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Big Hurt beer is a thing; Trouble at Miami is nothing new; The Nets can go to Kim Kardashian's wedding; Can't spell 'elite' without Eli; Green Bay police are Packer-crazy

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frank-thomas.jpgWhite Sox fans nostalgic for the days when Frank Thomas ruled the South Side will be happy to know that they'll soon be able to reminisce over a frosty Big Hurt Beer.

The drink, which is supposed to become available in the Chicago area later this month, is, as you might expect, a heavy hitter. At 7.0 percent alcohol, the lager is described as "crisp" and "full-flavored" on the drink's website.

Thomas, of course, was recently toasted by the White Sox in the form of a life-sized statue inside U.S. Cellular Field.

Bottom's up, Big Hurt.
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Looking back

It's been a tough day for Miami fans, but this is far from the first time the program has been scrutinized in the face of allegedly nefarious goings-on. This 1995 Sports Illustrated cover story suggested that it was best if football was scrapped altogether at the university.

Keeping up

The New Jersey Nets now have permission to attend the wedding of forward Kris Humphries and reality starlet Kim Kardashian. The made-for-television nuptials are Saturday in California, but I'm sure you've had them circled on a calendar for weeks now. Players and their teams are not supposed to have contact during the lockout, but the NBA makes an exception in special cases such as a wedding.

Manning says

Eli Manning is an elite quarterback, according to Eli Manning. And he belongs in the company of Tom Brady, also according to Eli Manning.

"I consider myself in that class," Manning told host Michael Kay in a radio interview with WEPN-AM. "Tom Brady is a great quarterback, he's a great player and what you've seen with him is he's gotten better every year. He started off winning championships and I think he's a better quarterback now than what he was, in all honesty, when he was winning those championships."

For what it's worth, you'll remember Manning edged Brady's Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, along the way winning the game's MVP. 

And finally ...

The Green Bay Police Department has given the OK for officers to wear badges that feature the Packers logo. Green lettering spells out "Green Bay Police" and "Super Bowl Champions XLV" on the commemorative badge. You all remember the police credo of "serve, protect and root for Aaron Rodgers," right? Officers can still opt to wear the traditional, Packer-less badges if they want to.

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