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R.I.P. New York Yankees dynasty: 1996-2012

Tonight in Detroit, the Yankees dynasty might very well be given its last rites.

Down 2-0 to the Detroit Tigers in the best-of-7 playoff series, missing their captain Derek Jeter after a fractured ankle, and featuring a lineup of high-priced, underperforming sluggers, the New York Yankees are seemingly doomed. On the mound for the Tigers is their ace, Justin Verlander, he of the 100 m.p.h. fastballs that Alex Rodriguez will need to start swinging at now to have any prayer of contact. If Verlander stomps the Yankees tonight in Detroit, the writing will be on the wall. As Yankee fans know all too well, only one team in baseball history has ever come back from an 0-3 deficit (that would be the magical 2004 Red Sox who stunned the Yankees) and these Yankees seem too bloated and tired to dig out of such a ditch. Jeter is finished. Human cyborg Mariano Rivera is gone. Alex Rodriguez, unfortunately, remains in uniform. READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: 'The Walking Dead' and other things that go bump in the night


Halloween is creeping up, and this week could inflict the season’s first real frights.

Cue the return of the undead on AMC, a trip to Jessica Lange’s latest house of demented evil, and a fourth paranormal encounter captured on videotape. Throw in another Bristol Palin dance performance, and you might be having real nightmares on multiple nights. The horror… the horror.

SUNDAY, Oct. 14

The Walking Dead, AMC, 9 p.m.

There will be blood when season 3 kicks off — lots and lots of it. Rick’s had enough of playing diplomat and he’s led the survivors to a prison fortress. It might be the answer to their prayers. Or it might be a prison fortress. READ FULL STORY

One Direction and Drew Brees team up for Pepsi -- VIDEO

One Direction is Pepsi’s newest pop star.

The soda company is partnering with the boy band and NFL star Drew Brees for an ad that will debut this week. The clip shows One Direction and Brees in a head-to-head competition for a can of Pepsi. Brees also performs with the group. It’s part of Pepsi’s “Live for Now” campaign, which has also featured Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry. READ FULL STORY

NFL referees back in stripes tonight: Will fans cheer them?

Have you ever heard 70,000 sports fans cheer for an official? Well, tune in tonight during the opening moments of the football game between Cleveland and Baltimore. After three wretched weeks of amateur officiating from scabs who were treated like overwhelmed substitute teachers, the NFL has ended its lockout of the ref’s union and both sides have agreed to end the impasse. READ FULL STORY

Seahawks win, NFL loses, Twitter explodes

If the best sports officials are the ones you never notice, then the zebras who worked the Green Bay versus Seattle football game last night will live in infamy. With the National Football League at a labor impasse with their regular on-field officials, the league has been using replacement refs so far this season — to less than stellar reviews. Last night, though, things hit rock bottom, as the fill-ins made a mockery of the rules, were openly derided by the ESPN announcing crew, and handed the game to Seattle by ruling a touchdown on the last play of the game. Confusion erupted in Seattle after one referee credited Seattle’s Golden Tate with the game-winning catch — despite the fact that he clearly shoved a defender in the back and didn’t really have sole possession. Another referee seemed poised to call the play an interception, but after reviewing the play on instant replay, the officials double-downed on their error and ruled touchdown, giving Seattle a 14-12 victory.

Twitter immediately exploded, and not just from the sports world. (ESPN reports that the bad call impacted at least $150 million in bets — the Packers were favored by 3.5.)

Watch the play below and read some choice tweets: READ FULL STORY

Tom Daley's 2013 calendar: Wet, shirtless enough for you?

British diver Tom Daley, who earned the 10m platform bronze medal at the London Games in between NBC shots of him showering, drew our attention today with his 2013 calendar. Our review:

Cover shot (pictured): A. We like the tease. It leaves something to the imagination… like why is he having so much trouble with that shirt? Spoiler alert: He figures it out in January!

Inside photos: C. He’s wearing a shirt that actually covers those abs in May, June, and September. Flip, flip, flip. The three shots of him diving somehow feel out-of-place. And neither of the photos used from heat magazine’s “sexy Clark Kent style photo-shoot” were this one (we loved him in glasses).

Read more:
Olympics recap, Day 15: NBC loves to bait Usain Bolt, plus Top 5 shots of Tom Daley showering

NASCAR's Tony Stewart gets handsy on pit road -- VIDEO

Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart goosed DeLane Harvick, the wife of fellow driver Kevin Harvick, before Sunday’s race. ESPN’s camera captured it. Watch it below, and you’ll understand why NASCAR fans don’t mind sitting through lengthy pre-race coverage (and rain delays, when the drivers mingle with TV commentators and provide choice sound bites). Stewart is good friends with the Harvicks, who are known for their senses of humor and pranks, so apparently it’s all good. DeLana dubbed Stewart #sneakyassgrabber on Twitter.  READ FULL STORY

Pro football in Hollywood: Why America's favorite sport is constantly flagged in the theaters

When the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants kick off the 2012 National Football League season tonight, so begins another epic roller-coaster adventure towards the Super Bowl. Sometimes, football seems like the closest thing America has to a national religion, and some of sports’ greatest and most dramatic moments unfolded on the gridiron, while tens of millions of fans watched on television. No wonder such memorable plays are tagged with nicknames like the Immaculate Reception, the Hail Mary, and the Music City Miracle.

It’s the ultimate team sport, and the game is often breathtaking in its complexity and its brutality. But while its popularity is indisputable and its supremacy as a television draw unrivaled, Hollywood and the NFL have never really clicked. READ FULL STORY

College football season kicks off: What are your favorite music traditions?

College football season officially begins tonight, and after Penn State made news earlier this week for cutting “Sweet Caroline” from its Beaver Stadium playlist — not because of the “touching me/touching you” lyric, the university’s spokesman insists, but because the song’s overused at other venues and “has no real origination here at Penn State” — we started wondering what music traditions are specific to certain colleges. It could be a song played over the loud-speaker (like “Sweet Caroline”), but even better, make it a tune played by the university’s band at each home game. Go!

As someone who grew up in Happy Valley, I always look forward to Penn State’s Blue Band playing “Hey! Baby” at the end of the third quarter: READ FULL STORY

Imagining 'Space Jam 2' -- starring LeBron James

On some level, every basketball player in the post-Jordan era wants to be like Mike — and LeBron James is no exception. Like Jordan, James snagged an incredibly lucrative contract with Nike and has starred in a series of iconic commercials. He’s also dabbled in acting and hosted Saturday Night Live, just like the former Chicago Bull — although Jordan never did a cameo on Entourage. Now the Heat’s superstar has set his sights on another Jordinian achievement: Starring in a sequel to everyone’s favorite aliens-vs.-Looney-Tunes adventure.

On Sunday, James was asked on Twitter if he loved the movie Space Jam. LeBron’s answer? “I love that movie. Wish I could do Space Jam 2!”

The idea really isn’t so crazy. Although movies starring NBA greats aren’t always slam dunks, Space Jam is an exception — the film was a financial success, grossing over $230 million worldwide. (And that’s in 1996 dollars!) Looney Tunes: Back in Action wasn’t nearly as big at the box office in 2003, but it didn’t focus on sports and tried to replace MJ with Brendan Fraser. A Space Jam sequel could be just what the franchise needs to get back in the game — especially if a lightning rod player like James is in the Jordan role.

So, what might the plot for Space Jam 2: It’s Good 2 Be the King entail? Picture this: READ FULL STORY

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