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nytimes.com -- Universal ponders what went wrong with "Cinderella Man" at the box office, staying mum on one paragraph thrashing from The Intern.

cnn.com (Michael N.) -- Hmm, to watch shameless reality programming or the NBA Finals ... I tell you what, that J. Peterman is a flat-out riot! "Dancing with the Stars" it is!

And so a little part of me dies.

oregonlive.com -- "To me, these visits to these cities are more about getting to know the kid than figuring out whether he can play basketball or not." -- Andrew Vye, agent to Gerald Green.

That just might be ... wait, no, that IS the single most illogical statement I've ever heard an agent give. The guy is coming straight from high school, has never publicly competed against anyone over the age of eighteen, and is about to become an NBA lottery pick, so on what planet is the assessment of his overall basketball talent SECONDARY during a team workout? Who in their right mind would invest millions in an unproven kid based on homemade DVD's of him? Wait, don't answer that. I have no doubt that I'm overreacting, but this simply infuriates me, and you know this one's all on the agent. Just play ball, man, and stop with the over-strategizing.

warcry.com -- Wow. I'm not sure if my brain can handle this. Let's just try a stream-of-consciousness rapid-fire:
-- Fifty bucks says that Curt has "D&D 4 Life" tattooed somewhere on his body
-- "Players feel that they are entitled, I don't. Let me take one sec here to say thanks to all those players on the test server, you people are true hardcore gamers and your efforts are appreciated." What the hell was that? Is Curt running for commissioner of Everquest II?
-- Is Curt going to call my cell phone later and scream at me for being so misinformed?

-- Am I even allowed to make fun of Curt Schilling here? What if this is a hoax? Did I just effectively resign from this job? Even if I did, was this link worth it?

Okay, I'm done.

bookstandard.com -- Oprah, Stewart, Simmons ... the holy trinity of book club organizers. Which begs the question, in a steel-cage death match, who comes out alive?

cnn.com (Jeff S., Houston) -- Finally, everyone should take a moment today to pour a little out for "that guy" actor Lane Smith ("My Cousin Vinny," "The Distinguished Gentlemen," "The Mighty Ducks," etc.) who passed away on Monday.


WEDNESDAY
opinionjournal.com -- You think Dr. J has ever NOT been the coolest guy in the room? I could listen to him discuss the virtues of flossing and remain totally captivated.

ifilm.com -- I think it's safe to say that some of the worst songs ever recorded (highlighted by Alan Jackson's "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning") deal with 9/11. I forget who, but I remember someone once praising Springsteen's "The Rising" by wisely stating how songs about sensitive subjects such as that should be left to the big boys. In a completely different way (I would never dare equate the two), that's where I stand on the Michael Jackson trial. I'd rather not acknowledge it too much in the first place, but if we're going there, let's bypass all the crappy humor and leave it to the big boys ... like Triumph.

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