Today in American football:
Boys just being boys, right?
The one and only.
THANKEES As we enter the final week of Derek Jeter’s home games, the Times looks back at the farewells for other Yankee greats, including that time Yogi Berra got a big tube TV, lamp collection and hat rack and when Phil “Holy Cow!” Rizzuto got knocked over by a bovine. (Photos: Sara Krulwich & Ernie Sisto / The New York Times)
During and after his bullshit press conference today, NFL Commissioner Roger “What Tape? I Didn’t see No Tape!” Goodell got totally shit on — deservedly so — by former and current NFL players. And it didn’t go unnoticed that while he apologized to the league itself, not a word of apology went out to the victims of domestic violence or child abuse.
Not for nothin’ but I find it interesting that the Commissioner went out of his way to say that changes to the NFL’s policies on its players not acting like assholes were going to be in place by the “Super Bowl” — because 1) branding! Mention the Super Bowl whenever possible! In front of an NFL step and repeat banner during a nationally televised press conference, of course!!! PROTECT THE BRAND!!! and 2) why shouldn’t they take five months to address what they can in five fucking days?
(Photo: Howard Simmons / New York Daily News)
Bravo to No. 10 men’s seed Kei Nishikori, the first man from an Asian country to advance to a Grand Slam tennis final. He upset top seed Novak Djokovic on Saturday, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3. (Photo: Chang W. Lee / New York Times)
His final season in the bigs has become a total shitshow by the Yankees, who don’t look likely to make the playoffs for the second time in the past three years. But here’s to the Captain, who has led the Bronx Bombers for 20 years and who always gave his all. Thank you, Derek Jeter.
Thirteen-year-old sensation Mo’ne Davis, who plays for Philadelphia’s Taney Dragons, has become the first Little Leaguer to grace the national cover of Sports Illustrated. The 5-foot-4 inch, 111-pound eighth grader is not only taking the Little League World Series by storm, but also she has captured the nation’s attention.
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Meanwhile, at the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA, Mo’ne Davis — one of only two girls in the tournament — struck out eight batters in a two-hit shutout, leading Philadelphia over Nashville, 4-0. Mo’ne, who has thrown as fast as 70mph, threw all of 70 pitches in her complete game. Which should mean anyone who still says “You throw like a girl!” can shut the fuck up now. (Photo: Gene Puskar / AP via the New York Daily News)
Yes, I haven’t blogged in like two days and there is more pressing news in the world but the first thing I’m posting after my brief sojourn is this amazing, 41-shot table tennis rally between a Singaporean and a Nigerian at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. (via ESPN)
Achtung, Messi. World Cup champs Germany 1, Argentina 0.
Even though he’s sticking that hardware he won in Miami in your face, Cleveland.
“Chants of ‘BRAZIL! BRAZIL!’ ringing though the arena, without any trace of irony.”
ESPN soccer commentator IAN DARKE, on the home team’s crowd finally coming to life after a late goal in a 7-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany.
HOLLAND ATCHA Today’s World Cup wins: Argentina upends Belgium, 1-0, while late substitute goalkeeper Tim Krul sends the Netherlands over Costa Rica, stopping two shots on goal in a 4-3 win on penalty kicks (0-0 after regulation and extra time). (Photo: Fabrice Cofrini / AFP-Getty via the New York Times)
And now, the best impression of a Godzilla villain landing on a Colombian soccer player’s arm goes to… whatever the Hell that thing is on James Rodriguez.