2014 Winter Russian Winter Olympics rejects

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2014 Winter Russian Winter Olympics rejects

By Justin Aucoin
WickedGoodSports.com

Not gonna lie we miss the Winter Olympics.

We miss the speed skating, the Lindsey Vonn SI controversy, Olympic hockey and, yes, even curling.

So you can imagine our excitement we the 2014 Winter Olympic Mascots were announced. But after seeing the mascot finalists for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia, one wonders how we could possibly come up with funnier batch of mascots.

Honestly, where does one go when Russias finalists are Santa Claus, an Angry Bird and Charlie the Tuna?

Excellent question. Lets find out.

Here are some of our favorite rejected Russian Winter Olympic mascot nominees:

Pickled Lenin

Mother Russia loved Uncle Lenin so much they even preserved his body for all to see. Sadly, we dont think the rest of the world would appreciate Pickled Lenin as an Olympic Mascot.

A bottle of Vodka

The official drink of the Old Country, the Olympic Committee was afraid that the populace would assault the mascot to drink his sweet, sweet nectar. Wed be right in line for a free shot (see what we did there?)

Russian Nesting Dolls

What do you mean it actually made it as a finalist?

Moving on

Snow Miser

Mr. White ChristmasSnowIcicleTen Below was already booked as a grounds keeper for the games.

Russian Bruins

This is why Russia lost the Cold War they were too busy training bears to play hockey than worrying about things like the economy.

Side note: Someone have Chiarelli call these guys up not many would dare try to dance through a defense that will maul and eat you.

Laika

Many thought the first dog to be launched into outer space wouldve made for the perfect Olympic Mascot until Russian officials found out, the hard way, that little children typically arent fond of dead pets.

Poor puppy; at least the Russians built a monument to Laika.

Soda Popinski

Soda-P was a heavy favorite to be the official spokesperson of the Sochi Games until he tragically died of diabetes in July 10.

Bummer. He couldve been a champ; couldve been a contender.

This Guy

There you have, eight mascot rejects. Which is your fave?

Bradley steps up to lead Celtics to 117-87 blowout win over Magic

Bradley steps up to lead Celtics to 117-87 blowout win over Magic

It was one of Tacoma, Washington’s finest carrying the scoring load most of Wednesday night for the Boston Celtics. 
 
But it wasn’t the Celtics’ leading scorer, Isaiah Thomas. 
 
It was his backcourt mate and fellow Tacoma, Wash. native Avery Bradley picking up the slack in Thomas’ absence as Boston pulled away in the second half for a 117-87 blowout win over the Orlando Magic. 
 
Wednesday’s victory was Boston’s first in Orlando since Nov. 8, 2013. 
 
Bradley led seven double-figure scorers for Boston (13-9), with a team-high 23 points.
 
Thomas missed his first game of the season with a right groin injury that will sideline him for a yet-to-be-determined period of time. 
 
The 5-foot-9 guard ranks among the NBA’s leaders in scoring (26.0) in addition to leading the Celtics in assists (6.2) per game. 
 
But Bradley was up to the challenge of filling the void left by Thomas, which isn’t all that surprising when you consider the game was away from the TD Garden. 
 
Bradley has been good this year, but has really stood out in road games where he has averaged 19.0 points on 51.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 15.8 points on 41.3 percent shooting at the TD Garden. 
 
The first half was a tightly contested game with neither team leading by more than eight points. 
 
After Orlando scored the first basket of the third quarter, the Celtics went on a furious 18-2 run to lead 67-54 which had five different scorers for Boston that spoke volumes about the balanced offensive attack the Celtics came with to make up for Thomas’ absence. 
 
Boston’s defense picked up its intensity in the second half, but just as important was the renewed emphasis on ball movement that was simple, crisp and highly effective. 
 
And it came against an Orlando team that came in having won four of its last five games – all on the road – which included beating the always-challenging San Antonio Spurs on their home floor. 
 
But as important as it was for Bradley to help fill the enormous scoring void that exists without Thomas, Boston also needed a strong game from their bench. 
 
That’s exactly what they got, and it wasn’t just one or two guys, either. 
 
Jaylen Brown had arguably the best game of his still-young NBA career coming off the Celtics bench, finishing with 13 points which included a powerful, rim-rattling dunk over Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic
 
Boston also got great play out of Terry Rozier (career-high 16 points, five rebounds) who saw a few more minutes than usual because of Thomas’ injury. 
 
Not only was the victory important to pad the win total, but it also provides a nice boost of confidence for the Celtics as they hit what will be arguably the most difficult stretch of the season in terms of quality opponents. 
 
The Celtics have 12 games remaining this month, with the teams having a combined record of 152-105, or a winning percentage of .591.

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

CSN CHICAGO: Yoan Moncada 'thrilled' to reunite with Jose Abreu on White Sox

Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu are back together.

The two Cuban natives were teammates in 2012 when they played for Cienfuegos in Cuba, and now they'll be in the same dugout once again — this time in Chicago.

"To get the opportunity to play with him right now in the United States, it's an honor for me," Moncada said through a translator on a conference call Wednesday. "I'm thrilled with that."

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