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While Mark Cuban blows smoke, we ask: Why can't the NFL play on Saturdays?

The NFL is television’s unchallenged goliath, setting new viewing records last season that helped the league generate approximately $10 billion. But one businessman sees trouble on the horizon. Outspoken billionaire NBA owner Mark Cuban (Shark Tank) predicted an NFL “implosion” in the next decade, pointing to overexposure, as well as the sport’s health and safety concerns, as a recipe for disaster. “They’re trying to take over every night of TV,” Cuban told ESPN, while discussing the league’s recent deal with CBS to air Thursday-night games on free TV. “Initially, it’ll be, ‘Yeah, they’re the biggest-rating thing that there is.’ Okay, Thursday, that’s great… Then if [the NFL] gets Saturday, now you’re impacting colleges. Now it’s on four days a week. It’s all football. At some point, the people get sick of it.”

In a followup Facebook post, Cuban played out the NFL’s hypothetical takeover of prime time and asked, “Will we see a Who Wants to be a Millionaire effect?” referring to that show’s law-of-diminishing-returns demise after it became a daily fixture.

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Ohio State's marching band performs awesome tribute to Hollywood blockbusters -- VIDEO

Why can’t every halftime show be performed by the Best Damn Band in the Land?

Earlier this month, The Ohio State University’s resident ambulatory geniuses wowed the world with an intricate tribute to Michael Jackson. Just one week later, they pulled off another stunning feat — a blockbuster-themed show in which band members formed shapes including Superman in flight, dueling pirate ships, a nail-biter of a Quidditch game, and even Jurassic Park‘s resident T-rex devouring a Michigan football player… then spitting out his helmet.

In short: The Super Bowl could stand to learn a thing or two from the NCAA. Are you listening, Bruno Mars?
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PopWatch Planner: 'How I Met Your Mother' and more new fall shows, plus the 'Breaking Bad' finale!

We’re looking at a prime time life cycle – one of big returns and one very big Bad finale. How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory  return and the final two episodes of Breaking Bad bookend the week. Better get your DVR revved up.

All times listed are Eastern.
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PopWatch Planner: 'Mindy Project' and more new fall shows, plus the Emmy Awards!

Gosh, after such a whirlwind fan-dom week we’ve had with the Breaking Bad spin-off and another J.K. Rowling movie in the works, what could possibly be in store for us the week of Sept. 15 – Sept. 22 that could match or top our excitement? Why, it’s the return of Fall TV and the beginning of TV awards season to cap off the week! You’re gonna want to hold on to your remote.

All times listed are Eastern.
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Peyton and Eli Manning score with DirecTV rap -- VIDEO

F.O.Y.P.

This is the last moment in your life that you don’t know what F.O.Y.P. stands for. Once you see Peyton and Eli Manning’s new commercial for DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Max, the F.O.Y.P. rap will be stuck in your head whether you like it or not. From a music standpoint, that’s a nuisance — like a pool-water-in-your-ear-level nuisance — but the Brothers Manning, who’ve both hosted Saturday Night Live, throw themselves into the boy-band roles. It’s not just the spray tan and atrocious wigs, folks — it’s the attitude.  Watch them rap about the best place to watch football. READ FULL STORY

Fake 23 blast, 90 razor, X-out and other great football plays

This year’s Super Bowl — if it’s a good one — will feature 60 minutes of complex back-and-forth between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers: sneaks and feints and breaks from the pocket.

(Oh, and a Beyoncé concert.)

That sort of x’s-and-o’s talk also fills football-themed entertainment. And, sometimes, some of the great plays they pull off on-screen are actually, y’know, great. Here’s a round-up of some of the greatest — if either team, or its fans, need a refresher.

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Willem Dafoe plays the Devil in Mercedes-Benz Super Bowl ad -- VIDEO

He’s played Jesus – now he’s playing the Devil. A 2013 Super Bowl ad is giving Willem Dafoe the chance to play Satan, in a promo for Mercedes-Benz.

In the commercial’s Faustian tale (backed by – what else? – the Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy for the Devil”), Dafoe’s Devil tempts an impressionable young man to make a deal in exchange for Mercedes’ new CLA-Class – and all that comes with it (because everyone knows that owning a sleek car = scoring invites to red carpet events, getting your photo on the front of magazines and being chased by hoards of screaming girls).

Usher and model Kate Upton also appear in the ad. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

Seth Rogen and Paul Rudd team up for Samsung's Super Bowl commercial -- VIDEO

Actually, that headline is sort of misleading. Though the following video is a teaser for ads that’ll play during a certain Big Game, Rogen and Rudd discover in it that they can’t actually use any copyrighted terms — meaning that “Super Bowl” itself, as well as the names of the teams playing, are out. Luckily, Breaking Bad‘s Bob Odenkirk is there to guide them over this hurdle. (That’s why you always call Saul). Check out the “next big thing” below:

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Star of MTV's 'Catfish' weighs in on Manti Te'o fake girlfriend scandal

Before yesterday afternoon, Notre Dame football star Manti Te’o was famous for playing through an amazing season despite facing a set of personal tragedies. Now Te’o is infamous — thanks to a Deadspin investigation that revealed his beloved, cancer-stricken girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, to be the product of an elaborate hoax.

As of today, it’s unclear whether Te’o was duped by an online prankster, as he claims in this statement, or actively collaborated with Kekua’s creator in order to drum up publicity for his 2012 Heisman campaign. (Te’o ended up as the runner-up for that award.)

Either way, the story is the biggest thing to hit the world of college football — and perhaps even sports more generally — in quite some time.  READ FULL STORY

BCS Championship: Who are celebs rooting for?

The undefeated Notre Dame takes on Alabama in tonight’s hotly anticipated BCS National Championship Game. And on Twitter, a clear divide is forming.

From our extensive search (well, as “extensive” as Twitter search can be…), the Fighting Irish seem to be the favorites among the Hollywood crowd, but will more Bama fans come out in support as the game goes on? Check back for updates. Meanwhile, take a look at some of the action so far.
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