There's always a lot going on during the weekend. If you weren't lucky enough to spend the past two days on the couch, you can catch up on the top five sports items you may have missed here.
No. 1: Bart and you're there: The A's short post-All-Star Break skid came to a sudden halt on the heels of Bartolo Colon's shutout in Anaheim. The ageless wonder has won five consecutive games following an A's loss. A complete game against a high-powered offense at 40 is quite a feat, but Colon wasn't feeling his best before the game on Sunday.
Bartolo Colon awoke Sunday morning with an upset stomach. "My arm," though, he told A's Insider Paul Gutierrez in Spanish, "felt fine."
Not even tummy trouble can phase the A's veteran. He was dishing fastballs and zingers on the mound on Sunday. After Albert Pujols just missed a home run, Colon told him he needs to hit the gym. That led to this classic moment between the two Dominican stars.
No. 2: Uncharacteristic mistakes keep plaguing the defending World Series Champions. After winning the weekend series with the division-leading Diamondbacks, the Giants were left feeling snake-bit.
The Giants most critical wounds were self-inflicted on Sunday, as they ran into two very costly outs and ended up losing by two runs. Our Giants Insider Andrew Baggarly has the details.
“I feel awful about it,” said third base coach Tim Flannery, who waved Buster Posey into a disturbance of dust and a very unsettling out in what would become a momentum-stopping 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Posey was thrown out trying to score from first base on a sixth-inning double by Pablo Sandoval. Later, in the ninth inning, Kensuke Tanaka was thrown out trying to take an extra base, killing the Giants final rally as the D-Backs appeared to be trying to give the game away. Just days away from the trade deadline, the Giants sit seven games under .500 and 5 1/2 games behind Arizona in the NL West.
No. 3: Lefty is all right: Phil Mickelson is actually right-handed, but he swings the golf club from the left side. It's that southpaw swing that has earned him the nickname "Lefty" and that same swing got his name etched on the Claret Jug for the first time in his 20-plus-year golf career. At 43, Mickelson was the only player in the field to finish under par, as he won the British Open for the first time.
No. 4: Sharknado debris: It has been a few weeks since the Sharknado touched down and ferociously flipped our wigs. Just as quick as it hit televisions across the country on the SyFy channel -- it was gone -- leaving our minds collectively blown. One brave soul tried to make sense of it all. One courageous man had to try to pick up the pieces. That man was John Turner of Sporting News. He caught up with Sharknado director (and real American hero) Anthony Ferrante. A San Jose Sharks-Sharknado hybrid jersey was discussed.
"Oh my gosh, there's a Sharknado jersey!? That's killer," Ferrante told Turner. "If that happened, that would be the coolest thing in the world. They'd be playing the theme song for the next 100 years. ... It's gonna happen. They'd be foolish not to become the Sharknados. I mean, come on."
Do you hear that Sharks? Don't be foolish. Who doesn't want 100 years of Sharknado? Here's an artist's rendering of what a San Jose Sharknado would actually looks like, because, science.
No. 5: Bieber-proofing: The Chicago Blackhawks may have defeated the Boston Bruins for the Stanley Cup, but the Bruins scored a decisive victory in the world of social media this weekend.
In response to this...
The Bruins cleverly did this…
The Biebs is Canadian. He should know better. He's hitting many of the hockey towns as part of his arena tour, which was at the Shark Tank on June 26 (I hate you for making me look that up). There's no word on if he unsuspectingly desecrated the Sharks logo during his visit. (H/T Barstool Sports for the Bruins pic)
Three to see:
If you've made it this far, clearly you have some time on your hands. Here are three stories that you simply must see: