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Joe Maddon is ready for some football, Like a moth to a Matt Holliday, The incredible headless running back, Preseason football breeds violence and Joe Namath likes cheerleaders

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joe-maddon-helmet.jpgTampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has football on the brain.

After his team beat the Seattle Mariners on a walk-off grand slam from Johnny Damon Sunday, the skipper donned a Tampa Bay Buccaneers helmet and spoke a modified version of football-speak.

Among the highlights here are Maddon referring to the Mariners as "the Seahawks" and a mid-question swig from a Gatorade bottle.

Maddon's bit earned him a thank-you text from Bucs coach Raheem Morris, who's been known to sport Rays gear.

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted in the eighth inning of Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after a moth flew into his right ear and got stuck. Yes, that can happen, it turns out. Simply horrifying.

Team trainers placed Holliday in a dark room, hoping that the pest would flee the dark, warm comfort of the slugger's ear canal. This turned out to be a fruitless attempt when it was discovered the moth had flown into the orifice headfirst. After what's being reported as a "lengthy" ordeal, the situation was resolved with tweezers.

Holliday was given the moth, which was still alive when it was extricated, as a memento.

Headless horseman of the apocalypse

Phillip Tanner turned in the play of the presason Sunday night, even though it didn't officially happen.

The Dallas Cowboys running back scampered for a 23-yard touchdown against the San Diego Chargers after his helmet was ripped off by a defender at the line of scrimmage. Unfortunately for Tanner, play is whistled dead this year when a ball-carrier loses his headgear. Safety first, you know? Plus, there was an illegal motion penalty that would have negated the play anyway.

It's still impressive, however, considering that the Bolts defense was still giving 100 percent on the play.

Fake games, real violence

San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York has an interesting theory on how to curb fan violence in the wake of a shooting that marred a weekend game between his club and the Oakland Raiders.

"I think when you have a preseason game, when you don't have your regular-season ticket holders coming to a game, I think that plays a big factor into it," York said. "I think that's another reason why the NFL is looking at, you know, trying to revamp the preseason schedule."

Discuss amongst yourselves.

It's good to be ...


Joe Namath.

During Sunday night's soggy preseason game between the New York Jets and Cincinnati Bengals, the Hall of Fame quarterback tweeted what we're all thinking.

"Gotta love wet cheerleaders," Broadway Joe microblogged.

Namath, as you'll recall, has never been shy about his opinion, especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

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