This week's Zurich Classic, a PGA Tour event in New Orleans, is well-known for a unique feature in its golf course: Alligators. Not just a few passing through, either, but 10 to 12 that have made the course their permanent home.

One of these gators is a three-legged beast affectionately dubbed "Tripod." As a gator of distinction, Tripod is a fun sight for both fans and golfers. In 2013, Tripod ran onto the course during televised play and interrupted the activities, earning a wide berth from organizers and other spectators as he made an awkward run across the fairway.

Now, everyone's excited to see an encore from Tripod.

Perhaps the scariest aspect of the alligators' presence is the way they can slip out of the water and onto the green while golfers stand oblivious. And they have a habit of inconveniencing the golfers: Just last year, a gator crawled onto the green and got in the way of one golfer's attempt to play.

No one seemed to know what to do until one of the golfers, a former LSU player named John Peterson, borrowed a sand rake and ushered the gator back into the water Louisiana-style.


Alligator guarding golf ball, knocked away with a rake

A video posted by @cjzero on

The moral of the story: Watch where you step. And if you're playing the Zurich Classic, it's best to partner up with a native who can show you the ropes of gator-wrangling.

As the color commentator noted of Tripod's fairway sprint, "That’s a real hazard right there."

The Kentucky Derby is one of the biggest gambling events of the year, a major televised event, and -- for those in attendance -- one of the greatest displays of pageantry you'll ever see.

For some, the race is the only two minutes they will pay to horse racing in the calendar year. Just over two weeks away from the May 2 race, several interesting storylines are emerging, all of which will deliver intrigue in the lead-up to the Derby itself. If you're a bit behind on the latest horse racing news -- and who isn't? -- here's a quick primer.

1. American Pharoah is the early favorite.

After losing his first race of the year, American Pharoah made some changes, most notably by removing its blinders. Since then, the horse has been dominant, winning every race and pulling into the lead as a Derby favorite.

While many are saying this year's field is one of the deeper editions of the Kentucky Derby in many years, Pharoah is currently the odds-on favorite and is likely to maintain that position until race day.

2. One guy trains the top two horses.

Bob Baffert doesn't just train American Pharoah, he also has Dortmund -- another heavy favorite, and perhaps the biggest threat to beat Pharoah himself. Dortmund is undefeated so far this season and was sired by Big Brown, who won the Derby in 2008. If Dortmund continues to look strong, he could enter the Derby at a co-favorite with American Pharoah.

Meanwhile, Baffert seems to be in great position to have two horses place -- and maybe even go 1-2. In a way, you could say Baffert is his own greatest threat.

3. Churchill Downs bans selfie sticks and drones.

No one's getting the Kentucky Derby confused with being a breeding ground of progress and innovation -- just look at the way people dress -- but Churchill Downs is taking a very proactive stance on emerging technologies that could interfere with the horse racing experience.

Selfie sticks will not be allowed on the property, so attendees will be forced to take slightly worse selfies at slightly more of an inconvenience. And if you're thinking about bringing your pet drone with you, think again: the race has outlawed drones as well.

Giant hats, however, will still be allowed. The more obstructing of views, the better.

Lots of trainers say working out can be a better experience if you have a partner. Doing pushups with your dog probably isn't what they have in mind. But check out this video, and you can see that dropping down for a few sets with this pup could supply some motivation.

There is a reason why commentators often talk about goalies having cat-like reflexes. Check out the skills from this actual cat as it springs into action from an unassuming position.

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As if searching for an apartment in the pricey Bay Area wasn't already stressful enough, one landlord made things extra difficult for Oakland A's southpaw Sean Doolittle and his girlfriend.

Doolittle's girlfriend, Eireann Dolan, describes the process on her blog, Thank You Based Ball. She writes about the struggle of finding a place to live for only part of the year:

"It’s not always easy trying to find a place to live for six or seven months at a time. When the realtor asks when the move out date is and you say ehhhhh Septemberish, but hopefully the end of October? you can almost see them imagining themselves throwing out your application in favor of one of the bazillions of tech people applications."

Doolittle and Dolan did end up finding a good place, but as Dolan writes, the landlord made a bizarre request:

"The only catch was that we had to create a resume for our dog to attach to our application. I asked the realtor if this meant just like, a few sentences about Stella explaining her breed, health, and temperament. The realtor said, 'think of it as a formal resume that you might submit when you are seeking a job.'"

Sure enough, Dolan went ahead and drafted a document for the couple's 5-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback, Stella (pictured below, with Sean):


Dolan writes that Stella went to "DePaw University" and that she "spends every offseason continuing to be a dog."

Alas, despite Dolan's effort, the couple was not approved for the apartment. But the landlord's rationale was unrelated to Stella. As Chip Johnson reported in SFGate, the couple's car is five inches taller than the garage stall provided for it.

Doolittle and Dolan are making a name for themselves in the Oakland community. Doolittle is a key part of Oakland's bullpen, and he earned his first All-Star appearance last year. Before the 2014 season he signed a five-year, $10.5 million with the team.

Dolan made headlines this week when she offered to buy $3,000 worth of unwanted tickets to Oakland's LGBT Pride Night on June 17.

Poor Fritz.

A golden retriever with rather slow reflexes, this dog has become an Internet sensation thanks to a humorous video uploaded by his owner. During the course of many weeks, Fritz's owner tossed all sorts of treats at the dog, and none of them landed in his mouth. A steak, a donut and even a hot dog all bounced off Fritz's body and fell astray.

Here's the video, which includes a nice use of slow-mo:

For those worrying that Fritz eats like an obese human, fear not. His owner had this to say in the video's comments section:

"I definitely don't let him eat all this. I intercept the food and he gets a little. Plus, he only gets a food tossed to him about once a week. The rest of the time he eats healthy dog food and exercises to maintain his manly physique."

As for bad eyesight, it seems that's out of the question too:

"It’s funny, he shows no other signs of bad eyesight. He’s much better with a tennis ball. I think he might get overly excited with the food and he commits too soon!"

Hopefully Fritz learns from his mistakes, otherwise it appears as though he'll be eating dog food and french fries for the rest of his life.

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This dog has quite the attention span by making repeated stops of the soccer ball with its front paws. Perhaps dressing for the part helps with enthusiasm.

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If you're a bulldog, this has been a less-than-thrilling week. Two of the sporting world's most prominent animal mascots faced some harrowing circumstances -- and one couldn't overcome the odds.

In New York City, Butler's mascot, Blue III, got a little too excited on the court during a break. He threw up on the hardwood due to what his handlers said what an overdose on excitement.

Fortunately, Blue III live-tweeted the experience for us.




Blue III was able to make a full return and enjoy the rest of the game:


The ending was not so happy at Fresno State, where its beloved bulldog mascot, Victor E. II, died unexpectedly from a bee sting that sent him into a severe anaphylactic shock.

Victor E. II would have turned 3 in April.


Shortly before his puking fit, Blue III tweeted out his condolences to Fresno State.


In a new video quickly going viral, some visitors to Washington state's Olympic Game Farm were caught off guard by the aggressive nature of a hungry buffalo. While driving through a contained area that featured bison and other animals, one car cross paths with an animal that wasn't afraid to stick its head in an open window and score some extra bread.

And the camera was rolling the whole time. As the video's owner, Caroline Walker Evans, explains to ThePostGame, visitors are allowed to buy a loaf of bread they can feed the animals while driving through.

In the case of the buffalo, cars are told not to stop because the animals can be aggressive. But with a long line of slow traffic in front of them, the car couldn't exactly escape the situation.

"There were actually quite a few people in front of us that had slowed down, and we were unable to go as fast as we probably should have been going," Evans says.

Evans said that she has visited the park in the past and never had an experience where an animal was so aggressive.

This time was different.

"Perhaps just the time of day we were there or the weather or maybe they were just especially hungry but they were a little scarier this go around," Evans says. "We never felt endangered at all, just probably had a bit of adrenaline rush from such a huge animal being so close."

Evans does admit that the experience was a little freaky, especially when the buffalo's tongue started stretching out for the bread. In the end, though, the animal got what it wanted, and everyone went home happy.

Expectations are high this year for Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Alex Cobb. It remains to be seen what the starting pitcher is able to accomplish on the mound, but as a citizen and well-known dog lover, Cobb is off to a great start.

Earlier this week, Cobb managed to rescue a lost dog that was running through traffic in Port Charlotte, Florida, close to the rental home he's using for the team's Spring Training. Cobb told the Tampa Bay Times that the dog was "very close to getting hit by a car" before he was able to chase it down.

The pitcher said it took about 20 minutes to get ahold of the dog, who was skittish and fled directly into traffic. Cobb said he backed off when the dog kept getting onto the roadway, hoping a more relaxed approach would keep him away from oncoming traffic.

"I went down some neighborhood streets and into some back yards," Cobb said. "You could tell he was a little scared, eventually he just kind of finally cowered down and let me pick him up."

The rescue, which Cobb planned on bringing in to the Human Society for an inspection, is a male weighing around 20 pounds. No collar was found, and the dog does not have any distinct features. He does, however, look very similar to Baxter, the fictional dog made famous in the Will Ferrell comedy "Anchorman."

Cobb has informed the local Humane Society of his find and is trying to spread the word in hopes of reaching the dog's owner. The Tampa Bay Rays are also encouraging anyone with information -- or the dog's owners -- to email the team at lostdog@raysbaseball.com.

In the meantime, the rescue was able to spend time playing with Cobb's own dog, an American bulldog named Axel. But the pitcher is hopeful that the dog he found on a busy highway can be returned home soon.

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