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Tennis isn't a must-watch sport for most dudes accustomed to tackling, dunking and the occasional all-out brawl. We hadn't even considered attending a live match until US Open tickets fell into our laps, along with the promise of beers aplenty.
Turns out, we had a great time watching Serena Williams destroy her opponent. The velocity of those serves just doesn't translate to TV -- it's like she's wielding Thor's hammer -- and we had another revelation: Tennis stadiums are really, really pleasant, at least judging from the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center...
Even on such a huge night for the sport, the vibe was totally chill. No overcrowding, even at open-air hangout spots such as the Moët & Chandon Terrace and the Heineken House (which provided those aforementioned beers). The grounds were surrounded by trees and greenery, always a relief in the massive concrete rat nest known as New York City.
At most sports stadiums, you'll pay $10 for a few bites of terrible deep-fried crap. Don't get us wrong, we love terrible deep-fried crap, but apparently tennis stadiums offer higher-quality cuisine: an oyster and caviar bar, a crêperie and Hill Country Barbecue, which has awesome ribs and brisket. The paninis from No. 7 Sub weren't bad either. We'll still humbly order hotdogs of dubious origin the next time we catch a ballgame.
Guy Code caught up with Craig (figuratively -- the dude is still a burner) for a Q&A on running, modern NFL backfields, "Avatar" and Craig's ultimate realization that it's about damn time he meets Purple Jesus.
What's been your involvement with the NFL's Back to Football Run Series?
As a face of the NFL and someone who loves running. I've run in 23 full marathons and I host my own Rock and Roll Marathon. It's really cool – for myself, being a retired athlete -- to go out and run and encourage others.
Every once in awhile, NERF invites a bunch of media people to drink free booze while testing out their new rifles, machine guns, crossbows, blasters and balls. Somehow, Guy Code Blog scored an invite to this party and I decided, while half-buzzed on rum-infused snow cones, to stage a throwing contest. Inspired by just having watched this video, I made everyone throw with their off-hand. Most threw lefty, but we did have a few lefties who threw with their right.
Watch and enjoy a bunch of adults playing with children's toys and looking like idiots.
Who isn't excited for the arrival of the NFL? We've all missed pro football so much over the last seven months, we've started to idealize it as a completely flawless sport. That couldn't be further from the truth. Though it's modern American sporting competition at its highest form, there are still some downright terrible things about the game.
1. Pregame shows
No one has ever learned anything pertinent during an NFL pregame show, which increasingly seem like advertisements for manufacturers of massive desks. And who sits behind them? An unnecessarily large bunch of meatheads yukking it up over highlights from the previous week. Even worse, they're usually ex-players you hated when they played, before you had to listen to them struggle to put together one coherent thought.
2. Sideline reporters
One part unwelcome interrupter of the game, another part pedantic smartypants (who isn't all that smart) and a third part someone who might not even like football. Sure, they're usually hot chicks dressed in business suits, but what TV programming nowadays doesn't have hot chicks in business suits? If you're getting your weekly "hot girl" fix via NFL football, you need to become better acquainted with how Google works.
When you start a game of pickup basketball, you're always a little unsure of what kind of guys you're going to play against. Who's the best player? Is it you? Can the tall guy actually play? There's a lot of uncertainty involved.
The guys at Dude Perfect have put together this video of almost every type pickup basketball player. It's a pretty comprehensive list; but since we're based out of NYC, we decided to add some NYC specific players. Can you think of any not in the video?
Overexcited Businessman Spectator
Although this guy isn't actually playing, he eats his lunch while watching the game and acts like the annoying, drunk fan at an NBA game.
Guy Who Should Be Playing At Rucker Park
If you're stuck guarding this guy, get ready to feel horrible about yourself the whole game. Read More...
Last night something happened that people have been expecting for a long time. No, we're not talking about Hank potentially finding a way to take down Walt. We're talking about Ryan Dempster intentionally throwing a pitch at Alex Rodriguez. Obviously A-Rod is not the most admired player in baseball, but did this vigilante justice violate Guy Code? Let's take a look at the circumstances.
Not only did Rodriguez get caught cheating again, but his associates may have leaked information that led to suspensions of other players. That violates both actual laws and Guy Code. Plus, he's going up against the Red Sox, who hate him simply because...well, they're the Red Sox, and he's A-Rod. That may be more than enough cause to justify throwing a pitch at him.
Still, he's been caught and is facing a year-long suspension, so he's still being punished through official channels. Throwing a pitch at A-Rod might lead to a serious injury, either to him or to one of your own teammates, who have to defend you in the ensuing brawl. Luckily, none of that happened, but Dempster could have put himself or his teammates in a bad situation.
This is a tough call to make, but we say it's against Guy Code. Let the official process play out before you throw a pitch at him. And if you do hit him with a pitch, don't give up a home run to him that starts a six-run comeback.
Currently, in countless bars, homes, and "man caves" around America, men are gathering for a yearly ritual: their league's fantasy football draft. But, though some 15 million Americans are said to participate in fantasy football, I am not one of them. In fact, I find it incredibly boring. No, I'm not some hipster weirdo who hates sports. In fact, I love football, have begrudgingly played fantasy football numerous years in my past and eagerly await the upcoming (actual) season. I just have no interest in fantasy football because countless things about it are truly boring.
Many people hail the draft as the most fun part of playing fantasy football. A bunch of your best buddies gathered around a giant table for an interminable amount of hours, their laptops flapped open, a pile of papers nearby, a cache of beer and booze laid before them and piles of food to satisfy their every whim. This is an enjoyable way to spend your weekend? No one has ever been enjoying a night out drinking and thought, "Man, this would sure be a lot more fun if there were no women around and we all had our laptops here so we could rank placekickers."
How Arbitrary It Is
Maybe 25 years ago, before the internet existed, fantasy football was actually somewhat enjoyable. Something that took some skill in ranking the point-scoring potential for hundreds of places over the upcoming season. But nowadays, there is pretty much a universal consensus of who you should be drafting. #1 pick? Adrian Peterson is a lock. Likewise, you'd be stupid to take a quarterback in the first round. A cricket-loving foreigner could show up at your draft day party and, so long as he had internet access, do just as well as your football-obsessed self does. And, if he's lucky enough to fall into a higher draft position than you...he'll probably do better. You sadly know it's true. Read More...
Beer Pong is a right of passage for every American bro and brodette, dating back to when our Founding Fathers tossed sheep bladders into Solo goblets to determine who'd be our first president. (Look it up.) But what if you've mastered the sport and are ready for a new challenge? Look no further, because here are five drinking games that make beer pong look like wine cooler pong...
We can't get away from the coverage of A-Rod, nor can we ignore the return of Walter White on "Breaking Bad." Therefore, our brains have mashed the two together, making us realize they have more in common than we ever saw. In fact, the similarities seem uncanny. Below, we've listed the career arcs of both men, which overlap in strange, monumental ways. (There are SPOILER ALERTS, if you're still catching up on B-Bad.)
A-Rod hits first home run, appears with Derek Jeter on the cover of SI Walt teams up with Jesse Pinkman and cooks his first batch of meth
A-Rod hits 100th home run, earning his reputation as a serious player Walt offs rival dealer Krazy 8, earning his reputation as "Heisenberg"
A-Rod signs MASSIVE contract with the Texas Rangers for 10 years, $252 million Walt and Pinkman steal a barrel of methylamine, ensuring long-term fiscal security