With a game-winning hit against the Baltimore Orioles, Derek Jeter manufactured an unforgettable ending to his career at Yankee Stadium.

And if New Yorker and noted baseball fan Jerry Seinfeld had had his way, that's how Jeter's career would have ended. Seinfeld, a longtime Mets fan, told TMZ he thinks Jeter should have sat out the final series of his career, in Boston against the Red Sox.

"He should not have played in Boston," Seinfeld said. "You don't owe anybody anything."

The Red Sox, like every other team the Yankees played this year, had an elaborate farewell ceremony for Jeter that included famous Boston athletes from each of the city's pro sports teams. But perhaps Seinfeld thought it would have been best for Jeter to play his final game at Yankee Stadium.

Seinfeld and Jeter go back nearly two decades, as Jeter appeared alongside Bernie Williams on an episode of Seinfeld.

Jeter was the last active baseball player who appeared on the popular comedy.

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Before he was a muttering groundskeeper in Caddyshack, even before he was allegedly expelled from Regis University for hitting golf balls off a campus roof, Bill Murray's life revolved around golf.

As the movie star revealed to Ahmad Rashad on the talk show host's self-titled cable TV program, Murray and his brothers were put to work on the golf course at a young age, first as a shag boy chasing down balls on the driving range.

As Murray explains, shag boys were sent out onto the open range and were used as target practice for golfers.

"[A golfer] would go, like, 'I'm gonna start out with the nine-iron,' so you'd go out to like the nine-iron range, and he would hit it right at you," Murray said.

"They hit me a couple times when I was 'distracted.'"

Nowadays, Murray still loves to play golf and even participates in some semi-pro and celebrity tournaments. Perhaps the most impressive thing he's ever done on the golf course is participate in a tournament earlier this year while wearing an exquisite pair of PBR pants.

Rashad's full interview with Murray will air on the Back9Network, which launched Monday on DirecTV. Here is a preview clip:

This is a tough time for the Washington Redskins, and getting hammered for the team name on The Daily Show and South Park is only part of the problem.

There's also the issue of selling beer that has passed its freshness date. And then there was Thursday's nationally televised 45-14 home embarrassment against the Giants in which Kirk Cousins, replacing injured Robert Griffin III at quarterback, committed five turnovers.

The loss dropped Washington 1-3 and into sole possession of the NFC East basement.

But at least one team executive in the sales department is full of optimism and actually uses the word playoffs in an email to a fan on the team's ticket wait list. This fan relayed the note to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, who then ran a photo of it:

Aside from including a YouTube link to Bob Marley's Everything's Gonna Be Alright, what makes this even more amusing is that Steinberg points out that the team executive actually overlooked the opportunity to make the case even stronger. The statistic cited in the email is outdated. Steinberg writes:

Point of fact, an NFL media release last October reported that "23 teams" stat. The number is now 24, however, because the 2013 Philadelphia Eagles made the playoffs after a 1-3 start. They did so by winning the NFC East.

LeBron James has been called many things: The King, Benedict Arnold, Bron-Bron, and so on.

You won't hear any such proper nouns coming out of Mario Chalmers's mouth. To Chalmers, James is just another anonymous has-been who made a pit stop in Miami and has since departed. At the Heat's NBA Media Day, Chalmers declined to reference James by name, calling him only, "that guy."

This is the same Mario Chalmers that was effectively DOA in last summer's NBA Finals. In the first two games, he scored as many points as he tallied personals fouls, and he finished with this exquisite Finals stat line: 4.4 points, 2.8 assists, and 3.2 fouls per game, not to mention his 14.3 percent shooting percentage from the 3-point line.

Chalmers was so bad that his head coach benched him for long stretches even as the Heat one of the most lopsided Finals series in NBA history. But the offseason seems to have cured the 28-year-old of any humility that experience might have instilled:


The full quote, in fairness to Chalmers, is: "It's going to be the same even though we don't have that guy."

But here's the thing: It's not going to be the same at all. And if any modicum of similarity does remain, it's not likely to be Chalmers' fault. The point guard is so integral to his team's success that his coach has effectively put him on notice by gushing about the improvement of backup point guard Norris Cole.

Meanwhile, the Miami Heat ultimately figure to slot in rookie Shabazz Napier as their long-term starter. Napier originally came to the team after the Heat learned that James was a big fan of the former UConn star, and his selection in this summer's NBA Draft was partially an effort to appeal to James.

But the prospect of replacing Chalmers wasn't enough to swing James' decision back to the Heat. Nevertheless, Chalmers is closer to being cut bait than a factor in whatever success the Heat achieve.

In other words, some things never change.

No one is quite sure what to expect when the College Football Playoff selection committee makes its selections for this year's inaugural four-team tournament. But if they think the choices will follow the national polls, Barry Alvarez says to think again.

In a lengthy interview with ESPN.com, Alvarez offered some insight into the criteria he'll be looking at throughout the football season. While the former Wisconsin head coach and athletic director says that he glances at the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls, he insisted that they aren't meaningful in helping him rank the country's best teams.

Alvarez also said that margin of victory is too simplistic a metric to use in judging a team. Instead, he'll look at the relative performances of offensive and defensive units.

That means assessing not just how much one team scores in a game, but rather how many points were scored relative to the average allowance of the opposing defense.

Alvarez is somewhat of a living legend in college football. He's Wisconsin's most successful head coach, and he guided the program to continued success as the school's athletic director. A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Alvarez's name was one of the first mentioned when the playoff committee was first established.

Alvarez won't abstain from polls entirely: The playoff committee will start putting theirs out weekly in the second half of the season. The former coach said he's glad they are waiting until late October to start publishing polls, giving him and other committee members time to sort the contenders from pretenders.

Also worth noting is that committee members have latitude in how they choose to judge respective teams. Each has an array of tools they can use to evaluate teams throughout the season, including access to coach game tape and condensed broadcasts of each game, which let the committee members watch an entire game in just an hour.

The first committee poll will be released on Oct. 28. Fans should brace for fireworks: While the playoff was designed to remedy some of the controversy created by the BCS, the subjective nature of the committee's decision-making process seems to set the stage for familiar controversy -- only now in a slightly different form.

Brian Cook was always a bit player in the NBA. So when he dropped out of the league at 31, no one gave it a second thought. Bench players get pushed out of the league all the time, so Cook quickly disappeared into the fog of NBA has-beens.

Or so it seemed. As it turns out, Cook's departure from the NBA wasn't performance-related at all. As the 33-year-old recently revealed to Basketball Insiders, the decision to leave the NBA was voluntary.

"My wife had cancer, so I've had to be at home a little bit the last couple of years," said Cook. "I'm ready to get some competition back in me, so it's been good for me to get out here and be with these younger guys, these hungry guys, because I'm hungry too. I'm trying to squeeze out a few more years."

NBA comebacks typically don't end well even for one-time league superstars -- Allen Iverson is a perfect example. But Cook appears to have a legitimate shot with the Detroit Pistons, which offered him an invite to their training camp after a strong performance in the NBA's Summer League play.

Cook does have a strong background that could make him a positive presence in the Pistons locker room. He is a former Big Ten Player of the Year at Illinois, and made an appearance in the NBA Finals while playing for Van Gundy in Orlando.

A training camp invite does not guarantee a roster spot, but Van Gundy is starting his rebuilding project in Detroit, and establishing a new team culture will be a big part of that. The situation sets up nicely for Cook to have a serious shot at turning his comeback dream into a reality.

Bryce Harper thinks he's been foiled by his hair product. In an interview with MLB Network's "Intentional Talk," the Washington Nationals star said he believes his hair gel is to blame for his helmet frequently coming off during games.

As Intentional Talk's hosts pointed out, Harper's helmet has come off on a number of occasions this season, whether he's running the bases or sliding to reach a base.

Harper said his current hair gel is a product from Suavecito, and that his head is very slick after application. He suggested a possible product switch could happen, noting that teammate Jayson Werth -- who uses a Murray's hair gel product -- never seems to lose his helmet during play.

You know what they say: If you want to be the best, you've got to learn from the best, and Werth is so well known for his beard and hair that there were Twitter accounts devoted to each.

Check out the full interview below, with the topic hitting his hair at the 1:48 mark:

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The Oklahoma City Thunder this week revealed the new name of the franchise's D-League team, and it's safe to say the reaction was not what the team was expecting.

The D-League franchise formerly known as the Asheville Altitude and the Tulsa 66ers has relocated to Oklahoma City and was rebranded the Oklahoma City Blue.

And the city isn't all that the Blue share with the Thunder. The two teams also have basically the same logo design:


Not that the D-League is home to the greatest team names around -- it includes the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Iowa Energy and the Los Angeles D-Fenders -- but the new name for Oklahoma City's team was not received warmly on Twitter:








In case anyone was interested, here's the real reason the team is called the Blue:

"Blue is one of our primary Thunder colors, but it has become more than just a color for us," Brian Byrnes, Thunder senior vice president of Sales and Marketing told the team's website. "It has come to represent the passion, loyalty and unity of our fans and our community in their support for our team. Our players wear it proudly on their uniforms, our fans sport Thunder blue shirts, Thunder blue flags fly across Oklahoma and our statewide Blue Alliance fan groups show their connection to our team and what it stands for."

As the Angels pad their division lead in the last week of the MLB regular season, starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker is working his way back from a rib-cage strain suffered on September 15. ThePostGame caught up last Friday with Shoemaker to ask him about his recovery timeline, his team's World Series hopes, and how a year of major league experience has made him a more playoff-ready pitcher.

ThePostGame: How are you recovering from your rib injury?
MATT SHOEMAKER: It's coming along. I've got to remind myself today is only day four from when it happened. It’s still sore, but the positive is that it's feeling better.

TPG: Are you almost ready to test the injury by pitching?
SHOEMAKER: Not yet, but we’re getting to that point. As soon as we’re done feeling any nagging soreness, than we’ll get into physical activity. We're optimistic about it.

TPG: Does it take any of the pressure off knowing your team has clinched a playoff spot, that you aren't urgently needed?
SHOEMAKER: Sure, it definitely helps. It’s always great to clinch as soon as you can. But we also know we have the big picture [goal of] winning a World Series. We want to win the rest of the games in the regular season.

TPG: You’ve been in the majors for just over a year now. What have you learned in that time that’s helped prepare you for the playoffs?
SHOEMAKER: It’s a long season. You have to be ready to go. As a pitcher I go out there every five days and perform. ... I've learned a lot from the veteran guys, I just try to pick their brains. Our whole team, we try to pick each other’s brains and learn what we can. I know it’s a lot of hard work to be here, and that it's a blessing to be here.

TPG: Do you feel more equipped to pitch in a big game than you were a year ago?
SHOEMAKER: Definitely. The more you play, the more experience you get, all that stuff. I definitely feel more prepared and more confident. [When you're pitching] you always get excited, the adrenalines’s always going. You want to be able to control that.

Judging by the pictures, you would never guess that Kevin Durant and Nike were on the verge of splitting.

Perhaps it's the oversized basketball piñata, or maybe it's just the fact that Nike is trying really, really hard to prove its love for the NBA superstar who had been considering an offer from Under Armour. Whatever the case, the facts are clear: Nike threw a birthday bash for Durant, and it pulled out all the stops.


The signature item at the party was an exquisite birthday cake that featured Durant's name on the back of a Washington Redskins jersey, along with a cake sculpture of Durant's soon-to-be-released shoe with Nike, the KD7.

The jersey and shoe were set on a sheet cake decorated as the Oklahoma City Thunder's home court. All in all, it was the birthday every sports megastar deserves -- especially when that megastar spurns a 10-year contract, reportedly worth up to $285 million, to re-sign with your company.

Check out the video below to learn more about Durant's latest sneaker with Nike.

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