Buzz That Was: In A Cheery Mood

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With friends on the court and supporters in the organization, Jason Collins returned to action with the Nets on Sunday.

In case you were too busy wondering how you would fill the void in your soul now that Piers Morgan's show has been canceled and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed this weekend.

Open arms

New Nets center Jason Collins made history on Sunday when he became the first openly gay athlete to play in one of the United States' four major professional sports leagues. After signing a 10-day contract Sunday morning, Collins took the floor in the second quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center. And in an actual nice moment that will make you feel good about society, the Lakers' crowd gave him an ovation when he checked into the game.

In 11 minutes of play, Collins finished with zero points, two rebounds and his typical five fouls. It was perhaps the most important zero-point effort in the history of sports. Fellow openly gay athletes took to social media to congratulate him.

And for all those who speculated that having an openly gay player on the team would be a distraction, the Nets won 108-102. Take from that what you will.

Driving interest

Much to the delight of NASCAR nation, Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the Daytona 500 on Sunday after a six-hour rain delay. It was the gazillion-time Most Popular Driver's second career victory at the esteemed race, but first series win since 2012. So naturally Dale Jr. did what anyone celebrating such a monumental achievement would have done in 2010 and joined Twitter.

Talk about a #HumbleBrag. Thus far his account consists exclusively of selfies, so clearly he gets how this social-media thing works. And before you roll your eyes about yet another superstar athlete joining Twitter looking for hoards of adoring compliments, please note he's gotten more than 5,000 new followers during the four minutes it took to write this segment, so you might be hearing a few more things about Twitter's new member.

An older woman

Danica Patrick finished a disappointing 40th at Daytona, but she did manage to score the attention of a new man. Fellow driver Kevin Harvick posted this video of his young son talking about his girlfriend "Day Day" while waiting out the rain.

Might want to watch your back there, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.

In God he trusts

Former San Diego State running back Adam Muema left the NFL combine over the weekend before participating in position drills. Because God told him to do so. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune , Muema said the man upstairs explained to him that if he skipped his workouts, he would play for his dream team -- the Seattle Seahawks. So... that's different.

Some people listen to Mel Kiper Jr., some listen to God. Whatever works. Hopefully for Muema, Pete Carroll will have similar conversations with whatever higher power he believes in and this will all work out.

The big screen

In "Well, that was fast" news, 20th Century Fox will be developing a movie around Dennis Rodman's trips to North Korea, per the Hollywood Reporter. Needless to say, if there's an award for "best buddy comedy about a former athlete and a ruthless dictator," I think this film might have a shot at winning. I'm going to quit writing about this topic before the People's Choice Awards get any ideas. Now let's just all take a minute (and 32 seconds) to appreciate Rodman's last gift to the cinematic community with the trailer for an actual film with an actual tagline "Dwarfs playing basketball ... with Dennis Rodman." Yes, this really happened.

Keep doing you, Hollywood.

Jim Boeheim, set to music

Moments away from his team's second straight loss on Saturday, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim decided to say goodbye to the No. 1 ranking in fitting fashion. With a good ol'-fashioned ejection. Down two with just over 10 seconds to play against new archrival Duke, C.J. Fair was called for an offensive foul. Boeheim was understandably not pleased by the decision and let his outrage be known. But his anger is our gain as you can now watch his temper tantrum set to Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" on loop for the rest of the morning. You're welcome.

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