What Had Happened Was: 11/15/17
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- Miami busted its way into the College Football Playoff rankings after it took Notre Dame to the woodshed Nov. 11. The committee unveiled the new top four on Tuesday night, with Alabama as the new top-ranked team in the land, Clemson up from No. 4 to No. 2, Miami at No. 3 and Oklahoma, fresh off its victory over TCU, rounding out the current bracket.
- Papa John’s apologized two weeks after criticizing NFL leadership for its response to player protests during the national anthem. The pizza company took to its Twitter account to apologize for company CEO John Schnatter’s comments during an October earnings call that the protests were hurting Papa John’s sales. “We believe in the right to protest inequality and support the players’ movement to create a new platform for change. We also believe together, as Americans, we should honor our anthem. There is a way to do both,” one of the tweets read.
- The New York Liberty are going up for sale, the Madison Square Garden Company announced Tuesday. The Liberty was one of the founding teams in the WNBA and played in the inaugural WNBA Finals against the Houston Comets in 1997. MSG’s executive chairman and CEO Jim Dolan was one of the original owners in the WNBA and the last of that group to sell.
- Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy called player protesters “patriots of the highest order.” Writing for Time magazine, the 58-year-old coach spoke out in support of professional athletes taking up the charge of fighting against racial inequality in America. Van Gundy, who has been one of the most vocal coaches in the big four sports regarding the topic, called the athletes, as well as other coaches who have spoken up, “role models of American patriotism.”
Top three tweets
1. KING OF NEW YORK
— Donavon Deese (@LordDonavon) November 14, 2017
2. I’M A BARBIE GIRL, IN A BARBIE WORLD!
Thank you @Mattel for announcing me as the newest member of the @Barbie #Shero family! I’m proud to know that little girls everywhere can now play with a Barbie who chooses to wear hijab! This is a childhood dream come true 😭💘 #shero pic.twitter.com/py7nbtb2KD
— Ibtihaj Muhammad (@IbtihajMuhammad) November 13, 2017
3. THOSE ARE THE FACTS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN
“If the brand is lit, you must acquit.”
– LaVar Cochran, 🅱️🅱️🅱️ Legal Director https://t.co/cEva1wLeww
— Jonathan (@jnthnwll) November 14, 2017
UPDATE: ALL shoplifting charges against LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were dropped, meaning the UCLA trio return home with a clean record. They also were NOT officially deported. https://t.co/VM5tGmdA50 pic.twitter.com/JcS0AVkabq
— Mark Dreyer (@DreyerChina) November 14, 2017
— NESSA (@nessnitty) November 14, 2017
On this day in sports history
On Nov. 15, 1960, Los Angeles Lakers forward Elgin Baylor scored an NBA-record 71 points in a 123-108 victory over the New York Knicks. Baylor, an eventual 11-time All-Star, was 28 of 48 from the field and 15 of 19 from the free throw line and also collected 25 rebounds. Keep in mind that the NBA didn’t adopt the 3-point line until 1979, so Baylor dropped all those points via 2-pointers and free throws.
51 Years Ago Today: Neil Leifer’s glorious shot of Ali knocking out Cleveland Williams from the Astrodome roof pic.twitter.com/hKL76nHq64
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) November 14, 2017