January 4, 2012
Continuing the Year In Review with the Scripps Spelling Bee, the showcase of little freaks errrr I mean talented youth who can spell words that you and I and 99% percent of the world will never use in a sentence. Sukanya Roy won for correctly spelling "Cymotrichous" which means "wavy hair".
The Dallas Mavericks win the NBA Championship with help from the Miami Heat's fourth quarter performances. The post game press conference was more memorable with Lebron dropping his classic "The people who rooted for me to lose have to wake up to the same lives they had before the game", basically I'm rich and you're not. The problem I have with that is he left out the rich people who also wanted him to lose like Dan Gilbert the owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Auburn's assistant coach Trooper Taylor went immortal for becoming the first person to ever chest bump a sitting President of the United States. Taylor and President Obama chest bumped after Auburn was visiting the White House following their BCS Championship win. My favorite part of this one was the angry looks on the faces of the Secret Service officers.
Reports started surfacing about how Stanley Cup Champions the Boston Bruins threw down $157,000 in a celebration at a bar in the Mohegan Sun casino. We later learned that a $100,000 bottle of wine was actually donated by the casino and signed by the Bruins for a good cause, so they actually only spent $57,000.
The host of Dateline NBC's 'To Catch A Predator' was in hot water for appearing on video tape with a woman who was not his wife...Oops!
It's no secret how Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison feels about NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Harrison made some inflammatory remarks and also said, "I hate him and would never respect him."
Olympic Ski Team member Robert Vietze was dismissed from the team for his disgusting actions against a child on a flight from Portland, Oregon to New York City.
Dallas beats Denver 24 - 23 in a thriller! Too bad it was only a preseason game.
Despite some pretty interesting pennant races in Major League Baseball, the NFL's preseason games dominated the ratings.
The University of Miami's decade of corruption was exposed. The ponzi schemes, the bounties on opponent players, the agents paying for abortions...sounds like a Hollywood movie except this is real, another sad day for higher learning.
Gilbert Arenas tried to keep his name out of his wife's mouth while she appeared on the reality trainwreck 'Basketball Wives L.A.'
Fans of Team Cologne threw urine and other disgusting items at rival fans. The German Soccer Federation fined Team Cologne $14,000.
MLB Commissioner Bud Selig was angry at the NY Mets for exposing MLB's stupid precidents rule that kept the Mets from honoring NYC's police and firemen.
Former NBA player Glen Rice's alleged affair with Sarah Palin made headlines.
Former NFL Pro Bowler Chris McAlister blows $55 million and was forced to live with his parents.
Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland believes wearing the same unwashed socks and underwear over and over will help him win.
Floyd Mayweather's fiancee predicted his fourth round knockout win and collected $2000.
NBA's inflated contracts for subpar players is a big reason the lockout occured.
A Yankees fan had the privlege of serving court papers to a Red Sox pitcher.
UFC and Dana White get business advice from WWE and Vince McMahon. Great, so now we'll see UFC fighters getting smacked by steel chairs and UFC referees will become dumber.
Magic Johnson talks smack about Lebron James' lack of championships.
The world of alcoholic beverages is introduced to Arnold Palmer Hard, one of those blended tea and alcohol or fruit and alcohol drinks with a horrible name.
The NBA reaches a labor deal to end the lockout. If you noticed I didn't mention the NBA lockout earlier because although I am a huge NBA fan, we had one of the most memorable pennant races in baseball including the Boston Red Sox' infamous meltdown. The NFL was also starting so the NBA wasn't exactly in great demand yet.
Finally the International Amateur Boxing Association wanted their female boxers to fight in skirts at the upcoming 2012 Olympics in London, England. For some reason I was picturing the women fighting in oversized gloves and boxing in lingerie ohhh wait that's the lingerie bowl which is ridiculous...now imagine this going on in an event as respected as the Olympics...they've since relaxed the mandatory skirts rule so now skirts are voluntary.