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I know you all look forward to our Friday editions of "What People Are Talking About This Week," but this week there were enough sports highlights that I decided to make a special Thursday edition.

Citi Field

R.A. Dickey gets yelled at

One of the best pitchers of the season (let's go Mets!), R.A. Dickey has been wearing friendship bracelets that his daughters made for him before he embarked on a trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in January. For some reason, in last night's game an umpire decided that it was a violation of the uniform code and made him CUT THEM OFF on live television. His poor girls.

Felix Hernandez pitches a perfect game

My other (possibly now former) team, the Mariners, had an exciting day yesterday as well. Felix Hernandez became the 23rd player in major league history to pitch a perfect game and the third player to do so this season, a major league season record.

U.S. soccer team beats Mexico for the first time in Mexico

That's right: after a 75-year rivalry and 24 matches, the US finally managed to eke out a win over Mexico on their turf. Incidentally, Mexico just won the Olympic gold medal, though with an entirely different squad.





Have a nice Thursday!

The best non-competitive Olympics video

I'm sure most of you have been watching the Olympics at least a little bit over the past week, and there are a lot of awesome things going on: Michael Phelps' record number of Olympic medals, the US gymnastics team taking all-around gold, and crazy-fast runners. But here I would like to highlight my favorite Olympics-related video that doesn't actually include any footage from the Olympics: the US swim team's music video, of sorts, for Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." Enjoy!

US swim team Call Me Maybe

What has been your favorite Olympic moment so far? What are you most looking forward to this week? Tell us in the comments!

TicketNetwork.com August events preview

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August brings with it both National S'mores Day (August 10) and Toasted Marshmallow Day (August 30). Why aren't those both on the same day? I digress...here are the top live events coming up in August:

Concerts

Madonna: The Material Girl is continuing her epic world tour this fall, kicking off the North American leg in Philadelphia, PA, on August 28. Dates continue through November 20 in Miami, at which point she will take on South America.

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Festivals: The festival season is in high gear in August, with Lollapalooza taking place Aug. 3-5; Warped Tour and Mayhem Festivals running until Aug. 5; Fresh Music Festival continuing through Aug. 11; Peach Music Festival playing Aug. 10-12; and Electric Zoo Festival on stage Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

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Keith Urban: The country legend has several dates across the US and Canada starting August 19 in Halifax, Canada, and continuing through Sept. 2 in Gilford, NH.

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Other Concerts in August:

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kelly Clarkson, Big Time Rush and American Idol Live continue their respective tours.
  • The Honda Civic Tour with Linkin Park and Incubus revs up August 11.
  • Gotye becomes somebody we...still know...kicking off his tour Aug. 22.
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Mariners All-Star Ichiro has been traded to the Yankees

It's a sad day for Mariners fans everywhere. Right fielder Ichiro Suzuki, who has been with the Mariners since 2001, was traded to the Yankees last night. And to add insult to injury, his first game as a Yankee was also last night...at Safeco Field...against the Mariners.

While I'm now a Mets fan, there has always been a hometeam spot in my heart for the Mariners, since I grew up just a few hours from them. The one season I remember most clearly was actually Ichiro's first, in 2001, when the M's set an American League record for single-season wins, ending with a record of 116-46. Ichiro won AL MVP that year, and he's also managed to be a 10-time All-Star during his time with the team. I've always inherently rooted for the Mariners as a Washingtonian...but with the loss of Ichiro that's much harder to do, since he was the last team member I still remembered.

This morning I came across a song called "Ichiro's Theme" by Ben Gibbard. Take a listen:

We'll miss you, Ichiro. And while I love you, I now dislike the Yankees a little bit more.

Liz and Allison review Harvey

Harvey on Broadway

This past Saturday, Allison and I went to see Harvey on Broadway, starring Jim Parsons (of Big Bang Theory fame). Here's an approximation of our conversation on the train ride home:

Liz: Wow, that was really good. I think Jim Parsons was my favorite; his character was basically Sheldon, just way more social.

Allison: Yeah, he did a great job, and his portrayal of Elwood P. Dowd was so engaging! I was surprised to see Carol Kane pop up in one scene, but I couldn't tell if she was acting or just being herself.

Liz: Haha, yeah, I know. She's kind of always like that.

Allison: "Hi, I'm Carol Kane! And I'm playing Carol Kane! I'm wide-eyed and wacky, and you LOVE me!"

Liz: So true! I do love her.

Allison: It's hard not to love Carol Kane, which is why she has the market pegged on being herself. But I think the actress I was most impressed with was Jessica Hecht as Harvey's sister, Veta — those nervous breakdown scenes! Wow!

Liz: Yes! I was cracking up so hard; the second half of the show was better than the first just because of that.

Allison: I feel like sometimes in theater and film, there's a tendency to make even a "breakdown" appear glamorous. And this was definitely not glamorous, which is part of what made it so amazing. We were sitting so close that we could see the tears streaming down her face, and the beads of sweat, and the panic in her eyes... I was like, "Woah, this woman is seriously on the edge right now."

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