Our sports round-up features an Eric Garner protest by D-Rose and Reggie Bush, Andre Johnson continuing his yearly tradition of Christmas giving to children, and The Legend of Odell Beckham, Jr grows.
1. Bull’s Star Derrick Rose and Detroit Lions Star Reggie Bush Wear “I Can’t Breath” T-Shirt in Warm-ups
— Steve Noah (@Steve_OS) December 7, 2014
Of course, this is a gesture in protest to the killing of Eric Garner, just last week’s St. Louis Rams “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” gesture was in protest to Michael Brown’s death by killing in Ferguson and in solidarity with others protesting.
In Detroit, Lions RB Reggie Bush followed suit, wearing an “I Can’t Breath” shirt during warm-ups.
To the best of our knowledge, no police department got indignant or asked Rose or Bush to take it off. (Unlike in St. Louis.)
2. Texans WR Andre Johnson Goes Christmas Shopping for Underprivileged Kids. Again.
May your receipts be as long as your days. Johnson dropped $16,000 at Toys ‘R Us, for the children of Houston, footing the bill for a no-holds barred shopping spree that he organized:
“I couldn’t imagine this as a child. I always said if I ever made it, if I was blessed to make a lot of money, I always wanted to give back and do things for kids and just help people out. That’s why I do it.”
Andre Johnson has actually done this every year of his career in Houston.
3. The Legend of Odell Beckham, Jr. Grows. You Down with ODB? (Yeah, You Know Me!)
Two weeks ago in this space, the initial So…This Happened column covered Odell Beckham Jr.’s INCREDIBLE catch, in excruciating detail. We shared pictures from all angles, Vines, videos, and Tweets. And we still couldn’t get enough.
And then . . . there were reports out of Giant’s practice that Beckham was kicking 35 yard field goals. All by himself. No holder required.
Then, on Sunday, Beckham wracked up 117 yards on 9 catches (with one TD) in the first half against the Titans, single-handedly out-gaining the entire Tennessee Team. He had a dazzling 50 yard catch, a shifty punt return, and *almost* connected on a 50 yard option pass.
Thank God he didn’t connect on that one, because our collective heads would have exploded.
Which would have made for a far less productive work day on Monday.
So…begging the pardon of Treach and Naughty by Nature, the answer to the question, “You down with ODB?,” is a resounding “Yeah, you know me!”
Photo Credit(s): (i) Twitter (Rose) and AP Photo/Rick Osentoski (Bush); (ii) Twitter (Johnson).
Andre Johnson quotes courtesy Brian T. Smith/Houston Chronicle and Cara Cook/Community of the Houston Texans.
For back-issues of our weekly “So…This Happened. Three Things in Sports,” see:
December 1, 2014 Edition: Ferguson protest by the St. Louis Rams, what’s good about sports from Ohio State/Michigan, and an epicly bad loss by the NY Football Giants.
November 24, 2014 Edition: Odell Beckham, The Red Sox, and Kentucky Wildcats basketball
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