Buzz That Was: What's your beef?
In case you were too busy binge-watching "Orange is the New Black" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about this weekend.
Playing in an arena with working air conditioning on Sunday, the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 98-96 to even the NBA Finals at 1-1. After leaving Game 1 with cramps, LeBron James silenced his critics -- until Tuesday at least -- with 35 points and 10 rebounds. LeBron took the high road and didn't call out any of the approximately 579,392,128 people who criticized him, but Powerade -- the sports drink company that pays him millions of dollars to endorse its product -- subtly fired back at Gatorade on Twitter for its Game 1 attacks.
Despite LeBron's heroics, it was a move by Dwyane Wade that got everyone talking. Perhaps inspired by his fiancée Gabrielle Union, Wade summoned his acting chops for the flop of a lifetime in the second quarter. While it was too late for Tony Awards consideration, he's a top contender for 2015 Razzie.
Even Lance Stephenson would call that a flop.
While #LeBroning became the hot new viral trend after Game 1, #Parkering swept the nation after Game 2. During the fourth quarter, Tony Parker writhed on the ground in pain after being elbowed by Mario Chalmers.
This prompted Twitter users everywhere to recreate the move in their own lives because, duh. It's 2014.
Rein him in
On Saturday, California Chrome failed to achieve the elusive Triple Crown, finishing fourth at the Belmont Stakes and prompting just about everyone to make the "California Chrome? More like California Internet Explorer" joke. While there were undoubtedly thousands of angry bettors out there, no one was more livid about the race result than Chrome's owner Steve Coburn. The cowboy hat-wearing owner went off in post-race interview, calling Belmont winner Tonalist's owners "cowards" for not racing their horse in the first two legs of the Triple Crown.
Needless to say, Coburn didn't take home the award for Mr. Congeniality, either. On the plus side, we can now all resume ignoring horse racing until next May.
That's a wrapper
Sunday's Pocono 400 was decided by ... a hot dog wrapper. Of course. Brad Keselowski, who led the race for 95 laps, was forced to slow down with five laps to go due to the aforementioned wrapper getting stuck on his grille and causing his engine to overheat. Dale Earnhardt Jr. seized on Keselowski's misfortune and passed him. He held on to the lead spot for the win, his second of the year.
Unfortunately for Dale Jr, the win interfered with his plans for the evening because he was forced to, UGH, celebrate or something.
Damn. I was looking forward to working on my old 65 impala tonight. But there's beer to be drank and music to be played. #TurnDownForWhat- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) June 8, 2014
Even Keselowski bought him a congratulatory beer. Now that's a good sport. California Chrome's owner might want to take some notes here.
Maria is back
Maria Sharapova won her second French Open on Saturday with a hard-fought, three-set victory over Simona Halep. Despite wowing the crowd with her gritty performance and three-language postmatch interview, the Russian superstar seemed to be in disbelief for the rest of the day.
Keep adding minutes to my alarm clock as if I'm ever going to fall asleep #didiwinthefrenchopen??- Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 8, 2014
But by Sunday, she was back to being her poised, highest-paid female athlete self and posed for international photographers in front of the Eiffel Tower like it was no big deal or anything.
Hello trophy photographers... pic.twitter.com/1EPoNx9dfs- Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) June 8, 2014
Her noted frenemy Serena Williams had no public comment. But did she did have some sort of '80s dance party with her sister Venus. So there's that.
Two strange cats
The season-long Derek Jeter farewell party continued over the weekend in Kansas City as the Yankees faced the Royals. Two fans managed to say goodbye to the iconic shortstop with a display that would make Miley Cyrus proud. (And no, Jeter and Cyrus are not dating ... yet, anyway).
I've found Rob Van Dam's new singlet pic.twitter.com/bLNmCY2O1B- Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) June 8, 2014
All about the U
In "why doesn't this ever happen at weddings I attend?" news, Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson and team mascot Sebastian the Ibis crashed the nuptials of some fans over the weekend. Much to the delight of the bride and groom and all in attendance.
Landry Fields turns Nicki Minaj
If you've ever thought to yourself, "I would just love to see Landry Fields dressed up as Nicki Minaj and serenading Richard Simmons," today might be the greatest day of your life. On ABC's reality show "Sing Your Face Off," in which celebrity contestants do their best impressions of famous singers, the Toronto Raptors star performed "Starships" in a totally Minaj-approved ensemble. Simmons' facial reaction throughout pretty much says it all.
Fields later defended his performance on Twitter.
You know what, I fully committed...- Landry Fields (@landryfields) June 8, 2014
I am NOT a good looking woman.- Landry Fields (@landryfields) June 8, 2014
Don't be so hard on yourself, Landry. At least you have people talking about the Raptors in June.
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