Sometimes the best way to get the crowd on their feet is to simply put a little distance between your own feet and the ground. History has shown us that this phenomenon works especially well on the basketball court. Particularly when you elevate so far above the rim that you're actually looking down on it. Still, words probably can't begin to describe the sheer awe that those sitting in Ocala Gymnasium must have experienced when they witnessed Javonte Douglas' dunk up close and personal.
Squaring off against Pasco-Hernando on Nov. 2 the 6-foot-7 College of Central Florida small forward crashed the offensive boards to retrieve a Chris Bryant miss — that was still about 12 feet in the air — and slammed the ball one-handed over two helpless defenders cowering much closer to sea level. It probably falls into the category of a you-need-to-see-it-to-believe-it moment, but even some of the fans seemed to be in utter disbelief as they processed what they'd seen for a good moment before rising to their feet. Not a bad way for the Patriots to open the regular season at home.
An injury to Aaron Rodgers minutes into the 1st quarter immediately changed the complexity of the Monday Night Football matchup between the Green Bay Packers and their conference rival, the Chicago Bears. After being sacked on his first offensive series by Chicago defensive end Shea McClellin, Rodgers exited the game with an injured left shoulder and would have to watch Jay Cutler's backup Josh McCown get the better of the Packers 27-20. McCown threw two touchdowns in relief of the injured Cutler, leading the Bears to a rare victory at Lambeau.
Finally in hockey, Anaheim Ducks forward Corey Perry found himself leveled into the New York Rangers bench not once, but twice, in a matter of seconds on Monday Night at Madison Square Garden. In a nice symmetry, Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh was the man who put him there on both occasions. Perry didn't take too kindly to being dumped over the boards into the laps of his opponents but may have had the last laugh when Anaheim claimed a 2-1 victory.
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