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So this is a thing in Russia. 

By Dan Gartland
March 21, 2019

My man in the blue is a tank

The winters are long in Russia, and especially in Siberia. Sometimes you need to do something stupid to make yourself feel alive, like stand in front of another man and let him slap you as hard as he can. A large group gathered recently in the city of Krasnoyarsk (population about 1 million) to slap, be slapped and watch some slapping. It wasn’t just for fun, though. There was a prize of 30,000 rubles ($470) on the line. 

The competition was absolutely brutal. Nearly every man who dared step up to the man in the blue sweater had to have someone standing behind him to catch him when his knees buckled. 

Would it shock you to learn that blue sweater guy (Vasily Kamotskiy) won the tournament and took home the 30,000 rubles? 

If you’re brave enough, here’s a seven-minute highlight reel from the competition (also featuring a very funny ad for Russian protein powder). 

I found my March Madness team

When Abilene Christian takes on Kentucky tonight, ACU coach Joe Golding will be wearing pants with a hole in the butt. That’s because Golding only owns one suit and ripped the seat of his pants celebrating the Wildcats’ conference tournament win. Abilene, despite being a city of over 100,000 people, only has one suit shop, and the tailor there was unable to fix the hole, so Golding is rocking trousers with a little extra ventilation. 

As someone who owns precisely one necktie (that my high school gave to me for graduation), I relate strongly to Golding. I hope he and his ripped pants kick John Calipari and his designer suits’ asses. 

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Not the first time he’s launched some projectiles on March 20, though. 

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A good song

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