Buzz That Was: Winning it, losing it
In case you were too busy face-palming the news that Miley Cyrus was named one of Barbara Walters' most fascinating people of the year and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
In "epic rant for the ages" news, Southern Illinois coach Barry Hinson was decidedly not happy after his team's 73-65 loss to Murray State on Tuesday night. During his postgame news conference, he channeled his inner Beyonce (or Sasha Fierce) and made Mike Gundy, Jim Mora and all other previously heralded sound-bite wonders look like the kicked-out members of Destiny's Child. With Hinson calling his players "mama's boys," claiming they must have thought turnovers counted as tax credits and adding an "I've been telling my wife this for years, size doesn't matter" gem, it's nice to see 2013 finally get the "I'm a man! I'm 40!"-style tirade it so greatly deserves.
Somewhere out there, probably talking about practice, Allen Iverson is nodding in approval.
New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley and injured tight end and Johnny Manziel's spirit animal Rob Gronkowski visited Boston Children's Hospital on Tuesday to spread some holiday cheer. Dressed as Santa Claus and an elf in their best onsies, the pair might have had more fun than any of the patients.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard continued his "LeBron who?" league tour on Tuesday and nailed yet another game-winning shot. With the score tied 116-116 with 0.4 seconds remaining, Mr. Clutch drained a 3 to give Portland a win over the Cleveland Cavaliers and the NBA's best record (22-4). It was Lillard's second game-winner in three days. So basically, he's a bad, bad man.
The Trail Blazers' social media team, easily the frontrunners for NBA Twitter MVP, perhaps summed up the reaction of fans best.
'He Got Jersey'
Before the NBA season began, there were reports that a few players would wear their nicknames on their jerseys for a handful of games. While names like "King James" (LeBron James), "The Truth" (Paul Pierce) and "Birdman" (Chris Andersen) are obvious, Spike Lee not-so-subtly hinted at what would be on the back of Ray Allen's jersey.
Yes, friends, that is THE Jesus Shuttlesworth. You know, Denzel Washington's son? I am not a Heat fan but will be purchasing this in every color combination and size available.
All better with a letter
After suffering a broken jaw on a ridiculously hard hit from Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin on Sunday, Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber was probably feeling a little down on his luck. And then he received the greatest letter of all-time from a 7-year-old superfan.
While the "I hope [Garvin] loses his house and has to live in his car" might be a little strong, I'm going to pretend this pint-size fan just forget the wording of Chris Farley's "van down by the river" sketch. And given he's the first person in the history of letter writing to send a supportive note to a punter, I think we have to let his adorable anger slide.
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