Buzz That Was: One sweet night
In case you were too busy making an impassioned argument to your boss about why adults should get snow days and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's everything you missed last night.
Sugar losers and winners
Alabama apparently set out to prove the SEC haters right on Thursday night and lost to Oklahoma 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl. Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron ended his college career with 387 yards, two touchdowns and … two interceptions. It presumably was not the kind of game his girlfriend (Katherine Webb, perhaps you've heard of her?) was expecting. Her reaction to his fumble that was returned for a touchdown with less than a minute to play was passed around Twitter far more efficiently than anything McCarron threw all night.
It seemed as if everyone in Oklahoma got in on the fun on Twitter. Even the local chapter of the Red Cross. Yes, you read that correctly.
Even the Oklahoma Red Cross was all like, TROLL TIDE last night: pic.twitter.com/4LyF3TksMz— D'Arcy Maine (@darcymaine_espn) January 3, 2014
After an immediate uproar, the tweet was eventually removed. But the screen shot will live on in Internet lore. For at least the next three hours anyway, before we move on to a new topic.
Much like their local nonprofit organizations, the Sooners were understandably ecstatic after their upset victory. So much so they practically broke the ESPN set.
Lou Holtz's face as the stage begins to buckle might actually edge out Webb as the Internet's real winner on Thursday.
Strange but true: A Nets' game-winner
Because I think it's technically still the season of giving, here's a clip of what will undoubtedly be the best moment of the Brooklyn Nets' season. Guard Joe Johnson nailed a buzzer-beater to give the Nets a 95-93 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The shot gave the Nets their fifth win on the road this season and 11th victory overall. To recap, it's January and the Nets have won 11 games. The Nets are … not good.
Mass, momentum and all that jazz
We all know that LeBron James is a force to be reckoned with. But turns out he's got, like, actual force that could be studied in a high school physics class. On Thursday night during the Miami Heat's loss to the Golden State Warriors, LeBron took a hard fall on the court and, just like you or I or anyone else on the planet has never done, left skid marks.
This is what happens when a runaway trail gets derailed. pic.twitter.com/NXG5uJkv9N— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) January 3, 2014
Really wishing I had paid more attention in that aforementioned physics class so I could explain how this happened. Alas, I'm just going to assume it's some sort of magic trick.
Leave it to the puppies
If you're like me and are still reeling from finishing 16th as the commissioner in your fantasy league, you are more than likely looking for a way to redeem your oh-so-pathetic season. Well, look no further, fellow losers! On Thursday, Animal Planet announced a FANTASY PUPPY LEAGUE in conjunction with its annual "Puppy Bowl" programming on Super Bowl Sunday. Fans will be able to draft their teams later this month. I'm not sure I'll be able to handle the cuteness overload and properly draft, but I'm sure going to try.
And before you start screaming, "WHAT MORE COULD THE PUPPY BOWL POSSIBLY DO TO IMPROVE MY LIFE?" please know that Keyboard Cat will be the halftime entertainment. You have really outdone yourselves this year, Animal Planet. Play us off, Keyboard Cat!
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