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April 13, 2009
What smart fans should do this week
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April 13, 2009

Game Plan

What smart fans should do this week

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Athletes in the mix First thing I do when I wake up in the morning Food that's been in my fridge the longest Teammates would be shocked to know I ... I'd love to wrestle with ... _____ really needs to lose the attitude
MARVIN WILLIAMS Hawks F Pray Pizza Hut pizza—five days Listen to Fall Out Boy The Rock Dick Cheney
OMAR CUMMINGS Rapids F Go to the bathroom King crab legs—little over a year Am going to be in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Halle Berry (above) Teammate Kosuke Kimura
JAMES LONEY Dodgers 1B Eat breakfast Yogurt—not sure how old it is Play the keyboard My younger brother, Anthony Bill O'Reilly
DELMON YOUNG Twins OF Hit the snooze button Celery—about four months Used to ride a skateboard Jessica Maximus Terrell Owens (left)

The Masters
Augusta National has been Tiger-proofed in recent years, with length, trees and rough added. But is it now too challenging? In '07 Zach Johnson (one over) became the first over-par winner since 1956. Last year Trevor Immelman had the highest final round (a three-over 75) of any champ. Follow this year's carnage on ESPN (early rounds) and CBS (weekend).

Once a Runner
Self-published in 1978, John L. Parker Jr.'s novel about a fanatical college miler became a cult classic—in 2007 and '08 it was the most-searched title on the out-of-print directory Rejoice, reading runners and running readers: This week Scribner rereleases the book SI once called "the most accurate fictional portrayal of the world of the serious runner."

Frozen Four
March Madness wasn't so mad after all, but the NCAA hockey tournament has much to offer upset lovers. Bemidji State, the lowest-ranked school in the 16-team bracket, beat powerhouses Notre Dame and Cornell to earn its first Frozen Four berth. (All games are on ESPN.) The Beavers' semifinal opponent on Thursday? Miami of Ohio, another regional No. 4 seed.

The Science of Speed
The National Science Foundation meets NASCAR Nation: The NSF just unveiled a cool, 12-part series of online videos explaining the physics of stock car racing and the principles that keep drivers safe at 200 mph. (See them at The videos include interviews with drivers Jeff Gordon and Carl Edwards, plus several Sprint Cup crew chiefs and engineers.

The shot of the week
This one is better than LeBron James's 75-foot heave on 60 Minutes last month. A jogger on a second-story indoor track picks up a stray basketball, heaves it between his legs while running and swishes it through a hoop below. (Search "throwdown 3927" on YouTube.) Who is this sharpshooter? Why was someone filming his jog? Who cares.

The Pop Culture Grid
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