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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Trending: Free fall, Terrell Owens, Tebow

By Bill Speros
Special to ESPN.com

Higher-than-acceptable winds Tuesday ultimately scrubbed Felix Baumgartner's attempt to break the sound barrier in a free-fall by leaping from a balloon more than 22 miles above the earth. Whenever the launch and jump do occur, viewers and fellow thrill-seekers alike can follow the live feed on You Tube, friend the event on Facebook, follow the action on Twitter @RedBullStratos and on the Red Bull Stratos website.

Tuesday's abort ended a long day for all involved, including Baumgartner who was inside the capsule and ready to go.

Felix gets raised into the capsule #livejump #stratos win.gs/PPJQll twitter.com/RedBullStratos…

— Red Bull Stratos (@RedBullStratos) October 9, 2012


The delay wasn't the first for Baumgartner, 43, who had his Monday attempt called off due to weather problems. Once he gets the green light, he will begin his record-breaking attempt by making a three-hour ascent from Roswell, N.M., attached to a 550-foot high balloon, eventually ending up 120,000 feet above the Earth. He will then take one giant step -- or hop -- for a man and mankind from his pressurized capsule into the near-vacuum of the stratosphere. His free-fall is expected to exceed 700 MPH. The first 115,000 feet of descent will take about five minutes before the parachute is deployed. The final 5,000 feet will take another five minutes -- if all goes according to plan.

Baumgartner posted this message Monday on Facebook:




He faces a multitude of risks. The former military parachutist will have vital signs such as ECG, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature monitored throughout his descent, as well as his speed, orientation and spin rate. That data, according to the Red Bull Stratos website, will help to develop "escape systems for the space tourists of the future, as well as for the pilots and astronauts who already need suborbital systems."

Elsewhere:

• A bit closer to Earth and only slightly less risky, Canadian cyclist Kurt Sorge took the top spot in Red Bull Rampage below the steep cliffs of Virgin, Utah. Here's a look, courtesy of this video from Red Bull posted on YouTube Monday. Hold on tightly.




• Monday night football was once again a hot topic across Twitter, with one unemployed wide receiver stealing the spotlight.

Hey JETS!!! I'm available! I'm ready, willing & able! Call my agent @jordanwoy & let's make it happen.

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) October 9, 2012


Owens' offer to play for the Jets during the third quarter of their 23-17 loss to the Texans received more than 10,500 retweets from his 1.2 million followers before the end of the game and multiple responses -- but none from the Jets. Naturally, the cynics were out in force:

@tikeycole name a receiver tht hasn't dropped a ball. #ignorance

— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) October 9, 2012


Defensive end J.J. Watt's postgame "You can't throw it over my head" declaration somewhere in the direction of Jets QB Mark Sanchez after the Texans' victory triggered a torrent of tweets. And Jon Gruden's declaration turned "J.J. Swatt" into a top-10 trending topic nationally. It's a moniker Watt has likely heard before, as noted by another Mr. Sanchez in this piece of Twitterific irony from Oct. 1:

J.J. Swatt!! @diegomirandaj @jjwatt twitter.com/MikeSanchezz/s…

— Mike Sanchez (@MikeSanchezz) October 1, 2012


The use -- or lack thereof -- of backup QB Tim Tebow brought out gleeful Jets haters and frustrated Tebow supporters. At least second-year Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons was able to avoid the dilemma of choosing between his new hometown Texans or his fellow former Florida Gator most of the night. Parsons and Tebow attended UF together from 2007 to 2010.

Later Sanchez. You are officially a backup. @timtebow time.

— Chandler Parsons (@ChandlerParsons) October 9, 2012
If you see any offbeat links from your favorite sports site or catchy tweets that might be of interest to others, pass them along to me @billsperos or to bsperos1@gmail.com.