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From the highest high to the lowest low. That has to describe life right now for a West Chester University student who, during a halftime basketball promotion, made a layup, a free throw, a three-pointer and a half-court shot ... only to come up short in his quest for $10,000 because of some fine print.
See, he made those first three shots in a row, then missed his first attempt at a half-court shot. He scrambled to get the ball back, and made a heave at the buzzer ... but it apparently didn't count. He needed to make all four shots in 25 seconds without a miss.
Lame. Per NBC Philadelphia:
"This is really tough for me honestly. After all that celebration, they told me I'm not going to get it. I feel a little hurt," said finance major Jack Lavery, 18. "No one from West Chester has even reached out to me yet."
The bad news came moments after the cheers. West Chester University officials told Lavery he won't take home the $10,000 prize because he didn't make the first half court shot attempt.
"We are hopeful that the university will award him with $10,000 for his unbelievable feat like they promised," said Bill Lavery, Jack's father. "We kind of feel a little let down. They made him believe he won after the shot. It's kind of frustrating."
Here's the video, if you'd like to relive his pain:
It was a big night for buzzer beaters in basketball on Wednesday, so while we normally try to put together some sort of cohesive thought in this space during the first post of the day, we will instead just let you watch three big-time players making big-time shots:
Tyler Ennis, to keep Syracuse undefeated:
LeBron James, being LeBron:
James Harden, at the rack:
Canada! They thought of everything, like maple syrup ... um, Bryan Adams songs ... and this!
Oh wow this is amazing: the beer fridge where Canada's Olympians are staying in Russia only opens if you use a Canadian passport.
We might have to get one of those in our house just because.
This map of where people run in Minneapolis is not terribly surprising since the dark areas you see represent pretty much everywhere we've ever run in the city (and will continue to run once it gets above, say, 40 degrees again on a regular basis).
The map was created by the good folks at Flowing Data using stats from RunKeeper.com, and it has been picked up by a few places, including Deadspin. As a result, it seems as though their server isn't working so well right now. So here is the map of Minneapolis via Deadspin:
We think about "The Big Lebowski" quite often as it is because it is one of the funniest and most memorable movies of all-time. The thinking was heightened, sadly, when Philip Seymour Hoffman -- who portrayed Brandt, one of the best characters in a movie full of them -- died at age 46.
Happily, we have the occasion to bring the movie to your attention in a different way this morning because figure skater Tara Lipinski performed a routine for Jimmy Fallon that was inspired by The Dude. No, we're not making that up. Please do watch (you don't even have to pay $100).
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