by John Walters

Starting Five

Master Of His Domain

Dodger rookie Cody Bellinger smashes two home runs in one game for the sixth time this season and then tells ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt that he does not recognize the name Jerry Seinfeld (whose eponymous show left the air when Bellinger was three years old).

Clip-n-Save: The most multi-home run games in one season in MLB history is 11, a record that is held by both Hank Greenberg (1938) and Sammy Sosa (1998) The most in a career? 71, by George Herman “Babe” Ruth, who was truly king of his castle, which is why they called Yankee Stadium the House That Ruth Built.

p.s. The Dodgers swept the first-place Colorado Rockies this weekend to take over first place in the N.L. West.

2. Keep On Truckee

Emma does it again, always with a smile

Northern California, inland, was the place to be for acolytes of running this weekend. At the USA Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, familiar faces such as Evan Jager (men’s steeple), Emma Coburn (women’s steeple) and Jenny Simpson (1500) were all winners again. For Jager it was his sixth straight USATF title, for Coburn her sixth overall, and for Simpson her 4th in a row.

The Western States is as difficult as it gets

Meanwhile at the Western States 100 Endurance Run, the granddaddy of 100-mile ultras that is staged between Squaw Valley and Auburn, 35 year-old Ryan Sandes of South Africa won in 16 hours, 19 minutes and 38 seconds while American Cat Bradley won the women’s race in 19:31:30. If you’re curious, Sandes averaged just below a 10-minute mile while Bradley averaged an 11:42 mile.

This was an extremely torturous Western States (first race was in 1974) as competitors had to deal with snow and mud still on course due to the 100-year level of snowfall the area received this winter as well as temperatures that soared close to 100 degrees.

3. Disastrophes Abroad

In China, more than 100 are dead or missing following a landslide.

In Pakistan, 153 die when a tanker explodes as locals were running toward the leaking fuel carrier to gather up gas in pots. The truck had crashed and was sitting on the side of the road. As gas formed in pools around it, villagers rushed to collect it. Maybe someone was smoking, maybe not, but the truck suddenly burst into a huge fireball.

In Colombia, 31 people are missing after a tourist boat capsized in a reservoir.

4. Hair-esy

Meet Man Bun Ken. Last week Mattel unveiled 15 new Kens (Barbie is a player!), featuring one with a dad bod, another with freckles and the one above. Pabst Blue Ribbon can sold separately.

5. Is This VIP Content?

The smartest move Clay Travis ever made was not to be a full-time employee of Fox Sports. By maintaining his independence, as a sort of contracted partner with Fox via his website, Outclick The Coverage, he can tweet tweets such as the one above without fear of reprisal.


Over the weekend Outclick announced that it would be offering premium pay-only content.

Music 101

Used To Love Her

On any Top 10 list of Not-In-Love songs, please place this gem from Guns ‘n Roses from 1988. Guitarist Izzy Stradlin (whose own stage name is a pun) on the inspiration for the tune:  “I was sitting around listening to the radio and some guy was whining about a broad who was treating him bad. I wanted to take the radio and smash it against the wall. Such self-pity! What a wimp! So we rewrote the same song we heard with a better ending.”

A Word, Please

surreptitious (adj)

Kept secret, particularly because it would be disapproved of

2 thoughts on “IT’S ALL HAPPENING

  1. Love the OutClick your coverage line. You should continue with it as I think it will stick. Like ‘Screamin’ A Smith’.

  2. I just saw this – Fox News (AKA Pravda-West) is pumping out that “IF” the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, it is “NOT A CRIME”? Just imagine if ANY Democrat Presidential candidate had ever been caught colluding with ANY country, let alone one of our longest adversaries. I do not understand our country at all. HOW can this be allowed to continue? Why isn’t The Sociopath already impeached & the rest of his Neo-Nazis indicted? I have never feared more for our country than right now.

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