Buzz That Was: Thanks, Kid
In case you were too busy wondering if Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus are actually the same person and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Kobe, Kobe, Kobe
The NBA announced the starters for next month's All-Star Game in New Orleans as determined by a fan vote. LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Kyrie Irving were chosen to represent the Eastern Conference, and Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Kevin Love were voted to suit up for the West.
While they all are supremely talented players to be sure, Kobe has played a grand total of SIX GAMES THIS SEASON due to injury. And in those six games, he averaged just 13.8 points -- almost 12 points shy of his career average. Did I mention he played in just six games?
This is why we can't have nice things, people.
Perhaps all of those college classes he's been attending lately are paying off because Kobe seems to agree with the unfairness of his selection.
Kobe will reportedly not play in the game, regardless of his injury status, out of respect for his peers. Making this the most selfless thing he has ever done… or indicating he doesn't want to embarrass himself among the league's best. Your call.
While Kobe took the high road, the Internet did not because, duh. Did you know Kobe played four fewer games than Derrick Rose? You would if you spent any time on Twitter on Thursday night.
BREAKING: Kobe Bryant reacts to being named starter to the NBA West All-Star Team pic.twitter.com/nCmGCN8gl9— SportsNation (@SportsNation) January 24, 2014
After spending the week defending himself after Sunday's now-legendary postgame interview with Erin Andrews, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman got some help from a young fan on Thursday. The unidentified child compared Sherman to the Disney character Wreck-it Ralph in a letter because, "people think they are both bad guys but they are really both good guys." So, it's pretty adorable.
Best thing I've seen all day... I'm glad this little guy gets it pic.twitter.com/nxB4PQ9vRw— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) January 24, 2014
Now we can all just hope Sherman and this kid get a chance to hold balloons together like the drawing suggests and that "Wreck-it Richard" becomes a Super Bowl nickname. And if you can't get enough of cute kids weighing in on this issue or just need a refresher of the interview, please enjoy this pint-sized reenactment you didn't know you needed.
The Dallas Stars hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the home team decided to have a little fun at the expense of one of the Leafs' more famous fans. During the second period, the team showed the mug shot of Justin Bieber with "Maple Leafs Fan" written underneath. Much to the delight of the crowd and every single person on the Internet.
Obviously invigorated by the viral response, the Stars posted a picture of the Biebs practicing with the Leafs on their Instagram account with the score at the end of the second period. Because a 6-1 lead just wasn't enough apparently.
And before you say "at least they didn't mention Toronto's mayor," they went there, too.
The Stars beat the Maple Leafs 7-1, and yet somehow still, the Leafs still had a better day than Bieber.
Team USA released a Class of 2014 online yearbook this week, complete with 80s-themed outfits and your favorite picture-day backgrounds. I'm just going to cut to the chase here and tell you to look at hockey star Julie Chu's incredible photo. It is just… everything.
I don't know about you, but I'm grateful to already have my ugly sweater picked out for next holiday season.
It's almost the weekend, so we should probably celebrate with a video of a cat riding a skateboard around an Australian beach town.
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