WRITE THE FUTURE
That's the title of the stunning three-minute, World Cup--themed commercial, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu (Babel), rolled out by Nike last week. The ad includes Ronaldinho, who was left off Brazil's roster for South Africa; we'll chalk that up to creative license.
Just one of the phrases that might test gamers' speakers come August, when Madden NFL 11 appears with the high-decibel play-by-play of newly installed voice Gus Johnson (right), who recorded more than 90,000 lines for the game. "I'm very excited," said garrelous Gus. Count it!
Redoubtable Nationals righty Livan Hernandez (right) continued to amaze (4--2, 1.62 ERA at week's end); Angels first baseman Kendry Morales enjoyed a 10-game stretch in which he hit .333 with three HRs and 12 RBIs; and Yankees sub DH Juan Miranda cracked two HRs in three starts.
RIPPING THE PAST
That's what Brian Urlacher (left) did, in response to Bears legend Gale Sayers's critique of the franchise. ("They haven't done a good job," Sayers said.) "Does [Sayers] know how to win football games? Does he? No," Urlacher said of Sayers, only the youngest inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.