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SALT LAKE CITY - It has been nearly an hour since the last Tim Tebow story so everyone can breathe a sigh of relief to know that he is back making headlines, this time for taking control of the craze that he created: Tebowing.
Last year, when Tebow was the Broncos quarterback he lead his team to an overtime victory over the Dolphins. He then wanted to show is thanks to God and knelt down for a quick prayer. It was caught on camera and suddenly Tebowing was born.
Social media sites started showing people on one knee Tebowing at different places around the world and everyone was joining in on the action. Now Tebow has trademarked the phenomena.
"It's something I do that's prayer for me, and then it got hyped up as Tebowing. So I think (it's) just to control how it's used, as well. Make sure it's used in the right way," Tebow said.
Tebow said he won't try to make money off of it, but he wants to keep it from falling into the wrong hands and endangering the world. Okay, maybe not that extreme, but with great power come great responsibility.
7'2" flashmob... Gangnam style:
Well it was bound to start happening, but how many thought that the first NBA player to do a "Gangnam Style" flash mob would be the gigantic 7'2" Pacers center Roy Hibbert, but here it is.
In case anyone has missed the last few years of pop culture a flash mob starts with a small group doing something that seems spontaneous. And if anyone hasn't heard "Gangnam Style" there is a good chance they don't have the internet so this article probably won't reach them.
Much like the Utah Jazz did earlier this week when players flooded malls around Salt Lake valley, the Pacers had players go to a mall to help promote the team.
This flash mob started with a single dancer wearing Hibbert's jersey then slowly being joined by more and more dancers. Then came the payoff when Hibbert comes out. If you can't figure out which one he is, he's the tall one in front, with the white tuxedo. It's confusing because he is not wearing his jersey, but it shouldn't be too hard to spot him.
It is even cut in with cell phone footage along with an HD camera spliced together so everyone can feel like they were there.
But, now the real question has to be when, not if, does Enes Kanter bust this out. Someone needs to call Al Jefferson to get this event to happen. Honestly, there is no way that Kanter doesn't know the moves. He could probably even sing it, then drop the mic.
Two players had a chance to lead their NBA teams out on the court for the first time, the trouble is that they didn't have anyone behind them to lead.
The pranks happened with the Lakers and the Pistons with two players in their first years with the team. The idea of the joke is that the player leads the team onto the court, but the rest of the team stays back in the tunnel.
The player then gets to realize that they are out on the court alone when they turn around awaiting for their teammates.
The Lakers did it with former Magic and all-pro center Dwight Howard in his first preseason game that he was able to dress for.
The Pistons did it with rookie Kyle Singler.
Here are both of the videos enjoy a good preseason chuckle.
Reggie Miller rule:
This year the NBA has decided to enforce a new rule that will punish floppers that should eventually decrease offensive foul calls. But now there is a new emphasis that should increase them and it has a name, the "Reggie Miller Rule."
The rule will be enforced this year to prevent players from getting fouled while kicking during a shot. Miller, a Hall of Fame player, was famous for shooting a three then kicking out his legs to draw contact and a foul. This rule has actually been in place, but this year it will be a point of emphasis.
While Miller is now the namesake and poster child for the rule there are plenty of players that have used it in the past few years. Kobe Bryant has used it often in his repertoire. No one can blame him for the time, but this could come into play with the Lakers, and probably some of the other superstars that have received free calls on outside shots.
The real test of the Miller Rule and the flopping rule will be when a player flops from getting fake kicked, and gets the offensive foul called. Then they later get a fine from the flop.
Explosive fan conduct:
A soccer game in Cyprus became downright scary after a fan decided he didn't like what he say and threw an explosive onto the field.
It happened last Sunday when a player from Anorthosis was receiving medical treatment, but the fan might not have believed that the injury was real.
The scary moment happened with a puff of smoke behind a stretcher, an explosion of light, then players were rolling on the ground. Players for both teams were covering ears and eyes. The scary moment didn't do any actual damage to players, but might have left some emotional scars.
It's unclear whether the person who threw the explosive was caught.