Buzz That Was: Got You Covered
In case you were too busy planning your extended farewell to David Letterman and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Paulina Greztky backlash
Paulina Gretzky -- daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, fiancée of golfer Dustin Johnson and Internet-famous person -- appears on the upcoming cover of the Golf Digest fitness issue. Because who represents golf better than someone who doesn't actually play for a living but knows a lot of people who do? Sigh. An LPGA player hasn't appeared on the mag's cover since Lorena Ochoa in 2008, so many of the women on tour were decidedly unhappy with the choice. Stacy Lewis, the No. 3 player in world, called the move "frustrating" in an interview with USA Today. "It's the state of where we've always been. We don't get the respect for being the golfers we are."
Other female golfers took a different approach to the controversy. LPGA rookie Anya Alvarez jokingly posted a picture of herself working out, and tweeted it to Golf Digest.
The magazine publicly justified its decision to feature Gretzky on the cover because she's a "certified celebrity within the golf world." Like Michelle Wie and Paula Creamer? Pretty sure they also fit that billing. Injured LPGA player and Golf Channel regular Paige Mackenzie had some strong words about the controversy and attacked the magazine's credibility on Friday's "Morning Drive," likely drawing a standing ovation from her peers watching from their hotel rooms or the clubhouse before heading out to the Kraft Nabisco Championship.
While the lack of apology or remorse from Golf Digest is glaring, the magazine's official Twitter account has sent multiple tweets about the LPGA on Friday, so it seems they're at least hearing the criticism. We'll now just have to wait to see if they, you know, actually feature an LPGA player on a - GASP -- cover sometime in the next six years or so.
All that and more!
Hopefully NBA commissioner Adam Silver took some notes on the college slam dunk contest on Thursday night. It had EVERYTHING you could possibly want. Michigan State's Adreian Payne having his now-famous friend Lacey kiss the ball for good luck AND a 360 jam AND a human bowling pin celebration with the other contestants? CHECK.
Eastern Kentucky's Marcus Lewis doing a windmill slam over a dude to clinch the title? CHECK.
A complete wipeout from Wichita State's Cleanthony Early? YES.
There was truly something for everyone.
Making the most of it
About 200 U.S. Winter Olympians and Paralympians visited President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Thursday at the White House. In the least surprising news of the day, the president cracked some jokes (including a LOL-worthy Johnny Quinn White House bathroom doors one-liner) and luger-turned-web sensation Kate Hansen danced on the White House lawn. Joined by bobsledder Jazmine Fenlator and speed skater Eddy Alvarez, Hansen proved it's never too early to get your Beyonce on.
It's never easy for a baseball team to make the decision to cancel a game, especially if that game is a season opener. But when you see this picture from the stadium of the Frisco RoughRiders, the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, you'll definitely understand why they made that call on Thursday. Warning: WORST NIGHTMARE ALERT.
That will make you want to leave early.. Storm rolling through during the Frisco RoughRiders ballgame.. pic.twitter.com/unWADMJt1W- FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) April 4, 2014
WHY ARE THE FANS AND PLAYERS IN THIS PICTURE NOT RUNNING FOR THE HILLS? RUN, PEOPLE, RUN!
A quarterback for 5 minutes?
Last month a British comedian named Tom Wrigglesworth caused double takes around the globe with his creepy resemblance to Aaron Rodgers. And it turns out, Wrigglesworth is still trying to take advantage of his fleeting moment in the spotlight. He released a video parody of ancestral lineage shows, and ended it by asking the Green Bay Packers quarterback to switch jobs for a day.
Rodgers has to yet to publicly respond but, SPOILER ALERT, the answer is definitely no. Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes there, Tom.
Shut it down, Internet. The greatest moment in American history took place yesterday as somehow the Philadelphia 76ers got Betsy Ross -- of American flag fame -- to do the NaeNae. You're just going to have to watch this one. Over and over and over.
I now take back everything bad I've ever said about the Sixers organization.
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