Your p.m. roundup for Aug. 30, the day we learned you weren't comfortable knowing you were our masturbation fodder. Photo courtesy Shutdown Corner, via Sportress of Blogitude. Got any stories or photos for us? Tip your editors.
What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): You've got three baseball games, with Yankees-Red Sox or Phillies-Reds on MLB Network at 7, and Cubs-Giants on WGN at 10. And continued coverage of the first round of the U.S. Open tennis is on ESPN2, also at 7.
Joao Silva on being a war photographer in Afghanistan: "It's been an amazing experience. One would not choose to go through it, but I've gone through it. It happened. My time came, I guess. From the very moment that I stood on that land mine, that morning on Oct. 23, 2010, I was pretty pragmatic about the whole thing. So many people had been killed around me - friends dying at my feet, no exaggeration - that when it happened to me, I was like: 'O.K. My number came up. It's time to move on.' And here I am, nine months later. I'm standing upright, seeing a lot of wonderful faces looking at me, and it's an absolute pleasure." [New York Times]
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• In 1964, USC Trojans In Training Had To Do A Whole Lot Of Trotting
• Wow, LSU Players Really Fucked Up Those Guys In The Shady's Parking Lot (Allegedly)
• Banished From The NCAA, Bruce Pearl Will Now Sell You Groceries
• The One Where We Buy A Photo Of Jay Mariotti Walking With A Woman For $3.32
• Man Drops Pruning Shears, Falls Eye-Socket First Onto Pruning Shears
• Why The 1991 Saints Dropped Their Lame "Ca-Ching" Catchphrase
Crittenton arrested: "Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton was in police custody after being arrested at a Southern California airport while waiting to board a flight to Atlanta, where his lawyer said he would go to surrender in a murder case. Crittenton, who was suspended from the league for having guns in a locker room with teammate Gilbert Arenas, was arrested Monday evening at John Wayne Airport in Orange County after checking in for a redeye Delta Air Lines flight, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said. She said he was with a male companion who was not arrested. Crittenton was taken to a Los Angeles police station where he was booked on suspicion of being a fugitive from justice." [AP]
Quarterback controversy!: "It is extremely doubtful Manning will play in the Colts [sic] final preseason game against the Bengals. However, team vice chairman Bill Polian has said the first unit offense could play more than usual in order to give newly-signed quarterback Kerry Collins some reps." [Stampede Blue]
What's up with Mike Shanahan's hair? "But some of these photos do appear to show various shades of darkness. Is it the camera settings? The angle of the sun? The stress of the moment? Dunno. You can be the judge, I guess." [DC Sports Bog]
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Young boy hit with line drive at Mets game: "Stadium officials immediately rushed to help the young boy, and he was taken away on a stretcher. Once the first game ended - the Mets did win - Turner says that he got to see the boy, who was conscious and talking as he was wheeled through the clubhouse.Turner gave the boy's mother his jersey and Dobbs rushed over to give the boy a bat. Maybe that wasn't the best idea for a souvenir, but hey, he tried. According to Mets vice president of security Rob Kasdon, the boy is expected to be okay." [Gothamist]
Your Suriname Supermarket Commercial Interlude:
Bonds' sentencing date set: "Gwen Knapp of the Chronicle tweeted a few minutes ago that the judge in the Barry Bonds case has set Bonds' sentencing for December 16th. Knapp's assumption - which sounds like a very reasonable one - is that he won't do time but rather will get some sort of home confinement or probation or something." [Hardball Talk]
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