Your p.m. roundup for Sept. 15, the day we discovered cat maps. H/T to Jenn for the photo, which she snapped along the Pennsylvania Turnpike (of course). Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Golf Channel has tape-delayed, first-round coverage of the Boise Open at 6:30. ESPN has college football (LSU-Mississippi State) at 8. MLB Network has Rays-Red Sox or Indians-Rangers at 8. A WNBA playoff doubleheader (New York-Indiana at 8, Phoenix-Seattle at 10) is on ESPN2. Speed Network has the Off-Road Jam on tape-delay at 9. And NFL Network is showing its Bill Belichick documentary, A Football Life, at 9.
The place of sport in our everyday lives: "By forgetting some things, we remember others. Football is here to remind us that we can be rich one day and poor the next—in football. Is that a lesson we remember in the parts of our lives unaffected by sport? It seems to me that we carry a lot more into stadiums-into the blue rays of television screens-than we carry out. Perhaps what counts as forgetting in the world outside isn't actually forgetting, but finding a place to store memory away, and let it come back in manageable installments." [Run of Play]
This Date In Deadspin History
Sept. 15, 2006: That's All For Whitlock At Page 2
Things You Might Have Missed Today
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• The Surfer Grifter: The Weird Story Of Hannah Cornett And Her $20K Vegas Hotel Bill
• Can I Call You Later? There's A Foul Ball Screaming Toward My Head
• A Gruesome Wipe-Out Left This Surfer With Coral Lodged In Her Face
• The NCAA's Pocket Universe Is Collapsing
• This Is The Kind Of Horrible Surgery NFL Players Will Go Through To Play
No one wanted to be seen pocketing any of the money, obviously: "Unsuspecting Chargers fans in two sections of Qualcomm Stadium were showered with money during the San Francisco 49er preseason game. When Club level server Heather Allison tripped on a stair, about $1,000 flew out of her hands landing under seats, in laps and sailing over the railing into the lower Field section. ‘All my customers began screaming over the railing to the people below: ‘That's the servers' money,' ' recalls Allison, who has sold refreshments in Sections 36 and 37 for five years. Fans helped collect the stray bills and, amazingly, so did the crowd below. Within 10 minutes, a security officer brought a stack of cash back up to her. "It was all there," says the mother of four and full-time student who, after paying the concession, still pocketed $170 tips. ‘Chargers fans are amazing,' she says. ‘We're like a family.'" [San Diego Union-Tribune]
Looks like someone from the NBPA had good reason to leak this letter to SI: "The most recent meetings in New York were effective. What you have been told by your agents, representatives and the media is probably speculative and inaccurate. What actually happened in those meetings was discussion, brainstorming and a sharing of options by both sides. The turning point this past Tuesday was not a disagreement between the players and the owners. It was actually a fundamental divide between the owners internally. They could not agree with each other on specific points of the deal and therefore it caused conflict within the league and its owners." [Sports Illustrated]
Your American Samoa Car Rental Commercial Interlude:
The Mets? That's a low blow: "Prince Fielder, we all knew he was gone after the season. Known it for years. But why did he take such a poorly timed opportunity to pretty much come out and say it for the first time? Francisco Rodriguez's public airing of his discontent was a little more baffling. So Rodriquez is unhappy that he's received no save opportunities since the Brewers traded for him? Hey, K-Rod, you could still be with the Mets instead of having a really good job as, I don't know, a valuable set-up guy for a playoff team." [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
Again, this is good news: "University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill was discharged from the hospital today, said Gophers football team physician Dr. Pat Smith. Smith said that Kill was released during the lunch hour Thursday and went home. According to a press release from the university: Smith said Kill ‘has no restrictions and is free to return to work when he feels up to it.'" [Minneapolis Star-Tribune]
This is, like, the most Tebow thing ever: "Tebow said he'd rather they donate the $10,000 to his charitable foundation." [ESPN]
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