Madden NFL prides itself on replicating the game experience as much as possible, and this includes the sounds from the players. Check out Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger of the Steelers providing voice clips in the studio to be programmed into the Madden 16 edition.

Thanks to Alex Wohleber for providing the video.

Viewers casually flipping through channels Sunday night were surprised to turn on ESPN2 and find the network airing some rather unusual programming.

The show was called "Heroes of the Dorm," an eSports tournament featuring students from Arizona State and Cal going head to head in the popular video game, "Heroes of the Storm."

eSports have made their way onto the ESPN networks but before Sunday they were usually on ESPN3.

This two-hour block of programming was competing directly with the NHL playoffs (NBC), the NBA playoffs (Turner) and Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN.

For those that missed the tournament, here's how the action looked and sounded:



The reaction from sports fans ranged from shock to anger to curiosity:




Many ESPN personalities weighed in, including SportsCenter anchor Robert Flores:




SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle was just as amused:




Colin Cowherd, one of the network's most popular radio hosts, was enraged with ESPN's decision to show the tournament.

“Here’s what’s going to get me off the air," Cowherd said Monday. "If I am ever forced to cover guys playing video games, I will retire and move to a rural fishing village and sell bait. You want me out? Demand video game tournaments on ESPN because that’s what appeared on ESPN 2 yesterday.”

There's a reason ESPN chose to air "Heroes of the Dorm," and it likely has to do with eSports' soaring viewership. In fact, more people watched the 2013 League of Legends World Championship than the World Series and Final Four combined.

The team from Cal ultimately topped its Pac-12 rivals:


If you've attended an NFL football game in the past few years -- or ever -- you've probably noticed something: there's not nearly enough lightning shooting out of the stadium after touchdowns.

At long last, the San Diego Chargers hear you. And they're determined to right this wrong.

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers have overhauled their plans for a proposed stadium in the Los Angeles area. Part of that overhaul is a large tower feature that both the Chargers and Raiders can customize in their own way depending on who is playing at home.

For the Chargers, that means a giant in-stadium lightning display whenever they score a touchdown.


The Raiders, meanwhile, will use the tower to burn a flame that pays tribute to the team's late owner.


Compared to other NFL venues, this L.A. stadium definitely aims to be in the running for craziest/most electric home environment. And yes, that pun is both literal and figurative. Lay your fears of electrocution to rest: The lightning created won't exactly have the wattage and murderous potential as your standard lightning from the sky, and it will be enclosed behind glass to further protect fans.

Some fans may roll their eyes at the excessive production. But to take an optimistic view: People probably balked when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers wanted a pirate ship-styled stadium that fired a cannon after touchdowns, and that's gone fine. The only thing Bucs fans have to fret over is the fact that Tampa Bay was the worst team in pro football last year.

As far as problems go, cannons and lightning pale in comparison.

A new partnership between the Sacramento Kings and the driving app Waze is bringing an unexpected gift to your phone's navigation: The silky Serbian voice of Vlade Divac.

NBA fans know Divac as one of the better centers in his day, and also, arguably, the greatest flopper in league history. Now, Divac works as a front office executive for the Kings. And thanks to the partnership, he lent his own voice to a recording session that will allow Waze app users to have him navigate for them in either English or Serbian.

The app, which has various voice options, is available on iOS and Android.

This type of innovative partnership isn't too surprising for the Kings, particularly since team owner Vivek Ranadive built his fortune in the tech industry and seems determined to continue integrating technology into the fan experience. Earlier this month, he talked to ThePostGame about how he sees emerging technologies, like facial recognition, transforming the experience of attending an NBA game:

Patrick Whaley had been experimenting with the idea of a weighted compression top since he was a skinny elementary school student. He'd overstuff his backpack, trying to gain muscle mass, only to realize that it hurt his shoulder more than anything.

Whaley developed prototypes for this shirt/jacket in middle school and continued to refine it in high school, but he was still missing a few pieces. He went to Georgia Tech to study mechanical Engineering, biomechanics and kinesiology. As he juggled with other inventions, his compression idea took a back seat.

It eventually got made, and now Whaley's compression gear is patented and worn by professional athletes like Paul Millsap of the Atlanta Hawks and Dustin Pedroia and Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox. But the craziest part of Whaley's story isn't that he turned a childhood idea into an actual business. It's that the gear helped him recover from a near-fatal gunshot wound, which inspired him to think big with his product.

May 4, 2009, was the day that changed Whaley’s life.

He was still attending Georgia Tech, and It was move-in day at his new Atlanta apartment. Whaley was carrying the third or fourth load when he heard footsteps. Three armed gunmen approached him and asked for his wallet and phone. He stared down the barrel of the gun when the trigger went off.

"I reached out and went to go take the gun and get control of the gun," Whaley said. “The gun went off and my chest was basically left for dead."

The bullet went through his lungs, liver and inferior vena cava in his back. It took six months of recovery, but without his weighted compression shirt, which he named TITIN, he said it could have been longer.

"You go from being someone that, [6-foot, 4-inches], 215 pounds, I'm trying to perfect my body with everything I do and everything I eat, to now I can’t even stand up straight," Whaley said. "I wanted something that I could use on a daily basis, and I found that my TITIN shirt was the best way to recover. To this day, I believe that it was the one thing that has brought me back to life."

Once he recovered to full strength, Whaley knew he wanted to commit to TITIN, which featured gel inserts that match the density of human muscles.

Whaley focused on marketing and commercializing TITIN, going to enterprise competitions around the country and gained valuable visibility.

TITIN's success garnered attention from ABC show "Shark Tank," which invites entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to a panel of five business executives in hopes of a deal. Whaley made his appearance with TITIN last year.

"You walk on set and it’s pretty nerve-wracking," Whaley said. "You get in front of five extremely wealthy investors and business entrepreneurs in their own right. I think the last thing that I thought of before I went on set was, 'Just talk to them like their human beings. Just talk to them they’re just like you and me.’”

He began his pitch asking the "sharks" for $500,000 in return for a 5 percent equity stake in TITIN. The asking surprised the sharks, but Whaley told them he'd grown TITIN's revenue from $10,000 monthly in 2013 to upwards of $1 million a month by the time of filming in the fall of 2014.

Still, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban did not buy into Whaley’s pitch. Neither did Robert Herjavec and Lori Greiner. However, FUBU CEO Daymond John said he instantly related with Whaley.

"I used to wear one of those traditional weighted vests and I was walking to the gym," John said. "I walked for three weeks back and forth to the gym not realizing that I had a double hernia by the time I was done because the weights wouldn’t shift with my body. … When I touched this TITIN tech, I said, 'This stuff is tight and it moves with your body. It's just like extra muscle.'"

John, who partners with some CrossFit gyms in New York City, saw Whaley's vision and knew he wanted to invest. Whaley told the sharks that he needed to re-stock his inventory because TITIN was selling out quickly and John bought in.

"If you have a shortage in inventory, that means you have a high demand,” John said. "We hear a lot of 'Why did you need the money? Well, I want to do some great advertising.’ When you hear great advertising, what does that mean? I don’t have enough customers. It’s the exact opposite when you go 'I’m out of inventory and I have orders waiting.'"

Even though fellow shark Kevin O'Leary had a higher bid, John's promise to handle inventory sealed the deal for Whaley.

"I was trying to keep my mind open, so I wasn’t looking for one person over another," Whaley said. "I wanted someone that believed in me. … "I could tell that he understood the problem. He understood that TITIN and saw its need."

Whaley accepted John's offer of $500,000 for a 20 percent stake in the company, and they began working after a six-month negotiation period ended. With Whaley and John, TITIN continues to grow with the calling card of being the only patented weight compression gear.

Although he already has pro stars using his product, Whaley said the next step will be geared toward the rest of us.

"I think the future is bright," he said. “As we grow, we’re going to start getting into the mass market and the average consumer. … That’s the exciting part of what we do, is that we’re trying to be as fit as we possibly can and TITIN will be there to help you do it."

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