Buzz That Was: You don't say ...
In case you were too busy trying to get soon-to-be kindergartner Jathan Muhar to speak at your graduation and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
What a bee!
Here's something you never thought you would read: During the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Dr. Jacques Bailly made a reference to Kelis' "Milkshake." Given the (totally average, frequently used) word "feijoada," eventual co-champion Sriram Hathwar asked for it to be used in a sentence per usual. And then THIS happened:
Apparently the sentence was supposed to be used for another word, prompting thousands of viewers (or at least just me) to scour the Internet looking for exactly which word it was supposed to go with. And, of course, the language of origin.
While Hathwar received a share of the title and the best sentence of the night, it was another contestant who had two of the day's most viral moments. After advancing to the final round, Jacob Williamson couldn't help but let his sheer excitement show, making him an instant sensation. Side note: This is EXACTLY how I look when I leave Target and haven't spend $70 on things that I didn't go in needing.
During the finals, Williamson's joyful enthusiasm continued. He was absolutely thrilled to receive the word "kabarogoya," proudly exclaiming "I know it!" But there was just one little problem for our boy Jacob -- he may have known the word but he didn't actually know how to spell it. Sadly, that's kind of a requirement at a spelling bee.
We'll never forget you, Jacob. And you will live on in our hearts and dreams through GIFs and memes forever. Or at least the next three weeks.
Pop still not pleased
The San Antonio Spurs completely humiliated the Oklahoma City Thunder, 117-89, to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference finals. It was another lopsided game in a series full of them, prompting Tim Duncan to call it "the craziest series I've ever been involved in." Considering Duncan is 100 years old, according to everyone on Twitter, that's obviously saying a lot.
Despite the win, coach Gregg Popovich was his usual terse self after the game. When asked by a reporter about all the blowouts, Pop responded with a "you're serious?" quip. The continuing exchange can only be defined as "Classic Pop," complete with an out-of-character bonus smile AND laugh.
For those of you looking for even more laughs with Pop, the gracious Internet provided us with this gift from a timeout. It is totally acceptable and encouraged to watch this on loop for the rest of the day.
Friends in high places
Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, announced the sale of the team to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer for a cool $2 billion on Thursday night. The deal still needs league approval and an OK from three-fourths of the owners. Ballmer, who previously was part of a failed bid to buy the Sacramento Kings, may not have any experience owning a professional team, but he has a ton of famous friends who publicly vouched for him. So there's that.
Clipper Fans you'll love Steve Ballmer as your owner!- Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 30, 2014
Steve Ballmer loves basketball, is smart businessman & he'll probably shake every fans hand outside the arena on opening night!- Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) May 30, 2014
The Clippers would be so fortunate to get Steve Ballmer as owner. He's a great competitive force & would bring big energy to the LAC fanbase- Pete Carroll (@PeteCarroll) May 28, 2014
Succotash with a kick
By now, you're likely sick of Richard Sherman "I'm the best corner in the game!" spoofs. But you might want to find room in your heart for just one more. In the latest clip for the "Let's Move!" campaign, first lady Michelle Obama and Sherman himself come together to reenact the famous interview and encourage young Americans to make healthy food decisions. Of course, it results in a "I'm the best chef in the game!" line because, duh.
A big boo-boo
50 Cent appeared on "Good Morning America" on Friday to perform songs from his new album, talk about his burgeoning acting career and blah, blah, blah. The only thing anyone really wanted to hear him talk about was his horrific first pitch at the New York Mets game earlier in the week.
The rapper also hung out with members of the U.S. men's national soccer team. Hopefully his lack of athletic prowess isn't contagious. These guys are going to need all the athleticism, talent and luck they can get their feet on heading into the World Cup.
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