Your p.m. roundup for Sept. 23, the day we were reminded again to update our Facebook privacy settings. H/T to Michael for the photo. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted):
• MLB Network has Red Sox-Yankees or Blue Jays-Rays at 7.
• ESPN has college football (Central Florida-BYU) at 8.
• NFL Network has a Canadian Football League game (Montreal-Edmonton) at 9.
• Showtime has MMA's Strikeforce Challengers at 11.
• Golf Channel has the second round of the PGA European Tour Austrian Open on tape-delay at 12:30 a.m.
• Golf Channel has the second round of the LPGA's Solheim Cup, live from Ireland, at 2:30 a.m.
Luke Dittrich's piece on the Joplin, Mo., tornado is a riveting read: "But while Chris is on the outside of the huddle, helping Ruben manage the crowd, Lacey has the kids to herself. They're both crying. They started crying even before they reached the Fastrip. They heard what the people were saying on the radio. There's nothing scarier to a kid than a scared grown-up. Nathan, freshly baptized Nathan, is the younger of the two, and so most of Lacey's attention is on him. As the back wall begins to breathe in and out and the roaring gets louder and you sort of know in your bones that it's coming, Nathan starts sobbing that he doesn't want to die, and you can't imagine what it feels like as a mother to hear your seven-year-old saying that. She's doing her best to hold herself together while she holds him, and she's grateful to the woman next to her, who's squeezing Jarrett's hand and telling him that everything is going to be okay, that it's just like tornado drills at school, that they just have to stay down low and cover their heads. The woman has a fancy camera with a long lens. Lacey wonders if she's a storm chaser. The windows spider. The windows explode. Lacey's boys start screaming. It is a terrible sound." [Esquire]
Sept. 23, 2008: City Attempts To Curb Excessive Drunkenness Of Cubs Fans
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• U.S. Ambassador Of Headers And Beautiful Goals Abby Wambach Gets Another One
• Ohio Bobcats Get Black Jerseys, Completely Lose Their Shit
• The Big East Is Reaping What Its Founder Sowed
• 15 Seasons Later, The Blues' Third Jerseys Are Still The Worst Ever
• The Fake Outrage Over Fake Injuries; Or, How To Piss On An NFL Sideline Without Anyone Seeing
• The Surfer Grifter Surfaces, Hires Attorney, Threatens Lawsuit, Etc.
• When Rap Ruled The World: A White Boy MC's Photo Album, 1986-1991
And away we go: "The lockout has started doing real damage to the NBA's calendar. Players won't report at the usual time. The preseason won't start as scheduled. And more cancellations could be necessary without a new labor deal soon. Out of time to keep everything intact, the NBA postponed training camps indefinitely and canceled 43 preseason games Friday because it has not reached an agreement with players. All games from Oct. 9-15 are off, the league said. Camps were expected to open Oct. 3." [AP]
Another reason to keep talking Yankees/Red Sox: "They really will do whatever it takes to win in this epic rivalry. New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman admitted Thursday that he feigned interest in Carl Crawford last offseason to drive up the price for the Boston Red Sox to sign the free agent." [ESPN]
Your Azerbaijan Gymnastics Commercial Interlude:
Guess you could say the race is over for him: "Nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis gave up on his race for New Jersey state Senate on Friday, a day after a federal appeals panel removed him from the ballot because he didn't meet a four-year residency requirement. He had to decide quickly whether to drop out or press on with a court battle. Thursday's ruling came with less than seven weeks before the Nov. 8 election and just as ballots are to be printed and sent out, first to voters overseas, then to others. Lewis said he would still be involved in Democratic campaigns and charity work-and encouraging people to vote." [AP]
/Slaps self in forehead, rolls eyes: "One day after Chris Berman stops by the NovaCare Complex, Vick refers to Sunday's opponent as 'The New York Football Giants.' Coincidence?" [@geoffmosher]
That time Notre Dame played the New York Giants "The G-Men were happy to play an exhibition game, but they needed an opponent. Pro football was still finding its footing, so the team decided to ask a college team to play instead. When it came to college programs in 1930, nobody's reputation could top Notre Dame's, so the Giants approached legendary coach Knute Rockne about coming to New York for a charity exhibition. The notion of a college team lining up across from an NFL squad sounds absurd to modern fans, but in 1930 many football analysts still considered the college game to be far superior to the upstart pros. Sure, the Giants had gone 13-4 to finish second in the NFL's standings for the 1930 season, but Notre Dame had gone undefeated in 1929 and 1930 against what many fans felt was stronger competition. For the Giants, a team that had only been founded five years earlier, taking on a juggernaut like the Fighting Irish had the potential to be a serious fiasco." [Mental Floss]
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