USA > Japan, Playing With Bugs Bunny, & A Fire Up Session.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Quick Hits

The Main Event
The United States beat Japan to win the 2016 WBSC Women’s World Softball Championship, a biennial, women's fastpitch softball tournament.

31 teams from five countries began the tournament on July 15, but it quickly became apparent this edition of the World Softball Championship would be just like the rest; a two-horse race between the U.S. and Japan. The two countries have combined to capture the last 10-straight gold medals, with Japan entering as the two-time defending champions. Luckily, the States showed no mercy this time, going undefeated (9-0) en route to a 7-3 win over Japan in the gold medal game to give the U.S. its 10th overall title (most all-time). Unfortunately for the U.S., softball was removed from the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games. Considers yourself lucky, world.

American women have had their way with Japan over the last couple years. In addition to this recent softball triumph, the United States Women's National Soccer Team absolutely humiliated Japan in the 2015 World Cup (5-2). Sure, Japan may have beat the U.S. in the World Cup of Softball earlier this month, but the World Softball Championship is considered softball's "most important international tournament." So take a walk, Japan.

Good Sport
Still The GOAT
Michael Jordan has had enough of these bullshit shootings involving police. The NBA legend spoke out on the incidents, saying, "I have been deeply troubled by the deaths of African-Americans at the hands of law enforcement, and angered by the cowardly and hateful targeting and killing of police officers. We need to find solutions." Not stopping at words alone, MJ has pledged $1 million each for the Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Free At Last
After a seven-month investigation, the NFL has cleared former quarterback Peyton Manning of allegations that he used human growth hormone. If investigators simply would have watched last year's Super Bowl, where Manning's jello arm could barely heave the ball five-yards downfield, they would known there was zero chance he was using any type of performance enhancing drug.

Bad Sport
New Zealand jiu-jitsu athlete Jason Lee lived out a real-life version of Taken, and unfortunately played the role of Kim Mills, Bryan Mills' (Liam Neeson's) kidnapped Daughter. Lee was taken by Brazilian police officers at gunpoint in Rio, site of next month's Olympics, and forced to withdraw money from two ATMs. He was let go unharmed, but later visited by the corrupt police officers at his apartment after reporting the crime. Thankfully, he was never under threat of sexual enslavement to an Arabian prince like Kim Mills was.

Fire Up Session
Currently suspended Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smtih has one-upped Laremy Tunsil (remember that Draft day video?) by posting a live video of himself smoking a blunt on his Periscope account. Get ready for an extension on that suspension, bud.

Somewhat Related: After serving numerous suspensions for drug and alcohol-related infractions (two games in 2013, 10 games in 2014, entire 2015 season), Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon has been reinstated by the NFL, probably because he knows how not to use a Periscope account. He'll still have to serve a four-game suspension to begin the 2016 season.

What Has The Rio Olympic Committee F*cked Up Now?
Gather 'round, kids, it's time to write another chapter of our ongoing saga chronicling the disastrous developments coming out of Rio, host of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Two years ago, Rio mayor Eduardo Paes promised that all construction was on track to be completed before the 2016 Olympics. Did he whisper "just kidding" under his breath? He must have, because only 12 of the 31 buildings (can we call them buildings if they're not finished?) that will house Olympians in the Athletes' Village have passed critical safety inspections. Some athletes have already had to make other housing arrangements, while other teams (Italy) have hired their own contractors to finish their uncompleted rooms. Look out, Sochi, Rio's coming for your "Worst Olympic Village" title.

Never Forget
To always be on alert for the nut shot. Never Forget.

What to Watch (All Times Eastern)
MLB. Cubs at White Sox - 7pm on ESPN
GOLF. Live from the PGA Championship - 9am on Golf Channel
WWE. SmackDown - 11pm on USA
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