Roundup: George Clooney Unloads on Daily Mail, Rob Gronkowski Parties in Chicago & Robin Thicke's New Album is a Flop

arianny_celesteArianny Celeste … check out this hilarious penis tree in Taiwan … what it’s like to pick up food stamps while driving a Mercedespolitical blogger resigns two weeks after taking job with Redskinsman chokes to death at July 4th hot dog eating contest in South Dakota … man in Alabama goes to bathroom, finds big snake in the toilet … the new fast food: Chipotle … store owner killed in robbery; partial video of the robbery shown at bottom … neat charts: 10 companies control almost everything we eat … Bloomberg video explains why ESPN is worth $50 billion … George Clooney unloads on the Daily Mail for poor journalism … sad trombone: “Authors’ incomes collapse to ‘abject’ levels” … Robin Thicke’s new album is selling terribly … if you’re a foodie and/or want to be one, this piece on Culinary school is solid

When Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl sold the team, he gave some employees $40,000, and some closer to $100,000. [Journal Times]

Who said it: Ian Darke or Charles Dickens? [Extra Mustard]

Rob Gronkowski spent the July 4th weekend partying hard in Chicago. [Tribune]

Rashad McCants is … optimistic: “I mean I have a check being written to me from the University of North Carolina for over $10 million due to the exploitation of me as a player and the lack of education that I received. The NCAA has a check for me for over $300 million to help me facilitate these sports education programs across the country.” [Observer]

Michael Strahan has a new nickname: “Mr. Entertainment.” [Ebony]

NBA should go the MLS route – allow teams to pay superstars above the cap. [The Cauldron]

Minor league pitcher “released from the Arizona Diamondbacks organization after being accused of stealing from a teammate during the Hops’ 3-1 road victory.” [Oregon Live]

The NBA offseason has exploded in recent years, and I agree – this July the rumors have been much better than the NBA Finals. [Grantland]

Christine Brennan wrote a nice story about her own career path, and wait until you see an early 80s picture of Rick Reilly and Gene Wojciechowski. [Povich Center]

Scott Raab goes after Cleveland fans because they’re begging for LeBron. HUH? [CBS Local]

The man who invented the sports TV “honey shot.” World Cup producers/cameramen have been doing a fantastic job of finding those shots in Brazil. [Slate]

No surprise that the No. 1 play in Steve Spurrier’s time at South Carolina is “The Hit.” [Go Gamecocks]

Things I’ve been saying for close to a decade: Time to overhaul the MLB All-Star game. [Fox Sports]

This is, reportedly, a video of a “strung out” Angelina Jolie, taken in a heroin den in the 1990s. Some drug dealer sold it to the National Enquirer.

Neil Young sings ‘Fancy’ with Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Through the eyes of a police cruiser: Here comes a drunk driver. [via Adam]

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