What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): The Golf Channel has same-day, tape-delayed coverage of the Women's Canadian Open at 6:30. ESPN has Redskins-Ravens in a preseason NFL game at 8. MLB Network has Red Sox-Rangers or Pirates-Cardinals at 8. ESPN2 has Clinton County (Pa.)-Billings (Mont.) in the Little League World Series at 8. And FOX Sports Net has Hector Serrano-Juan Garcia in a lightweight boxing match at 11.
This appreciation of Jack Shafer is worth reading now that Slate laid him off: "Known for his prodigious research, Shafer went back among the books written about Murdoch and plucked from one the battle cry of one of Murdoch's tabloid editors. This editor thought the mission of Murdoch's tabloid properties ought to be to put a ferret up the pants legs of the powerful. When his tabloid overreached, as it inevitably did, the editor would yell 'reverse ferret,' and the paper would simply behave as though the story didn't exist. Shafer clearly relished this archival scoop, the perfect blunt imagery and the authority of the source, which, as always, he carefully quoted and credited. Shafer has said he'd rather sit out a media scrum than contribute nothing original to the public discussion. Sending odorous weasel kin back up the genocidal tyrant's pants is Shafer's latest delicious contribution." [American Journalism Review]
This Date In Deadspin History
Things You Might Have Missed Today
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• There Were 347 Fans At That First Reds-Marlins Game Yesterday
• Well, This Is Ominous Non-News About Sidney Crosby's Brain
• More Leaked Shaq Emails: "Where Can I Cum At When I C U?"
• ESPN The Magazine Decides That Michael Vick Is White Again
• Escape From Bristol: An Update On The Condition Of Our ESPN-Infiltrating Correspondent
Your Little League probably sucked, too: "Every one of us was just getting started in the sport, so mistakes were made. Hitters strolled to the plate without a helmet and sometimes a bat. We forgot gloves, cleats, eyeglasses, allergy medication, the count, the score, and often the start time. A kid would leave mid-innings because his sister had a piano recital. Sometimes a kid would just disappear, later to be found working at the ice cream truck. This is the Little League baseball I remember. And though it was ugly and sloppy and often hopeless, it was beautiful." [Wall Street Journal]
Women's track is the new baseball: "The classicism of the women's record book merits a radical response from international track's governing body, the International Amateur Athletics Federation: They should throw out the old records, and give today's runners realistic times to chase." [Slate]
Yeah, so, this is happening: "Texas A&M has taken the next step toward leaving the Big 12 and joining the SEC. A letter from Texas A&M president R. Bowen Loftin was delivered Thursday afternoon to Big 12 commissioner Dan Beebe to inform Beebe that Texas A&M is exploring its conference options. In the letter, Loftin asked Beebe to outline the procedures required should the Aggies decide to leave the conference." [Sports Illustrated]
The Lions have a Monday night home game this year?: "It's been a long road back, but the NFL has finally decided the people of Detroit are ‘ready for some football' once more. And on Wednesday morning, Motor City citizens proved it, lining up outside Ford Field bright and early to claim tickets for an Oct. 10 game against the Chicago Bears." [Washington Post]
Your Kilimanjaro Beer Commerical Interlude:
We are all Dave McKenna CCII: Here's your daily link to Dave McKenna's brilliant "The Cranky Redskins Fan's Guide to Dan Snyder," which we'll be posting until Snyder's dumbass libel lawsuit gets swallowed by that shark in the street.
There was a point-shaving scandal at Toledo?: "A former University of Toledo football player pleaded guilty Thursday in a sports-bribery investigation, admitting he accepted more than $2,000 from a Detroit-area gambler, including $500 to fumble the ball in a 2005 bowl game. Quinton Broussard became the fourth former Rocket to plead guilty in the point-shaving probe, which included football and basketball roughly from 2004 through 2006. He said he told Ghazi ‘Gary' Manni about team injuries and other confidential information in exchange for ‘small amounts of money.'" [AP]
We'd tell you what this is about, but we're too busy staring at our phones: "Some NFL teams are said to be contemplating outright bans on smartphones during any ‘team time' activities, and some coaches have spoken with exasperation at competing with phones for players' attention. Redskins defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, for instance, told ESPN 101 radio in St. Louis the difficulties of dealing with phone-obsessed players such as former Washington tackle Albert Haynesworth. ‘He's one of those you walk into a meeting and tell him, 'Put the phone down.' The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day you tell him to put down the phone. It doesn't stick. It's an everyday thing,' Haslett said." [Sports Illustrated]
Merch: Managing editor Tom Scocca and contributing editor Drew Magary have both written books. You can buy Scocca's Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the Future here, and Magary's The Postmortal here. Now do it.
Send stories, photos, and anything else you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.