Buzz That Was: Watch your back
In case you were too busy celebrating Fordham's surprise Atlantic 10 championship and missed out on everything else in sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed this weekend.
Second-ranked Wichita State beat Indiana State 83-69 to win the Missouri Valley Conference title and improve to 34-0. The Shockers are the first unbeaten team to enter the NCAA tournament since UNLV in 1991. After their season-long success, Wichita State's conference championship was completely predictable to everyone on the planet ... except to the person responsible for printing the T-shirts.
So that happened. The mistake was reportedly due a mix-up with the T-shirt printer and no one noticed the error before distributing the commemorative gear to the team after the game. Good luck in your morning meetings today, glasses-needing MVC employee. You're going to need it.
The baseball season may not have started yet, but the same can't be said for Hanley Ramirez's pranking antics. On Sunday, he pulled the ol' classic "hide in a locker" trick on Los Angeles Dodgers teammate Juan Uribe. And the rest is Instagram history.
Moral of the story: If someone is filming you tying your shoes or twiddling your thumbs, something is definitely about to happen to you.
Good cheer from dad
In case you needed further proof that the Noah family has the best family reunions, Yannick Noah -- the 1983 French Open tennis champion and Joakim's father -- gave a memorable interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters during the Chicago Bulls' overtime win over the Miami Heat on Sunday. It starts out normal enough and then Yannick gets way too excited by the game to be bothered to put together full sentences.
After the game, Joakim told Salters that his dad is always a "nervous wreck" during games and that he tells him to "drink a beer and just chill." If you need me, I'll be scouring the internet trying to figure out a way to score an invite to next year's holiday festivities with the Noahs.
On Friday, the U.S. women's soccer team lost to Sweden in the group stage of the Algarve Cup in Portugal. With their dreams of playing for the tournament title dashed, the players needed to find a new way to stay competitive before today's game against Denmark. So obviously they turned to handball, sixth-grade gym class style.
Stop and pop
Not content with just being honored for that whole four years of playing thing, Nebraska reserve Mike Peltz decided to jazz up his Senior Night on Sunday. After telling the fans that they weren't allowed to sit down throughout the duration of the game against Wisconsin, he made an exception for himself when he kneeled down to propose to his girlfriend. She looked shocked, likely because she was put completely on the spot in front of 15,000-plus people, and the crowd went wild. Obviously she said yes because otherwise this story and all its awkward glory would have led this column today.
The moment clearly inspired the team as it upset the ninth-ranked Badgers, 77-68. Peltz did not play, making his contributions to the win all the more impressive.
In the latest edition of "Politicians Say the Dumbest Things," Minnesota State Rep. Pat Garofalo not only wrote the Tweet below but also seemingly read it over and thought it was a good idea to hit the submit button.
Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime- Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
Posted on Sunday night, it remains published on his feed and despite the immense backlash, he has continued to defend his opinion. According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Garafolo claims he was simply referring to the NBA's "high arrest rate" and their marijuana-testing policy. While there are so many things I would like to say here, I think this response to Garafolo pretty much won the internet on Sunday.
@BBallJenky True. Can't really dispute that!- Rep. Pat Garofalo (@PatGarofalo) March 9, 2014
Now please keep an eye out for Garafolo at a public relations class near you.
Close this book
In an interview with ESPN's Mark Schwarz, NBA Hall of Famer and your third-favorite crazy person Dennis Rodman wore a glittered, feathered fedora and said he would not return to North Korea if that's what people want. If true, that concludes this portion of "How is Dennis Rodman Currently Relevant?"
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