinese hackers</p><p >*&nbsp;WATCH: KnowThis: Monopoly edition</p><p >*&nbsp;WATCH: Baby panda's first check-up</p> <a href="">More</a>By Now This NewsFri, 01 Feb 2013 07:50:00 -0500Why low seeds thrive in the NFL playoffs<img src="" /></P><p>In 2006, the Pittsburgh Steelers became the first sixth-seeded team &mdash; the lowest possible seed in the NFL playoffs &mdash; to not only make it to, but win the Super Bowl. The Green Bay Packers accomplished the same feat in 2011, three years after the New York Giants won the Lombardi Trophy as a number five seed.<br /><br />Those unexpected runs are hardly the exception anymore. Indeed, lower seeds are now routinely advancing deep into the playoffs. Where in years past, top-seeded teams dominated the postseason, the past decade has seen a surge of upstarts crash the party.<br /><br />This phenomenon coincides with...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:28:00 -0500Colin Kaepernick and 7 other QBs drafted by baseball teams<img src="" /></P><p>San Francisco 49ers&nbsp;phenom Colin Kaepernick has come from nowhere to become one of the most exciting players in the NFL. The second-year quarterback with a rifle arm and incredible speed set an NFL playoff record for rushing yards by a quarterback in the 49ers' rout of the Green Bay Packers, and now his team is favored heading into a Super Bowl matchup with the gritty, veteran Baltimore Ravens. In a season dominated by rookie sensations Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson, suddenly it's Colin Kaepernick who's the toast of Super Bowl celebrations in New Orleans.</p><p>But Kaepernick...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/danny-groner" ><span class="byline">Danny Groner</span></a>Mon, 28 Jan 2013 06:20:00 -0500