Buzz That Was: Feeding the hype machine
In case you were too busy preparing for your Canada Day celebrations and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Is something going on today?
You probably haven't heard, but the U.S. soccer team takes on Belgium today in the Round of 16 at the World Cup. I know, I know. Why doesn't anyone talk about this or anything? Sheesh.
While you're sitting at the office, pretending to be productive while counting down the minutes until kickoff, please allow not one, but two, videos to get you hyped up. I'm sure your boss won't mind. Because 'MURCIA.
And you (and the people featured in the videos above) aren't the only ones excited about today's match. Even entire buildings have been adjusted to salute the U.S. squad.
However, nothing sums up our patriotic pride quite like ... Waffle House. Yup. The iconic breakfast (all the time!) chain sent out the tweet to end all tweets on Monday.
We don't believe in Belgium waffles- Waffle House (@WaffleHouse) June 30, 2014
Does anything say America quite like fast food and trash talking? I didn't think so. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Closing the vampire book?
Uruguayan soccer star and vampire/zombie person Luis Suarez gave his best "sorry, not sorry" on Monday for that time he maybe sort of bit Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Saying, "The truth is that my colleague Giorgio Chiellini suffered the physical result of a bite in the collision he suffered with me," Suarez doesn't exactly take ownership of his actions. But he did vow it would never happen again and that he regretted it occurred. Um, duh. Who wouldn't regret something that resulted in a four-month ban?
My apologies to Chiellini: pic.twitter.com/CvfkkjxzlM- Luis Suarez (@luis16suarez) June 30, 2014
Here's to hoping Suarez spends his newfound free time improving his "I'm sorry" skills. Chiellini, however, graciously accepted the apology. And now we can all totally move on and not talk about this again, right? Probably not.
.@luis16suarez It's all forgotten. I hope FIFA will reduce your suspension.- Giorgio Chiellini (@chiellini) June 30, 2014
Aaron Hernandez, Mr. July
Happy July! For the three of you out there who own the 2014 Florida football calendar, this means you can now flip to the Aaron Hernandez page. That is not a typo. The disgraced former Gator and New England Patriots tight end, currently facing three murder charges, is Mr. July in the school's calendar. Um, oops?
The team's official Twitter feed recognized the gaffe but insisted the final approval went through in the spring of 2013, before Hernandez's arrest. While that's all well and good, it's tough to believe that there wasn't a single person who said, "Hey guys, we have an accused murderer featured in our calendar" at ANY POINT in the months leading up to its release and sale. Anyone? Anyone at all? Might have been worth delaying the release of this one, guys.
Lolo a little late
Lolo Jones ran into Kerry Washington -- aka Olivia Pope -- on Monday and posted a picture of the meeting on Twitter with a joke that would have been hilarious or at least topical four months ago.
Ehh, better late than never I guess.
Is this haircut right for you?
Are you a tennis fan? If so, would you consider cutting and coloring your hair so it looks like a totally lifelike tennis ball? If not, you've got a long way to go before you catch up with this Wimbledon superfan. Or maybe you just have a job and can't do something this ridiculous.
Pass this guy every day on way to Wimbledon. Stopped today and asked to take a picture of his head. pic.twitter.com/Mwcg7B3nkK- John Branch (@JohnBranchNYT) June 30, 2014
Wait. There's a catch!
Minnesota wide receiver Logan Hutton may have only four receptions in his college career, but that didn't stop him from pulling off the coolest trick of the offseason. The redshirt senior showed off his ability to catch two footballs and do a backflip AT THE SAME TIME. While this skill might never be, you know, actually useful in an actual game, even McKayla Maroney is probably impressed by this one.
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