Buzz That Was: Stark Craving Mad
In case you were too busy contemplating what to get Facebook for its 10th birthday and missed out on sports, we’ve got covered. Here’s everything you missed last night.
Nice to meet you
Highly touted Florida freshman Chris Walker made his long-anticipated debut Tuesday night in a 68-58 win over Missouri. After missing the team’s first 21 games because of NCAA violations and academic issues, the forward entered the game with 11:28 to play in the first half and received a standing ovation. While that gesture may have seemed a little premature, Walker decided to properly introduce himself to the college basketball world moments later.
Statement made. And before the fans at home had a chance to Google “Chris Walker” on their phones, a TV close-up of his lip-themed neck tattoos made yet another statement for the Twitter set.
Chris Walker making his debut for Florida after being ineligible. But real news is he has lips tattooed on his neck. pic.twitter.com/hzkeyKF2cJ— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) February 5, 2014
Whew, I’m so relieved I didn’t end up getting those same tattoos. That would have been awkward. As if Gators fans didn’t have enough to cheer about as their team rolled to its 14th-straight victory, the student body decided to use its primetime exposure to campaign for Justin Timberlake to sing the national anthem before the last game of the regular season against Kentucky. The #BRINGJT2UF movement sparked signs, tweets, and suits and ties from the Florida faithful. Even some of the players got involved before the game.
All of this is, of course, super adorable, and it’s inspiring to see students put their collective energy toward the greater good. Or something like that. But, um, SPOILER ALERT: JT is not coming. Is there an “American Idol” fourth runner-up you might be interested in instead?
Perhaps in a bid to remind college basketball fans -- and mock NBA draft makers -- that Walker wasn’t the only hyped freshman playing on Tuesday, Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins was all like, “Don’t you forget about me … don’t, don’t, don’t, don’t” and nailed a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the first half against Baylor.
To prove just how good he is, Wiggins barely broke a smile as he walked off the court. Just a shot from 50 feet out. No big deal.
While the Seattle Seahawks had some fun at the expense of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, an Oklahoma City brewery decided to do the same to the city of Seattle.
Looks good to us! ;-) pic.twitter.com/JcWVsvi5zb— Mustang Brewing Co. (@mustangbrewing) February 3, 2014
Ouch. However, Mustang Brewery clarified on Tuesday that the shirt was not real but merely a creation of Photoshop.
In related news, after the Seahawks won the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Fox broadcasting team waxed poetic about Seattle’s first championship since the Super Sonics in 1979. Which is well good and all except for one little, tiny detail. It’s not true. The Seattle Storm won WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010, a fact that various team members took to Twitter to remind everyone of.
Visions of Sugar Land
Like many young boys across America, Tracy McGrady grew up dreaming of playing professional baseball. Sadly for McGrady, that dream didn’t come true and he had to settle for being a professional basketball player and only making $163 million. Sad, but those are the breaks. Luckily for poor ’ol T-Mac, it looks like he’s getting a second chance at his childhood dream. The seven-time NBA All-Star announced on Tuesday that he’s been working out with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League and hopes to pitch for the team in the upcoming season.
If the Skeeters sound familiar, it’s likely because a 50-year-old Roger Clemens played for the team a few years back. Clemens is reportedly working with McGrady because, of course he is. This totally isn’t a publicity stunt for a typically irrelevant baseball team or anything. I mean, I’m sure they would do this for every guy in his mid-30s looking to fulfill a lifelong fantasy. Cough, cough, not really, cough, cough. Moving on.
‘Everyone was talking about it’
Believe it or not, many Americans didn’t actually watch the Super Bowl despite the monster ratings. If you need proof of this, look no further than Jimmy Kimmel’s latest edition of “Lie Witness News.”
How about that young Seattle fan playing in the fourth quarter, though? So emotional.
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