Daily Bagel: Tough love for Donald Young
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• VIDEO: Roger Federer will return to Centre Court on Saturday. Let's relive his magic from Wimbledon.
• ESPN's LZ Granderson gives Olympian Donald Young some "tough love." At least, I think there's some love in there. Maybe not. It's harsh, that's for sure:
Young's selection is just another irritating quirk in tennis' flawed system. It's the same system that didn't think the Williams sisters deserved to be seeded in doubles for an Olympics being played at Wimbledon, despite them being undefeated in Olympic doubles play and winning five Wimbledon doubles trophies, including this year.
• Take some time to flip through the ITF's Olympic book featuring players and their childhood photos.
• Federer gave a press conference in front of 700 journalists in London and it sounds like a few of them had no problem letting him know how much they adored him. Red card. Unprofessional, to say the least:
In response to one journalist, who began by saying "As a journalist and as a fan, I know that you will win this Olympic gold" before asking Federer if he would retire if he achieved that feat, he responded: "I don't know, are you my fan or not? If you don't want me to stop, I won't."
• The Washington Kastles are on a 28-match win streak. Ben Rothenberg tries to figure out why:
Perhaps not surprising given their dominance, the Kastles seem to have an emphasis on winning over fun (or perhaps winning as fun) that is unmatched by the rest of the eight-team league. Fans in attendance are handed placards reading “Refuse to Lose” to hold up at key points of the match, and the James Brown song with that mantra as its title is often played after victories, along with the similarly appropriate “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled.
• With the opening ceremonies tonight, read up on why Team USA won't be dipping its flag when it passes the host nation. The U.S. hasn't done it since 1936:
In 1936, both the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in Germany. With Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party in control, there was talk of a U.S. boycott. The Americans eventually decided to participate, but officials announced their team would not lower the flag to Hitler at either Games. According to media reports, neither did Bulgaria, Iceland or India. "In Berlin, the tradition gets codified for the USOC — it's not just the athletes doing it, now there's an official policy," Dyreson said. "After 1936, we never dip again."
• Gotta love this dramatic rendering of the Indian Olympic team kerfuffle.
• Non-tennis: The U.S. Olympic swim team lip-dubs Call Me Maybe. Missy Franklin, you are destined to be a star. See or read something that you enjoyed and want to share? Feel free to email or tweet us links to pieces from around the Internet that may have slipped past our radar.