To appreciate how realistic video games like Madden NFL have become, sometimes it helps to see the older versions. Madden NFL 15 was released this week, and to commemorate the occasion, a videographer named Michael Bromberg compiled a unique perspective.

Bromberg shows various versions of Madden, beginning with the original edition from 1989, to show a two-minute drill. The plays are based on the 49ers' final drive in a playoff game after the 1998 season against Green Bay. This is the game that ended with Steve Young hitting Terrell Owens for the winning touchdown on the final play.

As a bonus, Bromberg uses audio from the original Fox telecast with announcers Pat Summerall and John Madden.

Lorenzo Cain and Oswaldo Arcia are not household names. Cain is a 28-year-old outfielder for the Royals. Arcia is a 23-year-old outfielder for the Twins. On Thursday night in Kansas City, they exhibited a moment of talent and sportsmanship that deserves recognition.

In the top of the seventh inning with the Twins leading 5-4, Arcia crushed a pitch from Royals reliever Francisley Bueno. In center field, Cain raced back to the warning track. Leaping at the fence, 410 feet from home plate, Cain flashed the leather for a graceful grab.

On the other end, Arcia paused between first and second base and tipped his helmet to Cain. The Venezuelan then trotted back toward the visitor's dugout in disbelief.

The Royals' bench followed with an eruption of hat tipping to Cain. Such an act has long been a sign of respect in American culture, but Derek Jeter and Air Jordan's RE2PECT campaign has brought the concept to new levels.

There is also another layer to the feel-good baseball moment. The Royals are leading the Central Division. The MLB season is about five-sixths of the way through. It just so happens the Royals have not made the playoffs since 1985 -– the longest postseason drought in Major League Baseball. Four MLB teams have been added in those past 29 years. All four have made the playoffs multiple teams.

There is something buzzing in Kansas City right now. Cain's catch made be a web gem, but it was not the most spectacular snag in MLB history. Both teams and fans sensed that the catch was part of a bigger story unfolding in the Heartland this season.

The Royals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but the Twins scored six runs in the top of the tenth to win 11-5 in extra innings. That is neither here nor there as the Royals remain in first place.

Also, in a weird twist, Cain did not actually finish the game in center field. Jarrod Dyson took right fielder Nori Aoki's spot in the batting order. Defensively, Cain shifted to right while Dyson played center.


By Mr. Madden
Pro Sports Daily

I feel like I'm becoming a bit of a shill for the guys from Dude Perfect, but there is something about their videos that I really enjoy. The boys are back, and this time they are at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., with a multi-sport trick shot video.

I was a little bit disappointed with their last video (baseball trick shots in the desert) but this one has brought me back into the fold.

The highlights for me were:

  • The golf tee shot to bust the target between the dude's legs.
  • The frisbee catch from the upper deck to midfield was pretty impressive.
  • The golf shot into the kiddie pool at midfield was also pretty good.

Here are some previous Dude Perfect trick shot videos for your enjoyment:

Baseball Trick Shots In The Desert
Crazy Bowling Trick Shots With Jason Belmonte

Gatorade's latest slogan is Sweat It To Get It. The accompanying marketing gimmick is that if you're not sweating, you haven't earned the right to drink Gatorade. To illustrate this, Gatorade shot a series of commercials with cameos from Cam Newton and Peyton Manning in which a gas station clerk won't sell the drink to non-sweating customers.

According to Ad Week, the role of the clerk is played by Rob Belushi, the son of Jim Belushi, and the director is Jody Hill from Eastbound & Down. The on-location shoot at an actual gas station and creative choice of using a hidden-camera style are meant to make it seem more real.

Manning again shows his mastery of the deadpan.

Jessica Alba earns serious points for her technique.

Just watch the high leg kick in her pitching motion, and you know she's either a big fan of the game or got some top-notch coaching along the way. Or both.

Check out her performance at Dodger Stadium before the game against Milwaukee.

The FIBA World Cup of basketball, a two-week tournament in Spain, gets underway August 30. USA Basketball just wrapped up a brief stint in Chicago that featured an exhibition against Brazil as well as some intra-squad action. Here's a look at Team USA in super slo-mo. Among the notable players and their jersey numbers: Kyrie Irving, No. 23; Gordon Hayward, No. 24; Chandler Parsons, No. 34; Derrick Rose, No. 41 and Anthony Davis, No. 42.

The Little League World Series hasn't even started yet, and Mo'Ne Davis is already facing questions about her gender.

During Davis' appearance on "Fox & Friends," host Eric Bolling asked the the 13-year-old phenom about playing a more "female-friendly sport" than baseball.

Davis responds with aplomb:

The teenager made Little League history over the weekend when she became the first girl to toss a complete game shutout in a Little League World Series-clinching matchup. She throws a 70 mph fastball, which has proven practically unhittable.

When Davis and her Taney (Pa.) Dragons take on South Nashville on Friday, she'll become the 17th girl to play in the Little League World Series in the event's 68-year history.

As for Bolling, unfortunately this isn't his first questionable response to a young girl's success in a traditionally boy-dominated sport. Bolling has criticized women for playing football and has said that girls playing against boys amounts to the "wussification of American men."

Wonder if Bolling has checked out this hit?

Rudy, the 1993 film about iconic Notre Dame walk-on Rudy Ruettiger, captured the spirit of college football. Now ESPN has cast the film's star, Sean Astin, to reprise his role as Rudy to explain the four-team college football playoff system that launches this season.

The focus of the commercial is on the NCAA’s bridge between revolutionizing the process of determining a national champion and continuing the college bowl tradition.

A committee of college football experts, including university leaders, coaches, athletes, and journalists, will select the four playoff teams.

“The selection committee will choose the four teams for the playoff based on strength of schedule, head-to-head results, comparison of results against common opponents, championships won and other factors,” according to CollegeFootballPlayoff.com.

True, but that explanation doesn't quite capture the spirit of Rudy like this:

Being cut from the U.S. World Cup team has opened all sorts of creative opportunities for Landon Donovan. The latest is a Foot Locker commercial that pushes the message of how great athletes need to have short memories. Charles Barkley and Scottie Pippen worked the first segment, and Donovan stars in the second with James Harden.

The gag is that Donovan cannot remember getting cut.

"They can't cut me," Donovan tells Harden. "I'm the captain."

Nice bonus twist there, as Donovan forgot that Clint Dempsey is the captain.

It would be fun to see Donovan interact with these fans who were interviewed about the World Cup on Jimmy Kimmel's show:

Here are Donovan's first two spots in which he countered the disappointment of missing the trip to Brazil with a little humor:

A budget crisis in Philadelphia forced Germantown and Martin Luther King high schools to merge, and the decision created tension among the longtime rivals. That provided a big test for first-year football coach Ed Dunn.

Dunn's challenge of motivating his players and having them trust each other is the focal point of a documentary called We Could Be King. The film, which premiered in April at the Tribeca Film Festival, is now available on VOD outlets, including iTunes.

Here's a clip of coach Dunn trying to inspire his players:

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