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THE STRIKE ZONE

Tracing the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
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RIP Gilbert Arenas's (sexist, childish and all-around unfunny) Twitter account: 2009--11.

The totally predictable (and enjoyable) montage, set to the Karate Kid theme, in the beer pong documentary, Last Cup.

Dwight Howard raises the bar for NBAers traveling to Japan: Last week he dunked on a hoop attached to an 11-foot-tall stuffed giraffe in a Tokyo mall.

Utah State RB Kerwynn Williams's Wesley Snipes-in Demolition Man 'do.

What do we think of Billy Crystal's return to a sports role, as the voice of the AAA Fresno Grizzlies in Us & Them (now filming)? Mahvelous!

HBO's parade of athlete cameos on Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm, capped by Bill Buckner's absurd (but redemptive) baby-catching scene on Curb.

The daughter of former NFL QB Doug Flutie, who twice led the Bills to the playoffs, was hired as a cheerleader--for the Patriots. Ouch.

To find out whether the hero of the golf movie Seven Days in Utopia makes his final shot, you actually have to go online, after the movie, to a website called didhemaketheputt.com.

The Big Spoonman? Randy Johnson spent his summer photographing '90s grunge rock band Soundgarden on a reunion tour.

So much for NCAA coaches not facing repercussions. Bruce Pearl, blackballed for recruiting violations, just took a job in marketing for a grocery wholesaler.

A little perspective in this world of acid-trip-inspired college football unis: Penn State just changed its shoelaces from black to white, and that was a big deal in Happy Valley.

David Beckham is said to be renting the English castle used in the Harry Potter movies for his son Brooklyn's 13th birthday party.

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JUSTIN HAMMOND (FLUTIE)

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