Buzz That Was: Alternative noisemakers
In case you were too busy keeping up with those zany Kardashians and missed out on sports, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you missed this weekend.
Action and reaction
Unless you were living under a rock that blocked Wi-Fi access, by now you are well aware the Denver Broncos will be facing the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. Did you also know Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was fired up about that and his team’s win over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC title game? HOW DID YOU NOT KNOW? HE’S THE BEST CORNER IN THE GAME! According to him, that is.
Note: By posting this video, I am by no means encouraging you to talk about Sherman. Don’t you open your mouth about the best!
Social media users had some opinions about the rant because, duh. Sherman, for his part, has since apologized for calling out Michael Crabtree by name and for taking attention away from his team. That still wasn’t enough to silence some online critics, who continued to send disparaging remarks on Twitter, many with blatant racial attacks.
Last night shows that racism is still alive and well... And that's so sad.... At Least some people respect MLKs dream— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 20, 2014
Stay classy, anonymous trolls dwelling in your moms’ basements.
On a happier note, the combination of Sherman and the wacky media members dressed in costumes is sure to make this year’s Super Bowl media day one for the ages. This could be the, uh, Super Bowl for Vines. And GIFs. And Twitter. Be still my beating heart!
Indiana Pacers forward Paul George basically won the 2014 NBA dunk contest on Saturday night with his Vince Carter-inspired slam against the Los Angeles Clippers. Don’t feel bad if you watch this 34,987,374 times. I know I did.
Olympic hurdler, social media lightning rod and inevitable star of “Cool Runnings 2: Red, White and New” Lolo Jones was named to the U.S. Olympic bobsled team on Sunday night. Somehow, despite her excitement, Jones took your mom’s advice and promptly updated her resume (“Just so you don’t forget all the things you’ve done, hon!”).
Taking their minds off it
Top-seeded Serena Williams and third-seeded Maria Sharapova were both upset in the fourth round at the Australian Open. In news that surprised absolutely nobody, the two did not eat ice cream and watch Lifetime movies together while commiserating over their early exits. They both, however, did exactly what many of us would do if we were ever good enough to lose in a Grand Slam.
Mama made fried chicken, Mac and cheese, yams, broccoli, and lots more. #comfortfood yummy. I love mommy.— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) January 20, 2014
Time for a bath
On Tuesday, Stanislas Wawrinka stunned three-time defending champion Novak Djokovic in a five-set match in the Australian Open quarterfinals. So congratulations to all three people out there who successfully picked a Wawrinka-Tomas Berdych semifinal. Wawrinka celebrated the win over Djokovic the only way one really can.
❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/J4fLnWFsCn— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) January 21, 2014
The always-hip Nick Saban finally took advantage of all 1989 had to offer and did the “Electric Slide” at a house party. The moment was blissfully captured on film for all the world to enjoy. Surely, this will help heal the pain of Alabama fans still reeling from the team’s two-game losing streak.
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