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THE STRIKE ZONE

Oct. 17, 2011
Oct. 17, 2011

Table of Contents
Oct. 17, 2011

LEADING OFF
Inside: THE WEEK IN SPORTS
JUST WIN, BABY!
MOTOR SPORTS
  • NASCAR has its tightest Chase ever, but with a dominant victory at Kansas Speedway, Jimmie Johnson and the 48 team made it clear that they're again bringing the heat—and with six races remaining in this high-octane fall classic, Mr. Five-Time is gunning for Cup No. 6

MLB PLAYOFFS
  • A funny thing happened while the glamour teams on the coasts were making World Series plans: The postseason was hijacked by the game's middle class, of which one member is poised to become the game's next superpower

  • Nearly a decade after taking over the postseason as a rookie, Francisco Rodriguez is trying to set up another World Series run

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
THE INVISIBLE FASTBALL
Departments

THE STRIKE ZONE

Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool

Somebody at Fox is a Celtics fan: The bad guys on the new Steven Spielberg dinosaur show Terra Nova are called "Sixers."

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A German couple was kicked out of a Bundesliga soccer game for having sex in the sold-out stands—that after being warned 30 minutes earlier.

Nothing to see here. Carry on... .

Seniors do the darndedest things: A 97-year-old Milwaukeean called 911 because he'd lost his TV remote before a Brewers game.

Step aside, hamsters. The Ohio University band's choreographed version of LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," which it performed at an Oct. 1 home football game (and which blew up on YouTube), juuust edges out the Kia Soul commercial version in amazingness.

Everything's coming up Buckner! The Curb guest star's 1986 error ball is expected to fetch a cool million at auction; meanwhile, Mookie Wilson was just canned as the Mets' 1B coach.

The Fox NFL robot gets his own movie. At long last!

Ruxin's inspired Shiva Bowl Shuffle on the Season 3 premier of The League (which you really ought to be DVRing by now).

The Marlins just revealed this mechanical monstrosity, which will decorate the outfield at their new Miami digs and activate with every home HR.

Three words we never thought we'd live to hear: Hope. Solo. Overexposure.

The Cards' rally squirrel had its own Wiki page and Twitter feed within a day of its second appearance in the NLDS and evaded seven traps before being nabbed—which pretty much makes him a real-life Bugs Bunny, no?

Amber Miller, the 27-year-old woman who on Sunday ran the first half of the Chicago Marathon, walked the second leg, grabbed a bite to eat, and then gave birth to a seven-pound child.

At an introductory press conference last week, CSKA Moscow had newly signed Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko, nicknamed AK-47, pose for photographs while holding an assault rifle.

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