NBA, say hello to Marcus Smart
In case you were too busy sighing and rolling your eyes over the announcement of Adam Levine as the "Sexiest Man Alive" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Quite the endorsement
Tuesday night was the Marcus Smart show in Stillwater, Okla., as No. 7 Oklahoma State humiliated No. 11 Memphis behind the sophomore guard's career-high 39 points, five steals, four assists, four rebounds and two blocks. And for a brief moment all of the college basketball world was like, "Jabari or Andrew who?"
Just how impressive was the performance? Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was in attendance and told Eric Prisbell of USA Today that Smart could "definitely play in the league right now." But it's Durant's expression after one of Smart's five 3-pointers that pretty much says it all:
Foot Locker released the greatest commercial known to man yesterday. If you've ever hoped to witness Mike Tyson return Evander Holyfield's ear, Dennis Rodman purchase a one-way ticket to North Korea, Brett Favre accept when it's time to walk away or Craig Sager burn his velour suits, than this will be your day's -- or life's -- most magical 60 seconds.
After watching this, all truly does feel right with the world.
Women's game + Wiggins = good deal
After Kansas State and Louisville made headlines recently for their bacon and beer promotions to increase attendance at women's basketball games, you knew it was just a matter of time before another school jumped on the "will trade free stuff and dignity for fans and publicity" bandwagon. And this time the prize in question isn't edible. It's Andrew Wiggins. That sound you hear is dozens of NBA GMs desperately trying to pack their suitcases while simultaneously booking the next flight to Boulder.
Colorado announced it would be giving out student tickets for the men's basketball Dec. 7 game against Wiggins and Kansas to those who attend Wednesday's women's basketball game vs. Iowa. Students will receive a wristband at the beginning of the game that will entitle them to a ticket for the Kansas matchup at the game's conclusion. Students will have their wristband removed if they try to leave during the game.
Colorado is asking students to attend entirety of CU-Iowa women's basketball game in order to get tickets for men's game vs. Kansas.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) November 19, 2013
While this seems like blatant bribery to me, it should be noted that the Colorado women's team is currently ranked 16th in the nation and the men's squad is unranked. So this is kind of the sweetest deal ever. You get to watch two good teams for the price of one ... and the Colorado men's team!
Wading into TV
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade sold a semi-autobiographical sitcom to Fox, it was announced on Tuesday. "Three the Hard Way" will center on a single father and NBA superstar named Daryl Wade who balancing raising his two kids with his basketball career. Clearly, they didn't need to tell us this was based on real life.
Naturally, the news prompted thousands of sports fans-turned-casting directors to discuss who should play the lead role on Twitter.
Kornheiser wants to play "Dwyane Wade" in D-Wade's new sitcom, but he'd settle for the Pat Riley role. @DwyaneWade, call us.— PTI (@PTI) November 19, 2013
While that's fascinating and all, I'm far more interested in who will be playing the roles of Chris Bosh and Chris "Birdman" Andersen.
Celebrating the "selfie"
Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" the word of the year, even though it still showed up with the red underline of death in my Microsoft Word spell check. Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin decided to celebrate the word's honor accordingly.
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