Buzz That Was: Ahead Of Their Time

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Tim Duncan and the Spurs had things well in hand in Game 1, so it was a good thing there was a backup plan for entertainment.

In case you were too busy repeatedly voting for your favorite finalist on "The Voice" and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.

Chuck check

Tim Duncan scored 27 points to lift the San Antonio Spurs to a 122-105 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals. The Thunder kept things close in the third quarter, but the Spurs pulled away in the fourth.

While the Spurs' dominance was thrilling for their fans, the eyes' of casual basketball viewers started to wander. Enter Charles Barkley.

Earlier this month, Barkley made headlines for making disparaging remarks about the women of San Antonio, and seemingly everyone had a reply. Many fans in the San Antonio crowd -- including Duncan's girlfriend -- wore shirts reading "Barkley Dont Know" as a form of protest toward the basketball legend as well as the grammar police.

While I'm pretty sure this effort won't be remembered as a pivotal moment in the feminist movement, it at least provided Twitter with something to talk about. At halftime, Shaquille O'Neal found a way to simultaneously insult Barkley, Tommy Tutone and perhaps all women everywhere with a cutout image of Barkley's head imposed on a woman's body.

Note to the Thunder: Keep things more interesting in Game 2 and maybe you can prevent this from happening again. Please?

Sinking feeling

NEW WORST NIGHTMARE ALERT: A giant sinkhole appeared in the end zone at Austin Peay's football stadium on Monday. The gaping hole into the earth is approximately 40 feet wide, about 40 feet deep and ensures I will never set foot on the Austin Peay campus.

But cheer up, Austin Peay fans (anyone?). It's the first time the national media is talking about your program. So there's that.

Early riser

In case you weren't feeling bad about yourself yet today, this story will do the trick. On Monday, 11-year-old Lucy Li qualified for the U.S. Women's Open after winning the sectional qualifier at Half Moon Bay in California. That's not a typo. She became the youngest player to qualify for the Open, surpassing Lexi Thompson, who participated as a 12-year-old in 2007.

Somehow, this is just the latest achievement on Li's already astounding résumé. She won her age division at the Drive, Chip and Putt contest at Augusta before the Masters, and she qualified for the U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links as a 10-year-old. So, she's pretty good at this whole golf thing. And she might be the most accomplished sixth-grader since the Olsen twins.

Fishing for a date

As anyone who has driven by a banquet facility, fancy restaurant, Holiday Inn or highway overpass with "PROM???" spray-painted on it over the past month knows all too well, 'tis the season. While some savvy teens have used Twitter to invite their favorite celebrities to the big dance, New Jersey high school student Tim Moraski decided to ask Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout to help him land a prom date. Trout, of course, obliged.

It turns out Moraski and Emily Caracciolo might actually already be dating (they list each other in their Twitter profiles with hearts next to their names, after all), but kudos to Trout for lending a hand. I'm sure he won't get 7,000 requests in the next 48 hours or so to do it again.

Good deal

Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall signed a $30 million contract extension on "The View" on Monday, because who wouldn't want to make a multimillion-dollar deal while sitting with Whoopi Goldberg and Jenny McCarthy? He was joined by his wife, Michi, and the two talked about Marshall's public battle with borderline personality disorder and pledged to donate $1 million to the mental health community. Despite the unorthodox venue choice, it was a pretty nice moment that your great-aunt enjoyed yesterday.

Speed zone

In perhaps the most bittersweet news you'll read all day, Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell won the 100 meters at the Big 12 track championships over the weekend with a time of 9.77 seconds. It would have been an NCAA record, but it doesn't count because of extreme wind. Womp, womp. The blustery conditions didn't take away from his dominance.

I think we should probably start getting used to seeing this kid. You might want to do the same, Usain Bolt.

Your move, Gronk

Last week Macaulay Culkin found a way to be relevant again when he wore a T-shirt of Ryan Gosling wearing a T-shirt of Macaulay Culkin. The world -- or maybe just BuzzFeed -- was thrilled by the fashion statement and rushed to Photoshop pictures of the two wearing more shirts of the other wearing shirts. Have I lost you yet? For the three people still reading, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman wore a shirt with teammate Rob Gronkowski on it and posted a picture of it on Twitter with the hashtag #goslingtyme.

Could someone please make a shirt of this for Gronk? He just won't have the time do it himself between lifting weights and partying with his bros.

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