Why Washington Nationals fans are obsessed with the 'Baby Shark' song
- How did "Baby Shark," a viral children's song that cracked the Billboard Top 100 earlier this year, become a battle cry for a World Series-bound team?
- Long answer: The whole thing started when outfielder Gerardo Parra used the song as his walk-up music in June.
- Walk-up songs are good opportunity to show a little personality, and Parra has kids, so he decided to join the 'Baby Shark' trend.
- During the last few National League Championship Series games against the St. Louis Cardinals, a stuffed baby shark appeared on the Nationals' dugout netting.
- When Nationals rookie Victor Robles hit a home run during Game 3 of the series, he gave the shark a little smooch.
- Every team has their odd little mannerisms and fascinations, their delightful obsessions that keep players and fans fighting through the season.
LoL Creator Riot Games Stamps Serious Attempt to Dethrone Blizzard
- Yesterday’s 10th anniversary League of Legends celebration stream was a momentous affair with Riot Games pilling on the announcements and setting out a road map for the future that suggests it is on the warpath to not only expand beyond its massively successful flagship MOBA, but also dethrone Blizzard.
- Among them is a new mobile/console version of Riot Games’ flagship MOBA rebranded as League of Legends Wild Rift, a League-inspired collectible card game called Legends of Runeterra, fresh details about Riot’s long-rumored League-themed fighting game dubbed Project L, a tactical character-based multiplayer first-person shooter code named Project A, LoL Esports Manager, and a very brief look at what appears to be an MMO or a dungeon-crawler multiplayer title currently known as Project F.
- As for existing games, Blizzard had a shot at the MOBA genre with Heroes of the Storm.
Bulgaria's goalkeeper says England players 'overreacted' to the monkey noises and Nazi salutes during their match in Sofia
- England players "overreacted" to the Bulgarian crowd's monkey chants during a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday, says the country's goalkeeper Plamen Iliev.
- Iliev's comments form part of a worrying pattern of denial on behalf of the Bulgarian staff and media, regarding Monday's match.
- The country's coach, Krasimir Balakov, also refused to admit the racist behaviour coming from the stands, saying after the game that he "did not hear the chanting", whilst criticizing the behaviour of the England fans instead.
- England boss Gareth Southgate was then reportedly told to "f--- off" by one Bulgarian journalist in his post-match press conference, while another said "the game was so friendly", according to Eurosport.
- Prior to Monday, the president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU), Borislav Mihaylov, released a statement in which he criticized England's worries about potential abuse, citing its "ongoing battle with hooliganism" as a factor.
How the 'Justice League' Snyder Cut movement has gained momentum this year, from 'Joker' to Jason Momoa
- From that, the "Release the Snyder Cut" movement was born, which calls for Warner Bros.
- And while it's uncertain if Snyder's elusive director's cut of "Justice League" will ever see the light of day, the movement to get it released is bigger than ever.
- Some Snyder Cut followers hope the success of "Joker" helps push Warner Bros.
- But the success of "Joker" gives Snyder Cut fans the hope that both lighthearted and darker threads can coexist in the DC movie universe.
- executive told The Wall Street Journal last year that the studio had no plans "to release any alternate versions of 'Justice League.'" Meanwhile, Snyder regularly reveals new details about his scrapped plan for "Justice League" on Vero, provoking fans to push for his cut even more.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2020 nominees are....
- To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
- The public will once again have the opportunity to participate in the induction selection process.
- Through January 10, fans can go to Google and search "Vote Rock Hall 2020" or any nominee name plus "vote" to cast a ballot with Google.
- They are also able to vote at rockhall.com or at the Museum in Cleveland.
- The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a "fans' ballot" that will be tallied along with other ballots to choose the 2020 inductees.
- The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2020 Induction Ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will take place at Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on May 2, 2020.
England's manager reportedly told to 'f--- off' after Bulgaria's coach denied the 'clear as day' racism in a wild and chaotic aftermath to a controversial soccer match
- England's manager Gareth Southgage was reportedly told to "f--- off" after Bulgaria's coach denied the "clear as day" racism in a wild and chaotic aftermath to a controversial soccer match on Monday.
- The unsavory night in Sofia, a night in which England's black players were subjected to monkey chants and Nazi salutes, came to a sad ending when Bulgaria's team coach Krasimir Balakov denied any abuse took place.
- Subsequent to Balakov's denial, Southgate's own post-match press conference was reportedly interrupted by a Bulgarian journalist, who told him to "f--- off".
- The first stoppage of the match at the The Levski Stadium came in the 28th minute, when a stadium announcement was then made calling for the abuse to stop or the game would be abandoned.
- The second came two minutes before half time but play resumed after discussions between Southgate and the referee.
Blizzard Cop-Out Kills Nintendo NY Overwatch Launch Event
- Nintendo announced earlier today that Blizzard pulled out of the Nintendo NY Overwatch Launch Event.
- Scheduled to take place tomorrow, Oct. 16, Nintendo and blizzard organized the event to celebrate the launch of the Overwatch Legendary Edition on Nintendo Switch, itself hitting storefronts today.
- Whether the decision to pull out of the event links to the Blitzchung/Hong Kong debacle or not, all eyes are on Blizzard after last week’s backlash, and the cancellation viewed through that lens.
- We may never get an official explanation, but an organized effort to protest Blizzard events, primarily this month’s BlizzCon, and the safety concerns this raises for staff must factor into the decision.
- Secondly, Blizzard has too much invested in BlizzCon from revenue sources to massive season-culminating eSports events, including the Overwatch World Cup, to outright cancel.
Chargers players are upset after their arena played the Steelers' fight song in an attempt to 'Rick Roll' opposing fans
- The Los Angeles Chargers have had a tough time filling their stadium with their own fans.
- Numerous times over the past three years since the team relocated from San Diego, the Chargers have seen their temporary home at Dignity Health Sports Park overtaken by opposing fans.
- But this week, some Chargers players were especially irked when the arena decided to play the Steelers' fight song in an attempt to "Rick Roll" the visiting fans.
- The Chargers home-field woes aren't likely to improve any time soon, with upcoming games against the Packers and Chiefs in Los Angeles — two teams with fans that travel well.
- After the Chargers' reaction to this week's game, the stadium might be a bit more careful about any in-arena jokes or at least be sure the home team is winning before playing them.
Steelers fans took over the Chargers' home stadium as the team continues to struggle to attract fans 3 years after moving to Los Angeles
- The Pittsburgh Steelers were on the road against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday night, but you wouldn't know it by the sound of the crowd.
- The game was in primetime on national television, and Steelers fans took over Dignity Health Sports Park and turned it into a sea of black and gold Terrible Towels.
- Despite the Chargers being the nominal "home" team, it was clear from the beginning that any advantage the crowd provided would be in favor of the Steelers.
- It's not the first time the Los Angeles Chargers have had their home field invaded by opposing fans.
- In the team's first year in Los Angeles, the Chargers were met with a sea of Philadelphia Eagles fans that took over the arena.
- It happened again last year when the Kansas City Chiefs turned the Chargers stadium into a sea of red.
Pope Francis accidentally tweeted in support of the New Orleans Saints thanks to a hashtag snafu
- Pope Francis accidentally made himself the most popular New Orleans Saints fan on Twitter on Sunday morning, when a hashtag mishap left one of his tweets showing the team's logo in the middle of its text.
- What Francis likely had no way of knowing was that every NFL team has an accompanying logo — in the Saints' case, the team's iconic fleur-de-lis — leaving his tweet looking like an endorsement of Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, and the rest of the New Orleans Saints.
- While it wasn't his intention, Pope Francis' blessing appeared to have worked wonders for the Saints, who have now won four straight games despite the absence of starting quarterback Drew Brees, who is still recovering from an issue with his throwing hand.
- After Sunday's success, don't be surprised if Saints fans ask Francis to bless Brees' thumb for a swift return.