Every week such extraordinary things happen in sports that the fantastic is almost becoming average. You think you see the greatest single handed catch in football (thank you Odell) and now not only is everyone making one handed catches, but they practice them too. The same can be said for the over the wall catch in baseball (talking about you Kevin Pillar) or the infamous triple deke in hockey (owe that one to you Gordon Bombay) wait… that one was from a movie, nevermind. What I am trying to say though is that every week there seems to be some of the most incredibly smart, incredibly gifted or incredibly stupid moments in sports and that leads us to this edition of Fringe Friday, the That’s Incredible edition.
Every year we see such magnificent goals in the NHL that it is usually difficult to pick one that stands out, but the goal scored by Sid the Kid… actually, can we still call him a kid? The goal scored by Sidney Crosby this week was absolutely sick, twisted and nasty.
OK, you might consider that over exaggeration but when you single handedly skate through 4 players and then with only one hand on the stick, backhand it into the top corner, well that is just something special; an absolutely incredible feat by Mr. Crosby… or incredibly embarrassing by the Buffalo Sabres.
A Fringe Friday or two ago I made fun of Rougned Odor because of his hypocritical, pompous bat flip for that long single. Well, looks like someone else in the World Baseball Classic has taken it a step further. In an incredibly smart play by Yadier Molina (the catcher) and an equally incredibly stupid play by Jurickson Profar (the base runner) we once again see proof that karma doesn’t like it when you celebrate a single.
No one, including probably Profar himself, knew what he was doing after lining a single in the first inning and then calmly, arrogantly strutting his way back to first. Only to be tagged out on a heads up play by Molina who celebrates like crazy, and rightfully so, because he wasn’t celebrating a single.
Well, if we are talking about celebrating, there is a cardinal rule. Don’t begin celebrating until after the play is finished. We have seen too many times where a football player is strutting towards a touchdown only to lose the ball before he actually enters the end zone. We have also seen home run trots on balls that don’t leave the yard. I’m talking about you again Odor! Anyway, celebrating your successes before they happen never turns out good. But maybe, just maybe, if you start an early celebration for what a teammate does then maybe it all works out fine. Call it cocky or call it arrogance but what Javier Baez did during the World Baseball Classic was purely entertaining.
Molina (yep that very same catcher) threw a perfect strike to the second baseman as Nelson Cruz tried to steal second. Baez immediately pointed to Molina in celebration as he “no-looked” a tag on the sliding Cruz. It could have gone historically bad and Baez would have been ridiculed endlessly for it, but it worked and therefore, it is just a cool looking play.
Now speaking of things that could go horribly wrong, I can’t let Fringe Friday go this week without showing a clip of the Raptors own Serge Ibaka. Yes he didn’t back down from Brook Lopez and yes, the team seemed to get inspired by Ibaka’s fight that led to an amazing comeback and overtime victory.
There are however more important things than not backing down though. He could have been suspended for much more than just one game and even worse, could have injured his wrist and be gone for the rest of the season. What Serge Ibaka did was selfish and did not take the team’s best interests into consideration. Having said that though, he didn’t get hurt and only suspended for one game so I guess it goes without saying but… it still was pretty cool wasn’t it?
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