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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Former Michigan RB Vincent Smith selling off shares of Jadeveon Clowney hit

Months before Brandon Knight was getting posterized and unfairly criticized, it was Michigan running back Vincent Smith who made headlines simply for being on the wrong end of a spectacular play.
Smith infamously had his helmet popped off when he was hit by the unblocked freight train manned by South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney. Like Knight's forgettable moment, and pretty much every outstanding play these days, the Clowney hit quickly made the social media rounds.
Nearly three months later, the Clowney hit recently became a 38-time "Best of the Best" champion on ESPN. The clip has another three million views on ESPN's YouTube channel. And recently, it was learned the still image of the hit will grace the cover of SC's spring football media guide (above). 
At least Smith has a sense of humor about it, similar to the route chosen by Knight — Smith reportedly signed copies of the photo at a recent autograph session — for a reported $60! If that isn't owning up to a situation ...
As quickly as Internet memes and heavily-circulated GIF images and videos took off, so to it seems has the ability for redemption if handled properly.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Pistons' Brandon Knight now famous for the wrong reasons

The notoriety that comes with being "posterized" on the wrong end of a vicious dunk now extends well into the social media realm. Not only did the Pistons' Brandon Knight get mentioned almost as much as his aggressor DeAndre Jordan Sunday night, his name spawned the #RIPBrandonKnight hashtag, which quickly became a trending topic.

One cunning web user leaped to update Knight's Wikipedia page to say Knight had been killed by Jordan's dunk, according to Awful Announcing.
It was all good for a laugh in the Sunday night sports wrapup shows, also. Monday, Knight had some fun with it, too:

As expected, Knight didn't use the tag agreed upon by the web community at large, but it was good to see him have some fun at his own expense.

UPDATE: Those VIP seats created at NBA arenas at the teams' broadcasters' expense I mentioned a couple weeks ago are worth a cool million for the Wizards this season, recent reports revealed.
Long-time Pistons play-by-play voice and class act George Blaha, apparently suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, said of his poor sight lines at the Verizon Center:
“Washington had great seats,” Blaha told The Washington Post. “It was one of the best places to call a game. And if you were down on the court and you missed that (Ariza) call, shame on you. But hey, I thought it was in, too. It’s our job to get it right no matter where we sit.”
Blaha also praised Washington's media relations Wizards:
"If you didn’t have the best statisticians in the league and a great media relations group, it would be extremely difficult. They make it as easy as possible. But you really have a problem with depth perception there.”
The WaPo entry suggests the premium seating isn't going anywhere, but I still feel if a broadcaster is paying for the rights to carry a team's games, they should be picking their seats, but that's just me.