Last night, my Twitter account was phished and I sent out a bunch of ridiculous spam DMs to my followers. Sorry for that if you got one. It was particularly annoying because I'd just gotten through telling the long story of how I came to be a soccer fan in this country, if you care to know. More on the world's game later, though.
Apparently, loose lips aren't the only thing that sink ships. The U.S. Navy is sinking another one of its destroyers east of Delaware to serve as an artificial reef in the Atlantic Ocean. It's considered a form of recycling, because the sunken vessels will draw diver tourists to the area and help the service get rid of its obsolete ships. But The Post's Juliet Epstein reports that environmentalists have a different view on the matter. They claim that the sunken ships are nothing but potentially harmful ocean debris.
The United States women's national team lost to a superior opponent yesterday. You might consider it a choke job, but the Japanese squad had taken down the host nation Germans, and punished the Swedes (who beat the Americans outright) on their way to the final. That win was no fluke. Pia Sundhage's team got outsmarted and lost in Frankfurt on Sunday. The Post's Chico Harlan describes how winning the Women's World Cup was exactly the prideful moment that Japan needed.
• Today is Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday. The man affectionately known as The Madiba is inarguably one of the most inspirational figures of all time, and The Root's Charlayne Hunter-Gault says "he set a standard of conduct to which leaders of any age should aspire."
• In journalism, they say "dog bites man" is not news, but "man bites dog" is. In that case, this story is definitely news.
• People are doing magic tricks with their iPhones. This is seriously a thing.