Tommy likes sports. Phil likes sports. Here are our favorite stories from the week of June 30, 2014. Apologies for the belated and abbreviated edition – Phil is visiting family in the backwoods of Minnesota, and Tommy is adjusting to life with a new baby – his first child was born June 26. A boy! So many sports to be played. Hope you had a happy 4th, America!
Fat Kobe, just because.
R.I.P. Louis Zamperini
On Thursday, Louis Zamperini passed away. He lived one hell of a life – including competing in the Olympics, meeting Adolf Hitler, becoming a World War II fighter pilot, being shot down and surviving weeks floating and avoiding shark attacks in the Pacific Ocean, and then years of torture and mistreatment as a prisoner of war. If you haven’t read Unbroken, his biography by Laura Hillenbrand, we both highly recommend it. You will read it quickly. -TOB and PAL
Source: “Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption”, Laura Hillenbrand
In Celebration of the Hot Dog
When we go to baseball games now, there are tons of options. At AT&T Park, there are Caribbean bowls, sushi, fresh barbecued meats, and fancy grilled sausages. Lost amid the options? The classic hot dog. In fact, Phil is the only guy I know who gets a hot dog every time we go to a baseball game. This 4th of July, after you are watching the disgusting but mesmerizing spectacle that is the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, consider bringing hot dogs to your 4th of July barbecue. People will thank you! -TOB
Source: “In Defense of the Hot Dog”, Howard Megdal, Sports on Earth (07/03/14)
There is Some Joy in Mudville
The United States finally bowed out of the World Cup on Tuesday, losing in the Round of 16 after surviving the Group of Death. They were overmatched for most of the game versus Belgium, but they nearly pulled off the upset. It was not to be, but they played valiantly, and leave us hopeful for an even better run in 2018. -TOB
Source: “The U.S. Had to Lose, But they Didn’t Have to Lose Valiantly”, Greg Howard, Deadspin (07/02/14)
The Iron Horse’s Last Stand
An interesting look at Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech, made 75 years ago this 4th of July, and the creation of the movie that made it a legend. Included is a story about how the speech, about a young man accepting his fate and appreciating all that life gave him, comforted U.S. soldiers during World War II. -TOB
Source:“Word to Remember”, Richard Sandomir, Sports on Earth (06/30/14)
Strangers in the Night
An amusing story from this week of two baseball players, Jason Grilli and Ernesto Frieri, traded for each other and headed for their new teams, running into each other in the airport bathroom while awaiting their respective connecting flights. -TOB
Source: “It’s a Small World”, Tom Singer, MLB.com (07/02/14)
Video of the Week:
I like soccer and love the World Cup, but this was too good.
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