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From Left Field: Kobe helps students escape exam; 'Mario' in real life

By Carter Williams  |  Posted May 19th, 2017 @ 11:02am



SALT LAKE CITY — Three more stories from the world of sports in today’s From Left Field.

1. Kobe saves students from final exam

Final exam season is always stressful for students. Many probably dream of a way that a teacher will announce they plan on canceling an exam. Few reach out to a former NBA star on social media to help make that dream come true.

However, that’s exactly what one Indiana student did. He tweeted an image of a message to future NBA Hall of Fame guard Kobe Bryant. The goal: Kobe retweets and the class escapes having to take a final exam.

And sure enough — in classic Kobe fashion — Kobe came through Thursday. Of course, he also had his own message for the student.

According to the Indianapolis Star, it worked. Another clutch performance by Kobe.

2. Baseball team brings ‘Mario’ to life in new promotion

Baseball teams seem to come up with great promotions between innings. In Salt Lake, watching vegetables and fruit race is now a tradition unlike any other. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see opposing bullpens purposely creating obstacles for competitors to make it that much more interesting.

In Washington, dead presidents race. In Milwaukee, it’s all sorts of meats. There are other promotional things between innings teams do that stand out or are unique.

However, the Memphis Redbirds, the Triple-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, may have the best one yet: Real-life “Mario.” Yes, you run around the left field fence and a screen on the outfield wall creates a character that moves around getting coins and jumping over pipes.

And of course, it ends with jumping on the flagpole to get those last points of the round.

Real-life Mario? We're here for it. (via @memphisredbirds)

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This is a game-changer.

3. Brady designs car that costs a lot of money

Last Friday, Tom Brady was announced as the cover athlete for the next installment of “Madden.” On Friday, Brady struck another deal — with car company Aston Martin selling a car designed by Brady that’s selling for at least 65 percent of the NFL minimum contract.

As a part of the deal, only 12 of the vehicles will be made, according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell. Each will be sold for at least $300,000.

That's one expensive car.

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