What happened on Wednesday, February 25, 2015?

  1. Brutal end for Arsenal: Arsenal felt like they had clawed their way back into contention in their game against Monaco when they scored a goal in the 91st minute to bring the score from 2-0 to 2-1. Then, even later into stoppage time, they made a silly blunder on defense and gave that goal right back. Monaco won 3-1 which will make it virtually impossible for Arsenal to advance to the next round of the Champions League.
    Line: You work so hard to get that goal back and then you give it right back. Brutal.
  2. Rivalry indeed: NBC Network features one “rivalry” game each week on Wednesday nights. These “rivalries” are often pretty arbitrary and somewhat imaginary. Last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, however, lived up to its billing. There were seven goals and 34 penalty minutes! The Penguins came out on top, 4-3.
    Line: That almost looked like a playoff game. I can’t wait for playoff hockey.
  3. Fireworks for the Rockets: The Houston Rockets beat the Los Angeles Clippers 110-105 last night thanks to a big performance off the bench from Corey Brewer. He scored his 20 points while wearing (as did all the Rockets) jerseys celebrating the Chinese New Year. The Rockets, thanks to the fact that the most famous Chinese basketball player ever, Yao Ming, used to play for their team, have enjoyed enormous popularity in China and clearly want to continue in that lucrative vein. Plus, they look really cool. I bet they’ll sell a lot of those jerseys in the United States too.
    Line: I know it’s just a coincidence but there’s something nice about the most popular NBA team in China being called the Rockets since fireworks are a big part of the Chinese New Year celebration.

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