Buzz That Was: Stealing the show
In case you were too busy stuffing your face with Easter candy and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about this weekend.
A little bit of everything
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 46 points and grabbed 18 rebounds on Sunday to lift the Portland Trail Blazers over the Houston Rockets 122-120 in overtime to claim Game 1 of their opening-round NBA playoff series. The Blazers erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to steal the win on the road. And according to the Portland Police Department, theft is apparently OK on occasions such as this.
No word if the Blazers or merciless fans on Twitter were pardoned for robbing Jeremy Lin of his dignity after this much-Vined-about shot.
While the Rockets may not have had their best outing, the team's social-media staffers certainly brought their A-game.
Technical foul on Robin Lopez. pic.twitter.com/Aj6dIjY70y- Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 21, 2014
To recap: An overtime thriller full with classic performances, tweets and videos? I can't wait for Game 2 on Wednesday.
Sweet Gregg Popovich
It was announced last week that Craig Sager, TNT's legendary sideline reporter known for his colorful personality and even more colorful wardrobe, would miss the start of the NBA playoffs because he is undergoing treatment for leukemia. He was honored by the studio crew, who wore throwback suits during Sunday's broadcast.
Sager's son, Craig Sager Jr., was on hand for the Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs game and was tasked with interviewing Spurs coach Gregg Popovich after the third quarter. Not typically known for his soft side, Popovich provided a genuinely sweet moment.
According to Sager Jr., Popovich didn't stop there.
Popovich gave me a hand written letter to give my Dad tomorrow. The whole Spurs organization is filled with class and great people. Thanks- Craig Sager II (@CraigSagerJr) April 20, 2014
I think I'm starting to get some dust in my eye. Must be allergy season or something.
The Indiana Pacers -- the top seed in the Eastern Conference -- opened the playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday. Not ready to put an end to the "WHAT'S GOING ON WITH THE PACERS?" panic, Indiana endured Jeff Teague's career night and lost 101-93. Naturally, Pacers star Paul George did what anyone would do on his day off after suffering an embarrassing Game 1 loss. He went fishing. So this should totally calm down frantic Pacers fans everywhere.
Good news, Paulie! If your team keeps playing like it did on Saturday, you will have plenty of time for fishing very, very soon.
Strokes of genius
Michelle Wie earned her third career LPGA title, and first since 2010, on Saturday at the LOTTE Championship in her home state of Hawaii. Entering the final round four strokes behind leader Angela Stanford, the 24-year old shot a 5-under 67 to win by two shots. Known for her prolific social media usage, Wie not only celebrated her victory accordingly but also summed up 2014 in one perfect Instagram photo. With the caption "But first let me take a selfie," she posted the picture below and got that song stuck in your head for the rest of the day.
Thankfully her references to the awful song ended there, even if her celebrations didn't.
Not sure what to think ...
The Boston Bruins were graced by a special guest during Sunday's playoff win over the Detroit Red Wings. Despite a handful of boos, he was even named the fan of the game on the Jumbotron. So that's awesome/offensive/an Easter miracle. Insert your own feelings here.
Diamond day for Katie Hoff
Olympic swimmer Katie Hoff threw out the first pitch at the New York Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday. And while that moment alone would make for a pretty memorable day, Hoff had a surprise waiting at home plate. Her boyfriend, Todd Anderson, dropped to one knee and proposed. The three-time medalist obviously said "yes," because otherwise this story and her awkward public rejection would have led this column and your email inbox would be bombarded with "DID YOU SEE THIS?" and links to various YouTube videos.
In "STOP READING NOW IF YOU EVER WANT TO HAVE A PEACEFUL NIGHT'S SLEEP AGAIN" news, Houston Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. took a fastball to the face during a game on Friday. The results are something your worst nightmares are made of.
DeShields, brother of college basketball star Diamond DeShields, reportedly suffered a "non-displaced maxillary sinus fracture," which sounds like medical terminology for "DON'T GET HIT BY A BASEBALL!" to me.
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