Maitland Ward, who you remember from Boy Meets World … why Blackberry is failing … after Family Feud tryout, man kills wife, then self … great read on the Guardian’s investigative approach to journalism … “KKK rally in Pennsylvania becomes casualty of government shutdown” … google accused of wiretapping? … interesting climate change graphic … Kevin Durant is moving downtown in Oklahoma City … Tampa Bay tackle on Josh Freeman: “They’re trying to bring him down” … the real-time marketing myth … Delonte West will play basketball in China this year … South Carolina cop racially profiles Hollywood couple … cops arrest two bikers from Manhattan assault – victim needed stitches on face and chest and suffered two black eyes … who is defecating in students’ laundry at Yale? …
Sheldon Richardson of the Jets is your early Defensive Rookie of the Year leader. [Pro Football Focus]
Brandon Phillips of the Reds, after the 6-2 loss to Pittsburgh: “I choked.” [Cincinnati.com]
Can’t wait for this one to unravel: Ricky Watters, high school football coach, resigns. His wife, a teacher at the school, has also resigned. 1+1 = … [Sentinel]
Jay-Z is going to make a great sports agent: “I know about budgets. I was a drug dealer.” [Vanity Fair]
Oliver Luck, West Virginia AD, says he has no intentions of talking to Texas, then downshifts to ‘no comment.’ [Metro News]
The Oral History of ESPN’s Playmakers. [TD Daily]
Regardless whether you love or hate the Pirates, PNC Park is gorgeous. [Post Gazette]
Bob Cousy talks about his wife, who passed away last week. They were married for 63 years. [Telegram & Gazette]
Awesome: “Jeff Kessler, an attorney who helped bring free agency to the National Football League, is about to focus on the unpaid athletes who generate more than $16 billion in college sports television contracts.” [Bloomberg]
Shocker: “the 2013 baseball playoffs include more teams from the bottom 10 in payrolls than the top 10.” [NYT]
Michael Beasley thinks he’s a comedian when talking about playing time with the Heat: “I can’t control minutes. I ain’t got no minutes in my pocket and I don’t got no crazy cell-phone plan.” [Heat Check]
Pretty cool: Members of the Golden State Warriors staff went to jail to play hoops with prisoners. [Inside Bay Area]
Highlight on NHL’s opening night? This fight, which ended up with George Parros of the Maple Leafs hitting the ice, face-first. He was taken to the hospital.
Caller to 911 says his girlfriend was on fire. The 911 operator – and whoever was near her – actually laugh. Nobody’s been fired yet.
Serena Williams racquet smash!
If you’re into cameras, this is pretty wicked.