Buzz That Was: Not par for the course
Two more reasons to love Alex Morgan
Playing in just her second game with the U.S. women's national team after a seven-month absence due to an ankle injury, Alex Morgan publicly announced her return in a big way. The megastar scored twice in the second half, including the tying goal in the 85th minute, to lift the team to a 2-2 draw with France in a friendly on Thursday. Don't call it a comeback!
Goal! It's Alex Morgan again! Tied at 2 here at Rentschler Field!- U.S. Soccer WNT (@ussoccer_wnt) June 20, 2014
Like any self-respecting American soccer superstar, Morgan celebrated the second goal with the American Outlaws. Red, white and DUH.
Here's to hoping the U.S. men's team was taking notes in preparation for Sunday's World Cup showdown against Portugal.
No-brainer for Nik Stauskas
Professional teams are known to ask some probing and invasive questions prior to their drafts, in hopes of identifying any character or personality issues that may present themselves down the road. See: Hernandez, Aaron. While off-the-court/field inquiries are nothing new, former Michigan star Nik Stauskas was clearly caught off guard by a very specific scenario presented to him ahead of the upcoming NBA draft.
... obviously I went with ROY tho! #BallIsLife- Nik Stauskas (@NStauskas11) June 19, 2014
Really, unidentified NBA team? At least give the guy a respectable option here. Like Drake or Johnny Manziel or even Selena Gomez.
So many questions for Joel Embiid
In "this is what watching someone lose out on millions of dollars looks like" news, projected No. 1 NBA draft pick Joel Embiid is having surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot. The former Kansas star reportedly suffered the injury earlier this week. With a chronic back problem already raising red flags, Embiid's draft stock is expected to fall. But he apparently didn't let the pesky little surgery or plummeting draft status get in his way of enjoying a round of golf on Thursday. This will totally ease the minds of NBA teams and couch experts everywhere. DOESN'T HE KNOW GOLF COULD WORSEN HIS FOOT INJURY? DOES HE NOT CARE ABOUT HIS BASKETBALL FUTURE? WHY ISN'T HE SITTING AT HOME CRYING INTO A BUCKET OF ICE CREAM? DOES THIS MEAN HE WOULD RATHER PARTY WITH JUSTIN BIEBER?
Please brace yourself for six days of total and complete chaos before the draft on Thursday.
Melting our hearts
Eleven-year-old Lucy Li may not be in contention at the U.S. Women's Open after shooting an 8-over in her opening round on Thursday, but she definitely stole the show with a patriotic ensemble, an ice cream-filled interview and just general adorableness.
Li likely will not make the cut but at least she'll have the coolest story to share at the next show-and-tell in her sixth-grade class.
Swimming with shark
Like most athletes do during their offseason, Pittsburgh Penguins star Evgeni Malkin has been enjoying his downtime in a tropical location doing rich-people things. But Malkin took his activities to a whole new level when he went swimming with a GIANT SHARK that could fit him and a friend inside of him. No big deal or anything.
As an avid "Shark Week" viewer, I'm pretty sure that's a whale shark and it doesn't enjoy feasting on hockey players. But ... still. Perhaps teams should consider adding "NO TAKING SELFIES WITH SHARKS" in between the "no riding motorcycles" and "no bungee jumping" clauses.
Diamonds for Richard Sherman
The Seattle Seahawks got their Super Bowl rings on Thursday. As expected, they're ridiculously shiny, flashy and likely worth more than our net worths combined. Sigh.
And because one insanely expensive diamond ring is just never enough, Richard Sherman would like another one. He captioned his photo, "We like nice things.... So let's do it again." Can't you just enjoy the moment, Rich?
Silence, please, sirens
Golfers in Moorhead, Minnesota, were enjoying a nice little round earlier this week and minding their own business when all of a sudden A POLICE CHASE went right through the course. The police were reportedly chasing a man who was wanted for various theft and drug charges and blah, blah, blah. Why are you still reading this when you could be watching a video of a police chase on a golf course?
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