Your p.m. roundup for Sept. 20, the day we found all your frat-party reunion needs in just one drugstore. Photo via SI Vault. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): MLB Network has Rays-Yankees or Orioles-Red Sox at 7. Versus has Columbus-Omaha in minor league baseball's Class AAA national championship game at 8. ESPN2 has Game 3 of the WNBA first-round playoff series between San Antonio and Minnesota at 8. And HBO's Real Sports has a report on unlawful campaign contributions by the Sugar Bowl in a new episode that airs at 10.
Things to do in Tijuana when you're not drinking tequila or taking drugs: "One morning, the cashier at Ricardo's restaurant gives us a tip. We walk up Avenida Madero, past cheap-o fast-food joints and auto-repair shops. We come upon a triangle of parkland bordered by three noisy streets. A man and his two dogs are passed out in the grass. Another sits on a park bench displaying his tricked-out bike. We see two cops from a police force we have been eagerly trying to avoid. And in the middle of this dingy urban still life, a bell tower that looks like a giant, white chess piece rises toward the sky. A hand-painted sign reads, Salón de la Fama del Deporte. The Tijuana Sports Hall of Fame. Balancing on four legs, the Hall of Fame proper begins about three stories in the air. You can walk under the building and gaze up at it. We climb the outer staircase, and the metal bows under our feet. The final step feels like it could give way at any second. Eric and I peek through the door. The Hall of Fame is as empty as the Revo. We don't see any customers - or any employees. We walk inside and sign the guestbook." [Grantland]
Sept. 20, 2006: A-Rod Is Moody, Aloof And Weird. REALLY.
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• Mike Stanton Hit The Ball About 900 Feet Last Night
• The Enduring Myth Of Mookie Blaylock And Pearl Jam
• Lady Gaga Poured Champagne Into A Disabled Section At The Giants Game Last Night
• Cam Newton, A Quarterback To Build A Dream On
• Surfer Grifter Hits The Red Carpet At The Emmys, Possibly Responds To Allegations, Continues To Lie
• Purple Drank And The Secret Of NFL Quarterbacking
Where are you gonna go? I dunno. Where are you gonna go?: "Athletics directors and presidents of Big East football schools will meet Tuesday night in New York, according to two officials in the league who requested anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the situation. With the departure of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the Atlantic Coast Conference, the future of the Big East is very much in doubt. One of the Big East officials said the group will examine every option for every cenario [sic] and that they will be ready to act quickly should the opportunity present itself." [Cincinnati Enquirer]
Your Norwegian Power Company Commercial Interlude:
Quoi faire avec le Stade Olympique: "Today, the stadium serves as an occasional home to the CFL's Montreal Alouettes (during playoff games) but represents little else but a tax burden to the citizens of Quebec - even though the bill was finally paid in 2006, maintenance costs are through the roof. Despite this, there are as many voices fervently defending the stadium's right to exist as there are demanding it be demolished." [Sports Grid]
Slate did a podcast with Dave McKenna: And, yeah, the whole Dan Synder thing comes up. [Slate]
West Virginia is just too West Virginia for the SEC: "And Missouri isn't the only school looking to the SEC as a safe haven. West Virginia also tried to get off the sinking ship that is the Big East and sought refuge in the SEC - and the ACC - and was denied entrance to both conferences." [Dr. Saturday]
UPDATE: Pete Thamel of the New York Times says WVU was not in fact "rejected" by the SEC. [Twitter]
It's not worth $61 million if they ever want to cut him, of course: "The Baltimore Ravens signed defensive tackle Haloti Ngata to a five-year, $61 million contract on Tuesday." [AP]
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.
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