Best in the World!
Carli Lloyd scored twice in the first five minutes on the way to a hat trick as the U.S. defeated Japan 5-2 for its first World Cup since 1999. President Lloyd (according to Wikipedia) scored her third goal on a ridiculous shot from midfield, much to the delight of this Telemundo announcer and fans at a Watch Party in Chicago, then gave her captain's armband to veteran Abby Wambach late in the game. Other highlights: The bald eagle fan ... Deuce the Dog would not let a baby distract him ... Beyonce was in the World Cup spirit ... Athletes gave the team props on Twitter. ... Here are SI's best photos..
Jason Pierre-Paul Had a Bad Weekend
The Giants defensive end suffered a hand injury while handling fireworks on Saturday, though it's not believed to be career threatening. The injury includes “severe burns on his palm and tips of three fingers, and one finger is being tested for nerve damage,” And, yes, the internet had jokes about the incident.
Marlins Fan Sues After Shark Attack
A Florida woman is seeking damages in excess of $15,000 after suffering serious neck injuries when Marlins mascot Bob the Shark "bit" her on the head during a 2013 game. According to the lawsuit, the victim felt pain in her neck after the impact of the shark's head came down on the top of her skull and her ability to work has been impaired, leaving her without a reliable source of income. For reference, here is Bob the Shark.
Lovely Lady of the Day
America's birthday wasn't the only notable one on Saturday. California's own Alyssa Miller turned 26 and our birthday present to her is LLOD honors (click here for full-size gallery).
For the College Football Fans
Due to the magic of photoshop, here are the uniforms of top schools in the colors of their biggest rivals.
World's Saddest Sandwich
Game of Thrones (music version)
I Want a Mr. Rogers Sweater Jersey
Never Seen This Before
Odds & Ends
Steve Nash is training with a pro soccer team ... Kawhi Leonard went clubbing with Snoop Dogg ... Jason (White Chocolate) Williams has a 13-year-old son with a handle like his father ... The Tour de France fall no one saw coming ... A dog is running for mayor of Schenctady, N.Y. ... The Pistons are paying Reggie Jackson $16 million/season, which seems like a stretch ... Adam Eaton's older brother, an Air Force captain, surprised him during Saturday's game ... Which college football coaches are most likely to be serial killers ... Chuck Knoblauch busted out some lame Twitter insults ... Nick (Swaggy P) Young had my favorite tweet of the weekend ... Why you should never celebrate too early ... Lionel Messi's brother was attacked in the stands at the Copa America final ... Jets owner Woody Johnson donated $1 million to build "smart homes" for wounded veterans ... This is the most generous homeless person you'll ever read about ... Bill Murray attended the Grateful Dead 50th anniversary show on Sunday ... Playstation and Nintendo almost joined forces in 1995 to create this hybrid gaming system ... Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union enjoyed July 4th weekend on a yacht.
World Cup Wrap-Up
Great video showing the U.S. team's road to the World Cup title.
Kristaps Porzingis Has a Rap Song
I have no idea what the lyrics are, but shout out to Latvian rap group Transleiteris.
Vin Scully's American Flag Facts
The announcing legend drops some knowledge
Empire State Building Light Show
If you noticed a random light show emanating from The Empire State Building on Saturday, it was synced to the live version U.S. Blues at the Grateful Dead's 50th reunion show, which was played 1,000 miles away in Chicago (though audio in this video is a studio version).
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