This is from the YouTube toy channel 5MadMovieMakers. It serves no useful purpose. It won’t teach you anything or make you laugh. But I defy you to look away because it’s oddly mesmerizing.

This is how I tried to make every Hot Wheels track I ever assembled operate. But I probably never got a car to roll more than three seconds before it fell off the track, the pieces off track separated or the car just rolled to a stop. This? This is how it always looked in my head before reality struck and the Hot Wheels went tumbling down the stairs. I wish I’d thought of this beach idea, because it’s genius. Now you’ll need to excuse me I spend the next hour or so recapturing my childhood.

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ESPN the Magazine contributor Sam Alipour has a piece in the new issue where he explores life in the fast lane at the intersection of sports, fame, sex and the fascination of every older guy in a committed relationship in 2016: Tinder.

Seriously, as a married guy, the idea of digital dating apps is something I have an endless curiosity about. It’s like anthropology to me. A chance to study the mating habits of singles in a world where you can arrange to hook up with complete randoms without ever leaving your chair is mind boggling to someone who can’t experience it. A while ago I did a podcast with Lucy the Intern on the subject and it was one of the my favorite ones I’ve ever done.

So naturally I read Alipour’s article with interest because I can’t imagine what guys with athletic fame, looks, money and talent could do with a technology that gets even nobodies instant, commitment-free sex. He did not disappoint. Because of course, it ended up being about two very different Patriots players:

Patriots star Rob Gronkowski tried Tinder four years ago just for laughs, he says, “and I was matching like crazy!” I tell the “chickmagnet4life” — seriously, that was his AIM screen name — I’m not faring as well. It hits him like a bolt of lightning. “You’re not killing it?” Gronk says. “You’re not doing it right.” The tight end offers two fixes: First, … “Swipe right on everything. Get the ball rolling.” Second, … “Make them laugh. Just Google ‘Tinder pickup lines.'” (Sample: You must be a dictator, cuz I have an uprising.) …

Entertainment aside, some lovelorn pros see Tinder as a means to enter the game sans their jersey [such as] Terrance Knighton. “A lot of the guys over there who are on Tinder are looking for love, and that’s hard to find in a club where people have the wrong intentions,” says the Patriot. “Tinder weeds out those people. They just set up a semi-blind date with photos that aren’t too revealing. It’s working out for them.”

If you’d asked me going in what Rob Gronkowski’s approach and Terrance Knighton’s approach to scoring with strangers on Tinder would be, I’d have guessed that Gronk swipes right on everything and uses cheesy, Googled pickup lines and Pot Roast wants to avoid jock chasers and meet women who like him for who he is. That just seems like the most Gronk and most Knighton thing ever.

So anyway, it’s yet another look into a ecosystem I can’t inhabit. One, because I’m not available and two, because I’m not attractive, have nothing to offer and would rather stay home and watch “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” than go out to boink a stranger. But at least I have another reason to live surreptitiously through some Patriots players.

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Steve Kerr won the NBA's Coach of the Year award. Brad Stevens finished 6th.

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George Atallah, Assistant Executive Director of External Affairs at the NFLPA, joined the show to discuss Jeffrey Kessler's approach, the progress that the union has made, Goodell's power, and the possibility that Tom Brady and the NFL will discuss a settlement.

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The idea of reading mean tweets on camera is almost as old as Twitter itself. But this twist on it, having the worst stuff sent to female sports media people by regular, non-scumbag guys that didn’t send them, is as clever as it is fascinating to watch. Congratulations to Not Just Sports for putting this together.

As someone who lives a substantial part of each day on the Internet, I know what kind of vile, inhuman troglodytes populate it. But I have no illusions that it’s infinitely worse for women. Particularly for women in traditionally men’s worlds like politics, gaming and especially, sports.

I decided a while ago that the online universe is a garden. Things grow in it that are beautiful to look at. Some give you nourishment. They can fed by manure and decorated with the mulch of dead stuff that used to grow there. And underneath it all are slimy, grotesque creatures, crawling around in the ooze that you don’t want to know about. But every once in a while, you’ve just got to turn over the soil and take a look.

Which is why this video works so well. To watch normal dudes try to fathom why any of their own gender would post this stuff for the universe to read is an amazing case study in human nature. Somehow my own Twitter timeline and the WEEI text screen just got way easier to tolerate.

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Mike Freeman, Bleacher Report When the New England Patriots were penalized first- and fourth-round picks in May 2015 because of Deflategate, the reaction around the league could only be described as massive joy. Fist bumps and high-fives flew inside NFL front offices and locker rooms. 

“When they were busted,” one front-office executive said, “I thought, ‘Good! The league finally caught those cheating douchebags.'” …

In the year since, something really strange and unexpected has happened.

I spoke to many of these same sources, 10 interviewed in total, and they now have completely the opposite view. …

A significant portion of the league now believes the Patriots did not in fact deflate footballs in the 2015 AFC title game against the Indianapolis Colts. And begrudgingly, these people also believe the Patriots should get those picks back. …

They think, in effect, that what happened to the Patriots could happen to any of them.

I can’t begin to express how warm it makes me feel inside to know that so many people in the NFL have chosen to take the Patriots’ side now. It’s really satisfying to hear how much support they’re getting. Especially this groundswell of sympathy about getting the draft picks back.

Of course, it could have come sooner. Or been more public. Hell, maybe some of this sudden compassion toward the Patriots’ plight could have taken some form other than a few anonymous comments a couple of days before the first round of the draft. I don’t know, maybe they could have spoken out on the record. Or taken it up with the NFL. Maybe realized that their silence is allowing the megalomaniac in the commissioner’s office to run roughshod over the most successful franchise in their game and said something months ago.

But I guess that’s asking too much. Instead, these cowards are like neighbors who stared out their window watching the Patriots’ house get ransacked and could never be bothered to call 911. Now they’re coming over with a “Gee, that sucks about your house. Hope the thieves don’t hit our street again. Well, see ya around” and go back to their Barcalounger and 60-inch LCD TV. With friends like these, the Patriots are set on enemies.

The best we can hope for is that what has come around to New England goes around to these frauds. When they came for the Patriots, I said nothing because I did not like the Patriots. When they came for Tom Brady, I said nothing, because I was not Tom Brady. By the time they came for me, there was no one left to speak up.

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ESPN Insider Adam Schefter joined the show to discuss the latest with Tom Brady's re-instated 4-game suspension.

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ESPN Insider Adam Schefter joined the show to discuss the latest with Tom Brady's re-instated 4-game suspension.

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Gregg Doyel, IndyStarThis story ends the way it should, with DeflateGate mastermind Tom Brady paying for that with a four-game suspension that will stick to his Hall of Fame resume like a splatter of stink. And now, can this story please go away? … [T]he Patriots prepare to play four games without one of the greatest, and most busted, quarterbacks in NFL history.

Dan Shaughnessy, Boston GlobeBottom line: The Patriots were doing it. They had a system of deflating footballs after the balls were inspected by officials. Any agenda-less person who reads the Wells Report would come away with no other conclusion. The texts were unexplainable. … And when caught, they deny, then accuse. They do the deeds of guilty men. 

Steve Serby, New York PostOn the day that Deflategate became Reinstategate, Tom Brady learned once and for all that if you have the balls to mess with the integrity of Roger Goodell’s game, and then engage in a coverup, eventually, you will be stripped of your Teflon coat and sacked. … Pretty Boy cheated and lied about his involvement with Patriots equipment staffers in a scheme prior to the 2015 AFC Championship game against the Colts.

Bob Kravitz, KTHRIn the end, it didn’t really matter whether the Wells Report reached the proper conclusion, a conclusion based on facts they gathered over the course of several months, that Tom Brady was more likely than not aware the Patriots had engaged in a conspiracy to deflate the footballs.

Mile High ReportTo the surprise of no one, at least outside of the New England bubble, Tom Brady’s four-game suspension was reinstated by a federal appeals court. Monday just became glorious for us all. The decision was announced Monday morning and proves, emphatically, that the New England Patriots quarterback is, in fact, a cheater.

I present these to you as a public service. Because I think it’s important to know how the fervent, Patriots-hating zealots out there are taking the news that a federal court upheld Tom Brady’s suspension.

For 15 months now, Roger Goodell has stood before the mob of these backward, anti-science, dark ages serfs and told them he caught Brady practicing witchcraft. And the gullible peasants have waved their laptops and their Twitter feeds in the air and screamed to see him burned at the stake. Now that they’re getting their wish, they’re too excited about bathing in Brady’s professional blood to give a damn if witches are real.

In spite of everything. Basic physics. Standard of proof. Presumption of innocence. Common sense. By their own admission, none of that matters. They hate the Patriots so much, they’re embracing philistine pig-ignorance. Even though it means ignoring:

  • The ideal gas law
  • The corruption of Exponent, Inc.
  • Dozens of articles by impartial scholars
  • Mike Kensil’s involvement
  • The lie that it all began with D’Qwell Jackson’s interception
  • The lack of texts implicating Brady
  • The way NFL attorney Jeff Pash helped write an “independent” report
  • The horrendously sloppy way the NFL conducted the investigation
  • The fact the focus was supposed to be only on the AFC championship game
  • The NFL’s cover-up of ball pressure data in 2015
  • Brady’s own performance since the league “cracked down”

I could go on, but you get the point. The willfully stupid dopes I cited above are on the side of a commissioner no one respects. Who has bungled every disciplinary matter he’s ever taken up and had it blow up in his face like a Jason Pierre-Paul firework. A conniving, scheming, feckless bureaucrat who has lied to the public more than a congressman. But this one time, they’re on his side because he’s tucking it to Tom Brady and that makes him right. Justice be damned.

Notwithstanding that when Judge Richard Berman overturned Goodell’s punishment last August, this same crowd cried with one voice that this didn’t exonerate Brady. Then it was all about procedure. But now that that decision is reversed? Well, this is proof that Brady is guilty and they were right all along. He’s a proven cheater. A mastermind. A cover-up artist. Liar. Still a Pretty Boy, but a Pretty Boy with a tainted legacy because he got caught and it’s “glorious.”

Of course, this is just a small taste, taken from the first 24 hours of this. Samples I’m laying out for you at the snack counter, but there is a whole Trader Joe’s worth of hatred on its way. So as always, keep Defending the Wall.

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Tom Brady has a few legal options (all of which appear bleak) and a few options as to how he can "get back" at Commissioner Goodell.

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