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Much Ado About Super Bowl Nothings, Then Kobe Makes History

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It really does seem people just like to foam at the mouth over the most irrelevant things. I understand people being horrified by what happened in Penn State and various LAUSD schools. Being horrified by the Holocaust is also acceptable. There needs to be some gravitas is the things we rise up against. That’s why the furor over MIA and Gisele is perplexing.

The one that has most Americans’ panties in a bunch is the middle finger MIA flashed during the halftime show. It actually seems people are more upset over the finger than the word “shit” that also slipped through. Really? Everyone flashes the bird and, according to the BBC, have apparently been doing it since the time of the Greeks. The Associated Press called the salute “vulgar”, but then the gyrations going on all over the stage are less vulgar?

Regardless the middle finger was up and over in a flash. The late censorship attempt immediately afterwards was more noticeable than what MIA did. In fact it wasn’t until I saw Deadspin’s tweet that anyone in our party realized that she flipped off the world. It’s like getting pissed off that your child’s class picture has two students that flipped the bird which you needed a magnifying glass to view. Get over it, and let’s move on.

And this brings us to Gisele Bundchen. ESPN ran wild with this from after the game last night:

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I’ve seen Boston fans comparing her to Yoko Ono. Really? If the Patriots’ players are going to get butt hurt over these comments, then they have bigger issues. Like I said, all of this is much ado about nothing.

After all an average of 111.3 million viewers watched the game breaking last year’s record with viewership climbing throughout the game with 114 million during halftime and 117.7 million by the end.

Now a little ado about some things.

Kobe Bryant scored 28 points in his home town of Philadelphia tonight. On his 24th point, he overtook Shaquille O’Neal for fifth in all-time scoring. We have come to the point where Kobe’s milestone moments are going to be more frequent. And that no one can take away from him, not even Vanessa.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, it wasn’t enough to beat the surprising 76ers. The leaders of the Atlantic Division now have a 17-7 record in their 95-90 win, and the Lakers fall to 1-2 in their Grammy road trip. Not helping things was head coach Mike Brown suspended for the game and fined $25,000 by the NBA after his outburst in Utah Saturday night where he made contact with a referee. Assistant John Kuester took over head coaching duties in this game.

Meanwhile the Clippers had a meeting with Dwight Howard in Orlando. Talk about a rollercoaster game that the Clippers eventually won 107-102 in overtime. The Magic took a 15-point lead in the first half, but the Clippers chopped it down to five points by halftime. Then the Clippers led by as many as nine points in the fourth quarter before Orlando tied it up by the end of regulation. Then in overtime the Magic sprinted to a four point lead before the Clippers yet again came back and took the lead with Caron Butler’s three-pointer with 1:49 left in the extra period.

It was quite the game since the Clippers broke Lawler’s Law - Orlando made it 100-96 with 2:49 left in overtime. Chris Paul had 29 points while Blake Griffin had a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Orlando center Dwight Howard was his normal beastly self with 33 points and 14 rebounds, but only made three of eight free throws. Griffin knocked down six of seven.

Perhaps the most devastating part of the game was Chauncey Billups scoring 18 points before going down with a left Achilles injury. According to sources close to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, things don’t look good for Billups who will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

In Anaheim the Ducks denied Calgary Flames’ goalie Miikka Kiprusoff his 300th victory in the eighth round of the shootout, a 3-2 victory.

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TONIGHT’S ACTION
LA Kings at Tampa Bay Lightning. 4:30 p.m. NBC Sports Net (formerly Versus), AM 1150 KTLK.