After the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Lithuanian basketball team couldn’t afford to participate in the 1992 Olympics, so the Grateful Dead funded the team’s expenses, and the team wore tie-dye uniforms.
You never know when your moment to be discovered might arrive. And that’s exactly what happened when a fan rose to the occasion at a speed challenge contest at a baseball game.
23-year-old Nathan Patterson went to a Colorado Rockies game on July 15 with his brother Christian to kick back and relax – but fate intervened when Patterson decided to step into the speed pitch challenge at the stadium…and he threw a 96 mph fastball.
— Christian Patterson (@cpatterson_7) July 15, 2019
Let’s get him signed, indeed.
Two weeks later, Nathan Patterson was signed by the Oakland A’s.
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“How can you not be romantic about baseball” -Billy Beane Words cannot describe this feeling and I cannot thank everyone enough who has been part of this journey so far! My family has given me nothing but constant love and support throughout the last 9 months as I pursue a dream of mine that I’ve had since I was a little kid. It’s been a roller coaster to get here with many challenges and overcoming adversity. I’m grateful for all the trainers, coaches, friends, @rsrbaseball and everyone else who has supported me thus far! And for those who tell you that you can’t achieve your dreams, use that as fuel to work even harder. Because those people are the ones that settle. I’m grateful for the @athletics organization for giving me this opportunity! This story is not over. It is not the beginning. I am writing the next chapters and excited for this journey! Time to focus even more, work even harder, and it all starts with your mindset. Go after your dreams and make them a reality!
Patterson hadn’t played baseball for a few years and last year he surprised himself by throwing a 96 mph fastball at a pitching booth at a minor-league baseball game in Nashville. After that night, he began training. Patterson experienced a setback when he hurt his non-throwing arm in a car accident and had to wear a cast. But he continued to train in the meantime. Here’s a video from January 2019 when Patterson was still wearing his cast.
2019 Draft Eligable
— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) January 20, 2019
Patterson began talking with the Oakland A’s back in February, and he got a call from the organization a few days after his brother’s Twitter videos of him throwing fastballs in Colorado went viral.
Just to be clear…my number one priority right now is to develop and perform for the @Athletics organization and get to the big leagues. The stories have been incredible and I hope to inspire others. I have been given an incredible opportunity. Go A’s!
— Nathan Patterson (@npatterson_12) August 2, 2019
Let this be a lesson to all of us: when you are given an opportunity, grab it! It’ll be interesting to see how Nathan Patterson’s story evolves. Let’s hope we see him on the mound in Oakland sooner than later.
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What were these guys thinking?
Serena Williams is one of the best athletes in the world. She’s earned a record 23 grand slam singles titles, plus a list of other career achievements that is so long it would take up this entire article.
That’s why it’s hilarious that some totally regular, non-professional-tennis-playing men think they could win a point off Serena if they ever got the chance. One in eight men, to be exact.
YouGov, a global online survey company, found that 12 percent of men believe they could win a point in a game of tennis against Serena. That leaves 74 percent of men who actually understand the laws of physics.
The survey results caught a lot of attention online. Many people begged Serena to actually give some of those 12 percent fools a chance, because the footage would be hilarious.
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 12, 2019
Thankfully, that footage already exists.
Here, for your entertainment, is Serena Williams playing three average dudes at once and absolutely beasting the hell out of them.
Male Critics: “I’d destroy Serena Williams if I ever got the chance to play her!”
Serna Williams: “Ok. Bet” pic.twitter.com/LmrTJQnF4R
— BJ Thompson (@bj116) July 20, 2019
Even better, these men appeared nothing but delighted to have their asses kicked by Serena.
In addition to the game of tennis, they presented her with a series of challenges, like breaking a water balloon with the tennis ball and hitting a ball into a basketball hoop from the top of the tennis stadium.
Needless to say, Serena effortlessly completed every task.
So, yeah. Whenever Serena has another second in her busy schedule as a living legend, we’d love her to film more videos demonstrating why no mere mortal man could possibly compete against her on the court.
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Are these guys nuts?
Serena Williams is a GD legend.
She’s won 23 Grand Slam championships. She’s a voice for equality in sports. She runs an amazing clothing line. She’s a fashion icon. Even after taking a year off, she’s still ranked among the best in the world.
She’s been a professional player since 1995. That’s 24 years!
Which is why the results of a recent poll are a bit…puzzling, to say the least.
According to a YouGov poll of 1732 adults in Great Britain, 12 percent of men thought they could score a point in a game of tennis against Serena Williams.
— YouGov (@YouGov) July 12, 2019
Either Great Britain has more professional tennis plays among its male population than I realized, or men seriously overestimate their abilities.
I think it’s the latter.
Naturally, Twitter had a field day with the results of this poll. This man, at least, seems to have an accurate assessment of how a match with Williams would actually go:
Confident in my ability to properly tennis, I take the court. I smile at my opponent. Serena does not return the gesture. She'd be prettier if she did, I think. She serves. The ball passes cleanly through my skull, killing me instantly https://t.co/Tqptbh0vOp
— Jason (@longwall26) July 12, 2019
Here’s another accurate explanation of the results:
Unless only eight men were surveyed and one of them was Nadel, these men are what’s known in tennis terms as “fucking deluded”
— James Felton (@JimMFelton) July 12, 2019
This one also sums things up nicely, plus it it doesn’t forget the many men who chimed in on this thread to “defend” their ability to actually score a point against Williams:
Awww, male fragility and self-delusion all rolled into one… pic.twitter.com/6RhOMtGCLp
— WG Saraband (@wgsaraband) July 12, 2019
A few people chimed in with how this is a perfect example of the Dunning-Kruger effect, a type of cognitive bias.
Ever notice how some people seem to overestimate their intelligence and abilities without any awareness that they’re doing this? That’s the Dunning-Kruger effect.
Classic Dunning-Kruger effect mixed with sexism. Not even 1M people (Men and Women) play tennis twice a month in the UK. https://t.co/hvmV4wFULg and with 66M people in the UK, that means 1.5% of the entire UK can even serve the ball in play… at best. https://t.co/RqFI7UQP6U
— Alexis Ohanian Sr. (@alexisohanian) July 13, 2019
Seriously, if you think you could score a point against Williams, maybe take a step back and assess your tennis skills.
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A 3,100-mile ultramarathon takes place around a single Queens NYC block. Runners have 52 days to run the route 5,649 times during which many experience out-of-body hallucinations. Only 43 people have ever finished.
The St. Louis Blues recently won the Stanley Cup for the first time in their history. But what happened leading up to the game was better than hockey, itself. Well, at least for some people.
Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski battled it out on social media leading up to the final game. We know them as one of the cutest, loving couples on NBC’s The Office. Fisher, who played Pam Beesly was the office assistant. And Krasinski played the calm and collected, Jim Halpert.
They had a rocky start in the show but I’ll get that. On with the trolling! Krasinski is a die-hard Bruins fans. He’s a Boston hometown boy that grew up loving his team. And Fischer, who resides in St. Louis, fell hard for her Blues.
After The Office ended these two remained great off-screen friends and this act of playfulness shows it all. Besides, trolling and teasing each other is what good friends do.
It all started with Fischer tossing out this tweet to start the friendly rivalry.
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) June 7, 2019
Before I get too far, there is a great connection between hockey and The Office. Fans of the show may remember that before Jim Halpert and Pam Beesley said “I DO!” on the show, Pam was engaged to Roy.
In the episode, “The Client”, the group is discussing their worst first dates and Pam is sure she has this. She tells the story of how her date took her to a hockey game with his brother. She had gone to use the bathroom and the game ended. Then her date and his brother left her behind. We come to find out later, her date was Roy. Yep, worst date ever!
Back to the story!
When Fisher didn’t get a response from Krasinski, she photoshopped them wearing competitor jerseys.
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) June 12, 2019
That got his attention!
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) June 8, 2019
Steve Carell even joined in on the fun and wore Krasinski’s favorite team logo hat.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 12, 2019
But it all boiled down to this hilarious video of Krasinski from Game 7.
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) June 13, 2019
Did you see who that was sitting next to Krasinski?
That was David Denman, the actor who played the fiance Roy on The Office! Well played.
Of course, Fischer clapped back referencing the show.
— Jenna Fischer (@jennafischer) June 13, 2019
In the end, the Blues took the cup and Carell bowed down to the win.
— Steve Carell (@SteveCarell) June 13, 2019
And Krasinski did as well.
— John Krasinski (@johnkrasinski) June 13, 2019
All in all, the group had a fun time razzing each other. And us fans got to swoon over a reconnection of “Jim and Pam”.
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2000 Olympics gold medal winner, swimmer Antony Ervin decided to retire at 22. It didn’t go so well, as he begun abusing drugs. However, in 2011 he got back into swimming, and at the 2016 Olympics became the oldest swimmer to win a gold medal.
Some marathon runners elect to have their toenails permanently removed. Their level of running causes friction on the toes and results in toenails routinely becoming damaged and detached. To circumvent chronic nail wounds, some people just get rid of them entirely.
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’ll just spit it out: Moms are selling their extra breast milk to bodybuilders, who swear it helps their performance.
The idea is that breast milk is all-natural, unlike many powdered supplements and vitamins. It’s designed to help babies grow, so it’s packed full of calories and nutrients — aka exactly what bodybuilders are looking for.
Who knew bodybuilders and infants had so much in common?!
Many bodybuilders swear by the practice, and it does make some sense…in theory.
“I think the idea behind drinking breast milk for muscle growth is that it’s incredibly calorie and nutrient dense, and it has some additional healthy substances,” sports dietitian Brian St. Pierre told Men’s Health.
“Breast milk is designed to rapidly grow a human baby, so maybe people think a similar effect will happen to fully grown humans?”
If you’re a new mom with dollar signs in your eyes right now, hold your horses. There is no evidence that breast milk provides the same benefits for adults that it does for babies.
Also, it’s not the smartest idea from a consumer’s perspective. It’s no simple matter to safely obtain enough high-quality breast milk for a grown man! There’s not really any way to verify where it came from, whether it’s free of disease, and whether it came from a human with a healthy diet. Plus it can be very expensive.
Also, there are like a million other cheaper, safer, calorie-rich drink alternatives.
“This stuff probably just isn’t special, and it’s not worth the hassle, risk, or money,” Brian said.
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Tony Hawk just can’t catch a break, can he? Who knows why, but Hawk just can’t get anyone to believe he’s really the man he says he is. We’ve previously documented how often the world-famous skateboarder doesn’t get recognized, and we’ve got a new example – it happened when Hawk was trying to rent a car.
At rental car agency, can’t find my name on the monitor to find my car, go inside & wait in line. Finally get to the front, agent sees me & says “you really are Tony Hawk”
Me: um, yes. I was looking for my name outside on the list
Him: “I deleted it because I thought it was fake”
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) April 14, 2019
Sorry Mr. Hawk, but it happened again. But since he’s such a nice guy, he didn’t call out the person or the rental car company by name.
It’s real. I purposely left out which rental company because I don’t want him to get fired.
— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) April 14, 2019
Just like the many times when he wasn’t recognized in public, people loved this story about Hawk’s misfortunes.
God I love these stories.
— Caroline Klapper (@cklapp2) April 14, 2019
Can you please publish a book of just these stories?
— Nate Igor Smith (@drivenbyboredom) April 14, 2019
And someone made this great collage on Hawk’s famous video game cover.
— Toa (@ToaofDeath2) April 14, 2019
Classic! All I can say is that I would recognize you, Mr. Hawk!
At least I think I would…
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