What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): College football! And it counts! UNLV-Wisconsin is on ESPN, and Mississippi State-Memphis is on FOX Sports Net. Both begin at 8. MLB Network has Yankees-Red Sox (imagine!) or Nationals-Braves at 7. NFL Network has Colts-Bengals at 7 and Broncos-Seahawks at 10. And ESPN2 has U.S. Open tennis at 7.
Literary types, playing sports: "Whether it's because of the jocks vs. brains dichotomy or the idea that literary folks are fragile artists, we're always surprised to find out that a renowned author also excelled as an athlete. That, perhaps, is why we were so intrigued when the archivists at How to Be a Retronaut posted a photo of none other than Agatha Christie snuggling up to a surfboard. Out of curiosity, we started Googling to see which of our other favorite authors have been caught on film playing a sport." [Flavorwire]
Sept. 1, 2005: The Oldest Batboy In Captivity
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• ESPN Will Put Unranked Texas In The Top 25, Now That They Own The Longhorn Network
• Ronaldinho Ignores Teammates And Physics, Scores On A Corner Kick
• The Guy Who Wanted To Own The Mets, Like Everyone Else Ever Involved With The Team, Has Quit On The Mets
• Bruce Feldman On Leaving ESPN: "In The Last Six Weeks, I've Seen What They're Capable Of"
• Introducing Deadspin's College Football Top 25 Or So
The bid that might save the Dodgers: "The bid is headed by Los Angeles Marathon founder Bill Burke and funded in part by Chinese investors, according to a letter sent to McCourt on Tuesday. The letter was disclosed to The Times by two people familiar with its content but not authorized to discuss it publicly. The proposed sale price would set a record for a Major League Baseball team." [Los Angeles Times]
Wait, Tie Domi's kid is wearing Bobby Clarke's old number? What's happening to hockey?: "'I don't know him but a few years ago, I watched a show on TV about him and how he managed to play hockey despite having Type I diabetes.'Domi has diabetes too. He was diagnosed five years ago. ‘You have to live a healthy lifestyle, eat healthy and monitor it, but it's never been an issue for me,' he said." [London Free Press]
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Some local craft beer would be nice: "So, I was encouraged and even a bit enthusiastic when the San Diego Chargers recently announced they are rolling out a team-associated cabernet sauvignon. Until I heard the details. Despite my devotion to craft beer, I appreciate good wine and have made many a pilgrimage to Napa, Sonoma and Paso Robles, but it makes absolutely zero sense that the Chargers have made that long trip to procure Napa grapes for their "special" wine when there is plenty of viable fruit right in San Diego County as well as the nearby wine valley of Temecula. It's like a grip-and-twist of the face-mask to local vintners. Where's the hometown pride?" [San Diego Reader]
Your Moroccan Iced Tea Commercial Interlude:
There's no place like the Palestra, so this is bad news for Philly hoops: "For the first time since the Big 5 was formed, Saint Joseph's will play its game with Villanova on its campus at Hagan Arena. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 17. Though the date has not been set, St. Joe's also will play Temple at Hagan this season in the school's annual home and home." [Philadelphia Daily News]
This is worth revisiting: Just because. [Slate]
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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