Basketball purists often knock the NBA for the lack of effort that appears to be devoted to the defensive side of the ball, at least during the regular season. But when Milwaukee Bucks guard O.J. Mayo decided to bend down and tie his shoe for nearly an entire defensive possession against the Nuggets Thursday night, things besides effort came into question. Most notably, the question of why it took him so long? While "guarding" Randy Foye at the perimeter during the second quarter, Mayo spent nearly six full seconds tying his shoe with no regard for the action happening right behind him. The play would lead to an easy score for Denver and some complex questions still to be answered about the bizarre moment.
Heated rivalry delayed by rooster
When Bnei Yehuda took on its local rival Hapoel on Saturday in Tel Aviv, fans released a rooster onto the field that they'd somehow snuck into Bloomfield Stadium. Stadium security surrounded the rooster at midfield but it quickly eluded any would-be captors, sending a couple of them slipping onto their backsides. As fans howled in delight, the rooster continued to outwit officials, before eventually deciding it had had enough and exited the stadium on his own terms.
Fore better or fore worse
After Rory McIlroy and a random cactus at Dove Mountain brought us a fantastic blooper on Wednesday, Bubba Watson provided us with some more entertainment on Thursday from the Accenture Match Play Championship. Watson overshot the fairway on the par-5 11th —
and the ball nearly hit his wife Angie in the process.
Shooting the lights out
Literally, Joshua Linson of Division II school Johnson C. Smith shot the lights out against Winston-Salem Wednesday night. With less than a second to go in regulation and the score tied at 76, Linson heaved a full-court shot that somehow struck two lights on the ceiling, knocking both out and leaving one swinging dangerously from an unsecured chain. Rather than risk injury from the dangling light, officials wisely decided to forego overtime and call the game a tie.