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News, but not the serious kind

Here’s a good spot, maybe they won’t find us here!

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Blog Guy, you write a lot about bullfighting, so you’re probably aware the new season has begun. How about giving us some behind-the-scenes stuff that most people don’t know about the tradition and pageantry of the sport?

Okay but remember, technically bullfighting isn’t a sport, it’s a ”sport”. In the photo below, matadors and their assistants are performing the “paseillo” before starting a bullfight.

My Spanish is very rusty, but I believe “paseillo” means walking around the ring cleaning up cigarette butts and bull poop.

That’s interesting. I wasn’t aware the matadors had to do such menial stuff.

Keep your shirt on, sport!

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Blog Guy, I hate to complain, but you used to do a much better job of covering really stupid sports for your readers. Aren’t there any hot new sports trends that are extremely dumb?

I’ll try to do better. Do you know about Jersey Sports?

Are those just sports in New Jersey?

No, they’re regular games but everybody has to wear their jersey or shirt in a way that makes it hard to see and maneuver. It’s enjoying a burst of popularity in soccer and tennis.

Welcome to Beer Cave, guys!

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About 400,000 people die exploring caves each year. This is a very rough estimate off the top of my head, but you get the idea.

To shed some light on this hazardous hobby, we covered an international competition on the subject.

The grossest story on earth?

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Blog Guy, I’m a 12-year-old boy and I’m going camping with my friends next weekend. I could use a gross story to tell around the campfire. Make it REALLY disgusting!

Be careful what you ask for, kid. We have a video report today by Penny Tweedie, about a diver who shot himself in the head with his own harpoon in a freak accident.

When you got Mickey, you got class!

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Promotion staffers, I hope you’re ready for the big media event to publicize the junior welterweight match.

Remember, we’re talking about the great sport of boxing here, and the match is in Vegas, so naturally people expect high class all the way.

Damn! Lefty is unbeatable!

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Blog Guy, you’ve mentioned that both President Obama and his wife, Michelle, are World Class Rock, Paper and Scissors competitors. But I’ve heard that in some places, they play the game differently.

Yes, you’re thinking of France, where they play a solo version.

Solo?

Yeah, you play yourself. It’s quite challenging, because your left and and right hands have to try to guess what each other will do. Here, you can see French President Sarkozy playing himself. Incidentally, he lost this game.

Think these hot TV lights will hurt the ice?

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Blog Guy, I’m a real sports nut. Are there any new shows I should be watching?

Absolutely. There is a mid-season replacement sports show, since the televised World Russian Roulette Championships ended so abruptly last week.

Welcome! Did you come to prey?

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Blog Guy, I really need social advice. I’ve been invited to what looks like a glitzy party, but the invite says BYOF. Is that like RSVP?

Cripes, you really DO need help! BYOF stands for Bring Your Own Falcon.

Falcon? You mean like the Ford car? I haven’t seen one of those for 30 years!

Is it Halloween again already?

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Blog Guy, give us an update. A few days ago you were in big trouble for running funny pictures of tennis players. I believe some players were coming to talk to you about showing more respect. How did that turn out?

Pretty well. I promised them that from now on, I will choose my tennis photos randomly, like the ones here, without looking for goofy faces.

Yikes! They’re scarin’ the visitors!

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Blog Guy, you did a recent blog piece about the Goofy Face Museum and Doughnut Shop opening a room of goofy tennis faces…

Stop! I know just where this is going.

Right. An agency that manages athletes for endorsements has attacked you for calling tennis players “naturally goofy people who enjoy making dumb faces.” The agency said that was an “outrageous thing to say about a very attractive group of people.”