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This week, Jimmy Kimmel pranks everyone, the first week of the NFL season is in the books, and Jim Carrey shares a picture of his chipped tooth.

Jimmy Kimmel Behind Twerking Gone Bad Video

A week after a video of a young lady attempting to "twerk" and failing miserably went viral, getting over 9 million views on YouTube alone, it was revealed this week that it was actually just an elaborate prank by late night funnyman Jimmy Kimmel. I'll admit it - I was duped. When I saw the original video, I just shook my head and said, "this is Miley Cyrus' fault." Kimmel did not do any promotion of the original video. It all happened because apparently America loves twerking and watching people fail. Well played Jimmy, well played.

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A-Roid sign

There is no hotter topic in sports right now than the circus that is surrounding Alex Rodriguez. From his appeal of the 211 game suspension that he was handed by Major League Baseball to him getting beaned by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster in this past weekend's game, A-Rod is consistently the lead story on SportsCenter.

Why? Because people really love being entertained.

Sports, not unlike a television show or movie, is infinitely more entertaining when there is a great story-line. As much as MLB wants to punish A-Rod for his involvement with using performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), they would be kidding themselves if they don't think he is main reason for the high ratings that the Yankees-Red Sox games got over the weekend. He is the villain. He is the heel. He is the guy everyone loves to hate. Most importantly, he provides great theater.

While I don't advocate the use of steroids in sports, I just think it's hard to deny that the topic is pretty entertaining to talk and argue about. In fact, I'd definitely say that PEDs kind of make sports more interesting. Hear me out.

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Top 5 Flight of the Conchords songs

I discovered Flight of the Conchords a few years ago when a song of theirs randomly came on one of my Pandora stations. Since then, I sing (no pun intended) their praises to everyone I know. What I discovered is that for the most part, either you know who the Flight of the Conchords are and you're a big fan, or you don't know who they are.

For those of you who don't know who they are, the Flight of the Conchords are a comedy and music duo from New Zealand comprised of Jemaine Clement (who you may recognize from movies like Dinner for Schmucks and Men in Black 3) and Bret McKenzie (who you may not recognize, but he did win an Academy Award for the song "Man or Muppet" from The Muppet Movie). The two have toured around the world and released multiple award-winning comedy albums, but their fame really grew thanks to their HBO show that ran from 2007-2009.

They will soon be embarking on another tour as part of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival, co-headlining the show with comedian Dave Chappelle. The tour will hit cities across the country including Austin, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; and Irvine, CA.

In honor of their upcoming tour (which you know I will be going to), I decided to put together my top five Flight of the Conchords songs. (Sorry for a few of these videos having some advertisements and a couple bad words sprinkled in there)

#1 - Hurt Feelings

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On Tuesday, July 16, the best baseball players in the world will all be taking the field in New York for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. While the game is the biggest event, it is just one part of a full weekend of festivities that will take place in and around Citi Field next week. From the All-Star FanFest to the Home Run Derby, there is a lot to look forward to. Which one of the events are you MOST excited about?

The Game

No one would blame you if you were looking forward to the game itself the most. The best players all on the field at the same time, playing in perhaps the world's most famous city. It's tough to beat that.

The Home Run Derby

One of the most anticipated events every year is the Home Run Derby thanks to countless, unforgettable moments. Some of those memorable moments include Mark McGwire pounding homers over the green monster at Fenway Park in 1999; Josh Hamilton hitting 28 home runs in a single round at Yankee Stadium in 2008; and Sammy Sosa in 2002 hitting baseballs to places never reached at Miller Park.

Derby captains David Wright and Robinson Cano, as well as their teams, will have to bring it if they want to provide the fans with another one of those moments.

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Now that we are nearly half-way through the 2013 Major League Baseball season, I thought it would be a great time to take a look back on the first half of the season and check out some of the ticketing trends that have developed so far on TicketNetwork.com.

At the top of the list of top-selling teams are the Texas Rangers, who currently have the second-best record in the American League. Rangers tickets for games in Arlington, TX, have accounted for more than 10% of all tickets sold for MLB regular season games. By comparison, there have been more tickets sold for the Rangers games than for the bottom nine selling teams, combined. That includes teams like the New York Mets, San Diego Padres and both Chicago teams, the Cubs and White Sox.

Right behind the Rangers is their 2010 World Series opponent, the San Francisco Giants, who account for more than 9% of MLB tickets sold. The defending World Series champs have struggled this season, hovering around .500 for much of the year, which has not dampened their fans enthusiasm.

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