THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Helmet to helmet … Antonio Brown is back in Raiders training camp after losing a grievance with the NFL over his right to wear his old helmet. But that doesn’t mean he’ has completely given up the fight. AB has turned to social media to appeal to fans, so if you’ve seen a “Schutt Air Advantage Adult Large Helmet that was manufactured in 2010 or after,” make sure to drop him a line. You know, just a very specific model of professional football helmet from a very specific period of time. Like everyone has, just lying around. Read More
The thin line … For some reason, this week’s edition of Love/Hate reminded us of “The Thin Line Between Love And Hate,” which is the closing song on Iron Maiden’s 2000 release “Brave New World.” Not the best song on the album, but pretty good for Bruce Dickinson and Adrian Smith’s return to the band. Why were we reminded only this week that the column has been called “Love/Hate” for years? Who knows? Brains are weird. Anyway, in addition to the usual fantasy advice goodness, this Love/Hate’s got a story about the time Matthew Berry met Robert Downey Jr., which rules. Read More
Phil Mickelson, comedian … In addition to being one of the most accomplished golfers of all time, Phil Mickelson’s also got a talent for storytelling. In his latest edition of “Phireside With Phil,” he recounts the hilarious tale of the time he managed to get the better of Tiger Woods in 2012 … with a little help from surprisingly talented golfer Tony Romo. Read More
ONE ROSTER TO RULE THEM ALL
The best the cap can buy … At least one player from each team. No more than three from a franchise. All under the $188.2 million salary cap. Sounds awful restrictive, right? Well, Bill Barnwell managed to put together a team under those rules that would run the table against the whole league, easily. From Patrick Mahomes to Aaron Donald, here’s the squad he came up with. Read more
THINGS TO WATCH
The Texas football team is in awe as players are put in a hypnotic state.
Eli Manning discusses the drafting of Daniel Jones, the departure of Odell Beckham Jr., and his culinary tastes at age 38.
“When I fought, you had two opponents: the guy you’re fighting and the referee.”
— former MMA fighter Frank Trigg, on his evolving point of view after becoming an MMA referee. Read more
Tim Tebow was born on this date in 1987, and for his birthday, here’s a look back at his fiery, inspirational speech during halftime of the 2009 BCS National Championship Game, which Florida ended up winning 24-14. Watch
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
Cubs at Phillies (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Pretty quality pitching matchup in this one. Cole Hamels looks to maintain the Cubs’ lead in the NL Central, while Aaron Nola and the Phillies need to make every game count in a close wild-card race.
Campeones Cup (7:50 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Atlanta United takes on Club America in the Campeones Cup, a meeting of the MLS champions and the winners of Liga MX. Here’s why this all matters for both MLS and Liga MX. Watch
Sun at Mercury (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2): Sadly, Brittney Griner will not play in this game — she’s starting a three-game suspension for her role in a brawl during Saturday’s game against the Wings. That’s particularly bad news for the Mercury, who fell below .500 on their recent two-game losing streak.