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This Little League Coach’s Rousing Pep Talk Is About So Much More Than Baseball

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"We didn't quit. That's us!...You're all my boys."

After the Cumberland American team lost at the Little League World Series on Monday, their amazing coach, David Belisle, gave them a speech they’ll likely never forget. The team lost 8-7 to a team from Illinois, and many of the Cumberland players couldn’t help but cry. Belisle, however, couldn’t have been prouder of his team, and knew exactly what to say to cheer them up. I don’t know about you, but life lately has put me in need of a serious pep talk, and this one totally does the trick, whether you’re losing at baseball or whatever else life is throwing at you right now. [E! Online]

Baseball Player Mo’Ne Davis Led Her All-Male Little League Team To The World Series

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Mo'Ne Davis
"They See My Fastball And They Get Kind Of Scared"

Mo’Ne Davis, a 13-year-old from Philadelphia, led her Little League baseball team to the World Series by striking out six batters on Sunday with her amazing pitching skills. Her fellow players are male, and she’ll be only the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series, which will take place in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Davis, who plays for the Taney Youth Baseball Association, can pitch a 70-mph fastball.

Girls have only been allowed to participate in the Little League World Series since 1974. Just one other girl will play in this year’s Series, Emma March of Canada’s South Vancouver league. This is the third time two girls have played in the Series at once, and both March and Davis will make their first showing at the World Series this Friday on ESPN. Keep reading »

Prepare To Watch Misty Copeland Make You Feel Inadequate

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Captivating

Every muscle in my body hurts just by watching Misty Copeland dance in this Under Armour ad. The American Ballet Theater ballerina (the first African-American soloist, in fact!) is utterly breathtaking and she proves just what someone can be capable of with hard work and dedication. It’s like a whole new way to look at the human body.

Watch The Trailer For “Mudbloods,” The Documentary About Real-Life Quidditch Players

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Fascinating

Quidditch isn’t just played in “Harry Potter” — it’s become a real-life sport on college campuses all over the U.S. “Mudbloods,” a documentary hitting limited theaters and On Demand in October, will explore the intense subculture that compels people to run around on a field with a broom between their legs at a competitive level. The filmmakers will follow the determined UCLA Quidditch team as they try to make it to the Quidditch World Cup (an actual thing!) in New York City. From the looks of it, quidditch is tough, and the players’ happy attitudes are what get them through. The movie looks totally intriguing and oddly inspirational. [io9]

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Apologizes For Remarks About Domestic Violence

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"Foolish Is An Understatement"

So, Stephen A. Smith had a bust weekend. The ESPN panelist kicked off Friday with some what-the-fuck-did-he-just-say? remarks about victims who “provoke” domestic violence and all Internet hell broke loose. On the show “First Take,” Smith and other panelists were discussing Ray Rice, an NFL player who physically assaulted his now-wife and has been suspended for two games. (By the way, the NFL is quite rightly being criticized for this slap on the wrist punishment — another player is currently being suspended for a full year for smoking pot.)  In seeming sympathy with abusers, Smith shared his opinion at two different points in the conversation that some DV can be provoked.

“Let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions,” he said, adding later, “We … got to make sure [victims] can do your part to do whatever you can do to make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Keep reading »

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith Suggests To Abused Women: “Let’s Make Sure We Don’t Do Anything To Provoke Wrong Actions”

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Just Stop Talking, Dude ...
  • Hoo boy. So, on the ESPN program “First Take,” panelist Stephen A. Smith was discussing the suspension of NFL player Ray Rice for two games in the upcoming season. Rice faces jail-time for aggravated assault on his wife, Janay Rice. In discussing Rice’s suspension, Smith oh so helpfully turned it around on women, imploring “let’s make sure we don’t do anything to provoke wrong actions.” Smith also suggested, “We … got to make sure  [women] can do your part to do whatever you can to do make, to try to make sure it doesn’t happen.” Yeah, he actually went there with suggesting that potential victims could have just prevented what happened to them by not pissing their violent offender off! Anyway, today, in a huffy series of tweets in which he whined about getting called out by “Sports Nation”‘s Michelle Beadle, Smith complained that what he said was “misconstrued.” Then he repeats almost as many times as he did in his original speech that domestic violence is wrong wrong wrong. It’s bad enough to blame victims of violence. But then he has to try and twist his words as if he didn’t really mean what he actually said? I mean, if you’re going to be a shithead, at least stand by it. [Deadspin (1), Deadspin (2), SB Nation] Keep reading »
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