Ryan Howard and Crazy Hot Dog Vendor on an Ostrich Double Bobblehead Giveaway at Reading Phillies

Ryan Howard and Crazy Hot Dog Vendor on an Ostrich Double Bobblehead Giveaway at Reading Phillies

As if a Ryan Howard garden gnome weren't bizarre enough, now you can add a double-bobblehead featuring Howard and the "Crazy Hot Dog Vendor" who just happens to be riding an ostrich to your collection of weird-yet-totally-amazing crap.

The beautiful double bobblehead will be the giveaway on April 5th, 2012 at the Reading Phillies opening night game.

You see, The Big Piece and the goofy hot dog vendor have a bit of history together.

From the Reading Phillies website:

On Thursday, April 5th, the first 2,500 adults 21 and over will receive the giveaway
honoring two of Baseballtown’s most cherished personalities courtesy of All Star
Distributing/Coors Light. The duo both made their first appearance at FirstEnergy Stadium
in 2004, with the Crazy Hot Dog Vendor famously surprising Howard at the 2006 Baseballtown
Winter Banquet.

Perhaps the best takeaway from all of this is that there is still hope in life to someday own a Pistachio Girl bobblehead.

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Topps cover man Claude Giroux answers U.S.-Canada questions

Claude Giroux spent Friday signing virtual autographs as the cover athlete for Topps NHL Skate 2017, a new onilne digital trading card game. Remember when trading cards came in a bubble gum pack? 

After the event, Giroux sat down with CSN's Michael Barkann on Philly Sports Talk for a game of “Who Does It Better: Canada or the United States?”

The game started off with a few easy softball questions, with Giroux picking the NFL over the Candian Football League. Then it got a little tougher, as Giroux chose Canadian hockey over U.S. hockey.

Despite talents like Drake and Shania Twain, Giroux went with the U.S. over Canada in music, and also chose American bacon over Canadian bacon.

Eventually, Barkann asked Giroux which beer he preffered.

“I don’t drink beer," Giroux responded.

Really? What Canadian doesn't like beer?

As he started to get up out of his seat after the interview, Giroux showed his true colors. “I love beer. I love beer,” he said.

Check out the video above to see the full game. 

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

Wayne Gretzky defends Connor McDavid's outburst over Brandon Manning

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As the primary target of opponents over his Hall of Fame career, Wayne Gretzky can certainly empathize with the frustration of Oilers star Connor McDavid.

McDavid and Flyers defenseman Brandon Manning jostled all evening long in a 6-5 Edmonton loss. McDavid denounced the tactics of his opponent after the game, claiming Manning intentionally injured him last season; McDavid missed 37 games with a broken collarbone.

"I guess we can put the whole 'if he did it' thing to rest because what he said out there kind of confirmed that," said McDavid, who taunted Manning after scoring the second goal in the Oilers' loss.

"I think anybody who knows me or who has played with or against me along the road here, knows that I am not that kind of player," Manning said, according to a statement released by the Flyers. "I am not out there intentionally trying to hurt people. I'm a guy who plays the game hard and I take pride in that."

Gretzky didn't mind seeing that fire in McDavid, saying competitiveness is part of what makes the great ones great. And he said the targeting comes with the territory of being a superstar. It was something he and Mario Lemieux dealt with, too.

"And Connor, he's going to get tested every night, but this is not new for him," Gretzky said Friday at the NHL board of governors meetings. "He's been tested since he was a kid and then playing junior hockey and now in the NHL and he's always responded and done his part."