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As a friend of mine said last night, "Bringing up the Tupac vs. Biggie debate is like giving your stance on abortion." So after polarizing most of my reader base, I'll keep things simple for today.

yahoo.com -- Las Vegas moves a step closer to hosting the 2007 NBA All-Star Game. Players threaten lockout over Salt Lake City snub.

contactmusic.com -- It was funny when Mike Piazza called a press conference to publicly announce that he likes girls. It was hilarious when my main man Mike Vick quelled similar rumors by stating, "Everybody who knows me knows how I get down." But Rob Thomas's response to reports that he seduced Tom Cruise? A new bar has been set.

boston.com -- Rumor has it that Manny Ramirez may be listening to mp3's (read first question) while showcasing his gold glove outfield talents. Lost in the music, I picture Manny doing the Shakira booty-shake while a line drive zooms over his head.

cnn.com (Michael C. from Atlanta) -- So there's a simmering "Simpsons" vs. "Family Guy" blood-feud developing. Don't you picture the "South Park" guys lurking in the background, the proverbial poker cheats no one will challenge because they're unquestionably the fastest draw in town?

"So you want to dance, pretty boy? Here, hold this jacket while we go write an episode involving your immediate family, barnyard animals, and unspeakable actions."

tsn.ca -- Stage 10 of the Tour de France was shortened because farmers protested wolf attacks on their sheep and cows. Alternative preparations are already being made for Stage 15, where sunbathers plan to protest clouds.


WEDNESDAY
Quick correction to my Tupac rant yesterday:

Referring to him as the "first rapper to bring widespread social awareness to the scene" was maybe the most ignorant thing I've ever written -- seriously, I have no idea what was running through my head when I typed that. Anyways, I've already text-messaged an apology to Chuck D. He was really cool about it.

nytimes.com (Jon B., London; registration required) -- Here's the requisite Corey Feldman update. I'll lead you in with this beauty from the article:

"I never would have gotten married if it wasn't for stalkers" -- Feld-daddy

blogmaverick.com (John W.) -- He may be the type of guy that would pull someone's arms around himself while screaming "DON'T HOLD ME BACK! AHHH!!!," but give Mark Cuban his due -- he's one smart guy that knows how to put things in perspective.

terribleterrytate.com (Matt G. from W Hartford, CT) -- I think it's about that time to bring back Terrible Terry Tate: Office Linebacker. My favorite part comes in the "Athlete of the Century" video, which starts off with, "Like many children, Terry was born." Brilliant.

seattlepi.nwsource.com -- Unbelievable article on the man-hug. I use the word "unbelievable" because what starts off as a light-hearted analysis of the man-hug somehow evolves into a serious scientific discussion of the matter, including two professors who have apparently dedicated extensive parts of their careers to an in-depth study of male hugging patterns. I keep imagining the moment both guys meet at some conference -- two Egon clones in lab coats silently sizing each other up, then awkwardly going in for the ultimate man-hug.

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