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Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Buzz That Was: Stark Craving Mad

By D'Arcy Maine
espnW.com

Chris Walker
Chris Walker made several statements -- with his play and his tattoos -- in his debut with the Gators.

In case you were too busy contemplating what to get Facebook for its 10th birthday and missed out on sports, weve got covered. Heres everything you missed last night.

Nice to meet you

Highly touted Florida freshman Chris Walker made his long-anticipated debut Tuesday night in a 68-58 win over Missouri. After missing the teams first 21 games because of NCAA violations and academic issues, the forward entered the game with 11:28 to play in the first half and received a standing ovation. While that gesture may have seemed a little premature, Walker decided to properly introduce himself to the college basketball world moments later.

Statement made. And before the fans at home had a chance to Google Chris Walker on their phones, a TV close-up of his lip-themed neck tattoos made yet another statement for the Twitter set.

Chris Walker making his debut for Florida after being ineligible. But real news is he has lips tattooed on his neck. pic.twitter.com/hzkeyKF2cJ

— Ali Thanawalla (@Ali_Thanawalla) February 5, 2014

Whew, Im so relieved I didnt end up getting those same tattoos. That would have been awkward. As if Gators fans didnt have enough to cheer about as their team rolled to its 14th-straight victory, the student body decided to use its primetime exposure to campaign for Justin Timberlake to sing the national anthem before the last game of the regular season against Kentucky. The #BRINGJT2UF movement sparked signs, tweets, and suits and ties from the Florida faithful. Even some of the players got involved before the game.

@jenabx3: Lol @DeVonWalker25 and jtimberlake getting ready for the game #BringJT2UF #UFvsUK pic.twitter.com/2z3DX6IUnD

— Jena Beeee (@jenabx3) February 1, 2014

All of this is, of course, super adorable, and its inspiring to see students put their collective energy toward the greater good. Or something like that. But, um, SPOILER ALERT: JT is not coming. Is there an American Idol fourth runner-up you might be interested in instead?

Remember me?

Perhaps in a bid to remind college basketball fans -- and mock NBA draft makers -- that Walker wasnt the only hyped freshman playing on Tuesday, Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins was all like, Dont you forget about me & dont, dont, dont, dont and nailed a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the first half against Baylor.

To prove just how good he is, Wiggins barely broke a smile as he walked off the court. Just a shot from 50 feet out. No big deal.

Moving message

While the Seattle Seahawks had some fun at the expense of the Denver Broncos on Sunday, an Oklahoma City brewery decided to do the same to the city of Seattle.

Looks good to us! ;-) pic.twitter.com/JcWVsvi5zb

— Mustang Brewing Co. (@mustangbrewing) February 3, 2014

Ouch. However, Mustang Brewery clarified on Tuesday that the shirt was not real but merely a creation of Photoshop.

Remember us!

In related news, after the Seahawks won the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Fox broadcasting team waxed poetic about Seattles first championship since the Super Sonics in 1979. Which is well good and all except for one little, tiny detail. Its not true. The Seattle Storm won WNBA titles in 2004 and 2010, a fact that various team members took to Twitter to remind everyone of.

We were good enough then and we are certainly good enough now to be acknowledged. @seattlestorm #littlerespectplease pic.twitter.com/qWcqpzKtmN

— Lauren Jackson (@laurenej15) February 3, 2014

What's up w/reports re "no champ in Seattle since '79"? @seattlestorm 2004 AND 2010! @NFLonFOX @espn @espnWnews @wnba @nba #Respect

— Karen Bryant (@KBSeattleStorm) February 3, 2014

Visions of Sugar Land

Like many young boys across America, Tracy McGrady grew up dreaming of playing professional baseball. Sadly for McGrady, that dream didnt come true and he had to settle for being a professional basketball player and only making $163 million. Sad, but those are the breaks. Luckily for poor ol T-Mac, it looks like hes getting a second chance at his childhood dream. The seven-time NBA All-Star announced on Tuesday that hes been working out with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Independent Atlantic League and hopes to pitch for the team in the upcoming season.

Been working out at Constellation Field w Sugar Land Skeeters. Working on my pitch. Childhood Dream coming true. @SL_Skeeters @AtlanticLg

— Tracy McGrady (@Real_T_Mac) February 4, 2014

If the Skeeters sound familiar, its likely because a 50-year-old Roger Clemens played for the team a few years back. Clemens is reportedly working with McGrady because, of course he is. This totally isnt a publicity stunt for a typically irrelevant baseball team or anything. I mean, Im sure they would do this for every guy in his mid-30s looking to fulfill a lifelong fantasy. Cough, cough, not really, cough, cough. Moving on.

Everyone was talking about it

Believe it or not, many Americans didnt actually watch the Super Bowl despite the monster ratings. If you need proof of this, look no further than Jimmy Kimmels latest edition of Lie Witness News.

How about that young Seattle fan playing in the fourth quarter, though? So emotional.

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