Happy Birthday, Bill Walton
Let’s wish Bill Walton, the grooviest basketball announcer out there, a very happy 63rd birthday. He got an early birthday present Wednesday night watching his son Luke (filling in as head coach for the Warriors while Steve Kerr recovers from back surgery) defeat the Clippers.
The Results Are Predetermined But The Knee Injuries Are Real
WWE will have to crown a new heavyweight champion after Seth Rollins badly injured his knee in Ireland Wednesday night. He tore his ACL, MCL and medial meniscus, and will miss six to nine months, WWE said.
A Survivor Series tournament on Nov. 22 will name the new champ.
Video Evidence You Shouldn't Mess With Serena Williams
Serena Williams told a harrowing tale on Facebook Wednesday about chasing down a would-be phone thief and now there’s security footage of the encounter. Not quite as dramatic as her version, but still.
Throwback Lovely Lady of the Day
Alyssa Milano is your throwback Lovely Lady of the Day. (Click here for the full-size gallery.)
Romanian Soccer Game Interrupted by Bread Factory Explosion
Thursday’s game between FC Brasov and CSM Ramnicu Valcea in Romania’s second tier was disrupted when a bread factory adjacent to the stadium exploded. Five people were injured and authorities believe people are trapped under the rubble, according to Reuters.
Today In Nauseating Darren Rovell Tweets
Let’s check out what sort of news ESPN sports business reporter has today.
GRRM Drops Some Game of Thrones Hints
Game of Thrones creator George R. R. Martin spoke Wednesday at Northwestern University, and while he didn’t speak specifically about how his series will end, he did talk about endings in general.
“I think you need to have some hope,” he said, referencing the manners in which sagas end. “We all yearn for happy endings in a sense. Myself, I’m attracted to the bittersweet ending. People ask me how Game of Thrones is gonna end, and I’m not gonna tell them … but I always say to expect something bittersweet in the end, like [J.R.R. Tolkien]. I think Tolkien did this brilliantly. I didn’t understand that when I was a kid — when I read Return of the King.”
Odds & Ends
Mark McGwire may be a major-league hitting coach, but Barry Bonds isn’t following in his footsteps. ... Is this a campaign ad for Ben Carson or a preview of his mixtape? ... Sick of your job? Apply to be an astronaut. ... Urban Meyer’s Ohio State beat Alabama in the playoffs last season, so you can’t blame him for throwing more shots at the Tide. ... Here’s what Jason Pierre-Paul is wearing on the field to protect his messed up hand. ... Eastern Illinois’s new logo is really awesome.
The '80s Were Weird
Do you wanna spend 20 minutes watching a mini-golf tournament from 1989? Probably not. All I’m saying is it’s an option you have.
A Musical Retort to Dan Snyder
One of the trademark owners we contacted on Tuesday in response to the Washington NFL team’s bonkers court filing was a musical comedy duo called Reformed Whores. They’ve responded in song form now.
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