Buzz That Was: Orange feeling blue
In case you were too busy planning your excuse to get out of work to watch today's USA-Canada hockey game (it's the patriotic thing to do!) and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
The mighty falls
For the first half of top-ranked Syracuse's game against Boston College, most of the social media talk centered on the Orange's decision to wear hideous blue shorts. Because when you're playing a team with a 6-19 record, there really isn't much else to say.
Or so everyone thought.
Somehow the lowly Eagles rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to force overtime at the Carrier Dome. Behind 3-pointers from Olivier Hanlan and Patrick Heckmann and four free throws in the final 26.2 seconds from Lonnie Jackson, BC pulled off the 62-59 upset and spoiled Syracuse's unbeaten season.
While I'm still not convinced this wasn't in reaction seeing to those awful shorts, coach Jim Boeheim's shocked expression pretty much sums up the Orange's day perfectly.
Wichita State is now the last undefeated team in men's college basketball. Not that their fans would let you forget that or anything.
I've always considered myself more of a solo act. pic.twitter.com/5YCYeL62JT- WuShock (@Wu_Shock) February 20, 2014
Case on ice
Just in case the U.S. and Canadian hockey teams needed any more pressure, President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Stephen Harper decided to put a little friendly wager down on the outcomes. You know, like friends do.
With all due respect, Mr. Prime Minister. Doesn't your country already have a beer vending machine? ISN'T THAT ENOUGH?
Just when you thought you had seen or heard about every possible #SochiProblem, American luger and Internet dancing sensation Kate Hansen posted one that is basically YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE.
I'm just going out on a limb here and guess no one will be clamoring to adopt this one and bring it back to the States.
Dwight Howard made his mildly awaited return to Los Angeles on Wednesday night when the Rockets visited the Lakers. And he wasn't exactly given a hero's welcome from his former team and fans. Throughout the game, the Staples Center crowd booed every time he touched the ball and continuously broke into "Howard sucks" chants. The animosity seemed to rally Howard -- or perhaps it was just that the Lakers are incredibly awful -- and he scored 20 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the Rockets to a 134-108 rout of his former team. The game became so lopsided, Howard began comically joining in with the chant in the fourth quarter from the bench.
It was the eighth straight win for Houston, so naturally the players were in a pretty decent mood on their way home. While on the plane, the team laughed in the face of FAA regulations and proudly stood in the aisles while breaking out into the chant again.
Style points to Howard and Jeremy Lin for rocking the twinsies look, postgame. Plaid is so hot right now.
Let's face it: We need more Wagner
After her reaction to her scores during the team event last week became immortalized in the viral meme hall of fame, Ashley Wagner continued the joke by mocking herself while waiting for Wednesday's marks after her short program.
And if you can't get enough of Wagner and her brand of humor or just have been looking for someone to get on board with your "A&W Root Beer" nickname for her, you will likely appreciate this just-released interview with Pete Holmes.
Now that's a truck
I've always imagined the first day of spring training to be basically like the first day of school. Although instead of wearing a snazzy new outfit from Old Navy, players make their annual introduction with rich-people things. Like pointlessly massive trucks that could likely survive a war. Case in point, Tampa Bay Rays reliever Grant Balfour, who arrived on Wednesday in this:
One more reason not to mess with Grant Balfour: this is his truck. pic.twitter.com/xhATcv9y2F- Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) February 19, 2014
Someone give this dude a hug. I think he might need some attention.
Finding his rhythm
Despite proving his lack of snowboarding knowledge during Tuesday's interview with Sage Kotsenburg, David Letterman hosted halfpipe gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington on Wednesday. Just as you might expect, it's awkwardly endearing.
Finally, we have someone brave enough to wonder exactly when these wimpy snowboarders will finally ditch the half and use a full pipe. Whew.
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