Your morning roundup for July 28, the day we kept getting hit with popcorn while trying to talk. Photo via @Jeff_McLane. H/T to Michael for the video. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we watched: There's a lot of confirming going on out there. It's really kind of funny to check one's Twitter feed at times like this. With both the MLB trade deadline looming and NFL free agency now in full swing, every reporter seems to be in as much of a rush to not only break news, but to also confirm the news that another reporter has already broken the news, as if that were news.
But the beat guys don't necessarily need to try to compete with Jay Glazer and Ken Rosenthal on who signed where, and at what time. The real advantage the beat guys have — and the reason the locals still read them, if and when they do — ought to be to better provide the context of a given team's moves, whether it's for that upcoming post for the website or for what's left of the morning papers. Most fans who are on Twitter are probably already aware of what happened with their favorite team. The way in which they can be best served by their beat guys is by finding out why, and what it all means.
Albert Haynesworth, summed up in two provisos: "He's scheduled to make $5.4 million this season. Price or not, he still could be a major help on third down this season ... provided he deals with this sexual assault trial and is able to be on the field." [Boston Herald]
Ryan Howard figured the time was right to build a manse with Venetian canals: "The home will feature a ‘Venice-style lazy river running from the swimming pool underneath a series of bridges,' and a bowling alley on the ground level with breakaway walls. Dawson termed the river ‘a fundamental part of the design.' He said the whole Howard family was really excited by the Venice canal, and would not want to give it up." [Bellair Bee via The 700 Level]
Santonio with some low-key crapulence: "About an hour after Holmes agreed to terms with the Jets, he posted on his Twitter account a photo of himself, wearing little more than a pair of shorts, chugging the last drops of an expensive bottle of champagne. The tweet message accompanying the photo read: ‘Just finish a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal from 2002! Big bro showed loved today.'" [New York Post]
Your Snuff Film Interlude:
Yeah you should probably get your football news someplace else: "I started a few more rumors about players, all of which were promptly picked up by our Draft Insider buddy. And again, some of them were picked up by legitimate reporters. Damn shame. But wait - there's more! Not content with the damage I'd caused so far, I decided to test out the limits of NFLDraftInsider's journalistic integrity. By making up a player." [Jason Schreier]
The biggest free agent splash any Seattle team made this week: "The Mariners signed slugging outfielder Wily Mo Pena to a minor-league contract Wednesday and assigned him to Triple-A Tacoma." [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
We are all Dave McKenna CLIX: 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 sticks a fork into the outlet.
A weird end to a weird story: "Officials say the naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti had graduated from high school in Florida, where he also played basketball, years before he moved to Odessa and presented himself as a ninth-grader named Jerry Joseph. Montimere was 21 and 22 when he played one season at Odessa Permian High, the same rabidly competitive school that inspired the book and movie "Friday Night Lights" about high school football. Montimere helped lead the Panthers to the 2010 state playoffs, but the team had to forfeit after his story unraveled. Montimere was indicted last year on six felony charges, including sexual assault and tampering with government records. His trial was to begin next week in Odessa, and he had faced up to 20 years in prison if convicted on the original counts. The indictment accused him of identity theft. The sexual assault counts accused him of having sex with a 15-year-old girl." [AP]