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Atlanta Braves

Tragedy strikes Braves’ fan


Going to the ballpark and getting tanked ain’t what it used to be. In fact, the ol’ ball game is becoming a deathtrap for fans who decide to toss a couple back and get goofy. The latest tragedy comes out of Atlanta where a 25-year-old man fell approximately 150 to his death during the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s game between the Braves and the Mets. Apparently, he was trying to slide down a hand rail when he lost his balance and fell.

“The Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Police Department are investigating the tragic accident that resulted in the death of a 25-year old male fan at last night’s game,” the Atlanta Braves said in a statement. “Our sincerest and heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”

The senior investigator with the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office, Mark Guilbeau, said Thursday that the man who fell was Justin Hayes, of Cumming, Ga.

Guilbeau said an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death, but officials believe the victim had consumed alcohol before he fell. The investigation is “pointing toward drinking. Alcohol was a factor,” said Atlanta police department spokesman Ronald Campbell on Thursday.

Campbell said Hayes was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital with serious head injuries.

Braves spokesman Brad Hainje said Hayes apparently fell from the club level to the landing on the stairwell on the field level during the eighth inning.

These types of falls are becoming far to frequent at stadiums around the country and while everyone loves to partake in some frosty beverages during the game, we’re begging you heavy drinkers out there to practice good judgment and live to see another game.

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[NBC5I.com]: Fan Dies After Falling 150 Feet At Stadium

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Video Games

The Chinese just don’t make computer nerds like us Americans


There are lots of things out there that can kill you: car wrecks, disease, mother nature’s fury, lunatic murders, war, famine, old age, and so on. You get the idea. Anyways, the point is that the last thing in the world you’d expect to kill you would be the internet. But if you’re a 30-year old Chinese man with an obsessive compulsion to play video games for days on end then that’s exactly what might kill you.

The 30-year-old man fainted at a cybercafe in the city of Guangzhou on Saturday afternoon after he had been playing games online for three days, the Beijing News reported.

Paramedics tried to revive him but failed and he was declared dead at the cafe, it said. The paper said that he may have died from exhaustion brought on by too many hours on the Internet.

The report did not say what the man, whose name was not given, was playing.

The report said that about 100 other Web surfers “left the cafe in fear after witnessing the man’s death.

We don’t know what the guy was playing, but it would make us feel a lot better if it was World 1-1 on the original Mario because we’re still trying to slide down that damn flagpole. Still, this is all very shocking to the system. While unassuming in it’s the nature, the computer lures you into hypnosis with it’s high speed connections and real time, multi player experiences only to leave you starving and sleep deprived to the point of physical shutdown. It’s all coming true, just like Matthew Broderick said it would; sorta.

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[KARE11.com]: Chinese man apparently dies of exhaustion after days of gaming

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NBA General

Eddie Griffin identified by dental records in car/train collision


It’s been obvious for years that the former Minnesota Timberwolve Eddie Griffin was battling some serious demons in his life and it is possible that he committed suicide on Friday, August 17, when he drove his SUV into a moving train in Texas. The 25-year-old died upon impact but because of a horrible fire that resulted from the crash, there was no way to identify the body until investigators began using dental records.

There is no doubt that Griffin was one of the most talented players in the 2001 NBA Draft; just ask the Houston Rockets. They traded off Jason Collins, Brandon Armstrong and Richard Jefferson for the 7th pick out of Seton Hall. But his on-the-court talent wasn’t able to compete with his off-the-court troubles as alcoholism, violence and bizarre behavior began to take control of the 6-10, 240 lbs. forward. In 2006, Griffin was involved in another peculiar car crash as he hit an SUV while watching pornography and masturbating.

It’s been a tumultuous life for Griffin to say the least, and hopefully he’s in a better place now. And for all you other citizens who share the Eddie Griffin name, please be careful the next time you get behind the wheel. The road is not kind to Eddie Griffins.

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[NBC11.com]: NBA Player Griffin Killed In Train Crash