About Last Night: Vacation Season
In case you were out living a life of leisure, here’s what you missed in sports on Tuesday.
- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski passed Bobby Knight for first place on the all-time D-I wins list with a 74-69 win over Michigan State. Unfortunately, the NCAA determined shortly after the game that Kyle Singler wore illegally thick socks throughout his career, meaning 100 of those wins will have to be vacated.
- Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, as no. 2 Kentucky topped no. 11 Kansas 75-65. It was the first career win over Kansas for Kentucky coach John Calipari, who told reporters that it will be one of the toughest games to vacate for recruiting violations in two to three years.
- Despite a slow start, no. 3 Ohio State recovered to beat no. 8 Florida 81-74 on the strength of William Buford’s 21 points. In a fit of jealousy, Jared Sullinger used an obscure NCAA bylaw to vacate his own 16 points, resulting in a 74-65 Florida win.
- NBA games have been canceled through December 15, and players filed two antitrust lawsuits against the owners. To which I say, canceled or … vacated? (Canceled — the answer is canceled.) (Or is it vacated?)
- Justin Verlander won the AL Cy Young award by a unanimous vote. But he was forced to vacate the prize during his acceptance speech when 15 jars of vaseline fell out of his coat.
- Unlike their NBA counterparts, MLB players and owners are on the verge of a labor deal that would usher in significant changes, including an extra wild card team in each league and increased interleague play. Oh good, more crapshoot playoffs and novelty games. Looks like the integrity of the game has been (ten second dramatic pause) VACATED.
- Reports out of Pittsburgh are that Ben Roethlisberger has a broken right thumb. In response, Pittsburgh has vacated its next four wins in advance.
- Darrelle Revis said he’s not sold on Tim Tebow and the rush-heavy Denver offense. “We know what they’re doing, and we feel comfortable in our game plan,” he said. “The only way we lose is if we’re forced to vacate the win after Rex Ryan does something stupid, like mooning a nun.”
- Joe Paterno’s service at Penn State makes him eligible for a pension exceeding $500,000 per year. You know what I think should happen to that pension? I think it should be … carefully examined to see if it’s a justified university expenditure in light of recent events.
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