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The Strike Zone

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
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Saying "I'm sorry" via text message.

File under "For whom?" VH1 is doing a reality series on the wives of extreme sports stars.

Spectators in Philadelphia booed—of course—when condemned Spectrum didn't fall with first thwacks of the wrecking ball.

Super Bowl halftime progression: Stones, Prince, Petty, Springsteen, The Who and, announced for 2011 ... The Black Eyed Peas?

Recently axed Wade Phillips compared himself with Tom Landry.

NBA Jam 2010's aggressive reinsertion of Boomshakalaka! into the video game lexicon.

Fox is planning a sports-themed post--Super Bowl episode of Glee.

Unnamed but terrifying mascots for the Poland-and- Ukraine-hosted Euro 2012.

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Another sign that AMC is on the upswing: It's doing a boxing doc with the producers of Friday Night Lights.

Buddy Garrity Jr. on Season 5 of Friday Night Lights.

Andre Johnson by unanimous decision.

Third attempt at Americanizing Britain's brilliant auto show Top Gear, this one on the History Channel, proves, well ... the fourth time's gotta be the charm.

The New York Post's ongoing, tasteless fat jokes at Rex Ryan's expense.

Thanksgiving with Takeru Kobayashi. The competitive eater downed an entire turkey by himself.

Officially, unbelievably, a trend: Ray Lewis--themed dance-offs.

Perhaps the wrong year for Nike to roll out its miner-inspired WVU football uniforms?

Mike Tyson said to be considering opening kosher deli.

Someone finally snapped at Steve Young on air. Even better: That person was Matt Millen.

Thanksgiving turkeys.

Tiger Woods finally joins Twitter—and his very well may be the least interesting feed ever. (Sample: "The best part about phone interviews is getting to wear shorts.")

A bloc of Red Wings fans petitioned for the return of a recently ended promotion in which spectators got free Arby's curly fries for every Detroit hat trick.

Islanders fans who act like they weren't thinking the same thing when announcer Howie Rose said on the air that he didn't care about a game.

"The Answer" doesn't translate into Turkish: Allen Iverson scored two points in his league debut.

Big 12 officials chose not to visit Lincoln to award its North division trophy to one-foot-out-the-door Nebraska.

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