Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

Cause there aint no doubt I love this land

In true celebration of Americana on the 4th of July, Kobayashi won the Nathan's hot dog eating competition in Brooklyn by eating 53 3/4 dogs in 12 minutes.  You can watch the competition over at ESPN.  Kobayashi trailed Joey Chestnut, the winner of this years Wing Bowl 14; the same guy who drank a gallon of milk in about 40 seconds, for the majority of the competition.  The commentary done on this video is simply poetic, metaphoric bliss.  Give it a go.
-Wiener-eater wins 6th straight [Boston]
-Where will A.I. end up? [Philly]
-Italians are better than Germans.  It's true. [FIFA]
-Have a little bit of trouble capturing those fireworks last night on the Parkway with your digital camera?  Alas, the Geeks Guide to Fireworks. [Wired]
-I would just like to note that Philly.com sucks.  I go to Philly.com in search of some photos of last night's show on the Parkway, some fireworks, etc. and all I get are photos of a parade in Lansdowne.  In contrast, when I go to The NY Times website, the first thing I see is a photo of Fireworks over NYC.  Maybe the new owners of the Inquirer will hire someone with some design skills.
-A little Trey on Watchtower in Camden, some burgers on the grill, some sun on the beach in Jersey, a guy in a blue suit with a red cape who saves the world, a Phillies walk off win, a little Lionel Richie , even sans All Night Long, topped off with some wet fireworks and some funnel cake make for a happy ending to a stellar holiday weekend.

Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

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Instant Replay: Temple 86, Tulane 76 (2OT)

BOX SCORE

Temple snapped a three-game losing streak Saturday with an 86-76 double-overtime win over Tulane on Senior Day at the Liacouras Center.

Shizz Alston Jr. scored a putback layup with eight seconds left in regulation to even the Owls with the Green Wave at 65 and send the game to OT. In the first OT, Alston made two free throws with five seconds left to put Temple up, 71-68. But Tulane rolled the ball up the court and Malik Morgan made a deep three as time expired to send it to double OT.

The Owls (15-15, 6-11 AAC) scored seven quick points in just under two minutes in the second overtime that put them up 78-71, a lead Tulane (5-23, 2-14) could not recover from.

Turning point
The Owls jumped out to a 17-4 lead early in the first 4:25 of the game and had a 35-28 lead over Tulane at halftime. They looked to be in control for most of the game until the Green Wave outscored them, 19-11, to take a 47-46 lead with 11:31 left in the second half.

In the second OT, however, Temple outscored Tulane, 15-5, to seal the win.

Big men on campus
The Owls were led by by Alston's 25 points (10 for 10 at the free-throw line), eight rebounds and six assists. Senior Daniel Dingle had 13 points and eight rebounds. Mark Williams, another senior, had 20 points and six rebounds after fouling out in the second OT. Junior forward Obi Enechionyia added 14 points.

Tulane was led by junior Cameron Reynolds, who scored a team-high 21 points.

Inside the box score
• The Owls shared the ball well with 17 assists, compared to just eight by Tulane.

• Temple led for 42:23 of game time, with 13 being its largest lead in the first half.

History lesson
The Owls move on to 7-2 all-time against Tulane, winning six straight in the series.

Up next
Temple will end its season on the road at USF next Sunday afternoon.

Tulane will stay on the road and play at Memphis on Friday.

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

Ilya Bryzgalov warns Flyers fans to bring speedos to Heinz Field

The last time the Flyers were in an outdoor game, Ilya Bryzgalov was drinking from a thermos on the bench while Sergei Bobrovsky started against the Rangers five years ago.

Fast forward to Saturday night. Bryzgalov is out of the NHL, Bobrovsky has himself in the conversation for his second Vezina Trophy in Columbus, and the Flyers face off against the  Penguins at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh in a Stadium Series game … weather permitting.

The weather is expected to cooperate tonight, though. The forecast called for rain today and temperatures in the 50s, but it hasn't rained much. The temperature is expected to drop into the 40s and 30s, and may even hit a lot of 28, according to Weather.com.

Don't tell Bryzgalov that. "Bryz" took to Twitter to offer advice for Flyers and Penguins fans attending the Stadium Series match tonight.

You don't need no stinkin' thermos.

If you're not following Bryzgalov on Twitter, you should click that follow button now. He's always an entertaining follow.