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The Carolina Panthers Spent Three Days Secretly Tweeting the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme

Sure, Twitter can be a massive time-waster, not to mention an efficient delivery system for harassment and white-supremacist memes, but every once in a while, someone harnesses its power for good. Case in point: The Carolina Panthers. Fans of the NFL franchise might not have noticed anything unusual when the team’s Twitter account let this one fly on July 5. (Slate)

The secret of Atlanta's The Freeze: Meet the speedster behind baseball's runaway hit

The Atlanta Braves haven’t even played in their gleaming new ballpark for three months, but they’ve already got their first legitimate viral hit: Beat The Freeze, a mid-inning foot race where some hapless fan takes on a speedster in an ice-blue bodysuit...and the fan almost always loses badly, oh so badly. The Freeze’s races have racked up millions of views on Facebook and Twitter. (Yahoo! Sports)

ESPN’s 30 for 30 launches a new podcast series

30 for 30 Podcasts will tackle a single subject just like the documentaries, but produce the topic for audio only. Originally announced back in March, we now have the topics for the entire first season of podcasts. The first episode will premiere on June 27 and a new installment will debut each week through July 25. (Awful Announcing)

Jon Stewart to co-host 'SportsCenter' for Warrior Games

Jon Stewart is set to co-host ESPN's SportsCenter alongside anchor Hannah Storm Friday for the conclusion of the Department of Defense's Warrior Games. A Paralympics-style event, the Warrior Games features seriously injured or ill service members and veterans from all branches of the military competing in events including swimming, archery, cycling and sitting volleyball. (United Press International)

Louisville's time in ACC replete with success, shortcomings

Louisville’s 2012 invitation to join the ACC included none of the babbling about academic and cultural fit that accompanied much of conference realignment. This was a sports business transaction, and no one pretended otherwise. Both parties have profited. Just completing their third season in the league, the Cardinals have excelled as many anticipated. (Daily Press)

Venus Williams breaks down at Wimbledon presser when asked about car accident

After defeating Elise Mertens in the first round of Wimbledon, Venus Williams faced a tragically inevitable question on the death of Jerome Barson. Her response was so human, it's hard to imagine her as a larger-than-life professional athlete. When she was asked about the car accident that killed 78-year-old Barson, Williams was moved to tears and could hardly speak. (CBS Sports)

LaVall Jordan faces challenge in matching Chris Holtmann's tenure at Butler

The search to replace Chris Holtmann at Butler took 72 hours, if that. Thirty-eight-year-old LaVall Jordan -- a Butler alum and former Bulldogs assistant, and most recently coach at Milwaukee -- will try to keep this program nationally competitive. It will not be easy, and Butler is one of the most interesting jobs in any Major 7 (ACC, AAC, Big 12, Big East Big Ten, Pac-12, SEC) league. (CBS Sports)

"Miss Mary Reporting' is an inspiring story about an unusual woman, sportswriting legend Mary Garber

What would Mary Garber do if she could see the children’s picture book “Miss Mary Reporting”? I think she’d offer a wry comment and change the subject to something else — football, most likely. And if there were any business that needed attending to, she’d attend to it. But I also think there’d be a twinkle in the eyes behind those granny glasses, and a little smile on her face. (Greensboro News & Record)

ESPN Executive Shake-Up Ushers in "New World Order"

ESPN President John Skipper’s earthshaking announcement June 16 of promotions, realignments and farewells amongst senior executives is in part admission that the old architecture wasn’t working — and also in part, Skipper’s bold blueprint for the future. Either way, ESPN’s "new world order" finally looks like a company run by John Skipper. (Hollywood Reporter)

83-year-old Bill Russell talking trash was the highlight of the NBA Awards

At age 83, Bill Russell is just as ruthless as ever. The NBA honored Russell at its first annual awards show on Monday by inviting five other legendary centers to present him with the Lifetime Achievement Award. It was a very heartfelt presentation, with a touching speech by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and a dramatic video package. (Sports Illustrated)

The making of ‘Bull Durham’ – Excerpt from a book about the Durham Bulls

By the mid-1980s, Ron Shelton had the shell of a manuscript titled “The Player To Be Named Later” and was ready to present it to a film studio — namely to Thom Mount, then the young director of Universal Studies. Over the years, Shelton had developed a friendship with Mount, and Shelton was aware of Mount’s interest in baseball through minority ownership in several minor-league teams. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Why Britain Is Consumed With the 28-Year-Old Hillsborough Stadium Disaster

Prosecutors announced criminal charges on Wednesday arising out of the Hillsborough Stadium disaster, in which 96 supporters of Liverpool’s soccer team were fatally crushed and trampled in 1989 at a game in Sheffield, England. There is no statute of limitations for serious crimes in Britain. Still, it is unusual for charges to be filed in such an old case. (New York Times)

On first day in Charlotte, Dwight Howard has a message for those who have written him off

Dwight Howard knows his NBA image has become tarnished. He knows that, at age 31, some people consider him to be all washed up. “A lot of people have written me off – which is great,” Howard said at the news conference to announce his arrival in Charlotte Monday. “It’s going to make me work even harder.” The Hornets will be the veteran big man’s fifth team in seven years. (Charlotte Observer)

U.S. States with the Worst Summers

31. North Carolina is lovely during almost the entire year, thanks to the Appalachian Mountains blocking the gross chubby weather of the Midwest from corrupting Dean Smith’s elegant basketball and pork BBQ factory. With a giant coastline protected on the other side by the Outer Banks, mainland Carolina seems like it’s in a prime position, until you start Googling hurricane danger. (Thrillist)

Jamie Horowitz is out at Fox Sports

In one of the most shocking sports media moves of 2017, President of Fox Sports National Networks Jamie Horowitz has been forced out. Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand tweeted the news. To show how serious this is, Horowitz’s bio at Fox Sports has already been scrubbed. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the firing is due to sexual harassment allegations. (Awful Announcing)

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