Buzz That Was: Feeling A Bit Bubbly
In case you were too busy making your own "All By Myself" music video while stuck alone overnight in the airport and missed out on sports, we've got you covered. Here's what everyone else was talking about last night.
Cup on hold
Ugh. Is there anything more annoying than a party crasher? The Los Angeles Kings just wanted to have a nice little Stanley Cup celebration on Wednesday night, but the New York Rangers had to go and ruin everything. Holding a 3-0 series lead, the Kings could all but taste victory ahead of Game 4 at Madison Square Garden. So much so, they pretty much had all the essentials of a proper victory celebration in place.
A delivery to Kings' dressing room in MSG. Champagne. pic.twitter.com/IYP9ZtHOhk- Rich Chere (@Ledger_NJDevils) June 11, 2014
D'oh: LA Kings players flew 160 friends & relatives to NY in hopes of seeing them clinch tonight (H/T @sportswatch)- darren rovell (@darrenrovell) June 12, 2014
It was all for naught when the Rangers did the unthinkable and actually won a game in the Stanley Cup finals. With a 2-1 win at home, the Rangers staved off elimination and forced a Game 5. The Kings came oh-so close to forcing overtime with 1:11 remaining, but it was just not meant to be.
IS THIS REAL LIFE?!- LA Kings (@LAKings) June 12, 2014
But cheer up, Kings, friends and family, now you can clinch the Cup on home ice.
Cherry on top
And if you just can't get enough hockey (anyone?), here is a clip of icon Don Cherry dancing to techno. Feel free to view this on loop for the rest of the day.
Sarah Harbaugh, wife of San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harabaugh, released a very important public service announcement. Teaming up with Dockers, she is on an admirable mission to help rid the world of "Dad pants," one poorly-dressed man at a time. After her husband made headlines in January for his choice of Walmart pants, Sarah Harbaugh knows all too well about the dangers of such ill-fitting garments. Thankfully there is a solution, and, perhaps even more thankfully, this PSA doesn't even include Sarah McLachlan's "Angel" playing in the background.
Four score for Heat?
Rumors began swirling Wednesday night that the Miami Heat had begun exploring the idea of expanding its current "Big Three" into a "Big Four" by adding Carmelo Anthony. Sources told ESPN.com that the team and its star trio are in the process of looking into financial options to make such an acquisition a reality. It would require LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to opt out of their current contracts and take salary reductions to ensure enough cap space for Anthony and blah, blah, blah. DOESN'T THIS TEAM HAVE ENOUGH ALREADY? Considering they have won the last two NBA titles and are currently, you know, playing in the NBA Finals for the fourth straight year, I think they've done OK having just a Big Three. The Internet seemed to agree, and Twitter braced for the impending apocalypse should this deal actually happen.
America: If Carmelo goes to the Heat. pic.twitter.com/XlaTCqsRx4- Stay Puft (@staypuft) June 12, 2014
Looks like the Heat are trying to get a whole new Big 4... pic.twitter.com/X5SzKddr78- SportsNation (@SportsNation) June 12, 2014
This seems as fair as Oprah Winfrey winning Powerball. Amirite, every other team in the league?
With the U.S. Open underway at Pinehurst, there will likely be several tributes throughout the weekend to the late Payne Stewart, who famously won the 1999 U.S. Open on the course shortly before his death. Rickie Fowler found a memorable way to honor the golfing legend as he rocked Payne's signature knickers and argyle socks for the first round.
While Fowler clearly just couldn't part with his own signature flat-brimmed hat, this ensemble undoubtedly just won him some new fans. Well done, sir.
Doggone good at soccer
The World Cup starts today in Brazil. You can prepare for all the impending soccer action by watching clips of the world's brightest stars or reading up on the teams ... or by watching "Purin the Super Beagle" show off his skills on the pitch.
Sadly, no, he is not available to play for the U.S. team.
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