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What smart fans should do this week
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June 15, 2009


What smart fans should do this week

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Athletes in the mix Conan O'Brien's Tonight Show will be ... Size of my biggest TV Favorite thing to put on a pizza Book on my summer reading list I'd like to write a fan letter to ...
EDWIN JACKSON Tigers P Animated and pretty funny 52" Ranch dressing Can't think of one Lauren London
OMAR GONZALEZ LA Galaxy D Amazing! 120" Tomatoes, green peppers, sausage and pepperoni The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown Marisa Miller
LUKE SCOTT Orioles LF I never watch him 32" Mozzarella, sun-dried tomatoes, basil, olive oil Any biblically based book A few corrupt politicians
STEFAN FREI Toronto FC Goalkeeper Funnier than Leno's 52" Lots of cheese The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Michael Jordan

White Sox at Cubs
The Windy City rivals renew their interleague border war with a three-game series at Wrigley Field beginning on Tuesday. (Two are matinees, so follow at work on MLB.TV.) The series won't have the added drama of last year's, when both teams were in first place at the time. But bragging rights are at stake. Since interleague play began in 1997, each club has won 33 times.

NCAA Track Championships
The fastest college athletes gather in Fayetteville, Ark., for the four-day meet beginning on Wednesday (CBS, live on Saturday). A runner to watch: Oregon senior Galen Rupp, the NCAA--record holder in the 10,000 meters. He'll run his specialty plus the 5,000 as the Ducks men bid for a track triple crown: cross-country, indoor and outdoor track titles in 2008--09.

Football the Kiffin Way
Note: This is for female Vols fans only. Tennessee's new coach hosts Lane Kiffin's Football Clinic for Women, a full-day seminar that gives football widows a working knowledge of the sport. Kiffin's offensive and defensive coordinators will speak. The main draw, though, will be his wife, Layla, an Internet favorite who might be as popular as her husband.

If there's a prototypical path to a hoops career, Lance Allred didn't take it. A Mormon raised on a polygamist compound in Montana, the 6'11" Allred was born deaf and has battled obsessive-compulsive disorder. Still, he starred in high school and at Weber State, and last fall he had a preseason stint with the Cavs. He's not an NBA giant, but Allred's memoir is inspiring.

The site of the 2010 World Cup
South Africa has a hosting dry run with the Confederations Cup, an eight-team tournament of FIFA regional champs. (Check listings for games on ESPN.) The U.S. opens against reigning World Cup champ Italy on Monday. Is South Africa ready for 2010? Its first new stadium opened on Sunday in Port Elizabeth; five more should be finished on time.

Travels with Mack
Last week Texas football czar Mack Brown and six other college coaches visited U.S. troops—and played a little flag football—in the Middle East. Brown blogged about the trip (, which left him inspired, tired and full of insights such as: "The military is very much like running a football program with the 'big' exception of war."

The Pop Culture Grid
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