Here’s a look at the weekend that was…
1. The Pro-Bowl… yeah… um… next!
2. Ohio State ran its record to 22-0 Saturday thanks to a heroic performance by the one and only Jared Sullinger. Thanks to Sullinger the Buckeyes outlasted a gritty performance by the Northwestern Wildcats, 58-57. Sullinger led the way with 21 points and 8 rebounds as well as the game clinching free throws with just seconds remaining on the clock. The win further solidified the Buckeyes status as the best team in college basketball and moved them even closer to the #1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament. At least someone in Ohio is playing basketball that is actually watchable.
3. The Cavs continue their run to become possibly the worst team in the history of not just the NBA, but maybe in all of organized basketball. Things are getting out of hand. They lost on Friday night at home against Denver and then were blown out in Orlando yesterday to run their current losing streak to 20, a team record. Tonight they close out the month of January against… of course… the Miami Heat. To make matters worse, the Heat are coming off of a close game against the Thunder that did nothing more than piss them off going into tonight’s game against the Cavs. Hopefully the Cavs can pull off the miracle of miracles and snap the streak against the Heat. If nothing else, maybe one of them can actually put Lebron on his ass for a change.
4. Speaking of the Heat-Thunder game from yesterday… wow, what a game. The Heat narrowly edged the Thunder in OKC. The news from that game wasn’t actually the game itself as it turns out. It was what was said after the game. During the game legit mega super-duper star Kevin Durant got into a heated exchange with Chris “I just wanna chill” Bosh. Both players got technicals and that was that. Or was it? After the game when he was asked about the altercation Durant went off on Bosh… and I quote…
I was talking to my teammate and he decided he wanted to put his 2 cents into it. I’m a quiet guy, a laid-back guy, but
I’m not going to let nobody talk trash to me. He’s on a good team now, so he thinks he can talk a little bit. There’s a lot of fake tough guys in this league and he’s one of them. I’m no punk. I wasn’t even talking to him, first off. He decided to butt in and I’m not going to just let that slide, especially in our house. Like I said, he’s not one of those guys that I look at and say, ‘Oh, he has a rap for talking back to guys or always getting into it.’ No, he’s a nice guy. He’s not one of those guys, so I’m not going to let that type of person say something to me like that.
Kevin Durant… you are my new hero. Thank you for saying what everyone has pretty much been thinking since the season started. Meanwhile, Lebron was probably just happy that someone other than him was getting ragged on for a change. Now, when’s the rematch?
5. The NHL All-Star game was Sunday and unlike the Pro-Bowl it’s a game I can actually endorse. The players actually care, they put on a show unlike anything we normally see on the ice, and the NHL has done everything in its power to keep the game fresh and entertaining. They’ve instituted different formats throughout the years such as the traditional East vs West that is also used in the NBA and a USA versus the world format. This year, to make things more exciting, the NHL assigned two captains for both all-star squads, Nicklas Lindstrom and Eric Staal. To kick off the all-star festivities Friday night, both players selected their teams from a pool of eligible all-stars in a back and forth draft format. The NHL turned the all-star game into a fantasy game…AWESOME! I wish the NBA would borrow this for a future all-star game. There would be a lot more drama and a lot more hurt feelings and might actually restore some sort of order and competitiveness to the game. One can dare to dream. Anyways, Team Lindstrom defeated Team Staal, 11-10.
6. Bubba Watson held off Phil Mickelson at Torrey Pines on Sunday to win the first PGA event of the season. Watson came up huge in the final few two holes by hitting some huge putts, most notably a 12 footer on 18 to cap off a 5 under 67 for the round. Mickelson still had a chance to catch Watson going into the final whole with an Eagle. Given Lefty’s length off the tee, an eagle was definitely in play on the par 5, 18th hole. Fortunately for Watson, the eagle opportunity never came to be. Mickelson laid up. In order to force the playoff he would have to hole out from 70 yards away with a lob wedge. Mickelson knocked it within 3 feet of the hole… 3 feet from 70 yards away to force a playoff. I don’t care that he didn’t make it. The fact that it came that close was impressive enough for me. Players on the PGA have a sickening amount of skill. Mickelson pretty much proved it on that shot. Regardless, congrats to Bubba Watson on the win. He won the tournament with a score of 16 under overall to Mickelson’s 15 under. Meanwhile, Tiger Woods finished nowhere near the top of the leaderboard with a 1 under, just good enough to tie him for 44th place…ouch.