We have some kids at the top today: Malachi Fagan-Walcott, Tobi Omole, Kion Etete and Harvey White.
Ramble of the Day
I’d like to quickly recognize American volleyball player Erik Shoji for providing the information I crave: how good the food is at the Olympic Village. I’m not even on TikTok, but I’ve enjoyed his reviews of the food at the two dining halls because I was pretty curious.
I’m always curious about the food in a place like the Olympic Village, there more out of obligation in a way food than a regular restaurant might. The obligation always means a wide variety of outcomes, and really depends on the vibe someone’s going for. For example, there’s a difference between grabbing a bite to eat at the US Open and a school cafeteria, even if you have to fork up cash to eat at both.
I’m happy to hear the vibe the organizers in Tokyo were going for (perhaps in this case alone) was the right one. Shoji has mostly raved about the food there, though I did pick out the video where he had one negative review. It was for the egg rolls, which were sadly not crunchy.
(Unrelated, but watching these videos while hungry was not the best idea for me.)
tl;dr: I’m glad American volleyball player Erik Shoji gave reviews of the food in the Olympic Village on his TikTok.
Stay informed, read this: Lindsay Gibbs on the increased coverage of women’s sports at the Olympics, and how that has not always resulted in better coverage for Power Plays
Links of the Day
Premier League players will continue to take a knee before matches this season.
The USWNT’s Alyssa Naeher will miss the Olympics bronze medal match with a knee injury.
The LA Galaxy will unveil a statue of Landon Donovan in October.
A longer read: Emily Leiker interviews the North Carolina Courage’s Jessica McDonald on the value motherhood brings to her life as a footballer for USA Today