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April 27, 2009


[X] What smart fans should do this week

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Athletes in the mix Lady Gaga is ... I really need to give up ... Catch phrase I'm so over Love once made me ... In five years Lindsay Lohan will be ...
ADAM LIND Blue Jays LF Eccentric Soda and fast food "Get 'em tomorrow" Wonder what it is Still a joke
CHASE HEADLEY Padres LF A children's singer Biting my fingernails "Cool beans" Watch a chick flick Staying out of trouble
CHRIS JAKUBAUSKAS Mariners P A singer My shopping habit "For sure" Realize I'd do anything for it Off the scene
PAUL KONERKO White Sox 1B A pirate singer? Texting "Not so much" Get married On a tired celebrity-rehab show

NFL Draft
It's hard to believe, but this event was once held without input from Mel Kiper Jr.—the mock-draftnik didn't join ESPN until 1984, four years after it began live draft broadcasts. Fans who want to follow in pre-'84 fashion this weekend can flip from ESPN to the NFL Network or listen to SIRIUS NFL Radio. The downside to the latter: You can't see players' nine-button suits.

Penn Relays
One of the nation's oldest and largest track and field competition, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, is run for the 115th time beginning this Thursday. (ESPN2 has highlights on Saturday at 4 p.m.) The Relays draw top pro, college and high school athletes, but this year's main draw may be the Jamaican team: Olympian Asafa Powell will run.

Phillies at Marlins
The series was supposed to feature only one NL East powerhouse—and given the defending world champ's slow start, maybe it does. Philly began the season 5--6 and had the NL's worst ERA (6.87). The surprising Marlins, meanwhile, won 11 of their first 12. How are they doing it? See for yourself on the MLB Network this Saturday and TBS on Sunday.

Dancing kings Who says Tiger, Derek and Roger lack personality? O.K., many of you, but Woods, Jeter and Federer lighten up in their newest ad for Gillette razors. (Find it on YouTube.) It's a Saturday Night Fever spoof that has them decked out in leather and strutting to Stayin' Alive. It's amusing, but beware: Federer's awkward head bop might cause a panic at the disco.

Moving Forward
Think Bernie Williams was smooth in center? Wait till you hear him on jazz guitar. The ex-Yankee just released his second album of smooth jams, to rave reviews: Jazz Times says he "should be embraced by fans of Latin-tinged instrumental music." The CD also has a version of Take Me Out to the Ballgame and a live cut of Williams and Bruce Springsteen doing Glory Days.

Tribeca Film Festival
The ESPN Sports Film Festival is a subset of Robert De Niro's annual downtown Manhattan cinema fest. (Nonattendees can keep up at This year's most-anticipated flicks: Spike Lee's documentary Kobe Doin' Work, a behind-the-scenes look at Kobe Bryant's life, and The Lost Son of Havana, which follows Cuban exile Luis Tiant on a trip to his homeland.

The Pop Culture Grid
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