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How about some NFL coverage to start? Been a while.
Trent Brown will shift from left tackle to right tackle in Oakland. Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
In the mid-2000s, the perceived importance of the left tackle position was at an all-time high thanks to front offices making them some of the highest-paid players in the NFL and Michael Lewis publishing "The Blind Side."
Newsflash: Football has changed quite a bit since then, and as former NFL offensive lineman Ross Tucker points out for The Athletic (subscription), we're at the point now where there is "no longer a distinction" between left and right tackles.
The backdrop: Decades ago, defenses began putting their best pass rushers over the left tackle because that was typically the QB's blind side and, thus, gave them the best opportunity to get sacks and, better yet, strip-sacks.
The big picture: This redistribution of importance is not just happening at the tackle position; it's happening across the entire offensive line.
The bottom line: At no point in NFL history has the offensive line been more of a unit, and it's no longer a given that a team's most athletic trench warrior will line up at left tackle.
In the three years after they won the 2015 World Cup, the U.S. women's national team generated more game revenue ($50.8 million) than the U.S. men's national team ($49.9 million), according to audited financial reports acquired by the Wall Street Journal (subscription).
Why it matters: The women's team's ability to match, and even exceed, the men's team in game revenue (which is made up of mostly ticket sales) is a key factor in their ongoing gender-discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.
Between the lines: Games are, of course, not the only way our national teams generate revenue. There's also sponsorship deals and broadcast rights.
The bottom line: Why is this so hard? Give the men and the women the same base salary and then allow them to earn bonuses based on ticket and merchandise sales and anything else that can be tracked.
Facing a dramatic shift that left the third-base line wide open, Matt Carpenter recorded the first bunt double in Cardinals history. Hey baseball players, more of this please! We don't need to ban the shift! Just do this!
At least nine college baseball coaches are making $1+ million, and five of them took their teams to the College World Series, per USA Today. Meanwhile, at least 11 MLB managers are making $1 million or less.
In the entire decade of the 1980s, there were six instances where a team hit seven or more home runs in a game. We've already matched that total this season. Ya know, the one that's not even halfway over.
The NBA draft is on Thursday. We'll be going deeper later this week, but here's a quick glance to whet your appetite.
Top 10 (via The Ringer)
Photo: Lukasz Laskowski/PressFocus/MB Media/Getty Images
The NHL draft is on Friday. More appetite-whetting:
Top 10 (via The Athletic)
Go deeper: Worst NHL draft picks of all time
P.S. ... In other NHL news, Erik Karlsson, one of the offseason's top free agents, is staying with the Sharks on an eight-year deal worth more than $88 million.
Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
19 years ago today, we witnessed the peak of Tiger Woods' dominance when he won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach by a record 15 strokes. 15!!!
The big picture: Tiger went on to win the British Open, the PGA Championship and the Masters, becoming the first player since Bobby Jones to simultaneously hold all four major titles, otherwise referred to as the "Tiger Slam."
"We've been talking about him for two years, I guess we'll be talking about him for the next 20. When he's on, we don't have much of a chance. ... My words probably can't describe it, so I'm not even going to try."— Ernie Els, U.S. Open runner-up
Go deeper: Appreciating Tiger's dominance
Ian Desmond ran around the bases in 15.09 seconds on his inside-the-park home run this past weekend, the fastest time this season.
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The Seattle Seawolves won their second straight Major League Rugby championship on Sunday, defeating the San Diego Legion in the final seconds.
🏈 Stay in the Game (Albert Bridge Capital)
"This is going to be an uncharacteristic departure for me. This story is deeply personal, for our family, and for our oldest son in particular. But it is a story he's letting me tell, because it is a story he wants people to hear."
"There is a disconnect between the front office and [Mike] D'Antoni .... There is friction between James Harden and Chris Paul .... And doubts linger about [Tilman] Fertitta, the inexperienced owner steering the ship through choppy waters while creating waves of his own."
"After years of handing out PEN America's literary award, the Worldwide Leader has decided to discontinue its partnership. What does that mean for the future of writing at the company?"
We're trying something new this week called "The People's Choice," where we pose a question and then you, the readers, decide the answer through a week-long head-to-head bracket.
Where things stand: Yesterday's top four vote-getters have advanced to the semifinals. Today's matchup: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed.
Click to vote: The top vote-getter will move on to Thursday's championship, where they will face the winner of tomorrow's No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed matchup.
See you tomorrow,
Kendall "Riley (35) is young enough to be Harbaugh's (55) son" Baker
Trivia answer: Byron Buxton (in 2017)