Colin Kaepernick Clocks 87-MPH 1st Pitch

Colin Kaepernick Clocks 87-MPH 1st PitchSan Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was at AT&T Park on Friday to throw out the first pitch for the San Francisco Giants’ contest against the Miami Marlins. On almost all occasions, an athlete throwing out a first pitch (and doing so well) wouldn’t be newsworthy.

‘Not wearing any gear’

Colin Kaepernick isn’t most athletes. Winding up with a cool, collected motion that has to be familiar to 49ers fans, Kaepernick tossed in one of the fastest first pitches you’ll ever see. According to the 49ers’ Twitter page and Kaepernick, the 25-year-old signal-caller’s throw came in at a whopping 87 miles per hour. Sergio Romo, not wearing any gear at the time, was the recipient of the toss.

‘Never really looked back’

For those who have followed Kaepernick’s journey to the top of the 49ers’ depth chart, seeing him toss a heater isn’t a surprise. The NFC champion quarterback, who spent his collegiate days under center at Nevada, was actually more highly touted as a baseball prospect in high school than he was as a football prospect.

Instead of sticking with baseball, though, Kaepernick went to Nevada, and the rest is history. Following his dream led him to become one of the most decorated quarterbacks in that school’s history and eventually took him all the way to Super Bowl XLVII as San Francisco’s starting quarterback. In fact, it is now quite clear that Kaepernick never really looked back after giving up baseball.

What can you say about Colin Kaepernick’s 87-mph first pitch? Impressive or not?

Source: Tyler Conway | Bleacher Report

Image: SB Nation

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are…

And The Happiest States In The U.S. Are...If you’re sick of cheerful, happy people, it might be wise to avoid Hawaii or Napa, California. They were found to be the United States’ happiest state and city, respectively, in a recent study of geotagged tweets.

‘Fondness for profanity’

Researchers at the University of Vermont sifted through more than 10 million geotagged tweets from 2011 to map out the moods of Americans in urban areas. They ranked the locations based on frequency of positive and negative words using the Mechanical Turk Language Assessment word list.

Maine, Nevada, Utah and Vermont round-out the top five happiest states list, following rainbow and beach-filled Hawaii. Louisiana was found to be the saddest state, followed by Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan and Delaware. One reason for Louisiana’s low cheeriness ranking (they must not have measured during Mardi Gras) is its inhabitants’ fondness for profanity.

‘Coastal areas were more chipper’

The study, which was broken down by The Atlantic, also looked at the results for 373 urban areas to rank the happiest and least-happy cities. Vacation destination Napa, California, was determined to be one of the happiest cities along with Longmont, Colorado; San Clemente, California; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and Santa Cruz, California.

The five most bummed-out cities according to average word choices were Beaumont, Texas; Albany, Georgia; Texas City, Texas; Shreveport, Louisiana; and Monroe, Louisiana. Again, researchers found liberal use of swear words to be a key factor in a city’s overall happiness score. Coastal areas were more chipper than landlocked areas, and the cities with a higher density of tweets tended to be less happy.

The research shows that social networks have a lot of promise for these types of surveys, and also that there are still some major limitations. Researchers point out that only 15% of online adults are using Twitter, and those users don’t accurately represent the demographics of the United States.

Do you agree with the results of this study? Tell us what makes you happy and what makes you sad.

Source: Heather Kelly, CNN

Image: The Telegraph