Bowling alleys typically coat their lanes with oil to protect the wood. This has a significant effect on the ball, so much so that competitions use a variety of oil patterns to challenge competitors. Vox spoke with pro bowler Phil Edwards about bowling’s hidden layer.
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Filmmaker Bryan Fogel initially wanted to learn more about performance-enhancing drugs. His research unwittingly got him caught in Russia’s doping scandal. Critics say Icarus has a poorly-edited first half, but its twists and bombs make it worth watching. Premieres 8/4/17 on Netflix.
Run along with athlete Calen Chan as he heads down the Skyladder parkour course built down the side of Tianman Mountain in China. Not only is the 999 step-tall course the longest on the planet, but its built on a 45° incline to add to the challenge. The slide part looks like fun.
Bleacher Report’s Game of Thrones-meets-NBA parody cartoons reaches the height of savagery in its latest episode. Watch as the Brooklyn Nets, the Orlando Magic, and the Toronto Raptors tackle the trade deadline. Mario Hezonja’s probably lawyering up right now.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s tireless point guard Russell Westbrook has become only the second NBA player ever to average double digits in points, assists and rebounds for a season. He’s also tied Oscar Robertson’s record for most triple-doubles with a couple of games to spare.
“Well that’s probably the best highlight of this game so far.” During a recent UK soccer match, a beagle decided to run on the field and join the festivities. It took more than 7 minutes to round up the energetic dog, but he certainly kept the fans amused during the long timeout.
It’s Spring, which in the Midwest means go play outside. How about tennis? Graphene and Kraibon for killer shock absorption in Head’s new Instinct line means great touch, power and maneuverability. Try the Adaptive version with a kit to tune the stick to your personal specs.
Skier Stefan Kraft broke the record for the world’s longest ski jump, gliding an astounding 253.5 meters (~832 ft) through the air during an event at Vikersund, just moments after Robert Johansson broke the record at 252 meters (~827 ft). Both jumps were extraordinary.
(PG-13: Language) “This is no casual game in the caravan park activity room.” YouTube’s favorite vulgar commentator Ozzy Man Reviews looks at some of the best ping pong plays in 2016. He’s impressed by the “f-you, nah, f-you” rallies, the table’s leg game and more.
Using the classic Nintendo game Tecmo Bowl, YouTuber irishkidd84 replicated all of the scoring plays from Super Bowl 51. No matter what resolution you watch the game in, the Patriots’ comeback is just as mindblowing. The only thing missing is a pixelated Lady Gaga.
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