Buzz That Was: Answered prayers
In case you were too busy wondering if your cat would save you or your child from an aggressive dog and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Canadian phenom Eugenie Bouchard made headlines in January after reaching the semifinals at the Australian Open and subsequently tweeting with Justin Bieber. Insert teenage girl screams here. And yet, the tennis star somehow found a way to up her social-media game on Wednesday. While in Rome for the Italian Open, Bouchard snapped a selfie with fellow international darling, the one and only Pope Francis.
OK, so the pope might not have willingly participated in the holy selfie, but that should in no way take away from the awesomeness of this photo. Watch out, Ellen DeGeneres, there's a new selfie star in town.
Ray of might
Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett were publicly critical of their former Boston Celtics teammate Ray Allen when he left to join the Miami Heat after the 2011-12 season. On Wednesday, Allen returned the favor by ending their season. Down eight in the final five minutes against the Brooklyn Nets, the Heat went on a 12-0 run -- capped by a go-ahead 3-pointer from Allen with 32 seconds remaining -- to give the Heat their first lead of the second half.
Allen went on to make two critical free throws and helped stop Joe Johnson on the other end of the floor to help lift the Heat to a 96-94 victory and back to the Eastern Conference finals. A thrilled Allen had a ball at the end of the game.
Ray Allen got a hand on the basketball on Nets' last possession. Game's over...he's not letting go of that ball. pic.twitter.com/SUE9EgGKYN- Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) May 15, 2014
While the night belonged to Allen and the Heat, the always-entertaining TNT crew couldn't pass up the opportunity to clown on the Nets one last time.
Gone Fishin' : Nets version pic.twitter.com/P4EISpMiVr- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 15, 2014
That is truly a work of art for the ages.
No good answer
Steve Kerr spurned his former coach Phil Jackson and opted to take the coaching job with the Golden State Warriors and not the New York Knicks, all but ensuring some super awkward moments at the next Chicago Bulls reunion. Kerr justified the move by explaining his children live in California and the talent of the Warriors team and blah, blah, blah. All everyone heard was that he said to "no" to Jackson. Twitter reacted accordingly.
Phil Jackson right now when he heard Steve Kerr to the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/N7ogTDub9g- Basketball Forever (@Bballforeverfb) May 15, 2014
Steve Kerr turned down the Knicks. Phil Jackson already made a statement- "Isiah, please stop calling."- Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) May 15, 2014
Kerr accepted a five-year, $25 million deal with Golden State. Not too shabby for a guy who has never, you know, actually coached before. Hopefully he'll at least send Jackson a "thank you" card for putting his name out there as a viable coaching option.
Sam in spotlight
If you just can't get enough of newly drafted defensive end Michael Sam, today is your lucky day. Potential Los Angeles Clippers owner Oprah Winfrey is turning his journey into a documentary series for her network, OWN. Cameras were with the first openly-gay athlete to be drafted by the NFL as he received the call from the St. Louis Rams and will continue following him as he trains with the team and attempts to make the roster.
Looking forward to sharing my life and journey on @OWNTV with friends, family , and my faithful supporters- Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) May 14, 2014
Of course, some people already are claiming the show will be a distraction for Sam and the team. Oddly, those naysayers seemed significantly more subdued about fellow reality-show stars AJ McCarron, Eric Decker, Hines Ward, Jason Taylor, Hank Baskett and the 200 others. I see you, double standard.
The Montreal Canadiens ousted the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 to advance to the Eastern Conference finals. And while the game was played in Boston, it was the Bell Centre in Montreal that had all the fun. More than 20,000 fans packed the arena to watch the game. On a scoreboard.
The loyal fans were rewarded with the win and they appropriately took to the streets to celebrate.
Bill Murray channeled his inner-Harry Caray to help the Toledo Mud Hens promote their upcoming "Ghostbusters" night. It's pretty great.
Apologies if you get the "Ghostbusters" theme song stuck in your head for the rest of the day. I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOST!
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