Your p.m. roundup for Aug. 1, the day 50 naked people really showed Wall Street a thing or two about transparency. Photo via KCKRS. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): Since it's pretty much that time of year, it's baseball or soccer tonight. There are 11 MLB games on the docket, with ESPN scheduled to show Indians-Red Sox at 7. Over on ESPN2, there's a FIFA U-20 World Cup soccer match between Argentina and England that starts at 8:45 p.m.
Pete Dexter's 1980 classic on the strange, sad story of LeeRoy Yarbrough: "I'm going to tell you right here that I don't know what picked LeeRoy Yarbrough off the top of his world in 1969 and delivered him, eleven years later, to the night when he would get up off a living room chair and tell his mother, ‘I hate to do this to you,' and then try to kill her. I can tell you some of how it happened, I can tell you what the doctors said, what his people said. But I don't know why. It has business with that little girl and her puppies, though. With not looking at what you don't want to see, putting it off until you are face-to-face with something unspeakable. And tonight those nine puppies go to the bottom of the lake." [Bronx Banter Blog]
Straight retirement, homey: "His retirement comes as a surprise. Not a shock, maybe, since last season was so disastrous, but up until just Sunday, there were rumors that the Jets were interested in his services. That fell through when the Jets signed Plaxico Burress(notes) instead, but I doubt the Jets were the only team to kick his tires. His agent's comments would seem to indicate that, too. If this is indeed the end for Moss (and one couldn't be blamed if one thought there was a good chance Moss would change his mind at some point), he's left a permanent mark on the game. I don't know if there's anyone else's Hall of Fame enshrinement speech I'd rather see than his." [Shutdown Corner]
Because of his back, Buchholz likely won't be back: "Clay Buchholz, who's been out six weeks, is suffering from a stress fracture in his lower back, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. It's unlikely that Buchholz will pitch again this season, though a return in the postseason has not entirely been ruled out yet. Buchholz, whose last start was June 16, is scheduled to see noted back specialist Dr. Thomas Watkins in Los Angeles Monday. But Watkins will likely only confirm what has already been diagnosed. Buchholz threw off the mound last Monday and told reporters afterward that he felt the session was a step in the right direction, adding that he felt about 80 percent recovered." [CSN New England]
Isn't this the same star with one playoff win in the last 15 years?: "'The star is very important to us,' Garrett said after Monday's walkthrough practice. 'The star is an international symbol. It's the Dallas football Cowboys. And the players hear me say that a lot. The star means something. This team has been around 51 years, and it's a great tradition. You have to earn the right to wear that star, and we're very clear with the players about that. Just because you sign with the Dallas Cowboys doesn't mean you earned that thing yet.'" [ESPN Dallas
Latvian ice bombing commerical interlude:
Korey Stringer died 10 years ago today: "His legacy as a 27-year-old athlete stricken in his prime endures at the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut, where researchers study the causes of heatstroke and sudden death. The Vikings will pay tribute to Stringer today with a moment of silence before their initial 3 p.m. training camp practice at Minnesota State University in Mankato. His No. 77 will be painted on fields throughout camp. His locker at Winter Park remains a shrine to the fallen offensive lineman." [St. Paul Pioneer Press]
Nicholas Schmidle provides a play-by-play of bin Laden's capture in this week's New Yorker: "During the next four minutes, the interior of the Black Hawks rustled alive with the metallic cough of rounds being chambered. Mark, a master chief petty officer and the ranking noncommissioned officer on the operation, crouched on one knee beside the open door of the lead helicopter. He and the eleven other SEALs on ‘helo one,' who were wearing gloves and had on night-vision goggles, were preparing to fast-rope into bin Laden's yard. They waited for the crew chief to give the signal to throw the rope. But, as the pilot passed over the compound, pulled into a high hover, and began lowering the aircraft, he felt the Black Hawk getting away from him. He sensed that they were going to crash." [New Yorker]
Emeritus on how it all opened up: "I think I just happened to start Deadspin at a time when people were looking for a site that treated sports with the irreverence that they treated sports, and a site that helped introduce them to all the great work that was being done on the Web. In 2005, when Deadspin started, sports fans went to ESPN.com, and if they were inventive (or they wanted fantasy advice) they'd go to Yahoo or SI or maybe CBS sportsline or whatever. That was a closed off system. Now it has been opened up a little bit more. There are more voices, not just in general, but at ESPN and other places. If someone like Bill Barnwell or Katie Baker has a story on the front page of ESPN.com, man, I'd say that's a good thing, regardless of the corporate parent." [Good Men Project]
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