1. Timing is everything in life. On Tuesday night, FOX cameras zoned in on J.J. Watt in the stands for Game 1 of the World Series. And at that very second, the Texans star was preoccupied with his phone. This caught the attention of Watt's fiancé, soccer star Kealia Ohai, who couldn't help but casually glance over to get a glimpse of J.J.'s phone. Of course, Watt could've been reading a business email, watching a video, talking to family, anything. But, Twitter, being Twitter, could only speculate about one thing.
2. You can stop blaming Joe Buck for skipping MLB playoff games to call Thursday Night Football. The FOX play-by-play man told Chris "Mad Dog" Russo on SiriusXM on Tuesday that the decision to pull Buck from the ALCS last week to call Chiefs-Broncos was made by FOX execs, not him.
Speaking of Buck, we'd like to thank Charles Barkley for mentioning last week's Traina Thoughts column on people ripping Buck for his call of Game 4 of the ALCS even though Buck didn't call Game 4 of the ALCS.
3. A new SI Media Podcast dropped this morning. This episode features a great conversation with High Noon co-host Bomani Jones. Jones talked about how he navigates controversial topics at ESPN, the LeBron James backlash over the NBA/China story, why the media has punted on the Tyler Skaggs story, why being too smart is bad TV, Eddie Murphy's comeback, why Stevie Wonder may not be blind and much more.
4. It's safe to say Kawhi Leonard will not be giving Michael Buffer a run for his job.
5. Tom Brady appeared on Boston's WEEI today and didn't do much to calm down retirement speculation. Here's what the Patriots quarterback said when asked about the growing sentiment that his time in New England is coming to an end.
“That is the great part for me, I don’t know. I think that has been a unique situation that I have been in because I think when you commit to a team for a certain amount of years you kind feel like (there is) the responsibility to always fulfill the contract. For me, it’s been good because I am just taking it day-by-day and I am enjoying what I have. I don’t know what the future holds and the great part is for me, football at this point is all borrowed time. I never expected to play 20 years and I am playing on a great team and it’s just been an incredible 20 years of my life. To play for Mr. Kraft, and Jonathan and the Kraft family and for Coach Belichick and to have so much success is a dream come true.
“One day I will wake up and I will feel like, ‘OK, that will be enough.’ When that day comes, that day comes. I don’t know if it will be after this year. I don’t know if it will be five years from now. I don’t have to determine those things right now, either. That is kind of a good part of where I am at. Just take advantage of the opportunities that I have this year and do the very best I can do and then those decisions come at probably more appropriate times."
6. Not only did the Astros flat-out lie about Sports Illustrated making up a story about assistant GM Brandon Taubman taunting female reporters, they never apologized to SI's Stephanie Apstein, who they attacked, specifically. On top of all that, NPR reports that the locker room scene was even uglier than first described.
7. RANDOM YOUTUBE VIDEO OF THE DAY: In honor of today's lead item regarding J.J. Watt and his iPhone, here's vintage Curb Your Enthusiasm in which Larry sums up our addiction to our phones.