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  1. Hawk-Eye,The Line-Calling Sports Camera, Might Not Be As Accurate As We All Thought

    But is it great at boats?

    Today we learned two things: one, that the device used to make  line-calls in tennis is very appropriately called "Hawk-Eye." Two, it's probably made a whole bunch of bad calls that we weren't aware of until just now. Whoops. Sorry, Barton. How 'bout we give you, like, an extra ten seconds of screen time in Avengers 2 to make up for it?

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  2. College Athletes Upset Over Chess Billboard, Overreact on Twitter

    Or maybe you could just be proud that your chess team is incredible.

    A group of college students at Webster University in Missouri had their feelings hurt because a billboard advertising the school focuses on two members of the chess team dressed as if they're about to play a more physical game. Grumpy student athletes took to Twitter to vent their feelings and the results make for a bizarre and interesting read.

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  3. Schadenfreude Found To Be Biological In Nature, Linked To Feelings Of Envy

    So all those haters really are just jealous.

    What is best in life? According to both Conan the Barbarian and researchers at Princeton University, it's crushing your enemies, seeing them driven before you, and hearing the lamentation of their women. Or, well, knowing that they have been crushed, at least.

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  4. The United States Government Admits Gamers Are Pro Athletes

    I will make it legal!

    Thanks to Riot Games eSports manager Nick Allen, the United States officially sees gamers as pro athletes. Don't get too excited, this probably doesn't apply to you.

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  5. Paraplegic Woman Wants To Surf, Friend Uses Duct Tape To Make It Happen [VIDEO]

    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

    We all know duct tape has thousands of uses but I'm not quite sure strapping one of my friends on my back so she can go surfing was one I would have thought of. Thankfully Tyron Swan did, and his friends' mom, Pascale Honore, has benefited greatly from it. Find out more about this surfing duo on Facebook and help support their journey here. (via HyperVocal) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  6. Plucked Directly From Your Dreams, Here’s Soda Shaq, Shaq’s New Line of Soft Drinks

    Do you dare to drink a soda with Shaq's face on it? If so, there are now four flavors for you to choose from.

    It probably won't surprise regular readers to learn that we're not huge sports fans here at Geekosystem -- I mean, I am, but I'm barely bringing the average up -- so for us to write with any regularity about a sports icon, that person has to be a) good enough at sports that pretty much everyone on the planet knows their name and b) ludicrously entertaining in all other aspects of his or her life. By this metric, Shaquille O'Neal is the perfect sports star for our site, a fact confirmed by yesterday's announcement that Shaq will be lending his name -- and more importantly, his face -- to a line of cream sodas from Arizona.

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  7. Being Popular on Twitter’s More About Yelling Than About Being Right

    New research shows that knowing what you're talking about isn't as important as being confident, at least when it comes to Twitter followers.

    This might be hard to believe, but not everyone on Twitter is right all the time. In fact, most of the time they're wrong. I know -- crazy, right? Why would anyone want to listen to someone who's wrong more than they're right? It's all about confidence. A new study shows it's more beneficial for a pundit on Twitter to be confident about what they're saying than to be accurate. Let's all start yelling things confidently on Twitter now.

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  8. Things We Saw Today: Tiny Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch’s Backside

    Things We Saw Today

    Rebecca told me it was okay to make that the title of this post, so blame her. This was apparently left in the hotel room of Simon Pegg by the hotel's services, and yes, it is entirely chocolate. (That's Nerdalicious!)

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  9. Madden Curse Disarmed for This Year, Barry Sanders Chosen for Cover

    To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Madden football franchise, EA asked fans to vote on who would make the cover of the latest game. Apparently, the fear of the Madden Curse was enough to prevent everyone from voting for a player who could end up on their fantasy team, making the choice clear -- Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Barry Sanders will grace the cover of Madden 25.

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  10. College Football Coach Uses Drone To Get Overhead View of Players, Terrify Other Team

    Adding robots to things is a pretty good way to get my attention. Although I usually don't have any interest in college football, this week a coach at the University of Tennessee wanted an overhead view of his team, so he rented a drone to get it done. It's difficult to tell from the Vine coach Butch Jones posted on Twitter, but I think we've seen this particular drone before.

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  11. Detroit Lions Sign YouTube Sensation as Their New Kicker

    We don't typically pay much attention to sports news here at Geekosystem. Our friends at SportsGrid do a great job of covering that stuff, but this is a prime example of worlds colliding. The Detroit Lions just signed YouTube sensation Havard "Kickalicious" Rugland as their new kicker. They'll really clean up this season if the NFL changes its rules to include casually kicking a football with the back of your foot into an open garbage can.

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  12. College Basketball Game’s Most Awe-Inspiring Shot Was Taken By One Of Its Cheerleaders [VIDEO]

    Supergirly

    I'm not normally all that impressed by basketball trick shot videos. A lot of the ones I've seen have people just chucking the ball in the right direction and hoping for the best. But William Carey University cheerleader Ashlee Arnau seems to have willed that thing into the hoop with her supernatural cheerleading powers. I couldn't make a free throw or do a flip, never mind both. (via: BuzzFeed) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  13. Golfer Who Got Bitten By Black Widow And Kept Playing, You’re Our New Spider-Woman

    Today is a Good Day For Someone Else To Die

    It was just another day on the course for Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist. Until she was bit by a Black Widow spider, that is. Did the rookie run off to seek medical attention? No, she used a golf tee to cut into her skin and remove the venom. Daniela Holmqvist, you are a superhero. 

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  14. Watch High School Basketball Player Sink Full-Court Shot for Her Team; Feel Better About Life

    We Have Done the Impossible and That Makes Us Mighty

    Look, I'm not saying it'll fix all your problems, but it's still freakin' awesome. (via SportsGrid.)

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  15. R.I.P. Lavonne “Pepper” Paire-Davis, Inspiration for Dottie in A League of Their Own

    so long and thanks for all the fish

    True Story: The last time I saw the tail end of A League of Their Own, I had to look away so that I didn't cry (becausethere'snocryinginbaseball). True details: I was running. On a treadmill. At the gym. And the television was on mute. One of the last times I was actually unable to not cry even by great force of will at a movie screening, it was a combination of watching The Muppets and knowing that Jim Henson's wife and daughter were in attendance. So, from this evidence, I postulate that if there was anything guaranteed to make me cry buckets of salt tears, it would have been watching A League of Their Own with Lavonne "Pepper" Paire-Davis, who died this weekend at the age of 88.

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  16. Just Add Water: Seattle Seahawks Really Do Play Better at Home in Rain and Snow

    Hailing from Washington, I can happily confirm that yes, as you may have heard, it rains quite a bit there. Somehow, though, we mostly get by just fine. Now, a University of Washington meteorologist has run the numbers to find that our NFL team has not only found ways to live with the rainy, wet conditions that are par for the course in the Northwest -- they actually thrive in them. The playoff bound Seattle Seahawks are more likely to win home games in rain or snow, and not by just a little.

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  17. ESPN Hosts Hacking Competition for Women [Now Hear How This Makes Sense]

    The Future Is Now!

    ESPN, coding, and women aren't three things you'd expect to see in connection to each other, unless, perhaps, it was a statement about how the cultures of the first two aren't generally known for involving a lot of the latter, at least in participatory roles. And then there's the notorious rivalry on screen and stage of "Jocks vs. Geeks." But this weekend two hundred people, most of them women, came together at Stanford University for espnW's first Hack Day, a competition to see who could code the best mobile app for sports fans, regardless of their gender.

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  18. Watch Kids Play “Flaming Fireball” A.K.A. Soccer with a Flaming Coconut [Video]

    Soccer (or football, if you prefer) a global pastime. It only makes sense that, over time, different parts of the world come up with different variations on the game, whether in the form of a new set of rules or maybe -- why the hell are those kids kicking a flaming coconut?!

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  19. Cooling Glove Works “Better Than Steroids;” Barry Bonds Totally Pissed Off

    Stanford University resarchers may have stumbled on the next wave of performance enhancers for athletes -- a way to cool the core temperature of the whole body with a glove that pulls heat out through the hands. The glove, which has been in trials for years and is getting ready for a commercial debut, uses veins in the hand designed for heat transfer to rapidly cool athletes following workouts, decreasing the time they need to recover and allowing them to get the most our of every moment.

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  20. Erin DiMeglio Might Be the First Girl to Play Quarterback on a Florida Highschool Football Game

    and let it be known

    If you're of a certain age (*ahem* my age), there's a good chance that when you were in elementary school, they didn't let you outside for recess when it was raining or snowing, and instead you sat inside and watched movies. There's also a decent chance that one of the movies you watched over and over again was a donated VHS tape of The Little Giants, featuring Becky "Icebox" O'Shea, a girl whose own uncle wouldn't pick her for the pee-wee football team no matter how kickass she was... because she was a girl. The movie's got a lot of stuff going on, but Becky's plot arc is one where she struggles with being the only child of a single parent, a teen with her first crush, a tomboy who feels pressured to conform to femininity so that boys won't overlook her as a romantic prospect, and so good at football that she scares the pants off her teammates. In other words, she was awesome. Erin DiMeglio, though, is another level of awesome, as a high school student who may be the state of Florida's first female quarterback to play in a regular season high school football game.

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