The Strike Zone

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
June 26, 2011

OUTSIDE

Sorry, BoSox fans. In order to watch Wade Boggs's major acting debut, you'll have to sit through something called Swamp Shark on Syfy.

Alaska Air's rollicking soccer coach--stewardess switcheroo ad, featuring the Timbers' eloquent John Spencer barking, "Take a seat and shut your haggis traps!"

Allegheny rising: The Pirates are over .500 the latest in a season since 1999 and feature prominently in the trailer for a new Taylor Lautner movie, Abduction.

NBC secured the rights to turn the NHL's Marvel superheroes project into comic books, TV shows and movies.

Not only are Boof and Chubs absent in MTV's Teen Wolf remake, but basketball is now ... lacrosse?

Jimmy Kimmel and Usher's awesomely warbly R&B ode to the Brian Scalabrines of the NBA world, Benchwarmers.

One reason to take the Nats seriously: They just opened Nationals Park branches of New York's scrumptious Shake Shack and Blue Smoke restaurants.

Faux PSAs in which the cast of Fx's The League pleads for an end to the NFL lockout using logic like, "Imagine Sundays spent just with families... ."

Duke officials felt the need to tweet that the hashtag #alwaysbetonduke referred to the video game Duke Nukem and not, heaven forbid, the Blue Devils.

The creeping realization that by cheering against the Heat, sports fans are karmically responsible for a world in which Mark Cuban is an NBA champ.

Funny or Die's spoof on Gatorade's old Like Mike commercial, Like Dirk, which is, rewardingly, exactly what you would expect.

Supersize Me director Morgan Spurlock will take on sports agents in an ESPN doc.

The hair-brained "take that, LeBron" promos coming out of Peoria, Ill., where the Class A Chiefs hosted LeBron Championship Ring Night (i.e., no rings) and discussed skipping a fourth inning in James's mock honor.

Give it a rest, DeShawn Stevenson.

A Brit who crawled the entire London Marathon in a snail costume was sacked by the charity that employed him because he only raised £20,000 in that race.

This dress took some balls to pull off, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

PHOTOAL TIELEMANS (BOGGS) PHOTOBEN STANSALL/AFP/GETTY IMAGES (SNAIL) PHOTOYOUTUBE.COM (SPENCER) PHOTOYOUTUBE.COM (KIMMEL) PHOTOJIN LEE/BLOOMBERG/GETTY IMAGES (SPURLOCK) PHOTOSHAKESHACK.COM (BURGER) PHOTOWWW.FUNNYORDIE.COM (LIKE DIRK) PHOTOJOHN PHILLIPS/UK PRESS/ABACAUSA.COM (MATTEK-SANDS) PHOTOGENE J. PUSKAR/AP (PIRATES) PHOTOWWW.THECOMICSCOMIC.COM (THE LEAGUE) PHOTOTANNEN MAURY/EPA (STEVENSON) PHOTOTANNEN MAURY/EPA (JAMES) PHOTOGUARDIAN MEDIA ENTERTAINMENT (MARVEL) PHOTOGLENN JAMES/NBAE/GETTY IMAGES (CUBAN) PHOTOATLANTIC RELEASING CORP./PHOTOFEST (TEEN WOLF) PHOTO2K GAMES (NUKEM)

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)