The Weekly Best for July 27

Originally Published: July 27, 2010
By Mike Philbrick | Page 2

Welcome to The Weekly Best, our look at the tops in sports, pop culture and Hogan family wedding updates.

Best get your popcorn ready: Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco might be teaming up on the Bengals.

Best way to end your final Tour de France: Probably not in 23rd place and delaying the start of the final leg of the race because your teammates were wearing illegal jerseys that honored cancer victims.

Best double-check your Starbury speak: A report in the People's Daily of China saying that Stephon Marbury claimed he was contacted by the Heat was revealed to be the result of a faulty translation.

Best teams to never throw no-hitters: San Diego Padres and New York Mets.

Best friends like this are tough to come by: Charlie Hill, the 21-year-old former BFF of Nick Hogan, is engaged to marry Nick's 50-year-old mom, Linda.

Best hockey fight going on right now: Between the NHL and NHLPA over the league rejecting the 17-year contract Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Devils.

Best Buckeye national champion currently enrolled at Ohio State: Maurice Clarett is back taking classes after serving 3½ years in prison.

Best show premiering this week: "Jersey Shore"

Best thing to remember about "Jersey Shore:" Snooki, The Situation, Ronnie, Angelina, JWoww and Vinny are actually New Yorkers.

Best reason The Situation has for not talking about the past: Probably because he knows this picture was floating out there.

Best get a better publicist, Snooki: After one of the nicest things this NY Times piece said was that she "simply isn't capable of serious introspection."

Best-grossing movie: Is still "Inception," much to the dismay of Angelina Jolie and her friends who made "Salt."

Best-selling book on the self-help list: "Winning Forever" by former USC and current Seahawks coach Pete Carroll.

Best Jheri curl you won't see this season: Pedro Martinez has decided he's not pitching in 2010.

Best carry your own %*&@ pads!: You hear that, Roy Williams?

Best time to go out to an Italian restaurant: Is not any night after reading up on the Karen Cunagin Sypher extortion trial that began this week.

Best place for Reggie Bush's own copy of the Heisman Trophy: Is back with the people who gave it to him.

Best player on Team USA going into the FIBA World Championships: Is clearly Kevin Durant.

Best description Alabama coach Nick Saban could come up with for sports agents: He called them pimps.

Best next for Scott Dixon at the Honda Indy Edmonton: Helio Castroneves was assessed a blocking penalty, and even though he finished first, he was pushed back to 10th.

Best advice LeBron James could give: Was to tell Chris Paul he should demand a trade out of New Orleans.

Best decision Chris Paul made: Was to back off that demand when he met with team executives Monday.

Best pass him the Advil: West Virginia coach Bob Huggins broke seven ribs in a fall in his Las Vegas hotel room Friday.

Best get your checkbooks ready on Aug. 4: Despite pleas for a delay, the auctioning off of the Texas Rangers will commence as planned.

Best move based on a board game: Apparently, "Battleship," and it will also serve as the acting debut of R&B star Rihanna.

Best-selling song on iTunes right now: Eminem's "Love The Way You Lie" featuring … "Battleship" star Rihanna.

Best landmark going green: The Citgo sign seen over Fenway Park's Green Monster is going dark to allow for 218,000 environmentally LED lights to be installed.

Best way to be considered a true Yankee: After NYPD officer Carlos Olmedo awoke from an 11-day coma, the first words he uttered were "Derek Jeter."

Best way to celebrate the spirit of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club: The 11-hour John Isner and Nicolas Mahut Wimbledon match is the basis for a Durex condom ad.

Best training advice we have is to eat your Wheaties: Despite criticism from experts, MLB began testing the blood of minor leaguers for human growth hormone.

Best place to send deposed BP CEO Tony Hayward: Apparently to BP's operation in Russia.

Best guess on who is getting the last laugh on that: Tony Hayward and his $1.7 million severance package.

Best reason to buy an MLB Gameday Audio subscription: Bob Uecker made his triumphant return to the broadcast booth for the Milwaukee Brewers.

Best example of honesty gone wrong: Timberwolves president David Kahn said during a radio interview that the recently acquired Michael Beasley "smoked too much marijuana" -- resulting in a $100,000 fine for the team.

Best wait to hear from the commish: San Jose is moving forward with a November ballot measure approving financing of a new ballpark for the A's, even though Major League Baseball has yet to approve the team's relocation.

Best way to get a current coach to work for your team: Is to ask the permission of his boss, unless you're Lane Kiffin.

Best movie coming out this week: Is the Paul Rudd-Steve Carell epic "Dinner For Schmucks."

Best replacement for Simon Cowell: Is Chris Isaak, according to the producers of "American Idol."

Best place to go to the bathroom in Rhinebeck, N.Y., this weekend: Is at Chelsea Clinton's wedding, which will rock a hardcore port-o-potty.

Best fuel the haters have had in years: Kate Gosselin and the cast of "Kate Plus 8" are headed to Alaska to film a camping episode with former governor Sarah Palin.

Best-looking person robbed in Brazil last week: Paraguay World Cup fan and lingerie model Larissa Riquelme was relieved of a phone, passport and two digital cameras.

Best wear a hat, or travel with a bunch of cats: Kings of Leon ran off the stage only three songs into a show in St. Louis after being bombarded by pooping birds.

Best stay away from the camera while you're nude guys: Cowboys TE Martellus Bennett joins the ranks of Evan Longoria, Greg Oden, George Hill and Grady Sizemore, after an ex-girlfriend posted nude pics of him online.

Best retirement since Urban Meyer: Amanda Bynes has announced she is officially unretiring from acting -- after one month.

Best way to kill time before jail: Wesley Snipes attended the famous Comic-Con in San Diego while U.S. attorneys argued he should begin serving his three-year prison term for tax evasion immediately.

Best punishment that came about a month too late: French national team soccer coach Laurent Blanc announced all 23 members of the World Cup team will be suspended when they play a friendly against Norway in August.

Best description of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill by an SEC coach: Was given by LSU's Les Miles.

Best not try this with Philadelphia Phillies security: An Orioles fan ran onto the field at Camden Yards while security apparently did little or nothing to stop him.

Best way to celebrate a walk-off win: Is with a pie to the face -- but you could do without the torn meniscus, right, Chris Coghlan?

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