Nothing like having a reliable field goal kicker

OTTAWA – The Winnipeg Blue Bombers rallied late to stun the Ottawa REDBLACKS with a buzzer-beating field goal as Justin Medlock’s kick secured the 33-30 victory for the visitors.

For the second week in a row, the Bombers found magic in the final minutes of the game to come out on top.

Down by seven points with just over five minutes remaining, Ryan Lankford used his speed to get the Bombers into solid field position on the kickoff as they chipped away on yardage. Andrew Harris found a rushing lane for another first down before Avery Ellis halted Nichols with a sack just before the three-minute warning. Winnipeg added a field goal to trail 30-26 with 2:43 remaining. A single on the kickoff cut the deficit to three points.

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Keeping the REDBLACKS from adding to their lead, Matt Nichols and the Bombers got another chance with under two minutes remaining. Brett Maher’s punt sailed out of bounds as the Winnipeg offence entered at midfield. Darvin Adams hauled in a 13-yard pass to enter field goal range and Medlock converted to tie the contest with less than a minute left.

Again, the Bombers defence did not allow the REDBLACKS to make much progress and forced another punt for one final drive. Short yardage plays moved the ball into field goal range and Medlock came through in the clutch, nailing his sixth kick of the game, this one at the buzzer, to get the win.

Michael Phelps loses ‘race’ to Great White shark

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The much-hyped head-to-head race between US swimmer Michael Phelps and a Great White shark turned out to be a computer simulation, drawing complaints from many disappointed viewers.

The world’s most decorated Olympic swimmer completed 100m in open ocean off South Africa in 38.1 seconds to the shark’s 36.1.

Discovery Channel aired the “race”.

But what viewers actually saw was a montage of Phelps swimming alongside a computer-generated Great White.

Before Sunday’s broadcast, Discovery had the 28-time Olympic medallist, who is now retired, and the shark swim the course separately.

Computer-generated footage of a shark was then superimposed over the swimmer to look like they were racing alongside each other.

Some social media users loved the “race” idea, but many said that they felt “robbed” by the simulation.

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Although the US athlete represents the peak of human athletic prowess, he can only swim at a top speed of 5-6mph (8-10km/h) without a monofin, while a Great White is capable of doing at least 25mph in short bursts.

But humans have long pitted themselves against dangerous animals, often ones they know are much faster.

They have done this for money; to draw attention to a cause; to create a spectacle, and perhaps also out of an inflated sense of what humans are capable of.

Here are four other instances when man has raced beast.

South African rugby star v cheetah

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Bryan Habana, one of the fastest players in international rugby, decided to take on the world’s fastest land animal in 2007 as part of an event sponsored by a conservation group.

Habana is quick, but not Usain Bolt quick – running the 100m in 10.4 seconds at his best (compared with Bolt’s 9.58 world record).

Still, the then 23-year-old, keen to raise awareness about the decline of the cheetah, fancied his chances.

The cheetah was tempted with a dangling leg of lamb which it chased during the race, while Habana, who was given a significant head start, gave it all he had.

The end was close but the cheetah just got over the line first. Habana asked for a re-run and was soundly beaten.

Italian swimmer v dolphins

Filippo Magnini, a former world champion in the 100m freestyle, took on two dolphins in a pool near Rome in 2011.

Given the animals’ clear advantage, the Italian only had to swim one length of the pool, while they had to swim two.

But that didn’t make a difference and the man nicknamed “Superpippo” was pipped at the post.

He said later that he fell “a bit in love” with Leah, one of the dolphins.

Jesse Owens v horses

The black US track and field athlete won a string of victories at the 1936 Berlin Olympics in front of Adolf Hitler, who had been hoping for a games that would demonstrate the Aryan superiority he believed existed.

Owens later struggled financially back home in a country where racism remained rife and his sport was not professional.

To make money, he competed against racehorses in front of dazzled crowds.

He is said to have had the starting gun go off close to the horse, stunning it and allowing him to take a strong lead (he also had a head start). Though this strategy worked most of the time, he didn’t always win.

Later, more opportunities became available to Jesse Owens and, among other roles, he served as Ambassador of Sports under President Eisenhower.

American football player v ostrich

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NFL wide receiver Dennis Northcutt easily beat an ostrich named Thelma in 2009 for a TV show called Sport Science.

But in that initial race, a fence separated the pair and it was obvious the animal wasn’t giving it her best.

In a second race, this time inside the ostrich’s enclosure, Dennis was soundly beaten, as the ostrich leapt away and he was left chasing it through the dust.

Unusual Baseball Team Names

Now here is a league with interesting team nicknames. T-Bones, AirHogs, Wingnuts, Saltdogs and Goldeyes. I don’t know if I would prefer to be a T-Bone or Wingnut.

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American Association of Independent Professional Baseball
Division Team First Season City Stadium Capacity
North
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks 1996 Fargo, North Dakota Newman Outdoor Field 4,513
Sioux Falls Canaries 1993 Sioux Falls, South Dakota Sioux Falls Stadium 4,500
St. Paul Saints 1993 Saint Paul, Minnesota CHS Field 7,210
Winnipeg Goldeyes 1994 Winnipeg, Manitoba Shaw Park 7,481
Central
Gary SouthShore RailCats 2002 Gary, Indiana U.S. Steel Yard 6,139
Kansas City T-Bones 2003 Kansas City, Kansas CommunityAmerica Ballpark 6,537
Lincoln Saltdogs 2001 Lincoln, Nebraska Haymarket Park 8,000
Sioux City Explorers 1993 Sioux City, Iowa Lewis and Clark Park 3,631
South
Cleburne Railroaders 2017 Cleburne, Texas The Depot at Cleburne Station 1,750
Salina Stockade 2016 Salina, Kansas Dean Evans Stadium
Wichita Wingnuts 2008 Wichita, Kansas Lawrence-Dumont Stadium 6,400
Texas AirHogs 2007 Grand Prairie, Texas AirHogs Stadium 5,445

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Winnipeg Goldeyes mascot Goldie.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders Sleek New Stadium

The Roughriders are a team in the Canadian Football League. They play in the western conference and are based in the capital city of Saskatchewan, Regina. They are unveiling a  new stadium this year.

Mosaic Stadium is an open-air stadium in Regina, Saskatchewan. Announced on July 14, 2012, the stadium replaced Mosaic Stadium at Taylor Field as the home field of the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders.

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Capacity 33,000 (expandable to 40,000 for special events)
Surface FieldTurf Revolution 360

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The fans of the Roughriders are mostly farmers. Saskatchewan is a predominately agricultural society and thus economy. And those farmers and cattle ranchers love their Riders. When a game is on they hightail it to the big city of Regina to cheer them on.

The parking lot of the stadium shows the demographic of the fans and the vehicles they drive.

Below are some shots of the parking lots around the stadium during the first game that was played late last year.

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If the pickup won’t start, those stubble jumpers will leap into the tractor or combine to make the game.