The Strike Zone

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
May 01, 2011

OUTSIDE

Purdue redesigned its mascot—the last one made babies cry—and the new version was booed wildly at its unveiling.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame will be preserved at the Library of Congress. (But then, so will Steely Dan's Aja, so take that for what it's worth.)

Probably not what suffragettes had in mind: The Nathan's hot-dog-eating contest is adding a ladies' division in July.

Nothing to see here... .

Theawl.com's exhaustive ranking (with audio files) of every NHL goal horn. BWAAAAAH!

David Beckham's wacko insistence that the viral video of him kicking soccer balls into garbage cans at least 50 yards away is real. It's not. End of discussion.

Pretty much everything about Khloe and Lamar, but particularly the scene where Odom calls his agent to, you know, see if there's any chance he made the All-Star team.

Fox's T-Painification of Tim McCarver in an auto-tuned Saturday Baseball commercial.

Clay Bennett—the guy who bought the Sonics, promised not to move them to Oklahoma City and then moved them—was named head of the NBA Relocation Committee.

Community star Danny Pudi's nerdy-cute tweets about the Bulls, like this one: "The playoffs are difficult! ... High 5s to Mr. Deng and Mr. Korver for being clutch."

Lionel Messi's stubborn refusal to take a dive. Ever.

Say it ain't so, Iron Mike! The ex-champ is said to be correcting his signature gap-toothed smile.

Norm Macdonald's brilliant return to the news desk, on a Comedy Central sports show—especially his use of the Sad Bill Cosby face.

Phillies fans booed the mechanical hurler that (poorly) threw a first pitch last week. So, yeah, when the robots take over, steer clear of Philly.

The Forest Gump-ian will of the British runner who did the London Marathon—and then ran 99 more miles home.

This insane (but real!) headline: paul the octopus's replacement in training for euro 2012

Manny Pacquiao's got a new single. It's called Sometimes When We Touch. And since Manny knows where SI's office is, we'll leave it at that.

MTV.com's lazy/brilliant gallery, "18 Photos of NBA Players Who Can't Believe They Were Just Called for a Foul."

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PHOTOADAM TAYLOR/ABC (WARD) PHOTOROLAND WEIHRAUCH/DPA/ABACAUSA.COM (OCTOPUS) PHOTOJAMES WHITE/E! (ODOMS) PHOTORONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (NBA PLAYER) PHOTOMATT SAYLES/AP (T-PAIN) PHOTOMICHAEL DESMOND/ABC (PACQUIAO) PHOTOPARAMOUNT/THE KOBAL COLLECTION (GUMP) PHOTOMATT SLOCUM/AP (ROBOT) PHOTOCHARLES SYKES/AP (TYSON) PHOTODIANE BONDAREFF/AP (HOT DOGS) PHOTOYOUTUBE.COM (BECKHAM) PHOTOGRANT FAINT/GETTY IMAGES (HOCKEY LIGHT) PHOTOIMAGO/ZUMAPRESS.COM (MESSI) PHOTOYOUTUBE.COM (COSBY) PHOTORICK WILKING/REUTERS (VENDOR) PHOTOLEWIS JACOBS/NBC (PUDI) PHOTOBEN MARGOT/AP (CRISP) PHOTOKHRIS HALE/ICON SMI (PURDUE PETE) PHOTO

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