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The Strike Zone
August 15, 2011
Tracking the week's news both inside and outside the confines of cool
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August 15, 2011

The Strike Zone

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

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The WNBA has been airing diabetes PSAs in which Chris Dudley—he of 3.9 ppg over 16 years—is introduced as an "NBA legend."

Soccer's quirky habit of naming the ball at major tournaments, as in South Africa's Jabulani and the latest, Adidas's Albert, for the '12 Olympics.

The influx of college football bowl names that could be confused with KFC menu items, including the new Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

People who insert the word football into team names, as in Jason Garrett's insistence last week on calling his squad the "Dallas football Cowboys."

Nick Swisher's new children's CD, which, like Dwight Howard's kid-friendly Shoot for the Stars before it, graduated from the motivational-poster school of album naming.

Tough year for the Buckeyes: Casey Anthony surfaced last week, and, yup, she was wearing an OSU ball cap.

Stephen Colbert's daylong experiment running MLB.com's Twitter feed. ("Am I the only person who thought @MLB was the twitter handle of Matt LeBlanc?")

Deion Sanders's do-rag-ification of his Pro Football HOF bust.

Least surprising development of the week: There's now a Lingerie Basketball League, and all four teams play in L.A.

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