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Sun Up: LeBron's Nike Ad, Derek Dooley's World War II metaphor, Favre and Romo hurt and Jay Cutler carved a pumpkin

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"What should I do?"

That's the rhetorical question LeBron James' asks his critics in a new 90-second Nike ad that debuted on the eve of the regular-season opener. If you've been living under a rock, the longtime Cleveland Cavalier pulled a reverse Floyd this summer, joining forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami.

The decision -- and the hour-long televised special in which it was announced -- have been the subject of much derision.

The ad is a part of Nike's new "Rise" campaign featuring James and, well, it's all over the place. He quotes Charles Barkley, Maya Angelou and interacts with Don Johnson.

Trust me, it's better than it sounds ...


Was it over when Tennessee attacked Pearl Harbor?
Tennessee Volunteers coach Derek Dooley reached into the ol' metaphor bag and ending up comparing his football players to the Germans in World War II.

Probably not the most precise way to make a point about his young squad -- which is just 2-5 this year -- making mistakes under pressure.

In defense of Anna Chapman
Washington Capitols star Alexander Ovechkin dished on the differences between American woman and their Russian counterparts. Spoiler alert: he really likes their figures over there.

The All-Everything winger is clearly entitled to his opinion, but who, pray tell, is Moscow's answer to the unstoppable American force that is Eva Mendes?

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So, any good quarterbacks still available?
Your fantasy team may be in deep, deep trouble. Luckily, we have a guy around here to help in the wake of injuries to Brett Favre and Tony Romo.

The Vikings gunslinger has two fractures in his ankle which won't require surgery, but will put his NFL record of 291 consecutive games started in jeopardy. Hey, at least he got some potentially good news yesterday on the Jenn Sterger front.

The smiley Romo, who quarterbacks in down time between golf outings, is out for the season with a fractured clavicle. His Cowboys fell to 1-5 with a loss to the Giants last night. Seems they won't become the first team to play the Super Bowl on their home turf.

He probably saw it coming
Paul, the seemingly clairvoyant octopus that rocketed to fame during this summer's World Cup for his ability to correct predict the outcomes of matches, has died. The German-based underwater savant was 2 1/2 years-old, which by octopus standards is over the hill.

Seriously, where are our flying cars?
Want to feel old? The cast of "Back to the Future" reunited on the "Today Show" this morning. It's been 25 (twenty-five!) years since the movie won its way into our hearts with sketchy science and Chuck Berry covers.

One wonders, of course, if that would have been possible with Eric Stoltz playing Marty McFly.



Hair Club for Men ... with time on their hands
Ever wonder what you'd look like with Troy Polamalu's hair?

Now there's an app for that. What, exactly is it all about?

"It's not a big deal to have a smart phone anymore, but it's a ridiculously big deal to have Polamalooza on your smart phone," the iTunes description reads. "Make your man-do fuller and thicker with funny little pictures, track progress for instant smack-talking opportunities and test your gridiron knowledge for extra yardage."

Seems like a productive use of your time.

They didn't hide the sharp objects
Jay Cutler apparently dulled the pain of his four-interception performance against the Washington Redskins Sunday by carving pumpkins with his sweetie, Kristin Cavallari.

The former "Laguna Beach" star tweeted, "Jay and I carved pumpkins. Mines the amazing one on the right ;)"

Actually, I'm pretty impressed.

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