What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Canadiens-Bruins just began on the NHL Network at 7. Game 6 of the World Series between the Rangers and Cardinals is on Fox at 8. ESPN has Virginia-Miami (Fla.) in college football at 8. Fox Sports Net has Rice-Houston in college football at 8. ESPN2 has the Pan-Am Games at 9. And Versus has the second round of the Professional Bull Riding World Finals at 9.
Long live Pete Dexter: "A rum-swilling Dexter drank Philly under the table at Dirty Frank's, McGlinchey's, and Doc Watson's. He once threatened to drown a city editor in a pot of chili. He collected bets on whether a case of beer could be thrown across Pine Street. He'd loan the company car to Cobb, who sometimes forgot to bring it back. Dexter split with his first wife because she didn't see the devilish humor in his bringing a bear into her bedroom, then leaving the room and closing the door. After all, Dexter reasoned, the bear was tame." [Village Voice]
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Cooley says injury was made worse by the lockout: "'I fell [sic] 100 percent that I'm a casualty for the season of the lockout,' Cooley said Thursday. 'I think it was a shame that they didn't let players who had surgery spend time with the doctors and trainers they trust on daily basis, I wish I could've.'" [AP]
Yinz know what I'm saying? "Researchers at Carnegie Mellon took a statistical look at language used on Twitter over the course of a month last year and concluded that regionalisms not only still exist but are continuing to develop." [The Awl]
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What Moneyball has done to one baseball fan: "Baseball was my first love. I started obsessing over games before I could form permanent memories, and I'm told I taught myself to read by scanning the box scores in the morning sports page. Once I attained full-on literacy, I devoured The Baseball Encyclopedia and collections of wacky baseball anecdotes, and I sat on the carpet for hours sorting my Topps and Donruss cards. Now, as an adult, I still read about baseball every day, and I continue to feast on the latest statistics. But I find it impossible to make it through a baseball game without technological assistance." [Slate]
Huh? "At a time when the middle class is vanishing, when Baby Boomers are wondering how they're going to be able to retire, when job-hunting young people who are saddled with mammoth education and government debt are protesting the clever profiteers at the top of the capitalist food chain, is it silly to ask if Tom Ricketts and Theo Epstein are appropriate heroes for the times?" [Chicago Sun-Times]
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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