What we watched: If you haven't yet heard about Jerry Meals' blown call on the game-winning run in the Braves' 19-inning victory over the Pirates early this morning: not to worry. The game didn't end until just before 2 a.m. on the east coast, and it's already a meme. There is this video parody, plus the rather amusing Twitter hashtag #JerryMealsSaysItsSafe. And we should probably also prepare for having the play used as the latest fulcrum in baseball's never ending debate over whether to rely on the human element (except when it doesn't) or modern technology. That should be worth at least a few days of chin stroking and finger wagging, no?
Jerry Meals becomes Pittsburgh's Jim Joyce: "‘I saw the tag, but he looked like he 'Oled' him [like a bullfighter waving a cape at a bull] and I called him safe for that,' Meals said. ‘I looked at the replays and it appeared he might have got him on the shin area. I'm guessing he might have got him, but when I was out there when it happened, I didn't see a tag. I just saw the glove sweep up. I didn't see the glove hit his leg.'" [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
Clint Hurdle is learning what it means to be a Pirate: "The game deserved better. You'd like to see the game finished by the players, win or lose, and for it to end that way, is as disappointing as it gets in a game. You had every player in the game and for it to end that way...the game deserves better than that. The game tonight deserved way better than that." [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
If you play football, it will give you brain owies: "Testing on the brains of four former CFL players who all died within the last year shows two of them suffered from CTE, or chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a neurological disease that's been linked to repeated concussions." [Canadian Press]
We are all Dave McKenna CLVIII: 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 is called out at home by Jerry Meals.
Freestyle cat parkour interlude:
Olympic skiier Jeret "Speedy" Peterson takes his own life: Peterson's message to almost anyone he talked to was to take chances, to never settle for ordinary. And in a sport known for its risk-takers and daredevils, Peterson still stood out. Maybe the most fitting tribute is that seven years after he first started trying to push his sport forward with the "Hurricane," there are only a small handful of skiers who will try anything that risky. [AP]
This time, it counts (for hurting feelings): "Bruce Bochy smiled and asked reporters if they really wanted to stand next to him, what with all of Phillies fandom mad at him for the way he used Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee in the All-Star Game. Though no one employed by the Phillies has complained publicly, pitching coach Rich Dubee made it known with a thinly veiled no-comment that he did not appreciate Bochy using Halladay for two innings and Lee for 1 2/3 innings to start the All-Star Game, while sitting Giants starters Tim Lincecum and Ryan Vogelsong." [San Francisco Chronicle]
Two weeks in jail or a year in Edmonton — tough call: "Khabibulin will serve the first 15 days of his sentence in jail and will be under house arrest for the final 15 days, DuBiel said. While at home Khabibulin will wear a monitoring ankle bracelet and be subject to random alcohol testing. He will be allowed to leave the house for 12 hours a day, likely for hockey-related activities." [Arizona Republic]