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Clueless news anchor to Olympic gold medalist Mo Farah: 'Haven't you run before?' -- VIDEO

And this is why you always do a quick Wikipedia scan before interviewing someone on live television.

New Orleans news anchor LaTonya Norton briefly spoke with runner Mo Farah yesterday after he slayed the competition in that city’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, blazing through the 13.1-mile course in a record 61 minutes. After offering her congratulations, Norton asked Farah, “Now, haven’t you run before?” — apparently ignorant of the fact that the British-Somali track and field star won a pair of gold medals in London during last year’s Olympics.

To his credit, Farah took the whole thing in stride. Rather than calling out Norton on her mistake, he said only that he’s done half-marathons before — just not in New Orleans. And the word “Olympics” never comes up once in the whole two-minute segment. Watch his and Norton’s awkward exchange below.

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Super Bowl drives 24 million tweets, easily surpassing last year's game

The night the lights went out in Louisiana, keyboards around the globe kept buzzing — clacking out nearly twice as many tweets about the big game and its halftime show as last year. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering that last night’s football championship may have been the most-watched in TV history; still, the sheer deficit between 2012 and 2013’s tweet totals is pretty remarkable.

According to Twitter’s own blog, users sent more than 24 million micro-messages over the course of last night’s Super Bowl. That dwarfs last year’s total of 13.7 million tweets. In fact, says Twitter, that number had already been surpassed by the beginning of the game’s second half.

Sunday’s tweet-a-palooza was driven to further heights by that 33-minute power outage, which gave spectators at home and in the Superdome no choice but to amuse themselves with the glow of their smartphones. The blackout drew 231,500 tweets per minute, making it by far the most-tweeted moments of the game. Savvy marketing teams also took it as an opportunity to promote their own products in a cheeky way:

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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

Especially cool Google Doodle celebrates ice master Frank Zamboni

google-doodleIce to meet you, new Google Doodle!

Today, the search giant is celebrating the 112th birthday of one Frank Zamboni, the guy who invented the ice resurfacing machine that bears his name. The timing for this one couldn’t be better — coincidentally, Frank’s birthday this year comes just three days before the NHL’s delayed 2012-2013 season is finally scheduled to begin following a 113-day labor lockout.

And while the Doodle clearly has nothing to do with the upcoming Michael Shannon film Iceman, I would like to think that it finally gives the emotional Zamboni driver from Happy Gilmore his due: READ FULL STORY

'Sports Illustrated' Moment of the Year -- Will it be Gabby Douglas or Michael Phelps? VOTE

Here’s something you don’t see all the time: PopWatch covering sports.

But it seems like this year sports stuff had a bigger place in pop culture than normal, what with the London Olympics dominating late-summer television. Even non-Olympic events like Peyton Manning’s return or Tim Tebow taking on the Steelers had us glued to the edge of our seat – something we previously thought only happened during Homeland.

Sports Illustrated (our sister publication) is running their annual Facebook contest right now to determine who gets to be on the year-end fan-voted cover.  I don’t regularly follow football or baseball, so for me, the moment of the year would totally be Michael Phelps or Gabby Douglas. Both of them consistently delivered jaw-dropping moments during the London Games. Check out the full list of nominations after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem at World Series -- VIDEO

Demi Lovato sang the National Anthem during Game 4 of the World Series yesterday before the San Francisco Giants swept the Detroit Tigers.

The pop star displayed impressive vocal range, but didn’t quite possess an X factor. Smooth at times and pitchy at others, she definitely didn’t hit it out of the ballpark this time around. Her rendition of the song was much more memorable during Game 5 of last year’s World Series.

Lovato followed in the footsteps of American Idol‘s Phillip Phillips, Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, and New Girl‘s Zooey Deschanel, who set the bar high during their respective World Series performances last week by bringing their own unique flare to the anthem.

Watch the video below and tell us what you thought of the X Factor judge’s performance: READ FULL STORY

Lil Wayne croons 'Take Me Out to the Ball Game' at Giants-Cardinals playoff -- VIDEO

Weezy may not be a human being, but he sure sings like one — and not one with a particularly strong voice. The rapper took to the field at San Francisco’s AT&T Park last night, cheering on the home team with an endearingly off-key rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” Though Lil Wayne is originally from New Orleans, he does have a connection to the Boys from the Bay — he’s friends with Giants second baseman Ryan Theriot, another Louisiana native.

So what if he wasn’t exactly Whitney at Super Bowl XXV? What matters is that Wayne had a good time:

Judge for yourself by watching below.

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Bill Murray, New York ninja, crashes kickball game: Here's how it went down

Bill Murray is everywhere. He’s sliding into home plate during a minor league baseball game in Charleston, South Carolina. He’s bartending at Austin’s Shangri-La during the South by Southwest Festival. He’s accompanying a 22-year-old Norwegian girl to a party in Scotland. He’s popping up in so many random places that there’s even a website devoted to tracking the actor’s whereabouts and activities, although most of the stories it publishes are fictional.

So a group of adult kickball players shouldn’t have been surprised when their game was suddenly interrupted by the enigmatic Ghostbusters star himself this past Sunday. Marina Cockenberg of CollegeHumor posted a photo of Murray posing with the kickball team on her personal Tumblr, and the picture quickly went viral. When we contacted her for details, she directed us toward her friend Chris DiLella — an actual member of the team in question. (He’s the fourth guy from the left, wearing a gray shirt and sunglasses.) DiLella gave us the scoop on what actually happened that fateful afternoon:

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Matthew Perry tests out his baseball skills with first pitch at Dodgers game

Fans of Friends may remember that Chandler Bing was not talented in the realms of athleticism or hand-eye coordination, but his real-life alter ego got a chance to show a national audience on Wednesday that he has some skill for America’s pastime. To promote his new show Go On, Matthew Perry threw the honorary first pitch at the Los Angeles Dodgers game last night.

On the upcoming NBC show, which premieres next week, Perry plays a sports radio host who begrudgingly joins a “life transitions” therapy group following the death of his wife. It’s a fish-out-of-water tale for a man accustomed to the male-dominated world of sports journalism where no one talks with each other about their feelings.

At the Dodgers game (which the San Diego Padres won 4-3), Perry didn’t appear to be completely satisfied with his pitch – which was straight down the middle but came up a bit short – as he walked off the pitcher’s mound shaking his head. READ FULL STORY

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