Enter the Warzone, making summer sweat.
• Told you three weeks ago the Giants weren't as good as their record.
Just didn't expect to be proven correct so quickly.
• How to make a 91/2-game division lead vanish in three weeks: Lose 15 of 19 while the second-place team wins 15 of 21.
• Last season, the Dodgers won 42 of 50 games to seize control of the NL West.
So this must feel like a breeze.
• Good news for Giants fans: It's only July 1.
Bad news for Giants fans: It's only July 1.
• Clayton Kershaw's current streak of 28 consecutive scoreless innings ranks fifth in Dodgers history.
Not sure which of those two facts is more impressive.
• Sunday's story (written by old friend Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News) about Brandon Belt promising a 12-year-old cancer survivor that he would hit a home run for her — and then doing it — made our weekend.
Thought only Babe Ruth did that stuff.
• Getting plenty of enjoyment from the World Cup, but there are reasons many Americans never will fully embrace soccer.
Scoreless ties and exaggerated flopping come immediately to mind. That it promotes socialism? Malarkey.
• Soon after the Netherlands-Mexico game ended, pictures of Arjen Robben's face morphed onto Greg Louganis' body started appearing on our Twitter feed.
Soccer fans aren't subtle.
• A zoomed-in image showed the cleat of Mexico captain Rafa Marquez barely grazing Robben's toe.
How's that tune go? Floppin' Robben, weak weak.
• To reach the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002, the U.S. has to defeat Belgium.
If this was bike racing, we'd be screwed.
• Belgium, our research shows, produces a fair share of elite-level soccer players. It's just hard to look past the beer, chocolate and waffles.
• Fresno State receiver Josh Harper, a key to this year's offense, says he is 100% healthy. Harper also looks like he added a few pounds.
The good kind.
• Harper is itching to go after having to sit out both the Mountain West championship game and Las Vegas Bowl, as well as spring practice, with a pulled groin.
Harper suffered the injury after he made a one-handed touchdown catch against San Jose State, then ran into a garbage can next to a stadium wall.
"It was the extension, not the collision" that caused the injury, Harper said. "I get asked that a lot."
• Even if the Vanderbilt team with pitcher Tyler Ferguson (Clovis West High) had lost the College World Series, the 2014 champs would still have a local connection.
Virginia's director of strength and conditioning, Ed Nordenschild, once held the same post at Fresno State.
• On his day off last week as Fresno Grizzlies play-by-play voice, Doug Greenwald attended the Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Ala. (an annual exhibition celebrating the Negro Leagues) as well as a Double-A game in Frisco, Texas.
On his day off ...
• Congratulations to Marina Inserra, Miss Yosemite Valley, for being crowned Miss California.
She made the judges really Falls for her.
• For no particular reason: Sixto Lezcano
• Texas Tech incoming freshman Nigel Bethel II got kicked off the football team for punching the basketball team's leading scorer in the face during a pickup game.
Amber Battle averaged 16.4 points for the Lady Raiders.
• Racked our brain for famous Belgians and came up with Eddy Merckx, Hercule Poirot and Tintin.
Two of those aren't even real people.
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