The ESPN Daily: A lemonade stand to fund a coach’s buyout, the best NBA shooters of the past decade, and overreactions from Week 2
Selling lemonade to ‘Free Willie’ … Selling lemonade on the side of the road is a time-honored tradition for kids looking to make a little money during particularly hot days. We bet you can picture one now: the rickety stand, the sugary lemonade, the … stated intent to use the profits from all sales to fund a college coach’s buyout. At least, that was what a young FSU fan and his father decided to do with the profits from their lemonade stand. For Florida State coach Willie Taggart, this definitely was not a refreshing pick-me-up. Read More
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16-0 again in New England? … The 2007 Patriots won every single game in the regular season, but fortunately for fans of teams not named the Patriots, they lost in the Super Bowl. An undefeated season might be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for most teams, but as Bill Barnwell points out, New England isn’t most teams. Here’s how the Patriots could make another run at one of football’s most hallowed accomplishments, and why they could end up finishing the job this time around. Read More
Pinpoint accuracy … The NBA has never seen such a collection of amazing shooters — just look at the 3-pointer explosion over the past decade if you don’t believe us. It’s hard to narrow it down to just the top 10 most efficient shooters of the past 10 years, but Kirk Goldsberry has it down to a science. No. 1 will probably not surprise you, but the players rounding out the list might. Read More
Let’s overreact to Week 2 … Calamity! Disaster! Ruin! If your team lost in Week 2, you might be exclaiming all that and more. Your season is lost, your fandom is wasted, your hopes and dreams are all up in smoke. (Dramatic pause) OR ARE THEY? We’ve got the most common hot takes from Week 2 and determine whether they’re an overreaction … or a sign of things to come. Read More
How the Browns turned it around … Before Baker Mayfield took the field, the Cleveland Browns were defined by misery and failure, a team that went years without a W. Things changed dramatically a year ago, and though the Browns have never won a Super Bowl, it sure felt like they did when Baker helped start something magical. Read More
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“I think I am the best ever to play in MLS. And that, without joking.”
— Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after his hat trick on Sunday Read more
On this date in 1945, Phil Jackson was born. Perhaps the greatest coach in NBA history, Jackson holds the record for most combined NBA titles, winning 13 as a player and coach. Here’s a look back at his incredible career. Watch
WHAT’S ON TONIGHT?
College Football 150 — The American Game (7 p.m. ET, ESPN): Our epic 11-episode documentary series exploring the story of college football over the past 150 years drops its first episode tonight. If you like college football at all, this is a must-see.
Los Angeles Sparks at Connecticut Sun (6:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2); Las Vegas Aces at Washington Mystics (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2): The WNBA playoffs continue with the semifinals. The Sparks will have their hands full against the Sun, who have lost only two games on the road all season; meanwhile, the Aces look to ride the momentum of Dearica Hambley’s crazy shot against Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics.
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