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18 Amazingly Timed Sports Photos That Will Blow Your Mind

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We are drawn to the world of athletics because we love the thrill of competition. We love seeing the best in the world compete at what they do. With that being said, so many amazing moments are lost in the blur of the action. Listed below, you’ll find 18 incredible pictures of amazing athletic moments captured on camera.

Hiring Bull Rider – Hard Hat Required

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When you ride bulls for a living, you operate on the expectation that you’re going to eventually catch a beating. Now, that doesn’t mean that you expect to go on this kind of ride. Poor guy, we don’t think that cowboy hat is reinforced.

Stand Up For Women’s MMA

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While there are some major names in Women’s MMA, their division still doesn’t get the respect that it deserves. Seeing blows like this landed by Atomweights is, well, jarring, to say the least. We’ll take ‘hitting like a girl’ as a compliment from now on.

She Doesn’t Have Her Globe

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There’s a growing debate around boardrooms of the MLB that essentially boils down to this: should the MLB force stadiums to hang nets up for audience safety? A lot of people are voting yes and we think that this woman in red might agree.

JJ Watt Leads The Charge

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JJ Watt is one of the most prolific defensive players in NFL history. He’s also a renowned philanthropist, raising nearly $40 million to aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Good dude, but we’d be scared of him all the same. Just look at him!

When Your Name Is NSFW

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What do you do when your actual name is NSFW? Okay, we’re obviously going for low-hanging fruit, here. Takeshita is probably an excellent athlete, just don’t say her name around children. We’re kidding. But really, careful with it. Who knows what kids will say these days.

A True Game of Inches

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Defensive back Patrick Robinson fully extends as he attempts to intercept a pass from Philip Rivers. Travis Benjamin, in white, also tries to make a play on the ball. One inch in either direction dramatically changes the complexion of a football’s path.

NBA Ref Steals The Highlight

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You’re going to have a hard time finding NBA fans who appreciate officiating. Oh well, it doesn’t matter to this ref. He wanders into frame and finds himself wearing a crown, courtesy of Budweiser. Now, we’re not one to develop conspiracy theories but we have a hard time believing that this ref WASN’T setting up this shot. Oh well, the King can do as he pleases.

Don’t Trash Talk This Referee

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If we had to make a list of sports and then rank them based on which referees could beat us up, rugby would be at the top of the list. Apparently, there is some truth to our preconceived bias. This referee is clearly not ready to be tussled with and he’s putting these red-shirts into a world of hurt.

Art Of The Glove

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There might be a ton of standing around in the sport of baseball but when the action happens, boy is it exciting. Here we see a Venezuelan national player lay out to snag a grounder. Remember, baseballs shoot back up the middle at blinding speeds. Talk about twitch reflexes!

LeBron James & Dwyane Wade Get Up

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LeBron James may be the face of the NBA right now, but for a short period of time, he was one of the most hated athletes in the world. The ‘Heatles’ era of the NBA was highly entertaining and filled with moments like these. LeBron and D-Wade ran circles around the league en route to a handful of NBA Championships. Both players will go down as Top-5 at their position.

Usain Bolt Lunges For The Victory

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Usain Bolt is one of the most impressive athletes to ever lace up a pair of cleats on a track. While Bolt did not go out the way he had wanted during the 2017 World Championships, it was still mesmerizing to watch his historic career wind to a close. This shot is from the London 2017 World Championships.

Those Headers Will Cost You

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One of the most important skills that you can learn in the world of soccer is the ‘header’. Being able to control the direction of a ball in the air while fending off other players with your hands and feet, well, that’s a skill. Still, it’s gonna cost ya.

The NFL Is For Modern Gladiators

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They say that helmet technology has come a long way in order to protect players, but that helmet won’t help when it pops off. Buster Skrine loses his helmet going for a big tackle. That had to hurt. In truth, helmets have come a long way even in the past handful of years. Remember, once upon a time professional football players were wearing leather helmets. Let that sink in for a minute. 

Nailing The Bunt, Kind Of.

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Being able to land a bunt is kind of important. Bunting helps you to move base runners while giving yourself a chance to use speed to get on base. With that being said, this is not how you score a bunt.

Remember Kids, This Is Why Dad Lifts Weights

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Have you ever dreamed of saving an innocent person’s life, simply by flexing your muscles? Shaun Cunningham, the man in the picture, likely saved his kid some surgery by flexing away a thrown bat. Look at the arms on this guy! Hopefully, his son will start paying a little more attention to the game now that he’s become a global meme.

The Rams Todd Gurley Adds To The Highlight Reel

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Last season, Todd Gurley and the Los Angeles Rams caught fire and never went out. Gurley firmly established himself as the top running back in the NFL and one of the most exciting athletes in professional sports. I mean, just look at this. Todd Gurley hurdles a poor defender on the Washington Redskins and he makes it look easy.

Michael Jordan Finally Breaks Down

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Michael Johnson is the greatest basketball player of all time. Full stop. Known for being the most determined player in the game, MJ finally breaks down while holding the first of his SIX NBA Championship Trophies. You can see Jordan’s dad clutching his arm, one of their rare photos together.

Conor McGregor Plants Flag In Featherweight Division

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It only took Conor McGregor 13 seconds to score the most important victory of his career, at the time. McGregor talked the talk and walked the walk, defeating a red-hot Jose Aldo who had won 18-straight fights. McGregor’s historic knockout helped to propel the UFC to new heights.

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The Origins of Memorial Day in America: Rooted in a History of Former Slaves and Bravery

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Memorial Day is widely celebrated in the United States, as a way to remember the heroism and sacrifice of those fallen American soldiers. The day has become a time of celebration and community gatherings. With parades, food, and fireworks., it’s just like July 4th. But, while we all know the origins of other American holidays (including the 4th of July), Memorial Day is still shrouded in lost and misunderstood history. The full story is not known, and it’s quite a tale! 

Who Invented Memorial Day? 

The first acknowledged Memorial Day is linked with the tragic loss of life in Charleston, South Carolina that took place toward the end of the Civil War. Hundreds of Union soldiers were left for dead at the Washington Race Course, a makeshift prisoner-of-war camp by the Confederate side. With Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s abrupt surrender at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, on April 9, 1865. The war had taken a brutal toll on both sides, but the end of the war inspired a mass exodus of Charleston by soldiers and citizens alike. Former slaves stayed behind. Inspired by patriotic fervor, they called themselves the “Patriotic Association of Colored Men.” They took it upon themselves to bring honor and dignity to the fallen soldiers left in the race-course prison in unmarked graves when the Confederate soldiers fled. 

They excavated the unmarked mass graves and then dug 257 individual graves, surrounded by a fence to ensure a place of honor and security. Once their final memorial was complete, the community turned out for “Decoration Day,” which is now recognized by many as the first Memorial Day, in 1865.  The event included the march on the race track, singing by 2,800 black school children, preaching by black ministers, and the wide-spread decoration of the graves.  It was a way to honor the soldiers, who’d been viewed as martyrs by the Patriotic Association of Colored Men. 

The Rest is History 

Tragic loss and sacrifice are at the center of virtually every version of the first Memorial Day celebrations, but the scale is important. The Decoration Day tradition was later launched in Waterloo, New York (and yes, they claim to have invented the first Memorial Day). Memorial celebrations for Confederate soldiers took place in April 1866, and then Union Major General John A. Logan declared May 5, 1868, to be Decoration Day. There are a number of conflicting reports and claims for the events and meaning of the commemorations that took place following the cessation of hostilities at the end of the Civil War. But that last event took place at  Arlington National Cemetery. The formalization of the event at Arlington, with the mass decoration of graves with flowers and flags, is part of why the 1868 event is widely considered to be the first national Memorial Day event in US History. 

Memorial Day was then set as a May 30th national holiday, and it has continued to evolve. The true history of the day is complicated by historical bias and the fickle memories of the participants, but the role of these men and women who had once been slaves is important. After all, the Emancipation Proclamation, issued on January 1, 1863, was just a few years old when the war ended. Former slaves signed up to become Union soldiers en masse. An estimated 25,000 soldiers fought for the Union Army, but approximately 10% of their ranks were former slaves. They fought bravely and with distinction. In fact, 16 black soldiers were awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for their heroism in battle. It’s about time that we recognized the hidden stories that have for so long gone untold. 

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You Will Not Believe These Classic Era Celebrities Who are Still Rocking Their Golden Years

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Have you ever watched a classic movie from Hollywood’s Golden Era and wondered where are they now, or just assumed that they were not here? Read on to see some of the biggest stars from days gone by who are ruing their own world in the new millennium.

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Brave Babysitter Steps Up, Saves Child From Dangerous Burglar

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Making the decision to hand your child over to a babysitter can be a hard one. Every parent has that nagging thought that runs through their head, “What if something goes wrong?”. Jonathan Lai and his wife called on Jenna Lee Baker in order to watch their three-year-old son for an afternoon. What seemed like a regular afternoon soon turned into a nightmare situation. Keep on reading to find out how Jenny turned into a modern-day superhero!

Welcome to Irvine

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Jonathan Lai and his family are based out of Irvine, CA. As a tightly-knit family, Irvine has plenty to offer. The metropolitan area is located in Orange County, CA. The area is known for being home to some truly amazing local attractions. In fact, Irvine is considered one of the best cities to live in the entire United States, at least according to Business Insider and WalletHub! Still, that doesn’t mean that tragedy cannot strike!

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