Your morning roundup for July 29, the day we got kicked out of Wal-Mart for wearing a string bikini. Photo via @JeffDLowe. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we watched: Though it's easy to forget in this crazy shitshow week of free agent movement and trade roulette, there are actual games being played by actual teams with actual players, actually. And the Marlins, of all teams, have a guy who extended his hitting streak to 26 games last night. His name is Emilio Bonafacio, and he's raised his average some 40 points as he's done what he's doing. And right behind him in the Red Sox' Dustin Pedroia, whose own hit streak grew to 25 games after an eighth inning home run against the Royals.
We spend so much time paying attention to sports for so many reasons, especially to see those ways in which teams might somehow do something off the field to improve their lot, while simultaneously overlooking what's actually happening on the field with the games themselves. Strange, isn't it?
Nobody gets off the Island: "Built in 1972, the Coliseum is the second-oldest NHL arena behind only Madison Square Garden (which is currently undergoing extensive renovations that will span several summers.) The roof leaks. Chairs and fixtures are beginning to crumble. The air-conditioning system is wonky, and that means the ice surface is, too. If The Coliseum sounds like some sort of torture chamber that's because it basically is, complete with a victim who has been chained up, ball-gagged, and held hostage for years within the arena's cold depths: the Islanders franchise." [Grantland]
The "time was right" for the USMNT coach to get fired: "'Banality Bob,' as Bradley was dubbed by veteran Soccer America columnist Paul Gardner, is not the sole cause of American soccer's inability to raise its game to a higher level. The players have as much responsibility as Bradley for the failure by the national team to get beyond the second round of the World Cup in South Africa last summer and the failure to win the Gold Cup in the U.S. this summer." [Los Angeles Times]
New York's ballparks cost New York's Parks Department a bundle: "Well, it turns out that Shea and the old Yankee Stadium - both of which sat on park land, and were owned by the city - were the Parks Department's biggest revenue generators. Under the old Yankee Stadium deal, the city was assured a percentage of gate receipts, a percentage of food sales, even a percentage of the team's cable revenue. Because of that, the old stadium produced as much as $15 million a year for Parks - even after deducting costs for stadium upkeep. Likewise, the Shea Stadium deal generated as much as $9 million annually for the city. As recently as 2008, the two ballparks represented nearly half of the $51 million in concessions revenue generated by the entire Parks system. On top of that, the city was taking in an additional $6 million annually from parking fees at Shea and the old Yankee Stadium. Once the new ballparks opened, all that revenue disappeared - even the parking money." [New York Daily News]
The Ex-Future Mrs. Jay Cutler still stands by her ex-future man: "‘I never said ANYTHING about jays knee injury. I've always backed him 100%. Stop trying to start s***. I knw he was seriously hurt,' Kristin Cavallari tweeted after a gossip website said she called Cutler ‘a loser and a p**** ... for faking the injury.'" [Fox Sports]
When "Online Booty Call" gets real: "Former Gaylord Sports Management baseball agent Jason Dubin was booked for two counts of aggravated luring of a minor last Thursday. Dubin had attempted to meet two underage girls for a "blowjob tutorial" when he was busted by the Phoenix Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Unit." [Sports Agent Blog]
Your French track-and-fieldsmen trying, failing to land punches interlude:
We are all Dave McKenna CLX: Here's your daily link to Dave McKenna's brilliant "Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," which we'll be posting every day until Snyder's dumbass libel lawsuit chokes on its own vomit.
Awful Announcing's Joe Morgan replacement tournament has reached the finals: They're down to Craig James and Joe Buck, with voting ending tonight at midnight on the East Coast. Go vote. [Awful Announcing]
Meet Afghanistan's American-Afghan men's basketball team: "Afghanistan has a national men's basketball team, although it is made up of young Afghan-Americans with modest doses of collegiate experience. The team has a coach, although actually holding a full practice can require a mad scramble that includes cross-country flights. When the practices do occur, he sometimes puts up as many as seven players in his home near Sacramento." [New York Times]
Jets-Pats rivalry gains early traction thanks to the Boston Globe: "The Patriots are quiet no more. While the rival Jets on Wednesday re-signed their best receiver (Santonio Holmes) and became serious contenders to add one of the league's best cornerbacks (Nnamdi Asomugha), the Patriots were nearly silent by comparison. At least, it seemed they were." [Boston Globe]
This should be, um... weird: "The Mailman is going on a USO entertainment tour this summer with ‘The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart, popular illusionist David Blaine and Admiral Mike Mullen, the current Joint Chiefs of Staff. For six days, the group will entertain and visit with military personnel in three countries." [Deseret News]
They may not be good, but the Raiders will always be interesting: "This year, the players didn't wear pads, but on more than one occasion, defensive tackle Richard Seymour mauled a running back. The first time, after Seymour hit rookie Taiwan Jones, first-year head coach Hue Jackson ran over and congratulated him." [SF Chronicle]