Man with no arms throws out first pitch

The Royals have been in the playoff chase for most of this season, and their long-suffering fans are hoping this is the year.  Of course, there are some that say it can’t be done.

Tom Willis is definitely NOT one of those negative people.

Tom has an organization called Tomsfeet Productions, and he’s on a mission to throw out the first pitch at every Major League ballpark.  Last night, he crossed Kauffman Stadium off the list.  What’s the big deal, you ask?  Well, you see…Tom was born without arms.  But as you can see…he doesn’t let that stop him, or even slow down his “Pitch for Awareness” campaign.

Check out the video of his pitch.  And don’t ever let someone tell you that something “can’t be done”.

Release date and cover art announced for Blake Shelton’s next album

Blake Shelton’s 11th studio album is due out later this year, and now we know exactly when it’ll be available.  We also know what the cover will look like.

Blake went on the Today show to make the announcement.  The cover art portrays the water tower in Ada, OK against a cloudy sky backdrop.  And while we don’t have the track listing yet, we do know what the title of the new disc will be: “Bringing Back The Sunshine”.  Look for it on September 30 wherever great country music is sold.

And look for Blake onstage next summer at the 2015 Country Stampede at Tuttle Creek State Park.  You know you’re going…get your tickets right here NOW!

This Day In History – August 1

1936

The Olympic Games opened in Berlin, as Adolf Hitler presided over the festivities and opening ceremonies.

Does history repeat itself?

Always!

1973

The movie American Graffiti opened!

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 Where were you, in ’62?!

1981

Happy Birthday to MTV

Here was the first video ever shown on MTV:

…back when they used to play videos!

Now it’s all:

and

I love both of those shows, actually!

1994

Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley announced they had been married 11 weeks earlier in a private ceremony in the Dominican Republic.

It made sense for her to be married to Nicholas Cage, but the whole world is still trying to figure this one out.

Sorry, Elvis.

2007

The I-35W Mississippi River Bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis, Minnesota, collapsed during the evening rush hour!

So scary!!!

By the way, here’s a photo of the new bridge, the I-35 Saint Anthony Falls Bridge

and then lastly!

Nothing like cheating in the Olympics!

2012

Eight women’s badminton doubles players were disqualified from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London for attempting to lose on purpose or “not using one’s best efforts to win a match.”

Why would you train to become an Olympian, and then not try to kick everyone’s tails?!

I hate losing in Checkers!

But then again…

WHY IS BADMINTON AN OLYMPIC SPORT?! 

-Tyler Jackson 

Tim McGraw the next “Masterchef”?

We all know that Tim can sing, make hit records, and play incredible concerts.  But he’s also a bit handy in the kitchen.

On his current “Sundown Heaven Tour”…at a stop in Washington state…Tim took time out from his pre-show workout to whomp up a batch of what he calls wife Faith Hill’s “famous watermelon salsa” outside the bus.

Does this mean we’ll see Tim down the road, battling it out with Chef Ramsay and company on an upcoming season of “Masterchef”?  Who knows.  But in the meantime, we will be able to check out his twitter feed and get hungry!

Brad Paisley and Sony at “odds” over new music leaks

You can’t blame a guy for trying.  Brad Paisley will release his new album “Moonshine In The Trunk” at the end of August, and for the past couple of days, he’s been setting fans up with little tastes of the new music.  You know, something to wet their whistles?

Apparently, his record label Sony Records doesn’t share Brad’s enthusiasm for leaking the new songs.  And neither does his manager.  All parties have been exchanging tweets and emails about the issue, which Brad has been more than happy to share on his own Twitter feed.  He’s even gotten his “Rising Star” pal Ludacris to help out…all to no avail.

“Moonshine In The Trunk” hits stores August 25th.  I’ll bet that Brad, his manager, and Sony have all kissed and made up by then.

This Day In History – July 31

1964

Legendary country singer, Jim Reeves, also know as Gentleman Jim, was killed in a plane crash in Brentwood, Tennessee at the age of 39.

He was the singer of some good ole-fashioned country songs such as:

and

He was one of the more legendary voices country music’s ever heard! RIP Jim!

1971

Forget your Sunday drive – it doesn’t have anything on this awesome Wednesday drive:

David Scott and James Irwin took a drive on the surface of the moon!

Aboard their lunar roving vehicle, they became the first men to drive on the moon’s surface!

1978

Zac Brown of the Zac Brown Band was born in Dahlonega, Georgia! 

Happy birthday, big guy! Hope you celebrate with some:

1999

Christina Aguilera had her first #1 with Genie In A Bottle

This song came out the summer before my freshmen year of high school. It’s hard to believe this is 15 years-old, what a jam!

and then lastly…

Two years ago already!

2012

Swimmer Michael Phelps becomes the winningest athlete in Olympics history, collecting his 19th medal at the London Summer Games!

Here, you can relieve some moments from the Baltimore Bullet:

-Tyler Jackson

Anatomically Correct Doll Freaks Parents Out!

A baby doll with a penis being sold at Toys ‘R’ Us is freaking out some shoppers… and online readers.The doll is made by the You & Me Mommy Change My Diaper Doll collection.  Besides having a penis, it also cries when its underpants are wet.Some parents called the doll inappropriate and unnecessary for kids while others joked it could be a unique way to conclude a “gender reveal” party.Some people also say they wish the box had a warning that the doll was anatomically correct.

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Read more here!

Montgomery Gentry readies new single

Been wondering what Eddie and Troy have been up to?  Well, the wait is almost over!  After signing to a new record label back in February, Montgomery Gentry have a brand new single called “Headlights” that is ready to be released.

It “definitely was a standout of the songs we cut for the new album”, said Troy Gentry in reference to the new tune.  “It’s such a fun song to play live, the crowds are loving it”.  It’s the lead single from the duo’s first studio album since 2012, and they’re shooting for a spring 2015 release.

Wanna hear “Headlights” for yourself?  Here it is!