Buzz That Was: Stepping It Up
In case you were too busy wondering who exactly needs to know every detail of Tori Spelling's life and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Dolson vs. Fallon
After winning the national championship earlier this month, Connecticut women's basketball star Stefanie Dolson shouted out both President Barack Obama and Jimmy Fallon in a postgame interview. Because, why not? There's been no official word from Obama, but Fallon was thrilled by the mention and issued her a challenge on "The Tonight Show" the very next night.
On Wednesday, the two finally met in person in a dance-off for the ages. As expected, Dolson brought "Cabbage Patch" and "Running Man" moves that would make even Justin Timberlake proud.
You can skip ahead to the 2:50 mark for the fun, or watch the whole thing to hear the classic stylings of Latimore.
While no winner was declared on stage, we are all winners for getting to witness that greatness.
The two also squared off in a heated "NBA Jam" battle before taping the show. While Dolson apparently got her "butt kicked," she clearly redeemed herself later with her dance moves.
Your move, Obama.
LaMarcus Aldridge. Period.
There are two words you need to know about the NBA playoffs right now: LaMarcus Aldridge. Seriously, that's it. The Portland Trail Blazers' big man has taken over the postseason in the most dominating fashion since some guy named Michael Jordan. After a 112-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday, the Blazers hold a 2-0 lead in the opening-round series as it heads to Portland. Aldridge is averaging 44.5 points and 13 rebounds in the two games. Let that sentence sink in for a second.
LaMarcus Aldridge is first player with 80+ points and 15+ rebounds in team's first 2 playoff games since Michael Jordan (April 25-27, 1997).- Trail Blazers PR (@TrailBlazersPR) April 24, 2014
After the game, Aldridge's 5-year-old son texted him and told him he looked like Spider-Man during one of his many dunks. While that's adorable and all, we might want to start thinking about calling him "NBA Finals MVP" if this level of play continues.
A few weeks ago, New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda sparked headlines -- and horrifically cheesy puns -- with his blatant use of pine tar in a game against the Boston Red Sox. Since no one said anything during the game, the matter wasn't investigated and Pineda faced no punishment. Obviously he learned from the mistake and it won't happen again. ... Or not. On Wednesday against the Red Sox, Pineda was ejected after a shiny blotch of pine tar was spotted on his neck. While others might have opted for the old "I can't believe I got Easter candy all over my hands and neck" excuse, Pineda straight-up admitted it.
It wasn't a proud moment for Pineda or the Yankees, but it felt like Christmas morning for headline writers at the New York tabloids.
Spoiling the party
Wrigley Field celebrated its 100th birthday on Wednesday. While most centurions would be happy to just get a shoutout from Willard Scott, the Chicago Cubs decided to pull out all the stops for good old Wrigley -- starting with a 400-pound cake replica of the stadium made by the "Cake Boss" himself.
But in what can only be considered the most fitting birthday present for the iconic stadium, the Cubs collapsed in the ninth and lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5. Sounds about right.
Having a ball!
Nick Young continued his "Who needs the playoffs?" tour in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. A day after driving the Zamboni at the Los Angeles Kings game, Young took his talents to Dodger Stadium, where he threw out the ceremonial first pitch. And it was... something.
Young was joined by Lakers teammate Jordan Farmar, and the duo showed that starting vacation early isn't the worst thing in the world. They gleefully hung out around the ballpark and posed for pictures with Matt Kemp.
In what could have been a routine interview with a player's parent during a game, Minnesota Twins first baseman Chris Colabello helped provide a classic live TV moment when he hit a two-run homer while his mom was chatting with a Fox Sports North reporter. Not only was it a case of perfect timing, but it also might have been the best present ever for his mom celebrating her birthday.
We have a winner for "Son of the Day."
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