The NFL playoffs are coming to a close in the next few weeks but all the divisional round games provided some great moments and close games. But, it wasn’t the only league that had us thinking “What just happened?!?” The UFC, college basketball and the NBA also were able to give us some of the same reaction as fans and this shocks of the weekend edition will prove to be full of some events that left fans breathless.
10. Kobe passes West on Lakers’ assist list
Kobe Bryant has struggled at times this season — his last — but he passed another Lakers’ legend on the franchise’s all-time assists list. Kobe now holds the No. 2 spot on the list after passing Jerry West (6,238) on Sunday, and the prolific scorer now sits only a little over 4,000 assists away from Magic Johnson for the record. The prolific scorer has always thrown up a lot of shots, but he should also be remembered for his assists in Lakers’ lore.
9. Rick Carlisle mocks foul call and gets tossed
The Mavericks were taking on the Spurs and it wasn’t much of a game. In fact, Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle had seen enough early in the fourth quarter of the game and was given two technical fouls. At least he didn’t have to watch the rest of the game courtside after mocking a foul call with a sarcastic round of applause.
8. Broncos’ Demaryius Thomas’ mom watches her son play
In a first for Thomas, the Broncos wide receiver had his mom in attendance as the Broncos played the Steelers in an AFC Divisional round game in Denver on Sunday. Believe it or not, this was the first time that Thomas’ mom has ever watched her son play in high school, college and the NFL. She was given the game ball by her son after the game and the Broncos will now take on the Patriots next weekend.
7. NHL All-Star traded from West to East
Former Arizona Coyotes brawler John Scott was named a captain for the NHL All-Star game after fans voted him in. The NHL wasn’t happy about it because Scott played less than 20 minutes this season and has been fined multiple times in his career. Applaud the reach of social media in this one, but he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens and demoted to the American Hockey League promptly. This is one of the weirdest stories in sports right now and there are some conspiracy theorists that think it was a coup by the NHL and Coyotes to keep him out of the All-Star game.
6. Dominick Cruz reclaims UFC title
Cruz came into his UFC fight against current bantamweight title holder TJ Dillashaw with a giant ape on his back. You see, Cruz never actually lost the bantamweight title, rather it was stripped by the UFC when he went through a stretch of injuries like no other fighter has. He came back and beat Dillashaw on Sunday night to reclaim his crown, thanks to a split decision, and now he holds the belt. If he can stay healthy, there is a chance that he doesn’t ever hand over the belt again.
5. Seahawks comeback falls short
The Seattle Seahawks are making the NFC playoffs a lot tougher than they could be, and they have had to overcome large deficits the past two seasons. Last year it was a comeback win against the Green Bay Packers, this season they spotted the Carolina Panthers a 31-0 halftime lead before storming back in the second half. They would go on to lose the game 31-24, but they at least made the second half a watchable game.
4. Ben Wallace night demolishes Warriors
The Detroit Pistons retired Wallace’s jersey on Saturday night and then went out and absolutely destroyed the Golden State Warriors 113-95. This is the same Warriors’ team that has posted a 37-4 record this season, but Detroit used the energy from the jersey retirement to fuel their play over the best team in the NBA.
3. Duke ends week 0-2
It isn’t often that the Blue Devils lose two games in a row in any college basketball season, especially in the same week. But losses to Clemson and Notre Dame have left Duke reeling this weekend, and for the first time in over a year, Duke lost a home game. A home loss to a Notre Dame team that they blew out at home last season by 30 points. But Duke isn’t the only college team struggling this season, and March Madness could be a real treat this year.
2. Oregon St. has refs tripping
In one of the dumbest plays in college basketball history, the Beavers saw one of their players given a flagrant 2 foul and ejected. The reason: Jarmal Reid stole the ball from a Utah Utes player, went to the floor, passed the ball to a teammate and then tripped the referee who was running down the court. It was a deliberate play that needs to be seen to be believed, and the magnitude of it cost Oregon State a win.
1. Arizona-Green Bay game one for the ages
The Cardinals and Packers played to a disappointing 7-6 first half, but they would make up for it in the fourth quarter. After the Cardinals took a 20-13 lead, the rest is history, and it made this NFC playoff game one of the best games in recent memory. In essence, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers completed two Hail Mary passes on the final drive to send the game to overtime. The craziness ensued during the coin toss and the Cardinals opening drive. And Larry Fitzgerald once again proved that he still has some monster plays left in his aging legs. There was also an amazing catch by Randall Cobb that didn’t count because of offsetting penalties, and the Packers wideout left for the game because of an injury on the play.