Daily Dose: 8/11/16 The Aussies gave the Americans some trouble in Brazil

Daily Dose: 8/11/16 The Aussies gave the Americans some trouble in Brazil

We lost a great one. John Saunders, ESPN broadcaster for the better part of three decades, passed away at the age of 61. He had just been at the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) convention, speaking about his latest passion project. I’ll never forget the sound of his voice.

Do you know who founded ISIS? Donald Trump does. I’ll give you one wild guess as to who he thinks it is. Santa Claus? Ooh, ball one. Cookie Monster? Ball two, good guess. The tooth fairy? Strike one. Get a grip. Perhaps, could it be Harry, of Harry and the Hendersons? Ah, you missed. Strike two. Gotta protect the zone. Dan Quayle? Not bad. Ball three. Oh, right, of course. Trump is putting it out there that President Barack Hussein Obama is the “founder of ISIS.” OK, pleighboi. Keep thinking that’s going to make any sense at all.

There are two different levels of this game. One is called ping pong. The other is called table tennis. The third is called beer pong. How are they related? Well, they’re all played on the same table. Two of these games will help your table last forever. One will ruin it after one semester. (Just trust me on this.) Anyway, if you play table tennis, you can crush anyone that only plays ping pong. But the question is, can you play beer pong as a result? VICE decided to go play with a guy who’d gone to the Olympics twice, for table tennis. Tons of fun.

A couple of weeks ago, I played soccer. It had been a while since I got on the pitch, and your boy almost passed out in the sun. It was marginally embarrassing as I mentioned at the time, and it was humbling, because I was forced to play in the net so that the numbers on the field weren’t screwed up. News flash: playing goalkeeper/netminder, or whatever you want to call it, is not easy. FiveThirtyEight’s Allison McCann and Reuben Fischer-Baum take a look at who in the Olympics has the hardest time playing the position.

If you didn’t watch the U.S. men’s basketball team Wednesday night, you missed a great game. The Australians lost the game by 10 points and it wasn’t until about halfway through the fourth quarter that I legit believed that the Americans would win. The Aussies played a fantastic game, and didn’t necessarily ball out their minds, and gave Coach K’s squad a heck of a matchup. It wasn’t a complete disaster, but it was also a serious eye-opener for all of you expecting blowouts every night. ESPN’s Marc Stein was in the arena.

Free Food

Coffee Break: Houston is the most American city in America. Every single important thing that’s happened in this nation from a topic standpoint has been a local story there, first. Anyway, H-Town has a mosque for Latinos. Seriously, if you’ve never been to that city, take a trip down there. You’ll learn a lot.

Snack Time: I will never not be here for celebrity couples. Sorry, I just like them. And if I like both celebrities independent of one another? Even better. Now, A$AP Rocky and Kendall Jenner are together. HERE FOR IT.

Dessert: This is gross. And it makes me sad because it’s my favorite memorial.


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