It’s no secret I have good friends at NBC’s Off the Bench. I’ve known Rick Chandler for a few years now, and he used to work at Deadspin before getting his own gig at NBC.
Well apparently he and his co-writer on the weekends, Ben Chew, (Gesundheit!), seem to locate stories from Texas even more so than me, and I live here, while Rick lives in California. It just proves how big the internet is. Take a look at some of the Texas stories Off the Bench has posted:
Yesterday, Off the Bench covered a video of a high school kicker in Washington draining a 67-yard field goal to tie a game but he wasn’t the only young kicker draining it from distance.
In this clip from Texas, one fourteen-year old from Midland by the name of Blake Carter decided to show off his leg in a recent junior high school practice. With help from his coach as the holder, Blake lines up a 63-yard field goal attempt.
Watch as his kick gets plenty of leg and goes toward a set of uprights on the other side of the field:
Although it’s tough to tell if it actually goes in, I’m going to believe that the celebration was justified.
One thing that I have learned is that you don’t mess with Mother Nature and the sheer power that she creates can cause some crazy weather-related sports moments like the one seen below.
In the third quarter of a recent football game between Byron Nelson High School and Denton Guyer High School in Texas, Byron Nelson was setting up to punt from their own 27-yard line.
As the punter for Byron Nelson got it up into the air, the camera guy filming the play for a local broadcaster does his best to track the ball but loses sight of it. Only a few seconds later, he relocates the ball as it bounces into the end zone.
During the punt, a heavy gust of wind blew the ball backwards and sent the ball rolling into the end zone where the Byron Nelson punter recovered it for a safety:
Since the National Hockey League is still under a lockout, the Dallas Stars Ice Girls don’t exactly have a lot to do. So, it appears they decided to get away from the sadness of the NHL lockout and go spend day at a lake.
The highlights of that special lake day were compiled and mixed together by the Stars production team who made a day boating at a lake into watchable gold.
The song that they are lip-synching is Little Big Town’s “Pontoon” and if you’re ready to see some bikini-clad Ice Girls take a dip in the water, this might be the video you need to view as soon as possible: