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Deadspin has been your worldwide leader in coverage today of layoffs at the Worldwide Leader. ESPN is reportedly laying off hundreds of its 7,000 employees. Per Deadspin:
ESPN is laying off a portion of its staff today, a network spokesman confirms to us. How many? ESPN won't say. A tipster told us earlier today that it would be more than 400 staffers. A source at ESPN said that number is a little high, but it appears to be in the hundreds.
There are plenty of other details in the Deadspin post. Regardless, not a great day in Bristol.
Raph Rhymes -- that's his name -- had an unusual finish to his inside-the-park home run yesterday. Sounds like everyone is OK, so please do enjoy:
We have no horse in this race. We don't even fully understand what is going on here, other than that it seems as though the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League are being accused of purposely losing a game in order to enhance their own playoff standings. We don't know how that is possible. It possibly would be easy to figure out.
But we don't really care.
All we care about is that everything about the story written on juniorhockey.com, the tweets referenced and the comments thereafter are, in a word, priceless.
It's everything that makes a guy love going to any high school game below the college level. Hockey fans are simply the best, and they're even better when they are upset at each other.
Here is the first paragraph, as written by self-described investigative opinion writer Stephen Heisler, who also has a Mexico-based classic rock station:
The North American Hockey League's Amarillo Bulls are by far the dirtiest hockey team I have ever come across and their reputation was soiled further on Sunday. Many around the league believe that the Bulls purposely lost big to the Wenatchee Wild (7-0) in order to punch their ticket to today's championship final.
Again, we don't know if this is true. We just know that we love the story. Please do have a look-see.
Per the Sun-Sentinel in Florida:
The Miami Heat fan who gave the one-finger salute to Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah has a message to the world of Internet trolls: Get a life.
The woman whose one-finger salute has become an Internet sensation overnight is Filomena Tobias, the widow of former CNBC commentator and financial wizard Seth Tobias, said Filomena Tobias' daughter, Victoria Racanati, when reached by phone by the Sun Sentinel.
"She's embarrassed, but she is being a good sport," the daughter told the Sun Sentinel on Thursday. "She was having fun just like any other fan. All she has to say is that people need to get a life."
The daughter said her mom did not want to comment.
Racanati said the family are Miami Heat season ticket holders who attend every game. Tobias was captured giving Noah the bird after he was ejected from the blowout game. The photo has been widely posted all across the Internet.
Want to read more about Seth Tobias' final night on this earth? Sure you do!
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