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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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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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40 of the Worlds scariest bridges

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Everyone has a fear of something and fear of bridges is not less a fear. There are some bridges in the world which are very scary and even dangerous to cross over. These bridges in different parts of the world have set records as the most hazardous and the scariest bridges in the world. For people with fear of bridges; gephyrophobia, these are bridges you definitely want to stay away from but for the fun-loving daring people then this is an adventure you may want to venture into.

The Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado;

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This bridge found in the USA was made in 1929. During the time of its building, it did not have any wind cables which makes it very interesting. It was not until 1979 when wind cables were added to the bridge. It is in the highest suspension point in the United States which is similar to its historic significance, crossing 955 feet high over the Arkansas river. The Royal Gorge Bridge has held record as the tallest bridge up until 2001 when the Liuguanghe Bridge of China surpassed it. It spins 1260 feet over a rocky canyon.

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The Invention of Pinball

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Pinball is an arcade game where you score points by manipulating balls around on an inclined play field with flippers. The goal is to hit various targets without losing the ball through the drain at the bottom. Most modern pinball machines are themed—they tell a story and players complete objectives to finish the story. Pinball has been around for decades. But where did it come from?

Origins Date to 1871

In 871, the British inventor Montegue Redgrave received a patent for his game, “Improvements in Bagatelle”. Bagatelle was a game that used a table and balls, but Redgrave received the patent in order to make changes to the original game. He added a coiled spring, a plunger, inclined the playing field and made it smaller, and replaced the larger balls with marbles—all of which are features of pinball.

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Mass Production 1930s

It wasn’t until the 1930s that pinball machines appeared in mass. In 1930 and 1931, these games were countertop machines, rather than freestanding with legs as we know them today. Manufacturers began adding legs in 1932.

The first countertop pinball machine was called “Bingo”, and was produced by the Bingo Novelty Company. This was the first pinball machine manufactured by D. Gottlieb & Company. Next, the company released “Baffle Ball”, another countertop mechanical game. In 1935, they released the same game in an electro-mechanical standing version. It even had a payout.

In 1931, another countertop pinball machine was released called “Bally Hoo”. It included optional legs and was the first coin-operated pinball machine in existence. It was developed by Raymond Maloney, the founder of Bally Corporation.

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Origins of the Name

The game was not actually called “pinball” until 1936. The first pinball games did not have flippers, the balls were instead directed by static nails, or pins, which gave the game its name.

Features

One of the most popular pinball machines in history is “Advance”. The tilt mechanism was invented in 1934 because players had been physically lifting the machines to shake the ball around. Tilt fixed this problem.  The tilt mechanism was first used in “Advance” the pinball game made by Harry Williams.

In 1933, battery-operated pinball machines were introduced. They were first made by Harry Williams; by 1934, electric machines showed up which allowed them to offer plenty of extra features, like new sounds and lights. In 1937, the bumpers were added in a game simply called “Bumper” by Bally Hoo. Flippers were then added in 1947, in a game called “Humpty Dumpty”. Flippers were invented by Harry Mabs and incorporated into the D. Gottlieb & Company game. It used six flippers, three per side.

In the 1950s, pinball machines got flashier—they incorporated lights behind a glass scoreboard which helped highlight the scores and added two player options. In 1963, multiple balls were introduced; designed by Steve Kordek and first used in the game, “Beat the Clock”. He is also the one that moved the flippers to the bottom of the game.

Ever Changing Pinball

Pinball has continued to change with the times. Digital scoring was introduced in 1966, and 1975, the first solid-state electronic pinball machine was released. Later, in 1998, pinball machines incorporated video screens, and today, players can play pinball online.  

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