Your p.m. roundup for Sept. 16, the day we decided it was best not to offer some women a ride. H/T to Matthew for the above photo of a sign that's making its way around Indianapolis. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Tape-delayed, second-round coverage of the Nationwide Tour's Boise Open began airing on the Golf Channel at 6:30. MLB Network has Rays-Red Sox or Yankees-Blue Jays, which both started at 7. NBATV has a WNBA playoff doubleheader, with Atlanta-Connecticut at 7 and San Antonio-Minnesota at 9. NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series Fast Five 225 is on Speed Network at 8. ESPN has Boise State-Toledo in college football at 8. ESPN2 has Iowa State-UConn in college football at 8. And the NFL Network has Calgary-Edmonton in a Canadian Football League game at 9.
Bakes checks out the fringes of hockey's farm system: "When it comes to scouting, drafting, and player development, the NHL has a whole lot more in common with the MLB than, say, the NBA. It is not at all unusual for even the most treasured of picks to clock serious time in the minor leagues for one, two, or three-plus years before cracking the bigs. Legwand, as an example, appeared in only one NHL game in the Predators' first season. And notably, a number of players from the 2006 and 2007 Rangers' rosters in Traverse City, guys like Marc Staal, Ryan Callahan, Artem Anisimov, and Brandon Dubinsky, played together in the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack (now known as the Whale) for a spell and now, after a summer of contract extensions, comprise the Rangers' young playoff-caliber core." [Grantland]
Sept. 16, 2009: Jesus Is The Derek Jeter Of Christianity
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• Here's Video Of Bill Belichick Cursing At Derrick Mason Before Shouting, "Can You Look At The Scoreboard?"
• "Wombshifter", And All The Other Inapproproate Things Mike Tyson Said About Glen Rice Humping Sarah Palin
• The Idea Of Paying College Athletes Is Having Its Moment
• Hannah Cornett, The Surfer Grifter, Once Dated Tim Couch
• Dan Snyder Is Saving The World, According To Idiot
• Who's Smart And Good At Football? Presenting Your AP-U.S. News Scholar Athlete Rankings
• Your Field Guide To The Assorted Kerkuffles Over Moneyball, The Movie
A guide to closers' entrance music: "Closers need these songs more than anyone. Pitching just one inning to end the game, they rely on elements of intimidation that workhorse starters can't sustain over six or seven innings. Closers are performers in the full sense of the word, and their entrance music is nearly as much a part of their personas as a filthy slider or 97-mph fastball. Yet few understand what makes a good entrance song. They have much to learn. Most of which, incidentally, can be found in the following guide." [AV Club]
The new Dan Snyder, same as the old Dan Snyder: "McHenry also asked Snyder about the lawsuit against Washington City Paper, which he dismissed before the season opener. ‘I think enough's been said about that, and I think we made our point,' the owner said. ‘And from my perspective, I'm just looking forward to Sunday.'" [DC Sports Bog]
Your Turkish Commercial Interlude:
Oh, look. Ken Starr took on the wrong target: "If Ken Starr believes in transparency, he should begin with himself. Someone at Baylor should have told him to make an honest, straight-to-the-point case for Baylor. Heck, maybe Baylor doesn't need a new president. Maybe Baylor needs some competent PR people. If Ken Starr has asked them for help, they've failed him badly. The case for Baylor is there to be made. It's begging to be made. If Baylor crashes and burns, plenty of Baylor fans may wish they'd had a school president capable of helping their cause." [Houston Chronicle]
Muggsy Bogues likes Cuuuuuubes: "I had three years left on my contract when my mom passed away, and I decided it was time to move on [from basketball]. I walked away from the game with three years left on my contract. He (Cuban) could have easily just have bought me out of my contract, but he went on and honored it and paid the three years out and never looked back." [SLAM]
Fake Tebow billboards: "But a couple fans are taking it to the next level. They're willing to spend the $10,000 they've saved for a trip to this year's Super Bowl to buy a couple of billboards in the Denver area in support of Tebow. Hey, it's their money, God bless them [which I'm sure God will if they're successful], but 10 grand is a large sum of money just to get Tebow some playing time, so to save them some cash, we've already done the design work." [Larry Brown Sports]
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