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August 03, 2009
What smart fans should do this week
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August 03, 2009


What smart fans should do this week

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Athletes in the mix If I were Harry Potter I'd ... Video game I've spent the most time on Shaq should go head to head with ... Weirdest autograph request I ever had My advice to Tony Romo is ...
NICKY ANOSIKE Lynx C Build a huge house for myself Tetris (Gymnast) Shawn Johnson A guy asked me to sign his car Don't go back on that decision
THOMAS JONES Jets RB Fast forward to a Jets Super Bowl win Tecmo Bowl Usain Bolt To sign someone's girlfriend's butt Ask for a trade
ERIKA DE SOUZA Dream C-F Create a door to my room in Brazil Pitfall Barack Obama To sign an Italian passport Listen to Beyonce's Irreplaceable
JOSH JOHNSON Marlins P Be invisible FIFA Soccer 09 (MMA's) Kimbo Slice A kid asked me to sign a cellphone Just worry about playing football

MLB trading deadline
Let's hope Indians G.M. Mark Shapiro has rollover minutes from last month, because his cellphone should be busy this week. With his team out of the playoff race, Shapiro had two chips to play as the Friday deadline neared: ace Cliff Lee and slugger Victor Martinez. The MLB Network's Trade Deadline Special will run down all the deals—made and not made.

MLS All-Star Game
Who says MLS lags behind the rest of the world? In five all-star games against international opponents—this year's stars will play English club Everton in Sandy, Utah, on Wednesday (ESPN2)—MLS is 5--0. The league's biggest name (David Beckham) won't be there, but five members of the first-place Houston Dynamo will, including keeper Pat Onstad.

NFL training camps
Stay cool too. As players start sweating through drills, the NFL and Gatorade are raising awareness of dehydration and heat stroke. With every download of a Beat the Heat Safety Kit at, Gatorade will donate $1 to the Kendrick Fincher Foundation, in memory of the 13-year-old Arkansas football player who died of heat stroke in 1995.

Young Woman & the Sea
Even before she swam the English Channel in 1926, Gertrude Ederle was a Roaring 20s celebrity: Olympic gold medalist, world-record holder and renowned distance swimmer. But becoming the first woman to conquer the Channel made her an icon, and Glenn Stout brings the women's sports pioneer back to life with an engaging, deeply researched account.

The dog days
It's that time already for some teams—they're playing out the string. None more so than the Nationals (a big-league-worst 30--68 through Sunday) and the Pirates (43--55), who just traded their fourth everyday player (first baseman Adam LaRoche) in the last two months. If you watch these teams usher in August with a four-game series in Pittsburgh, you're a baseball diehard.

The ramblings of Stephon Marbury
Last Friday and Saturday the free-agent point guard held court in a bizarre 24-hour live video blog, discussing religion, hoops and health care, answering questions from viewers and dispensing shout-outs to pals across the U.S. (See it at "I dare you to leave my chat!" he screamed to the camera at one point. You won't.

The Pop Culture Grid
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