March 4, 2012 will go down in history as the day Rory McIlroy became the second-youngest man ever to attain the title of world's No. 1 ranked golfer. While many believe McIlroy will go on to become one of the game's greats, only time (and a few more major championships) can impact the historical significance of this date. But golf aside, how will March 4 be remembered?
From a sports perspective, the NBA's Chicago Bulls (31-8) and the NHL's New York Rangers (42-15-7) are the current kings of their respective leagues. March is still too young to declare college basketball champions, though Kentucky (28-1) currently resides atop the NCAA Men's Basketball AP Poll, and Baylor (29-0) firmly atop the Women's. In the world of entertainment, it was a dominant, Rory-like performance by the film adaptation of Dr. Suess' The Lorax that took home the top box-office draw for March 4, 2012. Here's a quick look at the rest of the day's No. 1's.
Kelly Clarkson's "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" overtook Adele's "Set The Rain On Fire" as the top song, according to the Billboard Hot 100. Though Adele's 21 still reigns supreme on the album charts.
McIlroy's Honda Classic win was also a big win for NBC Sports, which saw a 78% spike in it's overnight ratings for Sunday's finale compared to 2011--and the event's best overnight in a decade. With Neilsen yet to report, it's a little misleading to say The 2012 Academy Awards was the most-watched program for the week, though we can tell you CBS' 60 Minutes was the most-watched show of Sunday night.
And for those of you counting at home, Google remained perched atop the world as the most-visited website.
-- Derek Evers