The following is a trio of images that caught my imagination for their quality and content. Coincidentally they also happen to be from my native land.
SHAWN WATCH — Check out this video of Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch training with the “fast feet dude” at the beach. Amazing.
“Marshawn Lynch hit the beach with Luis Badillo Jr. who’s said to have the fastest feet in the world. He’s trained world class athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo, Asafa Powell and tons of NFL players. This time, he flew up to the Bay Area to put in some work with the Oakland Raiders star — and it’s clear these dudes ain’t messin’ around.”
SHAWN WATCH — The ESPN Body Issue will go Beast Mode again in 2017. Or so the story goes.
CBS News released a teaser of ESPN’s upcoming body issue with six images. I excitedly flipped through them and the only running back they showed (twice) was Dallas Cowboys rusher Ezekiel Elliott who is also on the cover.
That’s nice. But not the running back I want and probably most everyone else wants to see. Come on ESPN! We want to see our man.
In the meantime Lynch is preparing for his return to professional football with the “home team” while giving out free haircuts for good grades and 2,000 free waterpark tickets to Oakland kids, among other things.
But Business Insider reports, “Marshawn Lynch, one of the newest members of the Oakland Raiders, has been quick to ingratiate himself with the city’s youth.”
Don’t you hate that sort of jaded reporting? Oh, look. The author Sam Belden is a Sports Intern at Business Insider. Do your homework Sam and offer some facts instead of uninformed opinions.
Fact. Lynch does not ingratiate himself with anyone.
Fact. Lynch chose to stay in his community when he could easily have left.
Fact. Lynch has been helping the youth in the Oakland area since he joined the NFL in 2007.
Fact. Lynch’s Fam 1st Family Foundation has been helping thousands of kids since 2006.
Fact. Lynch is a remarkable man.
ESPN’s Body Issue hits newsstands July 7.
My favourite hats for day four at Royal Ascot are worn by Her Majesty the Queen and Princess Eugenie.
Queen Elizabeth II
The titfers worn by the Queen at Royal Ascot thus far have seemed predictable and not very exciting. Although the colours have been luxe perhaps it was the “heaviness” of the brocade fabric which also matched the coat that I didn’t find very appealing.
No matter. I like Her Majesty’s hat today very well indeed. The colour is fabulous on her, I like the size and shape of the crown, “cartwheel” brim, and the silk flowers with straw twists decorating it. I even like the coat. Yes, indeed. Her Majesty looks most festive.
Designer: Rachel Trevor Morgan
Princess Eugenie looks terrific again today. She has certainly worn some lovely hats this Royal Ascot. Today she is wearing another navy hat this time with the same angled upturned brim but with yellow flowers sewn around the base at the front of the crown. And that dress. Gorgeous!
Designer: Bundle McLaren.
Milliner Sophie Beale in a beautiful black and white wide brimmed hat. Love her entire ensemble.
Also in the picture are Harvey Santos and Stephen Jones.
On June 15, 2016, in the wake of a mass shooting in Orlando, Florida, Senator Chris Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, launched a filibuster in the United States Senate, promising to hold the floor “for as long as I can” or until Congress acts on gun control legislation.
Murphy formally yielded the floor, ending the filibuster, at 2:11 a.m. EDT the following day, after 14 hours and 50 minutes. The entire 14-hour and 50-minute filibuster, was broadcast by C-SPAN.
One year ago, what has changed?
Updated 11:47 am.
These fantastic hats from day three of Royal Ascot caught my attention.
It’s Ladies’ Day. There are bound to be some exquisite hats today of all days, but Princess Eugenie hit it out of the park with this wonderful hat.
“From London label Bundle McLaren, the hat Eugenie wore to Ladies’ Day today is an ’18’ navy sinamay saucer topped with coral and navy handmade silk flowers with silver centres and navy coq feathers”.
Well done Ms. McLaren!
Countess of Wessex
Another fabulous hat from Sophie Countess of Wessex by Jane Taylor. This one is a white cocktail hat trimmed with feathers on both sides of the slightly upturned brim. Jane Taylor is having a rocking Royal Ascot.
Zara Philips Tindall
My favourite British hat wearing royal, Zara Tindall, daughter of Princess Anne, wearing a pink straw percher with angular teardrop base, trimmed with straw ruffles, a pink silk rose and a curling feather quill and her husband Mike looking superb in top hat.
Blooming Fun Hat
And how about this for a blooming great hat on Ladies Day, in this instance not adorning a royal head.
The lady looks like she had her eyebrows administered by a Sharpie. I keep seeing her around too. Who is that girl?