Ladies and gentlemen, can I please have your attention. I've just been handed an urgent and horrifying news story.
TLBR would be remiss if it didn't remember the life of ABC News' Peter Jennings. Always the epitome of professionalism, Jennings' career spanned four decades of some of the most important stories of the 20th and 21st centuries.
May he rest in peace.
This morning, the Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely at Edwards Air Force Base in California's Mojave Desert. NASA called the mission "an outstanding success." (I'd say...)
In the 25 years since Space Shuttle travel has existed, the focus of the Shuttle's "main news story" has gone from the successful launch to the safe landing. Scary. Might be time to upgrade the vehicles.
And on a side note, the Shuttle travelled 5,000,000 miles. Does NASA have some sort of frequent flier program? At 10 million, do you get a free trip to the Moon or Io or something?
-----What's that saying about fruit and the proximity to the respective tree after it falls on the ground and stuff?
Australian (check!) supermodel Rachel Hunter
- former SI cover girl and the former Mrs. Rod Stewart
- was booted from the VIP section of a post X-Games party sponsored by Oakley for "eating the spicy chicken wings" that were set aside for the Ying Yang Twins
She and four friends were helping themselves to the food and booze set aside backstage for the rap group's post-concert spread.
I'm sure the boys wouldn't have been too mad and could've made some sort of peace offering with Ms. Hunter
(god, I love that photo.)
"Wait till you eat my wings, hey b----; wait till you eat my wings, hey girl; You just couldn't get enough...Drink our vodka up, drink our vodka up...Drink our vodka up, drink our vodka up...You just couldn't get enough..."
Marc Cohn might have had a nice time "Walking in Memphis
," but I don't think he enjoyed getting carjacked in Denver
On an aside, "Walking in Memphis" is a big fave among the karaoke crowds in Newport. It actually was done twice in one single session. Personally, I thought the inspired rendition of "She's Electric" by Oasis rocked the house (complete with the falsetto "And I want" line of the refrain. I do not mess around). The girl in the light blue shirt, the redhead who rocked out to Janis Joplin, and the Thora Birch lookalike who ruled on "Just a Girl" all agreed.
Ty Law is a New York Jet. I have corn in my poo more exciting than that news.
But it wouldn't be an offseason or NFL coverage on ESPN if that signing didn't automatically make the Jets the new Super Bowl favorites.
Considering they might not be the favorites to finish second in the AFC East, I'm withholding judgement. Yes, the Jets should've played in the AFC Championship last year, but you know what? They didn't. If they had a kicker who didn't choke and a QB that could throw the ball more than 30 yards, I'd be concerned. But they don't.
And the last time I checked, the Pats still have Tom Brady. Quite frankly, that's all you need (I heard that somewhere else, before...)
On aside, I need to update the list of former Boston/New England sports expatriates (meaning all teams, not just actual ex-Patriots). Dunno where Ty ends up, but I still think his teammate tops the list.
Tony Graffanino is fast becoming one of my new favorite Boston Red Sox (check!). Great night last night. Plays the game the right way. If not for Dustin Pedroia, T-Graff would be a Fenway mainstay.
And I'm glad to see Kevin Youkilis back up with the big club. He got the call after Billy Mueller scratched out and the experiment with Jose Cruz' son ended.
Exactly how fast do you think Youk drove from exit 29 in Pawtucket to exit 20 off the Pike?
"I had my Pawtucket uniform on as I drove up here," Youkilis said. ''We wear the same pants so all I had to do was change my jersey. When they called, they weren't sure whether I was going to start, but then it was cutting it too close. I'm just glad to be back and hopefully I can help."
Ok, enjoy the rest of your Tuesday. It's so nice to be back.