Pop Culture: Sports Bites

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From the July 3, 2014 edition

Talent taker

Golak: So, LeBron is a free agent. The sooner he picks a place to play, the sooner ESPN becomes watchable again. Do you see him going back to Miami? Back to Cleveland? Or somewhere else entirely?

Sumukh: I think he'll stay in Miami, but with the way teams are willing to do anything for LeBron, he seems powerful enough to just tell the NBA he wants a championship ring and they'll give it to him.

Balls out

Sumukh: John Isner was knocked out of the third round of Wimbledon. He was the last American male left in the draw. With the dominance of Nadal, Federer and Djokovic, does American men's tennis just seem done?

Golak: I think once Andy Roddick showed that even if you spend more time on your hair than you do on winning Grand Slams you can still hook up with Mandy Moore and Brooklyn Decker, there was a goal shift in American tennis that didn't focus as much on championships.

Locked up

Golak: The Browns are seeking to sign Brian Hoyer to a long-term contract. The Browns are now sinking big cash and first round picks on Hoyer and Manziel respectively. Does this QB duo deserve such a doubling-down by the Browns organization?

Sumukh: Neither have proven particularly anything, but if we know anything about the Browns organization, no QB on their roster since 1999 has deserved any money the team has given him.

Take it down

Sumukh: The Fourth of July is upon us, which means it's another year of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island. Champion Joey Chestnut wants to beat his record of 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes. Think he can do it this year?

Golak: Watching Chestnut take down Kobayashi was like watching Douglas K.O. Tyson. Now, if Chestnut can just emulate Douglas' eating habits post-Tyson fight, he should have no trouble clearing 70.