Great Clips of the Week: When baseball enters the Matrix

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Apr. 22, 2019 at 11:01 a.m.

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CUTTING A LITTLE OFF THE TOP — As you've seen with this weekly roundup, it isn't always about hair.

Sure, we're thankful to Great Clips for sponsoring this segment (and with a great sense of humor, as well) as we scour the internet every week to find some of our favorite moments from the field, pitch, court, diamond, links and pool.

But sometimes, the headlines just write themselves.

With that in mind, one Utah Jazz fan deserves this weekly honor of this week's Great Clips. As always, click the video above for all of our favorite moments.

Hair is the real MVP

We don't mean to remind you, Jazz fans, but the Utah is down three games to none to the Houston Rockets and face a potentially decisive Game 4 late Monday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena.

But one Jazz fan won the internet Saturday during Game 3.

We don’t know her name, but we do know that her particular hairstyle has gone viral, thanks in large part to ESPN’s camera crew and several pop-culture websites like SI’s Extra Mustard, Larry Brown Sports and YouTube’s House of Highlights.

Seriously, we love this fan, the camera work, and the edits provided by House of Highlights. As good as Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert have been at times, you all are the real MVPs of this series.

There's been a glitch in the Matrix

If you’re a baseball fan, you've seen a lot of pitchers do a lot of things — some good, some bad, some cringe-worthy and some downright painful.

We’re not sure where Houston's Collin McHugh fits in. But you probably haven’t seen anything quite like it before.

During a game last Tuesday between the Astros and Oakland A's, McHugh made national headlines — but not for his pitching.

Instead, it was for dodging a line drive off the bat of Oakland first baseman Kendrys Morales, using some sort of sorcery — or maybe some training in ones and zeroes from Neo himself — to walk away unscathed.

Seriously, we're glad McHugh wasn’t hurt from this hit. But how he manages to dodge the ball, bending over backward and letting it scrape between his face and glove — and just inches from his chin — is beyond reason.

To quote Keanu Reeves: "Whoa."

By the way, the Astros split that two-game series with Oakland. But Houston is 13-8 on the season, and McHugh still has his head, so we'll call it a win.

And finally …

Tiger Woods won the Masters last week, his first major win since 2008, and coming full circle in a career that exploded on the scene upon slipping on the coveted green jacket in 1997.

A week later, we’re still talking about it. But one artist is still drawing it, and his tribute to the Woods clan is touching: a flip book that shows Woods hugging his father after his first Masters victory, followed by the same now-iconic embrace with his son in 2019.

Sports, man. Sports.

Sean Walker

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