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Bill Buckner on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' This Sunday

Once upon a time, the mere mention of Bill Buckner‘s name would make Red Sox fans turn pale. But time heels all wounds (especially when your team wins two World Series), and Sox fans aren’t particularly bothered when Buckner’s name comes up nowadays. It’s even gotten to the point where Buckner can have a good laugh at the iconic moment when Mookie Wilson‘s ground ball rolled through his legs in the 1986 World Series. The former Red Sox first baseman is making a guest appearance on this Sunday’s episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm (1o p.m. ET on HBO). The theme of this week’s episode is haunted pasts, and Buckner will reportedly help Larry David get past a scarring softball incident from his past.

Good for Buckner. Everyone knows that ground ball wasn’t his fault anyway; the guy could barely walk and he shouldn’t have been on the field in that situation! Former Red Sox manager John McNamara should have been the one vilified for not putting Dave Stapleton in as a defensive replacement!

(OK, some Red Sox fans aren’t completely over it.)

 

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Qaddafi, Kardashian, Hulu, and Hair

In this week’s episode of the Internet’s most popular list-based news show dedicated to the media world, we discuss Col. Muammar Qaddafi‘s mastery of disguise, find out the value of a Hulu, and create VMA buzz with human hair.

Oh, and Touré takes over as host.

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Durant Reportedly Close to Scoring Movie Deal

Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant is reportedly close to signing a deal to star in a major Warner Bros. film. The project, which reportedly has a basketball subplot, is not named as yet and is scheduled to go into production in mid-September. Normally that would conflict with Durant’s preparation for the upcoming NBA season, but the ongoing lockout leaves open the possibility that his calendar is going to be relatively wide open. Filming for the movie will reportedly take place in either Oklahoma City and Baton Rouge, La.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: America, It’s Just Like Us!

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we avoid eye contact with Michele Bachmann, make a music video for Kanye West and Jay-Z, ask James Earl Jones for his take on the Iowa straw poll, and, overall, do our best to cheer everybody up.

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Smoltz Faces Foreclosure on Wyoming Property

MLB Network analyst John Smoltz is facing foreclosure on property he owns in Wyoming, according to the Jackson Hole Daily paper. The former Cy Young Award winner and longtime Braves pitcher reportedly owes Wells Fargo Bank about $1.6 million on a lot in the Snake River Sporting Club, a development that has changed hands several times since 2004 and been at the center of a major bankruptcy case. Smoltz’s lot is set to go up for auction on Aug. 23.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Cheating Teachers, August Scandals, and Italian Americans

In this week’s episode of the Internet’s most popular list-based news show dedicated to the media world, we cook up a double-dip recession (yum-o!), share tips on summer love with a politician, and get stared down by Coolio.

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Longhorn Network Not Allowed To Carry High School Games

Big 12 athletic directors voted unanimously to prohibit the Longhorn Network from airing high school sporting events Monday.

In addition, any conference games aired on the Longhorn Network would need the approval of the Big 12 and the opposing school.

Below is the full statement from the Big 12 Conference:

“The Big 12 athletics directors met in Dallas on Monday and discussed content distributed on existing and future institutional and conference media platforms. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week (NSFW)

Hello there!  In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we read a letter from Roger Ailes, discuss unwanted sexual advances, talk some football (J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!), and see Skittles in a totally different light.

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WSOP Daily Coverage On ESPN2 Averaged 415,000 Viewers

ESPN2′s live coverage of the World Series of Poker Main Event averaged a 0.4 household coverage rating, 351,000 households and 415,000 viewers. This was the first year ESPN offered daily coverage of the WSOP main event.

The 10 telecasts were up double digits over every ESPN2 daypart compared to July 2010, according to Nielsen.

Between 1-5 a.m., daypart average ratings were up 136 percent and household impressions by 125 percent.

For the month to date, the 2011 World Series of Poker has been consumed for over 23 million total minutes on ESPN3.com – good for a 106 percent increase on an average event to event basis compared to July 2010.

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Greece Lightning, Murdoch’s Bible, and Legal Drugs

Come on inside and cool down with a nice tall glass of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” the show that gives you semi-relevant information about the five things that everyone is going to be talking about. In this week’s episode, we dance, do drugs, and talk about the News International scandal (among other things).

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