Buzz That Was: Creature Feature

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The great duck debate had the potential to be one of the most compelling storylines leading into Super Bowl XLVIII.

In case you were too busy trying to come up with an excuse to skip work on Monday and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.

Quacking up

Earlier in the season, Seattle Seahawks cornerback --- and the most talked-about person this week after Justin Bieber -- Richard Sherman said Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning throws "ducks." When asked about his previous comments Wednesday at a Super Bowl media session, Sherman reiterated his feelings.

"Well, I still feel the same way I felt," said the outspoken Sherman. "He is a great quarterback, he does a great job. At the same time, when he catches the ball, he doesn't necessarily catch the laces all the time. He throws an accurate ball in regards to how he catches it. He just gets it on time and delivers it accurately."

Any thoughts on this, Peyton?

Ohhhhhh snap, er, quack! There's that trademark humor that snagged him all those awkwardly funny commercials. After being told about Manning's retort, Sherman said that was exactly what he was trying to say and blah, blah, blah. So that got kind of boring really quickly. I guess I should just be happy this didn't result in someone from "Extra" or "Entertainment Tonight" then asking Manning or Sherman to do their best duck face.

Take that!

The NBA announced the reserves for next month's All-Star Game on Thursday night. While some of the selections seemed obvious, like Dwight Howard and Damian Lillard, it was of course the snubs that sparked the most social conversation.

Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson, who had hilariously campaigned for a spot with his "Sir Lancealot" video, didn't make the team but seemed to channel his pain into a spurned boyfriend "THIS IS WHAT YOU'LL BE MISSING" type of performance against the Phoenix Suns with a triple-double (14 point, 10 rebounds, 10 assists).

The Suns, though, were led by an apparently even angrier All-Star snub. Goran Dragic scored 28 points to carry Phoenix to an unlikely 102-94 victory. I think that's pretty much the basketball equivalent of dropping the mic.

Gotta be the shoes

New York Knicks guard and shoelace enthusiast J.R. Smith may have not made the All-Star team, but he definitely put himself in the running for the dunk contest on Thursday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

And now you see why "Damn JR" was a trending topic in the New York area last night. The Knicks, by the way, destroyed the Cavs 117-86.

Rodman from rehab

On Friday morning, CNN aired a segment that was actually called "Dennis Rodman, Live from Rehab." The eccentric former basketball player sat down with Chris Cuomo because their last interview went so well. Rodman, now in a rehab facility to treat his struggle with alcohol, feels misunderstood about his friendship with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and apparently was trying to explain it to viewers. Calling himself an alcoholic and a "party animal," Rodman didn't exactly apologize for anything, but he did offer to trade places with detained American Kenneth Bae, who has been held in a North Korean prison camp for over a year.

Comedic Christie

New Jersey governor and traffic adversary Chris Christie made an unannounced appearance at former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason's roast in New York City on Thursday night. Turns out the Gov's got some jokes. Or some funny speech writers on staff. While I'm not sure if this will help the potential presidential candidate get rid of that pesky "bully" label, it might get him cast on Comedy Central's next roast of a D-list TV star. So there's that.

Watch for no other reason than hearing this line: "I've seen bigger stars after bumping my head. What happened? Were Screech and the dog from 'Frasier' busy today?"

Video audition

The Olympics haven't even started and the U.S. women's bobsled team has all but cemented the gold medal for most hilarious group on social media. Jazmine Fenlator and Elana Meyers provide the latest proof of this as they try their hand -- or feet -- at other winter sports.

Oh manatee!

And finally, a psychic manatee named Buffet predicted the Denver Broncos to win the Super Bowl on Sunday. He's accurately predicted the winner the past six years, so we can probably just skip that whole game thing and proclaim Peyton & Co. the winners now. Congrats, Denver fans!

See something worthy of inclusion on social media? Send it my way on Twitter, @darcymaine_espn.

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