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Happy Monday! Opps, sorry about that exclamation point. I know you guys are nursing a post-Fourth of July weekend hangover, so I’ll try and dial it down a bit. Here’s your five from the holiday weekend.
Magic Mike XXL
Given my oft-mentioned Channing Tatum obsession, I obviously saw Magic Mike XXL this holiday weekend. And while the showing I went to was filled with women taking in what I considered to be an ab-tastic cinematic masterpiece, that apparently wasn’t the case around the country. According to EW.com, “After opening at #1 on Wednesday with $9.3 million, it only earned about $27 million for the five-day period — and only $12 million of that came this weekend.” I guess I’ll have to make up for the short-fall by seeing it a few more times. [via EW.com]
I’m always surprised by the things that people can make into careers. Dog walking, blogging, eating mass quantities of food – people can actually make money at these things. In the former, there is no bigger name in the game than Joey Chestnut. Chestnut is one of the country’s most famous competitive eaters, particularly since Takeru Kobayashi was barred from competition over a contract dispute with Major League Eating (and yes, that’s an actual thing). Anyway, it was widely expected that Chestnut would win his ninth consecutive Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog eating contest in Coney Island, Brooklyn, held annually on the 4th of July. However, Chestnut was bested by Matt Stonie, who came in second last year. Stonie finished with 62 hot dogs and buns, with Chestnut only managing to get down 60. If watching a bunch of dudes eat wieners is your thing (no judgment), see below. [via The New York Times]
Any athlete knows that you never, ever celebrate until you’ve won. Well, a guy named Ben Payne, decked out in full ‘Merica regalia, clearly thought he had won the Atlanta-Constitution’s Peachtree 10K on Saturday when he slowed down and lifted his index finger into #1 as he approached the finish line. Key word being approached. Payne’s early grandstanding allowed British runner Scott Overall to pass him, winning the race by 9/100 of a second. Now, as a red-blooded American, I hate to point this out, but does anyone else see the irony of a showboating guy wearing the stars-and-stripes being beaten by a Brit on the 4th of July? [via The Huffington Post]
Japanese Women’s National Soccer Team
Listen, it’s one thing to lose. It’s another to get completely dominated to the point of embarrassment, which is how the Women’s World Cup final between the U.S. and Japan went down in Vancouver Sunday evening. I’ll admit that I only watch soccer when it’s a big deal, but even I know that four goals in the first sixteen minutes is pretty unheard of, and almost impossible to come back from. And while the Japanese certainly didn’t give up – they scored twice, with Yuki Ogimi getting a goal in the 27th minute and when the U.S. put the ball into its own net in the 52nd minute – it was pretty much a given from about halfway through the first half how this was going to turn out. Between that and playing in a stadium full of fans rooting against you, it pretty much sucked to be a member of Japan’s Women’s National Soccer Team on Sunday. [via CNN]
While many of us watched Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. win World Boxing Organization welterweight title when he defeated Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao on May 2, it was announced Friday that the 38-year-old boxing superstar may not get to keep it. It turns out that Mayweather is in violation of two WBO rules: first, Mayweather did not pay the $200,000 sanctioning fee for the title by Friday’s deadline. Second, he has yet to vacate the WBA and WBC junior middleweight titles, as he is required to do since boxers are not allowed to hold world championships in multiple weight classes. So therefore, the WBO will likely strip Mayweather of the title he won in May today.
However, even if he is stripped of the belt, it won’t affect Mayweather’s 48-0 record nor will he have to return the approximately $220 million in prize might he got from the Pacquiao fight. So now that I think about it, he probably did still have a better weekend than you. [via The Washington Post]
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