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Rem: Am I allowed to nominate Hope Solo for beating her charge?2. Tony La Russa: Still a Winner
Chris: Not guilty, y'all got to feel her.
Rem: Teflon Don.
Chris: Hope Solo treated those charges like she treated Briana Scurry back in '07.
4. Robert Jaworski and Dolphy Quizon: Legends in the Game
I'm going to assume those are their names, because why not. Also, the shot of the two Sideshow Bob-haired tykes hugging dad after his home run derby win was adorable. Anyone over 30 probably remembers reading about and seeing clips of young Prince hanging around major league dugouts and smoking the ball in BP while dad Cecil plied his trade. Imagine the amazing careers the next generation of Fielder boys might have, given they actually seem to have normal, loving relationships with their dad. Or does becoming estranged from your famous, baseball-playing father trigger a chemical reaction that pushes you to reach even greater heights? What about if it's just a mildly strained relationship? BRB, gonna rip away my kid's favorite stuffed warthog.
On Sunday, Robert Jaworski, the most famous, most beloved, and probably also most hated player in the history of Philippine basketball, had his jersey retired at the Araneta Coliseum. On Tuesday, Dolphy Quizon, almost certainly the most famous and prolific comedian in the history of the Philippines, died at the age of 83. Both enjoyed the kind of career longevity that strains belief. Jaworski was 29 years old and already one of the country's top players when the Philippine Basketball Association had its first season in 1975. Instead of riding out five last good years, though, Jaworski kept playing and playing, until he finally left the sport in 1998, when he was in his early 50s, as the player-coach of Ginebra gin franchise. He left only because he got elected to the Senate, and even then, he didn't officially retire because there were concerns his fans wouldn't support his political career if there were no chance of him returning to the court. He was known for rough, smart play and a "never say die" philosophy — it was about winning, but it could also apply to his never-ending, Methuselah-like career. I love this picture of him, near the end of his playing days, a cantankerous old legend refusing to back down an inch to a much bigger, younger, and stronger American import. Dolphy had comedies for six decades, from his 1950 Dolphy and Panchito, to the 2010 Father Jejemon. When I first learned I'd be moving to the Philippines in 2005, I was told to go to the New Manila Food Mart on First Avenue near 14th Street and rent Dolphy movies. I did, and though I had no clue what anyone was saying, it was pretty easy to enjoy the endless fart jokes and people's pants falling down. The rest, you could say, is history. Thanks, Jawo, and thanks, Dolphy.5. Rod Thorn:
h/t to Jaemark Tordecilla for suggesting this clip of Dolphy meeting "President" Ronald Reagan