Buzz That Was: Cutting It Close
In case you were too busy wondering why Busta Rhymes wore a Cheesecake Factory bag to the BET Awards and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about this weekend.
Flipping over flop
Down 1-0 in the final minutes of Sunday's Round of 16 World Cup game against Mexico, the Netherlands -- finalists in 2010 -- looked poised for an early exit in Brazil. But then Wesley Sneijder scored in the 88th minute to even the game and renew hope.
Six minutes of stoppage time were added and the Dutch decided that was all the time they needed to win and advance. In the 93rd minute, Arjen Robben made contact with Rafael Marquez and channeled his inner Lance Stephenson and convincingly flopped to the ground.
The performance was good enough for the referees, who awarded the penalty to the Netherlands. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored on the penalty kick and effectively sent Mexico home. Despite the close call, Royal Dutch Airlines immediately took to Twitter to troll Mexico fans with a since-deleted tweet. Unsurprisingly, it did not go over so well.
Landon Donovan back to being loyal
Landon Donovan made headlines over the weekend after he admitted in an interview with the Los Angeles Times that he initially wanted the U.S. to lose after he was left off the World Cup roster.
"I'll be completely honest, watching them play Azerbaijan, inside, part of me was thinking, I hope the game doesn't go very well today," Donovan told Bill Plaschke. "In my heart of hearts, I thought, if we get a 1-0 win and the team doesn't perform well, that would feel good."
However, Donovan had a quick change of heart because, duh. He's Landon Donovan. By the next day, the snubbed star realized his negative attitude wasn't helping anyone and he has been rooting for his old teammates and friends ever since. You're a better person than most of us, Landon.
Cutting short Brad Keselowski's party
Brad Keselowski won Saturday's Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky in dominating fashion, leading 199 of 267 laps. So naturally the 2012 series champ had a lot to celebrate in Victory Lane. It started off normally enough as Keselowski and his crew popped celebratory champagne, but things quickly took a turn for the ouch when the driver sliced his hand on a bottle. Party FAIL.
Keselowski then had to hit pause on his revelry to go to the infield medical center to receive stiches. Not how he was hoping to spend his evening. He returned shortly after -- complete with bandaged hand -- to talk to the media. He jokingly told reporters he "should have stuck with beer," much to the delight of his sponsor Miller Lite.
Joey Logano, Keselowski's teammate, later promised to show him the proper champagne-opening form next week. How sweet of him.
Congrats @keselowski. Although leave it to you to cut yourself. I'll show you proper champagne technique next weekend in Daytona haha- Joey Logano (@joeylogano) June 29, 2014
Who knew opening a bottle was significantly more dangerous than driving a car at 188 mph?
Michelle Wie winging it
While she may not have been able to follow up her U.S. Women's Open victory with a title at the NW Arkansas Championship, Michelle Wie was still a winner on Sunday. At least on Instagram, that is. After finishing tied for eighth place, the LPGA's reigning poster child headed to her private jet ... and snapped a humblebrag-style photo in front of it while rocking her best 'MURICA shoes.
Your move, Stacy Lewis.
If you're going to lose at Wimbledon, at least do it in front of an international heartthrob. According to Alison Riske, that is. The American fell to Maria Sharapova in the third round, 6-3, 6-0, but at least was routed in front of David Beckham. So she's got that going for her.
David Beckham watched me lose to Sharapova on Center Court at Wimbledon. Id say that is half winning...- Alison Riske (@Riske4rewards) June 28, 2014
Unfortunately for Serena Williams, Beckham was not in attendance for her loss on Saturday, so there was no half-win for her.
Harden sports jorts
Houston Rockets star and bearded wonder James Harden threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Sunday's Detroit Tigers-Houston Astros game. And while the pitch itself was on the meh side, it was not bad enough to put him on the year's worst attempts list. His JORTS, however, are another story.
Thanks for dressing up there, James.
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