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  1. Close Encounters of the Sixth Kind: Let’s do this thing

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Super Bowl Football

    The Superdome in New Orleans last night resembled the mother ship from Close Encounters. In other news, I’ll be watching the Super Bowl in a grubby sweatshirt while sculpting The Devils Tower out of a mound of mashed potatoes. The wife and kids will be at her mother’s. It’s no secret: I’m a crazed 49ers…

  2. Empire State Building will track Super Bowl with team color light show

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:11 PM EDT

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    A full moon rises behind the Empire State Building and the skyline of New York, as people watch from a park along the Hudson River in Hoboken, New Jersey

    Did you know that the Empire State Building’s observation tower is the East Coast’s No. 1 tourist destination? I would have guessed Madonna’s apartment, but I’m rarely right about such things. Anyway, as of Nov. 27, the Empire State Building has been equipped with light show technology: a Philips LED lighting system which has 16…

  3. The lights are out in the Manchester United-Fulham game. Ooooh, spooky (video)

    Feb 2, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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    They’ve just resumed play in the Premier League match between Fulham and Manchester United at Craven Cottage after the lights went out in the stadium just before halftime. This made the grounds resemble a Pearl Jam concert. From the London Telegraph live blog: GAME HELD UP: The players are led off the field of play…

  4. Man scarfs 287 chicken wings to win raucous Wing Bowl 21, and Chip Kelly was there to see it

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:35 PM EDT

    Jamie "The Bear" McDonald from Granby, Connecticut celebrates winning "Wing Bowl 21" after eating 287 chicken wings in Philadelphia

    The winner scarfed 287 chicken wings, the favorite did not attend due to a federal indictment on drug charges the night before, there was a Chris Christie shoutout, and new Eagles coach Chip Kelly showed up. In other words, just another typical Wing Bowl at Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. Today’s Wing Bowl 21 featured, among…

  5. 49ers fan duped out of $5,900 for fake Super Bowl tickets … but she gets the last laugh

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT


    Is there anything lower than a Ravens fan? Not to 49ers season-ticket holder Sharon Osgood. The Hayward woman and her boyfriend had wired $5,900 to a man in Florida for what they though were four tickets to the Super Bowl. But when they received a FedEx package in the mail, all it contained was a…

  6. Giant marlin sinks fishing boat? Well, kind of

    Feb 1, 2013, 4:22 PM EDT

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    A charter boat operator in Panama claimed that his fishing boat was sunk after they hooked into a giant black marlin which capsized the boat. Here’s an amazing set of photographs taken from a nearby boat, which appears to show the marlin pulling the boat over by the fishing line. The truth of it was,…

  7. Sharks’ Logan Couture seen Kaepernicking after scoring goal (video)

    Feb 1, 2013, 3:46 PM EDT

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    It happened in the second period of the San Jose Sharks’ 3-2 shootout win over the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday: San Jose’s Logan Couture scores a goal and then does some quality Kaepernicking. Of course you know that’s kissing one’s bicep, a la the 49ers’ quarterback. Because, you know, Tebowing on the ice is kind…

  8. Official Lingerie Bowl announcement can’t help taking a shot at Beyonce

    Feb 1, 2013, 2:33 PM EDT

    2012 Lingerie Bowl

    Important email I just received: Lingerie Bowl VIII will be broadcast on Sunday opposite the Super Bowl halftime show. That’s the 2011 Lingerie Football League title game between the Los Angeles Temptation and Philadelphia Passion, which you can catch for free on their YouTube channel. It will start just as time runs out on the…

  9. Here’s your breakdown of animals predicting the Super Bowl XLVII winner (video)

    Feb 1, 2013, 1:42 PM EDT

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    If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life it’s this: don’t trust your hard-earned money to an ape. I speak from experience here, as I’ve lost a bundle in the stock market (damn you Mr. Ruffles!). But when deciding which Super Bowl team to back, perhaps collecting a consensus of animal predictions is the way…

  10. This Bar Refaeli kiss for a Super Bowl commercial reportedly took 65 takes (video)

    Feb 1, 2013, 12:17 PM EDT


    To which I say … smart guy. In this Super Bowl ad that was just released, model Bar Refaeli kisses a computer nerd, purportedly to demonstrate how Go Daddy represents both smart and sexy. But the ad took longer to shoot than expected, according to Adweek via Business Insider). “He had never been in…

  11. A German guy has built a working chainsaw slingshot. I see no way this can end badly (video)

    Feb 1, 2013, 11:03 AM EDT


    You may know Joerg Sprave from such hits as The Mini Pumpgun Pistol and How to Weaponize Duct Tape. He has a YouTube channel in which he builds and demonstrates all manner of devastating homemade weaponry, and this time he’s really outdone himself. Presenting the chainsaw slingshot. Yes, a hand-held slingshot that launches chainsaws. (Maniacal…

  12. 101-year-old marathoner credits vegetarian diet for running longevity

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT


    On Tuesday we told you about Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old marathon man dubbed the “Turbaned Tornado” who just announced his retirement from competitive running. The Hong Kong Marathon on February 24th will be his last. But Mr. Singh, who was born the same year the Titanic sunk, will still be running for fun. What keeps…

  13. Controversy over Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad: is it racist? (video)

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT


    If creating buzz for your Super Bowl commercial was your game all along, Coca-Cola, then, well played. The president of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee had roundly criticized an ad (seen below) which depicts an Arab walking through the desert with camels, craving a frosty bottle of Coke. Reuters, via NBC News: “Why is it that…

  14. Here are some of the wackier Super Bowl prop bets (and the ones to avoid)

    Jan 31, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Super Bowl XLV

    How long will the post-game handshake/hug last between Jim & John Harbaugh? And … (clicks stopwatch). It’s official: when it comes to the Super Bowl, people will bet on anything. (All of those betting that the lead to this post would be about the Harbaughs, please collect your winnings). The Super Bowl prop bets are…

  15. Beyonce sings National Anthem at Super Bowl press conference, admits she lip-synched at inaugural (video)

    Jan 31, 2013, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Pepsi Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show Press Conference

    For those keeping score at home, Beyonce swept in to her Super Bowl press conference today and sang The Star Spangled Banner, live, before then admitting that she had lip-synched the National Anthem at the presidential inauguration. She pleaded guilty, with an explanation: “I am a perfectionist. I did not have time to rehearse with…

  16. The Super Bowl XLVII ball you were never meant to see

    Jan 31, 2013, 2:35 PM EDT


    We live in a world of three dimensions, but somewhere there is a fourth. It’s a dimension where water is dry, salt tastes sweet, and the New England Patriots are playing the Atlanta Falcons in the Super Bowl this Sunday. Here now is a football from that crazy world (where, incidentally, there are lines around…

  17. Pablo Sandoval won another baseball title on Wednesday

    Jan 31, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

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    San Francisco Giants Victory Parade

    I have no earthly idea how Pablo Sandoval maintains his portly physique with a schedule like this. Eschewing an off-season pretty much entirely, he played baseball for the Navegantes del Magallanes, a Venezuelan Professional Baseball League team. And on Wednesday he led them to an 11-9 win over the Cardenales in the the final game…

  18. The Star Trek cycling jersey is just weird enough to be awesome

    Jan 31, 2013, 12:28 PM EDT


    These are available at ThinkGeek right now, and I’d buy one of each color except that they appear to be for women. Oh, what the heck. (Clicks “add to shopping cart”). The best thing about these, however, is the description: When it was clear that Kirk was losing his physical edge, his crew got some…

  19. Sandy Hook survivors will sing America the Beautiful at Super Bowl pre-game (video)

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:07 AM EDT


    Finally, a Super Bowl singing act that I’m actually looking forward to. There have been several NFL tributes to the slaying victims and survivors of the Newtown, CT, elementary school shootings, but none will likely be as meaningful as the one planned for Sunday by the students themselves. The NFL has announced that 26 students…

  20. One in four Americans think God helps decide the outcome of football games

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Denver Broncos v Oakland Raiders

    More than half of all Americans believe that God rewards athletes who have faith in Him, according to a recent poll by the Public Religion Research Institute, and isn’t that what Tim Tebow has been telling us all along? That number is 53 percent, and isn’t really that shocking. But this one is, at least…

  21. How Not to Succeed in Business Even Though You Were Really Trying: The Alex Smith Story

    Jan 30, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT


    Let’s say that you’ve been saving your money every day since you were 13 years old so that you could buy a car when you turned 16. You had the cash stored in a large cigar box beneath your bed — money from your paper route; wadded singles from mowing countless lawns; loose change begged…

  22. C.J. Wilson, aspiring screenwriter, is your new Head & Shoulders spokesman

    Jan 30, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT


    Hmm, did you know that Los Angeles Angels pitcher C.J. Wilson went to film school? And that he wants to be a filmmaker when he gets out of baseball? Me neither. If found this out while chatting with him about his new job: he’s the new Mane Man for Head & Shoulders. It was just…

  23. Great-grandson of legendary Flying Wallenda completes tightrope walk above Florida freeway (video)

    Jan 30, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT


    The trickiest part of this stunt, I would imagine, is obtaining the necessary permits and permissions to walk across a wire 200 feet above the freeway without a safety net or harness. Nik Wallenda, great-grandson of legendary circus daredevil Karl Wallenda, walked across a wire strung between two condos in Sarasota, Fla., on Tuesday, in…

  24. Denver mayor Michael Hancock finally pays off playoff bet, does Ray Lewis dance (video)

    Jan 30, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT


    When last we left Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, he had just lost an AFC Championship game bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in which agreed to do the Ray Lewis dance on video if the Broncos lost. But then tragedy struck, as Hancock injured his foot while attending a rodeo (I think that was his…

  25. There will be no PETA Manti Te’o billboard outside the Superdome on Sunday

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT


    Our story so far: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals was planning to erect a billboard outside the Superdome in New Orleans, using Manti Te’o’s photo along with a message discouraging Super Bowl viewers from consuming chicken wings. Apparently however, Te’o now has lawyers. And those lawyers have sprung into cease-and-desist mode. Just got…