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This Evening: The Attack Of The Praying Mantis

Your p.m. roundup for July 27, the day we were traded for a blogger to be named later. H/T to Derek for the video. And here's Logan Morrison's reaction to that harrowing moment. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.

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What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): You again get to choose between baseball and soccer: ESPN's got Giants-Phillies at 7 p.m., while ESPN2 has the MLS All-Stars against Manchester United at 8:30 p.m.

Read Me: Today's Story That Doesn't Suck

Internet dating with Amy Winehouse: "I met Amy on the Internet close to a decade ago. 'Are you Jewish?' She asked. It was on a dating site back when the Internet was still new. She was young, I was older. If we were French it wouldn't have been a big deal. She was a flirt and it was teenage stuff, innocent. She was in London, and after a while she mentioned working with David Bowie and Massive Attack. I ignored it. Men used to run away from their wives and into the arms of fat strangers because of the Internet. She sent me a couple letters of the flirtatious variety, perfumed with photos and, once, a demo tape. Her voice was real. Her first album, Frank, was crazy. It was all her, the kid I knew from emails. Back to Black was a benchmark. It was also a big mess of denial. She could still sing while trashed at that point, and crowds cheered her and passed her drinks and spliffs." [Vice Magazine]

Trade Fucking Deadline!

Ken Rosenthal throws some shit against the wall: You getting all this? [@Ken_Rosenthal]
Ubaldo Jiminez is going … somewhere: You know, any one of seven teams. Or something. [mlbtraderumors]
The Astros still have Hunter Pence: For now, anyway. []


This Date In Deadspin History

July 27, 2005: Getting Drunk With Joe Theismann



Giants deal for Beltran: "From a field that included the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and Atlanta Braves, the defending World Series champion Giants ultimately had the greatest need for the switch-hitting slugger and came with the highest bid – 21-year-old right-hander Zack Wheeler, the sixth pick in the 2009 draft who projects as a top-of-the-rotation starter. The Mets also will include $4 million toward the remainder of Beltran's contract, which comes to about $6 million." [Yahoo!]


The strange story of David Salinas: "The scam that bilked nearly $8 million from at least 13 NCAA basketball coaches - as well as $47 million more from many other investors, including a former New Mexico athletic director and a southeast Texas church whose bond holdings were valued at $13.1 million - was surprisingly crude. Everyone involved had invested in what they believed to be a conservative portfolio of U.S. corporate bonds-General Electric, Xerox, Walmart, IBM, J.P. Morgan. But according to several sources close to the investigations being conducted by the SEC, the Justice Department and the Secret Service, those bonds never existed. One financial statement obtained by SI shows that a set of 13 CUSIP numbers (the bonds' publicly verifiable identification codes) was fabricated. Another investor, who had given Salinas his life savings, had no CUSIP numbers on his statement at all." [Sports Illustrated]

Hasselback a Titan, Jackson a Seahawk: "News broke Tuesday that the Seattle Seahawks wouldn't re-sign the 35-year-old Hasselbeck. Instead, the Seahawks agreed to a deal with former Minnesota Viking Tarvaris Jackson, multiple sources told ESPN. The Titans are expected to groom Jake Locker, the eighth overall pick in April's draft, to be their starter of the future. The team announced in January that it would either release Vince Young or try to trade him because he's not in its plans for the coming season, and veteran Kerry Collins announced July 7 he was retiring." [ESPN]


Tap dancing Brazilian election commerical interlude:

Santonio still a Jet: "The deal, which will be formally announced on Friday, is a sign that the Jets are going to keep their promise to aggressively pursue as many of their 16 free agents as possible. The team first focused on Holmes, a former No. 1 draft pick andSuper Bowl hero with the Steelers, because he worked well with quarterback Mark Sanchez last season and was likely to have had a lot of bidders had he negotiated with other teams." [New York Times]


Jalen Rose gets 20 days for DUI: "Judge Kimberly Small, known for her tough stance on drunken driving, ordered the former NBA player and University of Michigan basketball star to serve 93 days in jail, but she suspended all but 20 of those days. Small, during a 40-minute sentencing hearing in 48th District Court in Bloomfield Township, told Rose: ‘You're not here because you drank. I have no problem with that. Have at it. I do mind when you get behind the wheel of a two-ton vehicle and use it as a weapon against the rest of us.'" [Detroit Free Press]

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