Posted August 15, 2013

The Lineup: Thursday, August 15

An old prank call proves timely; Tiny piles of baseball cuteness; Love is golden (and sliver)

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A new-look Lineup. Send any suggestions to SI.TheLineup@gmail.com. (Bold indicates a national broadcast. All times Eastern.)

Pregame Reads

  • A thoughtful exploration on why racism is treated differently than other offenses, by Colin McGowan for Sports on Earth.
  • Josh Levin of Slate posits what would happen if the NCAA took its business model to other market, such as Hollywood.
  • Deadspin chronicles new ESPN employee Jason Whitlock throwing shade at The Worldwide Leader over the years.

Starter

NFL San Diego Chargers vs. Chicago Bears, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)
Receptionist: Hello, Chicago Bears.
Caller: Yes, Hi. Is your refrigerator running?
Receptionist: Umm, Yes.
Caller: Thank God. Word on the internet is that he died.


Reserves

MLB
Angels vs Yankees, 1:05p.m.
Alfonso Soriano has 13 RBIs in his past two games. At this rate, he’ll be breaking the single-season record by early September.

Pirates vs. Cardinals, 1:45p.m.
Astros vs. Athletics, 3:35p.m.
Giants vs. Nationals, 4:05p.m.
Red Sox vs. Blue Jays, 7:07p.m.
Royals vs. Tigers, 7:08p.m.
Mariners vs. Rays, 7:10p.m.
White Sox vs. Twins, 8:10p.m.
Reds vs. Brewers, 8:10p.m
Mets vs. Padres, 10:10p.m.

NFL 
Carolina Panthers vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 7:30p.m.
One of the few genuinely compelling story lines of the preseason is the battle between Michael Vick and Nick Foles for the chance to helm Chip Kelly’s high octane offense. Now, this is the preseason, so we’re using the word “compelling” very loosely.

Detriot Lions vs. Cleveland Browns, 7:30p.m.
Atlanta Falcons vs. Baltimore Ravens, 7:30p.m.

Golf
U.S. Amateur Championship: Second Round, 12:00p.m. (Golf Channel)
PGA Tour: Wyndham Cup First Round, 2:00p.m. (Golf Channel)

Olympic Sports 
World Track and Field Championships, 11:30a.m. (Universal Sports)
Now’s a good opportunity to start getting to know some of the folks who will receive the soft-focus bio treatment during the next summer Olympics. Meet the Eatons. He’s American. She’s Canadian. They’ve been married a month and each has a shiny display piece for the mantel—his is gold, hers silver. Today also offers the chance to see 17-year-old Mary Cain, whom the sport is already losing its mind over.

U.S. Gymnastics Championships, 7:00p.m. (NBC Sports)

WNBA 
Chicago Sky vs. Seattle Storm, 10:00p.m.

Tennis 
Western and Southern Open: Men’s and Women’s Round of 16, 11:00p.m. (ESPN2 & ESPN3)

Soccer
Brazil League: Botafogo vs. International, 7:55p.m. (ESPN3)

Little League World Series
San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico vs. Aguadulce, Panama, 1:00p.m. (ESPN)
Eight international and American teams battle it out in pursuit of pride, glory, and the chance to be part of one hell of an adorable dog pile.

Little

Sammamish, Washington vs. Corpus Christi, Texas, 3:00p.m. (ESPN)
Perth, Australia vs. Tijuana, Baja California, 5:00p.m. (ESPN2)
Nashville, Tennessee vs. Westport, Connecticut, 7:00p.m. (ESPN2)


Deep bench

Owner’s Manual, 10:00p.m.  (AMC)
Two men take on a high-tech challenge, but only one of them follows the instructions. Not a bad idea for a show, assuming Mr. No-instructions has insurance that covers idiocy.


Birthdays

Carl Edwards, NASCAR driver, 33
Kerri Walsh-Jennings, beach volleyball star, 34
Gary Kubiak, Head Coach Houston Texans, 51

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