GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
Guess who's back? Sunday was a big day. No, not just because of all the action around the NFL. You see, it marked the official reboot of NFL PrimeTime on ESPN+, aka the NFL highlights show that previously aired on ESPN from 1987 to 2005. With it came the glorious return of two beloved football personalities: Chris Berman and Tom Jackson. Just a couple of guys breaking down highlights and making sure you don't miss a minute of the action. What more could you ask for? Read More
It's (NFL Prime)Time ... The league had itself a Sunday. Need to get caught up on the Week 2 madness? We got you. The first episode of the revamped NFL PrimeTime is available on ESPN+ so you can go ahead and check it out right here: Watch
THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
The grandmaster diet ... Did you know that pro chess players can burn up to 6,000 calories a day while barely moving? Yep, you read that right. Studies suggest that grandmasters' stress responses to chess are on par with what elite athletes experience. So two hours of sitting and playing chess can roughly equate to what Roger Federer would burn in an hour of singles tennis. Sounds absurd, right? That's what we thought, but it turns out the evidence is overwhelming. Read More
That's Madam President, Nneka Ogwumike to you ... For someone with Nneka Ogwumike's resume, she often finds herself left out of the conversation regarding the game's best players, but Ogwumike doesn't care. She just assumes it has something to do with her name being tough to pronounce. The WNBA player does however, care about negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with the league after the season. The Los Angeles Sparks star is the person the players have chosen to be the face of their fight for pay equity, and the gravity of what's at stake for future generations of both women's basketball and women's sports at large is not lost on her. Read More
How many bad teams would it take? It's a season of extremes in MLB. There are three major league teams on pace to win 104 or more games and another two on pace to win 99.5. There are three teams on pace to lose 104 or more games, another on track to lose 101 and a fifth on pace to lose 99. A third of the league could end up at one of the two triple-digit extremes that would typically be enough to deem a team the "best" or "worst" in baseball. Yet, here we are. So given the overwhelming discrepancy between teams like the Yankees and the Orioles, we set out to determine an answer to this question: How many of the bad teams would it take to make up one of the great teams? Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
Hammond bursts free for 76-yard game-sealing TD
Josh Hammond takes off to score a 76-yard touchdown as Florida seals a 29-21 win over Kentucky.
Arkansas' O'Grady escapes swarm of defenders for unreal TD
Arkansas TE Cheyenne O'Grady catches the ball and somehow is able to break away from five Colorado State defenders for the score.
"Some people want to play the blame game. ... They want to play the shame game, like we should be ashamed because we didn't win a gold medal? That's a ridiculous attitude. It's immature, it's arrogant."
-- Gregg Popovich on Team USA placing seventh in the FIBA World Cup. Read more
On this date in 1981, Sugar Ray Leonard rallied in Rounds 13 and 14 to beat Thomas Hearns in "The Showdown" after Leonard's trainer, Angelo Dundee, said the now legendary words: "You're blowing it now, son! You're blowing it!"
WHAT'S ON TONIGHT?
Monday Night Countdown (6 p.m. ET, ESPN): Suzy Kolber and the guys are at MetLife Stadium to get you ready for a MNF matchup that's loaded with juicy story lines and surprising twists.
Monday Night Football: Browns vs. Jets (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN): Both teams are coming off opening losses and look to avoid going 0-2. Trevor Siemian will be under center as Sam Darnold is sidelined because of mono. Odell Beckham Jr. called out former Browns defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, saying the coach instructed players to hurt him in a preseason game in 2017. Grab your popcorn because this is going to be fun.