Robbing Austin celebrity swimmers — Eric Shanteau, Aaron Peirsol, Ricky Berens, Dave Walters, Karlee Bispo, Garrett Weber-Gale — of the media spotlight at the US Nationals, Michael Phelps broke the only record he hadn’t already, in the 100 m butterfly. At least four Austinites are headed to the World Championships in Rome. (Pictured: Ricky on Flickr)
Blogger Lindsay Conner elicits an explanation from Wes Hayden why he looked so devious in his final episode of “The Bachelorette.” Appears he was edited. Wes, when are you going to do an interview with a hometown reporter?
Austin-area music writer Joe Nick Patoski talks about Willie Nelson’s kickboxing skills and other errata in an interview with the Observer-Reporter. “He could kick my ass,” Patoski says.
Austin’s only other superstar, Lance Armstrong, slipped to third place in the Tour de France. The staff of the Lance Armstrong Foundation kindly asked me to their Tour watching party this morning, but too much on my place. Thanks, though.
Local hero Andy Roddick’s Wimbledon showdown with Roger Federer — despite the disappointing ending — earned 5.71 million viewers, the highest in 10 years.
Hope Davis has been cast opposite sometime Austinite Dennis Quaid — Hillary to his Bill Clinton — in “The Special Relationship.” Julianne Moore was forced to quit the Hillary role because of a scheduling conflict.
Former Longhorn Vince Young served a solemn role as pallbearer in NFL star Steve McNair’s funeral yesterday at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Whites Creek, Tenn.
Saw elegant Donaji Lira on the arm of publisher Lance Avery Morgan at the Kathy Griffin concert last night. Formerly of the late El Rey men’s club, Lira is now a sales rep for Serendipity Wine Imports.