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  1. A fuss grows in Brooklyn: Big controversy over playground 'jail'

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    Much hand-wringing and gnashing of teeth recently over a playground in a Brooklyn housing project, which happens to feature a pretend jail with bars and a cell door. Or it did, until the city painted over the signage after a number of complaints. Because when your kids are engaged in cognitive improv, you want them…

  2. Tiger Woods Roundup: Return to up Masters ratings 16 percent?

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    So Bloomberg reports today on a Seton Hall Sports Poll which contends that Tiger Woods’ return to the Masters will increase the event’s TV ratings by 16 percent. Hmm; that seem a little low to you? Also, 45 percent of people said that Wooods’ return would be good for golf, while 9 percent said that…

  3. Venus Williams advances at Sony, has clearly lost her mind

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Oh sure, I show up at one parent-teacher conference wearing a red spaghetti-strap corset with a flounce, and it’s an international incident. But Venus Williams does it at the Sony Ericsson Open, and nobody minds. No doubt Corana Cirsteo was a bit distracted on Thursday during their first-round match, as Williams prevailed, 6-4, 6-3, in…

  4. Bracket Boy Fail: Perfect bracket is perfect no more

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Alex Hermann, the 17-year-old Chicago resident who caused an Interwebs sensation with a seemingly perfect bracket through two full rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, has proven to be human after all. The kid who saw Northern Iowa-Kansas and Ohio University-Georgetown coming a mile away could not predict Butler’s 63-59 win over Syracuse on…

  5. Morning Tweet: Joe Buck Live shuffles off this mortal coil

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Joe Buck was being interviewed on a St. Louis radio station on Thursday and made this startling revelation: HBO is likely canceling Joe Buck Live, the sports talk, slap and tickle show that Buck hosted for only three episodes. So apparently America is not going to get a final episode, like with Seinfeld. I was…

  6. The Andy Roddick, Dwyane Wade H-O-R-S-E & tennis doubleheader will heal a fractured nation

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    A year in the making, after many postponements, the H-O-R-S-E and tennis doubleheader event of the century that America has demanded is finally on. Dwyane Wade vs. Andy Roddick is scheduled for Saturday at the Sony Ericsson Open, where Roddick plays his opening match Friday. Roddick was set to play Wade in H-O-R-S-E during the…

  7. They brake for … well, not much, really

    Mar 25, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Time for more Jelisahol, because it’s been a tough week, and I know you need it. Today the subject is Tony Kornheiser, bad drivers, and the things they run over. That has almost included our author. You read the book, now see the movie. *** By Jelisa Castrodale By the time my great aunt reached…

  8. How about a little mace, Brazilian soccer player?

    Mar 25, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Things suddenly got very interesting in Brazilian soccer this week. First, chaos reigned in a lower division match as a player was red-carded and sent off, but refused to go. So, flipping through my referee’s manual here, I see that you are supposed to then … call in the riot police and douse the guy…

  9. Thursday Blogdome: LBJ Stadium? Yech

    Mar 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    RFK Stadium was almost LBJ Stadium. Stewart L. Udall, secretary of the interior in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations and famed protector of the environment, died last week. That led a reader to point out something I never knew: that without Udall, RFK Stadium very likely would have become LBJ Stadium. Which just doesn’t have…

  10. Sweet, cruel irony: Sandra Bullock on Tiger, Elin: 'I would have kept hitting him'

    Mar 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    So here’s some audio of Sandra Bullock at the People’s Choice Awards, giving Elin Nordegren some unsolicited advice on what she should have done on that fateful Thanksgiving night when Tiger Woods crashed his SUV into a defenseless tree. Hollywood Life first pointed this out, as Niecy Nash of The Insider asked Bullock what she…

  11. Sex-for-World-Series-tickets trial of the century ready to conclude

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Susan Finkelstein, as you may recall, is the woman accused of being so desperate to see her Phillies play the Yankees in the World Series that she allegedly advertised sexual favors on Craigslist to anyone who would give her tickets. Well, her trial in Bucks County, Pa., is wrapping up today, so I thought I’d…

  12. Autistic kid's perfect NCAA tourney bracket: The new Balloon Boy hoax?

    Mar 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    That’s the question at least one blogger is asking today, as skepticism begins to grow over 17-year-old Alex Hermann’s perfect NCAA men’s tournament bracket. Hermann, who has autism, has chosen all 48 games of the tournament’s first two rounds correctly; earning him fame, but not fortune, throughout the Internetosphere. The Chicago-area teen made his picks…

  13. Here's a shirt you can wear at the Masters

    Mar 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Tiger’s lining up for a putt on the 14th, and the front row of the gallery are all wearing these. How great would that be? (Note to media: I would not wear them at the pre-tournament press conference). But just because people are wearing these shirts does not mean that they necessarily want Tiger to…

  14. Morning Tweet: Urban Meyer is 40! He's a man!

    Mar 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Let the record show that Urban Meyer is officially losing it. We kind of suspected mental instability with his recent retirement, un-retirement mambo, but now the University of Florida coach (?) is going after reporters for, what, quoting his players correctly? Meyer threatened Orlando Sentinel beat reporter Jeremy Fowler Wednesday evening after practice because of…

  15. Wednesday Blogdome: Kid vs. wooden backboard

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Never dunk without a ball. This is why. There’s something euphoric about the act of dunking that makes white kids feel fantastic. But to do that, you need a ball, as this unhappy youngster plainly forgot. And it’s illegal to hang on the rim, anyway. That’s a technical foul, young man. Not to mention a…

  16. They've found something else that will kill you at the World Cup

    Mar 24, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for something to do this summer, why not visit Dante’s nine circles of hell? I understand that Heresy is beautiful that time of year. Surely that would be preferable to a trip to Johannesburg for the World Cup, where another disturbing report involving Things That May Eat You has crossed my desk.…

  17. The Name of the Year bracket is out. Begin your office pools!

    Mar 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Usually I consider NCAA bracket-style tournaments for other things — hot chicks, pets, etc. — as played-out gimmicks. Unless it’s this. The Name of the Year bracket is out, and I have to say that this is probably the deepest field in the tournament’s rich history. I thought it would be tough to beat last…

  18. A kiss before dying: The strangest soccer sequence you'll ever see

    Mar 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Had the weirdest dream last night. Brazilian club soccer teams Flamengo and Vasco were playing in Rio de Janiero, and Flamengo midfielder Wilians tripped Vasco’s Philippe Coutinho from behind. As Coutinho lay motionless on the turf, slowly into the frame crawls Wilians, who gently plants a kiss on Coutinho’s lips, and caresses his shoulder. Wait…

  19. Joslyn James on Tiger's apologies: 'It's a lot of the same hocus pocus'

    Mar 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Having the words “porn star” in front of your name means that you’re swinging a much larger, um, bat than anyone else in the dugout. Say the name “Legal secretary Joslyn James,” and nobody looks up. But you say “Porn star Joslyn James,” and everyone says “Huh? What?” Add to that “Threesomes with Tiger Woods,”…

  20. She's Out Of My League: Kid goes to prom with UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste

    Mar 24, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Conner Cordova, a skinny, somewhat nerdy 18-year-old senior at Dakota Ridge High School in Littleton, CO, didn’t have a date for the senior dance. So he did the normal thing: Make a YouTube video asking UFC ring girl and Maxim model Arianny Celeste if she would go with him. Celeste, also known as Octagon Girl,…