"IT'S ENRICO PALAZZO!"
The Rundown cannot properly begin without a proper tribute to the late, great Leslie Nielsen. So, here is his tribute to baseball and these United States of America, singing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium (before the Mariners-Angels game?) from The Naked Gun (From the Files of Police Squad!).
Staying in Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 41 points against the Pacers, but because he missed a good look at a three-pointer with just over 10 seconds left, the Pacers held on 95-92 for their first-ever win over the Lakers at Staples Center. They had lost 11 straight to them there. And it's actually 14 if you count the three more that came in the NBA Finals in 2000. The Lakers have lost two straight for the second time this season. And the Pacers have gone on the road and beaten both the Heat and the Lakers this season.
More from The Rundown, including the depths of the top of the NFC West, and why (or where) Stevie Johnson is questioning his faith, after the jump.
The Seahawks lost to the Chiefs and drop to 5-6, yet remain in first place in the NFC West. The only other time in NFL history that a team below .500 led its division at least 10 games into a season was in 1970. That was when the Browns, Steelers, and Bengals all shared first place in the AFC Central with 5-6 marks after the merger. Those Bengals went on to win the division at 8-6, and got blanked by the Baltimore Colts 17-0 in the Divisional Playoff game.
"I PRAISE YOU 24/7!!!!!! AND THIS HOW YOU DO ME!!!!! YOU EXPECT ME TO LEARN FROM THIS??? HOW???!!! ILL NEVER FORGET THIS!! EVER!!! THX THO..."
- A week after having 137 receiving yards (and three touchdowns) in a win over the Bengals, Stevie Johnson dropped a would-be game-winning touchdown in overtime against the Steelers. And after, he seemed to be struggling with his faith on Twitter. Meanwhile, his Bills are struggling to close out close games. They became the first team since the Cardinals in 1997 to lose three overtime games in one season.