Bryce Harper hit one of the most patriotic home runs in MLB history on Saturday afternoon, as the American-born player used an American-themed bat to homer for the Nationals in the nation's capital on America's birthday. Harper's 2-run bomb was glorious but it likely won't make the list of most patriotic sports moments in American history. As you all engage in responsible and adequately mature celebrations this weekend, remember the Fourth of July is the most dangerous day of the year. Instead of lighting your face on fire or losing limbs, get patriotic tattoos that will make you love America even more.
Fourth of July festivities include the legendary celebration on Coney Island, where eight-time hot dog eating champion Joey Chestnut was shocked by YouTube sensation Matt Stonie. Chestnut might not have grabbed a ninth title but the eating machine was at least the subject of his own (disgusting) ESPN Sport Science.
Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth
Lovely Lady of the Day
Our Fourth of July LLOD is Jade Kenny, a cheerleader for the Washington Redskins. The beautiful lady took home the 2014 Miss Maryland title. (Click here for full-size gallery)
Kissing Suzy Kolber ranked every NFL team by how American they are and sorry, Buffalo.
Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones appears ready for some Fourth of July fun:
In 1989, a man found a copy of the Declaration of Independence in a frame he bought for $4. In 1991, he sold it for $2.42 million. — Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) July 4, 2015
Odds and Ends
Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer imitated teammates' batting stances during his AB on Friday ... FanSided put together the best Fourth of July playlist this side of infinity ... Packers TE Andrew Quarless is spending the holiday in jail after firing a gun in Miami ... Floyd Mayweather might be stripped of the WBO welterweight title, which he won after defeating Manny Pacquiao ... Serena Williams reminded a booing Wimbledon crowd who was in charge ... Nationals fan caught Giants pitcher Jake Peavy's bat as it flew into the stands...then received a kiss on the cheek for his good work ... Post has released a Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream Pebbles cereal and it looks delicious ... Someone found an original Sony/Nintendo PlayStation prototype ... Canseco tells SI he wishes Juiced was never written ... World's most terrifying horse race will make you cry and vomit
SURPRISE!!! Sgt. Adam Dowell surprises his son here after returning from overseas! Thank you for your service Adam! pic.twitter.com/gFTBkjja0x — Tennessee Smokies (@smokiesbaseball) July 3, 2015
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