The Lineup: Friday, August 16
The Red Sox go yakety sax; Little League uses the next big thing; McKayla ready to impress herself
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- Jonathan Abrams catches us up on notorious NBA bust Johnny Flynn for Grantland.
- Fox Sports 1, the new TV channel that launches this weekend, is approaching programming from the wrong direction, according to Will Leitch of Sports on Earth.
- Pacific Standard has a history of the now-ubiquitous #HotTake, by Tomas Rios.
- SI‘s Stewart Mandel looks at how smarty-pants schools got themselves back into the college football game.
MLB Yankees vs. Red Sox, 7:10p.m. (MLB Network)
Alfonso Soriano calmed down from his epic RBI pace yesterday, only notching one in a lose to the Angels. The Red Sox, for their part, were running at a pretty impressive tilt for errors because of this play from Wednesday:
Royals vs. Tigers Double Header, 1:08p.m. & 7:08p.m.
Cardinals vs. Cubs, 4:05p.m.
Diamondbacks vs. Pirates, 7:05p.m.
Rockies vs. Orioles, 7:05p.m.
Dodgers vs. Phillies, 7:05p.m.
Giants vs. Marlins, 7:10p.m.
Blue Jays vs. Rays, 7:10p.m.
Nationals vs. Braves, 7:30p.m.
Mariners vs. Rangers, 8:05p.m.
White Sox vs. Twins, 8:10p.m.
Reds vs. Brewers, 8:10p.m.
Indians vs. Athletics, 10:05p.m.
Astros vs. Angles, 10:05p.m.
Mets vs. Padres, 10:10p.m.
NFL (Preseason )
Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New England Patriots, 8:00p.m (FOX)
Grantland’s Bill Barnwell won the Twitter joke contest during the brief period in which the New England Patriots front office prepared to commit Seppuku over a reported Tom Brady knee injury.
“That single set of footprints? That was me carrying you.” “…I rode off on a cart, Tim.”
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) August 14, 2013
Minnesota Vikings vs. Buffalo Bills, 7:30p.m.
Oakland Raiders vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:00p.m.
San Francisco 49ers vs. Kansas City Chiefs, 8:00p.m.
Little League World Series
Ottawa, Ontario vs. Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, 1:00p.m (ESPN)
If these little guys are any indication, baseball’s upcoming replay challenge system will be a welcome addition. Yesterday, a challenge reversed a missed first base call that would have given Puerto Rico loaded bases and a chance to come back against Panama. It was a great showcase of the technology, despite the umpire being a little over-exuberant for a game featuring children.
Chula Vista, California vs. Grosse Pointe, Michigan, 3:00p.m. (ESPN)
Brno, Czech Republic vs. Tokyo, Japan, 5:00p.m. (ESPN2)
Newark, Delaware vs. Urbandale, Iowa, 8:00p.m. (ESPN)
Connecticut Sun vs. Atlanta Dream, 7:30p.m. (NBA TV)
Washington Mystics vs. New York Liberty, 7:30p.m
Tulsa Shock vs. Minnesota Lynx, 8:00p.m.
Indiana Fever vs. L.A. Sparks, 11:00p.m. (NBA TV)
Western & Southern Open: Men’s and Women’s Quarterfinals, 11:00a.m. (ESPN2 & ESPN3)
World Track and Field Championships, 11:30a.m. (Universal Sports)
U.S. Gymnastics Championships, 8:00p.m. (NBC Sports)
Though she’s become famous for the viral power of her displeasure, it’s important not to forget that McKayla Maroney made her way to the international stage for being freaking awesome at what she does. Maroney’s back from two off-season knee surgeries and once again capable of feats not even she could be unimpressed by.
Wyndham Cup: Second Round, 3:00p.m. (Golf)
Women’s Golf: Solheim Cup, 5:00p.m. (Golf)
Friday Night Fights: Andrzej Fonfara vs. Gabriel Campillo, 9:00p.m. (ESPN2)
Deadly Women, 10:00p.m. (Investigation Discovery)
The episode description of this murder documentary says that one of the stories features a pair of gamer girls who lure a man into a deadly trap. If that story is anything like the one below, this show is a quality way to waste an evening.
Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers Pitcher, 26
Frank Gifford, Former NFL QB and Broadcaster, 82
Carey Price, Montreal Canadiens Goalie, 25
Hasely Crawford, First Olympic champion from Trinidad, 62
Kevin Williams, Minnesota VIkings Defensive Tackle, 32