What we watched: The Mets have a way of losing in the most Mets way possible sometimes, don't they? Last night, they had a chance to finish off the Marlins, only to have Justin Turner somehow transform a potential game-ending double play into a two-run error that was the difference in a 4-3 loss. This after a 10th-inning grand slam beat them Monday and a last-at-bat loss to the Nationals on Sunday. We almost want to watch again tonight, just to see how creative they might get.
In which the Big East is compared to a prom queen: "The scene was reminiscent of a junior high school dance, with Big East and TV executives flirting but keeping their distance. ESPN has the first chance to negotiate a contract with the Big East next September. The Big East may still have braces and thick glasses, but it is being courted like a prom queen." [NY Times]
Third person alert!: "Just to show that Albert Haynesworth can still play football," he said. "It's all about now, rewriting my name as Albert Haynesworth the Patriot." [ESPN Boston]
It's too hot for football: "Two Georgia high school football players died Tuesday, one after more than a week in the hospital, as officials try to determine the effects of hot weather on both players." [AJC]
Your Bahrain-Kuwait lengthy basketball fight interlude:
What's in the swag bag at the Lyles Bowl?: "Willie Lyles does not coach or play football or work for ESPN. He is not a candidate for this year's Heisman Trophy. No one invited him to grand-opening festivities. He just sort of crashed the party.Only in wacky college football world could Oregon and Louisiana State meet in a huge Sept. 3 game in Dallas with both teams under NCAA investigation for dealings with same guy. Some are already calling it ‘The Lyles Bowl.'" [LA Times]
Just yell louder, Jered: "‘I obviously knew that something was going to happen,' Weaver said. ‘It's six games, and it is what it is, but I've decided to appeal it. I wanted my voice heard a little bit on the situation and how it went down, see what they feel about it and go from there. So we'll see what happens.'" [AP]
This is a sad story: "Life was to be lived. That's what Hatch taught Austin. In the eight years since the plane crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings but spared a father and son, Hatch tried to cultivate normalcy. If he fell apart, where would that leave Austin? Eventually, in spite of all the horrible memories, they got back into a single-engine prop and flew again. Life was to be lived. Hatch was, at his core, a pilot, and Austin was meant to ride shotgun." [Outside The Lines]