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Andy Samberg is every tennis player you've ever loved, the Cy-Hawk trophy is no more, Blake Griffin is funny, Todd Haley is hip and Brad Penny is lucky

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samberg.jpg"Saturday Night Live" star Andy Samberg recently impersonated several tennis stars from the past 30 years in a photo shoot for New York Times Magazine. The results were just fantastic.

The funnyman recreated iconic images of John McEnroe, Bjorn Borg, Andre Agassi and a few others with accurate, yet humorous style.
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cy-hawk-trophy.jpgWhen the new rivalry trophy for Iowa State and Iowa was revealed last week, it was widely panned as unsightly and robustly lame.

Those critical voices have been heard. The much-maligned Cy-Hawk trophy is no more, the schools and the Iowa Corn Growers Association announced yesterday.

The proposed design featured a family huddled around a bushel of corn, which is sort of an odd design for a football trophy -- something even the state's governor, Terry Branstad, pointed out.

The corn-growing group's CEO said that a temporary trophy will be awarded to the winner of the Sept. 10 game between the two teams and fans will have an opportunity to suggest a design for a permanent replacement.

LOL

Blake Griffin has found something to do while he waits for the NBA labor situation to be resolved.

The Los Angeles Clippers forward is interning at Funny Or Die, the comedy website founded by Will Farrell and Adam McKay. Griffin showed up for the first day of his three-day internship at the company's offices on Monday. The human dunk machine will write, edit, shoot and appear in comedic shorts.

Griffin's acting chops, of course, were on display at ESPN's ESPY Awards in July, so he's not a total newbie. And he certainly seems to be sincere in his interest in art of laughter.

''I'll go see a bad comedy over a good action movie any day,'' Griffin said.

Cool coach?

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley doesn't exactly ooze street cred, but his recent appearance at a Lil Wayne concert might help him in that department.

Haley called Wayne's Monday night performance at the Sprint Center a "great show." The outspoken coach promised to attend one of the rapper's concert after the team used one of his songs during a pregame hype video last year.

Haley and cornerback Brandon Flowers got some love from the sports-crazy entertainer via Twitter.

"KC was krrrazeeee!!! Props to Tech 9 and the KC Chiefs Coach Haley and # 24 B. Flowers for the luv! I had fun tonight," Wayne microblogged.

Nate the Imitate



Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson did a LeBron James-inspired touchdown celebration in a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. The home crowd didn't exactly go wild for that one. You do have to wonder, however, just how long celebrations like this will be relevant.

It's good to be ...

brad_penny_karina_smirnoff.jpgBrad Penny. The Detroit Tigers pitcher improved his record to 9-9 with a win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night, but, well, who cares? The important thing is that he's engaged to Karina Smirnoff. The "Dancing With the Stars" stalwart is easy on the eyes and nimble on her feet.


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