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Quarantine Power Rankings: TikTok challenges and wacky workouts

Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.

10. 'What up, 'Bron!'

There's just something pure - and surprisingly soothing - about watching LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and JR Smith casually enjoy a bike ride in the Los Angeles sunshine. The excitement of this Lakers fan when he catches a glimpse of James only adds to the feel-good nature of it all.

9. Tom, Gisele take the 'Couples Challenge'

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen took part in TikTok's "Couples Challenge," which asks couples to close their eyes and answer a series of rapid-fire questions about their relationship, often with wildly entertaining results. All the family secrets, like which of the two is "more annoying when hungry," are revealed.

8. No pooping in the squat rack

Let's start off by saying that New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is in ridiculous shape. Based on the wildly challenging workout below, he'll be ready if the NHL does make its return this season. Far more importantly, though, are we just supposed to ignore the toilet in the squat rack? When you gotta go ...

7. Special delivery from FedEx

Any NBA teams out there looking for a spot-up 3-point shooter in anticipation of the league's return this summer? Call this FedEx employee. He delivers from downtown.

6. Cutch is getting good at this

From imaginative home videos to sleepy workout regimes, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has become something of a social media star over these past couple months. So has his alter ego, Uncle Larry.

5. A whole new fan experience

With fans unable to attend matches amid the pandemic, Danish soccer club AGF Aarhus came up with a unique solution, inviting 10,000 supporters to a Zoom party and placing giant screens in the stands so they could watch their season opener "in person." Better yet, they got to see a last-minute equalizer.

4. Take your workout to the next level

Staying in peak physical condition has required professional athletes everywhere to devise creative workouts, but Marlon Humphrey's latest effort takes the cake. Just watching the Baltimore Ravens cornerback and his brother sprint up this gravel hill is enough to make your quads burn.

We're with Humphrey's former teammate Eric Weddle on this one:

3. One small step for Gritty

Gritty commemorated this weekend's successful SpaceX rocket launch by taking one giant leap of his own on social media. Never change, Gritty.

2. Egg on your face

With the French soccer season canceled, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is keeping himself busy and entertained by pranking his 8-year-old son, Davi Lucca. Take a miniature header challenge, start with some ping pong balls, then throw an egg into the mix and see what happens. Parenting 101.

1. Bolts Fly Together

In an ode to a classic scene from "The Mighty Ducks" film franchise, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn rounded up his teammates - rescuing them from their respective oddball tasks - to create this spectacular video, which culminates in a Sea-Doo "Flying V" formation.

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Quarantine Power Rankings: TikTok challenges and wacky workouts

Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.

10. 'What up, 'Bron!'

There's just something pure - and surprisingly soothing - about watching LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and JR Smith casually enjoy a bike ride in the Los Angeles sunshine. The excitement of this Lakers fan when he catches a glimpse of James only adds to the feel-good nature of it all.

9. Tom, Gisele take the 'Couples Challenge'

Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen took part in TikTok's "Couples Challenge," which asks couples to close their eyes and answer a series of rapid-fire questions about their relationship, often with wildly entertaining results. All the family secrets, like which of the two is "more annoying when hungry," are revealed.

8. No pooping in the squat rack

Let's start off by saying that New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban is in ridiculous shape. Based on the wildly challenging workout below, he'll be ready if the NHL does make its return this season. Far more importantly, though, are we just supposed to ignore the toilet in the squat rack? When you gotta go ...

7. Special delivery from FedEx

Any NBA teams out there looking for a spot-up 3-point shooter in anticipation of the league's return this summer? Call this FedEx employee. He delivers from downtown.

6. Cutch is getting good at this

From imaginative home videos to sleepy workout regimes, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has become something of a social media star over these past couple months. So has his alter ego, Uncle Larry.

5. A whole new fan experience

With fans unable to attend matches amid the pandemic, Danish soccer club AGF Aarhus came up with a unique solution, inviting 10,000 supporters to a Zoom party and placing giant screens in the stands so they could watch their season opener "in person." Better yet, they got to see a last-minute equalizer.

4. Take your workout to the next level

Staying in peak physical condition has required professional athletes everywhere to devise creative workouts, but Marlon Humphrey's latest effort takes the cake. Just watching the Baltimore Ravens cornerback and his brother sprint up this gravel hill is enough to make your quads burn.

We're with Humphrey's former teammate Eric Weddle on this one:

3. One small step for Gritty

Gritty commemorated this weekend's successful SpaceX rocket launch by taking one giant leap of his own on social media. Never change, Gritty.

2. Egg on your face

With the French soccer season canceled, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar is keeping himself busy and entertained by pranking his 8-year-old son, Davi Lucca. Take a miniature header challenge, start with some ping pong balls, then throw an egg into the mix and see what happens. Parenting 101.

1. Bolts Fly Together

In an ode to a classic scene from "The Mighty Ducks" film franchise, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn rounded up his teammates - rescuing them from their respective oddball tasks - to create this spectacular video, which culminates in a Sea-Doo "Flying V" formation.

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QUIZ: Test your knowledge of the worst teams in sports history

For every title-winning team and dynasty, the sports world seems to offer up equally terrible franchises. Call it a balancing act. But amid the losses, unwanted records, and overall futility, there are plenty of interesting facts to be found. How much do you know about some of the truly awful teams throughout sports history? Find out by taking the quiz below.

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Quarantine Power Rankings: This week’s isolation GOAT was … a cat?

Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.

10. Bend it like Virgil

Premier League clubs returned to socially distanced training sessions in small groups this week as England's top flight continues to work toward a June return. It gave players their first opportunity in roughly two months to display their skills in a familiar setting, and Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk took full advantage by showing everyone at the club that he should probably be on free-kick duty when the season resumes.

9. Demko appears to be missing something

Going without certain items we're accustomed to having is an all-too-common predicament during these times, and Thatcher Demko can certainly relate. The Vancouver Canucks goaltender shared photo and video evidence of his quarantine equipment shortage, and the moral of the story here applies to life as a whole: Make the best of what you have.

8. Brady welcomes Eli to Twitter

Eli Manning finally joined Twitter on Saturday and was promptly welcomed to the social media platform by Tom Brady, who poked fun at himself by referencing the two Super Bowls he lost to the retired New York Giants quarterback. Manning topped Brady in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, tossing late touchdown passes to sink the New England Patriots on both occasions.

7. Your dog is sick of watching you train

Any soccer clubs looking for a no-nonsense defender might want to give this exuberant pup a call. The tackling form needs a bit of work - that's a clear yellow card, at the very least - but you can't question the effort. Swiping the cone for good measure was a power move, too.

6. Virtual Melvin Ingram is unstoppable

In a wacky Madden NFL 20 experiment, the Los Angeles Chargers used Pro Bowl defensive end Melvin Ingram at the unlikeliest of positions - all of them. The results were astonishing, with the 77-yard touchdown pass likely the best part.

5. Cutch challenges 'Uncle Larry' to Home Run Derby

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen has been killing time in weird ways. Taking the cake thus far is a two-minute video of him challenging his alter ego, Uncle Larry, to a Home Run Derby that showcases some suspect swings.

4. Fitzpatrick perfects the quarantine look

When it comes to grooming, Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is a man amongst boys. His quarantine look is unrivaled.

3. Kanter's pets creep everyone out

Boston Celtics big Enes Kanter made everybody on Twitter incredibly uncomfortable when he posted a video of him feeding ... whatever these things are. Apparently, they are baby Gouldian finches, which look much more aesthetically pleasing once they've grown. However, that doesn't really do much to quell the unsettling feeling, especially when paired with that music.

2. Murray shows no mercy

San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray said on Instagram that it took these kids a couple of months to work up the courage to ask him to play a game before they finally did so on Tuesday. Evidently, Murray was itching to hoop again during the NBA's hiatus, and he hilariously pulled out all the stops on them, including a windmill jam. They might never ask him to play again.

1. Cat-like reflexes ... literally

Call him Meownuel Neuer, Marc-Andre purr Stegen, Tim Meoward, or any other cat-inspired parody of a real goalkeeper's name that you like. We'll simply refer to this fleet-footed feline as the best shot-stopper on the internet. Multiple soccer teams worldwide would be better off with this cat between the sticks than their actual netminder right now.

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NHL podcast: Riley Cote on medicinal drugs, relevance of fighting in 2020

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, an interview-style podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Riley Cote, a former NHL forward, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • Using cannabis to heal old injuries
  • Stigma around psilocybin mushrooms
  • Daily mindset of an NHL enforcer
  • Having no regrets about career
  • Relevance of fighting in 2020

... and more!

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NHL podcast: Brent Sopel on battling dyslexia, winning 2010 Stanley Cup

Welcome to Puck Pursuit, an interview-style podcast hosted by John Matisz, theScore's national hockey writer.

Subscribe to the show on iTunes, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and Spotify.

Brent Sopel, a former NHL defenseman, joins the show to discuss a variety of topics, including:

  • Becoming a dyslexia/dysgraphia advocate
  • Finding sobriety after retiring from hockey
  • Changing style of play late in NHL career
  • Memories from Chicago's 2010 Cup win
  • Assessment of current Blackhawks team

... and more!

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Quarantine Power Rankings: Brees’ accuracy test, unicycle trick shots

Athletes everywhere continue to get creative as they deal with their respective leagues being on hiatus. Some are better at it than others. Every Sunday throughout May, we'll look back on the week that was before crowning a quarantine king or queen. Here are the top isolation moments from the sports world over the last seven days.

10. Harper's bat-drop in midseason form

Bryce Harper is taking the night-owl approach to his training regimen. His late-night trip to the batting cages revealed his smooth swing is right where it ought to be, but more importantly, he's got that effortless bat-drop in fine form. Someone's ready for the season to start.

9. Barcelona launch new cartoon

With no soccer matches to play in Spain (for now), Barcelona created an animated series to keep younger fans engaged and entertained. The cartoon, "Talent Explorers," follows the adventures of a 15-year-old boy, a giant bear, and a tech-savvy kitten as they search the globe for the next Barca star.

8. Herro's short-lived hairdo

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro turned heads last week after unveiling his new hairdo. While he quickly ditched the look, Herro promised the braids would return. Should they, though? You be the judge.

7. Holtby rescues stranded cat

Braden Holtby is used to saving the day for the Washington Capitals, but in quarantine, he's shifted his focus to saving stranded kittens. Holtby and a herd of civilians lured this frightened kitty out of hiding with a can of tuna. Heartwarming.

6. Hollywood's jets ready for prime time

Based on his crazy quarantine workouts, Baltimore Ravens receiver Marquise "Hollywood" Brown is ready to put on a show in Year 2. Pray for the NFL defenses that have to deal with the combined speed of Brown and reigning MVP Lamar Jackson.

5. Cabin fever setting in for Jarvis Landry

Just like everyone else stuck in quarantine, NFL players are struggling for ways to fill their days. In a hilarious spoof video, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry tries his hand at the common lockdown pastimes.

4. Getting tricky with a unicycle

Keep-ups, unicycles, and slam dunks, all from a ... hockey player? Kudos to Nashville Predators star Filip Forsberg and his girlfriend for coordinating one of the most impressive trick shots we've seen during quarantine.

3. Cutch finds balance between rest and exercise

Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen is doing his best to pass the time during quarantine, and that includes putting in work on the stationary bike ... even when he really doesn't feel like it. This week, he found a decent compromise. He's just like the rest of us trying to stay in shape right now.

2. Brees remains NFL's accuracy king

Drew Brees owns the best career completion percentage (67.6%) in NFL history, and the 41-year-old showed why his accuracy is still unmatched after nailing an "underwater blind basketball trick shot" from around 40 yards away, much to the delight of his sons.

1. Brown drops Mother's Day single

Jaylen Brown and his brother Quenton may have won Mother's Day with their own rendition of 50 Cent's hit single "21 Questions." Last Sunday, the Boston Celtics star released a music video on his Instagram account showing love and appreciation for all moms. Here's the Brown family's hot track in all of its glory.

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