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May 18, 2009


What smart fans should do this week

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Athletes in the mix An Eminem comeback means ... Dish I'd like to cook with Gordon Ramsay I can't believe ___ is dating ___ If I were king for a day, I'd ban ... My coach reminds me of ...
BRYAN NAMOFF D.C. United D 8 Mile Part II? Roast with Yorkshire pudding Michael Phelps ... Carrie Prejean Parking tickets An old Army drill sergeant
MATT GARZA Rays P He's got new ideas Chicken mole Cameron Diaz isn't dating Troy Percival Taxes A college professor
CHAD DAWSON Boxer The king is back Gordon who? 50 Cent ... Ciara Drugs My father, Rick
KEVIN SLOWEY Twins P Nothing to me Rack of lamb Jennifer Morrison ... someone besides me Crocs St. Nick

Are the Blue Jays for real?
Toronto had the AL's best record (22--12) through Sunday—but happy fans might want to keep the Labatt on ice for a few more weeks. Toronto has played only three games against East Division rivals, sweeping the lowly Orioles, but it's back to reality this week: Beginning on Tuesday, the Jays play 12 of their next 19 in-division, including series against the Red Sox and Yankees.

Michael Phelps back
So much for not fixing it if it ain't broke. Phelps swims competitively for the first time since the Beijing Olympics—and since his three-month USA Swimming ban—at the UltraSwim in Charlotte this weekend. (Universal Sports has it live.) Phelps will unveil a new straight-arm freestyle stroke. To which we say: Why tinker with perfection?

Halfway to Heaven
Former Denver Post writer Mark Obmascik woke up one day and realized he was "fat, forty-four, and in the market for a vasectomy." He decided to recharge his life, and his relationship with his oldest son, by trying to climb all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks in a year. The effort is recounted with wit and style in Halfway, a much easier read than climbing those mountains.

Your stomach
Bert Blyleven has tried for years to worm his way into the Hall of Fame. This won't help, but it's entertaining: Last Saturday the Twins' TV analyst ate two night crawlers on the air, to celebrate the start of fishing season and raise cash for Parkinson's research. (See it at FSN North's Facebook page.) Should worms be chewed or swallowed whole? Bert does both.

The Preakness
Celebrated filly Rachel Alexandra is likely to run (and may be the favorite) on Saturday at Pimlico (NBC). The debate on whether fillies should run against colts rages on, fueled by Eight Belles's fatal injury in last year's Kentucky Derby. The news isn't always bad when girls run against the boys, though. Three of the 12 fillies who ran Triple Crown events since 1980 have won.

With John Tesh
It was always a weird crossover: The new-age maestro became a '90s hoops celebrity when his Roundball Rock was the theme for NBC's NBA coverage. Now it's weirder. He's asking fans to submit videos of themselves rapping to the song to, with $20,000 in prizes going to the best ones. See Tesh's own roundball rap on the site. The contest entries can't be any worse.

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