Well, that was painful. Also, that was great. 

Everyone knows what skee-ball is, and thousands of people enjoy playing the century-old boardwalk game. But, just as a league called Brewskee-Ball has revived the game's popularity in the United States, the owners of the original trademark have returned with a vengeance to claim what's they believe to be theirs.

David Roth

 et al.

League-wide retirement tours for the players that need them most, egg-eating challenges for the relief pitchers that need them least, silent contemplation of Terry Collins fleshlight jokes, and Rebecca DeMornay as herself.

I couldn’t understand why Anthony Davis had contacted me. Was it just a guise to get me to download this silly Unibrowswer web app? The app was the linchpin of a promotional push built around A.D.’s upcoming All-Star Game appearance. But if they were marketing it to graybeards like me, their branding needed a serious tune-up. After my fifth click, though, I saw why A.D. needed me.

FIFA wanted vibrant culture and masses in the streets during this World Cup. Unfortunately for them, they got both earlier than anticipated. The party is happening alright, but it’s made up of people who are fed up with government mismanagement and fealty to FIFA’s demands. In that spirit, what follows is the beginning of a playlist to accompany a proper World Cup gathering.

Li Muhao stands 7'2, has serious skills, and could well become the first Chinese basketball player drafted since 2007. If he continues to develop as he has, he could be the best Chinese-born NBA player in longer than that. So why does China not believe in him?

On the economics of player development and the buried profit imperative that shapes it all. A selection from Jonathan Tjarks' new e-book The Pattern of Basketball and the 2014 NBA Draft.

The USMNT is not quite the team they might someday be, but no longer the team they were. At times, they're both at once. That, as much as anything else, is a reason to believe in them.

There's a constant sense of anxious and somewhat self-pitying among those cheering for England in the World Cup, as there generally is. But there's no curse at work, here: just a bunch of things that needed to change, and which may finally be changing, and the stubborn urge to watch it happen.

There are free agents who will make more money on the open market than Lakers gunner Jodie Meeks, who is coming off a seasons in which he was, by the numbers, one of the most efficient scorers in the league. But none of those free agents will make GM's think harder about what they're really worth.