HOT: TALE OF THE TAPE
This is an article from the Aug. 6, 2012 issue
Hate the Olympics on tape delay? Get used to it. NBC's viewership for last Friday's opening ceremony was up 12% over 2008, as 40.7 million Americans tuned in. The first night of competition on Saturday saw a 14% jump over four years ago, the best rating ever for a non-U.S.-based Games.
NOT: K.C. BBQ'D
No wonder the Royals (41--60) are headed for their ninth straight losing season. The K.C. staff has allowed 37 HRs in July (most in MLB) while the starters have an MLB--worst 7.06 ERA. Lefthander Bruce Chen alone has surrendered 28 earned runs in 30 1/3 innings.
HOT: REDS' HOT JULY
Cincinnati (61--40) has won 10 straight and 17 of 19 thanks to a 2.61 post--All-Star-break ERA. The club is thriving without Joey Votto (MLB-high 1.069 OPS), who's been out with torn cartilage in his left knee since July 16. The Pirates (58--43), however, are just three games back in the NL Central.
NOT: ANGRY AMERICAN
Hope Solo (below) ripped 1999 women's World Cup champ Brandi Chastain on Twitter—saying that "the game has changed from a decade ago"—after the NBC analyst faulted the U.S. defense during a 3--0 defeat of Colombia last Saturday. Coach Pia Sundhage did not discipline her goalie.
HOT: LIONS PRIDE
Six of Penn State's top football recruits reaffirmed their commitment to the Nittany Lions, including Christian Hackenberg, from Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy, ESPN's top-ranked pocket-passing QB. He had offers from Alabama, Florida and South Carolina.