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Nov. 24, 2008
Nov. 24, 2008

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Nov. 24, 2008

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Guts & Glory:The Golden Age of American Football
Imagine an iconic old-school NFL picture; chances are it was taken by NeilLeifer. The ex--SI photographer's best shots from the 1950s, '60s and '70s arein this 350-page volume from TASCHEN books. Limited-edition signed copies areselling now for $500. A more economical edition hits shelves next month.

WATCH

Patriots vs.Dolphins
It's another Bill Bowl, Pats coach Belichick against Miami overlord Parcells,and crucial to the AFC playoff race. Strategy geeks will get a glimpse intoBelichick's scheming mind on Sunday: How will he deal with Miami's Wildcatformation? The Fish ambushed their AFC East rivals with the direct-snap attackin Week 3. Ronnie Brown ran wild (four TDs) in a 38--13 win.

GO TO

FireJoeMorgan.com
Breathe easy, Hat Guy. The savagely funny site dedicated to poking fun at acertain ESPN analyst and holes in the work of other journalists is shuttingdown. (The three TV writers behind the blog are too busy to continue.) Thesite's archives will stay online, though—must reading for those who lovebaseball and hold those who write and talk about it to a higher standard.

BUY

Vicktory DogWines
Last week Michael Vick's lawyer said his client wants to return to the NFL whenhis prison term ends. While they plan protests, animal activists can toast thedogfighter's incarceration with reds from Carivintas Winery. The labels featurepaintings of the 22 dogs rescued from Vick's compound; purchases benefit theirnew home, the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.

CHECK OUT

Clippers vs.Nets
It's not a glamour matchup, but New Jersey gave out free tickets for this Nov.22 game to 2,000 out-of-work fans who submitted résumés to the Nets Job Bank, anetwork of corporate sponsors and season-ticket holders who may be hiring. Theteam will hold a job fair at the Izod Center before the game—and since theresponse was so strong, it plans another for early 2009.

The Pop CultureGrid

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How do sports stars fit in?____ should be woman of the yearFavorite croonerThing that makes you say, "No, no, no!"I always thought _____ was a vampireWould ____ please be quiet? Please?
STEVE MASON Blue Jackets GStacy Keibler (right)Bing CrosbyA guy at the top of my crease, arms raisedOzzy OsbourneTabloids
LENDALE WHITE Titans RBMy mom, Anita WhiteCharlie Wilson from The Gap BandNot giving me my checkTeammate Keith BulluckBart Scott
DANNY CEPERO Red Bulls GKJennifer Love HewittEnrique IglesiasBad driversAmy Winehouse (top)Alexi Lalas
KERRY RHODES Jets FSMichelle ObamaRihannaA woman without a good pedicureAngelina JolieMel Kiper Jr.

INSIDE THE GRID

WHITE WENT on to say of Scott (left), a Ravenslinebacker, "He talks a lot for no reason. It's one thing to talk when youwin, but when you talk and lose, it makes no sense." White, whose Titansbeat Baltimore 13--10 on Oct. 5, also echoed a recent, somewhat cryptic disthat Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall levied on Dolphins linebacker JoeyPorter. With a "shout-out to B-Marsh," White added, "Scott haspopcorn muscles too."

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