What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): The Golf Channel's got the Nationwide Tour's Mylan Classic on tape delay at 6:30. U.S. Open tennis is on ESPN2 at 7. ESPN has college football, with TCU playing Baylor at 8. MLB Network has Rangers-Red Sox or White Sox-Tigers at 7, followed by Diamondbacks-Giants or Twins-Angels at 10. The Speed Network has the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200 at 8. The NFL Network has Raiders-Seahawks at 10:30. And ESPN2 has USA-Costa Rica in men's soccer at 11.
Yes, this is another Dave McKenna link: "The Redskins had been on civil rights protesters' radar for a while by 1961. Every squad in the NFL except the Redskins had integrated by 1952. But Marshall wouldn't budge. In February 1957, for example, the NAACP went after Marshall by running a picket line outside the Philadelphia hotel where an NFL owners meeting was taking place. The owners' response to the protesters' pleas for integration? They unanimously passed a resolution honoring the Redskins boss: 'George Marshall, having completed 25 years in professional football, is the greatest asset sports has ever known with his honesty, integrity, and his perfect frankness in expressing what he believes.'" [Washington City Paper]
Sept. 2, 2008: The Beijing Bureau Says Goodbye
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• Whoever Broke Into Chris Cooley's Art Gallery Did Not Care Much For The Art
• Is This Wisconsin OC Paul Chryst Drinking And Dipping His Way Through A 51-Point Outburst?
• Today In Shameless Corporate Behavior: The Redskins Hawk Obsolete Donovan McNabb Souvenir Cups
• Fred Taylor Retires A Jaguar, But How Much Does His One-Day Contract Pay?
• We're Sick Of Joe Theismann All Over Again
Oh, look. It's Drew on books: "When I was in school, I was forced to read any number of books that I hated. By this method, schools do a pretty solid job of turning off many kids from reading for good. God forbid you should read anything 'fun,' or 'readable,' or 'not boring and shitty.' No, no: It's a steady diet of Johnny Tremain and opaque Toni Morrison novels for you. Your assignment tonight is to read 70 pages of Song of Solomon, or slit your wrists and never come back to school. LEARNING." [The Awl]
That Kentucky-Western Kentucky game last night pretty much sucked: "Western Kentucky vs. Kentucky is the worst game featuring an SEC team in the modern era. It's also the worst game I've ever seen in person. And I watched it all. Worst of all, I got to Nashville's LP Field at 11:45 AM. That's eight hours and thirty minutes before kickoff. Or roughly as long as it took either team to gain a first down on Thursday night." [Outkick the Coverage]
And now for the stories behind literary types who once dabbled in sports: "Some of the most important literary figures of the last century had previously made a name for themselves in athletics. Here are the stories of a halfback who became a beatnik, an Olympic-hopeful wrestler who became leader of the Merry Pranksters, and nine other athletically gifted writers." [Mental Floss]
Your Times Of India Commercial Interlude:
Lance Briggs doesn't want to play for the Bears anymore: "The six-time Pro Bowl selection recently approached the Bears about a raise, but upper management has not budged. Rosenhaus made the trade request via an email to contract negotiator Cliff Stein. The Bears had no comment on the issue Thursday, and their stance on the trade request remains unclear." [Chicago Tribune]
That's it for Zambrano: "Chicago Cubs' right-hander Carlos Zambrano will sit out the rest of the season after his 30-day suspension ends after games of Sept. 11. The Cubs said Friday they'll pay Zambrano after the suspension ends but there's insufficient time for him to get ready to pitch again. The Cubs also said a grievance filed on Zambrano's behalf will be processed by the players' union, Major League Baseball and the team during the offseason." [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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