This Thursday night, history will be made on ESPN: A woman will referee an NFL game for the first time. Shannon Eastin has been calling games since 1996 on the high school and college level, and thanks to an ongoing labor dispute with the referees' union, the league has enlisted a small army of replacements, including Eastin, who will officiate the upcoming Packers- Chargers pre-season game.
An artist's rendering of the Warriors' proposed new arena on a San Francisco pier
Last night I watched my hometown baseball team, the Oakland Athletics, get shut out by their most hated rival in front of a crowd of barely 11,000 people while simultaneously reading news reports about Oakland's basketball team, the Golden State Warriors, moving across the Bay to San Francisco. I'm not sure I've ever felt so personally betrayed by sports.