My Dad sends along a picture of a Kevin Youkilis at-bat at Fenway, a 6-3 groundout.

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Darren Rovell Says Nike is Not Meeting Demand for Retro Dream Team Apparel

Sports business analyst Darren Rovell, who recently left CNBC for ESPN, joined Colin Cowherd’s radio show today to talk about the US Men’s Olympic Basketball team, Jeremy Lin, and Carmelo Anthony.

At the beginning, Cowherd asked Rovell to compare the marketability of the 1992 Dream Team to this year’s squad:

Cowherd: We all acknowledge that the Dream Team was better on the court [than this year’s team]. Is this team comparable to the Dream Team in marketing? Was that team far more popular than this team?

Rovell: If you break it down, it’s obviously a different era in time but, yeah, I would definitely say that this team is not as marketable as that team. But, then again, sports marketing has come a long way…I think that the Dream Team as a marketing vehicle–it’s not even close. And the crazy thing is, by the way, everyone’s asking Nike, “Where are all the retro Dream Team things that I want to buy?”

I think it’s one of the first times ever where Nike has not met demand for something.

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At the ESPYs, Bill Simmons Saw Rob Gronkowski Sprint Down an Up Escalator, Heard Gronk Crossed Swords With Brothers and a Stranger

Bill Simmons had his buddy Jack-O on his BS Report podcast today. As usual they discussed the relative situations of the Yankees and Red Sox before veering off into other topics. The conversation eventually drifted toward Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski; around the 28-minute mark, Simmons shares three funny anecdotes about Gronk from the ESPY awards last week.

1. Leaving the after party, walking through the hotel where the first after-party was and there was an [escalator] that people were going down. And there was probably like–you know, people were walking kind of slow because there’s only one at a time on the [escalator] so it’s kind of clogged a little bit–and then there was an [escalator] going up that nobody was on. Gronkowski sprints down, past all the people that are going down the [escalator] and sprints down the ‘up’ [escalator]. Then, he gets to the bottom, raises his hands, and goes, “YEAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!” I actually witnessed [this].

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Barack and Michelle Obama on Kiss Cam at USA-Brazil

President Obama attended tonight’s USA-Brazil exhibition tonight with his wife, Michelle, and got put on Kiss Cam:

Ultimately, Michelle seemed put off by the idea and the crowd didn’t really pressure them enough to do it.

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Why Team USA Basketball Should Consider Greg Stiemsma (Seriously)

Let me preface this column by saying that as a fellow Wisconsin Badger I am absolutely biased on the subject. I hadn’t thought much about Stiemsma for three years but was delighted when he surfaced in Boston this year, had six blocks in his debut, and got compared to Bill Russell by the inimitable Celtics homer announcer Tommy Heinsohn after playing just five games.

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World Wide Wednesday

Deep Routes

An angry millenial writes an open letter to her parents’ generation that makes a whole lot of sense:

Quit telling us we’re not special.

Believe us, we bloody well know.

Earlier this month, Wellesley high school teacher David McCullough, Jr., delivered what was perhaps the world’s first commencement dirge to a crowd of teenagers on the first day of distinction many of them have ever experienced. Graduation from high school, he informed them, is a shiny induction to the hordes of mediocrity. McCullough even took it upon himself to remind the youth of their eventual funerals. (You know it’s a problematic speech when Rush Limbaugh loves it.) What parting words did the teacher have for those who survived his twelve-minute lesson on nihilism? The paradoxical exhortation to go forth and live extraordinary lives! Because, apparently, we can?

Here’s the rub: this speech is misplaced. It doesn’t belong in an address to the generation graduating into an economy that wipes its rear end with their high school diplomas. It doesn’t belong in an address to the generation who began running the rat race at age 4. It doesn’t apply to the generation that knows hard work guarantees nothing, that can’t hope to own a home before we have our own children, that pours coffee for other people’s parents for free in the name of gaining “work experience” through “internship.” David McCullough ought to have given that speech not to the graduates, but to their parents. We have not yet begun to shape the world: we are living in the one you created. And it’s killing us.

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Making Bison/Lamb Juicy Lucy’s with Buttermilk Ranch Cheese Curds Topped with Wisconsin Brick Cheese and Bacon

Whenever my good friends and I get together to grill, we do it big. For the Fourth of July, it was our obligation as patriotic Americans to do Independence Day justice. Enacting a “Never Say No” policy at Metcalfe’s and Brennan’s Market in Madison, WI, we set a lofty goal for ourselves: to create the best burgers we’ve ever eaten.

Upon crafting bison/lamb Juicy Lucy’s stuffed with buttermilk ranch cheese curds and topped with Wisconsin brick cheese and specialty bacon on a pretzel bun, we passed with flying colors. The flavor symphony was more beautiful than any orchestra; ketchup and mustard were simply unnecessary.

Here’s how we made them:

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