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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIf you ask any NBA star how important a role do the fans inside the stadium play in impacting their performance, they would probably rank audience engagement right at the top. In an uncanny relationship, we have often seen a team make exponential comebacks when their fans are energised and constantly cheering them up. In such a scenario, when the cheers or boos of the people can cause the team a game, the role of the mascots to keep everyone on their feet especially when the game is on the line, becomes significantly crucial. Throughout the history of the NBA, we have seen a number of extremely talented mascots who have not only amused the fans with their dance moves and innovative segments but have also received a lot of love in return. 1. Benny, The Bull - Chicago Bulls Arguably the most iconic mascot of them all, Benny is known for his notorious pranks on the on-court security guards, videobombing reporters and reverse one-arm half-court shots during the half-time break. However, the moment which would go down as the greatest 'Benny, The Bull instant' would be him celebrating his birthday with the extremely loyal Chicago Bulls fans with a popcorn party. 2. The Coyote - San Antonio Spurs From the time when the Texan coyote lost his eyes to getting snubbed by the legendary dimer, Jason Kidd while looking for a hug, the San Antonio mascot is thoroughly entertaining to the core. Following the footsteps of his idol, Manu Ginobili, the coyote booked himself a Hall of Fame berth when he single-handedly saved the day by capturing the evil bat who was terrifying the AT&T Center, the home of the Spurs, before a game. 3. Burnie - Miami Heat The one to give you a run for your money in a dance-off, Burnie, with his red and orange fur, is a perfect fit for Dwyane Wade's Miami Heat. While often considered to be ill-mannered and rude to his fellow mascots, he was finally humbled by the love of his life, Burnice. © Getty Images Burnie has always been the one to try and reach for the stars. On his birthday in 2016, the basketball-nosed mascot tried to make a world record for the longest front flipped by a mascot but botched it at the end. Turned out to be a lot more entertaining this way, if you ask us! 4. Harry The Hawk - Atlanta Hawks Often found in a bad mood (probably because of the Hawks' Eastern conference record), Harry looks ferocious and ready to fight anyone who gets in his way. You need to watch out for that pointy, yellow beak. However, the angry hawk can be a little sentimental at times. Case in point, when rapper Gucci Mane decided to proposed to model Keyshia Ka'oir, Harry came out as Mane's wingman, with a giant bouquet for the bride to be.
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online News“Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before even going on the court,” this quote right here is by none other than the great Venus Williams. But now, just imagine, you're in the fifth set, sweating it out in the super tie break. You're leading by a good margin, and suddenly your right (in) ball is called out. You challenge it, it shows it's in, but instead of giving you the point or calling for a re-point, chair umpire hands over the point to your opponent. Which means you not only lose the point but the challenge also. How would you feel at that point? Devastated, right? Something similar happened in the 4th round tie of the Australian Open. The match was played between 8th seed Kei Nishikori and 24th seed Pablo Carreno Busta. Despite losing two sets in the match, Nishikori managed to pull off the next two and take the game to the fifth set. Nishikori, who eventually won 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8), was trailing 8-5 in the super tiebreaker when a moot call changed the momentum and awaken the outrageous Carreno Busta. © AP The shot of the Spaniard clipped the net, and Nishikori reset to hit a backhand down the line after the ball landed near the doubles alley. A line judge called it out as Nishikori hit the ball down the line. The moment the ball was called out, Busta went for the challenge and was nowhere close to playing the ball. He challenged the decision, and the Hawk-Eye showed the ball hitting the line. Despite all the odds being on Busta's side, the point remained with Nishikori. It might be easy to play tennis but the fifth set is not just about tennis, it's also about the sheer nerves. More often than not, the player who's able to remain calm and composed, ends up coming out on top. And that's exactly what happened here. After that point, Carreno lost the next three points and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace. © AP After shaking hands with Nishikori, Carreno threw his bag into the court before collecting it and yelling at the chair umpire as he left the arena. We haven't seen the Spaniard losing his grip earlier, but here his emotions got better of him. Later in the post-match press conference, Carreno Busta apologised for his behaviour with tears in his eyes.