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Roundup: NCAA Regionals in Philly, More Mo’ne, the (Fake) Death of Mr. Met

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Mo’ne

After becoming the first female pitcher to ever win a game in the Little League World Series — and racking up all of the acclaim (and media coverage) that came with that — Mo’Ne Davis will release her memoirs next year. How a teen has memoirs, I do not know, but HarperCollins will publish Mo’ne Davis: Remember My Name under their children’s books umbrella, and the book will be co-written with (or “as told to”) Hilary Beard.

NCAA Tournament

Two great pieces of news on the March Madness front:

1. We get to start calling the round of 64 the “first round” again after the NCAA pretended those play-in games were anything other than a way for them to make more money.
2. The 2016 men’s basketball tournament’s East Regional games will be played at the Wells Fargo Center.

LaSalle will play the role of “host institution” and the other sites for the regional round are Chicago, Louisville, and Anaheim. The 2016 Final Four will be played at NRG Stadium, where they have some experience with basketball court-style floors.

Podcasts

Twitter-hero FanSince09 has released a new conspiracy-driven (and mocking) sports podcast, which should put you in the right mindset for whatever the Phils are going to do this offseason.

And on a slow and dreary day, you can take solace in the fact that Mr. Met is dead. The Onion’s newest spinoff site, Clickhole, reported the death of the “baseball-headed demon” today, at the age of 10,000. In mourning his passing, Clickhole gave us this amazing image:

The world loved Mr. Met’s boisterous performances during Mets games and the way he would walk calmly to the stadium’s boiler room after games and stand motionless, facing the wall, all night long until the next game began.

This could have all happened years ago of course, because of the Phanatic.

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Mid-Week Mini Roundup: Boyz II Men and Other #BlackSunday Things

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The Eagles already pulled out all the merch stops for this weekend’s Sunday Night Football matchup against the Giants, but now, they’re going all in on halftime. Promoting their new album Collide, Boyz II Men will perform live on the field at halftime, and those not at the game can catch their performance (likely of “Motown Philly,” but an audible into “One Sweet Day” would be weird and wonderful) on the Eagles’ website and mobile app. It’s going to be great, but it also reminds me of one of the greatest moments in television history: The sing-fight from Making the Band 4 set to “End of the Road”.

And if that wasn’t enough of an effort to up your gameday experience, the Eagles have been sending surveys out to game attendees to ask about their travel time, cell reception, and more:

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In sending out the survey, the Eagles said: “With the help of the National Football League, we are working to ensure that we are meeting your expectations in every way … we invite you to share your thoughts with us by completing the following survey. Please take the next 15 minutes to express your opinions relating to your overall gameday experience, and if possible, please aim to complete your survey by this Saturday.” The league could probably be focused on some more pressing matters, but it’s nice that the Eagles care.

And finally, in the lowest form of pre-game smack talk, Prince Amukamara and Dominique “Still in the League” Rodgers-Cromartie posed with Giants super-fan “License Plate Guy” and his personalized Eagles jersey:

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We can’t say it about Amukamara, but that zero DRC is holding up also represents the number of Super Bowls he’s won. Plus, I’d almost rather have zero Super Bowls than be seen with this guy. Almost.

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Your End of Week Roundup

Sixers Draft Pick You Forgot About Will Play in League You Didn’t Know About

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan McRae, one of the 400 players the 76ers drafted in the 2nd round this year, is going to be playing pro basketball in Australia. McRae was the 58th pick of the 2014 draft and traded to the 76ers from the Spurs, and will now suit up for Melbourne United in the NBL. McRae was named to the Second Team of the Summer League’s All-NBA squad when he averaged 21 points on 50% shooting in four appearances.

One report thinks the Sixers retain the right to call McRae back to the NBA until January, but if not, he’ll spend the year playing in the same league as Josh Childress. And that is what Josh Childress is up to.

This Evolution of Madden Video Reminds You How Many Hours and Hours You’ve Played These Games

The video above, via Barstool, shows the evolution of every few years of the Madden video game franchise over the past 26 years. It’s gotten me excited to play Madden 15, but I’d also be fine pulling out Maddens 02/03/04.

Soothsayer Larry Mendte Says the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl

Call of the parade, Eagles fans, the harbinger of Eagles success has announced that they will not win a Super Bowl this year, so let’s just pack it up. That Nostradamus of professional football is Larry Mendte, and he just knows this year is not the year:

After false prophets who came to Philadelphia and fell short of leading us to the Promised Land, Eagles fans believe they have found their Messiah. And I am now put in the unenviable position of having to yell at the Chipnotized, “Snap out of it! It’s not going to happen this year!”

That hurts to admit. There are just way too many questions. I believe Nick Foles can and will be a star in this league. But, the defense is still suspect, as is the kicker. Depth is also a problem. What happens if offensive linemen Jason Peters or running back LeSean McCoy gets hurt? Injuries at key positions are inevitable. The Eagles don’t have the depth at most positions to compensate.

The great prognosticator of the Philadelphia fan has spoken, and his will shall be done.

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Your Mid-Week Roundup

On top of a bunch of what is going on this week, there’s some smaller stories worth pointing out. Here they are in your mid-week roundup:

Sam Hinkie May Get Anthony Bennett, but he Really Wants All of Your Picks

In news that we won’t know for sure until Andrew Wiggins’ 30-day post-signing period is over, it looks like Sam Hinkie may get Anthony Bennett, even though he’d just prefer to have all of the first round picks.

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Joel Embiid is Hilarious, K.J. McDaniels is the Best Defender, and Other NBA Rookie Opinions

In the NBA’s annual rookie survey, conducted at the annual rookie photo shoot, the incoming class decided that Joel Embiid is the funniest amongst them. Embiid also garnered a few votes in the best defender category (tied for fifth with 8.1% of the vote) and who will have the best career. K.J. McDaniels was named the rookie group’s best defender with 13.5% of the vote (tied with Marcus Smart) while also getting votes for most overlooked. Nerlens Noel, the oft-forgotten late-rookie, got some votes for Rookie of the Year candidate, and 2nd-rounder Jerami Grant got some votes for funniest rookie and best playmaker. So at least we know if Hinkie’s grand experiment fails miserably, at least there are some comedians on the team.

Katy Perry Ran up the Art Museum Steps Wearing a Pizza-Themed Onesie

Why? Because sometimes the world is a strange and terrifying place.

Tony Luke is Taking Questions on Foodspin About his Food Show

He’s already answered questions about the difference between his goatee and Guy Fieri’s, so you need a new question now.

FIFA 15 Also Looks Completely Insane, Finally has all BPL Stadiums

Lest football and hockey get all the attention around here, FIFA 15 also released a whole bunch of new info, including the fact that they’ll have all 20 Premier League stadiums for the very first time. The new game will also include over 200 additional player face scans — it makes me feel like an old man, since when I looked at the side-by-side it actually took a second to see which was real and which was digital — and Sepp Blatter’s favorite toy, the goal line decision system. FIFA and NHL have always been pretty great, but it looks like EA (and for the NBA, 2k Sports) are really bringing the big guns out for the newest generation of systems.

Amazon’s Same Day Delivery Rolled Out in Philly Today

And speaking of those new systems: If all of this Madden and FIFA talk pushed you over the edge into “Okay, I’m totally getting the PS4/XBOX One,” you can order them on Amazon (along with a ton of other stuff) and now get it the same day you ordered it. Just not right now because it’s already too late in the day. Or something. Basically the “Get It Today” checkbox is greyed over in the sidebar for everything right now, but oh man if it was like 7am and I ordered a PS4, I might have it by now, all without ever having to put pants on. This is the future we fought for.

That Time the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Greedy British Kids Caused big Environmental Problems in the UK

As we get ready to see Michael Bay unleash his stinking pile of turtle shit upon the moviegoing public, the Daily Beast looked back at how the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles films caused a big mess in the UK:

This particular tale begins in 1990. Back then, the Ninja Turtles were one of the biggest franchises in the Western Hemisphere, having spawned comic books, a billion-dollar toy line, and a beloved TV show, along with a soon-to-be-released feature film and multiple corporate sponsorships. Like any massively successful property, the Turtles eventually began influencing its audience in unsuspecting ways. This was no more so in England, where parents found themselves purchasing pet turtles—or in this case, red-eared terrapins, one of the most popular breeds in the world—at the behest of their TMNT-loving children …

Baby terrapins are adorably compact and require seemingly little upkeep, making them the perfect companion for someone looking to further enhance their Ninja Turtles fandom. But, like most impulse buys, many of the adults purchasing them as pets were naively unaware of the size these terrapins would grow into (upwards of 30 centimeters long), nor the amount of maintenance they would eventually require (they often get too big for their original tanks, and also need proper filters and oxygenated plants). Soon enough, children began to lose interest in these once-coveted pets, leaving the responsibility to the parents, many of whom decided that caring for the terrapins would be too much effort. Ultimately, they began releasing the animals into local waterways. Bad idea.

“People just took the terrapins out there thinking they would be OK,” Pauline Kidner, founder of Secret World, a charity that specializes in the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of Britain’s orphaned wildlife, tells The Daily Beast. However, as Kidner states, releasing the animals ended up having the complete opposite effect on the environment. Over the next decade, the RETs wreaked havoc on the ecosystem, eating ducklings, small water birds, and other amphibians. Adds Kidner, “They’re quite a voracious animal as far as the diet. They can eat so many things that they are detrimental to the actual balance to the nature and waterways once they get introduced to them.”

It took years and efforts from the British Chelonia Group and Belgium’s Reptiles et Amphibians de la Nature to undo some of the damage done by releasing the pets into the wild, but I expect Bay’s destruction will be just as widespread.

And in Case you Missed it This Morning: Get Your Kelly Drive Shirt Now

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The Eagles may not be going back to our favorite shade of green full-time, but you can.

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Your Mid-Week Roundup: The Sixers Get Social and the Phillies Get Desperate

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The Phillies really miss having you at the ballpark. How do I know? Because they probably sent you that email above, saying:

“Hey, listen. I know things aren’t great right now, but how about we lower the price on these tickets and you can at least come in so we can talk about it. I don’t want it to be over between us, and I’m willing to change. [Note: “Willing to change” is open to interpretation and the decisions of Ruben Amaro Jr.]”

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Whoever the Sixers ended up hiring as their social media coordinator is doing a good job right out of the gate. That exchange above, which came to us from reader John, is some major league level stuff. Take notes, Phillies.

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Starting this season, you will no longer have to be a DirecTV subscriber to have access to the NFL’s Sunday Ticket service on your phone, tablet, game console, and computer. The service will be available to non-DirecTV customers starting at $199.99 for the season for eligible areas. I plugged my address into DirecTV’s service website and it said the service was unavailable to me, but it was available when I used a different local address, so some of you may not be able to access it.

And finally, over at Huffington Post, former NHL player and referee Paul Stewart posted a blog in which he shared a story about the first time he met Eric Lindros, young asshole:

“The start of the game at the Spectrum was delayed several minutes. I had to wait for the red light on the scorer’s table to indicate that the broadcast had returned from a commercial and it was OK to drop the opening faceoff.

During the delay, I made small talk with several of the Devils and Flyers on the ice. I said hello to Mark Recchi and talked to Bernie Nicholls. I then tried to greet the 19-year-old rookie Lindros.

‘Hey, Eric. How are things going? How’s your dad?’ I asked.

The response: ‘[Bleep] you. Just drop the [bleeping] puck already.’

Lindros was apparently in a bad mood because he’d recently missed 12 games with a knee injury, the team was in a losing skid, and he’d had a tough game in New Jersey. This game was also played about a week after Lindros had to go to court in Toronto after the Koo Koo Bananas incident. You know what? Those were his problems, not mine. But we were about to have a mutual problem.

Right off the opening faceoff, Lindros bulled forward and drilled Nicholls under the chin with his stick. I ditched Lindros on a high-sticking penalty.

Before the game, I had brought a tube filled with posters to Flyers’ equipment manager Jim “Turk” Evers. The posters, which depicted Recchi and Lindros, were to be autographed and then donated to a charity auction. I had done a similar thing in other cities, such as a Cam Neely and Ray Bourque poster in Boston, and a Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr in Pittsburgh.

After the game, I want to Turk to collect the poster tube.

‘Stewy, you’re not going to like this,’ Evers said. ‘I don’t have them.’

‘What do you mean you don’t have them?’ I asked.

‘Well, Rex signed the posters but when Eric found out they were for you, he tore every one of them up. I’m sorry about that.’

I never spoke to Eric Lindros again.”

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Your Friday Mid-Day Roundup

And now, here’s some stuff that fell by the wayside this week:

Homefront Gameplay Walkthrough

That post-Korean-invasion video game that will be set in an occupied Philadelphia released a gameplay walkthrough at E3 this week. There’s not much in the way of landmarks or Philly-isms in the video, but hey, the game looks pretty cool.

Jay Wright at #18

ESPN’s college basketball site has been ranking the top 50 coaches in college basketball, and Villanova’s Jay Wright landed at the number 18 spot. Here’s some of what Dana O’Neil — who used to cover Nova for the Daily News — had to say:

“‘The perception is he’s the handsome guy that wears the $5,000 suits,’ said Patrick Chambers, the coach at Penn State who spent five years as Wright’s assistant coach at Villanova. ‘But so many people are out there trying to impress other coaches with how smart they are and what they do. Jay isn’t into any of that. He’s so comfortable in his own skin.’

Some of that comes with time. Wright has been at this head-coaching gig now for 19 years, the last 12 at Villanova. He knows the game, as in basketball, and he knows The Game, as in the business of basketball.

But so much of his talent is innate. In his first year at Villanova, he attracted a highly skilled recruiting class and most everyone expected immediate results. Immediate instead took a backseat to two painful years in the NIT. Yet when everyone — including those who now count themselves as die-hard, lifelong fans — wanted Wright out for lack of production, he didn’t blink.”

Report on the Katz Crash

The NTSB report on the plane crash that killed Lewis Katz and others has been released, and among its findings — according to the Inquirer — is that pilot error may be to blame:

“Flight data recorders found no evidence that the two pilots performed a preflight check. Apparently they didn’t realize that the Gulfstream jet’s tail flaps, known as elevators, were locked when it tried to takeoff from Hanscom field outside Boston on May 31, the report indicated.”

The Central Bucks Browns

As the Cleveland Browns hope to finally actually begin to rebuild, around one so-called Mr. Football, it’s worth pointing out the many of the minds behind Cleveland’s on-field product are local guys. New head coach Mike Pettine and his defensive coordinator and linebackers coach all played at Doylestown’s CB West under the coaching guidance of Pettine’s father. A Cleveland.com piece follows Pettine back to Doylestown and also gives you an insight into the new head honcho of the Browns’ sartorial inclinations:

“Dressed in a Foo Fighters T-shirt and a pair of camo shorts, Pettine enjoyed his respite from trying to turn around one of the NFL’s perennial losers. He stood around a high-top table, watching the Belmont, sipping on a beer and accepting a few man hugs from locals who marvel at his transformation from high school coach to low-level NFL assistant to Browns head coach.

What made the two-day trip special was the toggling between past and present. Pettine brought members of the Browns coaching staff on a limousine bus across the width of Pennsylvania to work an annual youth football clinic run by Browns defensive coordinator Jim O’Neil. Pettine, O’Neil and linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach all played at CB West in different decades under Mike Pettine Sr.”

Long Fly Balls

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According to the estimations and calculations of ESPN’s Mark Simon, the Phillies outfield is one of the worst in baseball when it comes to catching balls hit to the deepest parts of the park. They rank 24th in making outs on balls hit 350-ish+ feet in the air. File this under “least surprising news of the week.”

Loyalty

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Gregory Kaminski at Maass Media took a look at fan loyalty in Philadelphia, factoring in attendance of the Phillies and Flyers — discounting the Eagles because of their small sample size and the Sixers because oh boy they’ve been terrible — and figured out what we already knew: Philly fans are loyal. Kaminsky discovered both the Phillies and Flyers, over the past eight years, have attendance numbers above the league average. Kaminsky says:

“So does this data prove anything? I’m not really sure, but it does help to move the conversation forward and give us sports fans something to talk and debate about. And isn’t that all we really want anyway?”

We disagree, what it tells us is holy shit the MLB has terrible league-wide attendance numbers.

Giving You The Peacock

And finally, up in New York, 30 Rockefeller Plaza (aka the G.E. Building and the RCA Building before that) will soon wear the brand of Comcast, a small regional company. According to PhillyMag, 30 Rock will soon sport “big, glowing neon lights that will shout ‘COMCAST’ to the Big Apple sky.” It’s a way for Comcast to flaunt their power over New York, but this is also a great time to point out the our own Comcast Tower has no large signage denoting it as such, and we’re 100% on board with that.

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Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Some bits and shits we (no longer the royal!) didn’t get to yesterday.

 

Where Hockey Grows Up

You’re not going to believe this, but I’m about to compliment Core Four-er Dave Isaac of the Courier-Post. Isaac, one of the youngest beat writers in town and certainly the only member of the Core Four young enough to know what the term longform means in a modern setting, wrote an article titled South Jersey: Where Hockey Grows Up. It’s expertly laid out– the kind of layout typically reserved for something like a New York Times feature, complete with parallax scrolling and everything. It’s the sort of thing the big-time papers in this town should be doing. Now, I would’ve chosen a topic with a little more punch than hockey is pretty popular in South Jersey… but it’s well-written and a nice change of pace for Isaac, who led the charge when beat writers got all bent out of shape when the Flyers used Instagram to announce their starting goalie last fall. And, somewhat impressively, Isaac managed to hold off until part three before mentioning Bobby Ryan, which has to be some sort of record for anything ever written about South Jersey hockey from a Flyers perspective. Appreciate the restraint, Dave. Sam Carchidi would’ve put Ryan in the headline: South Jersey Hockey: Where Bobby Ryan Grew Up.

 

Where Hockey Goes to Win

Mike Richards, Jeff Carter and Justin Williams combined for three points – Richards and Carter each scored – in the Kings’ 3-0 squashing of the Rangers last night. The Kings are now one win away from their second Stanley Cup in three years. The Flyers have won… carries the premature exit… one, one playoff series over that span. But it doesn’t matter, because Jeff Carter can’t score in the playoffs. He has 24 points in 24 playoff games (he also had five points in six games for Team Canada en route to their gold medal in the Olympics… but hey, who’s counting?).

Meanwhile, here’s an ESPN story about how much of a winner Mike Richards is… you know, if you missed Pierre McGuire slobbing his knob over his leadership skills last night:

Talk to Mike Richards’ teammates with the Los Angeles Kings, and inevitably the conversation moves to the conclusion that he’s a winner. He has won at every level.

He’s got a Memorial Cup, a Calder Cup, an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup ring. When it comes to winning things, Richards is pretty much set.

But trying to explain what he specifically does that’s different from other players in the league, well, that’s where it gets a little more challenging. What makes Richards a winner?

This question was posed to Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin.

“Well, he’s won at every level,” Muzzin said. “When guys have been through experiences like that, they know what it takes to do it again. Won in junior. Won in minors. Won here. He knows what it takes.”

 

Netflix shaming

No doubt that Netflix has an interest in this, but I love how they are unabashedly shaming US carriers for their lousy, throttled broadband speeds. Yesterday, they released their latest ISP Speed Index and took particular aim at Comcast and Verizon:

Some large US ISPs are erecting toll booths, providing sufficient capacity for services requested by their subscribers to flow through only when those services pay the toll. In this way, ISPs are double-dipping by getting both their subscribers and Internet content providers to pay for access to each other. We believe these ISP tolls are wrong because they raise costs, stifle innovation and harm consumers. ISPs should provide sufficient capacity into their network to provide consumers the broadband experience for which they pay.

Here are some data points from the May update of the Netflix ISP Speed Index:

US: Charter has entered the top three ISPs while Verizon and Comcast both slipped in the major ISP rankings. Verizon FiOS is down two slots and now ranks behind DSL providers Frontier and Windstream. Comcast dipped two spots as well, while Verizon DSL is down one.

The chart:

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In case you’re wondering, only one of the 14 carriers in Canada have an average speed below 2.27. None in Sweden, the UK, Norway, the Netherlands, Finland or Denmark. 10 in the US. Cable company fuckery, boys and girls.

And in response to a cease and desist letter from Verizon asking Netflix to stop telling its customers about how shitty Verizon isNetflix took off the gloves in an email to the broadband provider:

To try to shift blame to us for performance issues arising from interconnection congestion is like blaming drivers on a bridge for traffic jams when you’re the one who decided to leave three lanes closed during rush hour.

A CHRIS CHRISTIE JOKE! Brilliant.

 

Drinks

A Philly.com article about Brazilian caipirinhas, the drink of the World Cup.

I make a kick-ass one, and this week, I’ll do it on video for you, the CB reader.

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Your Tuesday Morning Roundup

Good morning. Today sucks for most people. That new-summer sunburn is just setting in, you may or may not be hungover, and the last thing you want to do is get a tone-deaf email from your boss who is seemingly unaware that you just spent the last three days on the beach, BBQ-ing, or destroying your liver (or a combination of all three) and you just need a few minutes.

Let’s hit it!

 

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Golf. Our friends over at Ron Jaworski Golf are pleased to host our golf outing at RiverWinds, voted one of the best places to play in New Jersey.

Bringin’ Hexy Back. Philly Phaithful’s oh-so-fitting jam.

Tickets. Great deals on Philadelphia Union tickets.

 

The roundup:

#ChaseChat.

Jonathan Papelbon and Howard Eskin nearly went at it on Saturday.

Everymen Jason Kelce, Connor Barwin and Riley Cooper crushed the Shore this weekend.

Josh Beckett no-hit the Phillies, who stink. [I love how Mike Schmidt, immediately after Beckett’s final out, called it a special moment for himself to be able to call a no-hitter during his “little Sunday” thing.]

 

Nats fan makes mother? smell his armpitsH/T to (@QCBari)

Don’t film with your iPad at concerts.

The Inquirer and Daily News are up for auction today. The rival owners will bid in a closed-door auction.

UberX drivers can make over $90k a year.

Former Phillies prospect Jonathan Singleton’s Twitter contains gay insults and weed references.

FIFA is sending takedown notices over Twitter users using the World Cup logo in their avatar. Talk about old-timey thinking.

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Bill Murray crashed some guy’s bachelor party. Mine’s in a few weeks. Is it weird that I’d like Ryan Gosling to crash it?

Fired Mets hitting coach rips Keith Hernandez.

Cliff Lee was not cleared to throw and will likely be on the DL longer than 15 days. Great.

Keep track of how many stadiums and arenas you’ve been to.

LeBron James doesn’t bother with singles.

Johnny Manziel in Vegas.

Kate Upton.

 

CBGA Tour

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Round 1 at Westover ends on June 1. I’m playing my round on Saturday. There’s still time to sign up. If you’ve already signed up, please be sure to pay your $15 fee by the end of the first round.

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