Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, hits a drive on number 13 at The Country Club, Tuesday, June 14, 2022, in Brookline, Mass., during a practice round ahead of the U.S. Open golf tournament. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Apple TV getting its kicks

Game on.

Sorry. Match on.

Apple TV just secured the MLS rights to stream all matches for the next 10 years at $250 million per year, reportedly.

This specific story is almost nothing to me because I will likely watch the same amount of MLS soccer over the next 10 years that I did over the previous 10 years.

Nil. (Soccer lingo, right?)

But it also serves notice to the traditional broadcast partners of the more recognizable leagues.

Apple is in the game — or match — and you best be prepared, because if Apple wants to money tip you, well, you better be Amazon-esque in your response.

Fore goodness sake

OK, the rest of the PGA Tour stars jumped in with all spikes on Phil Mickelson and the rest of the LIV guys Tuesday.

Rory did it. Here's Jon Rahm doing it. We get it.

In truth, I am ready to discuss the U.S Open now.

Personally, I would love to see Rory run away with this thing. He has emerged even more likable through all of this, to be honest.

I also had multiple folks ask about a possible contest. It is likely a little late to have a full-blown contest, let's everyone pick a winner and a score as a tie-breaker if needed — either in the comments or email me at — and if anyone picks the winner, I will buy you lunch. (Score tiebreaker, as always, will use the Price Is Right rules, and if you guess 9 under and the final score is 7 under, you went over.)

I'll start: Luke List, 2 under. Get you some of that.

As for storylines, and I love Rory, but with the career Grand Slam hanging in the balance and the complete Barnum and Bailey side show the post-match news conference would be, it would be great, Great, GREAT theater if Mickelson won this thing.


Complex issue needs all the details

So this Yahoo! columnist is taking swings at state laws not allowing transgender females to play sports, specifically in Ohio.

It's a complex issue with multiple layers, for sure, and I truly try to be sympathetic to the kids because that must be a tough transition.

But they are making a choice — granted a very complex one — so how should their rights be more valued or important than those of the born-female athletes trying to compete.

To that end, the Yahoo column is filled with holes.

Hole: If you are going to rail against 'this only being one child' and how that player just wants to have fun and not even a starter on the team, then why not reference the other instances when transgender athletes have become champions.

Why should their competitive needs and rights be more important than those of the birth-gender athletes they are competing against and are, in almost every case other than this one, more athletically accomplished.

Hole: The columnist's argument that this is only one in a lot of ways shows the hypocrisy of the stance.

The columnist wrote: "One child is an issue so urgent that lawmakers felt they had to take action? Seriously?"

One child is an issue so urgent that a national columnist at needs to address? Seriously?

Hole: The columnist wrote, "She and her mother rightfully see Ohio's proposed legislation as an attack on trans kids, especially since Republicans are also trying to outlaw proper healthcare for trans kids."

Hello, if you are truly interested in this, write about the denial of healthcare for trans kids. I'm all for supporting those kids to get every avenue of help we can afford them in a confusing and uncertain time.

This writer pulled a bait and switch and eschewed the more important overall issue — health care for transgender teenagers — to take a stand on a tangental issue that is more important to this columnist.That's not putting the overall care of transgender kids first; that puts the columnist's want first.Because we can all agree that health care for those wrestling with this is the more important topic to discuss.

It's impossible to have a fair and meaningful conversation — even if we disagree — when the starting point is disingenuous.

This and that

— So Ron Rivera has now said the $100,000 fine he levied on Jack Del Rio was because it was a "distraction" and he was not trying to infringe on free speech. OK.  

— You know the rules. Here's Pascall on some of the area's top college prospects over the last few years and the challenges they have faced.

— I'm gonna hush about the economy for a while. It sucks. We all know it sucks. We can all have opinions why it sucks. But we don't have to wallow in that suckitude in these parts, you know? We can find ways to discuss other light-hearted and/or serious stuff. Stupid Biden. Sorry, my fingers got away from me there.

— Golden Tate is switching to baseball. Dude was a stud in high school.

Today's questions

Which way Wednesday starts this way: Which player are you picking in the Open this week?  

Hard not to like Rory, right?

Which story are you rooting for, and with all the kerfuffle around this event and the divide, Mickelson in the final group on Sunday would be awesome in its awesomeness, all things considered, no?

As for the Daddy draw, and Chas asked about the single status of Jon Cryer's character on "Two and a Half Men" and a couple of others who have adult kids. As for Cryer, he gets DQ for bringing Charlie Sheen into the equation with a young one. The others — especially Fraser Crane's old man — have some adult kids that make you question their approaches as parents.

Today is the 1980s showdown between Jason Seaver and Steven Keaton.
Game on.

As for today, the midpoint of June, let's review.

Courtney Cox is 58 today.  Ice Cube is 53. Neil Patrick Harris is 49. Does Neil Patrick Harris make the Rushmore of Double Iconic TV roles with Doogie and Barney?

Go and have a great day.