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Appie Nouri, the Ajax midfielder who collapsed during a game and fell into a coma just over a year ago, has woken up and recognized and communicated with his loved ones through facial gestures.

Appie Nouri, the Ajax midfielder who collapsed during a game and fell into a coma just over a year ago, has woken up and recognized and communicated with his loved ones through facial gestures.

"You probably want to know how Netherland did in the World Cup."

:)

"Didn't qualify..."

:(

Knew it, he was faking.

Typical soccer flop

Crazy story

Great news to hear this morning! Appie Nouri awoke from his year long coma last week and started communicating with his family few days ago using movement of his mouth and eyebrows. Stay Strong Appie! ♥️

Great news to hear this morning! Appie Nouri awoke from his year long coma last week and started communicating with his family few days ago using movement of his mouth and eyebrows. Stay Strong Appie! ♥️

For anyone that doesn't know, he suffered permanent brain damage after collapsing on the pitch during a friendly vs Werder Brem...

Great to see that he is awake and communicating with his family again

Important to know that at this stage communicating just means opening his eyes and even small eyebrow movements when spoken to. He hasn't woken up, his state of consciousness has gradually improved since December and he's making slow progress.

Lots more details in the thread over on r/soccer.

Wishing him the best and great to see he has amazing support surrounding him.

I believe his family said in an interview last weekend that communication was already possible in December or January. He answered questions by opening his mouth or making certain movements with his eyebrows. Since then, neurological improvements have been made and he’s even been out of his bed a couple of times, although in a wheelchair.

So the news is actually even better than just waking up last weekend! However, the family stresses that the improvements are small and slow, but they keep hope and keep praying for him.

Good point! I used to be a case manager for traumatic brain injury (TBI) survivors. People have seen so many actors on TV “wake up” from comas by opening their eyes, blinking a few times, and then asking what happened, that they think that’s how it is in real life.

In real life it is an often very slow process as the brain heals and rewires itself. Usually at some point during the recovery people become combative and have to be restrained which can be very hard on families to see. Then they become more and more alert and oriented. It can take years to know for sure the extent of the brain injury.

I haven’t read a definitive reason of why this guy was in a coma (if they even know), but if CPR was performed it is likely he has some degree of anoxic brain injury which is hard to overcome because it has effects on the whole brain (not like TBI which usually mostly affects a couple of places). However, this guy is fairly young and the brain is truly amazing. I’ve met more than my fair share of “walking miracles” so we’ll just have to wait and see how he recovers and hope he gets lots and lots of therapy.

Goalie pulls of an incredible goal

I think it was glued to his stick the entire time and was detached only when he banged the stick with the post.

Is that legal?

No, double dribble

Some guys built their own stands at the Little League World Series

Some guys built their own stands at the Little League World Series

FYI this isn’t the LLWS. The Mets and Phillies played a game at a minor league stadium in Williamsport last night and only players in the LLWS and their families were allowed in. They were trying to watch that.

Is that a goddamn circular saw he's using to cut a twig?

Thats some red neck ingenuity right there! Lighter than a chain saw, easier than lawn snips.

I enjoyed the King of the Hill shoutout. This is definitely something Hank and the boys would do.

The Mariners beat the Dodgers in extra innings last night on a walk-off balk

The Mariners beat the Dodgers in extra innings last night on a walk-off balk

balk rules

1) You can't just be up there and just doin' a balk like that.

1a. A balk is when you

1b. Okay well listen. A balk is when you balk the

1c. Let me start over

1c-a. The pitcher is not allowed to do a motion to the, uh, batter, that prohibits the batter from doing, you know, just trying to hit the ball. You can't do that.

1c-b. Once the pitcher is in the stretch, he can't be over here and say to the runner, like, "I'm gonna get ya! I'm gonna tag you out! You better watch your butt!" and then just be like he didn't even do that.

1c-b(1). Like, if you're about to pitch and then don't pitch, you have to still pitch. You cannot not pitch. Does that make any sense?

1c-b(2). You gotta be, throwing motion of the ball, and then, until you just throw it.

1c-b(2)-a. Okay, well, you can have the ball up here, like this, but then there's the balk you gotta think about.

1c-b(2)-b. Fairuza Balk hasn't been in any movies in forever. I hope she wasn't typecast as that racist lady in American History X.

1c-b(2)-b(i). Oh wait, she was in The Waterboy too! That would be even worse.

1c-b(2)-b(ii). "get in mah bellah" -- Adam Water, "The Waterboy." Haha, classic...

1c-b(3). Okay seriously though. A balk is when the pitcher makes a movement that, as determined by, when you do a move involving the baseball and field of

2) Do not do a balk please.

a "balk" is when the pitcher moves in a way that might be construed as deceptive, like pretending to pitch without doing so. The penalty for balking is that each person on the other team advances a base. In this case the bases were loaded and the game was in overtime, so the base advancement caused a score which instantly ended the game.

The rules for what exactly constitutes a balk are very intricate and sometimes nebulous, which has been somewhat controversial recently. You can see the pitcher in the video looks like he's initiating a pitch but then changes his mind after he lifts his foot. Im sure some baseball fans out there are debating whether the call was reasonable or not, but I don't personally know enough to weigh in any further

It's an old old wooden ship used in the Civil War era

I don't know what a balk actually is..

Sister Mary Jo blesses the first pitch in style

Her first pitch was better than most celebrities.

Obama had the worst first pitch of any president! Sad! I could throw much much better, and more speed!

The Sister has an arm.

Diagram of ceremonial first pitches locations

This kid gymnast. Wait till the end.

This kid gymnast. Wait till the end.

Came for puke. Leaving in disappointment

I love the kid that gets up right at the end like “goddamnit Chad you’re always showing off I’m out”

[Serious] how does he not get dizzy?

More talented than I'll ever be.

Messi having some fun in training

How the fuck?

Yeah that sounds like a whole lot of work I’m not going to do to prove a 10 second video is fake

It's fake.

If you look at the exact frames where the ball crosses the man's back leg, you'll see that the 2 dudes are moving independently of the background, they actually "jiggle" a bit, and the rotoscoping of the ball is really poor over the individual frame of the ball being over the back leg. Just slowly scroll through the frames on the original video @ 10 seconds where the ball goes in between his legs and it's glaringly obvious.

A Real bad ass never looks back. He knows he made it

Umpire makes a nice catch

And after that the umpire walked off the field and was never heard from again ....

Usually involves a fastball to the elbow.

Some say he's still walking.

Pop up or did he hit a homer?

One of Rafael Nadal's many superstitious habits - Not leaving the court until both his towels are returned to him.

I guess picking his ass before every serve is also one of them?

Is there any other job as visibly obsequious as a high-level tennis ballboy?

All that money and he still steals as many towels as he can

I was at the Cincinnati Western and Southern tournament yesterday, and saw Kyrgios (infamous hothead) get pissed at the same ballboy three points in a row for not being able to get his towel instantly upon his asking

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