Fun Fact of the Day: The longest MLB game ever was 8 hours and 6 minutes long. It started on May 8, 1984, was paused at the 18th inning at 3-3, and continued on the next day. The Chicago White Sox went on to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 25 innings.
The Open showdown. Swedish golfer Henrik Stenson set new records on his way to winning the British Open, yesterday. In total, he scored a record-low 264 and finished at 20-under, tying Jason Day’s record score to par. It was Stenson’s turn to savor the spotlight, after finishing in the top-5 at 7 major championships but never taking home a trophy. What happened to Lefty? Pretty much any other year, Phil “Lefty” Mickelson’s impressive 17-under par would have won the Open and collected him his 6th major title, but he got seriously unlucky that Stenson played the best golf ever (literally). Poor Lefty has had his fair share of disappointments too, he’s finished second 11 times at major championships, the 2nd most runner-up finishes of all time. Yes, he’s even a runner-up at being a runner-up.
Anyone have a 5 hour energy? Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Washington Nationals 2-1 in an 18-inning, marathon session. Afterwards, Pirates LF Starling Marte said the game was “too many innings.” Agreed. The game lasted 5 hours and 48 minutes and gave this little boy in the stands #allthefeels.
Separating the wheat from the chaff. Last Friday was the deadline for teams to make long-term deals with free agents they slapped with the franchise tag. Need a refresher? The franchise tag is when each team can pick 1 player they love to stay with the team for 1 more year, as long as they pay them a certain amount of $$$. Players hate it because they want long-term job security and they think they can get bigger contracts on the open market. This year, some of the best players were able to negotiate long-term deals including Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller with the Denver Broncos and Muhammad Wilkerson with the N.Y. Jets. But a few players haven’t shown that they are worth the long-term relationship and investment so they got stuck with the 1-year tag, including safety Eric Berry with the Kansas City Chiefs and untested QB Kirk Cousins with the Washington Redskins.
Deflategate is finally done. The everlasting legal saga around 2015’s Deflategate has come to a close. YAYAYAYAYAYA! Sorry, we’ll try to contain our excitement that we don’t have to write about it anymore. New England Patriots QB Tom Brady announced that he won’t appeal his case all the way up to the Supreme Court. That mean’s this that this fall, he’ll be serving a 4-game suspension and you can bet a lot of rabid fans (*cough* Ben Affleck) are not happy about it. In the meantime, backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo should probably start warming up his arm. He’s never started a game before and he’s thrown only 31 passes over the past 2 seasons as Tom’s backup.
Seen and Heard
Ballers v. Shot Callers. Executive Producer Mark Wahlberg said that the NFL tried to stop players from appearing on the new season his HBO show “Ballers.” If you haven’t heard of it—think “Entourage” minus Vince Chase plus Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and some footballs. The show tries to tackle sensitive topics like concussions and player spending habits that apparently NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t love. According to Marky Mark, Goodell called him up to complain, but a bunch of New England Patriots players are going to make cameos on the show anyway.