#25 Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Origin: Remember how your parents told you to be careful around power tools? They weren't kidding. When future MLB pitcher Brown was a young man he accidentally put his hand in his family farm's feed chopper. The chopper's blades cut off most of his index finger, and a later fall on the same hand permanently mangled the middle finger on his pitching hand.
His maimed fingers, though, turned out to be a blessing when they enabled him to put massive amounts of spin on his pitches. Hitters couldn't get balls in the air against Brown, and he won 239 games on his way to the Hall of Fame. So, the lesson here is clear: if your Major League dreams are looking improbable, try sticking your hand in a woodchipper. Can't hurt! (Outside of the excruciating pain.) This is the look you'll want to go for:
#24 "The Flying Housewife" Fanny Blankers-Koen
Origin: The track events at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London got a bit more interesting when Dutch runner Fanny Blankers-Koen tied on her spikes. She was 30 years old, a mother of two children, and ready to kick some serious tail. Blankers-Koen ended up winning four gold medals at the games, which propelled her to international fame as the wife and mother who outran everyone else.
And while the picture of Fanny below may not suggest it, she was a confirmed MILTF. (A mom I'd like to do track and field with. Duh.)
1. Michael Jordan's NBA Executive Prank
Jordan the basketball player was not only regarded as his sport's greatest players, but also as one of its great minds. So it was assumed he would make a great team executive. Ha! That's where Michael Jordan the prankster stepped in.
First with the Wizards he drafted Kwame Brown No. 1 overall and made hilariously bad trades. Then he expanded his prank to Charlotte where he picked Adam Morrison and built a team that set an NBA record for the lowest winning percentage in history. Add all that to his Hitler mustache and ripped '90s jeans and Jordan the prankster is just as great as Jordan the basketball player!
2. Adidas' Camouflage and Neon Uniform Prank
So cruel. Yet so hilarious.
Okay. I'll watch NASCAR if they add this to it.
1. The original owner of the Detroit Tigers was killed by a tiger attack while on vacation in Bangladesh.
2. Dunking a basketball is against the law in Belgium and can earn a week in jail and a €750 fine.
3. Testing done in 1991 found that the Stanley Cup is covered in more fecal bacteria than the average public restroom toilet.
4. The distance of the Indianapolis 500 is actually 494.6 miles.
5. The first protective cups were made from the shells of lobster tails.
What is Twitter if not the lyrics to the lives of morons.
Blatant jaywalking, brah.
SportsPickle asked readers to vote on which American president would win a presidential boxing tournament. After more than 80,000 votes, here are the results.
43. William Henry Harrison
Age in Office: 42
Scouting Report: He died of pneumonia 32 days into his term. Harrison's best chance of defeating his opponent would be hacking phlegm into his eyes and then passing out on top of him.
42. Jimmy Carter
Age in Office: 52
Scouting Report: The former peanut farmer would destroy any opponent with a peanut allergy.
41. Herbert Hoover
Age in Office: 54
State: Iowa, Oregon, California
Scouting Report: Hoover was a Quaker. Maybe they're secretly great fighters. You don't know.
40. John Tyler
Age in Office: 51
Scouting Report: The first VP to take over for a dead president. He could handle seeing a man die, so he wouldn't be scared to crack open a man's skull.
Chris "Topher" Bosh
"Molasses" Ray Leonard
"Sometimes Flip-Flops" Joe Jackson
Julius "The OB/GYN" Erving
"Julius" Earvin Johnson
Earvin "Reality" Johnson
Earvin "Black Larry Bird" Johnson
Willie Mays: "The Say Wha? Brah"