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Some conversation topics while you avoid the outdoors and the 200-degree heat index by any means necessary...

1. Design Your Own M-I-Z... Z-O-WOOOOOO!!! Competition.

As a peace offering for M-I-Z... E-R-Y, I'm now taking suggestions for an actually happy contest to lead us into the football season. Give me some design ideas.

2. Rivals' Missouri Top 20 Is Out.

Yahoo Sports: Ranking - Missouri Preseason Top 20 2012

In a lot of years, Evan Boehm would be No. 1. Now, he's No. 3. Morgan Steward would quite possibly be Top 3. Instead, he's No. 6. There is some incredible talent at the top this year.

One question, though: Missouri has shown next to no interest whatsoever in Michael Rose ... and yet he makes the Top 5? Really? I realize Missouri coaches aren't on Rivals' staff by any means, but ... still. Odd.

3. The Pirates Are, For At Least One Day, In First Place. In July.

Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke: Game 91: Pirates 4 Astros 0
Where Have You Gone, Andy Van Slyke: The Pirates are in first place

Stock up on canned goods, make sure your family knows you love them, and say your prayers to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. If the constantly insane weather wasn't enough of a sign that the world is becoming uncomfortably unstable, then Pittsburgh being in first place on July 16 should convince you.