Buzz That Was: Rounds of applause
In case you were too busy watching Carl eat 112 ounces of chocolate pudding on "The Walking Dead" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed this weekend.
A total stretch
With two absolutely insane performances over the weekend, Russian teen figure skating phenom Julia Lipnitskaia might actually be the reason Vine exists.
How is that physically possible? Where are her bones? How on earth can any other figure skater compete with that? IS THIS REAL LIFE? If you need me, I'll be watching this clip on loop and desperately trying to touch my toes all day.
A proud moment
Former Missouri defensive lineman and NFL prospect Michael Sam came out as gay on Sunday night. The reigning SEC Defensive Player of the Year sent shockwaves around the social media-sphere with seven simple, yet courageous, words during an ESPN interview: "I am an openly, proud gay man." If drafted in May, Sam could become the first openly gay player in the history of the NFL.
The watershed moment prompted a slew of support from around the sports world and the 24-year old reportedly spent the weekend meeting with notable gay athletes and allies, including NBA free agent Jason Collins, former NFL players Wade Davis and Brendon Ayanbadejo and NFL free agent Chris Kluwe.
Sam ran hills with J. Collins on Fri. Dinner with Wade Davis, Kluwe, Brendon, Billy Bean last night. Hit gay bar. Sung 'My Girl' in karaoke.— Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko) February 10, 2014
For the past 2 days I have met with @MikeSamFootball here in LA. He is a great young man who has shown tremendous courage and leadership— Jason Collins (@jasoncollins34) February 10, 2014
While countless debates are sure to arise over the next few days about how his announcement will affect his draft stock and whether locker rooms are prepared for a gay teammate, let's all just take a moment to appreciate such bravery and honesty.
Cheyenne Woods, professional golfer and niece of some dude named Tiger, won her first title on a major pro tour on Sunday at the Australian Ladies Masters. The 23-year old finished the tournament at 16-under, holding off the second-place finisher by two strokes. A lot of people were obviously excited for her win, but I know you only care about one reaction so I'll cut to the chase here.
Way to go @Cheyenne_Woods ! A great win and accomplishment. I'm so proud of you.— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) February 9, 2014
Somehow, in the middle of the Los Angeles Clippers' completely lopsided 123-78 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday, a dunk contest broke out. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin connected on two back-to-back, windmill alley-oop jams that will literally make your jaw fall open.
If the NBA is looking for a reason to instill a mercy rule, this game was it.
Hurdler-turned-bobsledder Lolo Jones found herself locked away in an isolation room in Russia this weekend. While that sounds like the premise of a future Lifetime movie, turns out she was just being quarantined after exhibiting cold and flu symptoms. Jones tweeted about the experience on Monday.
Just released... been in quarantine room in Olympic village.Single room was nice just wish I had one of those stray dogs to keep me company— Lolo Jones (@lolojones) February 10, 2014
Seeing as those stray dogs seem to have made more appearances than #SochiSelfies online, I don't think finding an adorable canine friend should be too difficult.
Speedskater Olga Graf became Russia's first 2014 Olympic medalist on Sunday when she claimed the bronze medal in the 3,000 meters. In her euphoria, she unzipped her uniform during her cool-down lap. That is, until she remembered she had nothing on underneath and millions of people were watching her around the world.
While it was obviously a mistake, I'm pretty sure I've seen Jennifer Lopez wear this exact same look on a red carpet hundreds of times. Graf later joked about the incident through a translator.
"I totally forgot," she said. "We have very good suits and they are very tight. ... You just want to breathe and you want to take off your suit."
As a person who changes into sweatpants the second after coming home from work, I understand this sentiment all too well.
Friday's Sochi opening ceremony featured a major special effects fail when one of the five Olympic rings failed to light up (and instead just looked like a BP advertisement). Your thoughts on this, McKayla Maroney?
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