Buzz That Was: A doubly bizarre day
In case you were too busy trying to unsee the "Twerking Granny" Vine and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Taylor Townsend plays singles in a doubles match
If you needed another reason to love rising American tennis star Taylor Townsend, the 18-year-old provided one on Thursday. Playing in place of her friend Victoria Duval, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma at Wimbledon, Townsend teamed up with Liezel Huber for the Philadelphia Freedoms during a World Team Tennis doubles match against Martina Hingis and Anastasia Rodionova of the Washington Kastles. Early in the match, a Townsend forehand struck Huber in the head, and she was unable to play on. Huber's injury was diagnosed as a concussion, and she was taken to the hospital and later released. That left Townsend to play the rest of the match ALONE. You know, like by herself, 2-on-1 style. Seriously.
Though not allowed to return serves on Huber's side, Townsend won over the Kastles crowd with her ridiculous performance. I feel like this needs to be said again for emphasis, SHE WAS PLAYING TWO AGAINST ONE. Despite her best efforts, Townsend ultimately fell because, duh.
Standing ovation for Taylor Townsend after her effort. Hit quite a few great winners, but nearly impossible to cover both alleys. #wtt— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) July 25, 2014
I don't think "Athletes of the Day" is an actual award, nor does it come with any type of medal or gift card, but I'm just going to give this totally fake honor to Townsend and Huber today. They definitely deserve it.
Root, root, root for a prostate exam
Minor league baseball is well known for its wide array of publicity stunts and themes, but somehow the Class A Myrtle Beach Pelicans found a whole new way to get people talking. During Thursday's game, general manager Andy Milovich not only had a prostate exam in front of the entire stadium, but did so while singing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame." Yes, you read that correctly. I have honestly never been so grateful to be a woman before.
If this doesn't make every man out there run out and get his prostate checked, I don't know what will. And for those wondering, Milovich has a really healthy prostate. For the record, I really was not wondering and just want to be done writing this segment as soon as possible.
For those concerned over the results for @ARMilovich's exam, Dr. Gangi: "Your prostate is in great shape. You passed with flying colors."— MyrtleBeachPelicans (@Pelicanbaseball) July 25, 2014
Carlos Gomez basking in background
In what has become a highly entertaining tradition, an interview on MLB Network's "Intentional Talk" involved a disguised player on Thursday. Interviewee Mark Reynolds of the Milwaukee Brewers kept his wardrobe casual, but teammate Carlos Gomez was more than happy to spice things up behind him. Donning a "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" suit, Gomez was far more entertaining during his 70 seconds on the screen than any preview for the upcoming movie about the fictional reptiles has been. Thanks again for ruining our childhood, Michael Bay.
Nelly & Weis
In a moment that probably would have been cooler in 2004, rapper Nelly and Kansas football coach Charlie Weis discussed, ahem, "football and rapping" on Thursday while both were visiting ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.
Charlie Weis & Nelly discuss college football and rapping pic.twitter.com/O2XhtLYaPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) July 24, 2014
IS IT GETTING HOT IN HURR OR IS IT JUST ME? I'm just going to move on now.
Unbearable dorm room
For those who think life as a professional athlete is all glitz and glamour, one look at Charles "Peanut" Tillman's dorm room at Chicago Bears camp might have you rethinking that. I really don't have anything else to say, just look at this nightmare.
I have a feeling this won't do much to help the application rate at Olivet Nazarene University, where Bears camp is held.
What a catch!
New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz melted hearts across the usually cold-blooded Internet on Thursday when a video of his recent proposal to his longtime girlfriend, Elaina Watley, was released. During a ceremony for their daughter earlier this month, Cruz interrupted a pre-meal group prayer with family and friends to surprise Watley with an adorable speech and a big question.
No word if Cruz celebrated the engagement with a salsa dance. But we can all dream.
Happy Friday! Please celebrate the impending weekend and the near-return of football with Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria as he demonstrates the history of the touchdown dance.
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