Buzz That Was: Make the noise stop!
In case you were too busy picking your jaw up off the floor after hearing Kendrick Lamar's verse, here's the best of the email and Gchat fodder you missed this past week from the sports world, and beyond.
How to Not Handle Rejection 101
Robert Griffin III has publicly stated he doesn't have an interest in speaking to Donovan McNabb. So, naturally, McNabb thinks that must be a sign that RGIII is being brainwashed by the Washington Redskins.
McNabb, a former Redskins QB for one ill-fated season, shared the theory Tuesday on his radio show. I understand being publicly spurned can't be much fun, but does McNabb really need to go all high-school-boy-who-got-turned-down-for-the-prom on us? Face it, Donovan: RGIII wasn't brainwashed or fed stories about you, he's just not that into you. It's time for you to move on and try to find another young QB to mentor, preferably one who is OK with you talking about him to thousands of listeners on the radio. On second thought, maybe you should just stick to the radio thing.
Phil Jackson ... FTW!
On Monday night, Twitter World was in a frenzy over Kendrick Lamar's verse on the just-released Big Sean track, "Control." Every rapper, athlete, tween celebrity, reality star, chef to the stars, mother-of-a-person-who-once-ate-a-restaurant-with-a-celebrity-chef-to-the-stars had an opinion about the song's lyrics.
Lamar name-drops just about everyone in the song, including legendary basketball coach Phil Jackson:
If Phil Jackson came back, still no coachin' me
I'm uncoachable, I'm unsociable.
Unsociable? Arrogant? Is Lamar really Kobe Bryant? I'm not sure. But someone must have interrupted Jackson's Zen by playing him the track. His hilarious Twitter response:
@kendricklamar it's okay to be cocky and sure, but we all need somebody to lean on. Let's just call it mentoring.— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) August 13, 2013
Won and done
Marion Bartoli, you won just won Wimbledon, what are you going to do now?
"I'm going to
Disney World ... retire."
After losing in the second round at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday, the reigning Wimbledon champ shocked the tennis world as she tearfully announced her retirement just weeks after winning her first Grand Slam. Citing injuries and lack of passion, Bartoli walked away from the sport ranked No. 7 in the world.
While no one can blame the 28-year-old for going out on her own terms, it could be slightly awkward for New Haven Open organizers, who have been using her image in all of their publicity materials for the tournament that kicks off this weekend.
Guessing a few public relations interns have been putting in some overtime hours over the past few days.
Bearded wonder James Harden added to his eclectic legacy with a truly embarrassing song attempt in a Foot Locker ad. The song and his singing (er, nasally warbles) are enough to make Rebecca Black cringe. So, of course, it has all the makings of an inevitable viral hit.
With lyrics like, "Let's go out for seafood, we'll have a shrimpfest" and "I work so harden to be with you," it's impossible not to appreciate Harden's total willingness to make fun of himself and his singing skills, or lack thereof. At least I think he's making fun of himself. This can't be a real attempt at a singing career, right? Please don't let this be a serious thing. If it is, I'm blaming Dwight Howard.
Bizarre Foods with ... DeAndre Levy?
Most NFL players spend their offseason visiting beautiful locales, staying in five-star resorts and dining at the finest restaurants. But not DeAndre Levy. The Lions linebacker hiked through Peru, spending time on the Inca Trail and in the Amazon rainforest. Levy told the Detroit News he built his own sleeping hut every night and even hunted for his own food. What food would he catch? Oh, you know, frogs, piranhas and ... rats. Yes, you read that correctly and, yes, you probably just felt an overwhelming urge to throw up.
Luckily for his friends and social media followers, Levy didn't have Internet service and couldn't post pictures of his meals. Or maybe he just realized no one cares what someone else eats three times a day (Hint, hint ... ALL OF MY FRIENDS!).
Lolo Jones didn't do anything to anger the Internet this week. I felt the need to share this.
Jason Dufner's second-best viral Instagram picture
Jason Dufner won his first major title Sunday at the PGA Championship. While his dominant play was impressive, it's Dufner's antics and entertaining post-win interviews that has had everyone talking.
From a, um, grabby embrace with his wife to telling Howard Stern just how many beers can fit into the Wanamaker Trophy (43, for those wondering), Dufner has become an immediate fan favorite. His wife, Amanda, posted a picture of her husband the night after the big win that all but summed up golf's new king.
Sure, it's not "Duferning," but it's a close second.
DeAndre Jordan shows his dunk face
Apparent Celtics fan Christopher Mintz-Plasse, better known as McLovin, posterized DeAndre Jordan in the SportsNation offices this week while screaming, "What you get for taking my coach!" I could say more, but I basically just told you everything that happens.