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The Strike Zone

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
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Congrats to whoever had 33 in the "How many days after Jessica Simpson gets engaged does Tony Romo follow suit?" pool.

Bad idea of the week: A New York City club hired Dwight Gooden—he of the known substance abuse problem—to bartend a holiday event. (He was moved to the kitchen.)

The Big Maestro? Shaq set to conduct Boston Pops over the holidays.

A new Ray Lewis--branded sleeved blanket, available on his website, is selling for 2½ times the cost of a plain ol' Snuggie.

Paris Hilton's new motorcycle racing team, SuperMartxe VIP, named after her Ibiza-based dance TV show.

Now wait one second.... Qatar stole the '22 World Cup and now it might farm out games to neighboring countries and move the event to winter?!

Giants DT Barry Cofield's new sack dance, in which he mimes tasing himself.

The one-pound Three Dog Night (a hot dog stuffed inside a brat, inside a kielbasa), just announced for Double A Akron Aeros games in 2011.

A high school hoops coach used an iPhone app to teach himself how to do CPR, then saved a player who was in cardiac arrest.

File under "Naturally": A brawl broke out at Hulk Hogan's wedding last week.

Four touchdowns in 7:28. Yeah, that's the punter's fault.

The best part of the Belfast hockey Giants' viral video, in which they lip-synch Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas: Is that He-Man on their jerseys?!?

Drew Brees was named by the National League of Junior Cotillions as the best-mannered person in 2010. Take that, No. 2, Justin Bieber.

The betting odds, posted on Bodog.com, on what kind of dog Michael Vick will buy after he said that he wants to own one again. (The long shot, at 30 to 1: a Chihuahua.)

Missus Beard.

Mistake beard.

Missing beard!?

L.A. doesn't even have a football team—and yet it has three finalists for a stadium design.

Gilbert Arenas's $395 Dolce & Gabbana game sneakers.

A Beef 'O' Bowl family event that featured Louisville and Southern Miss players moonwalking against each other had to be shut down after it became too heated.

Fox is toying with adding a musical sound track to its NFL broadcasts.

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