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1. This will be a little convoluted and have many twists and turns, but I'm going to tell you a story about how fake news gets made. Full disclosure: My colleague, Richard Deitsch, was the one who put the pieces to this puzzle together. OK, here we go.
On Monday, Sports Business Journalran a story (which was linked in Traina Thoughts that day) about NFL ratings for the upcoming season. The story quoted Michael Mulvihill, executive vice president of research, league operations and strategy for Fox Sports. Mulvihill basically said that given the abundance of political news these days and an endless cycle of things coming out of the White House thanks to the current administration, the NFL's viewership could take some kind of hit this season. This was not a partisan comment, it was not pro-liberal or pro-conservative. Just a man looking at the current landscape.
Later that day, Awful Announcing ran a post on its site about the Sports Business Journal article and cited how last year's election caused the NFL to lose viewership, which bounced back post-election.
So what happened yesterday? The always honest Breitbart ran this headline.
Of course, Breitbart went out to rip the Awful Announcing article, not knowing or not caring that the Awful Announcing piece was based off quotes from ... a Fox Sports executive.
And, boom, just like that, now Fox is now part of the liberal media.
2. Browns offensive lineman Joe Thomas had some thoughts about the long-snapper Jon Dorenbos getting traded from the Eagles to the Saints so late in training camp.
3. If you were one of the people who had trouble streaming the Mayweather-McGregor fight through UFC.tv, Dana White is ready to refund you.
4. This list is comical.
5. Royals GM Dayton Moore met the media on Tuesday to discuss pitcher Danny Duffy getting busted for DUI while at a Burger King. Moore used the opportunity to discuss the dangers of porn, saying, "(We’re) very transparent about things that happen in our game, not only with drugs and alcohol. We talk about pornography, and the effects of what that does to the minds of players and the distractions, and how that leads to abuse of -- domestic abuse -- to abuse of women. How it impacts relationships -- we talk about a lot of things. And I don’t mind sharing with you.”
I'm not sure how much luck Moore has in convincing men in their 20s and 30s who spend half their year in hotels to pass on the porn, but at least one pitcher seemed a bit skeptical of the message.
6. Charlotte Flair spoke publicly for the first time yesterday since her father, Ric, under went surgery while facing a serious medical scare.
7. J.J. Watt's charity drive for victims of the Houston floods is up to nearly $6 million. If you'd like to donate, just visit YouCaring.com/JJWatt. After you donate, enjoy this moment of brevity during one news station's flood coverage.
8. RANDOM WRESTLING VIDEO OF THE DAY: Here's some vintage '80s: The Honkeytonk Man turns on Jake "The Snake" Roberts during an edition of "The Snake Pit."