The Daily Outkick: Friday, June 19, 2020

O, Say Can You See The Art Of This War? (Outkick) To the citizens cheering the dismantling of American culture — the toppling of statues, the renaming of buildings, the discarding of fight songs, symbols and mascots, the remaking of customs associated with singing our national anthem and flying the flag — let me warn you: Destruction requires little skill or wisdom. Construction requires an abundance of both.

MLB Owners, Players’ Union Return To Arguing In Public (Wall Street Journal) After appearing to move closer to a deal, both sides remain split on what exactly they’ve already agreed about.

Stock Futures Climb As Wall Street Tries To End The Week On A High Note (CNBC) Dow Jones Industrial Average futures pointed to an opening gain of more than 200 points. S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 futures also suggested a positive open.

University Of Florida Bans ‘Gator Bait’ Cheer (Outkick) University of Florida President Kent Fuchs announced today that the UF Gator Band and the university athletics department will discontinue the “Gator Bait” cheer at Florida sporting events.

AOC Rival Michelle Caruso-Cabrera Turns To Wall Street For Huge Fundraising Windfall: Report (Fox News) Some of Wall Street’s biggest titans are pumping big bucks into defeating first-term Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by bankrolling the campaign of her business-friendly Democratic primary opponent, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera, campaign records reveal.

Belmont Stakes Experts’ Picks: Who Will Win? (New York Times) Joe Drape and Melissa Hoppert have weighed in on the contenders for the 152nd Belmont Stakes on Saturday.

In Shift, Florida Keys Now Requiring Face Masks Until June 2021 (Orlando Sentinel) Visitors to the Florida Keys will need to bring along face masks or face a $500 civil fine.

Ohio State And Alabama Schedule Home & Home Series (Outkick) The Crimson Tide will play its first game in Ohio Stadium Sept. 18, 2027, while the Buckeyes will return the invitation in 2028 by traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Bryant-Denny Stadium for a game on Sept. 9 of that year.

Amy Klobuchar Withdraws From Consideration As Biden's VP (Axios) Sen. Amy Klobuchar said on Thursday evening that she is withdrawing her name from consideration as Joe Biden's vice presidential pick, saying the nominee should be woman of color.

Nine Questions About The Rams And Chargers ‘Hard Knocks’ (The Ringer) In an unprecedented move—in these unprecedented times—the HBO show will document the training camps of two teams.

Jimmy Kimmel Announces He’s Taking A Break From Late Night Talk Show (New York Post) Kimmel announced Thursday that he will be stepping away from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” starting July 6 and his departure will last all the way through September when he hosts The Emmys, according to a report from Variety.

Ex-NFL Guys React To NFL Covid-19 Helmet Designs (Outkick) Schutt Sports announced a couple weeks ago it would start selling splash shields for youth football helmets. Now comes a Covid-19 Series Helmet prototype that’s being passed around social media as a possible solution to NFL guys spitting, splashing and launching general bodily fluids out of a facemask.

The Reason Americans Are Unhappiest They Have Been In 50 Years (Outkick) Americans aren’t happy. According to a study conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago, just 14% of American adults say they are very happy, the lowest in 50 years. This number is down from 31% just two years ago. It has never been lower than 29%, based on nearly a half-century of research.