1. A stop-you-in-your-tracks story of grace and forgiveness from the recent ESPN awards, The ESPYs, about the family of high school football coach Ed Thomas. What appears to be one thing turns out to be quite another. Just be absolutely sure to watch past the 9:30 mark (huge ht to Brad Erwin):

1a. Not nearly in the same league(!), but Dwight Gooden and Daryl Strawberry’s remarks about the late, infamous George Steinbrenner caught me off-guard. It sounds like The Boss had a (hidden) appreciation for the power of second chances and gracious father-figures (ht JB). 

2. Speaking of second chances, an…

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