What we're watching (all times EDT, unless noted): For football, it's Eagles-Steelers on FOX at 8. For baseball, you can watch Giants-Braves or Diamondbacks-Phillies on MLB Network at 7. And there's the Little League World Series, with Warner Robins (Ga.) taking on Lafayette (La.) on ESPN at 8. For tennis, the Western & Southern Open is on ESPN2 at 7. And for soccer, there's an MLS match between D.C. United and Chicago on ESPN2 at 9.
Huh. So this is what people were talking about today: "'I think I can say this now, because it's not going to hurt anybody's feelings, and it's the truth,' Vick tells me a few weeks after the commencement ceremony. 'I didn't want to come to Philadelphia. Being the third-team quarterback is nothing to smile about. Cincinnati and Buffalo were better options.' Those two teams wanted him and would've allowed him to start, but after meeting with commissioner Roger Goodell and other reps from the NFL, Vick was convinced-and granted league approval-to sign with Philly. 'And I commend and thank them, because they put me in the right situation.'" [GQ]
Some quick links to a few items we posted earlier:
• NFL Suspends Terrelle Pryor For Breaking The NCAA's Rules
• Wilson Chandler: Probably Not Gay
• Help Us Get The Wireless Passwords For Every NFL Training Camp
• The 2011 Hater's Guide To The Top 25
• Mike Vick Says Roger Goodell Didn't Make Him Go To Philly, But...
The life of a big-league interpreter: "From a baseball standpoint, Peters's most important role is as a bridge between Igarashi and coaches. When pitching coach Dan Warthen goes over hitters' tendencies in group meetings before the first game of every series, Peters takes detailed notes. When the game begins, he sits with Igarashi in the bullpen, translating his notes as each hitter comes to the plate. Away from the ballpark, Igarashi said the two try to give each other space. His English is decent enough that he can go food shopping or order at a restaurant on his own." [Wall Street Journal]
This is kind of a big deal: "Beginning on Nov. 12, FOX will air four major UFC fight cards each year. The UFC's reality show 'The Ultimate Fighter' will be moving from Spike to FX. The format will change from a taped show to airing live fights each Friday night. During the two seasons each year, FX will air every "Ultimate Fighter" fight live. There will also be six UFC Fight Nights each year on FX. ‘We will own Friday nights,' said Shanks." [Cagewriter]
Can't help but wonder: "Sabonis suffered the big-man's curse. It is the irony of the game that often some of the bodies built for basketball are ultimately too delicate to handle how the sport pounds the feet, ankles, and knees. The bigger the body, the greater the chance that a tiny abnormality can halt a brilliant career and crumble it like a misplaced Jenga block. Bill Walton and Yao Ming are among those whose sparkling careers were derailed by debilitating injuries. But at least the NBA's audience witnessed them, appreciated the development of greatness even if the peak was abbreviated. With Sabonis, we are left only with a dabble of YouTube clips filmed long before YouTube was created. "I am no longer a locomotive, only a small trolley," Sabonis once told the Oregonian after he arrived in Portland." [Grantland]
Your Crazy Chilean Commerical Interlude:
Another photo diary of the Gathering of the Juggalos: Like, wow. [BuzzFeed]
And the results are in: "Welcome back to Answers of the Day—our Jalopnik summer feature where we take the best ten responses from the previous day's Question of the Day and shine it up to show off." [Jalopnik]
So what does he win?: "Colorado Rockies minor leaguer Mike Jacobs carved his name in drug-testing history Thursday by becoming the first North American professional athlete to be suspended for testing positive for human growth hormone. Jacobs, who has been playing for the Rockies' Triple-A affiliate in Colorado Springs, was suspended for 50 games, effective immediately. The 30-year-old first baseman has played for the New York Mets, Florida Marlins and Kansas City Royals, but hasn't appeared in the major leagues at all this season. According to the commissioner's office, Jacobs is the first athlete in any North American professional sport to test positive for HGH. The only positive test anywhere involved British rugby player Terry Newton, in 2010." [ESPN]
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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