Welcome to the 43rd Purple Row edition (and 147th overall) of Tuesdays With Mitch, where we're in the dead of winter, but pitchers and catchers reporting tomorrow provides a little bit of hope. Let's get into it...
(As noted before, the "writing portions" of some of my offseason posts will be brief. For the most part, there's not much going on with the Rockies these days and the staff here at Purple Row is covering the ins and outs of the offseason better than I can in this weekly format.)
We're jumping straight into the weekly departments again today. And as you know, a few weeks ago, I added a new poll for you to vote on your favorite clips throughout the offseason. Sometime when Spring Training rolls around, we'll crown an offseason CLIP OF THE YEAR. So don't forget to vote for your favorite at the bottom of this post. (Last week's winner was Eli Manning acting like a weirdo.)
Stud of the week:
I haven't made it a point to watch the Slam Dunk Contest in years. In my eyes the event has just lost much of its luster and grown stale. But, when catching up with this year's even from Saturday night, it became clear that it was quite the show. There's a whole recap here, but just look at this dunk from runner-up(!) Aaron Gordon. This has to be the dunk of the night.
...And in slow motion.
Let's slow it down. pic.twitter.com/4lZ6iFp1wC— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 14, 2016
That is an absolutely absurd display of athleticism. Like, jaw-dropping stuff. Pretty sweet.
Ass of the week:
It's a bit of a slow week around the sports and interwebs world, so I couldn't find a real "ass" candidate for this spot. Instead 'll use it to show this hilarious Gregg Popovich interview. Back when the Spurs were eliminating the Nuggets from the playoffs every year I used to really hate Pop, but yeah... he's awesome.
Classic Pophttps://t.co/Mrup9F05Zi— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 10, 2016
Vine of the week:
If there's one thing that we don't tire of 'round these parts, it's high-brow content like people getting hit in the groin and falling over. CLASSIC.
Seriously though, this is hilarious. It looks like LeBron thinks he's back in middle school dominating the dodge ball courts.
And a bunch of other stuff from around the internet:
The coolest thing the internet had to offer from the last week was the "Mic'd Up" Super Bowl footage. The two YouTube videos total about 20 minutes.You can watch the first half here and second half here. The coolest sound bite had to be this one from the affable Wade Phillips.
In other fun post-Super Bowl shenanigans, Von Miller stopped by Saturday Night Live. It's not the cleanest read, but it's enjoyable and actually not too cringe-inducing.
Speaking of cringe-inducing, someone unearthed this footage of Microsoft's Windows 95 launch. It is really something.
The Windows 95 launch was dad dancing at its finest pic.twitter.com/vuGBP1NpOE— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) February 12, 2016
And finally, here's a very random, non-sports clip that I found interesting. Sacha Baron Cohen stopped by Kimmel to promote his latest movie, but the clip he wanted to play is supposedly so graphic and extreme that they couldn't show it on TV. So they showed the audience watching and reacting to the clip. It's a pretty interesting marketing move. I mean, they assuredly could have found a scene to that wasn't so raunchy, but this is probably much more effective in generating publicity and curiosity.
Anyway, the look on Kimmel's face cracked me up.