FC Barcelona

At most sporting events, parents don't have to pay extra admission for infants so small they can easily sit on someone's lap.

FC Barcelona has dispensed with that policy, apparently. After a mother bought six tickets and arrived at a match with five friends and her baby, the child was denied entry, with the club insisting that the child have its own seat.

To get through the gates, the mother had to spend €54 -- roughly $61.20 in American dollars -- for the 10-month-old child to have its own seat, according to a report in Marca.

Even more ridiculous? The seat was in a separate part of the stadium, away from the mother.

Nobody's buying the notion that an infantwould occupy its own seat in a different part of the stadium. Instead, the baby (who is not the kid pictured here but that's youngest fan we could find) sat on its mother's lap during the game, leaving the extra seat unoccupied.

This is a terrifying event for any parent hoping to bring young fans to games without paying the extra fee for a seat that would go unused.

If FC Barca is disappointed it isn't selling out tournament games, though, maybe there's a different solution than trying to gouge parents.

And this wasn't some puff match that couldn't draw interest -- Barcelona was playing Athletic Bilbao, which won the UEFA Champions League earlier this summer for the first time since 1999.

The good news is that the bad publicity unraveling for FC Barcelona might be a deterrent for other professional teams that get daring enough to try a similar thing.

Nevertheless, parents have to be anxious that sports venues will follow the path blazed by discount airlines.

Riley Curry did not think her run could last forever, did she?

There is a new Bay Area toddler ready for the big time. Torrey Jeremiah Smith (T.J.) is pulling stunts from his living room.

His father, 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith, has posted a series of videos this summer showing off T.J.'s dance moves.

First, T.J., 1, absolutely lost it to Silentó's "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."


When you thought you were done turning up but your song comes on

A video posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on


This is really everyday though....he about whipped his arm out of socket...on beat and everything haha

A video posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on

Then he turned up for Diddy's "Finna Get Loose."


Late Monday night, T.J. returned to the spotlight with a diaper dance to the viral tune, "Hit the Quan." He wore a "Little Rock Star" shirt, which is just Torrey and wife Chanel's way of toying with us suckers for falling for their son's dance moves.


TJ is back at it

A video posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on

To Riley Curry's defense, she does have her own Nae Nae video, which is objectively better than T.J. Smith's attempt. (She is two years older.) Riley is still the Queen Bee of Bay Area (and American) kids and no one can dispute that. But she has her first legitimate challenger.


T.J. Smith comes from a family of social media geniuses. His parents announced their engagement, with pictures at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore when Smith was a Raven. (He signed with San Francisco in March.) They revealed Chanel's pregnancy using tomato sauce.


Can't believe she got me to take this pic...but it's a blessing so I'm with it

A photo posted by Torrey Smith (@torreysmithwr) on

It's football season, and T.J. Smith is excited. Are you?

Kansas City Royals

It's boom times for the Kansas City Royals -- and baby boom times for their fans. Nine months after the team's run from the wild card to the World Series, its fan base seems to be churning out babies at a record-setting rate.

According to the Kansas City Star, evidence of a 'Royal Baby Boom' isn't just anecdotal -- Shawnee Mission Birth Center set a record in July with 473 births, breaking the old record of 456.

"We were wondering if we were seeing a little bit of a boom from all the Royals babies," says Eva Shay, the hospital's labor and delivery manager, according to the Star.

Plenty of parents have come forward with their own version of the common story. Some had been trying to get pregnant, while others were pleasantly surprised. A few even credit the team's miracle run for inspiring little miracles among its fans.

For some, the timing is an exciting connection to the team itself. One child featured in the Star was named after the Royals' Kauffman Stadium. Another was named after reliever Brandon Finnegan, who was traded by the team shortly before the deadline.

Finnegan had a memorable appearance on the mound just days before the couple conceived.

Their newborn, named Finnegan, will forever connect that child with the team. And a similar connection has been forged with apparently hundreds, possibly thousands of children born to Royals fans enter the world with a legacy already in place.

"I want this kid to have good, winning baseball," said one parent of their newborn daughter. "She will always and forever be a postseason baby."

Before last season, the Royals hadn't reached the playoffs since 1985 when they beat St. Louis in the World Series.

ESPN released a "This Is SportsCenter" commercial Monday with Rob Gronkowski, which can only mean comedic gold..

In the ad, Gronk shows off his new Super Bowl ring to SportsCenter anchors Stan Verrett, Neil Everett and Kenny Mayne. He says very Gronk lines such as, "I don't think I want it any bigger, though." The anchors act in awe as if Gronk had just been proposed to.

Behind Gronk's back, the guys talk about how "tacky" the ring is and ponder whether it is even real.

However, the true star of the commercial is not Gronk or an anchor. In fact, the star does not even have a line. Gordon Gronkowski, Rob's dad, sits silently at a cubicle closest to Verrett.


If Family Feud taught us anything, it is that the only thing better than one Gronkowski is multiple Gronkowskis.

Gronkowski may need to get serious soon. The sixth-year tight end is set to play his first game ever without Tom Brady, subject to Deflategate court proceedings, when the Patriots host the Steelers on Sept. 10.

Everyone wants to bend it like Beckham. Not everyone wants to parent like Beckham.

On Sunday, the Daily Mail posted a picture of David Beckham walking in West Hollywood, Calif., with daughter Harper after the two had lunch with one of Beckham's sons, Brooklyn. The pig-tailed Harper matched her pink dress with a pink pacifier, or as the British call it, a dummy.

Across the pond, Harper made it to the Daily Mail's front page:


The article challenges the parenting decisions of David and wife, Victoria, Posh Spice. It says the mother and father, "risked stunting their daughter's speech and were putting her teeth at risk of danger by letting her continue to use [a pacifier]," according to parenting experts.

The article does give the Beckhams some concessions: "Some parents use them to stop a child from crying and are only recommended for small babies," but it mostly questions the decision of Britain's first couple outside of Buckingham Palace.

"I can't believe she is still using a dummy. If she has a dummy in their mouth at this age, at four, it really can damage her teeth and it is very likely to hinder speech development," parenting expert Clare Byam-Cook told the Daily Mail.

Well, David responded to the tabloid critiques Monday on Instagram, saying only he knows the reason for the pacifier use.


Note that Beckham is not afraid to post author Jemma Buckley's name out in big letters (and the American terminology of "pacifier"). She has been Beckham'ed.

David Beckham put Manchester United, Real Madrid, the English National Football Team, Los Angeles Galaxy and pretty much the MLS on his back at different times in his career. This week, it was time to put his family and on his back and stick up for young Harper. Maybe Harper had a fever or other reason for the pacifier ... dummy ... necessity at 4.

Everyone in the Beckham family is beautiful, so the concern over Harper's teeth is unwarranted:



Thanks to my beautiful wife for such an amazing day x

A photo posted by David Beckham (@davidbeckham) on

As for Harper's maturity, pacifier or no pacifier, she is already making moves. It looks like the U.S. Women's National Team will have stuff stiff competition in 20 years or so:


The moral of the story: Beckham will bend rules however he wants.

It has been a good year for the Curry family. Stephen won the NBA title and MVP award. Riley became an international superstar thanks to her 2-year-old (now 3-year-old) charm. Riley's sister, Ryan, was born a month ago.

Then there is the rock of the family: Stephen's wife, Ayesha. In December, Ayesha's cooking brand, Little Lights of Mine, went viral when "Chef Curry With The Pot" debuted on YouTube.:

The video is a play on Drake's "0 to 100/The Catch Up." The clip further popularized the Little Lights of Mine webisodes, which started in February 2014 and include Ayesha's tips on cooking, family, fitness, faith and more.

Curry's trademark is her olive oil. Along with a Little Lights of Mine apron, Curry sells her branded extra virgin olive oil on her blog. The product is made of 100 percent local, estate-grown arbequina olives in the Bay Area, where the Currys reside. A 10 percent donation of all proceeds from the olive oil goes toward No Kid Hungry, an organization that fights children's hunger in the United States.

At NBA All-Star Weekend in February, Ayesha shared some cooking secrets with ThePostGame. She handed over her recipe for "Ayesha Curry's Game Day Tomato Sauce," which she appeared to be cooking in the "Chef Curry With The Pot" video. It includes red wine, lemon juice and brown sugar.

Curry's recipes include of a mix of meats, vegetarian meals and sauces. She also tosses in some non-food items such as a face brightening mask, which debuted June 1.

In the month leading up to the birth of Ryan, the second Curry daughter, on July 11, Curry stayed off the blog. On July 25, Curry returned with a recipe for "Quick Lamb Ragu," which suggests more recipes are on the way. Curry also came back with a new video five days ago for "Easy Greek Yogurt Dessert" as part of "Fitness Friday."

The Curry family is commonly found on Little Lights of Mine, if that means taking Stephen to Sonoma…

... quizzing Stephen ...

... or making lemonade with Riley:

There is a lot of Riley:

Riley's First Time At The Beach from Ayesha Curry on Vimeo.

As for Stephen's favorite dish, Curry told Food and Wine in April:

"Stephen really loves classic, soul-warming food. My chicken Parmesan is one of his favorite dishes and the easiest for me to whip up!"

Kelby Tomlinson made his MLB debut Monday evening with the defending World Series Champion Giants. After four-and-a-half minor league seasons, the 25-year-old infielder finally got the call-up from the AAA Sacramento River Cats.

Tomlinson's debuted late into Monday night, with the Giants and Braves locked in a 7-7 tie in the 12th inning. As he stepped to the plate, his wife, Tiffany, who flew from San Jose to Atlanta to attend the game with her father, Bob Prater, showed some nerves.

But when Tomlinson got a hit, Tiffany and his father-in-law went bonkers.

Tiffany may have said an expletive, and she covers her mouth quickly in the video. But who came blame her: Tiffany and Prater's ecstasy is a feel good sight.

Game announcers identified pitcher Hunter Strickland's wife, Shelley, as the woman who comes over to celebrate with Tiffany in the video. Strickland spent parts of the last two years playing with Tomlinson on the River Cats.

"I tried to keep it together the best I could," Tiffany told the San Jose Mercury News. "I couldn't believe it. I don't think I believed it until he got on deck and got ready to hit. Then it was, 'My goodness, it's actually going to happen.'

"I'm still in disbelief. It was all the emotions all at once. It was so exciting. I wanted to throw up. I'm just so proud of him."

That wasn't even the end of the story. Tomlinson came all the way around to score his first MLB run on an RBI off the bat of Buster Posey. However, the Braves stormed back for two runs in the bottom of the 12th, winning 9-8 on a walk-off home run by Adonis García.

Keep on breaking the Internet, Riley Curry.


Stephen Curry posted the above picture on his Instagram page Tuesday. Curry's wife, Ayesha, gave birth to their second child, daughter Ryan Carson Curry, on July 11. The picture above shows international superstar Riley embracing her newborn sister.

This is not the first picture to surface of Riley and Ryan. Here is a post from Stephen two weeks ago showing Ayesha and the girls:


While Ryan's entrance into the world is being embraced by the Curry family, Riley has not lost the spotlight. In the month since she gained a sister, the three-year-old has attended the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and her ratchet birthday party.


It was just a decade ago that Stephen Curry was getting overlooked as a high school sharpshooter with a reputation clouded by his father's success. Since then, he has done pretty well from himself.

This year, from his NBA Championship to MVP Award to his new Under Armour sneaker line to Riley's stardom to Ryan's birth, the man is still finding his family members creeping into his spotlight -- not that he cares.

What do you have to say to that, Riley?

Here's a sentence that won't make sense to anyone who spent the last week unplugged: Devon Still's daughter, Leah, has put out a Whip/Nae Nae dance challenge to NBA Finals sensation Riley Curry.

Yes, it does feel gross to be discussing this coming together of famous children of athletes. But each has been a big story over the past year for different reasons.

Leah Still's ongoing fight with cancer has become a touching story throughout the sports world, while Riley Curry's hilarious appearances with her MVP father Stephen Curry became a part of the NBA's narrative this season.

Now the 5-year-old Still wants to square off with 3-year-old Curry in a dance set to Silentó‘s "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."


The Nae Nae has become a big dance hit in recent weeks, with sports figures as famous as J.J. Watt trying their own hand at the dance.

Leah Still, who earlier this month won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs, was a fan of watching Riley Curry during the NBA playoffs this summer.

For her third birthday, Riley's mom, Ayesha Curry, posted this video of her dancing he Nae Nae at their home:


No word yet on whether Riley will accept the challenge. Maybe it's an opportunity to use the friendly contest as a way to raise pediatric cancer awareness. Maybe the son of 49ers receiver Torrey Smith can get in the mix:


When you thought you were done turning up but your song comes on

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Jake Gyllenhaal's starring role in Southpaw is being praised for its stark portrayal of a boxer battling personal tragedy. Gyllenhaal, too, is receiving rave reviews for his dramatic physical change and his dedication in studying the craft of boxing.

But long before Southpaw, Gyllenhaal had a different dream: Joining the cast of a now-iconic hockey movie. You may have heard of it. The Mighty Ducks.

At the time, the actor had one credit to his name, appearing in the Billy Crystal comedy City Slickers. He was thrilled when he was offered a part in the Disney film, but his parents told him it was a no-go.

"My parents were like, 'Look, you’re about to enter junior high school, you gotta get your education, that's the most important thing. I promise you, you hate us now, but you'll thank us later,'" Gyllenhaal recalled in an interview with Howard Stern. "And I do."

At the time, however, Gyllenhaal couldn't make sense of the decision.

"I definitely remember crying on the kitchen counter," Gyllenhaal said. "I was like, 'You guys are crazy.'"

The son of a director father and a screenwriter mom, Gyllenhaal -- whose sister is the actress Maggie Gyllenhaal -- grew up determined to make a career in the movies.

Jake Gyllenhaal did go on to study at Columbia University in New York for two years, following in his sister's footsteps, but he dropped out to focus on acting. Given the way his career has played out -- he's drawn high praise for performances in Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, and last year's dark thriller Nightcrawler -- it's hard to criticize his parents' decision.

But we're left to wonder what Mighty Ducks might have been with yet another memorable face mixed into the Quack Attack.

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