The Loop Ten: 8-9-18

Our countdown of the day’s top newsmakers, groundbreakers and world-class fakers by Kevin Cusick.

10. (tie) ELON MUSK
He talks of taking Tesla private, but his erratic behavior getting very public. (previous ranking: unranked)

FILE – In this June 22, 2012 file photo, Tesla CEO Elon Musk waves during a rally at the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif. Musk on Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 unveiled a concept for a transport system he says would make the nearly 400-mile trip in half the time it takes an airplane. The “Hyperloop” system would use a large tube. Inside, capsules would float on air, traveling at over 700 miles per hour. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

10. (tie) NBC
Who knew about Matt Lauer’s office hijinks? Only the higher-ups. (unranked)

This Nov. 8, 2017 photo released by NBC shows Matt Lauer on the set of the “Today” show in New York. NBC News fired the longtime host for “inappropriate sexual behavior.” Lauer’s co-host Savannah Guthrie made the announcement at the top of Wednesday’s “Today” show. (Nathan Congleton/NBC via AP)

10. (tie) ESPN
If you blew $2 billion a year to televise the NBA, you’d also spend most of August promoting games on Christmas. (unranked)

9. ANGELINA JOLIE AND BRAD PITT
The higher profile the couple, the uglier the divorce. (unranked)

FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2015 file photo, Angelina Jolie, left, and Brad Pitt arrive at the 2015 AFI Fest opening night premiere of “By The Sea” in Los Angeles. Jolie Pitt says she wants her divorce from Brad Pitt finalized before the end of the year, and that she intends to seek retroactive child support. The declarations came in a request for a case-management conference filed Tuesday by Jolie Pitt’s attorneys in Los Angeles Superior Court. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

8. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS
What’s causing the latest disgrace on Tobacco Road? Gotta be the shoes! (unranked)

University of North Carolina athletic director Bubba Cunningham makes comments during the NCAA college football team’s media day in Chapel Hill, N.C., Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. Following an NCAA violation involving the sale of team-issued shoes, the university announced today that 13 football players will miss games during the 2018 season. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

7. DIANNE FEINSTEIN
To senator’s credit, it only took her 20 short years to figure out her driver was a Chinese spy. (unranked)

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., speaks as Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch, Twitter’s Acting General Counsel Sean Edgett, and Google’s Law Enforcement and Information Security Director Richard Salgado, testify during a Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, on more signs from tech companies of Russian election activity. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

6. CHICAGO
It’s not the Second City when it comes to senseless gun violence. It’s in a league all its own. (unranked)

In this Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018 photo, evidence markers sit on the ground at the scene where a boy was killed after being shot in the abdomen while riding his bike in Chicago. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to discuss the weekend violence during a Monday news conference. (Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune via AP)

5. ALEX JONES
Social media crackdown means you’re gonna have to look just a little harder to find his 9-11 bilge. (unranked)

FILE – In this April 17, 2017, file photo, “Infowars” host Alex Jones arrives at the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas. Jones filed a motion Friday, July 20, 2018, to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed by families of some of the 26 people killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Conn. The music streaming service Spotify says it has removed some episodes of “The Alex Jones Show” podcast for violating its hate content policy. The company said late Wednesday that it takes reports of hate content seriously and reviews any podcast or song reported by customers. (Tamir Kalifa/Austin American-Statesman via AP, File)

4. DONALD TRUMP
He’ll agree to hundreds of interviews with CNN before he’ll do even one with Robert Mueller. (3)

In this image released by NBC, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump appears with host Jimmy Fallon during a taping of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016, in New York. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC via AP)

3. RICK GATES
Paul Manafort was a lot more adept at picking ostrich jackets than, say, proteges. (unranked)

FILE – In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates leaves federal court in Washington. Paul Manafort’s trial opened this week with a display of his opulent lifestyle and testimony about what prosecutors say were years of financial deception. But the most critical moment in the former Trump campaign chairman’s financial fraud trial will arrive next week with the testimony of his longtime associate Gates.(AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

2. “THE BACHELORETTE”
You never really know your one true love … until you see their Internet history. (unranked)

In this undated photo provided ABC, Becca Kufrin, left, drinks with Garrett Yrigoyen in an episode of the “The Bachelorette”. Kufrin celebrated her engagement to Yrigoyen, capping the Monday, Aug. 6, 2018, finale on ABC following the usual tears and drama. (Paul Hebert/ABC via AP)

1. RICHIE INCOGNITO
The Vikings are not THAT desperate for offensive linemen, and he might be the most offensive. (unranked)

FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Bills offensive guard Richie Incognito (64) sets up to block against the Jacksonville Jaguars defensive during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Incognito is free to resume his career after the Bills released him from their reserve/retired list on Monday, May 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES
Stan Mikita, Chris Collins, Charlotte Rae, Las Vegas Aces, the Brady Bunch House, Serena Williams, Antonio Callaway, Williams Arena, Christian Ramirez, Keith Urban, Kellen Winslow Jr., Randy Moss, Johnny Manziel, LeBron James, Urban Meyer, Nicolas Maduro, Terrell Owens, Portugal, 3M Championship, goats, Andrew Sendejo, Alia Ghanem, Mike Scioscia, Zombie Boy, Sarah Jeong, James’ Franklin’s bruise.

FILE – In this March 7, 2008, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks great Stan Mikita waves to fans as they as he is introduced before an NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Chicago. Mikita, who played for the Blackhawks for 22 seasons, becoming one of the franchise’s most revered figures, has died, the Blackhawks announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018. He was 78. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey, File)

EDITOR’S NOTE
The Loop is taking some time off for a dreaded Surgery Break. We’ll be back next Sunday, August 19, with the season’s first edition of The Loop Fantasy Football Report.

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