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Monday, January 27, 2014
Buzz That Was: Sweet and dour

By D'Arcy Maine
espnW.com

Mike Tolbert
Mike Tolbert's 2-point conversion capped a Pro Bowl that was -- wait for it -- actually entertaining.

In case you were too busy creating a Twitter account for Pharrell Williams' Smokey-the-Bear inspired hat and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.

Fun at last

BREAKING NEWS: The Pro Bowl, the NFL's annual game featuring a lot of guys playing in place of players who were actually voted in, was ACTUALLY ENTERTAINING. With the teams selected in a gym-class-style draft earlier in the week, Jerry Rice's squad rallied to defeat Deion Sanders' team, 22-21. Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray caught a 20-yard touchdown pass with 41 seconds to play and Carolina Panthers fullback Mike Tolbert charged into the end zone for the game-clinching two-point conversion.

"Prime Time" was a good sport about the loss in a totally meaningless game, congratulating Rice on Twitter later in the evening.

@JerryRice Great Job Goat!!!! Enjoy this moment cause u know I'm hot right now. Lol

— DeionSanders (@DeionSanders) January 27, 2014

And while Rice and his squad had to be feeling pretty good about the game, it was a random female fan who may have had the most memorable of days. She managed to have her own solo celebration on the field after a touchdown by Team Sanders earlier in the fourth quarter for almost a minute before being escorted off by security.

Extra point

The new Pro Bowl format resulted in many current teammates squaring off against each other. If you're looking for a reason why this might not be the best of ideas, look no further than this hit by Cleveland Browns defensive back T.J. Ward on Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon.

Thankfully, the freaskishly athletic Gordon was fine after the play (and even scored a 10 for his flip with the Russian judge). One can only imagine how Cleveland fans would have reacted had Gordon been injured BY HIS OWN TEAMMATE.

At the break

"I've always wanted a halftime show for the Grammy Awards!" said absolutely no one ever. But that didn't stop the fine folks in Pepsi's marketing department from trying to make this a thing.

Obviously, this was not really filmed at Sunday's award show because there is no footage of Taylor Swift awkwardly dancing along.

Best buds?

Perennial Academy Award nominee Meryl Streep likely learned that "turn up" is more than just a vegetable when she sat courtside with new BFF 50 Cent at the Los Angeles Lakers-New York Knicks game on Sunday.

Two peas in a pod. pic.twitter.com/5iij70PTF8

— charlie widdoes (@charliewiddoes) January 26, 2014

And somewhere out there, probably at the same place "The Guilt Trip" seemed like a good idea, a screenwriter is desperately working on Hollywood's latest buddy comedy.

Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks to a 110-103 victory. Probably because he was too afraid of the wrath of Meryl if the Knicks lost. After the game, she obviously rounded up her crew to hit the club. Or just talk politely for 30 seconds outside of the locker room.

I think the rest of us on Instagram can just shut it down now. There really can never be a picture better than this one.

Welcome back

Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett made their emotional return to Boston on Sunday, in town for the first time since being traded to the Nets during the offseason. The duo was honored with video tributes, multiple standing ovations and chants from the fans.

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And while it was a classy move by the Celtics organization, to be sure, it would have been even classier to not trade away a player who was the face and heart and soul of your franchise since 1998 and desperately wanted to finish his career in Boston. But I digress.

Great speech

Li Na won the Australian Open title on Saturday in dominating fashion over Dominika Cibulkova and then won over every single person in the crowd, likely even Cibulkova's family and friends, with the most charming and adorable speech ever.

So basically she's the Jennifer Lawrence of tennis. I can think of no greater honor than this.

Few words

ESPN's Doris Burke was tasked with the unenviable role of talking to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Sunday during his team's NBA Finals rematch with the Miami Heat. With the Spurs trailing by six at the end of the first quarter, Burke kept it short and sweet with the notoriously terrifying coach.

And there you have it. Popovich must have been an absolute delight after the game after his team's 113-101 loss.

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