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Reporter Diagrams Rise of @TheBillWalton

The follower count for the parody Twitter account @TheBillWalton now sits at around 37,500. Not stratospheric, by any means, but also not bad for somewhat of an esoteric goof.

Adam Penenberg, a contributor to Fast Company, caught up with the LA-New York writer duo that operates the account. Like fellow interviewee @NotBurtReynolds, the faux authors prefer to remain anonymous. But the pair did share some follower-building secrets:

“We started by tweeting at various well-known basketball players and figures… Then Jalen Rose tweeted back at us and we jumped from a few hundred to a few thousand followers in just hours. We kept adding followers throughout the NCAA basketball tournament and NBA playoffs.

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Miami Herald Runs Ad Congratulating Heat on Championship

LeBron JamesChris Bosh and Dwyane Wade all woke up this morning without a ring. They lost last night to the Dallas Mavericks, even though when James and Bosh came to Miami, all three of them danced like idiots and proclaimed that they’d win six or seven titles. Somehow – as if they had to play the games first – it just didn’t happen for them.

While it must’ve been difficult waking up today and facing that, at least they can take solace in the fact that their local paper – the Miami Herald – remains unconvinced by reality, and has run an ad congratulating them on winning the championship.

The Macy’s ad in the paper’s sports section has t-shirts with a ring and the NBA trophy on them, along with copy reading, “Congratulations Miami! Celebrate the 2011 NBA champions with official merchandise from Adidas!” If that’s not bad enough, the ad also runs directly below a story about the Heat losing.

The Miami Herald: as confused by the Heat’s loss as James, Bosh and Wade are.

Smoke Em | More Kutcher | He Did It

  • UnBeige: Not only does Yves Saint Laurent make cigarettes, the company allegedly redesigned the packaging to make them more appealing to Asian and Russian women. That doesn’t sound weird at all.
  • AllTwitter: Ashton Kutcher is designing his own desktop Twitter app because the 758 that are already out there simply aren’t good enough.
  • SportsNewser: Last night’s Heat vs. Bulls game drew almost 11 million viewers. LeBron James has reportedly already taken credit.

Howard Stern Now Really Is ‘The King of All Media’

During his recent appearance on Piers Morgan Tonight, Howard Stern revisited the origins of the ubiquitous tagline “The King of All Media.” It was all part of a joke made with Jackie Martling, an attempt by Stern to prove that if he referred to himself often enough by a certain sobriquet, that sobriquet would stick.

With this week’s announcement of a new $3.99 Howard Stern comic book to be put out in April by Vancouver, Washington based Bluewater Productions, the radio host is that much closer to living out the Martling joke. Per the press release:

Acording to Bluewater president Darren Davis, “Orbit” is a natural extension of the biography comic division established by Bluewater’s “Female Force,” “Fame,” and “Political Power.”

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Perusing Yahoo’s New Website ThePostGame.com

The front page of ThePostGame.com, launched Tuesday night by Yahoo! Sports in partnership with SportsFanLive.com, looks great. The subtle grey-blue background and large photo-graphics skeins will no doubt pop on the iPad.

On the other hand, it’s strange that the website has nothing up on the front page at press time (other than a throwaway poll question) about the bad-karma LeBron James tweet heard around the NBA. Also, we’re not sure why the photo slides across the board do not include the names of article authors.

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Lakers Left Off AP‘s ‘Top 10 Sports Stories of 2010′

Lakers vs. Celtics. An historical rivalry renewed. Dramatic seven game series. Improbable fourth quarter comeback in the final game. Kobe Bryant is a total goat, going 6 for 24. Crazy-ass Ron Artest arguably the hero of the game! Kobe tops Shaq in rings, and calls him out on national television! Easily one of the best sports stories of the year, no?

Not if you’re the Associated Press. The AP just came out with its list of the top 10 sports stories of the year, and the Lakers are nowhere on it. Tiger Woods and his wandering penis made the cut, of course. So did LeBron James and his Decision. NASCAR’s Jimmy Johnson was on there too. So, um, yeah.

In fairness the AP didn’t just arbitrarily choose the list. Stories were voted on by 176 people from AP affiliate news organizations across the U.S.

LA did have one story on the list: the death of UCLA coaching great John Wooden was number 10.

Bill Simmons to Call His First NBA Game Tomorrow

ESPN blogger and resident Boston Celtics fan Bill Simmons will get his first crack at the telestrator tomorrow night–calling the Miami Heat vs. Golden State Warriors game for ESPN. He’ll work alongside Dan Shulman and Mark Jackson.

Simmons has done TV before, sitting in on ESPN’s popular “Pardon the Interruption” show, and he also hosts a regular podcast. But it will be interesting to see how he does on live TV. He used to write jokes for the Jimmy Kimmel Show, so we know he’s funny. The one problem we can foresee is that Simmons is a huge Boston homer and hates LeBron James and the Heat with a passion. Will he be able to control himself? Can’t imagine the league will be happy if Simmons rips on their most intriguing team for the entire game.

The LA-Miami ‘Douche’ Debate

On Friday afternoon, LA Weekly reporter Dennis Romero posed a rhetorical question that cuts to the very center of the west coast male ID: “Is Los Angeles the Douche Capital of the Nation?“ His evidence included the origins of Hollywood nightclub bottle service and the emblematic uniform of pricey Ed Hardy T-shirts.

Romero also took aim at South Beach, teasing: “Miami? Puleese. Those douches got nothing on our douches. At least they’re fit, tan and speak proper Spanish.”

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Lakers Get Their Rings, Ratings Up 40 Percent

The LA Lakers were given their championship rings last night on TNT in a 13-minute ceremony. Seemed a little excessive–don’t remember these things running so long in the past–but, whatever, the ratings were big. The ceremony and subsequent game against the Houston Rockets drew a 3.5 rating nationally, up 75% from last year’s Lakers opener. The game was pretty good too, with the Lakers squeezing out a narrow 112-110 victory.

Meanwhile, on the other coast, the Boston Celtics beat LeBron James and his South Beach talents 88-80. The ratings were huge–a 5.6, up 75% from last year’s Cavaliers/Celtics opener. We say the Celtics beat LeBron because no one else on the Heat showed up, playing like absolute garbage. Scarily, the Heat still almost won.

Fortune Announces Second Annual 40 Under 40 List

This morning, Fortune magazine released its second annual list of “40 under 40,” highlighting influential and successful names in business. The issue hits newsstands on October 18th, but here’s a little preview:

In a year that seemed to reward Steve Jobs, the Tea Party, and bond fund managers, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking there aren’t too many other growth stories out there. But you’d be wrong. For our annual list of the most influential young people in business, we found 40  of them (48, actually; there were so many, we allowed some ties). They come from all corners of the economy:  from technology, yes, but also from retail, health care, academia, and finance. There are the names you know,  but with 27 newcomers, many you don’t. What they have in common: They’re innovating, they’re expanding, and they’re not really thinking about the recession (in fact, one of them works with the committee that decided it’s over).

Some names you might expect made this year’s list — like 26-year-old Facebook founder and, now, pop culture icon Mark Zuckerberg, who comes in at number 2, as well as Twitter’s Evan Williams, age 38, and Biz Stone, age 36, who tied for the number 3 spot. Rupert Murdoch’s 37-year-old son, James Murdoch, made the list at number 8.

And it’s not all suits (or, as the case may be for Zuckerberg, hoodies and Converse): 24-year-old Miami Heat player LeBron James, as much a brand as he is an athlete, made the number 20 spot. Some rising names among Latinos made the list as well, with Wal-Mart’s Raul Vazquez, age 39, coming in at number 4 and Cesar Conde, age 36, of Univision Networks taking the 12th spot. Wendy Clark, age 39, of Coca-Cola  is the highest-ranking woman to make the list, coming in at number 15.

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