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5 things to talk about on the course: Ariana Grande, NBA emoji wars, and "Silicon Valley"

July 10, 2015

From sports to TV to politics (OK, so mostly the first two), we offer five hot topics that are sure to liven up your round of golf:

1. British Open: There's so much to talk about ahead of the season's third major. Fortunately, our editors did just that in our British Open roundtable. Jordan Spieth is going for the calendar Grand Slam. Rory McIlroy is out. Tiger Woods is BACK -- to hitting his irons well. And the Old Course is still the Old Course. This should be fun. Again, you can read about it all if you follow the red link below:

2. Wimbledon: There's been all this talk about Jordan Spieth potentially winning the Grand Slam, but what about the person who actually has a good chance of pulling it off? Serena Williams is in yet another final and unless she decides to play some soccer on the way to Center Court, she's going to win at the All England Club. Already arguably the greatest women's tennis player of all time, she could cement her legacy by having one of the greatest seasons of all time.

3. Ariana Grande: So she licked a bunch of donuts in a bakery? What's the big deal? Actually, that's disgusting, but it sounds like something we'd see in a Lady Gaga music video. Here's the clip:

4. Deandre Jordan: Speaking of only in the U.S., how about the free agent/hostage situation with this guy? Word got out that the center was having second thoughts about signing with the Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Clippers mobilized quickly to meet with him in person. An incredible emoji battle broke out with players describing their modes of transportation to get to Jordan's house, and once they got there, they locked him (Blake Griffin tweeted a photo of a chair barricading Jordan's front door) in until he re-signed with L.A. to make the Clippers one of the four favorites (along with the Warriors, Spurs and Cavaliers) heading into next season. Seriously, they might make a funny movie about this one day. Only Mark Cuban and the Mavs still won't be laughing.

5. "Silicon Valley": I wasn't as impressed by the first season of this HBO comedy about a tech start-up as most people, but the second season? Fantastic. The writing is great and Erlich Bachman is one of the best characters on TV. Where has actor T.J. Miller been all my life?