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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Ex-baseball player wins first Canadian cellphone throwing contest

What Makes Sammy Throw?

Jeremiah Sammy, 25, of Brampton, Ont., was crowned the winner Saturday after he chucked an old cellphone 78.88 metres across the football field at the University of Toronto’s Varsity Centre.

The competition, sponsored by cellphone provider Mobilicity, also rewarded Sammy and two runner-ups with Samsung Galaxy S III smartphones equipped with a year of unlimited phone services.

...Sammy said he had been practicing his throw with an old smartphone since hearing about the contest online.

The trick in getting the long distance, he said, is to make sure the cellphone is thrust high into the air and spins before landing.

“You just want to get it as high in the sky as you can so it starts spinning and goes,” he said.

The ex-pitcher said he plans on giving his brother $1,000 of the prize money as a wedding gift while using the rest of the cash to make a “money bed” that he could roll around in.

Repoz Posted: October 13, 2012 at 05:19 PM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. snowles Posted: October 13, 2012 at 05:31 PM (#4268184)
The ex-pitcher said he plans on ... using the rest of the cash to make a “money bed” that he could roll around in.


The cut of his jib. I like it.

If only we could all prioritize so effectively.
   2. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM (#4268200)
Ex-pitcher wins cellphone throwing contest

Doesn't that make him a ringer?
   3. puck Posted: October 13, 2012 at 05:55 PM (#4268210)
Hey, ex-Rockies farmhand.
   4. DKDC Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:38 PM (#4268244)
Doesn't that make him a ringer?


You just couldn't stay silent, could you?
   5. The Yankee Clapper Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:55 PM (#4268260)
Doesn't that make him a ringer?

You just couldn't stay silent, could you?

Not sure I like that tone.
   6. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 06:56 PM (#4268261)
At first glance, I thought the headline said he was the winner of the first Canadian cellophane throwing contest ... and I was *very* confused.
   7. Robert in Manhattan Beach Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:04 PM (#4268269)
How would you throw a cellphone so that it doesn't spin? Somebody out there can throw a cellphone knuckler?
   8. Greg K Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:23 PM (#4268283)
I once bet a guy I could throw an empty vodka bottle 100 yards. (how the bottle became empty may have had something to do with me making this bet).

Luckily I managed to back-track and confuse the fellow with legalize enough for him to not take the bet.
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:57 PM (#4268308)
My college roommate once bet us that he could throw an orange from our dorm's courtyard, over a fence, over the road on the other side of the fence, over the field next to the road, and into the Charles River. We went outside, he threw it, and it didn't even clear the road, landing and exploding on the hood of a moving car.

In his defense, it was still a pretty far throw (my roommate was a serious two-sport college athlete.) In our defense, we at least thought he would clear the road.

Alcohol may have been involved in that bet as well.
   10. Der-K and the statistical werewolves. Posted: October 13, 2012 at 07:58 PM (#4268310)
At first Greg, I thought up meant that you got him stoned, which struck me as an overly elaborate way of getting out of the deal.

As for Sammy, I remember that dude - he started off as an infielder.
   11. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:04 PM (#4268322)
We went outside, he threw it, and it didn't even clear the road, landing and exploding on the hood of a moving car.


He landed and exploded on the hood of a moving car? That must have been traumatic for you guys.

Sorry, being a poop.

I blew out my elbow trying to throw an apple over a dorm at Pomona College. The funny thing is that I've never heard of this alcohol of which you guys speak.
   12. DKDC Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:10 PM (#4268329)
Doesn't that make him a ringer?

You just couldn't stay silent, could you?

Not sure I like that tone.


I'm getting bad vibrations about this conversation.

   13. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:28 PM (#4268361)
He landed and exploded on the hood of a moving car? That must have been traumatic for you guys.

Sorry, being a poop.


No ####.

Especially since I don't think you're right on the grammar (although happy to be educated otherwise).
   14. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 13, 2012 at 08:30 PM (#4268366)
Also, the part quoted in #1 isn't getting the credit it deserves. I know nothing else about this guy, but I can say with certainty that he is awesome.
   15. Dave Spiwak Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:22 AM (#4268969)
Why was the contest limited to Canadian cellphones?
   16. The John Wetland Memorial Death (CoB) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 01:12 AM (#4269148)
Worst bet I ever made, was betting that I could beat the "Cow Challenge".

Turns out I *can't* drink a gallon of whole milk in an hour ...
   17. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: October 14, 2012 at 02:35 AM (#4269236)
The cellphone throwers had hoped to beat the Guinness World record of 101.46 metres, set in August by Ere Karjalainen of Finland.

Maybe Jeremiah should have gotten drunk the day before trying to break Ere's record?
   18. JoeHova Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:00 AM (#4269242)
I once bet a guy I could throw an empty vodka bottle 100 yards.

I once tried to throw a football over a high school on a bet. I didn't quite make it but I did tear my labrum. Should have warmed up.
   19. Swedish Chef Posted: October 14, 2012 at 03:42 AM (#4269248)
Why was the contest limited to Canadian cellphones?

Got to do something with all those Blackberries.
   20. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM (#4269350)
Doesn't that make him a ringer?


Don't you mean a ringre?
   21. jack the seal clubber (on the sidelines of life) Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM (#4269394)
When you text on Canadian cellphones, they change all your "Z"s to "S"s automatically. Hosers.
   22. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2012 at 12:23 PM (#4269404)
Don't you mean hosres?

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