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Last night, the Pittsburgh Penguins earned a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals against the San Jose Sharks by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Now, tradition dictates that teams don’t touch the conference trophy — otherwise, you’ll jinx the team it won’t win the trophy you do want (the Stanley Cup). Penguins captain Sidney Crosby flies in the face of convention! He not only touched the Prince of Wales Trophy, he carried it around. But he has history on his side: In 2008, he left the trophy untouched and the Pens lost in the Finals. But in 2009, he did touch the trophy and Pittsburgh claimed the Cup.
Crosby is clearly superstitious — as confirmed by the odd start to the post-game press conference last night. (Nobody puts Crosby on the right side!)
Khalid Boulahrouz and Lionel Messi challenge for the ball during the World Cup Group C soccer match between the Netherlands and Argentina on June 21, 2006 at the World Cup stadium in Frankfurt, Germany.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores with his hand during a Spanish League match against Espanyol on June 9, 2007 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. Messi continued to draw comparisons with Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona who scored in similar fashion during a quarterfinal World Cup match against England in 1986.
Argentina head coach Diego Maradona talks with Lionel Messi as they celebrate their victory over South Korea in the FIFA World Cup Group B match on June 17, 2010 at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates after scoring against Real Madrid during their semifinal, 1st leg Champions League soccer match on April 27, 2011 at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Madrid, Spain.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi smiles during a news conference after receiving his Golden Boot award in recognition for scoring the most goals in Europe's domestic leagues on Oct. 29, 2012 in Barcelona, Spain.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi poses with his four FIFA Men's World Player of the Year awards before a Copa del Rey match against Malaga on Jan. 16, 2013 at the Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain. Messi received the award for a record-breaking fourth successive year.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the FIFA World Cup Group F match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on June 15, 2014 at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates with teammates Angel di Maria and Marcos Rojo after scoring their first goal during the FIFA World Cup Group F match against Nigeria on June 25, 2014 at the Estadio Beira-Rio in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores his side's second goal past Roma goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during their Group E Champions League match on Nov. 24, 2015 at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain.
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Skateboarding — IN SPACE! (sorta)
Skateboarder Tony Hawk has done pretty much everything you can with a skateboard — on Earth, anyway. So for his next trick, he shredded on the “vomit comet,” an airplane that flies high in the atmosphere on a crazy flight pattern to simulate zero gravity.
Vin Scully’s Field of Dreams
One of the best baseball movies ever is Field of Dreams, which naturally includes one of the best speeches in movies about what makes baseball so special. So, clearly, the speech and legendary Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully need to be connected forever. And last night, thanks to Scully reciting the speech, it happened.
Epic Bat Flip, Bro!
Vin Scully performing Field of Dreams is a home run in my book. So let’s allow University of Miami masher Edger Michelangeli celebrate for all of us with the bat flip to end all bat flips.