Buzz That Was: Let's go to the lowlights
In case you were too busy cursing Michael Bay for ruining your childhood memories after seeing the trailer for "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Just as your annoying friend who won't stop reminding you about her basketball knowledge predicted, the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers are heading to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1984. The Flyers beat No. 10 Stanford 82-72 and will face top overall seed Florida in Memphis on Saturday with a trip to the Final Four on the line. While the players surely celebrated their Cinderella status with an appropriate midnight curfew and a team pizza dinner, the Dayton campus was slightly less subdued. If you don't know what the phrase "turn up" means, you will after seeing the picture and video below.
Apologies to the owner of the vehicle in the center of this crowd. On the plus side, at least these students didn't overturn it or burn it, like many of their peers might have (I'm looking at you, Kentucky). I'm almost scared to think about what this campus will look like if the Flyers pull off the upset over the Gators.
Act like he's been there!
After easily beating Baylor 69-52 in the Sweet 16 and doing the obligatory, made-for-TV celebratory dance moves, the Wisconsin Badgers were joined by Aaron Rodgers in the locker room. The Green Bay Packers quarterback led the team's postgame huddle and then promptly ruffled what's left of coach Bo Ryan's hair.
While there is no word if Rodgers advised the players about the benefits of the discount double check, he reportedly didn't stay with the team for long.
Aaron Rodgers visited Wisconsin lockerroom after the win. Didn't stay long. "We all made him uncomfortable staring at him." - Josh Gasser- George Schroeder (@GeorgeSchroeder) March 28, 2014
Way to play it cool, bros.
Chomp and circumstance
Controversial Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson is no stranger to the "Gator Chomp." He famously mocked the move after helping his team defeat Florida in the 2013 SEC championship game, and then was on the receiving end of it this season after the Rebels fell to the Gators at home in February. Henderson decided to put his skill to use on Thursday and made the trek to Memphis to cheer on Florida against UCLA.
So that was unexpected. Henderson seemed to enjoy himself all evening as he embraced his inner-Florida fan. I'm sure this went over well in Oxford.
Some guy named Tim Tebow (am I spelling that right?) was in attendance as well. There wasn't any hoopla around his presence or anything.
Serena Williams beat best frenemy Maria Sharapova, 6-4, 6-3, to advance to the final at the Sony Open in Miami. Donning orange and turquoise in honor of the Miami Dolphins (of which she's a minority owner), Williams improved to 16-2 over Sharapova and will face Li Na on Saturday. Despite the gossip-fueled rivalry between the two, Sharapova has not beaten Williams since 2004. Lucky for us, the Internet was pretty much invented to provide the proper perspective on facts like this.
Last time Sharapova beat Serena, Miley Cyrus looked like this. pic.twitter.com/jUl4dUHBzC- Bryan Armen Graham (@BryanAGraham) March 27, 2014
The last time Sharapova defeated Serena, the most popular movies in the box office: The Incredibles, The Polar Express and Ray- Kevin Fischer (@Kfish_WTA) March 27, 2014
Hoping Sharapova decided to stay off Twitter last night.
Congratulations to the Philadelphia 76ers, who tied the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers for the longest losing streak in NBA history with a 120-98 loss to the Houston Rockets on Thursday! If you're counting, that's 26 straight. I mean, if you're going to lose, you might as well get yourself a spot in the record books. Otherwise, you would just be known as ... the Milwaukee Bucks. A team that somehow still has a worse record than the Sixers.
And while we're looking on the bright side for the 76ers, rookie Casper Ware stole the ball from James Harden and nailed a buzzer-beater from half court to end the first quarter. Sure, the team was still down seven and it was at the end of the first quarter, BUT STILL. That's something, right?
AND A "CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST" REFERENCE? What a night to be a Sixers fan! And, of course, every loss means a better chance at the top pick in the NBA draft. Not too shabby of a "Wow, you're awful!" consolation prize.
Leave it to Barkley
While Thursday's NCAA tournament offerings lacked some of the drama and suspense of the previous matchups, the always-considerate Charles Barkley wanted to make sure you had something to talk about this morning. Fellow TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal sent a tweet to the CBS studio show about Sir Charles, and hilarity ensued.
And that's why Barkley should be a part of every basketball show ever. Even if he doesn't, you know, actually know anything about the teams or players in the game at hand.
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