Buzz That Was: Keep Your Distance
In case you were too busy celebrating your Fourth of July weekend with Taylor Swift (I see you, EVERY female celebrity) and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about this weekend.
No hugs or kisses
After clinching Stage 2 of the Tour de France on Sunday, Italian cyclist Vicenzo Nibali was understandably thrilled. Right up to his podium celebration, that is, when his kiss attempt got blatantly rejected by one of the flower-presenting women.
So that's awkward. Feel free to watch this on loop for the rest of the day. I know I will.
In related "REJECTED!" news, U.S. goalkeeper and viral meme sensation Tim Howard made his latest block ... at the airport over the weekend when a fan tried to go in for the real thing.
Insert your favorite Dikembe Mutombo finger wag GIF or Vine here.
Postfight mayhem for Ronda Rousey
Ronda Rousey needed just 16 seconds to put away Alexis Davis and retain her bantamweight title at Saturday's UFC 175 in Las Vegas. It was the second-fastest knockout in UFC title fight history and further proof that you should never get on Rousey's bad side. Here's pretty much the entire fight ... in a single Vine.
After the fight, Joe Rogan asked Rousey if she would be willing to step in for the injured Jose Aldo and headline UFC 176 on Aug. 2. Because, you know, three weeks is TOTALLY enough time to recover and train for her next fight and all. Rogan claimed the production truck told him to ask the question. A clearly surprised Rousey and then things took a turn for the super awkward as UFC prez Dana White charged over.
Heads are gonna roll after that question. Dana White furious.- Jeremy Botter (@jeremybotter) July 6, 2014
And while Rousey is almost certainly not fighting on Aug. 2, that didn't stop Aldo's opponent, Chad Mendes, from getting in on the fun.
Wait....does this mean me and @RondaRousey r fighting aug 2!??- chad mendes (@chadmendes) July 6, 2014
Hauntingly familiar for Andy Roddick
Novak Djokovic topped Roger Federer in five sets to win his second Wimbledon title on Sunday. Federer, looking for his eighth title at the storied tournament, was clearly the fan favorite and he seemed to thrive off the support and returned to near-peak form during the match. Former US open champ Andy Roddick, who famously lost to Federer in the 2009 Wimbledon final, was painfully and hilariously aware of Federer's resurgence and serving abilities.
Best I've seen Roger serve since ....... Damn it- andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 6, 2014
Djokovic won on the court, but Roddick took home the honors on social media.
Canadian sensation and Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard didn't get the outcome she was looking for at the All England Club on Saturday, but she did at least get to play in front of the woman she's named after, Princess Eugenie. So there's that.
What a wreck
For those wondering what "The Big One" refers to at Daytona, a massive wreck on the 98th lap in Sunday's rain-shortened Coke Zero 400 might be all you really need to know. A 26-CAR PILE-UP resulted in Kyle Busch being totally flipped over and, you know, just general mayhem all around. Misery does love company, after all.
A handful of cars finished the race unscathed. Aric Almirola, one of the lucky crash-free drivers, took home the win and celebrated accordingly. No word if any of his kiss attempts in victory lane were rejected.
Celebrated pretty good last night with my team. Up already and siked about a long day of media. A hangover never hurt so good! ������- Aric Almirola (@aric_almirola) July 7, 2014
Paul George lights up the weekend
The NBA season is over, but Paul George's dunking skills apparently never take a vacation. During a Drew League game on Sunday, the Indiana Pacers star used a fastbreak opportunity to show off his signature 360-degree, windmill dunk. Based on the announcer's singing of the "SportsCenter" theme, I think we can all assume this play was fairly well received by the crowd.
A Shaq masterpiece
While pictures of vertically-challenged comedian Kevin Hart and tall basketball stars have provided LOLz on social media for years, retired NBA superstar and very tall person Shaquille O'Neal put an interesting twist on the standard photo. O'Neal used his "Kazaam"-style genie powers and granted Instagram the ultimate wish -- superimposing his and Hart's faces onto each other's bodies.
If this doesn't end up in the Met or the Smithsonian or at least one of those Ripley's Believe It Or Not! museums, something is clearly wrong in the world.
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