Your p.m. roundup for Sept. 22, the day we learned the rules for using a cell phone on a subway platform. Video via Sports Grid. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted):
• Rays-Yankees or Angels-Blue Jays is on MLB Network at 7.
• Game of the WNBA's Eastern Conference Finals (Atlanta-Indiana) is on ESPN2 at 7:30.
• College football (Hampton-Bethune Cookman) is on ESPNU at 7:30.
• College football (North Carolina State-Cincinnati) is on ESPN at 8.
• Game 1 of the WNBA's Western Conference Finals (Phoenix-Minnesota) is at 9.
• Women's soccer (USA-Canada) is on ESPN2 at 11.
• The first round of the LPGA's Solheim Cup (from Ireland) is on the Golf Channel at 2:30 a.m.
A Landon Donovan appreciation: "Here we sit in 2011, a little more than a year from "Go, go USA!," with Donovan at 29. Not old, but certainly not young. The accolades are there, both on a club level and internationally. He is rightly celebrated as America's all-time leading goal scorer, but few mention that his 47 assists are well more than second-place Cobi Jones' 22. Donovan's stint at Everton proved that he could compete in Europe but also what anyone really paying attention already knew: The US's most skilled player thrives when he isn't required to be the most important man on the field." [Run of Play]
Sept. 22, 2006: Jason Whitlock Leaves ESPN With Guns Ablaze
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• If The ‘90s Braves Were Doctoring The Ball, More Power To Them
• Lady Gaga Won't Empower You For Shit
• Jamaal Charles Takes A Ride On The Fantasy Meat Wagon
• Pearl Jam Fan Notes: Joe Buck Talks About The Night Eddie Vedder Made Him Squeal
• Statistics Are Ruining Baseball
Nothing fake about that answer: "New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell would not confirm or deny accusations made by one of his former players, Bryan Kehl, that he coaches his players to fake injuries. ‘I can't say I've ever done that and I can't say that I haven't done that,' Fewell said Thursday. ‘I know that the young man (Giants safety Deon Grant) was down and I was glad that he got up, and he was able to play. If the guy can't play to his full potential and he was hurt, then he was hurt. But I can't say I did and I can't say I've never done that. So I'm not gonna go back and forth about it.'" [ESPN]
Amar'e unwinds: Recipes included. [Bon Appétit]
And it wasn't because his ass was hanging out on Sunday: "Cedric Benson is reportedly facing a three-game suspension for off-field trouble he was involved in during the lockout. If the suspension holds - and Benson's expected to appeal it - the Cincinnati running back would miss Weeks 4 through 6 of the regular season. He will play this Sunday against San Francisco." [Sports Illustrated]
Your Irish Insurance Commercial Interlude:
Metta World is generous: "This cause has been a major passion for World Peace since at least the Lakers' championship in 2010, when he celebrated the Game 7 victory over the Celtics by thanking his therapist on national TV. In the past 15 months, he has raffled off his title ring and raised many more funds, all while making the argument that there's no shame in getting help for mental health issues. He has committed to this issue with the kind of dedication we usually only expect from basketball players on the court. World Peace doesn't just have charity interests — it's arguably the biggest part of his life right now." [Ball Don't Lie]
Understanding Moneyball: "Let's get this out of the way quickly: Moneyball was not a book about nerds and statistics and butterball catchers who do nothing but walk-not really. It was a book about the temporarily misperceived value of nerds and statistics and butterball catchers who do nothing but walk and, above all, about how to profit off that misperception. Which is to say that, at bottom, Moneyball was a book about a charismatic visionary (Oakland Athletics general manager Billy Beane) who achieved success by exploiting market inefficiencies. This is a conceit known as Every Business Book Ever." [GQ]
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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