For the Win: The Coolest Stuff of the Week
Friday! You big, beautiful galoot! You're here at last!
Indeed, we've successfully reached another weekend, and I trust none of you were maimed, blinded or otherwise involved in an ugly printer toner incident over the course of this fine work week.
But before we pop off for happy hour, join me for a look back at the best stuff that happened this week in sports. Right now Wham!, Kevin Durant memes and (gasp!) the NCAA are among the persons and happenings winning the week and piling up glory points.
So strap in for win, everyone. There's plenty to go around.
Rice Lands Recruit After Sending Letter to His Cat
In a real place on planet Earth—in a room with air in it—grown men with families conspired to pen a letter to a young man's cat. Mull that over for a moment.
Got it? Good, because it happened: The football staff at Rice University managed to land Kinkaid School quarterback J.T. Granato after writing a letter to White Sox, his cat.
The letter (signed by co-offensive coordinator Billy Lynch) read:
As you know we’re trying to convince J.T. Rice is the place for him. I know you’d like to keep him close so he can feed you and change the litter box. Please help us to get him to choose us. Paw me if you have any questions.
Paw me! He wrote "Paw me!" You can't not sign after a school reaches out with such pathos to your household pets. It's a done deal (unless they write to your fish, which no one gives a damn about, yourself included).
Korean Catcher Tallies Two 'Bat Flip of the Year' Candidates
This is Hong Sung-heon, the South Korean version of Mike Piazza with an amazing penchant for Yasiel Puig-like bat flips.
The 37-year-old catcher pieced two monster home runs off the Lotte Giants earlier this week, celebrating each by flinging his bat into low orbit.
Just look at the swing and the snap of the wrist. Hong knows each one is gone before he even finishes his follow-through. It's preternatural. He was born to flip bats.
Josh Reddick's New Walk Up Song
The pump-up music game just changed for good, people.
Josh Reddick of the Oakland A's punched convention in the jugular this week by changing his walk-up music to "Careless Whisper" by Wham!. The best part (besides grown men pelvic-stirring in the outfield)? Reddick's batting average has improved.
Guilty feet might have no rhythm, but philandering hands get on base.
NCAA Comes Through for Homeless Football Player
Earlier this week I covered a story about Antoine Turner, a Boise State football recruit who was sleeping in cars as he waited to enroll at the school.
Long story short, it appeared Turner would remain homeless until June due to NCAA rules precluding Boise State from providing extra assistance to recruits.
Fortunately, the school submitted a request to the NCAA asking for a waiver, which was granted Wednesday (likely due to the overwhelmingly altruistic response of people who heard Turner's plight). The school is now allowed to help Turner and take him in off the street.
It's not often I can say this, but the NCAA did the right thing this week and truly helped a student-athlete in need.
Internet Goes Buck Wild with KD Not Looking at Important Things Meme
We all handle anxiety in our own way.
Kevin Durant dealt with his by taking a seat and refusing to watch Russell Westbrook take a pair of critical free throws against the Clippers at the end of Game 5. A photographer snapped a photo of Durant sitting anxiously on the other end of the floor, and, naturally, the Internet took off running with it.
101-Year-Old Throws out First Pitch
She's a cat! She's a kitty cat!
Sorry, got carried away there. Then again, this woman's name is Kitty Cohen (awesome), and she became the oldest Canadian to throw out a first pitch this week. The decagenarian tossed the ball out at Rogers Centre on Mother's Day, and did a better job than Carly Rae Jepsen.
HS Baseball Player Makes Diving Catch, Sends Team to State Championship
The bards will write song about you, Sam Atwell.
The Ocala Trinity Catholic right fielder managed to make a spectacular diving catch early Thursday morning against Bishop Verot, sealing the deal on a Class 4A State semifinal game that went until 1:14 a.m.
The best part? Ocala Trinity went on to win the Class 4A state title Thursday night, which may never have happened if it weren't for Atwell's diving catch.
Alex Morgan's Skillful Golf Game (and Wonderful Celebration)
"And I'm gonna keep on lovvving youuu, 'cuz it's the only thing I wanna doooo..." [spins imaginary microphone] [tacks another poster of Alex Morgan to the wall].
Whoa, sorry...forgot you guys were here. I just rewatched this video of Alex Morgan showing off her smooth golf game and got caught up in the moment.
The U.S. women's national team forward uploaded Instagram footage on Wednesday of her swinging an iron and dancing victoriously at a Houston driving range. Definitely not a completely enrapturing 14 seconds of film or anything.
Happy Weekend, everyone.