What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): It's Friday, and it's like a blast furnace outside today in New York. Best to stay in and watch some TV, right? MLB Network has Braves-Reds or Padres-Phillies, both beginning at 7. The NFL Network has football, albeit Spokane-Jacksonville in an Arena League tilt that kicks off at 8.
Read Me: Today's Story That Doesn't Suck
The complexities of Cobb: "The foil to the romantics are the nostalgics: People who revel in Cobb as an archetypal mean-old-cuss, weirdly morphing the man into a brutal darling. Nostalgics get downright lurid about how Cobb's own teammates hated him, and how his relationships were strained. (Charlie would divorce Cobb after about 40 years of marriage, charging "extreme cruelty from the date of marriage to the present time.") Nostalgics also point to Cobb's penny-pinching, his gambling, his loud resentment of the home run flash of Babe Ruth, and the aching addictions that darkened the last years of his life. A tough and tortured man from the cutthroat old days: He is horribly awe-inspiring." [Grantland]
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