We All Flop Down
The steady march to Madness continued on Saturday with a slate of games highlighted by big-time scoring performances, conference champions cutting down nets, NFL cameos at Cameron Indoor Stadium, buzzer beaters, ridiculous GIFs, and an entertaining stunt by Iowa State's students.
It's a round-up: Cyclones fans staged a mass flop to razz Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart, who has a reputation for diving; here are the instructions for the "dramatic fall" ... Naz Long drained a buzzer-beating deep three after running the court following a missed free throw ... A triumvirate of unpopular NFL-ers -- Tony Romo and Jason Garrett (I enjoyed this joke) plus Roger Goodell -- were in the house decked out in Duke gear to see Jabari Parker score a career-high 30 points as the Blue Devils beat down on UNC 93-81 ... Goodell sat next to the Blue Devil ... Duke fans made a Sulaimonster (for Rasheed Sulaimon) plus some taunting signs ... Just Warren Buffett wearing about half a dozen Creighton face stickers/temporary tattoos ... On a long-range three, Creighton's Doug McDermott became just the eighth DI player to score 3,000 points, after which his father / head coach called a time out to give him a hug.
OK, let's keep going: Dancing Elvis spotted at Iowa ... After No. 1 Florida spanked Kentucky to secure the first-ever 18-0 SEC season, the seniors hit the deck to kiss the floor (via reddit) ... Michigan alum Charles Woodson yelled "photo bomb" before sliding into the Big 10 champion Wolverines' team photo ... Young Michigan fan digging for some gold ... San Diego State overcame a 16-point deficit with just over 11 minutes left against New Mexico to capture the Mountain West title ... Gonzaga advances to WCC final thanks to David Stockton's game-winning layup, which helped produce one of the greatest bench GIFs of the season (I also love the juxtaposition of the joy with the depressed Santa Clara fan at left side and the glare by the man next to her).
Phil Jackson Mulling Offer to Become New York Knicks President/Czar
If this goes down (story here), I'll bank on James Dolan and take any odds, however extreme, that Jackson will not have to update his Twitter handle/icon.
When a Rugby Scrum Meets Disney...
Enjoy this entertaining Vine of smiling player at the bottom of a pile, set to "A Whole New World."
Cheerleader of the Week
A bit about Orlando Magic dancer Emmy:
My friends would be surprised to know that: "I LOVE to bake! And eat."
My favorite people to follow on Twitter: "Will Ferrell, Daniel Tosh, Chelsea Handler. In a perfect world, Chelsea Handler would follow me on Twitter. And we would be best friends."
If I had to watch one movie or TV show over and over and over again: "Stepbrothers."
The most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to me during a game: "I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve tripped over my own feet."
Click here for Emmy's full gallery.
Hot Clicks Giveaway: Your Own Bud Light Mini Hoops Game
Now through March 23, you can to win a trip to the Final Four in Dallas by playing in Bud Light's Mini Hoops Challenge tournaments at participating bars and restaurants. Mini Hoops Challenge players have 35 seconds to bounce as many mini basketballs through the basket as possible. The winners of these tournaments will earn the Ultimate Hoops Experience, including a trip to the Bud Light Hotel in Dallas. You can also win prizes by playing a virtual version of the Mini Hoops Challenge on Anheuser-Busch’s Fan Zone smartphone app.
THE GOODS: Extra Mustard is giving away TWO of these table games. They're fairly large and sturdy and I deprived our offices of a unit because I want two readers to win. So, winners, please send me a photo once you receive it. I wouldn't mind seeing one of these beasts inside a fraternity house, or in anyone's living room with the wife shaking her head in disappointment in the background.
TO WIN: Be one of the first two to tweet me (@brettsmiley -- you can all follow me while you're at it) a GIF of the best unofficial mascot of the 2013 NCAA tournament. Clue: the team in question plays in a state that recently legalized recreational marijuana.
Contest is now over. I've notified the winners. Here's the great Colorado State Ram Dude -- in happy times and sad.
Greatest MMA GIF You Will See This Year
The time that UFC Fight Night turned into a slap fight (via reddit).
Greatest Volleyball GIF You Will See Ever
This will put even your greatest dodgeball head shot to shame.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Mike Modano Honored
Both had their jerseys retired on Saturday. LeBron James was in the house for big Z's ceremony and posted a tribute on Instagram. Stars great Modano drew a hoops star, too: Dirk Nowitzki.
Odds & Ends
Ketchup on the best Extra Mustard from this past week … CJ Wilson's windshield got smashed by a spring training BP homer ... Ian Poulter called a journalist a "penis" on Twitter ... Crazy backwards, between-the-legs breakaway goal by Hurricanes prospect Sergey Tolchinsky ... Small plane crashes after colliding in mid-air with a parachuter and luckily both survived ... They've been few and far between some here's a couple Knicks highlights: Amar'e and J.R. off-the-backboard assist and Tyson Chandler oop jam ... Blake Bortles' girlfriend Lindsey Duke enjoying spring break ... Don Cherry urges Roberto Luongo to shut his trap ... Roy Hibbert wants to buy a life-size throne from GOT ... Monster throw down by high school star Malik Monk ... Wife's very public revenge on philandering husband.
Bear on a Wire
Thoroughly entertaining video of a determined bear attempting to get a snack. I really enjoyed the commentary.
Nike MVPuppets Starring Big Z
So complex the handshake required training camp. [H/T J.A. Adande]
Phillies Fan in Stands Lays on Cement to Stretch Like Team
I've stretched out in some unusual places -- parking lots, department stores -- but I've never tried this. [700 Level]