The weekend's NBA all star game gave halftime show junkies a fix after their Super Bowl withdrawl, Danica Patrick ran a fast qualifying lap, and Christoph Waltz shows everyone the lighter side of Hitler. Welcome to the post-weekend edition of your daily trends.
The all-star game had by far the most related searches this weekend, with Kobe Bryant, Lebron James and halftime performer Alicia Keys among the big names sought by online readers. There was also heavy interest in WWE coverage, the roster on SNL and the Walking Dead plotline.
As the week starts, there's also continued interest in Danica Patrick's Dytona qualifier and the travel of Yoani Sánchez, a Cuban dissedent blogger who's headed abroad.
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The dueling dynamics of nostalgia and novelty permeated this entire All-Star weekend. On the one hand, there were tributes to Michael Jordan, who turned 50 on Sunday. There was appreciation for David Stern, who presided over his 30th and final All-Star Game as commissioner. Fifteen-time All-Star Kevin Garnett even acknowledged the twilight of his career by stating this would "definitely" be his final appearance.
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Maybe this is the trade off that wrestling fans are faced with -- The Rock, a part-timer, will bring the masses and increase interest, but his matches may not be spectacular every time. It might be spectacular given the parameters he is working with, but it may not be spectacular for his opponent; in this case, this match wouldn't rank high on CM Punk's all-time greatest matches list; or even in the context of great matches in a WWE ring in recent memory. But, there was emotion and some interesting moments, that you cannot deny.
Danica Patrick isn’t just dating one of the NASCAR boys. She's beating all of them. Patrick became the first woman to earn the pole position in the history of the Daytona 500 by running a qualifying lap of 45.817 Sunday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway. Jeff Gordon was second.
Alabama Shakes, Christoph Waltz
After playing an SS officer and a bounty hunter in Quentin Tarantino’s films, words like “charming”, “impish” and even “cute” may not be the first terms that spring to mind to describe Christoph Waltz, but that was the type of energy the Austrian actor threw into his turn at hosting "SNL," playing man-child characters like a game show host who just wants to dance, an emotionally and sexually stunted soul singer and a creepy lovelorn security guard.