Dash of Nutmeg

Check out this fun history of Major League Soccer’s early days by Sports Illustrated. Highlights include Melrose Place actor Andrew Shue signing a celebrity contract with the Los Angeles Galaxy — he appeared in five games and even managed one assist. And how Eric Wynalda scored the first goal in league history — a dramatic scoring play that symbolically helped validate the business of soccer in America.

In Other News

Up Off the Mat

Former NBA All Star Vin Baker is a manager-in-training at Starbucks after losing $100mil – The Providence Journal

Mob Deep

How die-hard surfer William Finnegan rose to become an esteemed staff writer at The New Yorker – Surfer Magazine

Unsportsmanlike

The tragedy of trophy huntingQuartz

17 or 38

The Royals got the drop on the Kansas City press corpsVice Sports

Goes Down Smooth

How sword swallowers learn their craft – The Wall Street Journal

Cover shot: Blue Angels buzz Safeco Field – USA Today Sports Images